Hawthorne School News 12/7/18

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

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

Cook's Week Off with Meal Village

Order from Meal Village during the week of December 2-9 and 30% will be given back to our Hawthorne PTA! Order as many times as you want during this week and be sure to enter this code at checkout: HAWTHORNE. Feel free to share the code with family and friends, too!
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Student Excellence Foundation and Ecolab Awards Grants to Hawthorne Staff Members

Congratulations to Kim Theodore, EL Teacher, and Danielle Moran, Principal, who both received grants from the Student Excellence Foundation! Ms. Theodore received a grant to purchase hands-on math games to use during Homework Club, which is an after school tutoring program that services over 60 students each week. Mrs. Moran's grant will bring the DuPage Children's Museum to Hawthorne School for their Math and Science Program; there will be 20 hands-on and interactive STEM activities for students and families during the evening of February 21, 2019! (more information to be shared soon!)

Congratulations to Amy Janavich, Reading Teacher, who received a $3000 grant from Ecolab to purchase new reading materials for our school's leveled library. These new books will benefit all students in our school, and will be used during small group, guided reading instruction to help students improve reading comprehension skills.

Pictured below is Ms. Theodore receiving her grant award from Jennifer Merck and Claudia Dunn of the Student Excellence Foundation.

Students in Miss Gonzalez's 2nd grade participate in the Week of Code by trying out Disney's friendly coding website

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Mrs. Ahrenholz's 1st graders learn about the essential attributes of 3-sided and 4-sided shapes while building and drawing shapes.

Author Visit with Tom Watson

Hawthorne is excited to welcome author and illustrator Tom Watson, the man behind the Stick Dog books, on December 13. Mr. Watson will be speaking to 2nd-5th graders about his career as an author. The order form was sent home last week, but if you need another, click here. If you’d like to keep it secret for gift-giving reasons, you can contact Ms. Young directly at ashley.young@cusd200.org. Personalized orders are due by 12/13 and autographed copies will be available until 12/21. A special thank you to the PTA for this event! We are able to welcome authors throughout the year because the PTA worked with Anderson’s Book Store on the book fair this fall!

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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

The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Calendars are Currently Up for Public Review

The 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 District Calendars have been posted for a 30-day public review and comment. The Board is expected to take action on the calendars at their December 12, 2018 Meeting. No major changes are proposed for the 2019-2020 calendar, however changes are proposed for the 2020-2021 calendar including moving high school finals and the end of the 1st semester to before winter break. In order to accommodate this change, the first day of school for grades 1–12 will be Monday, August 17, 2020.

The calendar presentation is available by following this link, and more information can be found on the district website. Questions and comments can be directed to Dr. Charlie Kyle, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, at 630–682–2015 or charles.kyle@cusd200.org.

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.

Wheaton North Holidazzle Sale This Saturday

If you're looking for spirit wear for your future Falcon, check out Wheaton North's Holidazzle Sale!
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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. 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. (A.M. Kindergarten Winter Party will be 10:30-11:30 a.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.)