Hawthorn School District 73 Superintendent Accepts Position in Indiana

Superintendent Nick Brown has resigned from Hawthorn School District 73 effective June 30 to accept a new position in Indiana to be closer to family.

“I really enjoyed my time at Hawthorn and appreciate all the work the staff does for all our students,” Brown said.  “We have great parents, students, staff and community.”

The Board of Education is grateful for Mr. Brown’s service to Hawthorn and wishes him well at his new district in Indiana.

The Board of Education will work hard to make this transition as smooth as possible with the help and guidance of the District’s administrative team.  An interim superintendent will be hired to support the District for the next year.  Also, the District will hire a search firm to help find the right superintendent candidate for the district.  The District asks for community patience and support in the coming weeks.  The District will continue to focus on what it does best, ensuring the best learning environment for its students.

El Superintendente del Distrito Escolar Hawthorn #73 acepta una posición en Indiana

Nick Brown, el Superintendente de el Distrito Escolar Hawthorn #73 ha renunciado a su puesto a partir del 30 de junio para aceptar un nuevo puesto en Indiana para estar más cerca de su familia.

“Realmente disfruté mi tiempo en Hawthorn y aprecié todo el trabajo que hace el personal para todos nuestros estudiantes”, dijo el Sr. Brown. “Tenemos unos excelentes padres, estudiantes, personal y comunidad”.

La Junta de Educación está agradecida por el servicio del Sr. Brown a Hawthorn y le desea lo mejor en su nuevo distrito en Indiana.

La Junta de Educación trabajará arduamente para hacer que esta transición sea fluida con la ayuda y orientación del equipo administrativo del Distrito. Se contratará un superintendente interino para apoyar al Distrito el próximo año escolar. Además, el Distrito contratará una empresa de búsqueda para ayudar a encontrar al candidato adecuado para el superintendente para el distrito. El Distrito pide paciencia y apoyo a la comunidad en las próximas semanas. El Distrito continuará enfocándose en lo que hace mejor, asegurando el mejor ambiente de aprendizaje para sus estudiantes.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Students in the Aspen and Elementary South orchestras know that practice makes perfect.  You can see their dedication and concentration as they rehearse.

Aspen Updates May 18, 2018

REGISTRATION FOR GRADES 1-5 DUE MAY 18

Your online portion of your registration for next year is due today, Friday, May 18.  Please be sure and complete this very important portion of the registration process.  The information we get from the registration process helps us determine how many teachers we need for each grade level for next year.  IF YOU ARE NOT RETURNING NEXT YEAR, PLEASE SEND BACK THE PAPER FORM YOU RECEIVED IN THE MAIL WITH YOUR SIGNATURE AND THE “NOT RETURNING” BOX CHECKED.  Your child will not be placed in a class or on a bus route until the online registration is complete. Thank you for completing the registration process on time.  If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-990-4200.

SCHOOLKIDZ SCHOOL SUPPLY ONLINE ORDERS

Your child should have brought home an order form from SchoolKidz, a Staples Company, for school supply kits.  Online orders can be placed until June 1st, and paper order forms are due no later than May 25th.  Supply kits will be delivered to your home between July 30 and August 3.  Skip the crazy school supply shopping trip and order through SchoolKidz today! Click here for the online order.

5th GRADE LEARNS ABOUT HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

Our 5th graders will be meeting with Jon Paret, our resource officer, who will be teaching them about Healthy Lifestyles. They will be learning about making good, healthy choices in life. This program is sponsored by the Vernon Hills Police Department. 

5th GRADERS VISIT MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Our 5th graders will be walking to visit the Middle School they will be attending on Monday, May 21.  They will be given a tour of the buildings and have a chance to ask any questions they may have about Middle School.  

BAND AND ORCHESTRA CONCERTS ON  TUESDAY, MAY 22 AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

Don’t miss Aspen and Elementary South’s final Orchestra Concert on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.   Our band students will be performing their last concert on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.  Both concerts will take place in Aspen’s gym.  

LAST DAY FOR LIBRARY CLASSES

The last day for students to visit our library is Wednesday, May 23.  Please help us by reminding students bring back any library books they may have checked out during the school year.

RAIN OR SHINE – FIELD DAY IS ON!

Our annual field day is fast approaching.  Volunteers are still welcome to sign up.  A great day is planned outdoors with many activities for each grade level.  Should it rain, we will have a modified field day indoors.  (Keep your fingers crossed for good weather!)

NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, MAY 25 AND MONDAY, MAY 28

We have a teacher’s institute day on Friday, May 25 and we will also be celebrating Memorial Day on Monday, May 28.  Enjoy your days off!

OUR LOST AND FOUND IS OUT OF CONTROL!

If your child has lost gloves, hats, scarfs or coats, please come in and visit our growing Lost and Found.  If the Lost and Found is not claimed by the last day of school, all items will be donated to a local food/clothing pantry.

Frog Lady Brings Frogs and Other Animals to Aspen

The Frog Lady brought a wide array of amphibians and reptiles to kindergarten students at Aspen Elementary. She introduced them to an African bullfrog named Java the Hutt, a skink named Baxter, a bearded dragon named Laverne and other frogs, turtles, snakes and lizards. She allowed the children to pet some of the animals as she described their habits and habitats. The children were not at all shy around the animals and particularly liked the boa constrictor.

 

Aspen Updates May 10, 2018

FROG LADY VISITS ASPEN KINDERGARTEN

Our kindergarten classes are in for a big treat on Friday, May 11.  The Frog Lady will be visiting our kindergarten classroom and will be bringing in all kinds of animals for students to meet, touch and learn all about.  It’s such a fun day!

COOK MEMORIAL LIBRARY PRESENTATIONS

Our friends at Cook Memorial Library will be visiting our classrooms to talk about their summer reading programs.  They feature videos of students talking about books, book characters and library programs.  Research has shown that kids who don’t read over the summer can potentially lose more than two months of reading achievement.  We strongly encourage you and your students to visit the library for amazing, fun, free activities, and to enjoy the many opportunities the library has to offer all summer.

THIRD GRADE FIELD TRIP TO BROOKFIELD ZOO

Our 3rd graders will be going on a trip to Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday, May 15.  They will be visiting the lions and tigers and bears – OH MY!

Aspen Updates May 7, 2018

FIELD DAY IS COMING!

We have a great day of fun and fitness planned for May 24 – come rain or shine (if it rains, we will have a modified Field Day indoors).  Field Day is a day all our students look forward to.  All grade levels will participate at different times throughout the day.  We are still looking for parent volunteers to help run stations, so if you are interested in volunteering your time, please email Courtney Lord, one of our PE teachers, at lordc@hawthorn73.org.  If you choose to help us out on Field Day, we will provide lunch for you!  We’d love your help and are looking forward to a great day. 

REGISTRATION FOR GRADES 1-5 DUE MAY 18

You should have received the registration packet for the 2018/19 school year in the US mail at the beginning of the week. Your next step is to read through the information, complete the online portion via the PowerSchool Parent Portal, or if you are leaving the district, please send back the paper form with the NOT RETURNING box checked and with your signature and date.  Please register by May 18.  Students will not be placed in a class or on a bus route until online registration is complete.  Failure to do so will result in your student being dropped from enrollment.  If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-990-4200.

OPEN HOUSE/MUSIC PROGRAM 

Congratulations to all our students for putting on a fantastic musical performance at our Open House/Music Program last week.  Thank you, also, to all parents who came and visited their child’s classrooms and celebrated their work.  We are extremely proud of all our students and the wonderful things they have accomplished!  Special thanks go to Mrs. Manchester and Mrs. Luce who worked hard to put together a great performance, and to Mr. Manchester who helped with the sound equipment and set up.  Great job!

MID-TERMS GO HOME

Did you receive a mid term report from your student?  If so, please take a look at it, sign and return the report card envelope to school ASAP. 

SCHOOLKIDZ SCHOOL SUPPLY ONLINE ORDERS

Your child should have brought home an order form from SchoolKidz, a Staples Company, for school supply kits.  Online orders can be placed until June 1st, and paper order forms are due no later than May 25th.  Supply kits will be delivered to your home between July 30 and August 3.  Skip the crazy school supply shopping trip and order through SchoolKidz today! Click here to download the order form.

ROLLER SKATING BEGINS IN P.E.

Roller skating in P.E. classes for grades 2-5 begins on Monday, May 7. This great activity helps enhance student’s balance, coordination and motor skills, while also enhancing cardio-respiratory endurance.  They will learn basic roller skating skills, which includes forward and backward skating, cornering and stopping.  All students must wear writs guards and helmets.  What a great way to get exercise!

FINAL MAP TESTING FOR THE YEAR

MAP testing takes place during the month of May.  Help your students get lots of rest and eat a good breakfast in preparation of the testing.  And remind them to “do their best on their test”!  

Aspen Updates April 27, 2018

FIELD DAY IS COMING!

