Hawthorne School News 12/14/18

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

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Keep Your Kids Reading Over Winter Break!

Here are some easy (and free) ways to get books when school is closed.

Go to your public library! Getting a library card is free and so is checking out books at both the Wheaton Public Library and Carol Stream Public Library!

Read books online! When you're all cozy in your holiday PJs, who wants to go out in the cold to get a book? Don't forget that even though Hawthorne is closed, the online resources are still available. PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next offer nonfiction texts on all sorts of different topics. You can access both of these databases through the LLC's Research and Reading Resources page (have your parents email Ms. Young if you need the password).

Through a generous grant from the Student Excellence Foundation, Hawthorne students have access to more than 100 Capstone Interactive digital books. Go to MyCapstoneLibrary.com to see what's available! (have your parents email Ms. Young if you need the password).

Both the Wheaton Public Library and the Carol Stream Public Library offer TumbleBooks through their websites. TumbleBooks has a wide variety of books including picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels. Use the search box to find some of your favorites like Mercy Watson, Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew and Geronimo Stilton! (The Carol Stream Library also offers TumbleBook Cloud and Cloud Junior with a wider selection of chapter books.) You will need your public library card to access these resources.

All of this information is available on the LLC site by clicking here!

Team Building in 3rd Grade

Students in Mrs. Harrison-Hamel's 3rd grade worked together to decorate their door by using a new Kagan cooperative learning strategy that Mrs. Harrison-Hamel learned during a professional development workshop. Students worked together to first draw their plan, and each had a role and responsibility. Everyone had to contribute equally. Students had a chance to practice turn-taking, and how to share ideas with one another to reach consensus. Students also practiced encouraging each other's ideas, giving compliments, and celebrating successes. The students had a lot of fun and the end product was a creative display that can be found on the outside of their classroom door!

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

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.

The Winter Concert was a Huge Hit!

Thank you, Mrs. Heather Novak, music instructor, our Hawthorne staff, and our PTA, for organizing our winter concert. The students did a wonderful job performing and the show was superb! Thanks to all our families and former students who came out to watch our students perform. Everyone worked very hard to put on such a great show!

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. 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)


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

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.)