Entries by Leslie Piotrowski

News You Can Use – 1/16/2020

January 17, 2020 – Blue and Gold Spirit Day and Ice Cream Friday – bring $1.00 January 20, 2020 – No School: Martin Luther King Day January 24, 2020 – Asian New Year Parade at Elem South – wear RED to help us celebrate! January 27-31: The Great Kindness Challenge – Join us in a school-wide […]

Read 2020/PJ Day

Friday was a special reading day at Elementary South. Each class read books for 2020 seconds (33 minutes) in recognition of Read 2020 & Pajama Day. To make their reading comfortable and cozy, students wore their PJs to school. Throughout the building, students snuggled up with good books.

Hawthorn District 73 Names Principal for Hawthorn School for Young Learners

Hawthorn School District 73 has named Dr. Jill Martin as principal of the Hawthorn School for Young Learners, the new kindergarten building currently under construction on Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. A resident of Buffalo Grove, Dr. Martin is currently principal of Elementary South, which is part of District 73. She will transfer to her […]

News You Can Use – 1/9/20

Tomorrow (1/10/2020) is READ 2020 and Pajama Day!  We will drop everything and read for 2020 seconds (approximately 33 minutes).  Wear your pajamas and snuggle up with a good book! Congratulations to Debarghya D. from Ms. Wagner’s class on winning today’s Spelling Bee and Parth V. from Ms. Studer’s class for being the runner up!  Excellent spelling by all the participants today! January 14th starts the KIDS HEART CHALLENGE in […]

Spelling Contest Shows Students’ Strong Vocabulary Skills

Twenty 4th and 5th grade students participated in Elementary South’s Scripps National Spelling Bee contest on January 9. Standing before a large audience of students, teachers and parents, they carefully spelled out tough words such as vortices, bindi, nefarious and jodhpurs. However, after 11 rounds, only three students were left: Avin K., Parth V. and […]

Students Set Goals for 2020

Just a few days after the new year, Ms. Dahm’s fourth grade class at Elementary South set school-related goals for 2020. On the back of a pennant, each student wrote his/her goal and steps to achieve it. They colored and added pictures to the front of the pennants so they each had a personalized, colorful […]

How to Spend $1 Million

Students in Ms. Dahm’s fourth grade class at Elementary South engaged in a project that got them thinking about budgets and making tough financial decisions. Ms. Dahm asked them to imagine inheriting $1 million from a distant relative. She gave them a few days to decide how they would spend their fortunes, but they had […]

Your Voice Matters

Happy New Year to all of you – I hope that you had a nice winter break! Each year, we seek feedback from parents on a survey called the 5 Essentials Survey. Please remember that each school needs a minimum of 20% participation.    Here is the latest data regarding parent participation – Hawthorn Elem School South: 15% Please […]

Emphasizing Kindness and Caring

Two Stevenson High School students visited Ms. Silver’s kindergarten class at Elementary South on Monday. Alivia and Kendall led an exercise that focused on kindness. They asked the students to draw pictures of their families or friends and write positive words related to kindness and caring below the pictures.

Blue Ribbon Award Celebrated at Board Meeting

Elementary South’s 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award was not only celebrated at a student assembly, but at the Board of Education meeting on Dec. 19. Dr. Martin, Elementary South Principal, and Ms. Hunter, Assistant Principal, gave a presentation on the elaborate, year-long application process, and described ways in which the school celebrated once it received the award. In addition to […]