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American Education Week

Hawthorn Observes American Education Week

Several Hawthorn schools, including Aspen Elementary, invited parents to visit the classrooms of their children in observance of American Education Week, Nov. 13 to 17. The students were excited to work on projects alongside their parents.

Do you know the history behind American Education Week? Representatives of the National Education Association and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education after the recognition that so many WWI draftees were illiterate. They adopted resolutions for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. The first observance of American Education Week was in 1921.

Cards for Heroes

Aspen students are making handmade holiday cards to send to our brave men and women who are serving our country.  This “Cards for Heroes” program is being spearheaded by First Lady Diana Rauner.  Students have been working hard on writing special notes of thanks and good wishes to our service men and women.

AFPC Family Night on November 3rd

Please join us for Aspen Family Night, this Friday, November 3rd from 6:30-8:00pm, featuring America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Matt Wilhelm.  Matt is the fastest spinner in the world on a BMX Bike, and will perform an exciting array of BMX bike tricks while explaining how he rode his way to the top.  In addition to an action packed bike show, Matt will deliver an entertaining and engaging message to empower students with a focus on resilience, a never give up attitude,  and anti-bullying.   You are not going to want to miss this show, so register today by downloading the Registration Form and returning to school with your registration fee.  In addition to the entertainment, we will be selling Culvers vanilla custard in the cafeteria for $1.50 per cup.

Aspen Launches ACE

Aspen Elementary launched a new team of fifth-grade students who are helping the school in many ways. Members of the Aspen Caring Experts (ACE) team were selected based on their applications and teacher recommendations. Members should be dependable, responsible, caring, trustworthy, courteous and friendly. Their job assignments include greeting students at the front door, providing assistance as needed to teachers and staff, and monitoring hallway, recess and cafeteria behavior.

Members talked about their participation:

“I love helping teachers and I like to help people and make the school a better place,” said Hailey S.

“I think it’s fun to come early and help younger kids,” said Emily D.

“I joined because it seemed like a fun idea and it is the first Aspen ACE team,” said Neveah A.

The ACE members are:

Neveah A.
Max A.
Christopher A.
Morgan B.
Anaya B.
Agastya C.
Jonah C.
Emily D.
Jori E.
Om K.
Caden L.
Reva M.
Shruthi M.
Sesi O.
Brian P.
Rebecca P.
Bradley R.
Gabby S.
Manu S.
Hailey S.
Yousef T.
Livy T.
Rakshit V.
Juliya Y.

Halloween/FallFest Activities

Fall has finally arrived!  That means Halloween is right around the corner!  We will be celebrating on Tuesday, October 31 by parading around the school (outside, if weather permits, or inside if we have bad weather) and then our PTO will be putting on classroom parties.  Please remember that we have young children in the building and we do not want to frighten them, so we are discouraging costumes with blood and gore.  Also, no weapons or other suggestions of violence will be allowed. Students will be given some time to put their costumes on, but elaborate costumes or make up should be saved for the neighborhood trick or treat time. Here is the breakdown of the day:

  1. The parade will begin at 12:45 p.m.  Weather permitting, we will parade outside and ask parents to stand in the grassy area all the way around the front of the building.  Please leave room for our Aspen ghosts and goblins to walk on the sidewalk.
  2. Once the parade is over, only pre-approved room parents will be allowed down to the classrooms where they will enjoy party games.  Please remember that food or candy of any kind is not permitted due to allergies.

Parking can be difficult on this day. Parents can park in the front of our building, on the north side of our building where Aspen staff parks, or on the east side ONLY of Aspen Drive.  There is NO PARKING behind Aspen or in the back lot (behind the playground) or bus pick up lanes.

We are looking forward to an exciting day!


Empathy Is Recognized by Peers

As part of its commitment to Social Emotional Learning, Aspen Elementary students are recognizing peers who demonstrate empathy.  Each classroom voted for a student in their room who exemplified traits they had been learning about all month, such as being a good listener, being kind and showing empathy. Congratulations to the following students who received a certificate for their excellent behavior:

Faria I.
Connie C.
Mallory J.
Evelyn D.
Kendall S.
Luke B.
Achyutha S.
Molly R.
Connor F.
Joey F.
Myra C.
Jordan M.
Gabbi R.
Justin M.
Mya B.
Sophia B.
Diana R.
Leah F.
Paige C.
Ethan H.
Reva M.
Hailey S.
Priya S.
Zaria I.
Maria G.
Shreya M.


STEM Project

Students Design Windproof Homes in STEM Project

Aspen fifth-grade students complete a STEM activity in their science class.  The challenge was to design a new home for the “Three Little Pigs” using index cards and tape.  The houses had to withstand wind.