Student Council Sponsors the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive

It’s time for the annual Scholastic Book Clubs Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefiting Pajama Program, a national nonprofit  organization that provides new pajamas and storybooks to at-risk children. Pajama Program supports children living in shelters, group homes, and foster care, and those who attend Title I schools, Head Start programs, and other organizations that support at-risk youth. With warm pajamas and a comforting bedtime story, children feel safe and secure as they drift off  to sleep, allowing them to have the good night that they need to realize their dreams the following day. Click here to find out more about the drive and Pajama Program.

Since 2009, caring classrooms across the country have risen to the challenge and donated nearly 600,000 pairs of new pajamas. Scholastic Book Clubs has more than matched those numbers with nearly 1 million new storybooks donated directly to Pajama Program headquarters, where they are then shared with children across the country by Pajama Program.

Aspen Student Council wants our school to be part of this drive so that we can help make a better bedtime for these children. Together we can help the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive reach even more children through the magical gifts of pajamas and storybooks. If you and your child are able to participate, please help us transform bedtime for an at-risk child by bringing a new pair of pajamas to school from November 27th through December 8th.

Here are some simple guidelines for the pajamas:

Pajamas must be brand-new. Pajamas in all sizes are needed—from newborn to adult.

Pajamas must be in complete sets or nightgowns.

Pajamas in children’s sizes must be manufactured as pajamas—this ensures that they are  flame- retardant and safe.

Thank you for helping us share the gift of a good night’s sleep and a sweet bedtime story. After all, good nights are good days.

Hawthorn Enrichment Institute

Save the Dates for the 2018 Hawthorn Enrichment Institute

The Hawthorn Enrichment Institute summer program is open to all kindergarten through eighth-grade Hawthorn District 73 students. It will take place from July 9 – August 10, 2018.  Registration begins February 1, 2018.

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.

How to Help Your Child Choose a Good Fit Book

Parents, you can use the iPick strategy to help your child choose a book that’s a good fit for them.

Donations Needed for Fall Conferences Staff Dinner

The AFPC Special Projects Team is looking for donations of desserts, appetizers, fruit, water bottles, cans of soda, dinner plates, dessert plates, plastic silverware, bowls, and napkins for the Fall teachers’ conference dinner.  We are doing an Asian themed dinner.

**For paper products, silverware, and drinks, please bring them to the Aspen office on or before Friday, November 17.**

**For desserts, appetizers, and fruit, please bring them to the Aspen office on Monday, November 20 BEFORE 3:00 PM.**

Please click here to sign up to donate.

Our teachers are so appreciative of this event where we provide them with a meal during the first night of conferences at Aspen!

Please contact Michelle Tran at 847-247-8157 if you have any questions!

Thank you!
The Aspen Family Partnership Council/Special Projects Team

Join us For American Education Week

American Education Week is quickly approaching.  This is a chance to come visit your child’s class and observe and participate in a lesson.  Please refer to the attached invitation and follow the appointed times by grade.  Welcome parents!


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.

Aspen Updates November 10, 2017

NO SCHOOL for Veterans Day

There is no school on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day.  Enjoy your day off, and be sure to thank a Veteran for their service to our country!

Cookie Dough pick up

Don’t forget to pick up your PTO cookie dough at Middle School South between 3 and 7 pm on Tuesday, November 14.

Trimester 1 Ends!

Thursday, November 16 is the last day of the first Trimester.  Report cards will go home with students on Wednesday, December 6.

PTO Book Fairs

The PTO Fall Book Fair is scheduled for Monday, November 20 (open during parent/teacher conferences) and Tuesday, November 21 until 11:00 a.m.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to pick up a few great books (they make great holiday gifts!).

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Have you connected with your child’s teacher to set up a parent/teacher conference?  Conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 20 from 3:00 – 8:30 pm and Tuesday, November 21 (which is a NO SCHOOL day for all students) from 7:30 – 11:00 am.

Aspen All-Stars

Congratulations to the recipients of the Aspen All Star prizes. These students worked hard to achieve their reading goals for the month of October and won their grade level raffle.  We can’t wait for more students to participate next month.  Way to go readers!

K- Ryan J., Connie C., EJ C., Ian Y.

1st- Issac Y., Ekam B., Autumn K., Josh B.

2nd- Shai M., Matthew R., Osmar G., Tinsley C.

3rd- Pat N., Eleanor H., Annabelle L., Izzie S.

4th- Dev B, Isabel D., Camila S., Joanna L.

5th- Tomasz S. Reese A., Manu S., Om K.

PTO Fall Book Fair

We are preparing for the upcoming PTO sponsored book fair, which will take place the week of parent-teacher conferences.  This is a huge fundraiser for the PTO, which earned us over $10,000 last year.  The only way the book fair is successful is through parent volunteers.  Please consider volunteering for a timeslot during our book fair.   Any questions regarding volunteering can be directed to Liz Burda at or Faith Nobile at

Click here to sign up to volunteer at the book fair.

Thank you so much for your consideration and willingness to make our bookfairs successful!


Family Night A Huge Success!

Aspen’s Family Night last Friday was a huge success. Matt Wilhelm performed his BMX tricks while imparting his “never-give-up” attitude teaching kids resilience and anti-bullying strategies to a packed house.  Thanks to Maureen Collier and Stephanie Freed for organizing a great evening, and to Amanda Leland-Burt, Laura Palti and Dave Collier for volunteering their time to help at the event.  Mark your calendars for our most popular Family Night of the year on February 16, 2018–it’s BINGO time!!