School Messenger from Dr. Haack 9/25/2020

Hello Townline families,

We thank you for your continued support and partnership!  Here are a few important items for you this week. 

We have No School on Monday, September 28.  We hope you enjoy the day!

From our Department of Teaching and Learning

Please check out the following document for information on online safety systems highlights.

Securly Home, Hapara, and Gaggle for Parents

Tech Support Information 

  • Families needing technology support before, during, or after the school day are encouraged to access our Student Technology FAQ. Families may also contact our Instructional Technology Department at techsupport@hawthorn73.org or 847-990-4239. Families may wish to bookmark or print our technology support flyer. A Zoom Home Help Guide is available for families in English and Español.

Meal Service

USDA has extended the waiver allowing our district to provide meals at no charge to families. We are excited to extend this option to families who need this service!  Please  complete this survey to be added on the list for meal delivery to a designated bus stop or pick up at Middle School South. 

  Breakfast and Lunch Service Order Form

 9/29 SP Hawthorn 73 Breakfast and Lunch Service…

Halloween Parties

This year, the PTO will be having virtual Halloween parties! The parties will take place on Friday, October 30 during a 30 minute period of the school day. We are looking for 1-2 parent volunteers from each classroom to assist in making this fun event possible for our kids.  There will not be a party sign up this year, but we are accepting volunteers via e-mail. 

If you are interested in volunteering to assist with the party, please e-mail your PTO VP with your name, your child’s grade, and their teacher’s name  by October 9th in order to be considered for volunteering. The names and emails of all of our  building VPs are listed below. Please reach out to your building VP with any questions!

Samantha Burmeister, Townline VP:  sburm77@gmail.com

Nikki Kuska, Dual Language VP: nikkikuska@gmail.com

Information from the PTO

Upcoming PTO Events and Spirit Wear Information:

  • Our Spirit Wear sale is in progress through October 4th with special items just for Staff! Free shipping to school and a new home delivery option
  • The “Just Buy One” Cookie Dough campaign to enhance our libraries runs through September 30th! 
  • The 5th annual Hawthorn Hustle has gone virtual. Raffles and prize medals are back!
  • Discount cards will be available for 10/1. Special staff discount – only $5 per card

 Upcoming Events     

 Upcoming Events (Spanish)

Dates to Remember

  • September 21 – October 4: PTO Spirit wear sale
  • Monday, September 28: No School
  • Friday, October 9:  No School (Institute Day)
  • Monday, October 12: School is in session
  • Thursday, October 29: Next bag pick up

Have a fabulous weekend!

Dr. Haack

School Messenger 9/20/2020

Hello Townline families, 

Here are a few important items for you this week. 

Thanks for your participation in our curriculum night.  We hope that all your questions were answered. 

We know that your teachers enjoyed sharing information with you and are grateful for your support.

Supply Bag Pick Up

Our next date for pick up is Monday, September 21st. Please follow the same procedures as in August. Go through the driveway, go to the front of the building drive, and pull up as far as you can.  Please be sure to put your child’s name and teacher’s name on a large paper in the front of your windshield.  In case you need it, our address is 810 N. Aspen Dr. It’s very important that you bring back the first bag you received. We will exchange it for a new bag filled with essential instructional materials. 

Here is the schedule for pick up:

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Open to any family

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Student last names A-E

9:30 -11:00 a.m. Student last names F-L

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Open to any family

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Student last names M-R

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Student last names S-Z

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Open to any family

MAP Testing

Students in grades 2-5 will be taking NWEA MAP testing in reading and math next week,  the week of September 21st.  Classroom teachers have shared their specific schedule with you. Please make sure that you have completed the technology check on the device that your student will test on.  Please make sure that your children are on time for these tests. Teachers do monitor the activity of your students on the test. If your child does not complete the test, they will complete it at a different time/day just as they would during in school testing. If your child is absent on the day of the MAP test, there will be a make up day, just as there would be during in school testing. 

Meal Service

USDA has extended the waiver allowing our district to provide meals at no charge to families. We are excited to extend this option to families who need this service!  Please  complete this survey to be added on the list for meal delivery to a designated bus stop or pick up at Middle School South. 

  Breakfast and Lunch Service Order Form

 9/29 SP Hawthorn 73 Breakfast and Lunch Service

Tech Support Information 

Families needing technology support before, during, or after the school day are encouraged to access our Student Technology FAQ. Families may also contact our Instructional Technology Department at techsupport@hawthorn73.org or 847-990-4239. Families may wish to bookmark or print our technology support flyer. A Zoom Home Help Guide is available for families in English and Español.

PTO

PTO has many upcoming events!  Please check out the upcoming events flyer below to find out more about spirit wear, the Hawthorn Hustle, the cookie dough sales, and discount cards. Feel free to look at the PTO website for more information.

