Hawthorne School News 5/3/19

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

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Staff Appreciation Week: May 6-10, 2019

Join us in celebrating our Super Star Hawthorne Staff by participating in the following:

Tuesday 5/7- bring a treat or two to your favorite staff members. Check out the spreadsheet for ideas! (in Mrs. Moran's email blast)

Thursday 5/9- child and/or parent write a note to special staff member(s). Attached in Mrs. Moran's email is the star letter format that you are welcome to use- bring in notes to a few staff members that you really appreciate! (extra star letter forms will be in the front office)

This week would not be the same without your help! Thank you so much for making the Hawthorne Staff feel appreciated!

The Staff Appreciation Committee, Dena Howser dkhowser@hotmail.com and Betsy Maske betsy.maske@gmail.com

More details on ways to participate are also in the email blast in Mrs. Moran's weekly announcement message from this week! Here is the link to the sign-up for the luncheon and treat bar.

Fine Arts Night

Tuesday, May 7th, 6-8pm

Hawthorne Gym

Please enter through Door 14.

There will be several performances by our very talented Hawthorne musicians, and several pieces of artwork on display created by Hawthorne students!

Here is the schedule for the night:

5:30 p.m. CLEF Club dinner

6:00 p.m. CLEF Club performance
6:30 p.m. Orchestra
7:00 p.m. Band
7:30 p.m. Chorus

CLEF Club is our group for "Children Learning English Fluency".

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Walk and Bike to School Day

Wednesday, May 8th, 9am

Hawthorne School

Our school is registered to participate in Walk and Bike to School Day!

Everyone is encouraged to walk or bike to school on this day, to promote health and safety. If you bike to school, please be sure to wear a helmet and lock your bike on the east or south side of the school building, on the bike racks.

Students who ride the bus will be dropped off at Prairie and Scott Streets, and will walk to school led by staff, so everyone has a chance to participate.

5th Grade Parent Night

Wednesday, May 15th, 7pm

Franklin Middle School Auditorium; 211 E. Franklin St. in Wheaton

All parents who have a 5th grader attending Franklin Middle School next year are welcomed to attend!

There will be a presentation from the 6th grade counselor, Mr. Erik Jensen, as well introductions with the PTA president, Mrs. Kerry Mansour, and school administrators Mr. Dave Bendis and Mr. Joe Kish. There will be time for parents to ask questions. This is a parent-only event, and students do not attend.

Gently Used Book Donations Needed

Mrs. Moran, Principal, will once again be collecting gently used or new book donations to give to low income families for summer reading. Books for ages 6-10 are greatly appreciated, including picture books and chapter books. Please bring your donations to the front office. Thank you!

School Supplies Made Easy!

It's time to start thinking about next year's Back to School Shopping! Look for order forms for the 2019-2020 School Supply Kits that came home in your child's backpack. Make it easy on yourself while supporting Hawthorne's PTA by letting us do the work for you! Carlson's (only the framing and art supply portion of their business is closing so they can expand their school supply area) will assemble the kits, deliver them to the PTA, and they'll be ready at your child's classroom when school starts in August. For a hassle-free first day of school next August, return payment and the completed form with your child's information for the upcoming school year to the office in an envelope marked School Supply Kits. Orders and payment must be received by (next week) Friday, May 10th. Feel free to email Melissa Johnson at melissa123j@yahoo.com with questions. If you decide to purchase school supplies on your own, please have your child bring the supplies on the first day of school next August.

Yearbook Update

It's time to order your yearbooks if you haven't done so already! They cost $11.99 each. 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!

WWPTA Scholarships Awarded

At the annual Scholarship Breakfast last week, the WWPTA Council granted $16,000 in college scholarships to graduating seniors from both high schools. We have some incredibly smart and talented students in Wheaton! Congrats to Hawthorne alum Eric Monson who was one of the students selected for scholarship. Our PTA donates money each year to this fund along with all of the other elementary and middle schools in our district. Thank you to Jenny Wiley for serving as our Scholarship Chair.

Congratulations, Ms. Richard!

Ms. Richard, EL teacher at Hawthorne, received a Student Excellence Foundation grant to purchase new materials to help Kindergarten and first grade students practice oral language, speaking, and listening skills, with a focus on phonics and phonemic awareness. These new materials will build students' skills through music and motion, in a fun and motivational way! Nice job, Ms. Richard! Pictured here is Ms. Richard with Mrs. Gimre's Kindergarten classroom.

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/

The Last Day of School will be June 11th

The last student attendance day for the 2018-19 School Year is Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Due to this year’s four weather-related school closures, the Board of Education had to extend the school year. Board approved calendars contain five emergency days at the end of the school year in the event of school closure. Per the Illinois School Code, Districts are required to make-up up to five school closure days and therefore all four closure days will be made up.

2019-2020 school year calendar

2020-2021 school year calendar

Dates to remember...


May 6-10: Staff Appreciation Week

May 7: Fine Arts Night at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

May 8: Walk and Bike to School Day

May 9: General PTA Meeting, 7:30 in the LLC - everyone welcome!

May 15: 5th Grade Parent Night at Franklin Middle School at 7:00 p.m. at Franklin Auditorium

May 27: No School

May 28: Grade 3 Intramural Battle of Books Tournament at 12:00 in LLC

May 29: Grade 4 Intramural Battle of Books Tournament at 12:00 in LLC

May 30: Grade 5 Intramural Battle of Books Tournament at 12:00 in LLC

May 31: Intramural Battle of Books Final Tournament/Assembly at 2:00 in Gym


June 10: Field Day in the afternoon (rain date, June 11)
June 11: Student Recognition Ceremony (5th grade parents invited to attend) at 10:30 a.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.)