January 2014 Newsletter

images-2Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  As we move into 2014, 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.  On Friday, we will celebrate READ 2014.  Everyone is invited to snuggle up in his or her pajamas and drop everything and read for 2014 seconds.  Thank you to the PTO who will be providing cookies for our event!

As we move into the new year, we continue our Bernstein Unit on Empathy and the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.  Every grade level will be talking and writing about acceptance and showing respect for other people’s differences.  Right before break, we watched the movie THE INCREDIBLES and discussed the theme – our differences are what make us incredible.

In the coming weeks, our 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 ISAT testing in grades 3-5.  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 Comprehensive Curriculum based on the Common Core Standards, the students will be prepared and will make academic growth.

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 2014!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature




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Upcoming Events…

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Jan 10 – READ 2014 – Pajama Day/READ for 2014 seconds

Jan 10 – Geography Bee Finals in café

Jan 11 – District Strategic Planning Committee

Jan 16 – 4th/5th Grade Spelling Bee

Jan 17 – Returning student form/sibling letters DUE!

Jan 20 – No School – Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Jan 24 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

Jan 30 – Pride Luncheon

Jan 30 – Incoming Kindergarten Information Night

Jan 31 – Birthday Bash

Jan 31 – Chinese New Year Parade

Jan 27 – Spirit Day – Wear your favorite football jersey

Feb 3 – Incoming Kindergarten Tours 8:00 am & 6:30 pm


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Winter Is Here!

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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.


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Welcome Incoming Kindergarteners!

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Many parents are asking… how do we choose the right school for our incoming Kindergarten students?  On January 30th, we will be having a Kindergarten Information Night.  Join the principals from each school at the Middle South Cafeteria at 7:00pm for more information.


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New Phone Number?

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Don’t forget to update the office with any new phone numbers!  It is important that we can reach you in case of an emergency![/message_box]

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If your child received any GREAT NEW ELECTRONICS for the holidays, please keep them safely at home.[/message_box]