Hawthorne School News 3/22/19

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

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School is closed for Spring Break: March 25-29

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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 club 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 this week with more information; if you did not receive the email, please email hawthornebattleofthebooks@gmail.com. Thanks, and good luck, readers!

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Safety During Arrival and Dismissal

Please follow these safety guidelines when dropping off or picking up your child at Hawthorne:

  • Never allow your child to cross in the middle of the street; always cross at a crosswalk
  • No parking on the north side of Wakeman between Washington and Scott Streets; please adhere to the yellow "no parking" and "no pick up/drop off" signs
  • Drive 20 miles per hour or SLOWER in our school zone
  • No cell phone usage in our school zone
  • Do not turn your vehicle around using a Hawthorne neighbor's driveway
Thank you for your help and cooperation to keep our children safe!
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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. More information will be shared soon.

Yearbook Ordering

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!

Plunge Into Fitness Challenge

Stay healthy and fit this winter by being active and keep moving! Each student should have received information on the Plunge Into Fitness Challenge, where students are challenged to participate in 30 minutes of exercise daily for the next 50 days! Any activity that increases heart rate will count, such as walking, biking, running, jumping rope or playing a sport. Keep track of your exercise on your fitness log, and be sure to turn in your log by April 8th. All students who turn in their log will receive their choice of a free ticket or discount to Raging Waves Water Park!

PTA Announces 2019-2020 Executive Committee

Congrats to the nominations for next year's PTA Executive Committee. The new committee will be 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! Nominations include:

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...


Mar. 25-29: Spring Break: No School


Apr. 1: School Resumes

Apr. 2: PTA meeting in LLC at 7:30 p.m.

Apr. 3: Butterbraid/Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough orders due

Apr. 5: Hawthorne Spirit Day: wear red PTA shirt

Apr. 9: "Taming the Anxiety Beast" Parent Workshop at 7:00 p.m. at WWSHS

Apr: 11,12, 15-17: IAR testing (State testing) in grades 3-5

Apr. 17: Last day to order your yearbook

Apr. 19: No School

Save the Date: Fine Arts Night on May 7 at 6:00-8:00 p.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.)