Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Attention Elementary South parents!  The PTO needs your help to support Staff Appreciation Week!  The deadline has been extended and we are still accepting donations.  Please consider donating so we can put on a nice celebration for our wonderful staff. Click on the link below to donate directly to the PTO store.

The week of May 7th has been designated as Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week for our schools.  As the year winds down, the Hawthorn PTO would like to thank the teachers and staff for the hard work they put forth for our children each and every day.

WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT! Here is how you can show your support.

  1. We gladly accept monetary donations so we can make the celebration at Elementary South memorable for all.  You can make a donation online at the PTO store .
  2. You can also make a cash donation (or by check made out to Hawthorn PTO) by downloading and filing out this form and sending it school with your child. Your generous donations will be used to provide several treats throughout the week and a well-deserved luncheon.
  3. You can donate food items by signing up here.

Should you have any questions, please contact Stacy Streb at sstreb@att.net.   Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Field Trip

Students Visit Keller Nature Center

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.

Field Day 2018

Field Day this year is Friday, June 1! Do you want to volunteer? Volunteers will be assigned a station to run for field day. Classes will come to your station two at a time and you will instruct them about what to do at your station. Volunteers can choose to help for AM, PM or all day. Please contact Mrs. McFarlin or Mrs. Krajewski with any questions at mcfarlink@hawthorn73.org or krajewskik@hawthorn73.org.



Book Swap

Elementary South is holding a Book Swap!

Students honored

Students Recognized at IPA Breakfast

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:

Cate Pangilinan
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
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.

Foundation logo

Key to 73 Education Foundation Wants Your Input

Please assist the Key to 73 Education Foundation choose an inaugural gift for each Hawthorn school.  The Key to 73 Education Foundation was established to raise private sector funds to support the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan. In its first year, the foundation would like to present each school with a gift to be used by all of the students. Please take a short survey to help select the option most valued by all for each school.

PTO Family Fun & Fitness Night Fundraiser

Come out & join us for a Fun Family Fitness Night at Townline Elementary School – Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm (doors open @ 6 pm).
100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the PTO! 

This event is open to all families & schools (k thru 8), the minimum age is 5 to participate. $10 per person (with advance registration), $15 at the door. $25 max per family. Please register through the PTO Store.

All those registered will be automatically entered into a FREE raffle to win a Leap Frog Epic Academy Edition Device.

Click here for more details


March 2018 SOAR Winners

Congratulations to all of our March SOAR (SAFE, ON TASK, ACT RESPONSIBLE, RESPECT) winners, who “Soared Above the Line” in academics or behavior this month.

Student Homeroom
Rob Mckenzie K  Avila
Aliannah K  Avila
Leah K  Dingman
Cataleya K  Dingman
Hasan K  Kroot
Nandita K  Kroot
Sanjana K  Schryver
Manas K  Schryver
Michael K  Silver
Hayden K  Silver
Brady 1 Bleck
Shira 1 Bleck
Alina 1 Brettner
Chloe 1 Brettner
Aarav 1 Brzezinski
Yaser 1 Brzezinski
Alexander 1 Faith
Srihan 1 Faith
Camila 1 Lawless
Yazan 1 Lawless
Lila 1 Wilton
Jaishanth 1 Wilton
Shourya 2 Hansen
Safiya 2 Hansen
Annette 2 Rude
Advik 2 Terchin
Elise 2 Terchin
Cristian 2 Wagner
Ayati 2 Wagner
Reid 2 Weinstein
Emily 2 Weinstein
Sebastian 2 Worden
Alexandra 2 Worden
Pia 3 Arenson
Maya 3 Arenson
Esha 3 Arenson
Tye 3 Preston
Isabella 3 Preston
Aditi 3 Reilly
Melanie 4 Alland
Ryan 4 Alland
Sandra 4 Dahm
Noah 4 Dahm
Anahya 4 Oliva
Tyler 4 Oliva
Emilee 4 Schorsch
Justin 4 Studer
Cathelin 4 Studer
Ocho 5 Brand
Varsha 5 Brand
Jackson 5 Preuss
Courtney 5 Preuss
Tyler 5 Sordini
Natalie 5 Trela
Emeal 5 Trela
flexible seating

Teacher Transforms Her Classroom

Over spring break, fourth-grade teacher Ms. Schorsch transformed her classroom at Elementary South from a room of regular desks and chairs to a room with stadium seats, rugs, hokki stools, stability discs and even a bean chair. Flexible seating encourages students to find their best spot to stay calm, focused and productive. Ms. Schorsch had posted a list of items she wanted for her classroom on donorschoose.org. All the items she requested were provided.

April 2018 Newsletter

Happy April, everyone!  This is an exciting time because we are beginning to plan for the next school year. We have already received many questions about placement.  Our staff will begin the class building process at the end of April or beginning of May for the 2018-2019 school year.  This is one of our most important tasks to prepare for the upcoming year.  Throughout this process, our goal is to place students in the best possible learning setting for them.  We will try to build classes that are balanced in terms of learning needs and styles, gender, emotional and social development, and academic achievement.

We welcome parent input in this process, as we recognize that parents know their children better than anyone else.  If you would like to offer insight, share your perspective, or express a need on behalf of your child, we invite you to write a letter.  Because it is very difficult to grant requests for specific teachers, we ask that your letter focus on your child’s learning style, significant learning experiences for him/her, and/or the type of teaching style to which your child responds best.  Please do not request a specific teacher.  

We ask that all letters be submitted no later than Friday, May 4, 2018.   We will use the information you provide, along with input from teachers, to place your child in a classroom that will best meet his or her needs.

This year, the registration process will continue to be on-line. Starting April 27th, you will receive a letter with parent portal access ID and password.  If you do not have computer access, the district office will have computers available for you to register your child.  ALL DISTRICT RESIDENCY EVENT – for all students will take place on Wed. Aug 1st,  Thur. Aug. 2nd, and Mon. Aug. 6th.  Watch for more information coming soon.  Please register online by May 18th so we can place your child in a classroom for next year.

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 martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.

All the best,




K-2 OPEN HOUSE - 4/24/18

7:00-7:30 KDG OPEN HOUSE
7:00-7:30 1st – PERFORMANCE
7:00-7:30: 2nd – OPEN HOUSE
7:30-8:00: 1st – OPEN HOUSE

3-5 OPEN HOUSE - 4/26/18

6:30-7:00: 3rd PERFORMANCE
7:00-7:30: 3rd/4th/5th OPEN HOUSE
7:30-8:00: 5th PERFORMANCE


Upcoming Events

4/3 – 4/20 PARCC Testing – Grades 3, 4, 5

4/13: Family Dance 6:00pm-7:30pm

4/17, 4/18: New session of SOAR running club begins 7:15am

4/17: Community Engagement Meeting – Elem South 7:00pm

4/18: 6th Grade Parent Orientation at Middle North parents only 6:00

4/19: 6th Grade Parent Orientation at Middle South parents only 6:00

4/19: Early Release – 12:10 Dismissal

4/20: PTO Family Fitness Night – Townline 6:30pm

4/20: Ice Cream Friday – bring $1.00

4/23: Earth Day – wear blue and green

4/24: K-2 Open House 7:00pm

4/25: 1st Grade Field Trip – Heller Nature Center

4/26: 3-5 Open House 6:30pm

4/27: 2nd Grade Field Trip – Marriott Lincolnshire

4/27: Birthday Bash for April Birthdays

4/30: Community Engagement Meeting – Middle North 7:00pm