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( or 847-990-4989).

  • Apply online at 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 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!


Students Shine at Concert

The orchestra concert performed by students at Townline, the School of Dual Language and Elementary North on February 7 was fabulous. The fourth and fifth graders showed their music skills.

A Letter from Dr. Haack

Dear Townline Families,

Next week we will have our Kindness Challenge theme days.  You can find the dress up schedule here. We look forward to seeing all of the students “dressed-up” for kindness.

It is not too late to sign up for summer HEI classes.  Click here to learn about the class offerings and registration.

Due to the snow/cold days, school will now be in session on Monday, February 18 and Monday, March 4.  As of now, our “new” last day of school will be Thursday, June 6th.

The Townline PTO is still looking for volunteers to help with the school book fair.  No experience necessary! Please click here to sign up.

Dates to Remember

February 14: Classroom Valentine’s Parties

February 19-22: PTO Book Fair

February 20: Re-scheduled–Incoming Kindergarten Information Night (7:00 pm)

February 21:  PM Conferences

February 22: Conferences (No School)

February 26: Re-scheduled–Science Olympiad Event (6:00pm)

March 1: Teacher Institute Day (No School)

March 5: End of Trimester 2

Warm Regards,

Dr. Haack


Tonight’s TL Kindergarten Parent Information Night is Rescheduled

The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning starting tonight at 6 pm and lasting until 6 am tomorrow. Roads are expected to be treacherous tonight. As a result, the Kindergarten Parent Information meeting scheduled for Elementary South/Townline for tonight at 7 pm is cancelled. The Kindergarten Parent Information Night will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 20 at 7 pm.

Dr. Haack

Townline Receives Grant

Townline Elementary received a donation of $1000 from Exxon Mobil/Bucky’s Mobil for its Science Olympiad/STEM program.

TL Science Olympiad Success!

If you look closely at the picture, you’ll see that EVERY SINGLE KID has a medal!! We had a blast at Middle South on Saturday morning and our team did an outstanding job!
Crimebusters – Allie Johnson & Patty VK – 1st place
Experimental Design – Sam Smart – 2nd place
Junk Cars – Luke Wu & Lynn Li – 2nd place
Mystery Architecture – Sam Smart – 3rd place
Noodle Towers – Heather Swiecicki – 1st place
Ready, Aim, Fire! – Katie Peterson & Amanda Krch – 1st place
Huge shoutout to all the coaches you see listed above! Science Olympiad at Townline wouldn’t exist without these coaches volunteering their time, outside of school hours, to support our students’ interests in science. Clearly their hard work paid off!