AFPC Hosts Happy Halloween Event for Aspen Families

Aspen Family Partnership will be hosting 

Happy Halloween Event

Featuring the Movie   Hotel Transylvania   (Rated PG)

We will have popcorn and treats. Remember to bring your pillow, blanket, sleeping bag, water bottle …and your pajamas!

October 18, 2013

6:30 – 8 pm

$5 per family

Watch for announcements in backpacks the first week of October.

Please respond no later than October 10.


PTO News

The PTO is busy bringing you great deals and wonderfully easy opportunities to earn money for our schools and our children.  Please be sure to bookmark the PTO website for all the latest news and deals, currently including the Dial, Take Charge of Education with Target, and the ever popular PTO Discount Savings cards.  New events happen throughout the year so check back often, and watch your child’s backpack for weekly news.


Subscribe to the Aspen Newsletter

All families are invited to subscribe to the Aspen E-Mail Newsletter.  You will find a link to the right (just below the School Info) that will get you an email every Friday, which will keep you up to date on the latest Aspen website news.

Hawthorn Reorganization Committee Update

The Hawthorn Reorganization Committee has been organized and has met twice. During these first two meetings, the committee set meeting timetables and clarified the purpose of the group’s work.

As background, the Reorganization Committee was formed at the recommendation of the AYP Committee to the Board of Education. (More information about the work of the AYP Committee is available on the District website in the April archives.)  While the unfortunate AYP situation in the state and our own district was the catalyst for the formation of this committee, it has been evident that it is not the only reason for the work being done.


In general, the Reorganization Committee’s work is to analyze the design of the district and work to align our resources to equitably meet the needs of all of our students.

The committee will be inviting public input through surveys and public meetings before a recommendation is made to the Board. Please watch for information about those opportunities in the coming weeks.

Please explore more information and answers to frequently asked questions by exploring the link below.

Hawthorn Reorganization Committee 

First Place for Mrs. Szymczak



Congratulations to Aspen’s own art teacher, Ms. Szymczak who was awarded 1st place at the Mundelein Fine Arts Festival this past weekend.  We are so fortunate to have such talent in the classroom with our students.  Nicely done Ms. Szymczak!

Back to School Night Presentation

It was great to see so many parents at Back to School Night.  If you were unable to attend you can see Mr. Fredricksen’s presentation here:

Aspen Back to School Night Presentation

Honor Your Child’s Birthday and Support the School Library

Dear Aspen families,
Would you like to honor your child and help add books our school library at the same time?  The Add-a-Book program is a great way to celebrate birthdays or any other special day in the life of your child or family.  You choose a personal message and return the with your donation.  We will put the message on a book plate in a new book.  Your child will bring home the book to share with you.  The message and book will be enjoyed for years to come. The Add-a-Book form is also available on my blog at You are welcome to make more than one donation at a time.
Please consider this wonderful way to add new books to the library and create a special way of commemorating this time in your child’s life.
Thank you!
Mrs. Heaser
Aspen Library Media Specialist

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Dr. William Glasser Will be Missed

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you news that Dr. William Glasser passed away on Friday, August 23, 2013.

Dr. Glasser Passing

In these days of shock at losing our great friend and mentor, Bill Glasser, we are aware that many of those whose lives he helped change wish to express how they feel about him. We have decided to create a special tribute page on our website so that you can express your sentiments but also tell stories about your time with Bill. Hopefully, Carleen and other members of Bill’s family will be able to read the comments and appreciate just how well-loved and respected Bill was all around the globe.

The page is located at