Spirit Wear Flyer (The site will not open for orders until Monday, September 21)

Spirit Wear Flyer Spanish (The site will not open for orders until Monday, September 21)

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events (Spanish)

 Dates to Remember

  • Monday, September 21: Supply Bag Pick up
  • September 21 – October 4: Spirit wear sale
  • Tuesday, September 22 – Friday, September 25: NWEA MAP testing (specific schedules will be shared by classroom teachers)
  • Monday, September 28: No School
  • Friday, October 9:  No School (Institute Day)
  • Monday, October 12: School is in session
  • Thursday, October 28: Next bag pick up

Stay well and enjoy the weekend!

Dr. Haack

Catherine Gross

Media Specialist Joins Monarch Award Committee

Catherine Gross, the Townline and Dual Language Library Media Specialist, was invited to be on the Monarch Award Committee. The Monarch Awards are Illinois’ K-3 Readers’ Choice Awards, established to help kindergarten through third grade readers become familiar with books, illustrators and authors; encourage children to read critically; and to develop a statewide awareness of outstanding literature for children. She is excited to be a part of choosing and highlighting quality literature for this three-year term.

Mrs. Sabin's Online Class

A Great Morning Meeting

Although virtual, Mrs. Sabin’s second grade classroom at Townline Elementary contains the same elements and upbeat energy as her in-person classes. She started her morning meeting by taking attendance. She and her students recited the Pledge of Allegiance. After a brain break in which students danced to an exercise routine, she launched into a math lesson. Students volunteered to answer questions, and were excited to show what they knew.

Meals for Families / Formulario para Ordenar Desayuno y Almuerzo

September 10, 2020/in Latest News /by dierbeckc

USDA has extended the waiver allowing our district to provide meals at no charge to families. We are

Please fill out this meal order form to order breakfast and lunches for your children starting Tuesday, Sept. 29. Children under the age of 18 are qualified to receive individually packaged meals at no charge. This order form is open-ended and will remain effective until in-person learning returns. 

Por favor complete este formulario para pedir desayunos y almuerzos para sus hijos(as) a partir del martes 29 de septiembre. Los niños(as) menores de 18 años están calificados para recibir comidas empaquetadas individualmente gratis. Este formulario para ordenar comida es ilimitado y permanecerá vigente hasta que regresemos al aprendizaje en persona.


*No families will be charged for any meals*
  Breakfast and Lunch Service Order Form
Formulario Para Ordenar Desayuno y Almuerzo – 9/29

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Update From Dr. Haack

Dear Townline Families,

It was great to see all of the students this week.  The students were engaged in their learning, and while there were some glitches here and there, it was a great week for meeting each other and building learning communities. 

Tech Support

Families needing technology support before, during, or after the school day are encouraged to access our Student Technology FAQ. Families may also contact our Instructional Technology Department at techsupport@hawthorn73.org or 847-990-4239. Families may wish to bookmark or print our technology support flyer.

If you need to arrange a time to drop off or pick up a repair, please contact us at the email address above.

Please observe the following traffic pattern if you are coming to Middle School South to drop off or pick up a repair.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1atSyWrKs68UBQo7OdR8euG5qeyO80aQa/view

Attendance

Student attendance is taken at ALL synchronous/live sessions (ELA, Math, PE, Art, Music) throughout the day.  If a student is unable to attend, you should still contact the school office.  If your child is not present at a synchronous session, and we have not heard from you, the school office will be calling to inquire, just as we would if they did not attend an in-person class. Please email tl-attend@hawthorn73.orgor call 847-990-4901 to report an absence for the day or a class.  

Student Supply Bags

Please SAVE the student supply bags that were given to students during the Student Supply pick up.  You will be asked to bring these bags back when we “refresh” curriculum supplies for students.

Curriculum Night

Our curriculum night will be 9/16/2020. We will have two different homeroom zoom sessions for you to choose from.  Each session will cover the same information.

Session 1 is from 6:00-6:40PM

Session 2 is from 6:45-7:25PM

Your child’s teacher will send you a zoom link to the sessions. 

Dates to Remember

Monday, September 7: No School

Wednesday, September 16: Curriculum Night

Thursday, September 17: Early Release at 12:20

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.  School resumes on Tuesday, September 8th.

Warm regards,

Dr. Haack

School Updates from Dr. Haack

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

We’ve had a busy start of the week planning and prepping for your children. Wednesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 27th are supply and technology pick up days. ALL students have a bag for pick up regardless of a families request for technology. Please see the schedule below.  If you are unable to make any of the times listed, please contact your building principal. 

Wednesday, August 26th 

8:00 – 10:00 am   Last Names  A – E  

1:00 – 3:00 pm  Last Names F – L 

4:30 – 6:30 pm ALL students are welcome to pick up.

Thursday, August 27th 

8:00 – 10:00 am   Last Names  M-R  

1:00 – 3:00 pm  Last Names S-Z

11:30 – 1:00 pm All families are welcome to pick up.

Please see the traffic pattern below and come prepared with a piece of paper (example below)  that contains your student first and last name and grade displayed on the front passenger’s side window or dash.

When entering the parking lot, please follow the coned path to the front of the building.  Pull up as far as possible along the curb and staff will deliver your child’s bag to your car.  Also, for the safety of everyone, please remain in your vehicle.   See map for directions if needed. 

