V.P. Biden at Sullivan Center Today

If you are planning to come to Aspen today, to pick up your student or any other reason this afternoon, please be aware that we are expecting traffic issues due to the Vice President’s visit to the Sullivan Center.

To help staff avoid serious traffic issues all teachers will be leaving the building immediately after the students are dismissed for the day.   Please plan accordingly.

Red Ribbon Week 2014

Red Ribbon Week at Aspen kicks off on Friday, Oct. 24th with Pledge Day:

I pledge to stay in school and learn the things that I need to know.

I pledge to make the world a better place for kids like me to grow.

I pledge to keep my dreams alive and be all that I can be.

I pledge to help others and to keep myself drug free.

Then, join in next week as we have special events each day:

Monday, Oct. 27th: “Wear Red” day to signify your stance against drugs and alcohol.

Tuesday, Oct. 28th:  “Sock it” to drugs and alcohol day.  Wear crazy socks to school.

Wednesday, Oct. 29th:  Put a “lid” on drugs and alcohol.  Wear your favorite hat to school.

Thursday, Oct. 30th:  Love yourself and be healthy day.  Make a pact with your friends to make healthy choices!

Friday, Oct. 31st:  Say BOO to drugs!

Here is a refrigerator flyer so you know what to wear each day:

Aspen Red Ribbon Week Activities



Aspen Family Partnership Council Information

The AFPC is hard at work for all our Aspen families.  Read the latest news here: http://as1.hawthorn73.org/afpc/  and also under Links at the top of the main page.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Long Haul #9

The release of  Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Long Haul #9 is scheduled for November 4.  Be one of the first to get your hands on this great book by downloading, completing and returning the pre-order form to your school by October 29.  E

The release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Long Haul #9 is scheduled for November 4.  Be one of the first to get your hands on this great book by downloading, completing and returning the pre-order form to your school by Oct. 29th.

Preorder Form

Principals Read at Aspen Drive Library

Hawthorn Principals will be taking turns reading at Aspen Drive Library.  Mark your calendars for Mr. Fredricksen’s turn on Monday, November 3rd.

The Principals Read

Rotary Hands Out Dictionaries

Every year Mundelein/Vernon Hills Rotary Club President Sybil Schecter-Kelly asks the same question, “Do any of you know what a dictionary is?” Hands shoot up into the air.

Every year the Rotary Club hands out about 1,200 dictionaries to area third graders. “It’s good for the brain,” President Schecter-Kelly said.

Aspen Elementary School teacher Jenny Niedbalski said she appreciates the Rotary Club’s dictionary donation. “It provides students with a resource at their fingertips. It helps them find words in alphabetical order, it exposes them to new words and builds vocabulary and it is a way for students to double check the spelling of words,” she said.

The dictionaries also provide students with fun facts about everything from presidents to the solar system. “Hey I found President Barack Obama in here,” said Nicole Tomaszewski, 8, as she thumbed through her dictionary.


Aspen School Library News

What’s happening in the Aspen School Library? Follow this link to view photos, the monthly newsletter, and learn about the Add-a-Book program, Monarch and Bluestem books, and all the library news.

Wear Blue on Monday, Oct. 6 – Stomp Out Bullying!

Aspen Elementary is participating in this nationwide cause to raise awareness.  Please send your child to school on Monday, October 6, 2014 wearing a blue shirt to show solidarity in our anti bullying efforts.


Wear blue day

Attendance Awareness Month

Five Hawthorn schools ranked in Lake County’s top 10 lists for having high attendance records during Attendance Awareness Month.  Read more about it HERE.