Hawthorne School News 2/1/19

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

Kindergarten Registration and Round-Up Event

Thursday, March 7th, 6:30-7:30pm

Hawthorne Gym

It's time to start planning for next year's Kindergarten class of students! Our Kindergarten Round Up and Visit will be combined into one family-friendly event this year, on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in our Hawthorne Gym. Kindergarten students should plan on attending with their parents. The evening will follow this schedule:

6:15 p.m. - Doors open: please enter at door 1 or door 14.

6:30 p.m. - All families should go to the gym first for introductions and a brief presentation; incoming Kindergarten students will then visit the Kindergarten classrooms with the Kindergarten teachers and staff, while parents stay in the gym for further presentations and a tour of the school.

7:00 p.m. - Parents reunite with their children in the Kindergarten classrooms and time to drop off paperwork or ask our office staff about documentation and paperwork requirements for Kindergarten registration.

Registration packets are now available in our office for pick up; please contact our office NOW to be added to our planning list (630) 682-2065; it is strongly suggested you begin the paperwork now and turn it in before this event on March 7 to avoid the possible long lines.

Valentine's Day Card Donations Needed

We are collecting donations of Valentine's Day cards for students in need; if you are able to donate, please bring donations to the Hawthorne Office. Simple cards from the Dollar Store, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, or Target would be greatly appreciated! Thank you very much for your donation; we would like to ensure all of our Hawthorne students can exchange valentines on February 14th!

Valentine's Day Parties on February 14th

All classrooms will have Valentine's Day parties planned by pre-arranged PTA room parents and volunteers during the afternoon of Thursday, February 14th from 2:15-3:15 p.m. Morning Kindergarten party will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Students are allowed to exchange valentine cards, and please follow the classroom teachers' guidelines regarding card exchanging. Please do not send any candy or treats to school; snacks will be provided by the pre-arranged volunteers in accordance to our District 200 Wellness Policy for the classroom party on February 14th, and therefore will be the only food and treats allowed. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Homework Club Snack Donations Needed

Each Thursday, Hawthorne hosts Homework Club where around 70 students stay after school to get help with homework, read, play math games, and practice math skills using our online math supplement, Dreambox. To help the students get through the afternoon, a healthy snack is much appreciated! Please consider donating a non-perishable snack to our Homework Club. Thank you!

5 Essentials Survey

Parents, you have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.


Danielle Moran, Principal

STEM Night: Coming Soon to Hawthorne School

Thank you to the Student Excellence Foundation (SEF) for providing us with a grant to bring the Dupage Children's Museum STEM program to our school! SAVE THE DATE for February 21st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for Hawthorne's first math and science night! There will be over 20 hands-on math and science activities for children of all ages! Pictured here are several Hawthorne 2nd grade students with Claudia Dunn from SEF, Jennifer Merck, former Hawthorne PTA president and current member of SEF, and Principal Danielle Moran.

The PTA Executive Committee Needs You

Looking to get more involved in our school? The PTA is a great place to make a difference in the school experience for your children, their classmates, our teachers, and our support staff. Come join us! The PTA is 100% volunteer-powered and we couldn't provide programs, clubs, and events without the support of our parents and grandparents. There are many ways to help just a little or a whole lot - whatever works for you. Current open Executive Committee positions for 2019-20 include President or Co-President, Vice President, and Vice President of Fundraising. There are also committee chair positions available as well. If you're interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Angie Wilson, angiewilson1@gmail.com. Thanks!

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...


Feb. 5: PTA meeting in LLC at 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8: Plunge Into Fitness Challenge begins

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day Classroom Parties at 2:15-3:15 p.m. (Morning Kindergarten at 10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Feb. 18: No School: Presidents Day

Feb. 20: Kids Heart Challenge during P.E. (more info coming soon!)

Feb. 21: Family STEM Night at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Feb. 28: Dad's Gym Night 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.)