Map

We appreciate your patience as we will load your cars as quickly as possible.  

Please let us know if you have any questions.  

Warm Regards,  

Dr. Haack

School Messenger Letter 8/19/2020

Hello Townline Families,

We are looking forward to the start of our school year on Monday, August 31st!  Here is some very important information to help with the start of the school year.

Daily Schedule:

Tuesday (8/25) your child’s teacher will share the students’ daily class schedules .

Device/Take-Home Supply Bag Pick-up (Grades K-5 ONLY)

Wednesday (8/26) & Thursday (8/27): Curbside pick-up of student devices (if requested) &  Take-Home bags. These bags will include materials needed for successful participation in Remote Learning.

Device and Take-Home Supply Bag Pick-Up Schedule:

Wednesday, August 26th 

8:00 – 10:00 am   Last Names  A – E  

1:00 – 3:00 pm  Last Names F – L 

4:30 – 6:30 pm ALL students are welcome to pick up.

Thursday, August 27th 

8:00 – 10:00 am   Last Names  M-R  

1:00 – 3:00 pm  Last Names S-Z

11:30 – 1:00 pm All families are welcome to pick up.

Virtual Meet and Greet

Friday (8/28):  Homeroom teachers are hosting virtual “Meet & Greets” for students and their parents/guardians.  These events will replace the school supply drop-off days typically scheduled the week before school begins, and serve to connect families with teachers prior to the first day of school. We hope that families will attend these special virtual sessions! 

Your child’s teacher will also be sending a sign-up for an additional time to meet 1:1 with each child on Friday (8/28).  These meetings will be 10 minutes in length.  Watch for a welcome letter from your child’s teacher on Tuesday (8/25) for more details about how to sign up and log on to your whole class meeting.

Zoom Links and Weekly Schedule 

Friday (8/28)  Teachers will share their Zoom links for the first week of school with families. 

Virtual Whole-Class Meet and Greet Schedule for Friday, August 28th

8:30 a.m. Kindergarten

9:00 a.m. First Grade

9:30 a.m. Second Grade

10:00 a.m. Third Grade

10:30 a.m. Fourth Grade

11:00 a.m. Fifth Grade

Technology Needs

Please  complete the following form to help us determine the technology needs for our students during the 2020-21 school year. To complete the form, first log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal: https://ps.hawthorn73.org/public/home.html

You should see the names of all students in your family who attend the Hawthorn schools on the top left corner of the screen.

Click on the link labeled “SchoolForms.”

Click on the “Return to Learning – 2020” form.

Complete and submit the survey.

Student Services

At the beginning of the school year,  parents/guardians of students receiving special education services will be contacted regarding student support planning.

Learning Management Systems

Grades K-2 will be utilizing Seesaw as their Learning Management System.

Grades 3-5 will be utilizing Google Classroom as their Learning Management System. 

More information and directions for accessing these platforms will be coming soon!

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or needs.

Stay well!

Dr. Haack

A Letter from Dr. Haack

Dear Townline Families,

I hope that this letter finds you healthy and well!  

TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS are now available in PowerSchool.  Click here to view directions for accessing PowerSchool.  Your child’s teacher will be hosting a VIRTUAL MEET & GREET on FRIDAY, AUG 28th.  More specific information about this event will be coming soon!

Also, please remember to look for the technology survey from the district today!  This survey will provide important information to Townline regarding students who need devices to begin remote learning on August 31st.  

If you have found any library books that were not turned in at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, please drop them off in the bin located outside of the Dual Language main door Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 am-3 pm. 

As always, if you have any questions, please email me at haackj@hawthorn73.org or call the main office at 847.990.4901. 

Stay well!

Dr. Haack

Welcome Back Messenger Letter from Dr. Haack

Dear Townline Families: 

The 2020-2021 school year has arrived!  I hope you and your family are safe and well!  Thank you so much for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we prepare for the unique start to this school year.   The entire Hawthorn staff have been working extremely hard to get our  remote learning environment ready for the beginning of the school year.  Below are some important dates to note.  

First Day of School

The first day of student attendance is Monday, August 31st. 

The school day begins at 8:50 am and concludes at 3:05 p.m.

Please click here for a revised 2020-2021 school year calendar.

Teacher Assignments

On Monday, August 17th, you will be able to log in to PowerSchool and access your child’s teacher assignment.  Click here to view directions for accessing PowerSchool.  Your child’s teacher will be hosting a virtual meet and greet on Friday, August 28th.  More information about this event will be coming soon!

Technology

An important survey will be emailed from the district technology department on Monday, August 17th regarding technology needs for your child(ren).  Please note, you may need to check your spam folder/junk mail folder as the first few messages could be directed to one of those folders. 

Device and Take-Home Bag Pick-Up

Student device and take-home bag pick-up will take place on Wednesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 27th.  Specific pick-up times and details will be shared soon!

We are looking forward to another wonderful school year!  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or needs.   Feel free to check our district website for updates as well.  

Warm regards,

Dr. Jennifer Haack

haackj@hawthorn73.org

847.990.4911