Student in class

Students Become Everyday Heroes

Student teacher Ms. Soler gave her fifth graders at Elementary North an opportunity to be everyday heroes. She provided each student with $5.00 (play money) to spend at a “store.” They bought gum, games, chapstick, soap and other basic items that will be shipped to deployed soldiers. The students used their math skills and learned about the importance of giving. Several other classes at Elementary North will be joining the effort. 

Students playing drums

Students Play Tubano Drums Outside

April 27th was a perfect day to be outside. Mrs. Aubrey’s fifth-grade students at Elementary North had fun performing in the sunshine. They especially enjoyed taking turns improvising on the large Tubano drums.

students playing a game.

Students Enjoy Bridges Program Games

Students in Ms. Alex’s second-grade class at Elementary North played Place Value Triple Roll, a work place game in the Bridges in Mathematics program. One student said, “I love this game so much, I want to play it every day.”

Amanda Nathanson

Alum Comes Back to Hawthorn

It’s always great to see Hawthorn alums doing awesome things in their lives and careers. One alumna, Ms. Amanda Nathanson, has come full circle. She is back at Hawthorn as a graduate student intern for speech-language pathology. Working with Speech Therapist Ms. Lasare at Elementary North, she provided a Zoom lesson that focused on listening comprehension, social skills and problem solving. 

 “I’ve always wanted to work with kids and be in a helping profession,” said Ms. Nathanson.  

Hawthorn has begun to host more graduate students in their educational placements prior to graduation. “It is quite beneficial for both the elementary students and the graduate students to have this experience,” said Ms. Lasare, who hosted another Hawthorn alum prior to Ms. Nathanson. 

Mrs. Aubrey

It’s Turkey Time!

It’s that time of year when the focus is on Thanksgiving and turkey. Mrs. Aubrey taught a fun song to second grade students at Elementary North where just about every word was “Gobble.”

Eagle logo

Encore Spirit Wear Sale

Back by popular demand, the Hawthorn PTO is offering an encore Spirit Wear Sale that goes from now until Sunday, Nov. 22. For more information, visit this website. If you have questions, please send an email to:

Staff member carrying a grocery bag

Community and Families Provide Unprecedented Donations to Hawthorn District 73’s Food Pantries

Thanks to parents and community members, the food pantries at Hawthorn Elementary North and Aspen Elementary were brimming with fresh goods to hand out during Hawthorn District 73’s Student Supply Pick Up on October 29. Staff gave away numerous bags of groceries to families in need as they arrived in cars to pick up school supplies for their children.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of parents,” said Hawthorn Elementary North Principal Kathryn Waggoner. “We are so thankful to our community for providing such a large abundance of goods for our pantries.”

The two pantries are now working on replenishing supplies. They are looking for non-perishable items such as cereal, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta and pasta sauce, rice and beans, individually wrapped bars of soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other necessities. 

To make a donation to one of the pantries, please call Elementary North at 847-990-4500 or Aspen Elementary at 847-990-4300. A safe and socially distanced drop-off will be arranged. Families in need can also call these numbers to make arrangements to pick up food. 

The White House

A Special Guest Makes a Virtual Visit

The fifth grade band at Elementary North zoomed with SSgt. Nathan Clark, a trumpet player with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, which performs at the White House. After watching a video, students asked him numerous questions about being a member of the premier band of the United States Marine Corps. SSgt. Clark began playing the trumpet when he was in fourth grade and fulfilled his life long dream by becoming a member of the band.

Ms. Saran

Positive Self Talk

 Ms. Saran, a social worker at Elementary North, spoke with third grade students about positive self talk. She encouraged them to write down three things they loved about themselves and to regularly repeat these things in their minds to reinforce a positive outlook on life. 

Mrs. Aubrey teaching her class.

Connecting With Students Through Music

Elementary North music teacher Mrs. Aubrey invited her second grade students to bring their stuffed animals for Thursday’s virtual music class. Their animals became fellow players in the Apple Tree Circle Game. While it may be a virtual class, Mrs. Aubrey brought the same great energy, warmth and joyful spirit to her students.