Hawthorne School News: 9/28/18

A newsletter from Hawthorne School and the PTA

Hawthorne School named in the top 100 in Illinois!

Niche.com recently shared the best elementary schools in Illinois, and our Little School with the Big Heart made the list! Hawthorne is listed as #82 out of 2234 elementary schools in Illinois, which puts us in the top 5% of all schools in Illinois. Click here to see all of Hawthorne's rankings provided by Niche.com. CUSD 200 is also listed as the 8th best school district in Illinois! We are thankful for our outstanding teachers, supportive board of education and administration, and wonderful parents, community, and families who partner together to provide a well-rounded education for our amazing students who work very hard, everyday!

Family Movie Night

Friday, Oct. 5th, 6pm

Hawthorne Gym

Our Hawthorne PTA is showing the movie "Sing" in our gym! This is a FREE event.

Students can wear their pajamas and bring a pillow and blanket. Pizza, drinks, and candy will be available for purchase (cash only).

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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.

School Lunches

Did you know we have a hot lunch program at Hawthorne School? A lunch costs $2.75, and two hot entree options are provided each day, along with several cold options daily, such as salads and sandwiches. There is also a fresh fruit and vegetable bar where students serve themselves, and students can purchase white or chocolate milk. Milk is included in the price of the full meal, but can also be purchased separately, and costs 50 cents.

Our lunch program is a great option for those busy mornings when you may not have time to pack a lunch. Please know that if your child doesn't have a lunch, we will always provide one for her/him through our hot lunch program at school.

We use a cashless system for our hot lunch program. All students have a lunch card, and you can load money onto your child's card using the My School Bucks online system, or by sending cash or check to school, payable to CUSD 200. If you prefer that your child does not have a lunch card, please let us know, and we can pull the lunch card from the class stack. Please contact our school office if you would like us to remove your child's lunch card.

Charleston Wrap Fundraiser is Coming

Although we just wrapped up the annual Run A Thon (dollars raised will be announced in the coming weeks), your PTA is already gearing up for our next fundraiser - the Charleston wrapping paper sale. The catalog will be coming home next week! Sales will be open from October 1 - October 15 with delivery of items shortly after Thanksgiving. Last year the PTA spent nearly $22,000 on programs, events, and school improvement projects. While we can't afford to do as much this year, we hope to be able to maintain much loved PTA-sponsored activities such as field trips, assemblies, Dreambox subscriptions, clubs, and more. The need to raise funds quickly this fall has precipitated the back-to-back fundraising push. We hope you enjoy the items Charleston has to offer!

Learn about the Charleston sale by clicking on this link: https://www.charlestonwrap.com

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Hawks for Him

Hawks for Him is returning again this school year. This is a student-led group (there will be adult supervision) that plans on meeting the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. by the Hawthorne flagpole for the purpose of praying together. Everyone is welcome. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Moran, principal, or the Hubbard family, at hubbardsix@gmail.com. The first meeting will be Tuesday, October 2nd.

Vision and Hearing Screening

This information was also in the 9/14 and 9/21 newsletters, and is just a friendly reminder!

On September 28 the DuPage County Health Department will be at Hawthorne School to conduct vision and hearing screenings. Students are screened as follows:

Vision and Hearing: Grades K, 2, transfer students without a current screenings on file and Special Education students

Hearing only: Grades 1 & 3

Please note that a vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chris Gilbertsen, School Nurse at 630-682-2065.

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 September 30th, you get a 15% 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. 2: PTA meeting in the LLC at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5: PTA Family Movie Night at 6:00 p.m., in the gym

Oct. 8: No School, Columbus Day

Oct. 11: Wheaton College Children's Concert

Oct. 15: Picture Re-take Day in the morning only

Oct. 17: Wheaton North Football Day at Hawthorne School (9:30-12:00)

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