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

Volunteers Needed for PTO Bookfair

The Book Fair is coming! The Book Fair is coming!!  We are looking for volunteers to fill slots from Thursday, February 18th thru Friday, February 26th to help with set up, order fufillment, tear down, and assisting students in creating their wishlists. Please click here to volunteer as much time as you can offer.

BookFair Volunteers Needed

The PTO’s spring book fair is coming to Aspen and we need your help!  Please click here
to volunteer with set up, student wishlists, order fufillment, and tear down.  You may sign up for as many time slots as you are available!  Thank you for helping to make this important fundraiser a success!

PTO Book Fair Co-chair Needed

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming back to Aspen and the PTO needs your help!  We are looking for another co-chair for our February book fair.  If you can help, please contact Liz Burda at We appreciate your help making the Book Fair a success!

Room Parent Volunteer Sign-Up

PTO Room Party Sign Up is now online!  Please click here to indicate your interest in volunteering for this year’s PTO-sponsored classroom parties.  You must sign up by Friday, September 11th.  Final party assignments will be emailed to you at the end of September.  Please contact Robyn Kaufman, Aspen’s PTO VP, with questions. For Room Parent Volunteer information click on the links below:

Room Parent Info (english)

Room Parent Info (spanish)


4th and 5th Graders celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Dance Party!

This year, our 4th and 5th graders were treated to a combined Valentine’s Day dance party courtesy of Energy Productions!  The kids had a blast dancing, hula hooping, and coming together for a giant conga line!  Many thanks to our staff and party helpers for such a great celebration.

Volunteers Needed for PTO BookFair

Volunteers are needed to help with the PTO Book Fair which will be taking place at Aspen Elementary from February 19th – 27th.  Click here to sign up.

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

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.