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

March 2018 Newsletter

March always comes “roaring” into Elementary South like a lion because when March comes in, so does STATE TESTING.   Children in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking the PARCC exams.  5th Grade will be testing March 13-22.  3rd and 4th Grades will test April 3rd -April 12th.  They will complete four tests in Math and three tests in Language Arts.  5th graders will also take one science test on April 24th.  The children and their teachers have worked all year to learn the Common Core Standards and we all feel confident that they have been well prepared for state testing.  Thank you for making sure your child has been well rested, at school on time, and has had a good breakfast.  We have done the rest!  Teachers will be sending home specific testing schedules.

Testing is not all that is going on around here!  Thanks to all who came out for FAMILY FUN NIGHT! The trivia show was fun, the book sales were incredible, and we were able to earn lots of free books for our school.  It was great fun for all who attended and a special thanks to our family alliance, PTO, and volunteers who made the event such a success!

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.

Have a wonderful Spring Vacation with family and friends!

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

March 2: End of trimester two

March 15: Little People Music Festival – 5th Grade Band and Orchestra

March 15: Art Show at Aspen Library – 6:00-8:00pm

(Art show will run March 15-April 7 – stop by and see our amazing art work)

March 16: Class Picture Day

March 16: Wear GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day

March 16: Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

March 16: Report Cards go home

March 16: Birthday Bash – March Birthdays

March 18: Variety Show at MSS at 1:00 and 3:00

March 21: 5th Grade Field Trip to The Grove (Preuss, Brand, Sordini)

March 22: 5th Grade Field Trip to The Grove (Carlson, Trela)

March 26-March 30: Spring Break

April 2: School Resumes

 

School Board Clip Art

Hawthorn Hosts an Evening with the Board

Hawthorn School District 73 is inviting the community to attend an Evening with the Board on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills, IL. The event will focus on how to solve the District’s present and future space needs.  The event will include a presentation and an opportunity for community members to provide their feedback and advice to the Board of Education.

The school district is growing. Over the next 10 years, it is projected to welcome approximately 700 more students. By 2026, its enrollment will reach more than 5,000 students, representing a more than 30 percent increase since 2008.  Hawthorn’s facilities have either been at capacity or above capacity for the past six years. Administrators have made numerous adaptations to manage space, including adding a portable containing two classrooms at Elementary South, and conducting gym in the cafeteria and hallways of the middle schools.

Childcare will be provided.  Spanish translators will be present. If you need childcare, please register by February 19. Send an email to: petersonw@hawthorn73.org.

 

January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  As we move into 2018, I wish you all good health, joy, and a school year filled with academic and social growth!  It is an exciting time here at Elementary South this month.  Friday, we will celebrate READ 2018.  Everyone is invited to snuggle up in his or her pajamas and drop everything and read for 2018 seconds.  Thank you to the PTO who will be providing cookies for our event!

As we move into the new year, STAR team (Students taking additional responsibilities) have planned a WALKING IN A WINTER WONDER HALLWAY Contest.  You or your class can earn snowflakes for showing above the line behavior in our hallways.  This is especially important in the upcoming weeks because winter testing season is upon us. Kindergarten and first grade students will be given the AIMSWEB benchmark assessment in order to monitor their progress.  Many students will participate in ACCESS testing and we are preparing for the MAP assessments, as well.  We will do our very best to prepare students for the testing without putting added stress or pressure on them.  Our philosophy continues to be, if we continue to teach the Hawthorn Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, the students will be prepared and will make academic growth.  Nothing extra needs to be done to prepare for testing.

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.

Wishing you a happy, healthy 2017!

All the best,

 

 

 

Winter Is Here!

Please remember that if the temperature is above 10 degrees (including wind chill), we do go outside for recess.  Please make sure your child has appropriate SNOW GEAR if he/she wants to play in the snow and is bundled up for the cold.

Also, with the cold weather, please allow a few extra minutes for drop off and pick up.  Thank you for your patience.

As a Reminder . . . 

If your child received any GREAT NEW ELECTRONICS or toys for the holidays, please keep them safely at home.

Upcoming Events…

Jan 8 – School Resumes – Happy New Year!

