Students Shine at Concert

The orchestra concert performed by students at Townline, the School of Dual Language and Elementary North on February 7 was fabulous. The fourth and fifth graders showed their music skills.

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Hour of Code

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Hunwick’s class at Elementary North enjoyed their “Hour of Code” last week.

Important Dates

Important Dates
Friday, January 25th – PTO Family Fun and Fitness Night – TL at 6:30 PMWednesday, January 30th – Midterm Reports go home (Not all students will receive one.)Thursday, January 31st – SOAR Awards with Principal/Assistant Principal Thursday, January 31st – Incoming Kindergarten Information Night at EN – 7 PMThursday, January 31st – Makeup Orchestra Concert – TL – 7 PMThursday, February 14th – PTO Valentine’s Parties – Please do not send food/candy.Friday, February 15th – Family Reading Night at EN – 6:30-8:00 PMMonday, February 18th – School IS in session.  Severe weather make-up day.Thursday, February 21st – Parent/Teacher Conferences after-school.  (Parent or teacher request only.)Friday, February 22nd – Parent/Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL for all students.
The PTO Book Fair is coming in February!  Be on the lookout for more information!

PTO Volunteers

Message from our PTO VPHello Room Party Volunteers!  It is almost Valentine’s Day, who is ready for a party?!?  I know I am! Our EN party will be on 2/14.  Check in at the front office at 1:45 pm and parties begin at 2:00 pm.  Please have your party plan approved by the classroom teacher in advance.   The budget for each room is $15.  If you would like to be reimbursed for funds spent on your party, please bring a receipt to check in at 1:45 pm and I will reimburse you.  Thanks!
Here is a link to the Room Party volunteer list.  Please check the list for your name.  Please note, we have several openings for volunteers at parties.  If you see an open spot and would like to volunteer, please email Alison Gildemeister at and she will add you to the list!  Thank you!
— Alison

Student Report Cards Go Electronic

Student Report Cards Go Electronic

Student Report CardsAs you may know, Hawthorn Middle School South and Hawthorn Middle School North no longer generate paper copies of student report cards. Instead, they share report cards with families electronically. In an effort to better streamline our communication with all district families, we are working to make this same transition at the elementary level. Benefits to online report cards include more timely reporting to parents, easy parent access to both current and past report cards, and reduced costs tied to paper and printing. Online report cards are also environmentally friendly!
On March 19th, we will share instructions for how you may access your child’s report card via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Once you log into this secure, user-friendly portal, you may easily open and even download your child’s report card. In preparation, you may want to visit the PowerSchool Parent Portal at and log into your secure account. If you do not remember your username or password, please click “Forgot username or password?” on the PowerSchool Parent Portal homescreen.
If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of your child’s report card, please contact our main office at 847-990-4500 and we will print one for you. We are looking forward to providing you with easy access to your child’s progress reports via electronic reporting!

Reporte de calificaciones del estudianteComo ustedes sabrán, Hawthorn Middle School South y Middle School North ya no están generando los reportes de calificaciones en copias de papel.  En lugar de esto, ellos comparten los reportes de calificaciones con sus familias de forma electrónica. En un esfuerzo de mejorar nuestra comunicación con las familias del distrito, estamos trabajando para realizar el mismo proceso de transición a nivel de la escuela primaria.  Los beneficios que el reporte electrónico de calificaciones produce es que son generados con mayor rapidez para ser reportados a los padres, acceso fácil para los padres de los reportes de calificaciones actuales y anteriores y a la vez reducir los costos que implica el papel y la impresión de los mismos. Además, los reportes de calificaciones electrónicos son beneficiosos a nuestro medio ambiente.
El 19 de marzo, compartiremos las instrucciones sobre cómo tener acceso al reporte de calificaciones electrónico de su hijo por medio del portal para padres PowerSchool. Una vez que usted haya entrado en la cuenta segura y muy fácil de usar, usted puede abrir con facilidad y hasta descargar el reporte de calificaciones de su hijo/a. Para prepararse para esto usted puede visitar el portal de padres PowerSchool en  y tener acceso a su cuenta segura. Si usted no recuerda el nombre del usuario o contraseña, por favor hacer un click en ”Forgot username or password? en el portal de padres PowerSchool en su pantalla.
Si usted prefiere recibir una copia en papel del reporte de calificaciones de su hijo/a, por favor comunicarse con nuestra oficina principal llamando al 847-990-4500 y nosotros le imprimiremos uno para usted.  Estamos muy animados en proveer a usted un acceso fácil del reporte de calificaciones de su hijo por medio electrónico.

students perform text feature surgery.

Time for Text Feature Surgery

Second grade classrooms at Elementary North looked like hospital rooms as students and staff dressed as surgeons, with face masks, hairnets and gloves. They were “surgically removing” all the text features, such as maps, captions and charts, they could find in magazines to better understand their functions.

PTO Family Fun & Fitness Night Friday Jan 25

PTO Family Fun & Fitness Night *FundraiserFri Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm
Come out & join us for a Fun Family Fitness Night at Townline Elementary School – Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm (doors open @ 6 pm).
100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the PTO! 

This event is open to all families & schools (k thru 8), the minimum age is 5 to participate. $5 per person (with advance registration), $10 at the door. $20 max per family. Please register through the PTO Store: 

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Take the 5Essentials Parent Survey

Students, parents and teachers across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the seventh annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey between now and Feb. 15.  The survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your student’s school and gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes. Additionally, Hawthorn District 73 has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplemental survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your student’s school and guide improvement. To take the survey, please visit the 5Essentials Survey webpage and select the appropriate survey to begin.