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 vhgive.org.

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 registration@hawthorn73.org.

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 registration@hawthorn73.org.

Building Life Long Readers

As part of our school wide goal for continued excellence in reading achievement, the Aspen Reading Team developed a brand new school wide program to enhance a love for reading. This year’s program, entitled “BUILDING Life Long Readers,” took students on a reading journey as they constructed and built visual masterpieces using Legos. The year end culmination for the program is scheduled for May 22nd. The classroom projects will be displayed in the foyer from 8 am-1:00 pm that day. Parents are welcome to stop by and take photos.

Aspen Updates May 12, 2017

MAP testing continues through 5/16. Please encourage your students to get a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast, especially on testing days.

THANK YOU SO MUCH ASPEN FAMILIES!   Our staff was blown away by your incredible generosity and donations during  Teacher Appreciation Week.  The week-long celebration was amazing!  Aspen has fantastic families and we sincerely appreciate your support! A special thank you to Robyn Kaufman, who has been our PTO VP for the last 4 years, and who has done a spectacular job in supporting our staff in extra special ways and coordinating the many, many PTO events over the last 4 years.

Registration information (infosnap) letters have been mailed home.  Please complete the online registration by May 19.  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.

Our 5th grade students, along with Elementary South’s 5th graders, will be celebrating the completion of their Healthy Lifestyles class on Wednesday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. in the Aspen gym.   Resource Officer, Jon Paret, will be facilitating the celebration.  Parents are welcome to come to this celebration.

Friday, May 12, is the last day for our students to check out books from our Aspen School library.  Please check for any Aspen School library books at home and be sure and send them back to school before the end of the year.

Our 4th grade classes will be given a chance to go through the Countryside Fire Department’s Smoke Trailer on Friday, May 12.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn more about fire safety.

Parents – 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.

Most Improved Student Award

Twelve students received the David Yomtoob Most Improved Student Award during a Hawthorn District 73 Board of Education meeting.

Each year former Hawthorn superintendent Youssef Yomtoob, and his wife, Parichehr, recognize students whose essays were selected for expressing how they improved over a period of time in such areas as academics, social skills, and behavior.

The following students received the Most Improved Student Award for the 2016-2017 school year.

Second Grade
Diego LopezCampos – Aspen
Yareli Solache Cuenca – Dual Language
Yareli Bollas – Elementary North
Sathyendra Kumarasamy – Elementary South
Vira Balbus – Townline

Fifth Grade
Ashley Machorro – Aspen
Jocelyn Guadarrama – Dual Language
Felix Navarrete – Elementary North
Victor Camacho – Elementary South
Dylan Glazer – Townline

Eighth Grade
Michael Lee – Middle School North
Seo-Yeon Lee – Middle School South

Aspen Updates May 5, 2017

MAP testing began this week and will continue through 5/16. During this testing time, we ask you to help your child do their best by doing a few things:

  • Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and comes to school well-rested for the assessments.
  • A healthy breakfast would also benefit your child and has been proven to help students achieve higher academic success.
  • Please be sure and let us know if your student will either be absent or leaving earlier than the regular dismissal times.  We will not start their assessment.  It will need to be made up at another time, taking away from other instructional times.
  • If your child is sick, please do not send him/her to school! We have built-in make up days for those students who miss a test due to illness. Sniffling, sneezing, coughing, etc. all serve as distractions for those taking the assessments

Thank you for helping us to make MAP testing a positive experience for your students.  We look forward to celebrating the growth they have achieved!

Congratulations to our students for their great musical performances and for showcasing their work in the classrooms.  Thank you, parents, for coming to our Open House/Music Programs and for supporting our students!  An extra special thanks goes out to Mrs. Manchester and Ms. Hastings for putting together two wonderful evenings.

Our 5th grade students will be going on the annual Art Institute field trip on Friday, May 5.  Thank you to our PTO for completely covering of the cost of this wonderful trip.

We have an Early Release Day coming up next Thursday, May 11.  Please remember that all students will eat lunch before they are released at 11:25 a.m.