Jan 9 – December Soaring Eagle Breakfast in café

Jan 9 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly

Jan 9 – PTO Meeting at District Office @ 7:00pm

Jan 11 – 4th/5th Grade Spelling Bee

Jan 12 – Ice Cream Friday – bring $1.00

Jan 12– READ 2018 – Pajama Day/READ for 2018 seconds

Jan 15 – No School – Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Jan 17 – 4th/5th Grade Band Concert at Aspen @7:00pm

Jan 18 – 4th/5th Grade Orchestra Concert at Aspen @ 7:00

Jan 19 – Hawthorn Blue and Gold Spirit Day

Jan 22 – BOE Meeting at District Office at 7:00pm

Jan 25 – Early Release @ 12:10pm

Jan 26 – Birthday Bash-January and July Birthdays in café @ 8:50am

Jan 30 – Midterm Reports go home

December 2017 Newsletter

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.  As we move into the holiday season, it reminds us all how fortunate we are to have such a caring community.  I want to thank you all for attending parent-teacher conferences, as well as three hundred and fifty visitors to the building during our National Education Week visitation.  We appreciate all you do to support children at home, and we thank you for joining our partnership in “Inspire all students to embrace learning in a ever-changing world.”

This year our Bernstein Unit is focused on Growth Mindset and the understanding that I may not be able to do it, YET, but with hard work and dedication, I can get there.   On Dec 21st, the whole school will watch Finding Nemo and/or Finding Dori.  These two movies remind us to “just keep swimming” to reach our goals.  We will have classroom discussions on Growth Mindset and make connections to the movie.  Nemo is rated G and Dory is rated PG and we were planning to give children choice as to which movie they view so if you do not want your child to watch the movie, please contact your child’s teacher.  An alternate activity will be planned for those who do not wish to have their child participate.

November also brought out our Art Adventure volunteers and we had a wonderfully successful Book Fair. Thanks to all the parents who volunteered for both activities.  As always, we are working hard to improve our reading, writing and math skills!

Now that December has arrived, please remember that if it is above 10 degrees including wind chill, we will be going outside.  Please have your child dress for the fresh, crisp air.

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.

Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season!

All the best,

 

 

 

 

Coming soon…

Dec 6 – Trimester Report Cards go home

Dec 8 – Hawthorn Blue and Gold Spirit Day

Dec 8 – Roller Skating begins in PE for grades 1-5

Dec 13 – Early Release at 12:10

Dec 21 – Birthday Bash for December Birthdays

Dec 21 – Slipper Day  – bring your favorite slippers to wear

Dec 21 – Finding Nemo/Dory Movie Day – Growth Mindset Movie

Dec 22 – Jan 7 Winter Break – school resumes Jan 8.  Happy New Year!

Jan 9 – Soaring Eagle Awards breakfast

Jan 9 – Winter Map Testing begins and winter benchmarking for AIMSweb

Jan 12 – READ 2018– Pajama Day and we will all read for 2018 seconds

November 2017 Newsletter

These beautiful fall days remind us all that we have so much to be THANKFUL for.  We live in a wonderful community that supports our children and their education!  There are exciting activities going on in the classrooms, and everyone is working hard to challenge students to reach their potential and improve student achievement.

Halloween was a great event at South! Thank you to all the room parents who volunteered for our Halloween parties.  Everyone had a spooktacular time!

Looking into November, we have the end of the first trimester, report cards, and conferences. We look forward to meeting with each of you to discuss your child’s progress.  At conferences, be sure to visit the book fair in the main hallway. A portion of the proceeds from the sale allows us to buy new books for our library.

Ever wonder what the classrooms are really like?  If you are interested in seeing your child in the classroom, please come visit us on American Education Week’s Parent Visitation Day – Wednesday, NOVEMEBER 15, 2017.  See the schedule in the box below.

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,

 

 

 

First Trimester Ending…

Can you believe the first trimester is coming to an end? Report cards will be distributed on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held:

Nov 20: PM only K-5

Nov. 21: AM only K-5 (no school that day)

If you still need a conference time, please contact your child’s teacher.

Sadly… Flu Season is here!

