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 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