Children playing

Kindergarten Welcome Night is a Blast

Children had great fun at the August 15 Kindergarten Welcome Night at Elementary South. The event included a play date for incoming kindergarten children and a bus practice. Parents met teachers, learned all about Elementary South and met other kindergarten families.

Field Day

Field Day is a Great Day

Elementary South children had a great time at Field Day last Friday. They played all sorts of relay games and took turns jumping up and down in the bouncy house. It was a perfect day for playing outdoors.


orchestra rehearsal

Practice Makes Perfect

Students in the Aspen and Elementary South orchestras know that practice makes perfect.  You can see their dedication and concentration as they rehearse.

May 2018 Newsletter

It was great to see so many of you at OPEN HOUSE last week.  A huge THANK YOU to our music teachers: Pam Yeo and Phil Messina 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.  Thank you all for attending.

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 next 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 or (847) 990-4800. 

All the best,




Have you registered your child for the 2018-2019 school year?

Registration is due on 5/18 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 – Early Release 12:10 Dismissal

5/11 – Spirit Day – Hawthorn Blue and Gold

5/15 – 5th Grade Field Trip to Art Institute

5/18 – May/June Birthday Bash

5/18 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

5/19 – SOAR Race

5/21 – 5th Grade visits Middle School South

5/22 – Aspen Library – Summer Reading Assemblies

5/22 – Aspen & HES 4th/5th Grade Orchestra Concert 7:00

5/24 – Volunteer Tea – 9:00am

5/25 – No School for Teacher’s Institute

5/28 – No School for Memorial Day

5/29 – 2nd Grade End of Year Party – 1:30

5/30 – 3rd Grade Wendella Boat Field Trip

5/30 – 1st Grade End of Year Party – 1:30

5/31 – May Soaring Eagle Winners Celebration

5/31 – End of year parties (12:00 4th, 1:00 3rd, 1:15 5th, 1:30 Kdg)

5/31 – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Aspen Library

6/1 – Field Day


Animals Visit Elementary South

It’s not that often that a zoo comes to you. But thanks to Animal Quest, Elementary South first-grade students got to see a wide range of animals today, from a hedgehog to a Savannah monitor. The children were able to pet some of the animals, such as the hedgehog and the chicken, but the tarantula, the snake and the monitor were off limits. The animal show, which was part of Elementary South’s science unit on animal adaptations and habitats, was enjoyed by all.


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 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 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:


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 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