Hawthorne School News 2/8/19

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

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Math & Science Night: Fun for All Ages!

Thursday, Feb. 21st, 6-8pm

Hawthorne Gym

Thank you to the Student Excellence Foundation (SEF) for providing us with a grant to bring the Dupage Children's Museum STEM program to our school! There will be over 20 hands-on math and science activities for children of all ages! This is a FREE event you WON'T WANT TO MISS! All Hawthorne families are welcomed to attend!

Kindergarten Registration and Round-Up Event

Thursday, March 7th, 6:30-7:30pm

Hawthorne Gym

It's time to start planning for next year's Kindergarten class of students! Our Kindergarten Round Up and Visit will be combined into one family-friendly event this year, on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in our Hawthorne Gym. Kindergarten students should plan on attending with their parents. The evening will follow this schedule:

6:15 p.m. - Doors open: please enter at door 1 or door 14.

6:30 p.m. - All families should go to the gym first for introductions and a brief presentation; incoming Kindergarten students will then visit the Kindergarten classrooms with the Kindergarten teachers and staff, while parents stay in the gym for further presentations and a tour of the school.

7:00 p.m. - Parents reunite with their children in the Kindergarten classrooms and time to drop off paperwork or ask our office staff about documentation and paperwork requirements for Kindergarten registration.

Registration packets are now available in our office for pick up; please contact our office NOW to be added to our planning list (630) 682-2065; it is strongly suggested you begin the paperwork now and turn it in before this event on March 7 to avoid the possible long lines.

Kids Heart Challenge

Our school has kicked-off the KIDS HEART CHALLENGE with the American Heart Association to learn how to care for our hearts-- physically and emotionally-- while raising lifesaving donations to fight the nation’s #1 killer, heart disease!

Here are four easy steps to get your student’s online fundraising page set up and start collecting lifesaving donations:

1.Go to your school’s fundraising page: http://www2.heart.org/goto/hawthorne200

2. Click on the Sign Up button

3. Create a username and password and then fill out the registration form

4. Share your personal fundraising link with friends and family right away.

AND/OR Download the FREE mobile app Kids Heart Challenge and register your student that way

Thank you for joining us as we challenge each other to keep our heart healthy and raise money for kids with special hearts.

All students will participate in a culminating activity on February 20th during the day!

Think First with Northwestern Medicine

This week, first and fifth graders participated in the Think First assembly with presenters from Northwestern Medicine, who spoke to students about safety and how to prevent head, brain, and spinal injuries. All first graders received a free bike helmet, compliments of Northwestern Medicine.
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Digital Citizenship and Social Media Safety

It's never too early to start teaching your child about internet and social media safety, and how to learn good "digital media" skills and becoming a "digital citizen". Being a good digital citizen is similar to simply being a good citizen in general: being kind, responsible, respectful and contributing to the world in order to make it a better place.

A few helpful resources for parents:

Digital Citizenship Blog: Common Sense Media

Grades K-5 Family Tips: Help Kids Make Friends and Interact Safely Online

Everything Parents Need to Know About FORTNITE

Photo credit below: International Society for Technology in Education copyright 2018

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Valentine's Day Card Donations Needed

We are collecting donations of Valentine's Day cards for students in need; if you are able to donate, please bring donations to the Hawthorne Office. Simple cards from the Dollar Store, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, or Target would be greatly appreciated! Thank you very much for your donation; we would like to ensure all of our Hawthorne students can exchange valentines on February 14th!

Valentine's Day Parties on February 14th

All classrooms will have Valentine's Day parties planned by pre-arranged PTA room parents and volunteers during the afternoon of Thursday, February 14th from 2:15-3:15 p.m. Morning Kindergarten party will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Students are allowed to exchange valentine cards, and please follow the classroom teachers' guidelines regarding card exchanging. Please do not send any candy or treats to school; snacks will be provided by the pre-arranged volunteers in accordance to our District 200 Wellness Policy for the classroom party on February 14th, and therefore will be the only food and treats allowed. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

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!

The PTA Executive Committee Needs You

Looking to get more involved in our school? The PTA is a great place to make a difference in the school experience for your children, their classmates, our teachers, and our support staff. Come join us! The PTA is 100% volunteer-powered and we couldn't provide programs, clubs, and events without the support of our parents and grandparents. There are many ways to help just a little or a whole lot - whatever works for you. Current open Executive Committee positions for 2019-20 include President or Co-President, Vice President, and Vice President of Fundraising. There are also committee chair positions available as well. If you're interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Angie Wilson, angiewilson1@gmail.com. Thanks!

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...


Feb. 8: Plunge Into Fitness Challenge begins

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day Classroom Parties at 2:15-3:15 p.m. (Morning Kindergarten at 10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Feb. 18: No School: Presidents Day

Feb. 20: Kids Heart Challenge during P.E.

Feb. 21: Family Math & Science Night at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Feb. 28: Dad's Gym Night at 6:00-8:00 p.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.)