Students and teacher in ES Halloween parade

Watch the the halloween parade online!

Happy Halloween!  Didn’t get to watch our parade?  See it now!


Elementary South 2017 Halloween Parade

Please enjoy this video of our 2017 Halloween parade.


Have a Healthy Halloween

Kindergarten and first-grade students joined the annual Pumpkin Chase. It’s a healthy Halloween activity in which children get exercise by chasing a PE teacher dressed as a pumpkin.


Halloween Procedures at Elementary South

A chill is in the air, the pumpkins are in the patch, Halloween is approaching and we are getting excited about our upcoming festivities.  We will celebrate on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Please remember, when purchasing this year’s costume, our school promotes kindness.  Children as young as five years old attend our school and we do not want anyone to be frightened!  Weapons will not be allowed on school grounds and we discourage any blood and gore.  All students are to bring their costumes to school in a bag labeled with your child’s name. Because students are changing at school and bathroom space is limited, please have your child wear any parts of his/her costume that are clothes (IE tights, black pants, etc).

The Halloween parade will start at approximately 1:15.  Students will exit their wing doors in an orderly fashion and walk around the building counter clockwise until they return back to their wing door.  Parents, please spread out on the perimeter of the building to get these Kodak Moments!!  In case of rain, the parade will take place in the building (Parents can take pics in the gym).

Parties run from the end of the parade until 2:30.  Only pre-approved room parents will be allowed down to classrooms.  The Vernon Hills Police Department has allowed parents to park on the East side of Aspen during the Halloween festivities.  Please note that your car must be moved in time for dismissal.  Please do NOT block the bus lanes in the back of the school or the pick up line in the front of school.  Please do NOT SEND ANY FOOD or CANDY!

Please remember, that the remainder of the day is a regular school day.  We will maintain an academic atmosphere where LEARNING will be the focus.  If you do not want your child to participate in Halloween festivities, please contact your child’s teacher for alternate activities.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Halloween!



Volunteers needed for Elementary South Pumpkin Chase

The 2017 Pumpkin Chase is coming soon and we need volunteers! If you would like to volunteer on Tuesday, October 31, from 8:30-11:00am, please click here to sign up. Volunteers will help keep kids safe, keep them on the path, and cheer them on.

2015 Hawthorn Hustle Pumpkin Chase Volunteers Needed

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Mrs. McFarlin and the PE staff are in need of volunteers to help facilitate their annual Hawthorn Hustle Pumpkin Chase fun run. The event takes place on the morning of October 30 and will be finished by 11:30. Volunteers will be responsible for lining the running course to keep students safe and to cheer them on. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please sign up by using this link:

Hawthorn Hustle Pumpkin Chase Volunteer Sign-Up



Thanks for the Halloween Parties

Halloween Parade

Students, staff, parents and family members enjoyed the Elementary South Halloween Parade last Friday.   Check out the videos!

Halloween Festivities on Friday, October 31, 2014

Hawthorn Hustle – Pumpkin Chase Race 

Make sure your child has his/her gym shoes!

9:00-9:45 – 4th & 5th grade

9:45-10:15 – 1st grade

10:15-11:00 – 2nd & 3rd grade

10:30-11:00 – Kindergarten

Our Halloween Celebrations continue…

Bring costumes in a bag and we will change into costumes after lunch!
Remember, no weapons, even if it is part of your costume.
Please do not send any treats – PTO room parents will take care of it.

AM Kindergarten Parade – 9:00am

AM Kindergarten Party – 9:15-10:15am

ONLY HALF – DAY KDG wear costumes to school

PM Kindergarten, Full day Kindergarten and grades 1-5 Parade 1:15PM

Classroom Parties will follow the parades.**

Parents are welcome to watch the parades!!!

We will parade around the building.  (AM KDG Parade will be on our playground)


If you are NOT ABLE to see the parade, we are hoping to post parade videos on our website at

** ONLY PTO ROOM PARENTS will be allowed down to classrooms for the parties – please sign in at the table in the front hall.

If you do not celebrate Halloween, your child is welcome to join our art staff in the art room for NON – HALLOWEEN activities.