A Letter from Dr. Haack

Hello Townline families,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Here are a few updates for Townline!

Be Seen and Be Heard parent presentation

The parent information night for the Be Seen and Be Heard program is Monday, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at Aspen School.  If you are interested in learning more about the program and what your child will experience, please attend this parent night.

Yearbooks

Our first round of yearbook sales is this week, December 2-December 6.  The cost of the yearbook is $14.00. Cash or check (made out to Hawthorn School District 73) can be turned into your child’s teacher this week.  If you send payment with your child, please clearly mark that the money is for the yearbook. Yearbooks will be distributed to those who order at the end of the year. If you have questions about the yearbook, please contact our yearbook teacher sponsor, Miss Peterson at petersonk@hawthorn73.org.

Morning Drop-off

We have noticed an increase of parents who are getting out of their vehicle in the morning drop-off line.  In order to keep the line flowing, we ask that anyone who would like to help their child out of the car or walk their child to the door/sidewalk, please park in an available parking spot and walk their child across to the sidewalk.  This will help to keep the line flowing. Thank you for your help with this.  

Feedback Opportunity

Thank you to all of the parents that have completed the 5 Essentials survey.  We want to hear from you. Each school needs a minimum of 20% parent participation in order to receive full results from the survey.  We are close but have not yet reached that threshold. Please help us out by following the steps below.

1.    Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ and select Parent Survey.

2.    Select the necessary language to complete the survey (English or Spanish)

3.   Enter email address* (optional), county of your child’s school (Lake), and school name (Hawthorn Townline).

4.     Advance to survey questions**

5.      Click Submit Survey.

*You will have the option to leave your email address so that you can receive confirmation of taking the survey.  The text box can be left blank if you do not want to wish to leave your email address. 

**You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer, but you must click ‘Submit Survey’ at the end in order for your responses to be recorded. 

Staying Connected

If you are on Twitter, please follow us @TownlineD73.  You can also check out updates at on Townline’s webpage

Art Adventure

Here is another opportunity for you to volunteer in your child’s class. Second lesson of Art Adventure is round the corner and here is the sign-up link for you.  Please consider doing an art adventure lesson in your child’s class.  

Weather

Winter seems to have come early this year.  Please note that we go outside if the temperature and wind chill is at or above 10 degrees.  Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. In order for a student to play in the snow, they must wear a coat, boots, a hat, gloves and snow pants.  If students do not have all of these items, they will be limited to the blacktop area.  

Dates to Remember

Monday, December 2–Be Seen and Be Heard parent presentation–ASPEN school–6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 13–District Cultural Night at TL/DL–6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 18–TL/DL Chorus Musical–7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 20-January 5–Winter Break–No School

Monday, January 6–School Resumes

Warm regards,

Dr. Haack

Yearbooks

2019-2020 YearBooks are On Sale Now

The 2019-2020 yearbook will be on sale December 2nd through the 6th, which includes photos of students in their classroom and events throughout the year. The yearbook will be passed out the last week of school.  The cost is $14.  Cash and checks are accepted and checks can be payable to Hawthorn School District 73.  Students can bring their envelope with the money to their homeroom teacher.  Please look for an envelope sent home with your child.  Yearbooks will be sold by school this year!
Other information-
All yearbook sales are handled by envelopes passed out to homeroom teachers.  There is no online option.   

Children performing

Students Give Adorable Thanksgiving Performance

Kindergarten and first grade students did a great job performing at Townline Elementary’s Thanksgiving program on Nov. 25. The young students wowed the audience as they danced, sang and recited poetry.

5 Essentials Parent Survey

Townline wants your feedback.  We are asking that you complete the 5Essentials Survey which is a 10-minute comprehensive, evidence-based tool designed to drive improvement in schools. This system, which includes a diagnostic survey, scoring, reporting, and training, is an x-ray for schools and districts that identifies areas of strength and opportunities for growth. 

Along with the 5Essential Survey for parents, there will be a version of 5Essentials that will also be provided to our teachers and some of our students. The results of this survey as well as other data points, such as student academic progress, school environment, student and teacher demographics, attendance records, etc. will be compiled to provide a full and well-rounded picture of our school.  These data points will also contribute, in part, on our school designation. Just as a reminder, this school year, our school was designated as a Tier 2 “Commendable” school. We will always be striving to be a Tier 1 “Exemplary” school. The survey will be open until February 14, 2020. In order to receive complete results, we need a minimum of 20% participation from our families, therefore, we would greatly appreciate you giving your time to complete the survey. If you have a few minutes before or after your child’s conference, a QR code will be available outside of your child’s classroom that will link you to the survey.  We will also have computers set up for parents to take the survey while they visit the school during conferences.  

