December 2014 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 twenty-one 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 MAKING CONNECTIONS and how important it is to connect with one another.  On Dec 19th, the whole school will watch THE LEGO MOVIE. We will have classroom discussions on MAKING CONNECTIONS and other LEGO fun that week!  The movie is rated PG 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.  We are excited to celebrate our Connections!

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!

PARCC TESTING

This year, students in the state of Illinois will take the PARCC test (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). This test will REPLACE ISAT TESTING.  Testing will occur in March and again in late April for grades 3, 4, and 5.  If you would like to try out a practice test:

Go to: http://parcc.pearson.com

At the top of the page, click on the tab: Test preparation

This will be a drop down menu.  Click on: practice tests

In the GREEN BOX, click on either VIEW ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS/LITERACY PRACTICE TEST or VIEW MATHEMATICS PRACTICE TEST (depending on what you want to try)

Click on your grade level

Click on Standard TestNav Version (in blue)

Click on Start Test Now

 

 

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,

Jill Martin Signature

 

 

 

Coming soon…

Dec 5 – Hawthorn Blue and Gold Day

Dec 5 – BINGO NIGHT at HES – 6:30-8:00pm

Dec 6 – PTO Winter Boutique and Drum Circle – Middle South – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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

Dec 8 – Trimester One Report Cards go home

Dec 12 – Ice Cream Friday (bring $1.00)

Dec 18 – Principal Luncheon

Dec 19 – Birthday Bash (December and June Birthdays)

Dec 19 – SLIPPER DAY – bring your favorite slippers to wear

Dec 19 – LEGO MOVIE day during school

Dec 20- Jan 4 Winter Break – school resumes Jan 5.  Happy New Year!