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.”

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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:

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Learning Options Form

During the Board of Education meeting on November 12th, the hybrid model was approved for students that participate in third through eighth grade self-contained special education and students in kindergarten through eighth grade general education. Hybrid learning provides students with both in-person and remote instruction. Specific details related to our district’s hybrid learning model for students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade general education and third through eighth grade self-contained special education is available in English and Español. Although there is not a  definitive timeline for a return to in-person instruction, the district sent this letter to all families on November 16 requesting that parents fill out a learning option form by November 30. Please log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and fill out one form per child, indicating your enrollment choice, hybrid or remote. 

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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.

Ms. Wengerhoff teaching online.

Students Explore Themes in Popular Book

Ms. Wengerhoff, a third grade teacher at Elementary North, read “Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun” to her students. This popular book teaches children about respecting differences and being courageous. Her students enjoyed the story.


North Campus Traffic Map

Use this map when picking up take-home bags this week.

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A Visit to a Coral Reef and an Asian Rainforest

Mrs. Sidaway and Ms. Willingmyre transformed their fifth grade science classrooms into coral reef and Asian rainforest ecosystems. The students created models of organisms and food webs within their ecosystems. They explained the roles of their organisms to second and third grade visitors.