October Newsletter

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chill is in the air, the pumpkins are in the patch, and it is evident that FALL is here. We have had an exciting 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 Wassily Kandinsky and his famous abstract compositions. This year’s unit has a focus on DISCOVERY starting with a discovery of what the artist was getting at through his abstract art. We will discover all facets of the curriculum this year and will become scientists as we use our new greenhouses in the “Discovery Center”. First up, third grade will be growing PRAIRIE PLANTS to go along with their unit on the Prairie. As far as character education goes, we always connect our Bernstein Unit and this year we will focus on bullying and the BYSTANDER role as we all DISCOVER what it feels like to “do the right thing” when you see something you know is wrong. We have already talked with all the students about discovering kindness as we kicked off the year with our rules reminder about RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY.

We are so excited to be taking part in a national movement entitled UNITY DAY on October 10th. 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 Friday night, 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 and Christy Hunter

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Happy Halloween

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.

• 1⁄2 Kdg ONLY wear your costumes to school

Enjoy the festivities!


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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 hunting!

Halloween Hustle-Pumpkin Chase

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

9:00-9:45: 4th and 5th grade run (1.5 miles) 9:45-10:15: Kdg and 1st grade run: (1⁄4 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!