Fall 2015, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy
Crenshaw Food and Book Drive
Hawthorne Student Council and PTA are partnering to help reinforce our December social - emotional learning goals by raising awareness of the needs of Chicago's homeless families. The PTA is generously providing teachers a copy of the book Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate - a story of a family facing homelessness (and a related picture book for grades K-2) and Student Council will run a food drive. In addition, books can be purchased for homeless children at our December Scholastic Book Fair.
HSA Battle of the Books for 4th, 5th, 6th
Our Battle of the Books Team will begin prepping for the April competition soon. Interested (even just curious) students should come to the Library at 7:30 am on Tuesday, November 24. Weekly meetings will be times to read, discuss books on the list and practice answer Battle-style questions. Contact Ms. Garner, Ms. Thomas or Ms. Lavin with questions.
Library Open Hours
Before School 8:15 - 8:45 Mondays and Thursdays
After School 3:45 - 4:15 Thursdays
or by appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Illinois Readers' Choice Awards
Students have been actively meeting the challenge of reading the 2015-16 Bluestem and Rebecca Caudill nominees. One student has read 20 Bluestem books earning her a certificate and fame on the HSA website, two have read 15 books earning them an invitation to the Big Readers lunch in the spring, five have read 10 books earning them an opportunity to recommend their favorite book during morning announcements and 28 have qualified to vote for their favorite in March by reading four books from the lists.
Scholastic Book Fair - coming in December!
We will host a Scholastic Book Fair December 15-18. The fair will be open before school 8:15 - 8:40 and after school 3:45 - 4:15 on those days and during the holiday party Thursday evening, December 17. We'll also welcome classes to shop during the school day. If you are are able to volunteer to help set up, help students shop or assist before/after school, please contact Ms. Garner.
Gift Book Ideas
One of my favorite lists for book ideas every year comes from the Center for Children's Books, part of the University of Illinois' Graduate School of Library and Information Science. I love that they give helpful annotations and the books are sorted in categories by suggested age. Now you can shop with some trusted suggestions in hand!
Hawthorne students were lucky
We had the authors of Nightfall visit grades 6-8 and share their writing process with excellent story telling on September 28.
Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Thanks to the Book Cellar for connecting us.
Junior Achievement for grades K-5
On Friday, November 6, Hu-Friedy sent 13 employees to our school to share financial literacy lessons. Students learned to differentiate between wants and needs, and made business plans as entrepreneurs.