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American Education Week

Parents Visit Classrooms During American Education Week

American Education Week is celebrated each year during the month of November to encourage parents to visit their child’s school and spotlights the importance of family engagement in education. Ongoing research shows that family engagement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, students earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills, and show improved behavior. Aspen invited parents in to take part in learning activities in each of the classrooms today. We were thrilled to have so many parents join us during our learning today.

Family Night

Family Night Has Global Theme

Aspen held its November Family Night sponsored by the Aspen Family Partnership Council on Friday, November 2nd.  The theme of the evening was Games Around the World. This particular family night was organized through cooperation between two committees of the AFPC, our Social Team (which traditionally plans and organizes family events) and the Multilingual Family Alliance (which is a new committee on AFPC).  The hope was to be able to engage families and students with diverse cultural backgrounds and give our students and families the opportunity to experience games
played across the globe.  Upon arriving, families received a booklet with a description of each of the games and the country of origin.  Games played were from a number of countries including Mexico, Israel, India, Slovenia, Untied States, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Malaysia, and Korea.  There was a great turnout for the evening!  Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped to bring games from all over the world to the students at Aspen.
Photo #1: A student is playing “Topfschlagen” (pot-banging), a game from Germany where a child is blindfolded and given a wooden spoon.  A pot is then placed upside down on the floor and the child uses the spoon to try and locate the pot.  Once found, the child removes the blindfold and gets to see what special surprise is hidden under the pot.

Photo #2:
 Students and parent volunteers played Murray (Bricklayer) a game from Poland.  Students are trying to get from one side of the area to the other without getting tased by the Bricklayer.

Photo #3: Families are planning games from Mexico, India, and Israel.  For Mexico, students and parents created Papel Picado with tissue paper and scissors. At the Israel table, students got to learn about and play Dreidel.  The game from India was Carrom, a game similar to billiards, but played using your fingers and paying special attention to the Queen.

Photo #4: The passport of games is used to show how to play each game. But no worries if the directions were difficult to follow.  Each area had many parent and student volunteers to show participants exactly how to play.
Classroom that won a SOAR award

Aspen Students are Soaring

We want to congratulate three classes for winning the Aspen Eagle Award. Classrooms are recognized for consistently demonstrating SOAR behaviors throughout the month of October. October winners include Mrs. Brock’s kindergarten class, Mrs. Saliba’s second grade class and Mrs. Motley’s fourth grade class. Recipients of the Aspen Eagle Award receive a special visit from Regal the Eagle and Mr. Fredricksen. Each class is presented with certificates, a parent letter explaining how the class was picked and they get to keep one of Regal’s eaglets in their classroom for the next month. Congratulations to the classes of Mrs. Brock, Mrs. Saliba and Mrs. Motley for demonstrating SOAR behaviors.

Exciting STEM Work at Aspen

Students in Mrs. Zurek’s third grade classroom were busy today testing their catapults. Each group of students began creating their own catapult designs and then built their creation. After the design and building phases, students tested their catapults for accuracy and power. While testing their creations, students recorded important information and tried to make some design changes to get better results.

Countries fo the globe

Aspen Family Night

Please join us for Games Around the World, our next Aspen Family Night, on Friday November 2nd. Games from 12 countries around the world will be led by Aspen Families. This free event runs from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Download the flyer for more information

Register for the Hawthorn Hustle!

Registration for the Hawthorn Hustle is officially open through the PTO Store. We are very excited to offer bib chip timing this year, online sales for raffle tickets – we have some great prizes – and we are debuting a new DJ to add more fun and music to the planned activities.

Below are links for discounted registration pricing for D73 Staff and running club members:

District 73 Staff: Hawthorn Hustle Staff Registration
Running Club Members: Hawthorn Hustle Soar/Running Club Registration

I would appreciate your help in sharing these links with your teams. Alternatively, for running clubs, if you will confirm the leaders from your school, we will be happy to contact them directly. Of course the Hustle is open to the community so feel free to include family and friends.

Please let me or Rebecca Hein, our Hustle Committee Co-Chair (cc’d on this e-mail) know if you have any questions.

Thanks so much and looking forward to Hustling with you again this year!!

Backpack Mail Raffle Flyers

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Information Meetings on Referenda Questions

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of information meetings on the two referenda questions that will appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot.  The dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Elementary North Gym, 301 Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Middle School North Gym, 201 Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Thursday, October 25, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Friday, October 26, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL

Spanish translators will be present at the Elementary North presentation on October 9 and the Middle School North presentation on October 17.

For more information, visit the District’s referendum website at: If you have questions, please send an email to:

Aspen Class Room

Three Classes Win Aspen Eagle Award

Congratulations to three classes for winning the Aspen Eagle Award. Classrooms are recognized for consistently demonstrating SOAR behaviors throughout the month of September. September’s winners include: Mrs. Zurek’s third grade class, Mrs. Pogachnik’s fifth grade class and Mrs. Szoke’s first grade class. Recipients of the Aspen Eagle Award receive a special visit from Regal the Eagle and Mr. Fredricksen. Each class is presented with certificates and a parent letter explaining how the class was picked. They also get to keep one of Regal’s eaglets in their classroom for the next month.

Eagle Chorus

Eagle Chorus Takes Off

Students came together for an Eagle Chorus rehearsal on September 18 at Aspen Elementary. It was the first practice of the year, and they sounded great. Led by Mrs. Klein, the students practiced several songs including “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “Da Pacem Domine”. They will perform these pieces on November 7 at Middle School South.

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Aspen Eagle Chorus

We are thrilled to announce the start of the Aspen Chorus.  Thanks to the generous offer of time and support from Mrs. Klein, the Middle School South Chorus Teacher, 4th and 5th grade students at Aspen will have the opportunity to participate in chorus.  This opportunity is being offered at no cost and will allow students to participate in two concerts.  Please read the information included and encourage your 4th and/or 5th grade student to participate.  Parent permission forms are due back to Aspen on Friday, September 14th.

Nuevo coro de Aspen

Estamos encantados de anunciar el comienzo del Coro de Aspen. Gracias a la generosa oferta de tiempo y apoyo de la Sra. Klein, la maestra del Coro Sur de la escuela secundaria, los estudiantes de 4to y 5to grado en Aspen tendrán la oportunidad de participar en el coro. Esta oportunidad se ofrece sin costo y permitirá a los estudiantes participar en dos conciertos. Por favor, lea la información incluida y anime a su 4 ° y / o 5 ° grado a participar. Los formularios de permiso de los padres deben devolverse a Aspen el viernes 14 de septiembr

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