January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  As we move into 2018, 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.  Friday, we will celebrate READ 2018.  Everyone is invited to snuggle up in his or her pajamas and drop everything and read for 2018 seconds.  Thank you to the PTO who will be providing cookies for our event!

As we move into the new year, STAR team (Students taking additional responsibilities) have planned a WALKING IN A WINTER WONDER HALLWAY Contest.  You or your class can earn snowflakes for showing above the line behavior in our hallways.  This is especially important in the upcoming weeks because winter testing season is upon us. 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 assessments, as well.  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 Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, the students will be prepared and will make academic growth.  Nothing extra needs to be done to prepare for testing.

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 2017!

All the best,




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.

As a Reminder . . . 

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

Upcoming Events…

Jan 8 – School Resumes – Happy New Year!

Jan 9 – December Soaring Eagle Breakfast in café

Jan 9 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly

Jan 9 – PTO Meeting at District Office @ 7:00pm

Jan 11 – 4th/5th Grade Spelling Bee

Jan 12 – Ice Cream Friday – bring $1.00

Jan 12– READ 2018 – Pajama Day/READ for 2018 seconds

Jan 15 – No School – Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Jan 17 – 4th/5th Grade Band Concert at Aspen @7:00pm

Jan 18 – 4th/5th Grade Orchestra Concert at Aspen @ 7:00

Jan 19 – Hawthorn Blue and Gold Spirit Day

Jan 22 – BOE Meeting at District Office at 7:00pm

Jan 25 – Early Release @ 12:10pm

Jan 26 – Birthday Bash-January and July Birthdays in café @ 8:50am

Jan 30 – Midterm Reports go home