Art Adventure Volunteers visited classrooms

Our classrooms have enjoyed having PTO volunteers come in and teach an Art Adventure lesson. Art Adventure is a program where a reproduction of a Master artwork is shown and discussed with the class. The presentation ends by guiding the class through a brief hands-on activity designed to reinforce the concepts that were discussed.


Health documents deadline is 10/15/18

Required health forms must be on file with the school nurse by October 15. Students not in compliance must be excluded from school until the proper documentation is shown.


Mid Term Reports Are Coming

Midterm reports will be sent home with your child on Thursday, October 18th. Please be sure to look for the midterm envelope in your child’s backpack. In addition to updates regarding your child’s progress with their teachers, you will also receive information regarding MAP results (1st-5th), PARCC results from Spring of 2018 (4th and 5th), and Fastbridge information (K and 1st).

Register for the Hawthorn Hustle!

Registration for the Hawthorn Hustle is officially open through the PTO Store. We are very excited to offer bib chip timing this year, online sales for raffle tickets – we have some great prizes – and we are debuting a new DJ to add more fun and music to the planned activities.

Below are links for discounted registration pricing for D73 Staff and running club members:

District 73 Staff: Hawthorn Hustle Staff Registration
Running Club Members: Hawthorn Hustle Soar/Running Club Registration

I would appreciate your help in sharing these links with your teams. Alternatively, for running clubs, if you will confirm the leaders from your school, we will be happy to contact them directly. Of course the Hustle is open to the community so feel free to include family and friends.

Please let me or Rebecca Hein, our Hustle Committee Co-Chair (cc’d on this e-mail) know if you have any questions.

Thanks so much and looking forward to Hustling with you again this year!!

Backpack Mail Raffle Flyers

Keys to 73 Banner

Key to 73 Foundation Fundraising Event

The Key to 73 Hawthorn Education Foundation is planning Oktoberfest, its first fundraising event. This event for adults will take place on October 19, 2018 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway in Lincolnshire, Illinois. General admission tickets are $40.00 each. An early bird special, in which tickets for two are $73.00, is available through October 15. The event will include a broad range of appetizers, drinks, a silent auction and live entertainment. Click here if you are interested in being an event sponsor, VIP guest or purchasing tickets to the event!

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Rollerskating in PE

Rollerskating forms were sent home this week. This favorite PE activity will begin on November 5th, but we need parents to sign the permission form and send in the $9.50 fee to cover the skate rental. Get the form here – Forms and fees are due back to the school by Friday, October 26.

Fire Truck

Fireman Tony Coming to Visit Classes

Fireman Tony is coming to visit all K-5th grade class on Monday and Tuesday. He will be teaching all grade levels about fire safety

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Information Meetings on Referenda Questions

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of information meetings on the two referenda questions that will appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot.  The dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Elementary North Gym, 301 Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Middle School North Gym, 201 Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Thursday, October 25, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Friday, October 26, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL

Spanish translators will be present at the Elementary North presentation on October 9 and the Middle School North presentation on October 17.

For more information, visit the District’s referendum website at: If you have questions, please send an email to:

Aspen Class Room

Three Classes Win Aspen Eagle Award

Congratulations to three classes for winning the Aspen Eagle Award. Classrooms are recognized for consistently demonstrating SOAR behaviors throughout the month of September. September’s winners include: Mrs. Zurek’s third grade class, Mrs. Pogachnik’s fifth grade class and Mrs. Szoke’s first grade class. Recipients of the Aspen Eagle Award receive a special visit from Regal the Eagle and Mr. Fredricksen. Each class is presented with certificates and a parent letter explaining how the class was picked. They also get to keep one of Regal’s eaglets in their classroom for the next month.