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Students at Valentine's Day event

Students and Volunteers Have a Blast on Valentine’s Day

Fifth graders at Elementary South enjoyed playing an assortment of games in the gym on Valentine’s Day. They played bingo, musical chairs, relay races and much more. Parents who volunteered to help oversee the games were having as much fun as the students.

Students playing carnival games.

Carnival Makes Learning Math Fun

Students had great fun learning during the Math Carnival in Ms. Dimond’s second grade class. They played all types of fun home-made games, from racing cars down an incline to tossing rings into baskets. They kept track of each game they played and the amount of money each game cost, so they could add together how much they spent at the carnival.

students drawing

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 reminder of their goals. The goals were quite diverse. They included:

Improving at piano
Not talking so much
Learning the Greek alphabet
Being kind
Becoming great at math
Getting better at reading music

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American Education Week

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK is coming to Elementary South – Come LEARN with us on NOV 13!

WHO: All parents of Elementary South Students 

WHAT: Join us for a lesson in your child’s class and come see how much fun it is to LEARN at HES!

WHEN: November 13, 2019

TIME: Each grade level has a specific time set for this event

KDG – Thankful Writing @ 10:10-10:50

1st – Project Linus @10:30-11:15

2nd – Growth Mindset STEM project @9:30-10:30

3rd – Continents and Oceans @2:00-2:40

4th – Math Madness @ 9:00-9:40

5th – Team Building Engineering @ 11:30-12:10

Parking will be available on the EAST SIDE of ASPEN DRIVE

Due to space restrictions, please do not bring other children to this event.

Students and teachers dressed up for this parade.

Halloween Parade is a Hit

Since it was snowing outside, Elementary South held its annual Halloween parade inside. What an amazing event! Creativity was clearly the king of this parade! 

News You Can Use…

Are you missing a jacket??? – Check out our lost and found in the front hallway!

10/25/19 – Friday (tomorrow) is Hawthorn Blue and Gold Spirit Day – wear Hawthorn Gear and it’s the October Birthday Bash!

10/25/19 – Tomorrow is BINGO NIGHT from 6:00-8:00pm in the gym. 

10/26/19 – Saturday is the Hawthorn Hustle – join our SOAR runners at the event.

10/28/19 – Red Ribbon Week Begins – Wear RED to signify your stance against drugs and alcohol.

10/29/19 – “Sock it to DRUGS day” – Wear your CRAZY SOCKS!

10/30/19 – Say hello to a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE and wear your favorite WORKOUT GEAR to get fit with us!

10/31/19 – Say BOO to drugs and join our Halloween Celebrations

Halloween Information 

A chill is in the air, the pumpkins are in the patch, Halloween is approaching and we are getting excited about our upcoming festivities.  We will celebrate on Thursday, October 31, 2019.  Please remember, when purchasing this year’s costume, our school promotes kindness.  Children as young as five years old attend our school and we do not want anyone to be frightened!  Weapons will not be allowed on school grounds and we discourage any blood and gore.  All students are to bring their costumes to school in a bag labeled with your child’s name. Because students are changing at school and bathroom space is limited, please have your child wear any parts of his/her costume that are clothes (IE tights, black pants, etc).  Please DO NOT SEND ANY FOOD OR CANDY!

THE DAY’S EVENTS

Pumpkin Chase Race – YES! We start the day with a Halloween RUN, where we actually chase a pumpkin!

9:00-9:45 – 4th and 5th Grade

9:45-10:15 – 1st Grade and Kindergarten

10:15 – 11:00 – 2nd and 3rd Grade

To volunteer at the race, click this link:https://forms.gle/MBiKeMECwEsnqrg76

Parade @ 1:15pm

1:15 –Students will exit their wing doors in an orderly fashion and walk around the building counter clockwise until they return back to their wing door.  Parents, please spread out on the perimeter of the building to get those cute pics! In case of rain, the parade will take place in the building (Parents can take pictures in the gym). 

Parties @ 1:30ppm

1:30-2:30 – Only pre-approved room parents will be allowed down to classrooms.  The Vernon Hills Police Department has allowed parents to park on the East side of Aspen during the Halloween festivities.  Please note that your car must be moved in time for dismissal.  Please do NOT block the bus lanes in the back of the school or the pick up line in the front of school.  Please do NOT SEND ANY FOOD or CANDY!  

Please remember, that the remainder of the day is a regular school day.  We will maintain an academic atmosphere where LEARNING will be the focus.  If you do not want your child to participate in Halloween festivities, please contact your child’s teacher for alternate activities.

11/7/19 – Early Release at 12:10pm

11/8/9 – November 8th is Sports Night from 6:00-8:15pm at Libertyville Sports Complex.

