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Key to 73 Education Foundation Wants Your Input

Please assist the Key to 73 Education Foundation choose an inaugural gift for each Hawthorn school.  The Key to 73 Education Foundation was established to raise private sector funds to support the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan. In its first year, the foundation would like to present each school with a gift to be used by all of the students. Please take a short survey to help select the option most valued by all for each school.

Open House / Music Program Information

At the beginning of May Aspen students will present two music  programs entitled “Musical Merriment”.

Kindergarteners, first and second graders will perform on Tuesday evening, May 1. The program will begin at 6:30 pm with a performance by Kindergarten and 1st grade students.  The 2nd grade classes will perform at approximately 7:00 pm. 

The performance on Thursday, May 3 will feature 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.  Third graders will begin at 6:30 pm followed by 4th graders at approximately 7:00 pm. The 5th grade students will close the evening beginning at about 7:30 pm. 

More detailed information will be sent home approximately a week before these events. If you have any questions or need further information please contact Mrs. Manchester or Mrs. Luce.  We are looking forward to seeing you in May.  

Aspen Updates April 13, 2018

PARCC TESTING CONTINUES

PARCC testing continues with make up testing for all grades.  We hope to finish up all make up testing in a week.

SAFETY FIRST!

Our number one priority, especially at the drop off time in the morning and the pick up time at dismissal, is safety for all our students and families.  Therefore, we must remind all parents to use the staffed crosswalk only, which is the crosswalk closest to the front doors, if you need to cross traffic to pick up or drop off your students.  No students or parents should be crossing anywhere other than that front crosswalk.  Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!

LAST FAMILY NIGHT OF THE YEAR!

Ki Martial Arts will be putting on a demonstration at our last Aspen Family Night of the year, which is Friday, April 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy a freeze pop from 6:30 – 7 p.m., and stay for the performance at 7:00 p.m. in our gym.  Students will get a chance to break a board in half!  Don’t miss it!

INCOMING 6th GRADE PARENTS

You are invited to Middle School North’s 6th grade Parent Orientation on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. or Middle School South’s 6th grade Parent Orientation on Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m.  You will learn all about what your soon-to-be 6th grader will experience in Middle School.  Please attend the school’s orientation where your student will be attending school in the fall.  This is for PARENTS ONLY.  Plan to attend this important night!

PTO Family Fun & Fitness Night Fundraiser

Come out & join us for a Fun Family Fitness Night at Townline Elementary School – Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm (doors open @ 6 pm).
 
100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the PTO! 

This event is open to all families & schools (k thru 8), the minimum age is 5 to participate. $10 per person (with advance registration), $15 at the door. $25 max per family. Please register through the PTO Store.

All those registered will be automatically entered into a FREE raffle to win a Leap Frog Epic Academy Edition Device.

Click here for more details

Apsen Updates April 6, 2018

PARCC TESTING CONTINUES

PARCC testing has begun for 3rd grade and will continue until next Thursday, April 12.  PARCC make up testing will take place from 4/16 – 4/20.  We are looking forward to great results!

PE CLASSES

Aspen’s PE classes just finished their gymnastics unit.  Students had a great time jumping, doing balance beam, parallel bars, swinging rope, climbing rope, tumbling, and many other fun activities.  Pictures from some of our PE classes have been featured on our morning broadcast – check it out on our website!

HIGH SCHOOL VIPS VISIT 5th GRADERS

The Vernon Hills High School VIPs came and visited our 5th grade classes and performed skits and then broke out into discussion groups with them.  Our 5th graders enjoyed the skits and the break out session with the high school students, some of which were former Aspen students!

GIRL SCOUT TROOP SPONSORS “BIRTHDAY IN A BAG”

Some of our students who belong to Girl Scout Troop 45456 collected donations to help less fortunate children celebrate their birthday.  They collected supplies such as gift bags, boxed cake mixes, canned frosting, disposable cake or cupcake pans, candles, small gifts for children ages 1-10, and balloons, sprinkles, party hats, plates and napkins.  The donations were taken to a food pantry and given to local families during their child’s birth month.  The troop collected twice as much as they had hoped.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Don’t forget to return to school the following:

  • signed report card envelopes
  • signed permission form and $9.50 for roller skating in PE (for grades 2-5 only)
  • signed permission forms and money for upcoming field trips (grades K, 2, 3, 4, & 5)

Staff Appreciation Contributions

Staff appreciation is fast approaching! If you would like to contribute to our staff celebration, please send in your contribution by 4/12, or you may make your donation on the PTO store.

To donate food, paper goods, or time, please sign up here.

Questions? Please contact Heidi Gutowski.

