students with their ecosystem projects

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.

Students and parents at Family night.

Elementary North Becomes a Campground on Family Night

Elementary North was transformed into a virtual campground at its annual Family Reading Night on Thursday, Feb. 20th.  The new theme this year was CampEN Family Night.  Students and families had a chance to read by flashlight in a tent, read books around a “campfire,” listen to principal read-alouds, enjoy fun camping themed activities, and visit the Scholastic Book Fair. Thank you to Library Media Specialist Karen Karolczak for organizing this special event.

students give mythology presentations

Greek Gods Come to Life

Athena, Zeus, Poseidon and Aphrodite were just a few of the Greek gods, goddesses and heroes who came to life at Elementary North on Wednesday. Regally dressed and with strong voices, students discussed the personality traits, likes and dislikes, and habits of the gods they chose to represent. The students, in the fourth grade classes of Mrs. McConnell, Mrs. Clausen, Ms. Torres and Mrs. Bruno, have been preparing for these presentations since early January. They took a field trip to Aspen Drive Library to research mythology. They picked the gods they wanted to portray, and wrote scripts. They made costumes and practiced building their presentation skills. They did an excellent job.

Students playing drums

We Got the Beat!

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Aubrey’s music class were excited to play drums together. They did a great job playing in a rhythmic manner.

Science Olympiad team members

Elementary North Participates for First Time in Science Olympiad

Two Elementary North teams (Blue and Gold) participated for the first time in the Elementary Science Olympiad Regional that was held at Hawthorn Middle School South on Saturday. The students did a remarkable job!

A is for Anatomy: 2nd place – Sadikh A., Meera D., Cora W.
Backyard Birds: 3rd place – Parker M., Alex V., Emma W.
4th place – Gavin A., Tammy C., Carissa W.             
Build a Barge: 5th place – Jonas J., Aaron T., Brian W.
Circuit Wizardry: 4th place – Hitaishi C., Aman G., Rakesh S.
5th place – Aarnav G., Arnav G., Savva V.
Experimental Design: 1st place – Gavin C., Ryan G., Lexi O.
Fossil Frenzy: 4th place – Madison W., Cora W., John Z.
5th place – Nicholas C., Sophia F., Dylan M.
Ready, Aim, Fire: 2nd place – Elliana R., Michael S., Navitha S.
Tower of Terror: 4th place – Dominic C., Joel F., Tarun H.
Weather Forecasting: 1st place – Kara C., Brynne G., Emma W.
Write-It, Do-It (WIDI): 3rd place – AJ B., Josmar C., Nick E., Advith J.

Many thanks to the coaches who helped out: Megan Wright, Anya Sabharwal,
Stephanie Sidaway,  Dan Ertman, Ritu & Rahul Gupta, Fernando Figueroa, 
Michelle Moran, Megan Wolf, Abdallah Mohammad, Sara Kowalski, Angela Chan, George Fievet, Preston Wright and Madelyn Wright 

Students in costumes

Centenarians Walk the Hallways at Elementary North

Plenty of 100-year olds could be seen walking the halls of Elementary North on Wednesday. Why? It was the 100th day of school! In celebration of this milestone, students came to school with gray streaks in their hair, glasses, and costumes to look old and wise. Everyone had fun celebrating the fact that they are 100 days smarter.

kindergarten students at lunch

The Great Kindness Challenge Starts at Elementary North

Monday was the first day of Elementary North’s Great Kindness Challenge, a proactive initiative designed to promote kindness, improve school climate and increase student engagement.  Acts of kindness could be seen in the lunch room where kindergarten students sat next to students they didn’t know, struck up conversations and made new friends. Fifth grade leadership team members helped out.

2020 Summer Music Camp Information

2020 Summer Music Camp Information:
Mark your calendars! Hawthorn’s Summer Band and Orchestra camp will be accepting enrollment beginning Monday, February 3rd. To help you plan your summer, this two-week Monday-Thursday camp will run from June 15th-18th and June 22nd-25th. The performance will take place on Friday, June 26th, time TBD. The camp meets at Middle School South from 8:30 until 2:00 Monday-Thursday and is open to any Hawthorn student that has at least one year of experience performing in an instrumental music ensemble. More information is available on our website:

staff donating coats

Thank You to Lululemon

Staff from the Lululemon store of Market Square in Lake Forest stopped by to donate coats and stock the food pantry at Elementary North.

Students making pine tree

Welcome Back Students

After winter break, Miss Wolf welcomed her Elementary North kindergarten class back with some fun winter-related activities. The students made a large pine tree out of their own handprints. They decorated the tree with paper snowflakes. Everyone was proud of their tree.