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Thanks for Joining Us at Aspen Drive Library

Thank you to all of the students and parents who joined Dr. Martin on Monday evening at the Aspen Drive Library to listen to her read some of her favorite stories.  Everybody enjoyed the stories and the refreshments!


Halloween Procedures at Elementary South

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 Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  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).

The Halloween parade will start at approximately 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 these Kodak Moments!!  In case of rain, the parade will take place in the building (Parents can take pics in the gym).

Parties run from the end of the parade until 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!



Red Ribbon Week 2017

Elementary South students and staff will recognize Red Ribbon Week beginning Wednesday, October 25th through Tuesday, October 31st with different activities scheduled for each day of the week.

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Dr. Martin Reads at Aspen Drive Library

Join Dr. Martin as she reads some of her favorite books on Monday, October 16 at the Aspen Drive Library.  Refreshments will be served at 6:30. Stories begin at 6:45.  No need to register, just drop in!
Dr. Martin reads at library
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Alternate Transportation Form

If your child will be taking alternate transportation home from school please fill out the Alternate Transportation form and send it to school in the morning with your child.  The form can be downloaded here.  It can also be found under “Important Quick Links” on the left hand side of the Elementary South website.

Volunteers needed for Elementary South Pumpkin Chase

The 2017 Pumpkin Chase is coming soon and we need volunteers! If you would like to volunteer on Tuesday, October 31, from 8:30-11:00am, please click here to sign up. Volunteers will help keep kids safe, keep them on the path, and cheer them on.
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Hawthorn Elementary South wins 6th place in the Lake County Regional Office of Education’s Attendance and Truancy Division

Congratulations to the staff and students at Hawthorn Elementary South for taking 6th place in the Lake County Regional Office of Education’s Attendance and Truancy Division Twenty-Seventh Annual Fall Attendance Competition. The Attendance Competition promotes improved school attendance at the beginning of the school year, and emphasizes the need to attend regularly to receive full educational benefits. Thank you to everyone for ensuring our students attend school each and every day!

Annie Zbylut with her name artwork

Third Grader is Artist of the Week

Congratulations to Annie Zbylut, a third grade student at Elementary South. She was selected as Artsonia’s PreK-3rd “ARTIST OF THE WEEK” for September 17 – September 23. During the contest, Annie received 2392 votes from website visitors. Artsonia is the largest student art museum in the world.

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Brief Alert

This morning there was a suspicious black car we believe to be a Lincoln possibly taking photos of students as they entered school. The car was parked off of school property. Please take extra caution and keep a watchful eye. Inform our Resource Officer Jon Paret or the Vernon Hills Police Department if you see anything out of the ordinary.

Remind App Keeps Hawthorn Families Informed of Timely Information

Yesterday (9/18/17) bus ES 11 was involved in a minor traffic accident.  Prior to crossing the railroad tracks, the bus was stopped and had already checked the crossing.  The bus started to proceed and at that moment, the cross-arm started to lower, hitting the side mirror of the bus.  The bus was able to back up, leaving the tracks free and clear for the train to come through.  While no children were injured in any way, if anything like this will occur, the bus will pull over and call the police.  This will cause a delay in delivery of the children.

The reason you are all getting this letter is to inform you that IF something like this ever happens, the way you will be notified is through our TEXT APP, called Remind 101.  This is the fastest way for the school to blast information to you in a timely manner.  I was able to send three messages yesterday, one when we were notified, one during the event letting parents know that everyone was safe, and one once the new bus was back en route.  Please note that the remind app is ONE WAY COMMUNICATION, while you have the ability to respond, our office staff does not necessarily see your communication back to us.

Click here to sign up for the Remind App.  The children’s safety is our number one priority and we want to be able to keep you informed at all times.  Thank you for your continued support.