District 73 school notes
Updated: January 14, 2013 2:28PM
Hawthorn Elementary North ELL teacher Loretta Pittman started out her day as usual until representatives from the local Office Max store burst into her classroom to surprise her with “A Day Made Better.” Pittman received a selection of more than $1,000 in Office Max supplies to support her students and school.
Pittman has been a treasured teacher at Hawthorn, bringing more than 17 years of education experience to her students. Most recently, she has been working with students in the English as a Second Language program at Hawthorn Elementary North. Since she plans to retire at the end of this school year, it is especially exciting that Pittman received this honor.
More information about the Office Max “A Day Made Better” initiative, now in its sixth year, is available at www.adaymadebetter.com.
Halloween safety video
Members of the Hawthorn Middle North Student Council worked with Officer Sharon Joseph of the Vernon Hills Police Department to film a short video offering Halloween safety tips. Students presented an alphabetical list of important things to remember to stay safe while trick-or-treating.
Watch for the video on the October edition of the Vernon Hills Update, which airs on the village’s cable access TV channel.
Students at Townline Elementary joined with their principal, Victoria Kieffer, to present their school’s bucket-filling project to the school board. During the Sept. 24 meeting, students presented a slide show explaining how students and staff have been providing specific, positive feedback to each other by writing notes and then putting them into buckets available in the classrooms and throughout the school. Student presenters included Sari Gluck, Chase Bonder, Katie Perritt, Rich Park, CeCe Schumacher and Kevin Schumacher. The presentation is posted on the Townline website, townline.hawthorn73.org.
Hawthorn parents should watch student backpacks on Oct. 22 for midterm report envelopes. Keep the contents, then sign and return the envelope.
Parent University on Math
Hawthorn’s next Parent University, which will focus on the math curriculum, will be 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Hawthorn District Office, 841 West End Court, Vernon Hills. No registration is needed. The school board will meet at 7 p.m. Future Parent Universities include Nov. 26 (science), Jan. 28 (PE/Health and Wellness), Feb. 25 (English Language Arts), and April 22 (World Languages). For information, contact Lisa Cerauli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent-teacher conferences are set for the evening of Nov. 19 and the morning of Nov. 20 by appointment. Contact your teacher for an appointment. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend formal parent-teacher conferences. However teachers also are available throughout the year to meet with parents and students.
Veterans Day breakfast
The Hawthorn Middle South Student Council and student body invite all veterans to enjoy breakfast and a short program at the school beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 9 at the school, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. For information and to RSVP, call Mary Castellano at (847) 990-4100 or send email to email@example.com.
Hawthorn principals read
Hawthorn principals are selecting some of their favorite books, which they will read aloud to visitors at Cook Library’s Aspen Drive facility. Aspen Principal Bill Fredrickson reads Oct. 15. Dual Language Principal Jim Kallieris reads Oct. 23. Powers Center Principal Terri Nilson-Bugella reads Nov. 12, and Elementary North Principal Katie Waggoner on Dec. 4. All reading events begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.
Sign Up for Email
Families are encouraged to sign up for email news from their school, the district, and the Parent-Teacher Organization. Sign-up links appear on each school’s website, or peruse the list of all eNewsletters on the district website, www.hawthorn73.org.
Consider bookmarking www.hawthorn73.org/communitynotes. Hawthorn’s Community Notes web board offers lots of information about community events, enrichment classes and other opportunities for students and families.
Parent-teacher conferences are Nov. 19-20. Thanksgiving break is Nov. 21-23. Winter Break is Dec. 22-Jan. 6. The complete calendar is available at www.hawthorn73.org and through each school.