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Bus Safety Presentation

Students Learn About Bus Safety

During a recent assembly, Mrs. Hunter introduced each bus group to their BUS LIASON, the adult that helps with that bus.
Everyone is expected to SOAR above the line on the bus to keep our students safe. SOAR stands Safe, On Task, Act Responsible, Respect.

Back to School Bash is a Blast

Elementary South had a blast at the BACK TO SCHOOL BASH on Tuesday celebrating our new theme – We may all be different, but together we are a school.  Everyone loved our fishtanks, bouncing on the moonwalks, eating Culver’s ice cream, and getting acquainted with our new home away from home, Elementary South.

Get Acquainted Event

Time to Get Acquainted

Teachers and staff were so excited to see incoming students at Elementary South’s “Get Acquainted Time” event for kindergarten through fifth graders on Tuesday. Parents and students met teachers, visited their classrooms and dropped off supplies. While it was rainy outside, the classrooms were bright and cheerful.

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Kindergarten Welcome Night is a Blast

Children had great fun at the August 15 Kindergarten Welcome Night at Elementary South. The event included a play date for incoming kindergarten children and a bus practice. Parents met teachers, learned all about Elementary South and met other kindergarten families.

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Hawthorn School District 73 Superintendent Accepts Position in Indiana

Superintendent Nick Brown has resigned from Hawthorn School District 73 effective June 30 to accept a new position in Indiana to be closer to family.

“I really enjoyed my time at Hawthorn and appreciate all the work the staff does for all our students,” Brown said.  “We have great parents, students, staff and community.”

The Board of Education is grateful for Mr. Brown’s service to Hawthorn and wishes him well at his new district in Indiana.

The Board of Education will work hard to make this transition as smooth as possible with the help and guidance of the District’s administrative team.  An interim superintendent will be hired to support the District for the next year.  Also, the District will hire a search firm to help find the right superintendent candidate for the district.  The District asks for community patience and support in the coming weeks.  The District will continue to focus on what it does best, ensuring the best learning environment for its students.

El Superintendente del Distrito Escolar Hawthorn #73 acepta una posición en Indiana

Nick Brown, el Superintendente de el Distrito Escolar Hawthorn #73 ha renunciado a su puesto a partir del 30 de junio para aceptar un nuevo puesto en Indiana para estar más cerca de su familia.

“Realmente disfruté mi tiempo en Hawthorn y aprecié todo el trabajo que hace el personal para todos nuestros estudiantes”, dijo el Sr. Brown. “Tenemos unos excelentes padres, estudiantes, personal y comunidad”.

La Junta de Educación está agradecida por el servicio del Sr. Brown a Hawthorn y le desea lo mejor en su nuevo distrito en Indiana.

La Junta de Educación trabajará arduamente para hacer que esta transición sea fluida con la ayuda y orientación del equipo administrativo del Distrito. Se contratará un superintendente interino para apoyar al Distrito el próximo año escolar. Además, el Distrito contratará una empresa de búsqueda para ayudar a encontrar al candidato adecuado para el superintendente para el distrito. El Distrito pide paciencia y apoyo a la comunidad en las próximas semanas. El Distrito continuará enfocándose en lo que hace mejor, asegurando el mejor ambiente de aprendizaje para sus estudiantes.

orchestra rehearsal

Practice Makes Perfect

Students in the Aspen and Elementary South orchestras know that practice makes perfect.  You can see their dedication and concentration as they rehearse.

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Making Mothers’ Day Gifts

First graders at Elementary South will have sweet gifts for their mothers on Mothers’ Day. Home Depot came by with flowers and supplies, which they have donated for several years in a row. The children particularly had fun drawing creative designs on their pots. Every gift was an original.

Engineering the Perfect Egg Drop

Fifth-grade students engaged in a fun project that encouraged problem solving and creative thinking. Using physics and science, they created devices to keep their eggs from shattering on impact after being dropped 35 feet. There were many successful landings.

May 2018 Newsletter

It was great to see so many of you at OPEN HOUSE last week.  A huge THANK YOU to our music teachers: Pam Yeo and Phil Messina for all their hard work preparing the students for our shows.  They sang their hearts out and the teachers and students prepared the classrooms for a wonderful event.  Thank you all for attending.

May brings us many exciting activities at Elementary South.  In May, we are facilitating end of year assessments, Spring MAP/AIMSWEB/ and F+P testing.  These important testing sessions give us data to monitor how much progress has been made in reading and math strands this school year.  

Teacher appreciation week is next week.  We can’t wait to show our teachers how much they are appreciated.  I want you all to know how much I value all that the teachers do for our students each and every day.  What an amazing staff!!

End of the year parties are approaching!  More information will be coming soon!

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at or (847) 990-4800. 

All the best,




Have you registered your child for the 2018-2019 school year?

Registration is due on 5/18 so if you have not completed it, please call Mary Amidei at (847) 990-4800 for information.

We cannot place your child into a classroom without a completed registration!

The Nurse’s Office is in need of any sized stretchy pants and/or sweatpants. Now taking donations! Thanks!

Please remember to drive slowly in our parking lot and put down your cell phone. Please help us keep the children safe!


Upcoming Events…

5/10 – Early Release 12:10 Dismissal

5/11 – Spirit Day – Hawthorn Blue and Gold

5/15 – 5th Grade Field Trip to Art Institute

5/18 – May/June Birthday Bash

5/18 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

5/19 – SOAR Race

5/21 – 5th Grade visits Middle School South

5/22 – Aspen Library – Summer Reading Assemblies

5/22 – Aspen & HES 4th/5th Grade Orchestra Concert 7:00

5/24 – Volunteer Tea – 9:00am

5/25 – No School for Teacher’s Institute

5/28 – No School for Memorial Day

5/29 – 2nd Grade End of Year Party – 1:30

5/30 – 3rd Grade Wendella Boat Field Trip

5/30 – 1st Grade End of Year Party – 1:30

5/31 – May Soaring Eagle Winners Celebration

5/31 – End of year parties (12:00 4th, 1:00 3rd, 1:15 5th, 1:30 Kdg)

5/31 – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Aspen Library

6/1 – Field Day


Animals Visit Elementary South

It’s not that often that a zoo comes to you. But thanks to Animal Quest, Elementary South first-grade students got to see a wide range of animals today, from a hedgehog to a Savannah monitor. The children were able to pet some of the animals, such as the hedgehog and the chicken, but the tarantula, the snake and the monitor were off limits. The animal show, which was part of Elementary South’s science unit on animal adaptations and habitats, was enjoyed by all.