October 2014 Newsletter

It has been an absolutely beautiful start to the FALL season.  We have had a wonderful opening 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… Inspiring all students to embrace learning in an ever-changing world. The classrooms and curriculum are in full swing and it is exciting to see learning in full bloom in the building.

October brings many exciting activities to Elementary South…

10/2/14 – Join me (Dr. Martin) at the Aspen Drive Library at 6:45pm.  I will be reading some of my favorite children’s books that night.

10/3/14 – Get into the Hawthorn Spirit with BLUE AND GOLD DAY!

10/10/14 – No school for students: TEACHER INSTITUTE DAY!

10/13/14 – No school for students: COLUMBUS DAY!


10/22/14 – UNITY DAY: 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!

10/25/14 – SOAR 5K RED RIBBON RACE @ 9:00am – Come run with us at 400 E. Illinois Rd, Lake Forest, IL at Gorton Community Center – register on line www.leadingefforts.org/soar

10/27/14 – RED RIBBON WEEK BEGINS – Pledge Day, 10/28/14 Wear RED for Red Ribbon Week, 10/29/14 – HAT DAY (Put a lid on drugs and alcohol), 10/30/14 – CRAZY SOCK DAY (Sock it to drugs), 10/31/14 – Say BOO to drugs (Halloween parties and celebrations)

10/31/14 – Hawthorn Hustle – PUMPKIN CHASE RACE

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

Christy Hunter Signature

Hawthorn Hustle – Pumpkin Chase

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 3rd  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)

Click here if you want to sign up to volunteer for the fun run!

Halloween Reminder

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!