Students in classroom

Nora Project Teaches Empathy and Builds Friendships

Ms. Pogachnik’s fifth-grade class at Aspen Elementary had their second visit with their Nora Project friends on Thursday. The Nora Project aims to normalize difference, demystify disability and promote meaningful connections between students and their peers with disabilities.

Student report card

Change in Report Card distribution

In an effort to go paperless within the district, report cards will no longer be sent home on paper. Parents were notified of this change via SchoolMessenger. As of 3/19/19, parents now have access to report cards via the PowerSchool Parent Portal ( Google Chrome is the recommended browser for accessing the Parent Portal. Safari and Firefox also work, but Internet Explorer does not work well with the report card program. If you are using a phone, you must use a browser on the phone, as the PowerSchool mobile app will not work. Parents will need the student’s Access ID and Access Password in order to get into their account. Parents can print report cards, if you wish, the same way you print anything else from the internet. Please call the office if you have questions about this new procedure.

Sheet music on a stand inside an orchestra hall

Art Hildebrand band and orchestra festival

Our 4th and 5th grade band and orchestra students had the privilege of performing at the Art Hildebrand Festival last week. They were given great feedback by a panel of judges and did an excellent job!

IAR Replaces PARCC

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) will replace the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test as the federally required assessment administered to all third through eighth grade students this spring. Please read this letter to learn more about the IAR. Students will begin taking these assessments starting Wednesday, April 3 at Aspen. Results will be shared with parents once our 2019-2020 year begins. You can support your student(s) by making sure they have had a good, healthy breakfast each morning and have had plenty of rest the night before.

Farewell Mr. McDonald!

Please join us as we say farewell to Mr. McDonald and wish him a happy early retirement. Friday, March 22 will be his last day at Aspen School. Mr. McDonald has been working in the district for 31 years, and has been the day custodian for the Option/Aspen School since it started back in 1999. He has been an extremely valuable part of the Aspen team and will be missed. Thank you Mr. McDonald for 31 great years at Hawthorn!

Narnia Comes to Aspen

All Aspen Elementary students received a treat today. Actors from Libertyville’s Improv Playhouse performed an adaptation of the classic tale “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” during an afternoon assembly. The actors brought the world of Narnia to life. The special event was in celebration of all the reading that Aspen students have been doing.

It’s Not Too Early to Register for Summer Programming!

Registration for summer 2019 programming is underway!  This summer, the Hawthorn Enrichment Institute (HEI) is offering 135 experiences for grades Kindergarten through eighth grade…all the logistics are located on the HEI link below.

The course catalogs, registration, and communication, is located on the enclosed link.

Questions? Call 847-489-5598 or email

PTO Book Fair

Our thanks goes out to our PTO Book fair volunteers for putting on and running a wonderful book fair.  A special thanks to Mrs. Emily Pattee who was the chair for this year’s fair and Mrs. Bauer who also came in each day to help.  Many volunteer hours went into setting up, organizing, helping students pick out books, fulfilling the book orders, and tearing down the book fair for our students.  We appreciate the entire team’s hard work!

The All For Books fund raiser this year was between the students and the teachers.  Both groups were challenged to bring in coins each day this week and the students consistently won! The teachers were then required to wear a dinosaur visor during the last hour of the day.  Student also voted on favorite dinosaur, and the Plesiosaurus won!  

Thank you to all parents who purchased books through the book fair for your students.  Your support of your students and our school is appreciated so much!

Kids on a field trip on bus

3rd grade Field Trip to Museum of Science and Industry

Our third grade classes had a wonderful time at the Museum of Science and Industry on Tuesday, February 26.  This amazing museum is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge and understanding of science, industry and technology.  Here our students experienced A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, which is an interactive and immersive exhibit that shows that patterns are everywhere in nature, and the key to unlocking these patterns is math. 


NO SCHOOL for students – Teacher Institute Day

There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 1 due to a Teacher’s Institute Day.  However, school WILL BE in session on Monday, March 4, which was originally a day off due to Casimir Pulaski Day.  This is a severe weather make up day, so school will be in session on Monday, March 4.