Aspen’s Family Dance 8/23

Join us on Friday, August 23 from 6:30-8:00pm for Aspen’s Family Dance.  We will enjoy dancing, contests and more presented by the awesome staff of A-Z Entertainment.  A snack will be provided.  This is a free event.  All children must be supervised by a parent.  Volunteers–we need your help.  Please contact Nicole Carson at  if you can help.

Mark your calendars for the Aspen Family Partnership Council’s (AFPC’s) future events:  October 18, February 8 (Family University), February 21 and May 2.


Important Bus and Morning Arrival Information for Parents and Students

Please remember to have your children at their assigned bus stop at 7:00 am.  beginning on the first day of school.   We don’t want any children missing the bus, especially as the bus drivers learn their routes and the children they will be transporting.

Equally as important for the safety of our children is the morning arrival time.  If you are dropping your child off for school each morning, or they are walking to school, please remember that there is no adult supervision before 7:40 am.  If you arrive before that time please park in a parking spot (not in the drop off lane) and keep your child in your car with you.  Children who arrive earlier than 7:40 am will have no supervision as they wait outside the school building for the doors open at 7:40.

We know you agree with us that the safety of our children is our first priority.  Thank you for working with us as we keep everyone safe and secure.

Welcome Back Letter is in the Mail

All Aspen students and their parents should look for their welcome back letter to arrive early in the week.  You can read a copy of that letter AS-Student Welcome back to school letter 13-14

Aspen Student Online Meal Payment
Aspen students are part of the online meal prepayment/management system from Meals Plus called Lunch Pre Pay. This a a secure and convenient way to apply funds directly to your student’s meal account using a credit or debit card. Parents can easily check the account balance and review student purchases through a simple-to-use 90 day history report. You may also sign up to receive a low balance email notification.

Families are urged to begin using To register for the program you will need to first go online and setup an account for each student. The account requires your child’s student ID number, which each family received in early September. (If you do not have your child’s ID please contact the Aspen Office at 947-990-4300 and they will assist you.) There is no membership fee for Hawthorn parents to use this system, however there is a $1.95 transaction fee to cover bank/credit card processing fees.
Please register today:

Go online to

Create an account for each student, using your child’s student ID number, which was sent home in early September. If you need further help with an ID please contact the Aspen main office at 847-990-4300.

Prepay for meals using a credit or debit card.
Set a low balance email notification, check 90-day history and more.

“Feel This Moment” with Your Aspen Staff

Aspen staff wanted to share their talent with the students during Aspen’s Got Talent on Wednesday.  Enjoy Feel this Moment

Summer Reading Suggestions from Mrs. Heaser

Here is the list of summer reading ideas for students.  Please visit the public library over the summer and ask a librarian for help if you need more ideas for great books to read.  Librarians love helping students find books to enjoy.  Happy reading!

Summer Reading List K-5

AFPC – Aspen Family Partnership Council

Aspen Elementary is very fortunate to have a wonderful volunteer base in our AFPC – Aspen Family Partnership Council.  For more information, as well as a description of the AFPC Teams / Roles please go to the  AFPC Page.

You can find a list of the volunteer positions here:     Descriptions for AFPC teams

You can also download a volunteer form here:  AFPC Volunteer Opportunities


Thank you to each and everyone who gave even a few minutes of their time to Aspen Elementary.  We are so grateful for your efforts.



Incoming 6th Graders: Important Athletics Information

Hawthorn Middle Schools North and South and Vernon Hills High School will only be allowing a student athlete to join an athletic program if the student athlete has a physical that will be valid for the entire season.

Parent/Guardians of Incoming Sixth Graders and Incoming Freshman – the Sports Physical your child will receive will allow them to participate in sports, but you will still need to get a comprehensive physical examination to enter Middle School or High School. 

To help families get on the “right” physical cycle, we are partnering with Accelerated Rehabilitation Services to offer $20 (Please make checks Payable to Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers) Sports Physicals on the following dates:

● Wednesday June 5 – 12pm-3pm – Vernon Hills HS First come – First Served at VHHS

●Monday June 10 – 2pm-7pm – Hawthorn Middle North

Sign up HERE


If you have questions, please call:
VHHS Athletics – 847-932-2023 or 847-932-2022

Hawthorn Athletics – 847-990-4482


You can print the informational flyer here:  Summer Physicals Flyer

Aspen Snack and Birthday Treat Policy

Please take a moment and read the Aspen Treat Policy in the above link   Health Services    so we can be sure to keep all of our children safe and healthy.