Hawthorne School News: 10/19/18

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

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Unity Day

Next week is Anti-Bullying week at Hawthorne School! All students and staff are encouraged to wear orange on Wednesday, October 24, which is Unity Day. Unity Day is a day to recognize kindness, friendship, and things we have in common together. The color orange represents the season of autumn (and Unity Day occurs in October); it also represents safety and visibility, and we want everyone to feel safe and included in our school. Visit this website to learn more about Unity Day.

Ecology Club

Today in Ecology Club students learned about the importance of recycling and limiting the items that go into the landfills. We are starting the Crayola Marker Recycling program at Hawthorne this year. There will be two boxes, one in the LLC and one in the Art Room, to collect the markers. Then we will ship them to Crayola and they will send them to a company that turns them into diesel fuel.

The other program we discussed with Ecology Club was the Pumpkin Smash that is happening on November 3. You can take your pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns to the southwest corner of W. Liberty Drive and S. Carlton in Wheaton (Commuter Lot #9) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. You can smash your own pumpkin or they can smash it for you.


The Ecology Club Leaders

Mrs. Theodore and Mrs. Schubert

Halloween Costume Drive

A huge thank you to AJ DeBuono of Diehl Auto in Lisle, IL for donating several bags of brand new Halloween costumes to Hawthorne students! Mr. DeBuono grew up in Wheaton and saw our request for costumes on Facebook, and asked to donate to our school. He keeps in touch with the Franklin Middle School assistant principal, Mr. Joe Kish, who connected Mr. DeBuono with us at Hawthorne. We greatly appreciate Mr. DeBuono's generosity!

Did you know that Hawthorne School gives away approximately 100 Halloween costumes each year to Hawthorne students? If you would like to donate a new or gently used costume, please bring it to the office before October 26th. Costumes in sizes small through extra-large are needed, especially sizes medium and large (or child sizes 8-12). Thank you!!!

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Halloween at Hawthorne

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 2pm

Hawthorne School Field

Parents are welcome to watch students in All Day Kindergarten through grade 5 parade around the field at 2:00 on October 31st (if it rains, we will parade in the gym, and parents should enter at Door 14). Classroom parties will begin after the parade, at around 2:15 p.m. Students will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m.

A.M. Kindergarten students will parade at 9:45 a.m., and parents can sign in the office and meet in the foyer at Door 1 to watch the parade. The A.M. Kindergarten party will take place after P.E., at 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Only pre-arranged PTA volunteers will be allowed to stay for the parties.

Hawthorne...You Rock! Run-A-Thon Numbers are In!

You really went the extra mile! You raised nearly $7,600 for our PTA! AM Kindergarten raised the highest dollar amount ($1,190) with only 8 kids in their class. Overall students ran 345 miles! Juna Krishnamurthy and Nik Krishnamurthy raised the most money and will receive a gift card to Prairie Path Books.

The PTA is well on our way to reaching our minimum fundraising goal of $13,000 for the year. Big thanks to all the kids for running laps, Mr. Q.for running the day, Sherri Scott and Emily Fedyski for running the program, and of course, everyone who raised or donated money. Thanks also to Kimmer's Ice Cream Shop; DuPage Cheer, Tumbling and Trampoline; Prairie Path Books; and Highpoint Church for their donations.

Class totals are as follows:

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Football Day was a Huge Hit!

Thank you to the Wheaton North Football Team for coming out to Hawthorne this week and teaching our students about the game of football. The Hawthorne and Wheaton North students had a blast. A huge thank you to Mr. Q, Hawthorne PE teacher, for organizing this fun event for our students!

Raising Resilient and Drug Free Kids

Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 7-8:30pm

1855 Manchester Road

Wheaton, IL

Join us to learn more about teaching resilience and responsibility at an early age. Parents are the first line of defense in preventing their children from experimenting and using drugs. It is ever too early to lay the foundation for a drug-free lifestyle.

Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 7pm

Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn

The single most important thing you can do for your child’s future success in life is to talk to them. Dr. Dana Suskind, author and founder of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, explains the power of language and how parents can tune in, talk more, and take turns building a child’s brain. A Q&A and book signing will follow her presentation. Copies of her book, Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain will be available for purchase. Educators who attend can request one free CPDU credit. Register for this free event here.

