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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“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.
Students in the Aspen and Elementary South orchestras know that practice makes perfect. You can see their dedication and concentration as they rehearse.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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
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.
Through an Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip grant, all Elementary South first-grade students took a field trip to the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park on April 25. Several guides took groups on tours through the woods on a wood chip trail. By using clues to solve riddles, the students learned about the four basic components that make up a habitat: water, shelter, food and space and how they work together as a system. They carefully rolled over logs to peer at animal homes. They played a game that helped them understand the forest food chain. They asked lots of questions and it was clear they had a great time with the woods as their classroom. For many years, first-grade teacher Ms. Bleck has obtained this grant for an annual field trip. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Independence Tube Corporation, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation are sponsors of the grant program.
Congratulations to fifth-grade students Cate Pangilinan and Clayton Spraggs for being honored at the Illinois Principals Association breakfast last week. Below are excerpts from the printed program:
When thinking of a well rounded student, Cate immediately comes to mind. Not only does Cate excel in academics, but she also participates in sports outside of school. She is an avid softball player, and balances school work with practice, games, and tournaments flawlessly. However, what I find to be most impressive, is the kindness she exhibits on a daily basis. Cate is always concerned with the way people are feeling. She continuously stands up for others and is always mindful of people’s feelings. Whenever faced with a challenge, Cate rises to the occasion. She perseveres and excels in everything she does. She is a wonderful leader, and all around student.
Clayton Spraggs is an outstanding leader. He leads by example and it is noticed amongst his peers at Elementary South. His work ethic is second to none. His hard work allows him to be successful in many aspects of his education. Clayton puts in the extra effort and it shows through his class work and his grades. But more importantly he displays a drive to learn new things and he pushes himself to achieve the highest levels he can. Clayton carries himself in a positive manner and always has a positive attitude that transfers to those around him. He does the right thing even when no one is watching, and is willing to stick up for students who may need a friend they can count on. His teachers look forward to seeing what Clayton will achieve in years to come.
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