Hawthorne School News 12/21/18

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

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No School December 23-January 6 for Winter Break

All District 200 schools will be closed for winter break during the weeks of December 23-January 6. Hawthorne and all District 200 schools will resume classes on Monday, January 7, 2019. Have a wonderful holiday!

Principal's Challenge: Showing Kindness All Month

Students who completed the entire Kindness Bingo Card got to bring their lunch to have with Mrs. Moran, Principal, and decorate cookies while listening to holiday music! Students had lots of fun decorating and enjoying the sweet treats together. Sixty-one students completed the entire Kindness Bingo Principal's Challenge.

Tips to Having a Happy and Healthy Holiday Break

Keep learning a little bit every day over winter break....here are some tips and resources:

If your child is more of an introvert, or experiences anxiety, here's a helpful article about getting through the holiday season in a fun and peaceful way. Even though school is not in session for 2 weeks, sometimes having a consistent routine, regular bedtimes, and healthy eating really make a big difference in keeping kids healthy and happy!

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

5th Grade Band Concert

Monday, Jan. 14th 2019 at 6pm

Monroe Middle School

5th grade students should report at 6:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:00 p.m.! This is the rescheduled date because of the snow day back in November.

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.

Poetry Week Is Coming!

We are delighted to welcome Bill Buczinsky to our school! Bill is a poet, performer, and teacher who will be our “poet in residence” for the week of January 14-17. An assembly on Friday, January 11, will kick off the excitement! He brings poetry to schools, hospitals, churches, theaters, festivals, and parties--to all ceremonies ​and celebrations. It may seem like a small thing, but poetry has surprising power to help us see the world in imaginative ways and to express ourselves with unique style. This opportunity was made possible by a generous donation to our PTA from a Hawthorne family!

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.

Congratulations to Miss Gonzalez's class, and thank you for helping Hawthorne families in need!

Congrats to Miss Gonzalez's class for raising the most money for Hawthorne families in need. Miss Gonzalez's 2nd graders collected $416.00 in gift cards and cash, and have earned a pizza party with our social worker, Mrs. Caren Talbot! As a school, we collected $1700! Thank you for your generosity and for helping our families during the holiday season!

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...


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


Jan. 8: PTA meeting in the LLC, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 14: 5th grade band concert at Monroe Middle School, 6:00 p.m. students report, 7:00 p.m. concert begins

Jan. 14-17: Poetry Week with Bill Buczinsky (during the day, in classrooms)

Jan. 18: No School, Teacher's Institute Day

Jan. 21: No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


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.)