This event is co-sponsored by Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, Westminster Preschool, Glenbard Parent Series, and the Glen Ellyn Public Library.

PTA Reflections Art Submissions Due October 25

This year's Reflections theme is "Heroes Around Us." Here’s a little video about the theme.

All grades are encouraged to participate and submit visual arts and literature entries. All entries are due to school by Wednesday October 25th.

Battle of the Books is looking for readers - join the team!

Hi 4th and 5th Grade families - a Battle of the Books sign up sheet went home in backpacks this week! We are excited to get this season started, all 4th & 5th graders that love reading are welcome to join the team! Any questions, please contact Ruth Lange, ruthlange@yahoo.com, or Cathy Troupos, ctroupos@gmail.com, this year’s Battle coaches.

Make A Difference and Win a Free Donut Party

One day every year the residents of Wheaton come together for the purpose of doing good in our community - it’s known nationally as Make A Difference Day (October 27). This year, our PTA has partnered with the Milton Township Food Pantry to collect much needed food and toiletries for local families in honor of Make A Difference Day. Any donations are welcome, but the following items are running low and in need of replenishment:

Bar Soap
Diapers/Pull Ups - Size 5 and 6
Macaroni and Cheese
Boxed Meals (Tuna/Hamburger Helper, etc.)
White Rice
Snacks/Crackers (Graham Crackers, Saltines, etc.)
Cooking Oil (Crisco)

If you would like to participate, have your child bring items to school for drop off in the collection box in their classroom anytime during the week of October 22-26. We will deliver the items to the pantry on the morning of Friday, October 26th. The class that collects the most items will win a free donut party! Contact Kristin Lanzisera (clanzisera@comcast.net) with any questions. Thank you!

Spiritwear Update

Sorry for the delay! We have not yet been given a firm delivery date. Once it is received at school, it will be sorted and sent home with your child. Thanks for supporting your PTA!

Jefferson Early Childhood Referendum Information

There will be a question on the November ballot regarding building a new early childhood center in district 200. The question will read: "Shall the Board of Education of Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District Number 200, DuPage County, Illinois, build and equip a new early childhood center without levying a separate, special property tax to finance the costs thereof?"

For information on this referendum, please visit the Referendum Information page on the district website. This is a referendum that is asking the community permission to build the facility with no tax increase. Information on just the facts can be found here.

Halloween Candy for Heroes 2018

Wheaton North High School’s student led volunteer club SSMS (Students Supporting Military Services) conducts an annual candy drive and needs your help! A candy collection drive will be held Thursday, November 1st through Monday November 5th. Please send any leftover candy you would be willing to donate to the Hawthorne Office (or you can bring it directly to Wheaton North) and it will be sent to our currently serving troops overseas. All of the candy is sent through Operation Freedom. Last year, with the help of students from elementary, middle, and high schools in District 200, over 800 pounds of candy was sent to our Heroes. The goal is to beat that number this year! Thank you in advance for your participation!

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!

Forms went home recently. You can also 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!


Yearbook Photos and Ordering

It's not too early to order your 2018-2019 yearbook from TreeRing! If you order by October 31st, you get a 10% discount. Order online today!

1. Go to www.TreeRing.com/validate.

2. Code is 101515708176509.

We need your help all year round to make our yearbook great! Start by uploading your first day of school photos to this online folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/asnplh4gdeu7ltn/AAAzRFnlRxd-d2jmtEL1CKBma?dl=0

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...


Oct. 22-26: Make a Difference Week

Oct. 24: Unity Day: wear orange clothing

Oct. 25: PTA Reflections entries are due

Oct. 26: Last day to donate costumes

Oct. 31: Halloween Parade and Parties in the afternoon (A.M. Kindergarten party at 10:30-11:30a.m.)


Nov. 1-5: Candy collection for troops (bring to Hawthorne or Wheaton North office)

Nov. 6: Election Day; General PTA Meeting (all are welcome!) at 7:30 p.m. in the LLC

Nov. 9: No school for students (Teacher Work Day)

Nov. 12: Veterans Day celebration at Hawthorne (regular school day)

Nov. 19-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break

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.)