January 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  As we move into 2016, 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.  Tomorrow, we will celebrate READ 2016.  Everyone is invited to snuggle up in his or her pajamas and drop everything and read for 2016 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 Building a Habitat of Happiness.  We are looking forward to THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE coming up the week of January 25th.  More information on this will be coming soon!

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 MAP assessment in all grades.  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 2016!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature





The Great Kindness Challenge is a national proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement.  One week (Jan 25-Jan 29) is devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.  Children are provided with a list of 50 kind acts (they can add more) and accept the challenge to prove that bullying is weak and kindness is strength.  While the challenge lasts one week – it is a kick off for a KIND NEW YEAR at Elementary South and will help us to maintain and build our Habitat of Happiness.  Please talk to your child about ways to show kindness and help us support anti-bullying. For info, visit www.greatkindnesschallenge.org

Upcoming Events

Jan 8– READ 2016 – Pajama Day/READ for 2016 seconds
Jan 11-22 Climbing Unit
Jan 12 – Early Release at 12:10
Jan 13 – ES/Aspen Band Concert at Aspen at 7:00pm
Jan 14 – ES/Aspen Orchestra Concert at Aspen at 7:00pm
Jan 18 – No School – Martin Luther King’s Birthday
Jan 19 – MAP testing begins
Jan 22 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00
Jan 25 – ACCESS testing begins
Jan 28 – Incoming Kindergarten Information Night at Middle School South at 7:00
Jan 29 – Birthday Bash – Jan and July birthdays

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.

Please Remember . . .

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