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Spelling Bee coming

 Aspen 4th & 5th grade students have been studying hard and preparing for the annual Spelling Bee.  The purpose of the Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.  Aspen will hold it’s annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 24 starting at 8:15 a.m.  Parents are invited to attend.

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Band Concert

Please join us for an enjoyable evening listening to the Aspen and Elementary South band.  The concert will take place on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Aspen Gym.  Don’t miss this great evening!

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Variety Show is Coming

Here’s your chance to be a star! The PTO Variety Show is a talent show comprised of dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, gymnastics routines, comedy routines, and much more.  The sky’s the limit!  Of course, family and friends are invited to attend the Variety Show.  

How is works:

  • The Variety Show is scheduled for Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Middle School South
  • There is a mandatory practice for all acts on Saturday, March 16th, 2019
  • Please go to the Hawthorn PTO website to sign up now!
  • You must sign up before March 4 to participate

Aspen Spirit Day Friday Schedule

Our Student Council has put together a Spirit Day schedule for every Friday. Here is the schedule for January:

January 11 – Sports Day – Wear your favorite jersey or sports team shirt January 18 – Crazy Hair Day

January 25 – Animal Day – Wear animal shirts or animal prints

Encourage your student to join in the fun by participating in Spirit Days and to show their school spirit!

Food Pantry at Aspen

Aspen is officially opening it’s own food pantry, where donations will be accepted from anyone, and any Aspen family, who may be in need, can call and set up a visit to our pantry. Starting next Monday, January 14 – 18, we are kicking off our donation drive to help fill the pantry by asking students from each grade level to donate specific items. Please see the attached flyer for more exact details on what to bring in. Thank you, in advance, for supporting all Aspen families by bringing in food donations!

Download informational PDF

Kindergarten Information Night for 2019/20 school year

Parents of children who will be entering kindergarten in August, 2019 are invited to attend a Kindergarten Information Night meeting at Aspen School at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 31. This is intended for parents only, since this meeting covers information about curriculum, schedules, transportation, etc. New Kindergarten students will be invited to meet their teacher and attend a playdate on the playground in August. If you know of any new neighbors that may have incoming kindergarten students, please pass this information along to them.

Mark your calendars!

Monday, January 21 is a NO SCHOOL day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Also, on Thursday, January 24, we will be having an early release day. Aspen students will be dismissed at 11:25 a.m. on that day, after they have had lunch.

Welcome back – Happy New year

We hope all our families have had a great winter break and are rested and ready to start a new year. Our students are back in full swing and starting out strong.

MAP testing has begun and will continue through January 17, with make-up days during the week of January 22. Remember to help your students do their best by encouraging them, making sure they have a good night’s rest and a good breakfast.

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Hawthorn Enrichment Institute Registration Begins Feb. 1

Hawthorn is excited to bring another year of summer programming designed to expand the education horizon for our students. We are offering many new types of project based learning courses and opportunities in the areas of core academics, the arts and athletics. The program, open to all kindergarten through eighth-grade Hawthorn District 73 students, will take place at Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. 

  • Session 1 (grades 1 – 8) July 8 – July 19 Fee: $280
  • Session 2 (grades 1 – 8) July 22 – August 2 Fee: $280
  • Kindergarten dates: July 8 – August 2 Fee: $560.00
  • Hours: 7:55 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
  • Hawthorn will be offering before care in the Townline cafeteria from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Cost: $100 per session

For more information and to view the course descriptions in English and Spanish, visit the HEI page of our website. If you have questions, please call: 847-489-5598 or email: HEI@hawthorn73.org.