Fifth grade choir singing

Sweet Voices

Elementary North’s fifth grade choir is sounding great. They started Tuesday’s practice with some fun voice exercises. Once they were warmed up, they sang the uplifting “Give Us Hope” in beautiful harmony.

children sitting in a circle

What’s on the Menu? Alphabet Stew.

Miss Wolf of Elementary North took out her magical Halloween cauldron today. It was filled with alphabet stew. The kindergarten children passed it around and practiced the sounds of the letters they picked from the cauldron.

Children dancing with scarves

The Syncopated Clock

It was quite a colorful display as students in Mrs. Aubrey’s first grade music class waved scarves and walked around the room to the tune of “The Syncopated Clock.”

students practicing instruments

Starting Off on a Good Note

Instrument trials took place at Elementary North on Friday morning. Fourth grade students got to try a variety of instruments from violins to clarinets, under the guidance of professionals. Many of the students were excited to play notes on these instruments for the first time. It will be fun to see these students performing in band and orchestra concerts in the future.

Students making balloon globes.

Having a “World” of Fun

Third grade students at Elementary North have been learning about world geography, including about continents and oceans. In a combined social studies class, Mrs. Swinney taught them how to use their knowledge to make their own balloon globes. They drew equators and cut and pasted continents onto balloons. Everyone did a great job of getting the continents in the right places.

Teachers say good-bye to students

Teachers Wave Good-Bye to Their Students

Teachers waved to their students as the school buses pulled out for the last time at Elementary North on the last day of school on June 6. It was a heart-felt scene as teachers wished their students the best for the years to come.

Students receiving awards

Students Receive Awards at Elementary North Year End Assembly

Many students received awards this morning at Elementary North’s End of Year Assembly. Small trophies were presented to all the students in Mrs. Willingmyre’s class in recognition of their work toward the seal of bi-literacy. About 10 students were honored for perfect attendance throughout the year. Their names were put into a raffle. Alan A. won a Tablet and Alexis T. won a new bike. At the end, the fifth graders got “high fives” from their teachers as they left the assembly.

Students running

SOAR Runners Take Their Final Run for the Year

The SOAR runners at Elementary North took their final run this morning as parents cheered them on.

Children playing during Field Day

Students Have a Ball at Field Day

At the end of the year, each Hawthorn elementary school holds a field day in which students can play team-oriented games outdoors. Games that Elementary North students played included:

  • Bucket brigade
  • Cone flip
  • Sponge relay
  • 20 meter dash
  • Tug of war
  • Tire relay
  • Crazy relay

The students had a great time playing with their friends and engaging in fun activities outside of the classroom.

Students learning about art

Students Go On an Art Adventure in the Classroom

Students in Ms. Kaiser’s third-grade class learned all about perspective in today’s “Art Adventure.” They learned what techniques artists use to make things appear close up and far away. They learned about overlapping objects, texture, color, and size. They studied “St. George Killing the Dragon,” which is currently hanging at the Art Institute of Chicago, and several other works in which these techniques have been used. Then they drew their own pieces using what they had learned. 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. The goal is for the children to understand that art is fun, accessible and a very individual means of expression.