The best way for us to stay well is prevention!  At school, we follow set guidelines for hand sanitization.  Remember to have your child wash his/her hands frequently and please keep your child home if he/she is sick.

Let’s keep our children HEALTHY!

 

American Education Week Parent Visitation – Nov 15, 2017

Parking will be available on the EAST side of Aspen.  Please do not bring younger siblings.  Thank you!

Kindergarten: Thankful Writing @ 8:50-9:30

First Grade: Math Marathon @ 12:20-1:20

Second Grade: Geography Games @ 2:10 – 2:50

Third Grade: Continents and Oceans @ 10:40-11:20

Fourth Grade: Math Madness @ 10:00-10:40

Fifth Grade: Team Building-Engineering @ 10:00-10:45

Upcoming Events…

11/2 – Early Release at 12:10pm

11/10 – No School Veteran’s Day

11/15 – American Education Visitation Day

11/15 – Picture Retake Day

11/17 – Family Alliance Movie Night

11/17 – November Birthday Bash

11/20 – Parent Teacher Conferences/Book Fair

11/21 – No School Parent Teacher Conferences AM/Book Fair

11/22-11/26 – No School Thanksgiving Break

11/27 – School Resumes

May 2017 Newsletter

It was so great to see so many of you at OPEN HOUSE last week.  A huge THANK YOU to our music teachers: Kathy Rossett, and Pam Yeo 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.  We will miss Mrs. Rossett next year as she retires to North Carolina, but are excited to welcome Mr. Medina, our new music teacher.

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

All the best,

 

 

 

Have you registered your child for the 2017-2018 school year?

Registration is due on 5/19 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!

 

Upcoming Events…

5/10: 5th Grade Art Institute Field Trip

5/11 – Early Release 12:10 Dismissal

5/12 – Spirit Day – Hawthorn Blue and Gold

5/15 – Fireman Tony – 4th Grade Smoke Trailer

5/17 – 4th Grade CLC Social Studies Field Trip

5/18 – Aspen and HES 4th/5th Grade Band Concert 7:00

5/19 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

5/20 – SOAR Race

5/22 – 5th Grade visits Middle School South

5/23 – Aspen & HES 4th/5th Grade Orchestra Concert 7:00

5/24 – 5th Gr Healthy Lifestyles Graduation 1:00 Aspen

5/25 – May Birthday Bash

5/26 – No School for Teacher’s Institute

5/29 – No School for Memorial Day

5/31 – 3rd Grade Wendella Boat Field Trip

6/1 – May Soaring Eagle Winners Celebration

6/2 – Field Day

6/5 – End of year parties (11:30 4th, 12:30 3rd, 1:15 5th, 1:30 Kdg)

6/6 – End of year parties (1:30 1st and 2nd)

6/7 – Last Day of School – 1:30 Assembly

April 2017 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 2017-2018 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 5, 2017.   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 30th, 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 2nd , Thur. Aug. 3rd, and Mon. Aug. 7th.  Watch for more information coming soon.  Please register online by May 19th so we can place your child in a classroom for next year.

Earth Week is coming!  To continue with our Courage to SOAR above the line, we will devote the week of April 17th to being kind to the EARTH.  Watch for more news about this!

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

4/25/16

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

4/27/16

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 – 4/21 PARCC Testing – Grades 3, 4, 5

4/7: Family Dance 6:30pm-8:30pm

4/11, 4/12: New session of SOAR running club begins

4/13: PTO Family Fitness Night – Townline 6:30pm

4/14: No School – Good Friday

4/17: Earth Week begins

4/18: Science Fair 6:00pm

4/20: Early Release – 12:10 Dismissal

4/20: 6th Grade Parent Orientation at Middle South (parents only)

4/21: Earth Day – wear blue and green

4/21: Ice Cream Friday – bring $1.00

4/25: K-2 Open House 7:00pm

4/27: 3-5 Open House 6:30pm

March 2017 Newsletter

March always comes “roaring” into Elementary South like a lion because when March comes in, so does STATE TESTING.   Children in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking the PARCC exams the week after Spring Break.  They will complete four tests in Math and three tests in Language Arts.  5th graders will also take one science test.  The children and their teachers have worked all year to learn the Common Core Standards and we all feel confident that they have been well prepared for state testing.  Thank you for making sure your child has been well rested, at school on time, and has had a good breakfast.  We have done the rest!  Teachers will be sending home specific testing schedules.

