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Families Enjoy a Night of Hawaiian Flair at Virtual Winter Luaus

Students and their families learned all about Hawaii during Virtual Winter Luau events at Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language on Monday evening. They learned about the history and culture of the Aloha State. A highlight of the night was a hula dancing lesson. Students wore colorful leis they had received during the last student supply pick up and danced along with a video. Everyone had great fun. The schools are planning another fun event in February. 

A Message from Dr. Haack

Dear Townline Families

I hope this message finds you well!  Here are some updates and upcoming events. 

A Message from the Library

Please check out the link below to see all of the amazing creations from our Townline and Dual Language students!  The creativity is incredible. 

Snowman Book Character Slideshow

Winter Luau

The principals will be hosting a Winter Luau on Monday, January 11 from 7:00pm-7:30pm via Zoom.  Please look for the link on your child’s Seesaw or Google Classroom on that Monday.  We can’t wait to hula with our students!

Key to 73 Hawthorn Education Foundation

The Key to 73 Hawthorn Education Foundation is funding hotspots for our very own families in need during the pandemic.  We have almost reached our goal of funding the entire project to make sure all children have access to our Hawthorn education.  Please consider helping us reach our goal and help our community. Fund our project (English or Español) and learn more about KEY TO 73.

Chromebook Update

After long manufacturing and shipping delays, our shipment of new Chromebook devices has arrived. Our District Technology Team is hard at work preparing these devices to begin distribution in January, so that we may replace our current devices, as needed. We will reach out with further instructions soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

District 73 Support and Services

Technology Support

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

Remote Learning Support

Please connect with us if you have questions or need support. Contact information for each school is availablehere. Our District 73 Return to Learning Family Handbook is also available in English and Espanol. Our remote learning webpage includes links to these guides, as well as additional tools and resources for families. For a video presentation and FAQ pages detailing our hybrid learning model, please visit our district website 

Social Emotional Support and Community Resources

Our district social workers and psychologists are an important resource for both students and families, and serve as a liaison to community agencies. Additionally, Text-A-Tip provides anonymous support by licensed counselors 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Simply text your message to 1-844-823-5323 and type “HELLO.”  The Lake County Health Department’s Crisis Care Program offers a free, confidential hotline for anyone experiencing a mental crisis.

Important Dates to Remember: 

December 21-January 1: Winter Break

January 4: School Resumes

January 7: Next Bag Pick Up Day

January 11: Virtual Luau Dance Party

January 11 and January 12: MAP Testing for Grades 2-5

January 18: No School

January 21: Early Release Day

Have a joyous and wonderful winter vacation. Thank you for all of your support this school year! 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! 

Stay Safe and Be Well! 

Dr. Haack

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Encore Spirit Wear Sale

Back by popular demand, the Hawthorn PTO is offering an encore Spirit Wear Sale that goes from now until Sunday, Nov. 22. For more information, visit this website. If you have questions, please send an email to: spiritwear@hawthorn73.org.

School Messenger from Dr. Haack 10/30/2020

Dear Townline families,

Halloween parties will be at 2:30 pm today!  Thanks to the PTO for their organization and planning so that our students can enjoy a school party! 

Our teachers sent conference notices to you last Friday. Please be certain to sign up for a conference!  These meetings are a great time to set student goals for the rest of the semester. 

Be Seen and Heard© Student Assembly

In response to Erin’s Law (House Bill 6193), which requires all public schools to implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program, Hawthorn District 73 is hosting the Be Seen and Heard© virtual assembly program (via Zoom) for all elementary students during the second week in December. This assembly is designed to create an age-appropriate, safe, and engaging environment in which students learn the difference between safe and unsafe touch, and the importance of having trusted heroes. Please see this bulletin (English or Español) for additional details about the Be Seen and Heard© program.

 Are you interested in learning more about the Be Seen and Heard© program? Hawthorn District 73 and the Hawthorn P.T.O. invite parents from all District 73 elementary schools to attend a virtual informational meeting prior to our student assembly programs. Please join us via Zoom on Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. to meet with our Be Seen and Heard© program presenter, ask questions, or inquire about additional resources. You are welcome to review this invitation (English or Español) for details. Note our Zoom link will be shared closer to the program date. Many thanks are extended to the Hawthorn P.T.O. for their partnership in hosting this special parent event!

