PowerSchool Parent Portal

Dear Townline parents,

Please visit the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://ps.hawthorn73.org/public to log into your secure PowerSchool account and view your child’s report card. Detailed instructions are linked here for your review. If you do not remember your username or password, please click “Forgot username or password?” on the PowerSchool Parent Portal homescreen. Once you log into this secure, user-friendly portal, you may easily open and even download your child’s report card. If you are in need of further assistance, or would prefer to receive a paper copy of your child’s report card, please contact our main office at 847.990.4901.

Warm regards,

Dr. Haack

Author Talks with Students

Author Talks About the Power of Reading

Children’s book author Sherri Duskey Rinker talked about the magical power of reading when she visited Townline Elementary/School of Dual Language on Monday. Presenting to all first grade students at the schools, she talked about how her grandmother inspired her to read, and how reading to her children inspired her to write children’s books. Her published books include “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” and “Tiny and the Big Dig”.

A Letter from Dr. Haack

Dear Townline Families,

I hope that you are enjoying the slightly warmer weather.  Here are some updates from Townline.

Online Report Cards for Trimester 2

In an effort to better streamline our communication with all district families, we are making online report cards available to parents of our elementary school students. Benefits to online report cards include more timely reporting to parents, easy parent access to both current and past report cards, and reduced costs tied to paper and printing. Online report cards are also environmentally friendly! On Tuesday, March 19th we will post student report cards in PowerSchool and share instructions for how you may access your child’s report card via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Once you log into this secure, user-friendly portal, you may easily open and even download your child’s report card. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of your child’s report card, please contact our main office at 847.990.4901 and we will print one for you.

Lost and Found

It is that time of year again where our lost and found is overflowing with items.  If you child has lost something, please encourage them to look for it in the lost and found near the cafeteria.  If you would like to search the lost and found for an item, please stop in the main office to check in during school hours. All unclaimed items will be donated over spring break.

Illinois Assessment for Readiness

Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be taking the Illinois Assessment for Readiness when we return from spring break (April 2-April 9).  The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. IAR assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English Language Arts and Mathematics. This assessment takes the place of the previously administered PARCC assessment. It is important that your student be present and on time for these testing dates.  Also, sleep and proper nutrition help the brain to function well.  Please make sure that your child gets enough sleep and eats a healthy breakfast in order to help them do their very best on this assessment.

Dates to Remember

March 17: PTO Variety Show @ Middle School South

March 19: Report cards are available online

March 25-March 29: Spring Break (No School)

April 1: School resumes

April 2-April 9: Illinois Assessment for Readiness Testing (Grades 3-5)

April 10: Spring Class Photos

April 11: Early Release (12:20 pm)

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Warm regards,

Dr. Haack

students in jerseys

Pasta for Pennies Fundraiser

Students wore jerseys to school on Thursday in connection with Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language’s participation in Pasta for Pennies.  This fundraiser is raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest nonprofit fighting blood cancer. Each day has a particular theme, from pajama day to superhero day, in which students can dress up and have fun.  The classroom that raises the most money will receive a free Olive Garden pasta party.  The classroom winner will be announced on Friday, March 22.

students in jerseys
students reading

For Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Two Schools Read for 20 Minutes

On Thursday, all students and staff at Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language stopped and read from 9:20 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. to recognize and celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

 

Pennies for Patients Begins March 6th

Townline is participating in Pennies for Patients, a service learning program that helps raise critical funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest nonprofit fighting blood cancer. The fundraiser will be from March 6-20th.  Donations & themed days are optional, but encouraged.  The classroom that donates the most money will receive a FREE Olive Garden Pasta Party!  Thanks for your support and please donate!  Individual student boxes will be sent home Tuesday to help transport money from home to school. 

You can find all the days’ themes here:

Pasta for Pennies Themed Days 2019pdf

art students

Making Sunflower Bowls

Mrs. Smith, an art teacher at Townline Elementary, showed fifth-grade students how to take a drab slab of clay and transform it into a colorful sunflower bowl.

Townline Updates from Dr. Haack

Dear Townline Families,

I hope this finds you well. Here are few updates for Townline!

