Get DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: Hard Luck BEFORE THE BOOK CLUBS!!!  Our fall book fair is offering a specially priced hardcover edition at $9.08 (total after tax).  Books ship November 3rd and should be distributed on the release day of November 5th.
Pre-order your copy today by downloading this order form and turning it in by October 29th.  Thanks for supporting our book fair.

Hawthorn Cancels Fall MAP Testing

Due to technical problems with the new NWEA MAP testing system, Hawthorn will not administer MAP tests to our students this fall. Please read here for more information.


Backpack Security Alert Letter / Mochila de Seguridad Carta Alerta

A backpack security alert letter has been issued, and further information can be found on the Hawthorn Dist. 73 website HERE.

Una carta de alerta de seguridad mochila ha sido emitida, y más información se puede encontrar en el Hawthorn Dist. 73 website AQUÍ

PTO News Reminders

Don’t forget:
1. The Hawthorn Dial will be sent home soon!  The Dial is a “must have” for every Hawthorn family. Parents have used the Dial to set up play dates with their child’s classmates, make birthday party lists, and call the schools. The Dial is free with every PTO membership!  More information on joining the PTO can be found on the Join the PTO page.

2.  Target’s® “Take Charge of Education” program offers one of the easiest ways to raise money for our schools. If you have a Target Visa or Target REDcard, you can designate a Hawthorn School or the John Powers Center to receive a cash donation equal to 1% of purchases made at Target and 1/2% of purchases made everywhere else. Target also offers a 5% discount on your entire purchase every time you pay with one of their cards.  Please visit the PTO website for more information.

3.  The Hawthorn PTO Discount Savings Cards are 50% off with amazing local vendors that will help you save money and will raise money for our schools!   If you’re interested in purchasing a $5 card, please email

AFPC Hosts Happy Halloween Event for Aspen Families

Aspen Family Partnership will be hosting 

Happy Halloween Event

Featuring the Movie   Hotel Transylvania   (Rated PG)

We will have popcorn and treats. Remember to bring your pillow, blanket, sleeping bag, water bottle …and your pajamas!

October 18, 2013

6:30 – 8 pm

$5 per family

Watch for announcements in backpacks the first week of October.

Please respond no later than October 10.


PTO News

The PTO is busy bringing you great deals and wonderfully easy opportunities to earn money for our schools and our children.  Please be sure to bookmark the PTO website for all the latest news and deals, currently including the Dial, Take Charge of Education with Target, and the ever popular PTO Discount Savings cards.  New events happen throughout the year so check back often, and watch your child’s backpack for weekly news.


Subscribe to the Aspen Newsletter

All families are invited to subscribe to the Aspen E-Mail Newsletter.  You will find a link to the right (just below the School Info) that will get you an email every Friday, which will keep you up to date on the latest Aspen website news.

Hawthorn Reorganization Committee Update

The Hawthorn Reorganization Committee has been organized and has met twice. During these first two meetings, the committee set meeting timetables and clarified the purpose of the group’s work.

As background, the Reorganization Committee was formed at the recommendation of the AYP Committee to the Board of Education. (More information about the work of the AYP Committee is available on the District website in the April archives.)  While the unfortunate AYP situation in the state and our own district was the catalyst for the formation of this committee, it has been evident that it is not the only reason for the work being done.


In general, the Reorganization Committee’s work is to analyze the design of the district and work to align our resources to equitably meet the needs of all of our students.

The committee will be inviting public input through surveys and public meetings before a recommendation is made to the Board. Please watch for information about those opportunities in the coming weeks.

Please explore more information and answers to frequently asked questions by exploring the link below.

Hawthorn Reorganization Committee 

First Place for Mrs. Szymczak



Congratulations to Aspen’s own art teacher, Ms. Szymczak who was awarded 1st place at the Mundelein Fine Arts Festival this past weekend.  We are so fortunate to have such talent in the classroom with our students.  Nicely done Ms. Szymczak!

Back to School Night Presentation

It was great to see so many parents at Back to School Night.  If you were unable to attend you can see Mr. Fredricksen’s presentation here:

Aspen Back to School Night Presentation