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All Smiles at Elementary South

At Elementary South’s “Tears and Cheers” event on Thursday morning, Dr. Martin reassured kindergarten parents that their children were happily settled in their classrooms. She showed the crowded room a slide show of newly taken photos of the children. All smiles!

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Welcome Back!


Just a reminder that school starts on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

If you are driving your student(s), please drop off between 8:15 – 8:30 a.m.  School starts promptly at 8:40 a.m!

Please be patient with our busses as they run slowly and behind schedule arriving and leaving our school for the first few days of school.


Don’t forget to join us for our TEARS and CHEERS event: Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 8:40am to 9:40am in our cafe.

Principal and assistant principal

Welcome Night is a Blast

Everyone had fun at Monday night’s Welcome Night and Playdate at Elementary South.

Parent and child in classroom.

Students Get Acquainted with Their New Teachers/Classrooms

Elementary schools welcomed parents and students attending annual “Get Acquainted” events. In addition to Elementary South, these events are taking place today at the School of Dual Language, Elementary North, Townline and Aspen. Families met teachers and dropped off school supplies. Students got a chance to check out their new classrooms before school starts. For more photos, visit the District’s home page.

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Back to School Information

Goooooooood morning, Elementary South!  

School starts in 16 days!  I know I am excited and can’t wait to see you all!  Remember, this year there is NO RESIDENCY EVENT.  You will receive your classroom placement via US Mail.  Teacher assignment letters and transportation assignments go in the mail on FRIDAY, AUG 9, 2019.  You will also be able to access your child’s teacher via the Powerschool Parent Portal starting on August 12, 2019.  Please note that you must log into the Parent Portal using a browser since this information is NOT available on the Power School App.

Monday, August 19, 2019 – New to South Information Night and Kindergarten Night
WHO: All New to South Families and ALL Kindergarten Parents WITH their children
WHAT: General school logistics presentation AND Curriculum Night, Meet your teacher and supply drop off for KINDERGARTEN
WHEN: 8/19/19 5:30-7:30 pm 
BRING: Kindergarten parents only… bring your child’s school supplies for supply drop off that night 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – Grades 1-5: Meet your teacher and supply drop off 
WHO: Grades 1-5
WHAT: Meet your teacher and Supply Drop Off
WHEN: 8/20/19 – 9:30 am-10:15 am – Grades 2 and 4  &  10:15 am-11:00 am – Grades 1, 3, and 5
BRING: School Supplies and any forms

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – Back to School Bash
WHEN: 8/20/19 – 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Thursday, August 22, 2019 – First Day of School 

Things to Do Over the Summer

Hello Elementary South,

It was an amazing year filled with learning both academic and social emotional growth.  Take a peek at our END OF YEAR VIDEO to see some of the fun we had this year.

Don’t forget the importance of READING over the summer.  The Aspen Library’s Summer Reading Program is a great way to enjoy some great books and practice our reading skills.   Help us win the trophy of best participation in the summer reading program.  Here is the link to join the summer reading program.

We are also having a SUMMER MATH CHALLENGE!  Join the DREAMBOX challenge and complete 5 lessons per week to keep your skills sharp and earn 20 SOAR DOLLARS!

Have a great summer!  If you need anything over the summer, I am in the office all summer and can be reached at or (847) 990-4800.

See you in August!

Jill Martin

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A Thank You to Elementary South

The American Heart Association thanked Elementary South on another hugely successful Kids Heart Challenge this year. Elementary South raised $10,364 for the Association. More than 130 students signed up to take the challenge to keep their hearts healthy. Dollars raised help community initiatives, education, research and quality of care to fight heart disease, the number one killer in the world. The Association also thanked Katie Krajewski for leading the PE team that launched the effort, and for helping students build life changing health habits.

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A Thank You from Bernie’s Books

Thank you so much for hosting a book drive at Hawthorn Elementary School South – Vernon Hills!  We are so grateful for your support and for
your partnership. Your 3,200 books go a long way. The books you graciously donated enable us to serve 267 children with 12 books this year.   You have gotten us one step closer to our goal: distribute 3.6 million books to 300,000 children in need throughout the Chicagoland area. On behalf of all the children we serve, thank you for furthering our mission!

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It’s a Perfect Day for Field Day

Elementary South picked a perfect day for Field Day on June 5. Students played a wide variety of games from tug of war to freeze tag. Lots of smiling faces everywhere as children enjoyed the sunshine as the end of the school year rapidly approaches.

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Elementary South Hosts “Salute to Summer” Celebration

Friday was a special day at Elementary South as SOAR runners took off for their final run of the season. They had 45 minutes to run as far as they could on a marked trail. The race was part of a “Salute to Summer” celebration.