On April 26, the Lake County Region Illinois Principals Association hosted its annual breakfast and recognition ceremony at Vernon Hills High School. Principals nominated students in their schools who have shown outstanding achievements in school and community.  They, along with their parents and the building administrators, have breakfast and then are recognized with a certificate from the IPA.  Nandini Kandamuri, of Elementary North was recognized.

Reading and Fire Safety

Hawthorn Elementary North second graders recently visited Brookdale at Hawthorn Lakes Retirement Community to share what they have learned about Fire Safety from Fireman Tony Rodkey.

The residents of Brookdale then read a story to the second graders titled No Dragons for Tea, which is highly recommended by the National Fire Protection Association due to the fire safety message in the story.  The students enjoyed listening to the story and sharing their own knowledge about fire safety with the residents.

Fireman Tony, as the students know him, of the Countryside Fire Protection District, educates students in grades K-12 about fire and life safety.


Aspen Art Fair

Check out the annual District 73 Art Show at the Aspen Drive Library. Close to 400 student artists displayed unique forms of art during the art show. Click here to see the many artists and their artwork. Artwork is on display through Friday, April 7.

The art show represents all the schools strongest pieces including drawings, paintings, collages, paper sculptures, Papier-mâché and print-making.

“Strongest to me does not necessarily mean the ‘best’ but rather the students that take the greatest risks with their art or show the most growth during the rotation or from year to year, said Hawthorn Middle School North School Art Teacher Hannah Altshuler.


Feed the Children

The Elementary North Student Council volunteered at Feed my Starving Children. The students packed 79 boxes and helped feed 46 children for a year. Additionally, the school raised almost $1,200, which was donated to help feed children and their families.

Student council held a “coins wars” week. On Monday students brought in pennies, on Tuesday nickels, Wednesday dimes, and Friday quarters. All money was donated to Feed my Starving Children. The homeroom that had the most money collected won an extra recess.

Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters at Elementary North! We have partnered with Horace Mann to provide gift cards to one lucky winner from each grade level each trimester!  These students must have had perfect attendance for the entire trimester!  Here are our winners from Trimester 2!
Along with this, we will raffle off a tablet and a bike to two winners with perfect attendance for the entire school year on the last day of school!  Thank you to Horace Mann for your generous donations!

Hawthorn’s Summer Band and Orchestra Camp

Save the date for Hawthorn’s Summer Band and Orchestra Camp July 17 through July 28. Registration begins March 1. For details about the camp, please visit the summer camp website page.

Brightening the Holidays

Elementary North fifth grade band students trekked through the snow with their instruments to perform a holiday concert for residents of the Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes retirement home.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey to Provide Feedback About Our School


Parents, please be sure to take the Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide feedback about our school.
Link for parents to take the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

Author Visit

Elementary North welcomed Monarch Award winning author David Biedrzycki. He is the author and illustrator of many other books such as Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective and Me and My Dragon.

Revised Facility Plans Revealed

The Board of Education will hold a special Board meeting on Monday, December 5 to receive updated information about the proposed Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP).  The Core Team has analyzed data and feedback received from the community and will present two options culminating with a recommendation of one concept to the School Board.  Following the presentation a time for public comment will be held.  A Board decision will take place onDecember 12 during the regularly scheduled Board of Education Business meeting.

Please make arrangements to attend this very important presentation and conversation at Hawthorn Middle School South at 7 p.m. Monday, December 5.  We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information on the Educational Facilities Master Plan, please visit the EFMP website.