The Elementary North After School Choir Club gave a cheerful holiday presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 11th. They sang a number of well-known songs such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Chanukah, oh Chanukah” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The presentation was led by Ms. O’Connor, General Music/Vocal Music Director at Middle School North.
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Elementary North started its first “One School, One Book” reading program last week. This program encourages reading together at home. On Friday, the school held assemblies to announce what book was selected for all students to read. The book is the “Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.” Fourth-grade teacher Shellie McConnell jumped out of a box as the main character in the book. At parent-teacher conferences, parents will be given the book and a family reading guide. Students will have a chance to win SOAR dollars each day by answering trivia questions about the book. A school assembly will be held on Dec. 20 to celebrate the school’s completion of the book.
Ms. Reynoso gave an Art Adventure presentation to Ms. Lasko’s kindergarten students. She talked about primary colors and how they make secondary colors when they are mixed together. Students got a chance to mix their own colors using red, blue and yellow finger paint.
The Hawthorn PTO’s Art Adventure program is an exploration of the visual arts that begins in kindergarten and culminates with a fifth grade field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. Its goal is for children to understand that art is fun, accessible and a very individual means of expression.
Ms. Wolf’s kindergarten class at Elementary North wrote letters to veterans on Monday. Ms. Wolf asked the students what they know about veterans, and why they should be grateful to veterans. Then she gave ideas of what they could write in their letters. The students wrote simple sentences and drew pictures to go with their letters. One day soon, some veterans will be smiling when they receive these adorable messages.
On Nov. 6, members of the Rotary Club of Mundelein/Vernon Hills presented third-grade students at Elementary North with their own personal dictionaries. The representatives gave a brief presentation about the important role that dictionaries play. The children were excited to receive such thick books. One student said, “This book is going to make me a genius.”
The Club distributed dictionaries to third grade students at all Hawthorn 73 elementary schools as well as to other schools in the area. The Club’s Dictionary Project is designed to help third grade teachers ensure that all of their students finish this year as good readers, active writers, and creative thinkers.
A procession of ghosts, pirates, princesses, super heroes, witches and other characters marched around Elementary North for the school’s annual Halloween Parade. The students were excited to show off their costumes to all the parents and family members who lined Hawthorn Parkway. With all the colorful costumes, it was clear that the creative spirit was very much alive.
Fourth-grade students have an opportunity this week to learn what instrument best suits them and to join Hawthorn’s band or orchestra. Each elementary school is hosting an instruments fair in which students get to try out a variety of instruments, such as the snare drum, xylophone, cello, violin, flute, clarinet, trumpet and saxophone under the guidance of professionals. In many cases, this is the first time the students have played these instruments. At Elementary North’s Instrument Fair today, it was great to see how excited the students were to try the instruments.