School Board

District 73 Schedules Community Engagement Meetings

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of community engagement meetings to discuss how to resolve the District’s space challenges. Currently, District 73 is at capacity and it is growing.

The six meetings will include presentations by the Board of Education and opportunities for community members to provide their feedback and advice. The first two meetings will focus on prioritizing solutions. The April 30 meeting will be a working meeting. The later meetings will focus on communicating solutions. The meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, April 5, Elementary North, 301 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Tuesday, April 17, Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Monday, April 30, Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Thursday, May 10, Aspen Elementary, 500 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills (this meeting is tentative)
  • Monday, May 21, Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Wednesday, May 30, Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills

Spanish translators will be present. Childcare will be provided on April 5, May 21 and May 30. If you need childcare, please register at least one week prior to the date of the meeting you wish to attend. Send an email with the number of children attending to: petersonw@hawthorn73.org.

Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth-grade public school district serving approximately 4,300 students. It serves the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.

Aspen Updates March 21, 2018

TRIMESTER 3 HAS BEGUN!

Report cards were sent home in your child’s backpack on Friday, March 16.  Please be sure to look them over, talk with your child about their progress and sign and return the report card envelope to school.  One last trimester to go – finish strong Aspen!

ART SHOW AT THE ASPEN DRIVE (COOK MEMORIAL) LIBRARY

Congratulations to all of our Aspen artists who participated in the Art Show at the Cook Memorial Library.  Aspen students have done a beautiful job in Mrs. Foley and Ms. Dion’s art classes.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit the art show, drop by any time prior to Saturday, April 7 to see their beautiful creations.

SPRING BREAK

Spring break officially begins on Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30.  School resumes on Monday, April 2. Have a happy and safe spring vacation with your families!

PARCC TESTING CONTINUES

PARCC testing is complete for 5th graders but continues for 4th graders (3/15 – 3/22, 4/3 – 4/4) and 3rd graders (4/5 – 4/12).  PARCC make up testing will take place from 4/16 – 4/20.  We are looking forward to great results!

LAST CHOICE TIME FOR THE YEAR

The last day for Choice Time is Friday, March 23.  Thank you to all our parent volunteers who have taken time out of their busy days to supervise Choice Time this year.  The students have enjoyed their time with you – we couldn’t do it without you!  A special thank you to Mrs. Amanda Burt who was our parent coordinator for Choice Time.  We sincerely appreciate your help!

ROLLER-SKATING IS COMING TO ASPEN PE

Roller-skating will begin in our PE classes for grades 2-5 on May 7th.  Permission forms were sent home last week and require a $9.50 payment to rent the skates.  Please send in the signed permission slip and money as soon as you are able.  You will find a copy of the permission form here in case you need another one.

LOST & FOUND

We have collected many, many coats, jackets, hats, gloves, water bottles, shoes, etc. that we have hung in our lost and found area.  If you are missing something, please stop by and check out our large Lost and Found.  We will be donating everything that is not claimed once school is over.

 

Apsen Updates March 16, 2018

TRIMESTER 3 HAS BEGUN!

Report cards will be in your child’s backpack on Friday, March 16.  Please be sure to look them over, talk with your child about their progress and sign and return the report card envelope to school.  One last trimester to go – finish strong Aspen!

ART SHOW AT THE ASPEN DRIVE (COOK MEMORIAL) LIBRARY

Congratulations to all of our Aspen artists who participated in the Art Show at the Cook Memorial Library.  Aspen students have done a beautiful job in Mrs. Foley and Ms. Dion’s art classes.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit the art show, drop by any time prior to Saturday, April 7 to see their beautiful creations.

SPRING BREAK

Spring Break is right around the corner!  Spring break officially begins on Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30.  School resumes on Monday, April 2. Have a happy and safe spring vacation with your families!

PARCC TESTING CONTINUES

PARCC testing is complete for 5th graders but continues for 4th graders (3/15 – 3/22, 4/2 – 4/4) and 3rd graders (4/5 – 4/12).  PARCC make up testing will take place from 4/16 – 4/20.  We are looking forward to great results!

PTO VARIETY SHOW

Family and friends are invited to attend the Variety Show.  Come and cheer on your favorite “star” as they perform on Sunday, March 18 at Middle School South.

Aspen Spring Open House and Music Programs

The Aspen spring open house / music programs will be presented in May. Kindergarten students, as well as those in grades 1 and 2, will perform on Tuesday evening, May 1 beginning at 6:30 pm. Students in grades 3 – 5 will perform on Thursday evening, May 3 beginning at 6:30. Please note the date change for 3-5 grade performance; there was an error on the district calendar you may have received at the beginning of the year. We are excited to share what your students have been learning! More detailed information will be coming after spring break. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Manchester or Mrs. Luce. Thank you.