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Kim Lasare reading to students

It’s a Jungle in There

There’s a jungle at Elementary North thanks to speech therapist Kim Lasare. She is one of 30 teachers participating in a professional development program that utilizes a book club format. The teachers are now on their second book entitled “Wild Card: Seven Steps to an Educator’s Creative Breakthrough.” Inspired by the book, she transformed a classroom into a prehistoric rainforest, replete with a river, cave and lava flow. Dressed as an explorer, she guided students through the treacherous terrain until they reached safety, where they used flashlights to read “Dinosaurs Before Dark.”

The Great Kindness Challenge

Hawthorn Elementary North is participating in The Great Kindness Challenge this week!  The 5th grade Leadership Team kicked off the week with a pep assembly!

The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness.  The school is proud to participate in this proactive, positive bullying prevention initiative! All students received a checklist of kind deeds to complete this week to help show that kindness matters.

Did you know that children report a better sense of belonging and improved self-esteem by performing small acts of kindness for their peers and community? Additionally, experiencing and performing acts of kindness provide an increased sense of self worth, greater happiness and optimism as well as decreased feelings of helplessness.

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee Winner Announced

Arushi P. won Elementary North’s Spelling Bee last week. Ryan D. was the runner up. Arushi will go on to the sectional competition on February 27 in Deerfield. Congratulations to all the students for a job well done.

Holidays around the world

First Graders Travel Around the World

Elementary North first-grade students traveled to different countries (figuratively speaking) to learn about unique family traditions and holidays. In Russia, they learned about Grandfather Frost.  In England, they made colorful holiday cards. In Mexico, they constructed pinatas. And in Israel, they learned how to play with dreidels.  Many thanks to Miss Scimeca, Mrs. Stefanis, Ms. Raupp, Miss Villalobos, Ms. Eisen and Mrs. Schwartz for creating this fun international experience.

Brookdale Performance

Students Spread Good Cheer at Senior Center

Elementary North’s fifth-grade Band, led by Ms. Bartel, and Choir, led by Ms. O’Connor, performed holiday songs and music for seniors at Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes. The residents told the students how much they enjoyed the concert.

Veterans Day

Thank You Veterans

Kindergarten students in Ms. Wolf’s class at Elementary North wrote letters to veterans in observance of Veterans Day.

Megan Wolf

Observing Children’s Readiness for School

Elementary North teacher Megan Wolf observes her students’ awareness of sounds. She is using the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) assessment instrument which was designed to help teachers, administrators, families and policymakers better understand the developmental readiness of children entering kindergarten. It is core to the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) goal that every child in Illinois deserves to attend a school wherein all kindergarteners are assessed for readiness.