Hawthorne School News: 11/16/18

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

No School November 19-23 for Thanksgiving Break

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Hawthorne School celebrates Veterans Day

Hawthorne students honored veterans in several ways this year. Fifth grade students created a Wall of Honor by displaying various pictures of service men and women related to Hawthorne students. On November 13th, students welcomed Sergeant Tom Brown, a Vietnam veteran and educator from Cantigny, during an all school assembly. Mr. Brown educated students on food rations, life as a soldier in Vietnam, and answered students' questions. He showed students his purple heart medal, and talked about hard work, determination, and perseverance.

Thank you to all the veterans and active military service men and women who sacrifice their lives and safety for our freedom.

A message from our 5th grade class:

This year Hawthorne School will be collecting goods and supplies for veterans at the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. All items need to be turned in on or before November 30th.

Items to be collected:

  • Kindergarten-tissues,

  • First grade-shampoo and soap,

  • Second grade-toilet paper,

  • Third grade-paper towels,

  • Fourth grade- plates, napkins, plastic cutlery

  • Fifth grade will be collecting toothpaste and toothbrushes.

The homeless veterans really appreciate anything you can donate, so please consider donating to this great group.
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Shoe Donations: Week of November 26-30

We are collecting used shoes, in good condition, for Share Your Soles. Drop off your shoe donations in the collection box in the office during the week of November 26-30! This organization takes your old shoes, cleans them, re-laces them (if needed) and ships them to Haiti, Central America, Bangladesh and elsewhere. The goal is to provide shoes to those who do not have them.

The shoes will be collected and brought to the Share Your Soles office in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood for sorting, cleaning and shipment.

From "Share Your Soles":

We accept all types of footwear including gym shoes, sandals, boots, shoes of all sizes, men’s women’s and children’s. Your gently worn or brand-new shoes of any kind are going to people who may have never even owned a pair. It’s important that these shoes are in good condition to respect the dignity of those receiving them. We discard any old overly worn shoes!

Please visit shareyoursoles.org for more details.

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

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Hawthorne Winter Concert

Monday, Dec. 10th, 6:15-8pm

Hawthorne Gym

All students will be performing in our annual Winter Concert, organized by our music instructor, Mrs. Novak, with performances by all grade levels of students, chorus, and CLEF Club! ENTER THROUGH DOOR 14.

6:15 p.m. K, 1, 2 students dropped off in their classrooms and CLEF Club 3rd graders go to the art room

6:30 p.m. Concert for Grades K, 1, 2 and CLEF Club begins

7:00 p.m. Intermission

7:15 p.m. Students in grades 3, 4, 5 dropped off in their classrooms

7:30 p.m. Concert for grades 3, 4, 5 and chorus begins

8:00 p.m. Concert ends

Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) Grades 2-5


All Second Graders will be screened for PACE in February 2019 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in January 2019. Parents of second graders who are eligible for further PACE testing based on the Cognitive Abilities Test and/or local assessments will be notified at the end of February. Testing will qualify students for the following 2019-2020 classes:

3rd Grade PACE Mathematics

3rd Grade PACE Reading

In March 2019, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students in Grades 3-5 may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, January 11, 2019. This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments. Testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2019-2020 classes:

4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics

4th and 5th grade PACE Reading

6th grade Fast Paced Mathematics

6th grade Fast Paced Language Arts

Please Note – Students currently in PACE Program Classes do not need to re-test for 2019-2020

Students currently attending a private school and/or home schooled, but reside in the

District 200 Attendance Area, are also eligible for PACE Program Testing.

Testing will take place at each elementary school around the first or second week of March, and will be scheduled around mandatory PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Friday, January 11, 2019 deadline will be notified by mail about specific testing dates & times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website www.cusd200.org under Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms

Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email PACE@cusd200.org with any questions.

Charleston Wrap Update

If you placed an order with delivery to school, it should arrive the first week of December. More details to follow. Thank you for supporting the PTA!

Cook's Night Off - Portillo's, November 27

Mark your calendars for restaurant nights, sponsored by the PTA. All proceeds benefit our kids and you don't have to cook for your family!

Portillo's (235 E N Ave, Glendale Heights, IL ) will be 11-27-18 from 5-8 p.m. You must show our flyer (to be distributed shortly) at the register - if you do, we get 20% back!

Meal Village (www.mealvillage.com) is a week long, on-line ordering program that run from 12-2-18 thru 12-9-18. This was one of our most profitable restaurant events from last year.

Chipotle (2119 W. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL) will be 1-28-19 from 5-9 p.m. Our PTA earns 33% of purchases if you mention Hawthorne at the register.

Colder Weather and Recess

Students will have outdoor recess unless the temperature or wind chill is below 0 degrees. When there is measurable snow on the ground, students can play in the snow if they have snowpants and boots, otherwise students will play on the blacktop only. If your child is in need of warm clothing, such as a hat, gloves, or a coat, please contact our office.

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.

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Dates to remember...


Nov. 19-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 27: PTA Cooks Night Off at Portillos

Nov. 29: Holiday Story Time at Prairie Path Books at 6:00-7:30 p.m.


Dec. 2-9: PTA Cooks Week Off with Meal Village

Dec. 10: Winter Concert at 6:15-8:00 p.m.

Dec. 13: Tom Watson, children's author visit for grades 2-5

Dec. 21: Winter parties in classrooms at 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Dec. 24-Jan. 6: No School, Winter Break (School resumes on Jan. 7, 2019)

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.)