Hawthorne School News: 10/26/18

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

How Can I Help My Child Practice Math At Home?

  • Dreambox. Have students log into their Dreambox account. Here’s the direct Hawthorne School link. You can also access this link by visiting the Hawthorne School website and using the Library Learning Center dropdown menu. Dreambox helps individualize activities towards each student’s strengths and areas of struggle. You'll need a laptop, desktop, or iPad for this. Unfortunately, non-Apple tablets will not support Dreambox at this time.

  • Play games. Books are to reading, as games are to math. Yes, the old-school games that we all used to play: Monopoly (great for number sense with the money interactions), Battleship (awesome for coordinates and graphing), dice games like Yahtzee, card games like Go Fish, Uno, Skipbo, etc. All of these are wonderful for developing kids’ spatial thinking, strategic thinking, and flexibility with numbers. Visit Mrs. Fitzenreider’s page for more game suggestions.

  • Find math in everyday life. There are four questions that you can apply to lots of parts of your everyday life. Try out: how many…, what kind…, how big…, and what if… If time is often on your mind, talk about it. How much time do you need to get ready for bed? How many minutes before we have to leave for school? What if I let you stay up 13 minutes longer? Endless amounts of math can take place at the grocery store. What kind of cereals are too much sugar or a good choice? How big is that watermelon? How many snacks do we need for the week? Let’s talk about money. Let them touch and count your money. How many dimes to we have? What if I wanted to trade some coins for dollar bills” Have conversations about money and budgeting. Use receipts to make observations. How many times did we go out to eat this month? What if we stopped spending money on desserts? You might be excellent in the kitchen. How much do I need of each ingredient? What if I cut this recipe in half? Have fun trying out some of these questions.

  • Praise kids for their perseverance. We all want kids that don't give up. We want kids to struggle, in a productive way. Provide lots of praise when they're feeling frustrated. Ask them to tell you things they do know rather than things they don't know. Don't tell them the answer! Create a home environment where working hard and not giving up is what is valued, not the quick, right answer!

  • Bedtime Math. Try this free app. This is a quick short informational story (just a paragraph or so) and then there is a math task for the kids to solve that relates to the story. There are three levels for the math tasks labeled: Wee Ones, Little Kids, and Big Kids. These tasks are perfect for all of the age groups in our school! This can be played in the car, while waiting for someone to be done with soccer practice, or even right before bed!

Community Event at Wheaton Library

The Art Department at Wheaton College is hosting a free, drop-in family printmaking workshop at the Wheaton Public Library on Saturday, November 3, from 10:30am-2:30pm. This is in conjunction with an exhibition that will be on display at Wheaton College, that brings together artists from Mexico as well as Latino artist from Chicago, called "Art of Protest/Art of Dreams". Several Chicago-based artists from the printmaking collective "Instituto Gráfico Chicago" will be at the library leading the workshop. At this workshop, kids will be able to make their own prints to take home, and the library has lined up a middle school mariachi band from West Chicago to play as well.

Halloween at Hawthorne

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 2pm

Hawthorne School Field

Parents are welcome to watch students in All Day Kindergarten through grade 5 parade around the field at 2:00 on October 31st (if it rains, we will parade in the gym, and parents should enter at Door 14). Classroom parties will begin after the parade, at around 2:15 p.m. Students will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m.

A.M. Kindergarten students will parade at 9:45 a.m., and parents can sign in the office and meet in the foyer at Door 1 to watch the parade. The A.M. Kindergarten party will take place after P.E., at 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Only pre-arranged PTA volunteers will be allowed to stay for the parties.

Hawthorne...You Rock! Run-A-Thon Numbers are In!

You really went the extra mile! You raised nearly $7,600 for our PTA! AM Kindergarten raised the highest dollar amount ($1,190) with only 8 kids in their class. Overall students ran 345 miles! Juna Krishnamurthy and Nik Krishnamurthy raised the most money and will receive a gift card to Prairie Path Books.

The PTA is well on our way to reaching our minimum fundraising goal of $13,000 for the year. Big thanks to all the kids for running laps, Mr. Q.for running the day, Sherri Scott and Emily Fedyski for running the program, and of course, everyone who raised or donated money. Thanks also to Kimmer's Ice Cream Shop; DuPage Cheer, Tumbling and Trampoline; Prairie Path Books; and Highpoint Church for their donations.

Class totals are as follows:

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Raising Resilient and Drug Free Kids

Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 7-8:30pm

1855 Manchester Road

Wheaton, IL

Join us to learn more about teaching resilience and responsibility at an early age. Parents are the first line of defense in preventing their children from experimenting and using drugs. It is ever too early to lay the foundation for a drug-free lifestyle.

