Hawthorne School News: 11/2/18

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

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Time to change your clocks....

Daylight Savings ends this weekend, so it's time to change your clocks. Before you go to bed on Saturday night, November 3rd, turn your clocks back one hour!
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Hawthorne’s Wondrous Word Wizards

A message from our reading specialists, Mrs. Corbett and Mrs. Janavich:

At Hawthorne school we as teachers want to instill in our students a lifelong love of reading. We try to create school wide events to help bring all students together in the excitement of literacy.

This month we are starting, “Hawthorne’s Wondrous Word Wizards.” This vocabulary initiative began in 2013, and it has been a successful way of introducing students to words and to build word consciousness. Word consciousness is “awareness and interest in words and their meaning” (Graves & Watts-Taffe, 2008). While word consciousness is just one aspect of effective vocabulary instruction, many believe it is the most important way to motivate students to read and build vocabulary.

Each month, two new words are introduced for every classroom to use. All staff and students are encouraged to use these words when speaking, writing, and also to be aware of these words in text. Every Monday the students hear about these words on the morning announcements.

When students use these words correctly in speaking, writing or they find it in text, they receive a “Word Wizard Sticker” to place on our Wondrous Word Wizard bulletin board in the front of the school. Students also have an opportunity to recommend words for this endeavor! Come check out our bulletin board and ask your child if they can talk with you about our two words for this month.

In October, our words were:

  • Diligent: showing careful effort

  • Various: several different types

In November, our words are:

  • Gather: to come, bring together or collect
  • Patriotic: having great love and respect for your country

An Update from our P.E. Teacher, Mr. Quarto


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.

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.

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.

Hawthorne Students Made a Difference, and earned a donut party!

These 2 classes collected the most items during "Make a Difference Week", and earned a donut party to celebrate! Thank you to all the students and staff who participated by donating food items for the Milton Township Food Pantry.

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 this week! 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.

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!


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. 5: LAST DAY: 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. 14: Last day of running club!

Nov. 19-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 29: Family Reading Night at Prairie Path Books at 6:00-7:30 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.)