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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: https://vimeo.com/424063260

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.

HAWTHORN ELEMENTARY SOUTH END OF YEAR “REVERSE” PARADE  – JUNE 3, 20202 – 2:00 p.m. 

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!

PARADE DETAILS:

  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 cbrepairs@hawthorn73.org.

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 cbrepairs@hawthorn73.org.

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!  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15MPJQZA5y9ccpwENXZpzBb9e_w70fJrc/view?usp=sharing\

Dr. Martin and Mrs. Hunter

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HAWTHORN ELEMENTARY SOUTH END OF YEAR “REVERSE” PARADE

Dear Hawthorn Families,

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!

PARADE DETAILS:

  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!

See you at the parade on June 3, 2020!

Dr. Martin and Mrs. Hunter

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Remaining Pick Up Times

Many people have been asking about YEARBOOKS!  We do have some extra yearbooks that you can DRIVE UP and PICK UP during the remaining supply pick up times.  

Bring $20.00 cash in an envelope (exact change only) with your child’s name and grade level and we will hand you a book through the window (while supplies last).

Remaining Pick Up Times:

  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 from – 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • 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.

Speaking of SUPPLY PICK UP, if you do NOT plan to pick up your child’s supplies and would like them donated, please respond to this email and I will pack them up for donation or throw away anything that can not be donated.

Thank you and see you all at the June 3rd REVERSE PARADE!

🙂 Dr. Martin and Mrs. Hunter

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Get Ready for Virtual Field Day

 We hope you were able to enjoy this beautiful long weekend!

Tuesday is “Supply Pick Up and Drop off” for Last Names E-J from 7:30am-11:00am.  

This week, on Friday, we are so excited for our VIRTUAL FIELD DAY – HAWTHORN PLAYS!  On Wednesday, 5.27.20 the detailed agenda of the day will be shared with all of you. You’ll be able to choose one, a few, or all activities to participate in throughout the day. We hope you will find some that you will enjoy!

Here is the equipment list to get ready for Friday.  Remember, please do not buy anything for this event, just use what you find around the house.

Equipment list: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AKGGqyvUn4h3cNv-44-B8rALWqEpHoDX/view?usp=sharing

Continue the fun by decorating your door!  

Door decorating flyer:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1brNTjjPw98aRKePE5QcRe7gMxJ93mnb2/view?usp=sharing

Remote Learning Planning Day – 5.28.20

As you may remember, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has provided school districts with a limited number of “Remote Learning Planning Days.” These days allow staff members to spend time engaging in structured training and planning sessions focused on remote learning. Our next Remote Learning Planning Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 28th. While live conferencing and other forms of “real-time” communication will not be available on these dates, teachers will post learning plans to support the continuation of routines and structures that help ensure students are learning and connected to school. 

Social Emotional Corner: BE WELL!  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k04RRYM5uybReRf0sIxkwfzowzQ8R9lV/view?usp=sharing

Report Cards

As a friendly reminder, last year we expanded our use of the PowerSchool Parent Portal to digitally post report cards for both our middle and elementary school families. Benefits to posting report cards via this secure portal included more timely reporting to parents, as well as easy parent access to both current and past report cards. Online report cards are also environmentally friendly! On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 3rd we will post student report cards for our third trimester (including rotations four and five at the middle school).

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has continued to release grading and report card guidance to school districts. This guidance is based upon the principle of no educational harm to any child, and includes  recommendations for PreK-8th grade  districts  to use pass or incomplete (rather than numerical scores or percentage grades). We are using the codes P (pass) and INC ( incomplete) on our report cards to reflect that guidance. In addition, ISBE has shared that grading should prioritize connectedness and care for students.  Our students will receive narrative comments, rather than letter or numerical scores, for work/study behaviors such as submitting assignments on time. Note that ISBE’s guidance does not provide for the issuing of letter grades; our middle school families will see the code N/G  (no grade), followed by a P (pass) or INC (incomplete) for specific skills or concepts assessed in each class. Any student earning an incomplete will participate in an individualized learning plan to successfully pass the course, in partnership with parents/guardians. 

Be WELL, HES Eagles!

🙂 Dr. Martin and Mrs. Hunter

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Get Ready for Virtual Field Day

Friday, May 22, 2020

Good morning, HES!  We hope this email finds you all HEALTHY and WELL!

We hope you had a great week and were able to show some HAWTHORN SPIRIT!  Each week different members of our staff have sent you messages in the Friday videos.  This week, they are all compiled for you to enjoy: https://vimeo.com/421199105

We also have a short video showing some HAWTHORN PRIDE! https://vimeo.com/421139966

Next Friday 5.29.20 is HAWTHORN PLAYS, our first ever, VIRTUAL FIELD DAY!  While the PE and Health staff would love to see you in person, we will have to have fun in a different way this year. 

On Wednesday, 5.27.20 the detailed agenda of the day will be shared with all of you. You’ll be able to choose one, a few, or all activities to participate in throughout the day. We hope you will find some that you will enjoy!

To get prepared for the 5.29.20 virtual field day, attached is an equipment list of some “around the house” items that you can start collecting for the challenges. Please make do with what you have and don’t feel like you have to purchase anything. Remember this is all for FUN!  Don’t forget to send us pictures doing your Hawthorn Plays activities.

Equipment list: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AKGGqyvUn4h3cNv-44-B8rALWqEpHoDX/view?usp=sharing

In conjunction with Hawthorn Plays, we are also continuing this week’s spirit week with  a home door decorating activity.  This too is optional, but if you’d like to join in, take some time as a family and let’s see your Hawthorn Spirit! Post a picture on your social media with #HawthornDoorSpirit!!  We can’t wait to see your spirited doors! We look forward to joining together to have some fun next Friday! 