ISBE School Report Cards 2020

As a friendly reminder, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is scheduled to release the 2020 School Report Cards on October 30th via www.illinoisreportcard.com. While a summative designation will be given to each school, it is a reissuance of the designation received in 2019. This was required by the ESSA Assessment and Accountability Waiver that Illinois received in March 2020, as most of the data used by the accountability system is not available to calculate a new 2020 designation. For more information about School Report Cards for 2020, please click here. You are also welcome to visit our district website at www.hawthorn73.org/hawthorn- information/essa for information and resources regarding the Illinois ESSA Plan and the 2019 Illinois School Report Cards. 

Technology 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. A Zoom Home Help Guide is available for families in English and Español.

Have a safe Halloween! 

Dates to Remember: 

October 30- PTO Halloween Classroom Parties-2:30pm

Nov 1- Clocks go back one hour at 2:00am

November 3- No School (Election Day)

November 5- Early Release Day at 12:20 pm

Stay well!

Dr. Haack

School Messenger from Dr. Haack. 10/23/2020

Hello Townline families,

I hope this update finds you well!  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday for bag pick up.  

Supply Bags

The next supply bag pick up is this Thursday, October 29th. The process for this pick up will be the same as the late September pick up. Please be sure to put your child’s name and teacher on a large paper in the front of your windshield.  Please bring the September pick up bag with you and 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

Happy Halloween

Calling all Elementary Parents! The PTO sponsored Halloween Parties are scheduled for next Friday, October 30! In order to make the parties successful, we need your help. We are sending home the craft activity for the party in the supply bags, which needs to be set aside for the party. (PK-2nd grade have a small white bag, and 3rd-5th grade have a large black bag). The kids will also need their whiteboard and a marker handy, and don’t forget, we are encouraging all students to wear their costumes!  Thank you so much for helping to make the parties a success! Happy Halloween from your PTO!

When planning your child’s Halloween costume, please remember the following: Weapons, light sabers and other suggestions of violence, including fake blood, are not allowed.

Red Ribbon Week

We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week next week!  Please encourage your child to participate through these fun dress up days!  More information about each day can be found here

Monday, October 26: Wear RED day

Tuesday, October 27: Jersey Day

Wednesday, October 28: Bright Color Day

Thursday, October 29: Pajama Day

Friday, October 30: Say BOO to Drugs Day/Costume Day

Virtual Conferences

Please be on the lookout for conference sign ups from your child’s classroom teacher this week.   Conferences will take place virtually on Monday, November 23 after school hours and the morning of Tuesday, November 24. 

Zoom Reminders

As a friendly reminder, now that we are mid-way through our first trimester and time has been provided for families to prepare and adjust home learning spaces, all students are expected to turn their video on when participating in Zoom Rooms. This allows us to better assess student engagement, understanding, and well-being. We understand and  appreciate that virtual backgrounds or other backdrops used in the home may support some, but not all privacy needs. If you or your child have a concern, question, or need support creating a remote learning space, please connect with me. If your child does not already use video during synchronous instruction, please help to ensure readiness by October 26th. Thank you!

Community Resources

Com Ed has bill assistance options available to help those struggling with past-due balances.  If you could benefit from additional support to pay your electric bill, please call  1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), M-F, 7am-7pm. Customers can also visit ComEd.com/Support to learn more about payment assistance options and eligibility requirements. Here is a link to more information.

Illinois School Report Card

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is scheduled to release the 2020 School Report Cards on October 30th via www.illinoisreportcard.com. While a summative designation will be given to each school, it is a reissuance of the designation received in 2019. This was required by the ESSA Assessment and Accountability Waiver that Illinois received in March 2020, as most of the data used by the accountability system is not available to calculate a new 2020 designation. For more information about School Report Cards for 2020, please click here. You are also welcome to visit our district website at www.hawthorn73.org/hawthorn- information/essa for information and resources regarding the Illinois ESSA Plan and the 2019 Illinois School Report Cards. 

Need 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.orgor 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.

Important Dates to Remember: 

October 29-  Supply Bag Pick Up

October 30- PTO Halloween Classroom Parties-2:30pm

Nov 1- Clocks Go Back One hour at 2:00am

November 3- No School (Election Day)

November 5- Early Release Day at 12:20 pm

Stay well!

Dr. Haack

School Messenger 10/16/2020

Hello Townline families,

Here are important items of information for you. 

Library Books

If your child would like to request library books, please do so by Thursday, October 22 at 9:00 pm. The books will then be in your child’s Take Home bag when you come to pick it up on Thursday,  October 29th. 

