Hawthorne School News: 11/9/18

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

News from the EL/Bilingual Department

Children succeed when parents and schools are partners in their child’s education. When families are engaged with what is happening at school, their children are successful and more likely to achieve higher education goals. This year the EL Department is serving students from many cultures with backgrounds in 17 different languages. One parent resource of interest to new families, is A Guide to Illinois Schools that can be viewed by clicking on the following links (English, Spanish, and Burmese). This parent handbook gives important information about school systems in Illinois and the United States in general.

Sincerely, The EL/Bilingual Staff

Mrs. Richard, Mrs. Schubert, Mrs. Theodore

Updates from the Art Department

It is hard to believe that it is November already! Students have finished with Fall themed projects and are ready dive into holiday favorites like the Nutcrackers and Gingerbread Kids that will be used decorate Hawthorne for the Holiday Program. I would like to thank the Hawthorne community for the yogurt containers and egg cartons. They are put to good use in the art room. Please keep them coming.


Mr. Rachford, Art Instructor

Blankets for Veterans

Students in Mrs. Mortiz's 4th grade class created blankets for Veterans who stay at the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton. Students worked on the blankets instead of doing a craft during their classroom Halloween party on October 31st. The blankets will be donated to the Veterans just in time to honor them for Veterans Day.

Wondrous Words at Recess

One of our Hawthorne Wondrous Words of the month was "gather", and students stopped me on the playground to show me how they were "gathering" the leaves last week. It was a perfect fall day to gather leaves and have fun at recess!

~Mrs. Danielle Moran, Principal


Candy for the Troops

Thank you to everyone who donated candy for the troops! Hawthorne and Wheaton North partnered to collect leftover Halloween candy that will be sent to active military through Operation Gratitude and the Wheaton North student organization, SSMS: Student Support Military Services. As a district, we collected around 1,500 pounds of candy, almost double from last year!
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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.

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.

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. 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.)