Thanks to Our AFPC Volunteers!

Thanks to all of our amazing Aspen Family Partnership Council Volunteers.  We are so grateful for the many hours you spent this year to bring our families and community together and to help our teachers!  Look for sign-ups in the fall!  Mark your calendars for our 2017-2018 Aspen Family Nights on August 25, November 3, February 16, April 13 and our Family University on February 3.  We’re looking forward to another great year!

Girls on the Run Perform Skit at Senior Center

Girls on the Run students from Aspen Elementary performed a skit based on the “Three Little Pigs” at Victory Centre in Vernon Hills. They enthusiastically performed their roles for the seniors. Following the performance, they played a game with the seniors.

Fly Away Event

At today’s Fly Away event, parents, teachers, staff and students applauded as students received recognition for outstanding attendance, academic excellence and personal achievement. Students leaving Aspen Elementary received certificates. Teachers and staff also received a big round of applause.

“We are extremely proud of how all of you worked last year,” Principal Bill Fredricksen said to the students who are leaving. To those coming back next year, he said, “Make good choices over the summer and come back to us ready to learn.”




Olympic Day 2017

Students, staff and volunteers enjoyed beautiful, sunny weather for Olympic Day on Monday, June 5th.  Students participated in a number of different games including Italian Pizza Delivery, Jamaican Javelin Throw, Tanzania Tire Roll, French Frisbee Bullseye and Russian Rope Pull.  A huge thank you goes out to our PE Staff for all of their creativity and hard work putting the day together and to all of the volunteers who helped to make the day a great success!

Here are links to photos taken at Olympic Day.  Enjoy, and download any you’d like!
Morning K-2nd Grade
Afternoon 3rd-5th Grades

Aspen 5th Grader, Polina Chaadayeva, Illinois State Rhythmic Gymnastics Champion!

Aspen 5th Grader, Polina Chaadayeva recently participated in the IL STATE rhythmic Gymnastics competition were she earned 1st PLACE and was officially announced IL STATE CHAMPION in Level 8 Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Polina went on to compete in the Regional Competition where she placed 2nd out of 50 girls from 6 states and qualified for Junior Olympics.

Everyone at Aspen would like to congratulate Polina on her accomplishments and wish her the best at Junior Olympics!!!!

Fifth Grade Healthy Lifestyles Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to all of the Elementary South and Aspen fifth grade students on successfully completing the Healthy Lifestyles program.  Officer Jon Paret presided over the graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 24th.  The Healthy Lifestyles program (formerly known as the DARE program) is sponsored by the Vernon Hills Police Department.

Aspen Updates, May 26, 2017

Registration information (infosnap) letters have been mailed home.  The deadline to complete the online registration was May 19.  If you have not finalized your registration on the computer, please do so as soon as possible.  As a reminder, students will not be placed in a class or on a bus route for next year until the online registration is complete.

Please check for any Aspen School library books at home and be sure and send them back to school as soon as possible.

Also, our lost and found is bursting at the seams!  If your student is missing a jacket, sweatshirt, gloves, hats, etc. please feel free to come in and take a look at our Lost and Found.  We have many, many items that need to be claimed.  If they are not claimed by the last day of school, all items will be donated.

The Cook Memorial Library will be out on Wednesday, May 31 and will be speaking to all our students about their summer reading program.  Check with your students about this great reading program.

We have quite a few exciting events happening during the last days of school.  Mark your calendars for the following:

Aspen’s Got Talent – June 1 at 12:30 – parents welcome!

Olympic Day – June 5 grades K, 1 & 2 from 8:15 – 10:10 and grades 3,4 & 5 from 12:00 – 1:55

PTO end of year parties will be taking place on June 6 and 7.  Only PTO room parents and party coordinators are allowed to be present at these parties.

Fly Away ceremony for 5th grade and year-end assembly – June 7 at 1:00 pm – 5th grade parents welcome!

Last Day of School –June 7, full day of school – report cards go home (there are many important items going home in the report card envelopes.  Please be sure and look in your student’s book bag for the report card envelope)

Fourth Graders Support VHGive Initiative

Fourth graders at Aspen teamed up with Vernon Hills High School in their VHGive initiative. Students from VHHS have been traveling to Uganda where a sister school was built there back in 2008. This summer, VHHS students will be visiting the COVE school again to donate blankets, sheets, and pillows to the children there. Along with those donations, the 4th graders at Aspen wrote letters for the children, telling them a little bit about life as an American student living in Vernon Hills. Aspen 4th graders were eager and excited to write to the children of Uganda, and their letters were filled with well wishes, details about favorite sports, hobbies, and what school is like, as well as colorful pictures and drawings of themselves and their friends and family. They even watched a video that showed the school, the community, and the children they were writing to. To watch the video and learn more about this amazing initiative, please visit

Spring Concert

The 4th and 5th grade band students performed their spring concert on Thursday, May 18th.  Congratulations to Mr. Fritz and all of his students on an outstanding performance!

Have You Registered?

Parents should complete online registration through the PowerSchool parent portal using the information that the district provided you in a Returning Student Enrollment letter.

It is important for you to register your child as soon as possible. Students will not be assigned a teacher or a bus route until online registration is complete. Failure to do so will result in your child being dropped from enrollment. Fees are due at the time of registration. If you have questions about registration, please contact the District Office at 847-990-4200 or email

New Families
Please let neighbors who are new to Hawthorn District 73 know that they may now register their children for the Fall 2017 school year. Families whose children will enroll in District 73 schools for the first time in Fall 2017, should fill out the required forms and turn them into the registrar during a scheduled visit. Please visit your local library to print out required forms if you don’t have access to a printer. To schedule an appointment with the registrar, please call 847-990-4217 or 847-990-4280 or email the registrar at