For 1st and 2nd grades, please use this link: Townline Library Book Request form

For 3rd-5th grades, please use this link: Townline Book Request for Grades 3-5

Midterms

On October 20th, you will receive your  child’s midterm progress report via email or mail. Each year, our teachers complete these reports mid-way through our first trimester to share information about key concepts in core content areas and provide you with information about your child’s progress. Please know that midterm progress reports are only one communication tool used in Hawthorn District 73. If you have any questions about your child’s report, please do not hesitate to connect with your child’s teacher.

Virtual Conferences

Please be on the lookout for conference sign ups from your child’s classroom teacher next week.   Conferences will take place virtually after school on Monday, November 23  and Tuesday, November 24 in the morning.

MAP Reports

NWEA MAP Scores are now posted in PowerSchool Vault for students in grades 2-5 (PowerSchool Vault is an online document management system within PowerSchool).  Please see the email sent from the district regarding accessing those reports.  If you would like a printed copy of your child’s report, please email parkerl@hawthorn73.org or call our main office at 847.990.4901.

Supply Bags

The next supply bag pick up is Thursday, October 29th. The process for this pick up will be the same as the late September pick up. Please be sure to put your child’s name and teacher on a large paper in the front of your windshield.  Please bring the September pick up bag with you and 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

Zoom and Technology Updates

Now that we are mid-way through our first trimester and time has been provided for families to prepare and adjust home learning spaces, all students are expected to turn their video on when participating in Zoom Rooms. This allows us to better assess student engagement, understanding, and well-being. We understand and  appreciate that virtual backgrounds or other backdrops used in the home may support some, but not all privacy needs. If you or your child have a concern, question, or need support creating a remote learning space, please connect with me. If your child does not already use video during synchronous instruction, please help to ensure readiness by October 26th. Thank you!

As a reminder, we have upgraded our staff to Zoom EDU accounts to enhance the remote learning environment. This upgrade will require that students log in to Zoom calls with their Hawthorn Google account. The steps needed to do this are included in this document: “Zoom Update for Students” | “Actualización de Zoom para estudiantes.” This document also includes the starting dates when the student login requirement begins, which may be different depending on your child’s grade level.

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.

Have a fabulous weekend!  

Important Dates to Remember

•October 20-Midterm grades will be sent via email/mail

•October 29- Supply Bag Pick Up

•October 30-PTO Halloween Classroom Parties-2:30pm

•November 2-Clocks Go Back One hour at 2:00am

•November 3- No School Election Day

•November 5-Early Release Day at 12:20 pm

Warm regards and stay well!

Dr. Haack

librarians

Large Demand for Books Makes Librarians Smile

Under their masks, Library Assistant Pam Heidner and Library Media Specialist Cathy Gross are smiling. They are happy because in just four days they received 300 requests from Dual Language and Townline students to check out library books for the next Supply Bag Pick Up on Oct. 29. The deadline to request books to be included in this pick up is Oct. 22.

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4th Grade Band & Orchestra Orientation Night – October 12th

 We look forward to seeing you at Band Orientation Night!  This is an event for students and parents to attend together.  At 7:00 pm click on the link for your student’s school.  At 7:30 pm click on the link for your student’s instrument.  You will need your instrument for the 7:30 meeting, but please do not assemble your instrument until you are asked to do so.   

7:00School 
Townline & Dual Language Band
Aspen & Elementary South Band & Orchestra
Elementary North Band
Townline/Dual Language/Elementary North Orchestra
7:30Band Instruments
Flute
Clarinet
Trombone
Trumpet
TL, DL, and Elem. North Percussion
Aspen & Elementary South Percussion
7:30Orchestra Instruments
North Violin/Viola
Aspen & Elementary South Violin/Viola
Cello

School Messenger from Dr. Haack 10/2/2020

Hello Townline families,

Thanks to all of you for your help in navigating the MAP tests with your children! 

The beginning of the day is an important time as it sets the tone for the day and we continue to build community with our students. Please have your children be on time for the morning meeting as well as other times of the school day.  Period attendance is taken in morning meeting, ELA, math, PE, art, music, Second Step, and live science and social studies sessions. Thank you for your continued partnership!
 

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.

Please check out this flyer regarding how you can partner with the Key to 73 foundation in supporting our Hawthorn families. 

It’s not too late to order your Hawthorn spirit wear.  The website is open for orders until October 4.

Spirit Wear Flyer

Spirit Wear Flyer Spanish 

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. Townline’s VP is Samantha Burmeister and she can be reached at sburm77@gmail.com.

Dates to Remember

Friday, October 9: No School (Teacher Institute Day)

Monday, October 12: School is in session

Thursday, October 29: Next bag pick up

Warm regards,

Dr. Haack