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Friday, Nov. 9th, 6:30-9pm

3S600 Herrick Road

Warrenville, IL

Bring the family out for a fun night of STEM activities and raise money for students in District 200, sponsored by the Student Excellence Foundation!

Students will have the opportunity to visit over 40 exhibits and participate in hands-on STEM experiments. OUR HAWTHORNE ECOLOGY CLUB WILL BE ONE OF THE EXHIBITS FEATURED! View a full list of exhibitors on our website.

This event is geared towards elementary and middle school students and all students should be accompanied by an adult. Please reserve your tickets in advance, this event is very popular and has sold out in the past.

We are also collaborating with the Wheaton-Warrenville Special Needs PTA and will open the exhibits at 5:30 pm for families with special needs to attend and explore.

Special Needs Preview: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Reserve Tickets for the Special Needs Preview

Click here to reserve general tickets.

Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 7pm

Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn

The single most important thing you can do for your child’s future success in life is to talk to them. Dr. Dana Suskind, author and founder of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, explains the power of language and how parents can tune in, talk more, and take turns building a child’s brain. A Q&A and book signing will follow her presentation. Copies of her book, Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain will be available for purchase. Educators who attend can request one free CPDU credit. Register for this free event here.

This event is co-sponsored by Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, Westminster Preschool, Glenbard Parent Series, and the Glen Ellyn Public Library.

Battle of the Books is looking for readers - join the team!

Hi 4th and 5th Grade families - a Battle of the Books sign up sheet went home in backpacks recently. We are excited to get this season started, all 4th & 5th graders that love reading are welcome to join the team! Any questions, please contact Ruth Lange, ruthlange@yahoo.com, or Cathy Troupos, ctroupos@gmail.com, this year’s Battle coaches.

Thank You for making a difference!

Thank you to everyone who brought in toiletries and dry goods for the Milton Township Food Pantry. We filled up an 8’ long table with donations, for a grand total of 1103 items! Congratulations to Miss Gonzalez's class who collected the most items, a total of 205! In second place was Mrs. Moritz's class, who collected 194 items! Since it was so close between the 2 classes, both classes will earn a donut party. 3rd place was Mr. Bork's class with 184 items.

Spiritwear Update

If you ordered Hawthorne spiritwear, it will be delivered to school and sent home with your child next week (exact date TBD). Thanks for supporting your PTA!

Jefferson Early Childhood Referendum Information

There will be a question on the November ballot regarding building a new early childhood center in district 200. The question will read: "Shall the Board of Education of Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District Number 200, DuPage County, Illinois, build and equip a new early childhood center without levying a separate, special property tax to finance the costs thereof?"

For information on this referendum, please visit the Referendum Information page on the district website. This is a referendum that is asking the community permission to build the facility with no tax increase. Information on just the facts can be found here.

Halloween Candy for Heroes 2018

Wheaton North High School’s student led volunteer club SSMS (Students Supporting Military Services) conducts an annual candy drive and needs your help! A candy collection drive will be held Thursday, November 1st through Monday November 5th. Please send any leftover candy you would be willing to donate to the Hawthorne Office (or you can bring it directly to Wheaton North) and it will be sent to our currently serving troops overseas. All of the candy is sent through Operation Freedom. Last year, with the help of students from elementary, middle, and high schools in District 200, over 800 pounds of candy was sent to our Heroes. The goal is to beat that number this year! Thank you in advance for your participation!

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!

Forms went home recently. You can also 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.

Join the PTA Today. Your Membership Counts!

Don't forget to join the PTA. Forms went home in backpacks recently or you can join via the link below. Become a member today!


Yearbook Photos and Ordering

It's not too early to order your 2018-2019 yearbook from TreeRing! If you order by October 31st, you get a 10% discount. Order online today!

1. Go to www.TreeRing.com/validate.

2. Code is 101515708176509.

We need your help all year round to make our yearbook great! Start by uploading your first day of school photos to this online folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/asnplh4gdeu7ltn/AAAzRFnlRxd-d2jmtEL1CKBma?dl=0

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...


Oct. 31: Halloween Parade and Parties in the afternoon (A.M. Kindergarten party at 10:30-11:30a.m.)


Nov. 1-5: Candy collection for troops (bring to Hawthorne or Wheaton North office)

Nov. 6: Election Day; General PTA Meeting (all are welcome!) at 7:30 p.m. in the LLC

Nov. 9: No school for students (Teacher Work Day)

Nov. 13: Veterans Day celebration at Hawthorne (regular school day)

Nov. 19-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break

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.)