Nora friends attending assembly

Nora Friends Shine at Aspen Assembly

Nora friends were the central focus of yesterday’s assembly at Aspen Elementary. The event was a culmination of activities throughout the year in which students got to build friendships with Nora friends. In a video, students expressed how much they learned through their friendships and how they came to understand that our differences make us special and connect us in a special way. Since its founding in 2016, The Nora Project, a non-profit organization, has grown from six classrooms to eighty-five, with teachers challenging students to practice empathy, exercise moral courage, and recognize the fundamental truth that as human beings, we are all more alike than different.

Colored pencils in a circle

PTO School Supplies for 19/20 School Year

The PTO School Supply Kits fundraiser has begun!  Believe it or not, it is now time to buy your school supply kits for next year.  You can purchase them either online or on the paper form. If you purchase them online (hawthornpto.org/supplies), you are able to use a credit card, but your order must be placed by June 3.  If you use the paper form to order,  you must pay by check and orders are due on May 31.  Supply kits will be delivered to your home between July 29 and August 3.  PTO will receive 20% of every order.

Thank you card with flowers

Thank you, Volunteers!

We couldn’t ask for better volunteers! From working in the workroom by cutting, pasting, tracing, to copying, laminating, helping in the library, helping in the classroom, Choice Time, helping serve in the lounge and at the Conference dinners, and a million other things – our volunteers do it all!  We most certainly couldn’t do what we do without YOU!  Thank you for your tireless service and constant support!  WE APPRECIATE YOU!  We have a tiny token of our appreciation in the office for you.  If you have volunteered at all this year, please come in and get your gift and allow us to thank you in person for all that you have done this year!

Kids on a field trip on bus

3rd Grade is Going to the Zoo

Our 3rd grade classes are lucky enough to be going to the Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday, May 21.  They will be visiting an array of exhibits from amphibians and invertebrates to birds, reptiles and exotic mammals.  They are in for a great day!

Stick figures playing music

Band and Orchestra Concerts

Our band and orchestra students have been working hard preparing for their concerts on Tuesday, May 21 for orchestra and Wednesday, May 22 for band.  Both concerts will be held in Aspen’s gym.  Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.  Don’t miss it!

Field Day is Here!

As the end of the year approaches, Aspen students look forward to Field Day.  This year, Field Day is scheduled for Friday, May 24.  Our Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade students will participate from 8:10 – 10:00.  Our 4th and 5th grade students will participate from 11:50 – 1:50.  All students will follow the normal lunch schedule and will still be able to order lunch as usual.  If we have rain that day, students will still participate in a modified indoor Field Day.  There will be no rain make up date.  Please remember to have your child dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  Gym shoes and gym socks must be worn.  Also, students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle (PLEASE be sure to label your water bottle!!).

Students painting shirts

Students Design Their Own Shirts

Kindergarten classes at Aspen Elementary painted shirts with characters from Eric Carle books last Friday. Eric Carle is the acclaimed creator of brilliantly illustrated picture books for young children.

Musical Notes

Open House / Music Program Information

Congratulations to all our students for their great musical performances on May 7 and May 9 at our Open House/Music program nights. Thank you to parents who came out and supported our students and visited the school.

students-testing on computers

Final MAP Testing is Next Week

The final MAP testing of the year will be taking place next week, from May 13 – May 17. You can help support your student by making sure they get a good night’s rest all week and also get a good, nourishing breakfast. Thanks for your support!

Multiple paintbrushes with paint on them

The Mural is Done


This year our Beautification Team has just completed a mural on the walls down the cafeteria hallway. Next time you are in the building, come and see the beautiful job they did.