January 2015 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  As we move into 2015, 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 2015.  Everyone is invited to snuggle up in his or her pajamas and drop everything and read for 2015 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 Making Connections and the ability to overcome obstacles (hence the bridge).  Every grade level will be making a class goal and individual goals to try to overcome a personal obstacle for the new year.

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 the PARCC assessment 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 2015!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature





Wondering what the new PARCC testing is like?  Try out a practice test…

  1. Go to: http://parcc.pearson.com
  2. At the top of the page, click on the tab: Test preparation
  3. This will be a drop down menu.  Click on: practice tests
  4. 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)
  5. Click on your grade level
  6. Click on Standard TestNav Version (in blue)
  7. Click on Start Test Now


Winter Is Here!  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.

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

Coming soon…

Jan 9– READ 2015 – Pajama Day/READ for 2015 seconds

Jan 13 – ES/Aspen Band Concert at Aspen at 7:00pm

Jan 15 – ES/Aspen Orchestra Concert at Aspen at 7:00pm

Jan 16 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

Jan 19 – No School – Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Jan 23 – Hawthorn Blue and Gold Spirit Day

Jan 29 – Incoming Kindergarten Information Night – Middle School South @7:00pm