Students singing

Spreading Holiday Cheer

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.

One Book, One School Program

“One School, One Book”

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.

Art Adventure presentation

Art Adventure at Elementary North

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.

students writing letters

Kindergarten Students Thank Veterans

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.

Rotary Club Members with Students

Third Graders Receive Free Dictionaries

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.

Halloween parade

Creativity Reigns at Halloween Parade

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.



Kids at halloween

Halloween Costume, Parade and Party Information

Halloween Information

  •     Weapons, Light Sabers and other suggestions of violence, including fake blood, are not allowed.
  •     Hair color is not allowed to be applied at school.
  •     Make-up needs to be minimal and applicable in 1-2 minutes by the students themselves without leaving the room.  Again, no fake blood  please.
  •     Children should be able to put their costume on without adult help.
  •     Please adhere to the school dress code guidelines and students should be dressed appropriately.
  •     If it rains on the 31st we will be parading inside the school.  The Parent Viewing Area will be in the gym/cafeteria in that instance.  All classes will parade through this area so you will not miss your child all dressed up.
  •     The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. and Students will exit out their pod door and walk clockwise around the school.  They will enter back in the school through the front door.
  •     For those students who do not participate in Halloween, there will be alternate activities available in the art room supervised by the art and music teachers.

October 31

Room Parents Sign-In and Head to Classrooms to Set Up @ 1:15 p.m. (Don’t forget to bring your ID to sign-in)

Halloween Parade @ 1:30 p.m.  Please, no parking in the Fire Lane!  You can park on the north side of Hawthorn Parkway.

Halloween Parties 1:45-2:30 p.m.


Final Referendum Sessions Are Next Week

The community is invited to attend the final Referendum Community Information Sessions. One will take place Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library. The final meeting will take place Friday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Vernon Hills Village Hall. The district will share information and answer the community’s questions about the referendum at these meetings.

For more information, visit the District’s referendum website at: If you have questions, please send an email to:

Register for the Hawthorn Hustle!

Good Morning!!

Registration for the Hawthorn Hustle is officially open through the PTO Store. We are very excited to offer bib chip timing this year, online sales for raffle tickets – we have some great prizes – and we are debuting a new DJ to add more fun and music to the planned activities.

Below are links for discounted registration pricing for D73 Staff and running club members:

I would appreciate your help in sharing these links with your teams. Alternatively, for running clubs, if you will confirm the leaders from your school, we will be happy to contact them directly. Of course the Hustle is open to the community so feel free to include family and friends.

Please let me or Rebecca Hein, our Hustle Committee Co-Chair (cc’d on this e-mail) know if you have any questions.

Thanks so much and looking forward to Hustling with you again this year!!