October 2013 Newsletter

images-2It has been an absolutely beautiful start to the FALL season.  We have had a wonderful start to school as we have worked hard to build our new classroom communities.  We have welcomed over 175 new students to Elementary South this year. Although there are many changes, one thing remains constant… Learning for all, working together to do whatever it takes!  The classrooms and curriculum are in full swing and it is exciting to see learning in full bloom in the building.

We started our new Bernstein Unit with an introduction to our artist Keith Haring.  All of our classes have explored what it feels like to “Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes.” Children are learning to value and respect each individual’s similarities and differences and have been learning about empathy.  This month the whole school will engage in writing activities exploring how people are similar and different and why is it important to have differences or similarities.  Watch for a special visit from the INCREDIBLES this Halloween whose tagline is… “OUR DIFFERENCES ARE WHAT MAKE US INCREDIBLE!”

We are so excited to be taking part in a national movement entitled UNITY DAY on October 9th. The whole Hawthorn Elementary South Family will wear ORANGE and “UNITE” to put an end to bullying.  We will join the National Bullying Prevention Center and be part of the movement to “MAKE IT ORANGE AND MAKE IT END!”  What a wonderful opportunity for families to have a conversation about bullying!  Join with us, talk to your children, wear orange and unite and be a champion against bullying!

On October 25, we have a special assembly coming to Elementary South.  We are excited to have the Power of 1 – Anti-bullying Show.  A BIG THANK YOU to the PTO for the money they provide us allows us to extend our programs and offer great learning experiences such as this one for our students.

On September 20th, we had so much fun at BINGO NIGHT.  Thanks to our family alliance volunteers who planned a wonderful night of fun for our families.  Pizza, Bingo, Prizes – what more could we ask for?

We have had an outpouring of parent support this year!  Thank you to all the parents who attended “Back to School Nights”, PTO room parents, art adventure, etc.  We appreciate your partnership and support at school.  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 all a wonderful fall!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature





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Happy Halloween

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Halloween will be celebrated at school on Oct 31st.

• If you do not celebrate, we have alternate activities planned in the art room which are NOT Halloween related. Let us know if you would like to do this.

• AM Kdg Parade – 10:15   Party following

• PM Kdg, full day Kdg and grades 1-5 parade – 1:15  Party following

• DO NOT SEND ANY CANDY OR GOODY BAGS! —  Room parents will provide appropriate treats!

• Grades 1-5 and full day KDG  —  BRING costumes in a bag to change into after lunch.

• ½ Kdg ONLY  —  wear your costumes to school

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When picking out this year’s costume, please remember that we are a school that promotes peace and kindness.  Any kind of weapons will not be allowed on school grounds during our celebration.  Also, please do not send any candy to school.  Our room parents will take care of safe snacks for the parties.

More Halloween info to come! Happy haunting!


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Hawthorn Hustle-Pumpkin Chase

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This year we are so excited to again promote FITNESS on Halloween!  While we may be having yummy treats in the afternoon, in the morning each grade level will participate in the 2nd annual PUMPKIN CHASE. “YES”, they will chase a pumpkin around a course.  Walking is an option.


9:00-9:45: 4th and 5th grade run (1.5 miles)

9:45-10:15: Kdg and 1st grade run: (¼ mile)

PM KDG are welcome to come join them!

10:15-11:00: 2nd and 3rd grade run: (1 mile)


Contact the school office to volunteer at the fun run!