Pumpkins in a field

Halloween Information

A chill is in the air, the pumpkins are in the patch, Halloween is approaching and we are getting excited about our upcoming festivities.  We will celebrate on Thursday, October 31, 2019.  Please remember, when purchasing this year’s costume, our school promotes kindness.  Children as young as five years old attend our school and we do not want anyone to be frightened!  Weapons will not be allowed on school grounds and we discourage any blood and gore.  All students are to bring their costumes to school in a bag labeled with your child’s name. Because students are changing at school and bathroom space is limited, please have your child wear any parts of his/her costume that are clothes (IE tights, black pants, etc).  Please DO NOT SEND ANY FOOD OR CANDY!

THE DAY’S EVENTS

Pumpkin Chase Race – YES! We start the day with a Halloween RUN, where we actually chase a pumpkin!

9:00-9:45 – 4th and 5th Grade

9:45-10:15 – 1st Grade and Kindergarten

10:15 – 11:00 – 2nd and 3rd Grade

To volunteer at the race, click this link:https://forms.gle/MBiKeMECwEsnqrg76

Parade

1:15 –Students will exit their wing doors in an orderly fashion and walk around the building counter clockwise until they return back to their wing door.  Parents, please spread out on the perimeter of the building to get those cute pics! In case of rain, the parade will take place in the building (Parents can take pictures in the gym). 

Parties

1:30-2:30 – Only pre-approved room parents will be allowed down to classrooms.  The Vernon Hills Police Department has allowed parents to park on the East side of Aspen during the Halloween festivities.  Please note that your car must be moved in time for dismissal.  Please do NOT block the bus lanes in the back of the school or the pick up line in the front of school.  Please do NOT SEND ANY FOOD or CANDY!  

Please remember, that the remainder of the day is a regular school day.  We will maintain an academic atmosphere where LEARNING will be the focus.  If you do not want your child to participate in Halloween festivities, please contact your child’s teacher for alternate activities.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Halloween!

J Jill Martin, Principal H.E.S. & Christy Hunter, Assistant Principal, H.E.S.
 

A wide assortment of pumpkins

OCTOBER EVENTS… Join us for the fun!

October 3, 2019 – Early Release at 12:10pm

October 9, 2019 – Non-attendance day!

October 16, 2019 – Kdg, 1st and 2nd Grade PE Night 6:00-7:00pm in the gym

October 17, 2019 – 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade PE Night 6:00-7:00pm in the gym

October 18, 2019 – KEY to 73 – Hawthorn Education Foundation’s OKTOBERFEST – Viper Alley – 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire 6:30pm-10:30pm (adults only) REGISTER ONLINE

October 25, 2019 – HES Family Alliance presents – Bingo Night 6:00-8:00pm – more info to follow

October 26, 2019 – PTO Hawthorn Hustle 5K – Century Park Sled Hill 1001 Lakeview Parkway Check in at 8:30am, Race at 9:00am                                    REGISTER ONLINE

October 31, 2019 – HES Pumpkin Chase Race 9:00-9:45 4th and 5th Grades, 9:45-10:15 Kdg, and 1st Grades, 10:15-11:00 2nd and 3rd Grade                   VOLUNTEER at the race

October 31, 2019 – Halloween celebrations – 1:30 Parade (weather permitting) – all welcome to watch outside, 1:45 Classroom parties – pre-approved room parents only, please!  If you do not celebrate, please contact your child’s teacher for alternate planned activities.

Attendance Awareness Poster

Elementary South Is Among Winners of Attendance Competition

Elementary South and the School of Dual Language were among winners of an annual attendance competition held by the Regional Office of Education. Schools throughout Lake County submitted their attendance rates for the week of Sept. 9 – 13. Elementary South and the School of Dual Language and other winning schools were recognized at an awards ceremony at the College of Lake County in late September.

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Hawthorn Elementary South Is Named Among the Best Schools in the Nation By U.S. Department of Education

Hawthorn Elementary South has been named among the best schools in the nation through the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award recognition. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

“We are so proud that Elementary South is a recipient of this exceptional award,” said Dr. Peter Hannigan, Hawthorn District 73’s superintendent. “At Hawthorn, we truly believe that all children can learn at high levels. This honor is a testament to the hard work, commitment and engagement of the school’s teachers, staff, students and parents.” 

Hawthorn Elementary South is a kindergarten through fifth grade school serving approximately 700 students. The school celebrates the diversity of its students, who speak more than 30 different languages. It is known for providing masterful learning activities in which students explore and deeply engage with content in a joyful, exciting manner. Its top priority is to grow the whole child by combining robust academics with a full social emotional curriculum.  

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels, or where significant progress has been made in raising student achievement. Elementary South received the honor in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category for achieving high performance among key subgroups and completing a rigorous application process that evaluated everything from social and emotional learning supports to professional development to quality classroom instruction.