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Students Test How Far a Paper Airplane Can Fly

More than 50 students participated in the Elementary South and Aspen Elementary Science Olympiad virtual event on Thursday. Students tested just how far their multi-piece flying glider devices could travel. The longest distance traveled was 15 meters! Great job students!


Students Learn to Draw Cartoons

The art of drawing was the focus of Elementary South’s virtual assemblies on January 19. During the morning assembly, Cartoonist Mark Anderson with Andertoons showed students how to draw a variety of animals using a simple process of putting together letters and lines. In the afternoon, the focus was on dinosaurs vs. robots. Students had great fun creating their own illustrations as they drew along with the cartoonist.

Students Watch Matt Wilhelm via Zoom

Bike Rider’s Skills Amaze Students

Mrs. Brettner’s third grade class at Elementary South watched an all school virtual assembly featuring Pro BMX bike rider Matt Wilhelm. A Guinness World Record holder, Mr. Wilhelm amazed students with his tricks. He also spoke about the importance of perseverance and resilience. Several Elementary South students were featured in his custom recorded show. Students had a blast.

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Encore Spirit Wear Sale

Back by popular demand, the Hawthorn PTO is offering an encore Spirit Wear Sale that goes from now until Sunday, Nov. 22. For more information, visit this website. If you have questions, please send an email to:

Music Notes

4th Grade Band & Orchestra Orientation Night – October 12th

We look forward to seeing you at Band Orientation Night!  This is an event for students and parents to attend together.  At 7:00 pm click on the link for your student’s school.  At 7:30 pm click on the link for your student’s instrument.  You will need your instrument for the 7:30 meeting, but please do not assemble your instrument until you are asked to do so.   

Townline & Dual Language Band
Aspen & Elementary South Band & Orchestra
Elementary North Band
Townline/Dual Language/Elementary North Orchestra
7:30Band Instruments
TL, DL, and Elem. North Percussion
Aspen & Elementary South Percussion
7:30Orchestra Instruments
North Violin/Viola
Aspen & Elementary South Violin/Viola
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Drafting Creatures Instead of Compositions

Mrs. Dahm, a fourth-grade teacher at Elementary South, provided her class with a fun and creative way to learn about the writing process. She instructed her students to create their own creatures/monsters out of Play-Doh. Then she had them revise, edit and finalize their creatures, in the same way one drafts and polishes a writing composition. The students came up with some unique and imaginative creatures, from a unicorn mixed with a monster, to a dog mixed with a cat.

Meals for Families

Formulario para Ordenar Desayuno y Almuerzo

Meals for Families 

September 10, 2020/in Latest News /by dierbeckc

USDA has extended the waiver allowing our district to provide meals at no charge to families. We are excited to extend this option to families who need this service!  All that is required is to complete this survey to be added on the list for meal delivery to a designated bus stop or pick up at Middle School South. Times for pickup are in survey and coordination of bus stop pickups will be arranged by the district.
*No families will be charged for any meals*
  Breakfast and Lunch Service Order Form
Formulario Para Ordenar Desayuno y Almuerzo – 9/29

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Last Day of School 2019-2020

June 3, 2020: It’s hard to believe we are finishing out the school year in this manner.  This certainly has been an unprecedented experience, but I am proud of the way the Hawthorn community has come together to support one another.  In the past 12 weeks, Hawthorn has made sure to feed our families both breakfast and lunch for those in need, has provided devices and hotspots to ensure learning for ALL can continue, has created innovative remote learning activities to keep learning at the forefront of each child’s day, has ZOOMED to ensure connection with our staff members and friends, has created many different spirit weeks to add an element of fun to a difficult situation and has made many different videos for our students and families to show our Hawthorn LOVE!

Usually, on this day, we would have an end of school assembly where we can celebrate the accomplishments of our 5th graders as they move on to middle school.  Congratulations to our 5th Graders on an extremely successful elementary experience and we wish them all the best as they move on.  Please enjoy this 5th Grade Farewell Video:

Speaking of moving on… It has been my absolute honor to be the principal of Hawthorn Elementary South for the past 15 years.  Together, we have created an absolutely amazing environment for children, an environment that was recognized nationally as we won the Blue Ribbon award this year.  I am extremely proud of our accomplishments and know that you all are in the very best of hands with Mrs. Christy Hunter, the new principal of Hawthorn Elementary South.  I will miss you all and hope to work with many of you at the Hawthorn School for Young Learners.  Please come down the block for a visit!

Hope to be able to wave goodbye to many of you today at our parade at 2:00 p.m.

Wishing you all a HEALTHY and SAFE summer.  

Dr. Jill Martin

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Reverse Parade is June 3

There is one more pick up time today (6/3/20200) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

After these two times, we will donate or throw away the remaining supplies unless you call us at 847-990-4800 to request we keep them.


To close out the end of the 2019-2020 school year, we are going to be having an END OF YEAR “REVERSE” CAR PARADE on the last day of school,June 3rd!  For this parade, staff members will stand outside the schools and students/families can drive by and wave! Please do not get out of your car.  It is important that you maintain safety as there will be many cars and staff members present.

* The parade will start at 2:00pm.

* All families must stay in their vehicles throughout the parade.

* Staff will be standing 6 feet apart, spread out along the perimeter of Aspen and Elementary South.

* Teachers/Staff will stand in order by grade level, starting with kindergarten near the entrance to the parade.  Following our grade level teams, our P.E., Related Arts, and all other staff will follow.

 * Feel free to decorate your cars, wear your Hawthorn gear and show your Hawthorn Pride!


  1. Line up facing north on Aspen Drive @ 2:00pm.
  2. Enter the campus at the north end (near the entrance to Aspen School).
  3. Follow the drive around the back of Aspen School.
  4. Exit onto Aspen Drive and turn right (turn south to exit).

Wave, honk, hold signs – show some HAWTHORN LOVE!

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Supply Pick Up and Reverse Parade Reminder

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Dear Hawthorn Elementary South Families,

We hope you had a wonderful weekend and had  fun last Friday with HAWTHORN PLAYS – our virtual Field Day.  It’s hard to believe we only have 3 “school days” left of the 2019-2020 school year.  We have a lot going on these last few days.

We have 3 remaining SUPPLY PICK UP times and YEARBOOK PICK UP times

  • Monday, June 1, 2020 from – 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

We are very excited for our “REVERSE PARADE” at Elementary South on June 3rd, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

School Work:

Would you like to download your child’s Seesaw Journal? Parents of PreK-2nd grade students are welcome to use these instructions to save their child’s completed learning activities at the end of our school year. Please note this process is entirely optional. If you need assistance, please connect with our District Technology Department at

If you are the parent/guardian of a 3rd – 5th grade student and planning to  leave the district, you may wish to download your child’s completed learning activities from the district Google account. You are welcome to use these instructions to save any school work your child may have created on this platform. Please note this process  is entirely optional. If you need assistance, please connect with our District Technology Department at

Food Assistance: 

Since April 13th, we have been providing  twice weekly breakfast and lunch service to families needing food assistance.  We are able to continue this service for all families with children 18 years old and younger during the summer months.  Pickup will remain on Mondays and Wednesday from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Middle School South, 600 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois. Distribution of these meals is through a drive through or walk-up line outside the school. All children 18 and younger are eligible for this service. 

To help ensure we have the appropriate levels of food available for distribution, or to support families unable to find transportation to Middle South,  families in need of meal service are asked to complete this brief survey.

Please note there will be no food service on the following dates:

Monday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 1

Social Emotional Corner: BE WELL!\

Dr. Martin and Mrs. Hunter