Students testing their contraptions

Putting Contraptions to the Test

The Aspen and Elementary South Science Olympiad Team held their final event for the year. Students tested out the catapults they had built. Their creative contraptions launched marshmallows into the air. The tricky part was hitting the target. Students did a great job.

Teachers Test Cars

Homemade Cars Are Put to the Test in Science Olympiad Competition

Teachers tested just how far cars made from scrap could travel during last week’s “Junk Car” competition coordinated by the Elementary South and Aspen Elementary Science Olympiad team. Michael from Mr. Viviano’s class and Nishita from Mrs. Wagner’s class were declared the winners. Both of their cars traveled more than 8 meters. Great job students.

Students with paper airplane

Students Test How Far a Paper Airplane Can Fly

More than 50 students participated in the Elementary South and Aspen Elementary Science Olympiad virtual event on Thursday. Students tested just how far their multi-piece flying glider devices could travel. The longest distance traveled was 15 meters! Great job students!

Students making Valentines

Valentine’s Day Activities Are a Blast

Teachers launched a variety of fun activities and projects in conjunction with Valentine’s Day. First grade hybrid students in the classes of Ms. Green, Mrs. Loiben and Mrs. Szoke at Aspen Elementary made adorable Valentine’s Day booklets for their families. Classes also held PTO-sponsored virtual parties packed with fun games and activities. 

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Encore Spirit Wear Sale

Back by popular demand, the Hawthorn PTO is offering an encore Spirit Wear Sale that goes from now until Sunday, Nov. 22. For more information, visit this website. If you have questions, please send an email to:

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Community and Families Provide Unprecedented Donations to Hawthorn District 73’s Food Pantries

Thanks to parents and community members, the food pantries at Hawthorn Elementary North and Aspen Elementary were brimming with fresh goods to hand out during Hawthorn District 73’s Student Supply Pick Up on October 29. Staff gave away numerous bags of groceries to families in need as they arrived in cars to pick up school supplies for their children.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of parents,” said Hawthorn Elementary North Principal Kathryn Waggoner. “We are so thankful to our community for providing such a large abundance of goods for our pantries.”

The two pantries are now working on replenishing supplies. They are looking for non-perishable items such as cereal, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta and pasta sauce, rice and beans, individually wrapped bars of soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other necessities. 

To make a donation to one of the pantries, please call Elementary North at 847-990-4500 or Aspen Elementary at 847-990-4300. A safe and socially distanced drop-off will be arranged. Families in need can also call these numbers to make arrangements to pick up food. 

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4th Grade Band & Orchestra Orientation Night – October 12th

 We look forward to seeing you at Band Orientation Night!  This is an event for students and parents to attend together.  At 7:00 pm click on the link for your student’s school.  At 7:30 pm click on the link for your student’s instrument.  You will need your instrument for the 7:30 meeting, but please do not assemble your instrument until you are asked to do so.   

Townline & Dual Language Band
Aspen & Elementary South Band & Orchestra
Elementary North Band
Townline/Dual Language/Elementary North Orchestra
7:30Band Instruments
TL, DL, and Elem. North Percussion
Aspen & Elementary South Percussion
7:30Orchestra Instruments
North Violin/Viola
Aspen & Elementary South Violin/Viola

Open Enrollment for Optional Student Insurance

Optional Student Accident Insurance enrollment period is now open.  Online enrollment at or phone 800-727-7642 ext. 6103

Meals for Families

Formulario para Ordenar Desayuno y Almuerzo

Meals for Families 

September 10, 2020/in Latest News /by dierbeckc

USDA has extended the waiver allowing our district to provide meals at no charge to families. We are excited to extend this option to families who need this service!  All that is required is to complete this survey to be added on the list for meal delivery to a designated bus stop or pick up at Middle School South. Times for pickup are in survey and coordination of bus stop pickups will be arranged by the district.
*No families will be charged for any meals*
  Breakfast and Lunch Service Order Form
Formulario Para Ordenar Desayuno y Almuerzo – 9/29

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Welcome back! We are very excited to start a brand new year. Due to us starting off remotely, this year will look very different from the past. Please be assured that the Hawthorn Band and Orchestra staff are working hard to design a plan and curriculum that meets the needs of all of our students. We realize that learning virtually is not ideal and that taking lessons virtually seems daunting but we want to assure you that it can be done and that it will be done successfully! We would like you to think of the 5th grade year for band/orchestra as an important bridge year for preparing the students for middle school and, hopefully, a return to regular practices and instruction. Our hope is that you will entrust us to continue your child’s band/orchestra education even in these uncertain times.

We will utilize Zoom to have rotating small group lessons beginning the week of September 14th. Lesson schedules will be emailed to parents and posted on Google Classroom prior to the first week of lessons. In addition to small group lessons, we will have rehearsals/check-ins at least once a week before or after the regular school time (depending on the school). The day and time of this rehearsal will be determined at a later date once we settle in.

Because of distance learning, the district is paying for and providing a new online program called SmartMusic that will be compatible with your child’s chromebook. SmartMusic is a web-based suite of music education tools that support efficient practice, helping musicians to develop and grow. SmartMusic will give your student immediate feedback on their performance, allow them to play along with recordings of larger groups, and will further reinforce concepts that we will learn together throughout the year during our lessons. Teachers will also be able to listen to individual student recordings and provide feedback as well.

Finally, please have your student take a look at their instrument before their first lesson to make sure that it is in good working condition. Should your student find that their instrument is not working properly, please contact your band/orchestra teacher as soon as possible.
If you returned your instrument at the end of the school year, you are responsible for contacting the appropriate rental company, Quinlan and Fabish (band) or Classic Violins (orchestra), for obtaining an instrument before our first lesson. We recommend renting from the companies listed because of the high quality of the instruments that they provide. Band instruments are rent-to-own, however orchestra instruments are not because of size changes over time. Please do not purchase an instrument on your own without consulting with your child’s teacher first. There are many poor quality instruments available on the internet and we have seen kids struggle with these in the past as it can further hinder their education experience.

We understand that there are a lot of uncertainties as we are navigating through all the changes together, but we want to assure you that we are here and will be available to answer whatever questions you may have. We are looking forward to getting started on the beginning of a great virtual school year! It will be an adventure for us all!

Take care!

Carl Fritz (Band) –

Haemi Lee (Orchestra) –