Girls on the Run (Open to girls in grades 3,4, and 5)

We have already had our sign-up for Girls on the Run (GOTR), but now have 2 additional coaches and can take 10 additional girls. This program works to help girls realize and appreciate their inner strength and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. If you any questions, feel free to contact Denise Martin(martind@hawthorn73.org or 847-990-4989).

  • Apply online at https://www.gotrchicago.org/Register-Now OR call the bilingual (English/Spanish) call center (312) 224-8385.  The call center is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm until the start of the season. When registering online, the school site is under Hawthorn Townline/School of Dual Language.

  • The fee is $155.

  • Scholarships may be available.

  • GOTR meetings will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in early March and ends at the end of the school year.

  • Practices are held at Townline School until 4:30.

Read Across America Day

Townline will celebrate Read Across America Day on February 28.  Our entire school will take a break from our regular schedule to stop and read for a set time in the day.  Read Across America is an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association that began in 1997. One part of the project is National Read Across America Day, an observance in the United States held on the school day closest to March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Thank yous

Thank you to all of the parents who helped support our school by volunteering for the book fair or purchasing books for your child from the book fair.  We could not have the great selection of books in our school library without the support we receive from the book fair.

Thank you to the many families who completed the 5Essentials parent survey.  We greatly appreciate the time you took to complete the survey. We had a 29% completion rate for this survey which surpassed the minimum amount needed to receive results.  We look forward to receiving the results later on this school year.

Thank you to the many parents who have volunteered their time to help out in classrooms.  We appreciate mystery readers, group helpers, reading buddies, party leaders, field trip volunteers, classroom supporters, and the many other countless tasks volunteers help out with.  If you are interested in helping out in the school, please contact your child’s teacher to find out about volunteer opportunities.

Student Report Card Reminder

As you may know, Hawthorn Middle School South and Hawthorn Middle School North no longer generate paper copies of student report cards. Instead, they share report cards with families electronically. In an effort to better streamline our communication with all district families, we are working to make this same transition at the elementary level. Benefits to online report cards include more timely reporting to parents, easy parent access to both current and past report cards, and reduced costs tied to paper and printing. Online report cards are also environmentally friendly! If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of your child’s report card, please contact our main office at 847.990.4901  and we will print one for you. We are looking forward to providing you with easy access to your child’s progress reports via electronic reporting!

In preparation, you may want to visit the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://ps.hawthorn73.org/public and log into your secure account. If you do not remember your username or password, please click “Forgot username or password?” on the PowerSchool Parent Portal homescreen. On March 19th, we will share instructions for how you may easily open and even download your child’s report card in this portal.

Hawthorn Enrichment Institute

Registration for summer 2019 programming is underway!  This summer, the Hawthorn Enrichment Institute (HEI) is offering 135 experiences for grades Kindergarten through eighth grade…all the logistics are located on the HEI link below.

Click here to find out more about the exciting classes and registration details.

Dates to Remember

February 26: Science Olympiad Townline Competition (6:00pm)

March 1: Teacher Institute Day (No School)

March 4: Casmir Pulaski Day: SCHOOL IS IN SESSION

March 5: End of Trimester 2

March 8: Cultural Night for DL/TL (6:30-7:30)

March 9: PTO Mother-Daughter Tea: Sullivan Center (1:00-3:00)

March 14: 7th Annual Hawthorn Art Show: Aspen Drive Library (6:00-8:00pm)

Warm Regards,

Dr. Haack

Children in classroom

Classes Take Part in Language/Cultural Exchange

Spanish and English speaking students are learning from each other at the School of Dual Language and Townline. Mrs. Bolender’s second-grade class at Townline visited Ms. Naughton’s second-grade class at the School of Dual Language to learn some basic Spanish sounds. The Townline students wanted to learn how to say the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. It is a tradition that Dual Language classes recite the Pledge of Allegiance in English and Spanish, while Townline recites it in English. Mrs. Bolender’s class will now be able to recite the pledge in English and Spanish. Kudos to Mrs. Bolender and her students for wanting to branch out and learn the pledge in Spanish! And, Ms. Naughton’s students were impressed to learn that Mrs. Bolender’s students speak other languages at home, such as Korean, Russian, and Cambodian.

Valentine’s Day Parties

Students had a “lovely” time at the Valentine’s Day parties.  Thank you to all the volunteers and to the PTO for making the parties a success!  We appreciate all you do for the students of Townline!