May 24th has been set aside for Aspen’s Field Day this year.  All grades will participate.  We are looking for parent volunteers to help run stations, so if you are interested in volunteering your time on this fun day, please email Courtney Lord, one of our PE teachers, at lordc@hawthorn73.org.  We will have 2 sessions to choose from, and we will be providing our volunteers with lunch!  We’d love your help and are looking forward to a great day.  There will be no rain make up day – if it is raining on May 24, we will have a modified Field Day indoors.  

REGISTRATION FOR GRADES 1-5 MAILED HOME

We are mailing home the registration information for next school year on Friday, April 27.  You should be receiving this packet of information in the US mail early next week.  PLEASE be sure and read through the information, complete the online portion via the PowerSchool Parent Portal, or if you are leaving the district, please send back the paper form with the NOT RETURNING box checked and with your signature and date.  Please register by May 18.  Students will not be placed in a class or on a bus route until online registration is complete.  Failure to do so will result in your student being dropped from enrollment.  If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-990-4200.

OPEN HOUSE/MUSIC PROGRAM 

You are cordially invited to attend Aspen’s Open House/Music Program on Tuesday, May 1 for grades K, 1 and 2, and Thursday, May 3 for grades 3, 4 & 5.  Doors open both days at 6:25.  Please see the invitation that was sent home for specific information.  We welcome you to come and celebrate your child’s accomplishments in the classroom as well as enjoy a musical program.  We are so proud of all of our students’ achievements and look forward to celebrating them with you.

MID-TERMS GO HOME

Believe it or not, we only have about 5 more weeks left of school.  That means we have already past the middle of this final trimester, which also means that mid term reports will be sent home with students on Wednesday, May 2.  We are encouraging students to stay determined and finish strong!

FIREMAN TONY WILL BE VISITNG 4th GRADE

Fireman Tony will be coming with the Smoke Trailer to teach our 4th grade class on Thursday, May 3.  Our students will be educated on how to exit a burning building.  We are very grateful for our relationship with Countryside Fire Department who has provided informative programs to our schools for many years.

STAFF APPRECIATION

Attention Aspen Parents!  The PTO needs your help to support the upcoming Staff Appreciation Week!  The deadline has been extended and they are still accepting donations. Please consider donating! 

Open House / Music Program Information

At the beginning of May Aspen students will present two music  programs entitled “Musical Merriment”.

Kindergarteners, first and second graders will perform on Tuesday evening, May 1. The program will begin at 6:30 pm with a performance by Kindergarten and 1st grade students.  The 2nd grade classes will perform at approximately 7:00 pm. 

The performance on Thursday, May 3 will feature 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.  Third graders will begin at 6:30 pm followed by 4th graders at approximately 7:00 pm. The 5th grade students will close the evening beginning at about 7:30 pm. 

More detailed information will be sent home approximately a week before these events. If you have any questions or need further information please contact Mrs. Manchester or Mrs. Luce.  We are looking forward to seeing you in May.  

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Key to 73 Education Foundation Wants Your Input

Please assist the Key to 73 Education Foundation choose an inaugural gift for each Hawthorn school.  The Key to 73 Education Foundation was established to raise private sector funds to support the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan. In its first year, the foundation would like to present each school with a gift to be used by all of the students. Please take a short survey to help select the option most valued by all for each school.

Aspen Updates April 13, 2018

PARCC TESTING CONTINUES

PARCC testing continues with make up testing for all grades.  We hope to finish up all make up testing in a week.

SAFETY FIRST!

Our number one priority, especially at the drop off time in the morning and the pick up time at dismissal, is safety for all our students and families.  Therefore, we must remind all parents to use the staffed crosswalk only, which is the crosswalk closest to the front doors, if you need to cross traffic to pick up or drop off your students.  No students or parents should be crossing anywhere other than that front crosswalk.  Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!

LAST FAMILY NIGHT OF THE YEAR!

Ki Martial Arts will be putting on a demonstration at our last Aspen Family Night of the year, which is Friday, April 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy a freeze pop from 6:30 – 7 p.m., and stay for the performance at 7:00 p.m. in our gym.  Students will get a chance to break a board in half!  Don’t miss it!

INCOMING 6th GRADE PARENTS

You are invited to Middle School North’s 6th grade Parent Orientation on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. or Middle School South’s 6th grade Parent Orientation on Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m.  You will learn all about what your soon-to-be 6th grader will experience in Middle School.  Please attend the school’s orientation where your student will be attending school in the fall.  This is for PARENTS ONLY.  Plan to attend this important night!