If you would like to take the survey now, please follow these steps:

a.    Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ and select Parent Survey.

b.    Select the necessary language to complete the survey (English or Spanish)

c.   Enter email address* (optional), county of your child’s school (Lake), and school name (Hawthorn Townline).

d.     Advance to survey questions**

f.      Click Submit Survey.

*You will have the option to leave your email address so that you can receive confirmation of taking the survey.  The text box can be left blank if you do not want to wish to leave your email address. 

**You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer, but you must click ‘Submit Survey’ at the end in order for your responses to be recorded. 

If you have questions regarding this survey, please feel free to contact me at 847.990.4911 or haackj@hawthorn73.org.  

Warm regards,

Dr. Jennifer Haack

Students in habitats

Students Learn About Animal Habitats through Habitat Extravaganza

Habitat Extravaganza was a great success for the second graders at Townline Elementary.  What a great turnout of parents! Guests enjoyed entering three habitats: Mrs. Sabin’s room was the ocean habitat,  Mrs. Hughes’ room was the grasslands, and Mrs. Bolender’s room was the tropical rainforest.  Students made animal masks and read their scripts (on the back of their masks) to parents as they walked past.  Their scripts described how the habitats met the needs of their animals, fun facts about their animals, and fun facts about their habitats.  Students helped to decorate their rooms to show their unique habitat environments.  Before the parents arrived, all three classes toured each other’s habitat.  They then came back to their rooms to reflect on the different habitats and their unique climate, plants, and animals.  The classes discussed the diversity of animals in each habitat and how each habitat meets the needs of its animals.  

A Letter from Dr. Haack

Hello Townline families,

Here are some details about the happenings at Townline!

Conferences

Conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26.  If you have not yet signed up for a conference with your child’s teacher, please contact your child’s teacher directly as soon as possible.

Report Cards

On November 26th, we will 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. 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. Please note that you need to use a web browser for this to work and Chrome has been the most successful browser to use when viewing report cards in the parent portal. 

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! 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is full of treasures.  Please stop by to look for lost coats, shirts, hats, gloves, lunchboxes,water bottles and more.  The lost and found will be out near the book fair on the main level during conferences. Items not claimed will be donated during winter break.

Food Drive

Our school food drive is up and running and we need your help.  Please consider donating non-perishable food items or basic toiletry needs such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and toilet paper.  The food drive runs through December 3. All donations will stay local and be given to the Sharing Hands Food Pantry in Vernon Hills. 

Book Fair

The PTO Scholastic Book Fair will be open during conferences on Monday, November 25 and November 26.  The hours for the book fair are Monday, 3pm-8pm and Tuesday, 8am-10am. We hope you can stop by and find a good book for your child.  

Art Adventure

Here is another opportunity for you to volunteer in your child’s class. Second lesson of Art Adventure is round the corner and here is the sign-up link for you.  Please consider doing an art adventure lesson in your child’s class.  

Weather

Winter seems to have come early this year.  Please note that we go outside if the temperature and wind chill is at or above 10 degrees.  Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. In order for a student to play in the snow, they must wear a coat, boots, hat, gloves and snow pants.  If students do not have all of these items, they will be limited to the blacktop area.  

Dates to Remember

Monday, November 25–K-1 Thanksgiving program–1:45 p.m.

Monday, November 25-Tuesday, November 26–Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 26–Report cards will post at 3:00pm

Tuesday, November 26-Friday, November 29–No School 

Thursday, December 12–TL/DL Chorus Musical–7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 13–District Cultural Night at TL/DL–6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 20-January 5–Winter Break–No School

Monday, January 6–School Resumes

Warm Regards,

Dr. Haack

Feed the Hungry

Bring a Can to Conferences for Project Change Food Drive

“Meet a teacher, bring a can. Then you’ll be a helping hand!” We will have boxes available for donations of non-perishable food items in support of our Project Change Food Drive.

kindergarten students singing

Little Students with Big Talent

Kindergarten students at Townline Elementary had fun practicing songs and dance steps for their Thanksgiving Music Program next week. They did a great job. So fun to watch these little students with so much talent.

Mike Kaplan talks with students

Special Guest Talks About the Weather

Kindergarten students at Townline Elementary received a special treat today. Mike Caplan, meteorologist with Fox 32, talked with them about the different kinds of weather, weather safety and even showed a video of a tornado. Friendly and funny, he had the full attention of the students. 

Lost and Found items

Lost Items Looking for Their Homes

Our lost and found is overflowing with jackets, hats, gloves, water bottles and so much more. Stop in and take a look for anything you may be missing.

Be sure to take a look during conferences also. All items not claimed by winter break are donated to a local shelter.

Lost and Found items