Hawthorne School News 4/12/19

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

The Last Day of School will be June 11th

The last student attendance day for the 2018-19 School Year is Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Due to this year’s four weather-related school closures, the Board of Education had to extend the school year. Board approved calendars contain five emergency days at the end of the school year in the event of school closure. Per the Illinois School Code, Districts are required to make-up up to five school closure days and therefore all four closure days will be made up.

News from the Board of Education

On April 2, the District 200 community re-elected Chris Crabtree and elected Susan Booton and Dave Long to serve on the Board of Education. Mrs. Booton and Mr. Long will replace Jim Gambaiani and Jim Vroman who are each retiring after 8 years of dedicated service. On April 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Service Center, the Board will swear in the newly elected Board Members and elect officers. As this will be Mr. Gambaiani and Mr. Vroman’s last meeting, community members are welcome to attend this meeting to thank them for their service.

The 2019-20 Student Fee Schedule is available on the District website. This school year, there was no increase to the registration or technology fees. After thoroughly reviewing athletic fees and activity costs, the Board approved a $10 increase to the high school athletic fee. Additionally, after reviewing the All-Day Kindergarten Program, the Board approved to reduce the program tuition by $400.

Supporting a Hawthorne Family

UPDATED 4/13/19

Recently, one of our Hawthorne parents passed away, and our school social worker, Caren Talbot, has organized a collection for the family. The family has received many donations and contributions! We are just collecting cash and gift card donations (such as Target and Walmart) at this time.

The obituary and funeral service information can be found here, and donations to support the funeral costs can be made here.

Thank you for your consideration and generosity!

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Join us to celebrate this year’s recipients and enjoy the opportunity to try a variety of great pizza from local restaurants!


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm (award presentation at 7:00 pm)
at Wheaton North High School
701 West Thomas Street, Wheaton
(enter through doors #1 & #16)


ADMISSION TICKETS ($0): Register to attend the celebratory evening.

PIZZA-TASTING TICKETS: Purchase tickets to enjoy slices of pizza from local restaurants.

Adults & Children (11+): $8 through April 14; $10 at the door
Children (ages 3-10): $5 through April 14; $6 at the door
Family: $26 through April 14; $32.00 at the door
Children under 2: FREE

Join us in recognizing the Distinguished Educators, All-Star Volunteer, and Golden Star Award honoree who help bring our mission to life!

2019 Distinguished Educator Awards

Betsy Prange, Pleasant Hill Elementary School
Jeffrey Novak, Monroe Middle School
Jeffrey Potter, Wheaton North High School
Lisa Feeley, Madison Elementary School
Sarah Menich, Hubble Middle School
David Cho, Wheaton Warrenville South High School

2019 All-Star Volunteer Award

Kristin Chmiel, STEM Expo Chair & former Foundation Board member

2019 Golden Star Award (honoring a distinguished retired educator)

Marianne Russell, 46 years of service in District 200: Jefferson, Pleasant Hill, Whittier, and Sandburg

Fine Arts Night

Tuesday, May 7th, 6-8pm

Hawthorne Gym

Please enter through Door 14.

There will be several performances by our very talented Hawthorne musicians, and several pieces of artwork on display created by Hawthorne students!

Here is the schedule for the night:

5:30 p.m. CLEF Club dinner

6:00 p.m. CLEF Club performance
6:30 p.m. Orchestra
7:00 p.m. Band
7:30 p.m. Chorus

CLEF Club is our group for "Children Learning English Fluency".

Hawthorne’s 5t​h Annual BOB Tournament is Coming

The teams are assigned, and the books are chosen for the Intramural Battle of the Books Tournament! An email went to parents recently with more information; if you did not receive the email, please email hawthornebattleofthebooks@gmail.com. Thanks, and good luck, readers!

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State Testing: Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) test will be replacing the PARCC test this year; this is our state mandated test that is given annually to students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Our testing window for this assessment will be April 11, 12, and 15-17. The IAR assessment will be given online using our Chromebook computers; it is a bit shorter than the PARCC assessment as students will be taking 2 English/Language Arts tests and 3 Math tests. An email was sent to parents on April 3rd with more details, or contact Principal Danielle Moran if you have questions.

Yearbook Update

Our fifth graders will once again choose the yearbook theme and design the cover of the yearbook. Fifth grade teachers will share more information with students, and once the theme is decided, yearbook cover entries will be due to Mrs. Moran by April 24th.

It's time to order your yearbooks if you haven't done so already! They cost $11.99 each. Deadline is April 17th PLUS you can log in and create 2 custom pages for your student. In other words, 2 pages full of pictures just of them! Order online: www.treering.com/validate and use School Code: 101515708176509

Also,please send your pictures you'd like included in the yearbook directly to brookes@alumni.nd.edu - you can email individual images, use google drive, dropbox, facebook messenger, whatever works for you! Please make sure they are clearly labeled with the activity and grade of students. Thank you!

PTA Announces 2019-2020 Executive Committee

Congrats to next year's PTA Executive Committee. The new committee was voted in at the April 2nd General Meeting with their term to begin on July 1. A big thank you to all who have agreed to serve! The committee includes:

Angie Wilson - President
Lauren Fortosis - Executive Vice President
Christy Whittington - Treasurer
Jenny Wiley - Vice President, Volunteers
Jackie Bovee - Vice President, Fundraising
Joy Castrovillari - Secretary

Rent the Hawthorne Sign - Your Kids Will Love It!

Celebrate your child’s birthday in a big way! Wish him/her a Happy Birthday on the Hawthorne School sign. Rent it for their big day and let them see their name in big letters and lights! Cost is $20 for your first child and $10 for subsequent children. Another great way to support the PTA! You can find the form on the PTA website, in the main office or by clicking here.


Contact Kelly Hubbard for more info at jandkhubbard@msn.com or text me at 630-730-2955.

Connect with the PTA on Facebook

It's an easy way to get updates on school initiatives and our work! You don't have to be on the board, a volunteer, or even a member to join. https://www.facebook.com/groups/217707928290340/

Support the PTA Every Time You Use Amazon!

Just go to Amazon Smile and choose Hawthorne School PTA from the dropdown menu. Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to us. It's doesn't cost you a single extra cent.

(Really). https://smile.amazon.com/

Dates to remember...


Apr: 15-17: IAR testing (State testing) in grades 3-5

Apr. 17: Last day to order your yearbook

Apr. 19: No School

Apr. 24: 5th grade yearbook cover designs due to Mrs. Moran in the office

Save the Date:

  • Fine Arts Night on May 7 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Field Day on June 10 in the afternoon (rain date, June 11)
  • Student Recognition Ceremony (5th grade parents invited to attend) on June 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Elementary Handbook

Our Parent Student Elementary Handbook for the 2018-2019 school year can be found here online. Please call the office if you would like a paper copy: (630) 682-2065.

The Hawthorne Way

We at Hawthorne School....

...prepare for learning.

...respect ourselves, each other, adults and our school.



In partnership with parents and community, we inspire each student to think, create, and achieve at high levels, within a positive and caring learning environment, while meeting the needs of all students, and celebrating the diversity of our learners.

School Hours:

All Day Kindergarten & Grades 1-5:

9:05 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (late bell 9:15 a.m.)

12:00-1:00p.m. Lunch/Recess for all students

A.M. Kindergarten

9:05 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (late bell 9:15 a.m.)