Pumpkins in a field

Halloween Information

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 Thursday, October 31, 2019.  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).  Please DO NOT SEND ANY FOOD OR CANDY!


Pumpkin Chase Race – YES! We start the day with a Halloween RUN, where we actually chase a pumpkin!

9:00-9:45 – 4th and 5th Grade

9:45-10:15 – 1st Grade and Kindergarten

10:15 – 11:00 – 2nd and 3rd Grade

To volunteer at the race, click this link:https://forms.gle/MBiKeMECwEsnqrg76


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 those cute pics! In case of rain, the parade will take place in the building (Parents can take pictures in the gym). 


1:30-2:30 – 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!

J Jill Martin, Principal H.E.S. & Christy Hunter, Assistant Principal, H.E.S.

Teachers and administrators at breakfast.

Elementary South Celebrates Its National Blue Ribbon Recognition with a Breakfast

Teachers, board members and administrators came together Friday morning for a breakfast to celebrate Elementary South’s designation as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. Elementary South is among 25 schools in Illinois and 362 schools nationwide to receive this recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. The award is the highest honor an American school can receive. In mid-November, awardees will be recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education in Washington, D.C.

A wide assortment of pumpkins

OCTOBER EVENTS… Join us for the fun!

October 3, 2019 – Early Release at 12:10pm

October 9, 2019 – Non-attendance day!

October 16, 2019 – Kdg, 1st and 2nd Grade PE Night 6:00-7:00pm in the gym

October 17, 2019 – 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade PE Night 6:00-7:00pm in the gym

October 18, 2019 – KEY to 73 – Hawthorn Education Foundation’s OKTOBERFEST – Viper Alley – 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire 6:30pm-10:30pm (adults only) REGISTER ONLINE

October 25, 2019 – HES Family Alliance presents – Bingo Night 6:00-8:00pm – more info to follow

October 26, 2019 – PTO Hawthorn Hustle 5K – Century Park Sled Hill 1001 Lakeview Parkway Check in at 8:30am, Race at 9:00am                                    REGISTER ONLINE

October 31, 2019 – HES Pumpkin Chase Race 9:00-9:45 4th and 5th Grades, 9:45-10:15 Kdg, and 1st Grades, 10:15-11:00 2nd and 3rd Grade                   VOLUNTEER at the race

October 31, 2019 – Halloween celebrations – 1:30 Parade (weather permitting) – all welcome to watch outside, 1:45 Classroom parties – pre-approved room parents only, please!  If you do not celebrate, please contact your child’s teacher for alternate planned activities.

Attendance Awareness Poster

Elementary South Is Among Winners of Attendance Competition

Elementary South and the School of Dual Language were among winners of an annual attendance competition held by the Regional Office of Education. Schools throughout Lake County submitted their attendance rates for the week of Sept. 9 – 13. Elementary South and the School of Dual Language and other winning schools were recognized at an awards ceremony at the College of Lake County in late September.

Early Release Day Clip Art

Oct. 3 is an Early Release Day

Good morning all and Happy Fall!

This is just a reminder that on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2019, we will have an EARLY RELEASE at 12:10pm.  Please make sure you send a note if travel arrangements are different due to the early dismissal time.  You can also email us at es-attend@hawthorn73.org 

Thank you,

Dr. Martin

U.S. Dept. of Education Logo

Hawthorn Elementary South Is Named Among the Best Schools in the Nation By U.S. Department of Education

Hawthorn Elementary South has been named among the best schools in the nation through the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award recognition. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

“We are so proud that Elementary South is a recipient of this exceptional award,” said Dr. Peter Hannigan, Hawthorn District 73’s superintendent. “At Hawthorn, we truly believe that all children can learn at high levels. This honor is a testament to the hard work, commitment and engagement of the school’s teachers, staff, students and parents.” 

Hawthorn Elementary South is a kindergarten through fifth grade school serving approximately 700 students. The school celebrates the diversity of its students, who speak more than 30 different languages. It is known for providing masterful learning activities in which students explore and deeply engage with content in a joyful, exciting manner. Its top priority is to grow the whole child by combining robust academics with a full social emotional curriculum.  

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels, or where significant progress has been made in raising student achievement. Elementary South received the honor in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category for achieving high performance among key subgroups and completing a rigorous application process that evaluated everything from social and emotional learning supports to professional development to quality classroom instruction.

PE Class Clip Art

PE Nights

Grades: Kdg, 1, and 2 – October 16, 2019  &  Grades: 3, 4, and 5 – October 17, 2019

6:00-7:00 pm in the Elementary South Gym


Come experience a PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS with your child.  It will be fun, healthy, invigorating, and enlightening.  Don’t forget to bring your gym shoes.  For space limitations, please limit those who attend to you and your Elementary South student.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to our PE staff.  


Mr. Amos, Mrs. Faith, Mrs. McFarlin, Mrs. Krajewski, and Miss Skala

Oktoberfest Post Card

Oktoberfest is October 18

Come out and support the Key to 73 Education Foundation by attending Oktoberfest! This event will include heavy appetizers, a cash bar, a silent auction, live band and live entertainment. It will take place Friday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. Purchase your tickets today.

Every Day Counts clip art

Happy Attendance Week

Attendance at school is extremely important in the success of your child’s educational experience!  Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.

* Make getting students to school on time every day a top priority!

Please note that we monitor attendance and tardies for each child.  If your child misses 5% or more of the school year, we are required to notify Lake County.  You will receive a letter monitoring this data.  Please help us by sending your child to school on time and regularly.

students looking at books.

Book Tasting is on the Menu

The tables were set for a special treat. What was on the menu? A book tasting! Students in Ms. Schorsch’s fourth grade class had an opportunity to “taste” a wide variety of books from different genres, including fiction, folklore and autobiography. They skimmed a few pages of each book, wrote down their initial thoughts, and moved on to another course of books.