December 2016 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 having the COURAGE to SOAR Above the Line and how important it is to have the courage to make positive choices with our peers.  On Dec 22nd, the whole school will watch The Peanuts Movie.  We will have classroom discussions on the relationships of the Peanuts Gang and real life situations that happen with our friends.  The movie is rated G 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 or (847) 990-4800.

Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature




Upcoming Events

Dec 5 – Special Board of Education Meeting at Middle School South at 7:00pm

Dec 7 – Trimester Report Cards go home

Dec 9 – Ice Cream Friday (bring $1.00)

Dec 9 – Hawthorn Blue and Gold Spirit Day

Dec 10 – PTO Winter Boutique – Middle South – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Dec 12 – Roller Skating begins in PE for grades 1-5

Dec 14 – Early Release at 12:10

Dec 16 – Birthday Bash for December Birthdays

Dec 22 – Slipper Day  – bring your favorite slippers to wear

Dec 22 – Peanuts Movie during school

Dec 23 – Jan 8 Winter Break – school resumes Jan 9.  Happy New Year!

Jan 10 – Soaring Eagle Awards breakfast

Jan 10 – Winter Map Testing begins and winter benchmarking for AIMSweb

Jan 13 – READ 2017– Pajama Day and we will all read for 2017 seconds