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News You Can Use – 1/23/2020

1/24/2020 – Lunar New Year Parade 8:50am – Wear RED!

1/24/2020 – It’s National Compliment Day – don’t forget to compliment someone!

1/30/2020 – Simply Bee Parent Presentation – Raising A Resilient Kid; It Takes A Community from 6:00-7:00pm in the Café  – The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the important role parents take in teaching their kids how to make value-based decisions vs. fear-based decisions.

1/31/2020 – Blue and Gold Spirit Day! 

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Lockdown Drill

On Wednesday morning, all Hawthorn students and staff on the south side of campus participated in a LOCKDOWN DRILL.  As you know, safety is of utmost concern.  With this in mind, we practice locking down periodically throughout the year so all students know what to do in an emergency situation.

You may want to have a conversation with your child reminding him/her that we have practice drills for fire, inclement weather, intruders, and on the bus to make sure we are safe in all aspects of school.  Please remind your child of the importance of taking these drills seriously and thank you for helping to keep our children safe.

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Read 2020/PJ Day

Friday was a special reading day at Elementary South. Each class read books for 2020 seconds (33 minutes) in recognition of Read 2020 & Pajama Day. To make their reading comfortable and cozy, students wore their PJs to school. Throughout the building, students snuggled up with good books.

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Hawthorn District 73 Names Principal for Hawthorn School for Young Learners

Hawthorn School District 73 has named Dr. Jill Martin as principal of the Hawthorn School for Young Learners, the new kindergarten building currently under construction on Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. A resident of Buffalo Grove, Dr. Martin is currently principal of Elementary South, which is part of District 73. She will transfer to her new position at the end of the school year. 

“Over the years, Dr. Martin has built a tradition of excellence at Elementary South, a tradition that helped designate it as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School,” said the District’s Superintendent Dr. Pete Hannigan. “She has exhibited high expectations and a commitment to the success of every child. We look forward to her bringing her extensive experience and leadership to our new kindergarten building, which will open in 2020.” 

Dr. Martin has served as the principal of Elementary South, a kindergarten through fifth-grade school serving 700 students, for the past 15 years. Her focus has been on providing masterful learning activities in which students explore and deeply engage with content in a joyful, exciting manner. She led the school through the year-long process to be named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. She also played a key role in the founding of the Key to 73, Hawthorn District 73’s Education Foundation. Prior to serving at Elementary South, she was an assistant principal at Westmore Elementary School in Villa Park School District 45. She served as an elementary teacher in that district as well.

Dr. Martin received a doctorate in educational leadership from National Louis University in 2010.  She received a certificate of advanced studies in administration and supervision and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction also from National Louis University. In 2004, she received a “Those Who Excel” award of special recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Hawthorn School District #73 is a preschool through eighth-grade public school district serving more than 4,200 students. It serves all or portions of the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.

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News You Can Use – 1/9/20

Tomorrow (1/10/2020) is READ 2020 and Pajama Day!  We will drop everything and read for 2020 seconds (approximately 33 minutes).  Wear your pajamas and snuggle up with a good book!

Congratulations to Debarghya D. from Ms. Wagner’s class on winning today’s Spelling Bee and Parth V. from Ms. Studer’s class for being the runner up!  Excellent spelling by all the participants today!

January 14th starts the KIDS HEART CHALLENGE in PE (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart) Kids Heart Challenge – Heart Hero Characters Introduction

January 16th – Early Release @ 12:10 pm

January 17th – Blue and Gold Spirit Day and Ice Cream Friday – bring $1.00

WE VALUE YOUR FEEDFBACK  & NEED YOUR HELP! Please fill out the parent survey!

5 ESSENTIALS SURVEY – Students, parents and teachers across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the eighth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey between now and Feb. 14, 2020.  The survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your student’s school and gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes. Additionally, Hawthorn District 73 has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplemental survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your student’s school and guide improvement. We only have 8% response rate and need 20% for our data to count!


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Spelling Contest Shows Students’ Strong Vocabulary Skills

Twenty 4th and 5th grade students participated in Elementary South’s Scripps National Spelling Bee contest on January 9. Standing before a large audience of students, teachers and parents, they carefully spelled out tough words such as vortices, bindi, nefarious and jodhpurs. However, after 11 rounds, only three students were left: Avin K., Parth V. and Debarghya D. Debarghya, a fourth grade student in Ms. Wagner’s class, won the competition by spelling the word plasma correctly. Parth V., a fourth grade student in Ms. Studer’s class, was the runner up. Debarghya will go on to the sectional competition in Deerfield in February. Congratulations to all the students.

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Students Set Goals for 2020

Just a few days after the new year, Ms. Dahm’s fourth grade class at Elementary South set school-related goals for 2020. On the back of a pennant, each student wrote his/her goal and steps to achieve it. They colored and added pictures to the front of the pennants so they each had a personalized, colorful reminder of their goals. The goals were quite diverse. They included:

Improving at piano
Not talking so much
Learning the Greek alphabet
Being kind
Becoming great at math
Getting better at reading music

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How to Spend $1 Million

Students in Ms. Dahm’s fourth grade class at Elementary South engaged in a project that got them thinking about budgets and making tough financial decisions. Ms. Dahm asked them to imagine inheriting $1 million from a distant relative. She gave them a few days to decide how they would spend their fortunes, but they had to follow a few rules. Each had to spend exactly $1 million, no more or less. They had to purchase a new home, a new car, deposit four years of tuition money in a college fund, donate up to $100,000, plan a dream vacation, deposit up to $100,000 in a savings account, and purchase any other “wants” with left over money.

Students had fun deciding how much money they would use to purchase different items and how much they would save for the future. They recorded all of their expenses, checked their balances and wrote checks. They compared their homes, cars and other purchases with their classmates.

“I know what house I’m buying,” said one student looking at an ad for a $450,000 home.

“Now, everyone in my family will have a different colored Subaru,” said another.

Your Voice Matters

Happy New Year to all of you – I hope that you had a nice winter break!

Each year, we seek feedback from parents on a survey called the 5 Essentials Survey.

Please remember that each school needs a minimum of 20% participation.   

Here is the latest data regarding parent participation – Hawthorn Elem School South: 15%

Please help us get to the 20% by providing us with feedback!

Deadline for parent survey is 2/14/2020.

Link for parents to take the survey:

Thank you for your help!

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Emphasizing Kindness and Caring

Two Stevenson High School students visited Ms. Silver’s kindergarten class at Elementary South on Monday. Alivia and Kendall led an exercise that focused on kindness. They asked the students to draw pictures of their families or friends and write positive words related to kindness and caring below the pictures.