Hawthorne School News 3/15/19

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

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Spring Picture Day is Monday, March 18th!

Information on picture ordering has been sent home , and please mark your calendars for spring pictures on March 18th! Pictures will be taken during the regular school day and there will not be a picture retake day. Ordering pictures is optional, and this is a service provided to parents; you do not have to order photos.

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!

Hawthorne Spirit Week: 3/18-3/22

Spring is on it's way, and to get us ready for spring break, Hawthorne students and staff are welcomed to participate in a spirit week!

3/18: Workout Day: wear sweats/exercise clothing

3/19: Flip flop day: wear your sandals (bring a pair of shoes to change for recess and PE)

3/20: Beach and Vacation Day: wear your vacation clothes, like t-shirts and shorts

3/21: Crazy Hair Day

3/22: Sports Day: wear your favorite team

Important News from the Health Office for 5th Grade Parents

Your 5th grade student should have brought home an envelope with important health information. The envelope includes a letter with information regarding the health requirements for 6th grade, a physical examination form and a dental exam form.

The school nurse needs your 5th grade student’s health records, so that your child can begin 6th grade. Please return completed exams to the HAWTHORNE Elementary School health office before Memorial Day, or to the middle school after this date. The physical and immunization requirements MUST be completed and turned in by the first day of school, August 22, 2019. Please make your appointment now.

If you have any questions regarding the health requirements, please feel to contact the Health Office.

Dental Clinic

The Du Page County Health Department Dental Health Unit will be at Hawthorne School on Tuesday, March 19. Participation in the program is optional. The State of Illinois requires that all children enrolled in Kindergarten, Second and Sixth Grades have an oral health (dental) examination performed by a licensed dentist. This dental clinic screening/examination will fulfill the requirement for those students who have not already submitted proof of dental examination. If you would like your child to participate, please return the permission form to the Health Office. The Dental Unit staff will only see students with a completed, signed form. If you have any questions, contact the Hawthorne Health Office at 630-682-2065.

Congratulations to the Hawthorne Battle of the Books Team

Hawthorne's B.O.B. team placed 4th overall and finished the season with a perfect score at their last meet on March 13, 2019. Great job to all the students and coaches!
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Hawthorne’s 5t​h Annual BOB Tournament is Coming

If your child is interested in joining Intramural Battle of the Books and participating in the upcoming Battle of the Books tournament:

● Sign up in the library by March 15th

● Teammate requests allowed (up to 8 kids per team) but not guaranteed

● Final team assignments posted by March 20th

● Open to 3r​d​, 4t​h​, and 5t​h​ grades

● All kids on a team must be from same grade

● You do ​not​ have to read all the books; everyone competes as a team

● Each team is responsible for preparing for the meets. Teams are encourage

to meet during recess or outside of school. We will distribute some study


● Questions? Please contact Cathy Troupos or Ruth Lange at


Books list (12 books) will be distributed when the Wheaton Public Library releases the list for the 2020 Battle of the Books competition soon.


3rd Grade Battle: Tuesday, May 28 at ​12:00-12:30 PM ​in the LLC

4th Grade Battle: Wednesday, May 29 at ​12:00-12:30 PM ​in the LLC

5th Grade Battle: Thursday, May 30 at ​12:00-12:30 PM ​in the LLC

Championship Battle: Friday, May 31 at ​2:00-3:00 PM in gym (Grade-level winners plus the highest score received that did not win grade level)

Families are welcome to attend the meets.

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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 18: Spring Picture Day

Mar. 19: Dental Clinic

Mar. 20: Online registration for All Day Kindergarten opens at 8:00 a.m.

Mar. 25-29: Spring Break: No School


Apr. 1: School Resumes

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

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

Apr. 19: No School

Save the Date: Fine Arts Night on May 7 at 5:30-8:00 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.)