Hawthorne School News 4/5/19

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

Running Club is Back!

Mr. Quarto (Mr. Q), our P.E. teacher, is planning another season of running club....starting on Monday!

When: Every Monday and Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. starting Monday, April 8th - Wednesday, June 6th.

What: Running club is meant for students to get some exercise before school. Students are working towards completing a marathon which is 132 laps around the track or as many laps as they can during the running club season.

Where: Students will meet at door 13 by the stairs, outside of the gym. We will be running outside on the Hawthorne track.

Who: All Hawthorne students are welcome to attend running club. Students can show up and they will receive a running card that they will use to track their laps.

Other Details: In the case of a rain out, running club will be cancelled for that day. Mr. Q will post cancellations on the Hawthorne Elementary School PTA Facebook page as soon as possible. Rain outs will not be made up in the gym. Lastly, parents are welcome to help out and mark laps and cheer on the students.

Mathing at Home

Credit: mathbeforebed.com

Math Before Bed is a collection of prompts that can inspire mathematical discussions that you and your children can have before bed, at dinner, or anytime.

Each prompt on this site shows you and your child a perplexing problem. Sometimes there is one right answer and sometimes there are many right answers. The purpose of each question is to generate a discussion about HOW you determined an answer. If you find one answer, try to find another. You could complete one prompt a night, or many prompts.

Read the prompt, pictured below, out loud and let your child think. He/she may say 20. Ask them to describe how she/he counted them. Your child may say:

  • I counted each star up starting at 1, 2,3,….up to 20.” OR they may say,
  • I saw that two stars were in each circle, so I counted by 2s (or I skip counted) 2,4,6, up to 20″. Or they may say,
  • I saw each column is 4 stars so counted up by 4s”. OR they may say,
  • “I saw two rows of 10 in each row. 10 + 10 is 20”. OR they may say
  • There are 5 columns of 4 so 5 times 4 is 20.”

When your child tells you how they counted ask her: “Another child counted them a different way. Can you see which way they counted?” This will prompt your child to see those other groupings. They will start to make connections between adding, and multiplying. Did he/she count they same way you did? Share YOUR strategy with your child. You can extend the problem after too. Ask them “If we added two more circles, how many stars would be there now?”

As an example, watch/listen here while two seven year-olds talk their way through this patterning problem.

Blog: Math Before Bed

Numeracy Discussions

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Join us to celebrate this year’s recipients and enjoy the opportunity to try a variety of great pizza from local restaurants!


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm (award presentation at 7:00 pm)
at Wheaton North High School
701 West Thomas Street, Wheaton
(enter through doors #1 & #16)


ADMISSION TICKETS ($0): Register to attend the celebratory evening.

PIZZA-TASTING TICKETS: Purchase tickets to enjoy slices of pizza from local restaurants.

Adults & Children (11+): $8 through April 14; $10 at the door
Children (ages 3-10): $5 through April 14; $6 at the door
Family: $26 through April 14; $32.00 at the door
Children under 2: FREE

Join us in recognizing the Distinguished Educators, All-Star Volunteer, and Golden Star Award honoree who help bring our mission to life!

2019 Distinguished Educator Awards

Betsy Prange, Pleasant Hill Elementary School
Jeffrey Novak, Monroe Middle School
Jeffrey Potter, Wheaton North High School
Lisa Feeley, Madison Elementary School
Sarah Menich, Hubble Middle School
David Cho, Wheaton Warrenville South High School

2019 All-Star Volunteer Award

Kristin Chmiel, STEM Expo Chair & former Foundation Board member

2019 Golden Star Award (honoring a distinguished retired educator)

Marianne Russell, 46 years of service in District 200: Jefferson, Pleasant Hill, Whittier, and Sandburg

Fine Arts Night

Tuesday, May 7th, 6-8pm

Hawthorne Gym

Please enter through Door 14.

There will be several performances by our very talented Hawthorne musicians, and several pieces of artwork on display created by Hawthorne students!

Here is the schedule for the night:

5:30 p.m. CLEF Club dinner

6:00 p.m. CLEF Club performance
6:30 p.m. Orchestra
7:00 p.m. Band
7:30 p.m. Chorus

CLEF Club is our group for "Children Learning English Fluency".

Hawthorne’s 5t​h Annual BOB Tournament is Coming

The teams are assigned, and the books are chosen for the Intramural Battle of the Books Tournament! An email went to parents recently with more information; if you did not receive the email, please email hawthornebattleofthebooks@gmail.com. Thanks, and good luck, readers!

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Safety During Arrival and Dismissal

Please follow these safety guidelines when dropping off or picking up your child at Hawthorne:

  • Never allow your child to cross in the middle of the street; always cross at a crosswalk
  • No parking on the north side of Wakeman between Washington and Scott Streets; please adhere to the yellow "no parking" and "no pick up/drop off" signs
  • Drive 20 miles per hour or SLOWER in our school zone
  • No cell phone usage in our school zone
  • Do not turn your vehicle around using a Hawthorne neighbor's driveway
Thank you for your help and cooperation to keep our children safe!
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State Testing: Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) test will be replacing the PARCC test this year; this is our state mandated test that is given annually to students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Our testing window for this assessment will be April 11, 12, and 15-17. The IAR assessment will be given online using our Chromebook computers; it is a bit shorter than the PARCC assessment as students will be taking 2 English/Language Arts tests and 3 Math tests. An email was sent to parents on April 3rd with more details, or contact Principal Danielle Moran if you have questions.

Yearbook Ordering

It's time to order your yearbooks if you haven't done so already! They cost $11.99 each. Deadline is April 17th PLUS you can log in and create 2 custom pages for your student. In other words, 2 pages full of pictures just of them! Order online: www.treering.com/validate and use School Code: 101515708176509

Also,please send your pictures you'd like included in the yearbook directly to brookes@alumni.nd.edu - you can email individual images, use google drive, dropbox, facebook messenger, whatever works for you! Please make sure they are clearly labeled with the activity and grade of students. Thank you!

Plunge Into Fitness Challenge

Stay healthy and fit this winter by being active and keep moving! Each student should have received information on the Plunge Into Fitness Challenge, where students are challenged to participate in 30 minutes of exercise daily for the next 50 days! Any activity that increases heart rate will count, such as walking, biking, running, jumping rope or playing a sport. Keep track of your exercise on your fitness log, and be sure to turn in your log by April 8th. All students who turn in their log will receive their choice of a free ticket or discount to Raging Waves Water Park!

PTA Announces 2019-2020 Executive Committee

Congrats to next year's PTA Executive Committee. The new committee was voted in at the April 2nd General Meeting with their term to begin on July 1. A big thank you to all who have agreed to serve! The committee includes:

Angie Wilson - President
Lauren Fortosis - Executive Vice President
Christy Whittington - Treasurer
Jenny Wiley - Vice President, Volunteers
Jackie Bovee - Vice President, Fundraising
Joy Castrovillari - Secretary

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...


Apr. 8: First day of running club! 8:30 a.m. in the field

Apr. 9: "Taming the Anxiety Beast" Parent Workshop at 7:00 p.m. at WWSHS

Apr: 11,12, 15-17: IAR testing (State testing) in grades 3-5

Apr. 17: Last day to order your yearbook

Apr. 19: No School

Save the Date:

  • Fine Arts Night on May 7 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Field Day on June 10 in the afternoon (rain date, June 11)
  • Student Recognition Ceremony (5th grade parents invited to attend) on June 11 at 10:30 a.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.)