Testing is not all that is going on around here!  Thanks to all who came out for FAMILY FUN NIGHT! The magician was awesome, the book sales were incredible, and we were able to earn lots of free books for our school.  It was great fun for all who attended and a special thanks to our family alliance, PTO, and volunteers who made the event such a success!

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.

Have a wonderful Spring Vacation with family and friends!

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

March 7: End of trimester two

March 10: Class Picture Day

March 15: Little People Music Festival – 5th Grade Band and Orchestra

March 16: Art Show at Aspen Library – 6:00-8:00pm

(Art show will run March 16-April 7 – stop by and see our amazing art work)

March 17: Wear GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day

March 17: Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

March 20: 5th Grade Field Trip to The Grove (Bentley, Gordon, Preuss)

March 20: Report Cards go home

March 22: 5th Grade Field Trip to The Grove (Hill, Sordini, Trela)

March 23: Birthday Bash – March Birthdays

March 27-March 31: Spring Break

April 3: School Resumes

April 4: State Testing Begins

 

January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  As we move into 2017, I wish you all good health, joy, and a school year filled with academic and social growth!  It is an exciting time here at Elementary South this month.  Friday, we will celebrate READ 2017.  Everyone is invited to snuggle up in his or her pajamas and drop everything and read for 2017 seconds.  Thank you to the PTO who will be providing cookies for our event!

As we move into the new year, we continue our Bernstein Unit on having the courage to SOAR above the line.  We are looking forward to THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE coming up the week of January 23rd.    More information on this will be coming soon!

In the coming weeks, our kindergarten and first grade students will be given the AIMSWEB benchmark assessment in order to monitor their progress.  Many students will participate in ACCESS testing and we are preparing for the MAP assessment in all grades.  We will do our very best to prepare students for the testing without putting added stress or pressure on them.  Our philosophy continues to be, if we continue to teach the Hawthorn Comprehensive Curriculum, the students will be prepared and will make academic growth.  Nothing extra needs to be done to prepare for testing.

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE?

The Great Kindness Challenge is a national proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement.  One week (Jan 23-Jan 27) is devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.  Children are provided with a list of 50 kind acts (they can add more) and accept the challenge to prove that bullying is weak and kindness is strength.  While the challenge lasts one week – it is a kick off for a KIND NEW YEAR at Elementary South and will help us to maintain our commitment to SOAR above the line.  Please talk to your child about ways to show kindness and help us support anti-bullying. For info, visit www.greatkindnesschallenge.org

Winter Is Here!  Please remember that if the temperature is above 10 degrees (including wind chill), we do go outside for recess.  Please make sure your child has appropriate SNOW GEAR if he/she wants to play in the snow and is bundled up for the cold. Also, with the cold weather, please allow a few extra minutes for drop off and pick up.  Thank you for your patience.

If your child received any GREAT NEW ELECTRONICS for the holidays, please keep them safely at home.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Jan 10 – December Soaring Eagle Breakfast in café @ 8:50am

Jan 10 – PTO Meeting at District Office @ 7:00pm

Jan 10 – Joint VHPD and BOE at Sullivan Center @ 7:00pm

Jan 10 – Winter Map Testing begins

Jan 12 – Spelling Bee in Café @ 9:00am

Jan 13– READ 2017 – Pajama Day/READ for 2017 seconds

Jan 16 – No School – Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Jan 18 – 4th/5th Grade Orchestra Concert at Aspen @7:00pm

Jan 19 – 4th/5th Grade Band Concert at Aspen @ 7:00pm

Jan 20 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

Jan 20 – Hawthorn Blue and Gold Spirit Day

Jan 23-Jan 27 Great Kindness Challenge

Jan 23 – BOE Meeting at District Office at 7:00pm

Jan 26 – Early Release @ 12:10pm

Jan 27 – Asian New Year’s Parade @ 8:45am

Jan 27 – Birthday Bash-January and July Birthdays in café @ 8:50am

Jan 31 – Midterm Reports go home