Door decorating flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1brNTjjPw98aRKePE5QcRe7gMxJ93mnb2/view?usp=sharing

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Dr. Martin and Mrs. Hunter

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Pick Up Hours

Friday is the first day of student supply pick up.  If your LAST NAME starts with A, B, C, or DFriday 05/22/2020 IS YOUR PICK UP DAY!

PICK UP HOURS: 7:30AM – 11:00AM

PICK UP/DROP OFF PROCEDURES FOR ELEMENTARY SOUTH:  

PICK UP/DROP OFF of students’ supplies has been scheduled  based on your LAST NAME.  We will be following social distancing guidelines throughout this process. 

  • Pick up and returns will happen via DRIVE UP.  Please pull-up in front of the school as if you were dropping off or picking up your student.  Staff will be coming to your car – please have ready a piece of paper displayed on your front dashboard with your STUDENT’S NAME & GRADE LEVEL.
  • POP YOUR TRUNK! – Anything you are returning to the school should be placed in a bag (garbage, ziplock, grocery, etc).  Please place your child’s name and grade on the bag.  We will take it out of your trunk and put your student supplies in your trunk!
  • YEARBOOKS: If you pre-ordered a yearbook, these will be distributed with your student’s supplies.  If you did not get to purchase a yearbook, we do have extra books but will not be handling this during supply pick up – more information coming soon!
  • MEDICATION: If you have medication at the school, the items will be distributed with school supplies via a sign-out system.   You will remain in the car while a staff member will come to you with the medication.  

PICK UP GUIDELINES: 

  • You are strongly encouraged to arrive at the site ALONE (no children), wearing MASKS and  GLOVES (unless you don’t have to open your windows)
  • Be prepared prior to drive-up with a piece of paper with your child/ren’s NAME, TEACHER & GRADE LEVEL – place on DASHBOARD
  • Any items not picked up will be donated or disposed of
  • Bring your students’ LIBRARY BOOKS & any TEXTBOOKS for drop-off in your trunk! Please have these items in a bag with your child’s name, grade and classroom teacher
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Pick-Up/Drop-Off Procedures

PICK UP/DROP OFF PROCEDURES FOR ELEMENTARY SOUTH:  

PICK UP/DROP OFF of students’ supplies has been scheduled  based on your LAST NAME.  We will be following social distancing guidelines throughout this process. 

  • Friday, May 22: For students with last names that begin with A – D
  • Tuesday, May 26: For students with last names that begin with E – J
  • Wednesday, May 27: For students with last names that begin with K – M
  • Thursday, May 28: For students with last names that begin with N – R
  • Monday, June 1: For students with last names that begin with S – Z
  • Pick up and returns will happen via DRIVE UP.  Please pull-up in front of the school as if you were dropping off or picking up your student.  Staff will be coming to your car – please have ready a piece of paper displayed on your front dashboard with your STUDENT’S NAME & GRADE LEVEL.
  • POP YOUR TRUNK! – Anything you are returning to the school should be placed in a bag (garbage, ziplock, grocery, etc).  Please place your child’s name and grade on the bag.  We will take it out of your trunk and put your student supplies in your trunk!
  • YEARBOOKS: If you pre-ordered a yearbook, these will be distributed with your student’s supplies.  If you did not get to purchase a yearbook, we do have extra books but will not be handling this during supply pick up – more information coming soon!
  • MEDICATION: If you have medication at the school, the items will be distributed with school supplies via a sign-out system.   You will remain in the car while a staff member will come to you with the medication.  

PICK UP GUIDELINES: HOURS 7:30am – 11:00am

  • You are strongly encouraged to arrive at the site ALONE (no children), wearing MASKS and  GLOVES (unless you don’t have to open your windows)
  • Be prepared prior to drive-up with a piece of paper with your child/ren’s NAME, TEACHER & GRADE LEVEL – place on DASHBOARD
  • Any items not picked up will be donated or disposed of
  • Bring your students’ LIBRARY BOOKS & any TEXTBOOKS for drop-off in your trunk! Please have these items in a bag with your child’s name, grade and classroom teacher
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Hawthorn Spirit Week

Dear Hawthorn Elementary South Families,

Get ready to show your HAWTHORN PRIDE this week because it’s HAWTHORN SPIRIT WEEK!  Wear your Hawthorn gear and show your Eagle pride any way you wish this week!  Many families will be decorating their doors this week.  Decorate your front door to spread Hawthorn family spirit and get pumped for HAWTHORN PLAYS – our district wide FIELD DAY on MAY 29, 2020!  Post a picture on your social media with #HawthornDoorSpirit!   We can’t wait to see pictures of you showing your Hawthorn Pride!  Don’t forget to send any pictures to your teacher so we can add them to our Friday Video.

Click here for more door decorating details: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aHmlqCvTOKVrKjVyZNwDKB9GFH073zPw/view?usp=sharing

REMOTE LEARNING DAYS:

As you may remember, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has provided school districts with a limited number of “Remote Learning Planning Days.” These days allow staff members to spend time engaging in structured training and planning sessions focused on remote learning. Our next REMOTE LEARNING PLANNING DAY is scheduled for FRIDAY, MAY 22nd. While live conferencing and other forms of “real-time” communication will not be available on these dates, teachers will post learning plans to support the continuation of routines and structures that help ensure students are learning and connected to school. 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL CORNER:  

As always, it is most important that you are HEALTHY and WELL.  Enjoy this week’s Social Emotional Corner from our Hawthorn Social Workers: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1w45LsmH7uSBZp7laBQrh29Rt7NHaZYmj/view?usp=sharing

We hope you all have a wonderful week! As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.

Sincerely,

Dr. Martin and Mrs. Hunter