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24-Hour Attendance Line


Regular School Hours:

1st-5th grade:
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM

Lunch 11:05 to 12:05


AM Kindergarten
8:15 AM to 11:05 AM
PM Kindergarten
12:05 PM to 3:00 PM


Student Late Arrival
Instructional Schedule


AM Kindergarten 
9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten
12:55 PM to 3:00 PM

Grades 1 - 5
9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

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Office Contacts

Riordan, Tim
Principal triordan@elmhurst205.org
Podraza, Christina
Assistant Principal cpodraza@elmhurst205.org
Ryan, Amy
Secretary aryan@elmhurst205.org
Jordahl, Lori
Assistant Secretary ljordahl@elmhurst205.org
Thrall, Judy
Registered Nurse jthrall@elmhurst205.org

School Nurse

Robbie Ostling


Important Dates

Sept. 19 PTA meeting, 6:30 pm
Sept. 20 Student Late Arrival Day
Shop Whole Foods Benefit
Oct. 4 National Walk to School Day
Oct. 9 Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL
Oct. 11 Student Late Arrival Day
Oct. 21 Hawthorne Happening
Oct. 25 Student Late Arrival Day
Hawthorne's Autism Awareness and Acceptance is Growing


The Hawthorne Happening is October 21st from 4 - 7 pm at Hawthorne!
Pick out your costumes, gather up the family and join us for another fun-filled Hawthorne Happening! This year's theme is ZOMBIE ZOO! This important school fundraiser is a Halloween themed event for students and their families and generates funds we need to support all of the assemblies, programs, school improvements and fun extras that the PTA sponsors for our children. There will be games, a costume parade, food, a DJ, photo backdrop, Raffle and Silent Auction and a Spooky Science Show!  New this year is a bottle flipping contest and a gaming truck (4th and 5th graders only)!
Click here for all the details.

Calling all parents/guardians to take part in Hawthorne's celebration of National Walk To School Day. Join us, beginning at 7 am on October 4th, before catching your train to work, dropping your student off at Rec Station, or heading off to errands for the day, to celebrate! We encourage all parents/guardians to walk with their children to school on October 4th (in honor of student wellness and family time together!). At Hawthorne, treat yourself at Courageous Bakery's food truck, which will be parked in the small parking lot adjacent to the playground from 7 - 8:30 and will be selling coffee, juice, donuts, scones and cupcakes. Enjoy some breakfast together on site, or take it on the run with you. The first 25 people to make a purchase at the truck receive a FREE DONUT! A live DJ will be playing music on the playground (which will open by 7:30 am). Even Steven Morley, Mayor of Elmhurst, will join in the fun on the playground! Parents, guardians and students alike are encouraged to proudly wear their favorite Hawthorne spirit wear in celebration. If you are interested in volunteering for a short shift, we would welcome the help. Click here.


The Harlem Wizards are back in Elmhurst on Saturday, September 30th to entertain the crowd with high-energy exhibition play and audience participation. Cheer on our team of Elmhurst school district principals and teachers as they challenge the Wizards in a basketball game that is sure to include wild antics and lots of laughs. The event will be held at York High School beginning at 5:00 PM. Concessions, merchandise and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this family-friendly fundraiser support District 205 Foundation programs and enhancements that benefit all Elmhurst public school students. Click here to learn more and guarantee a seat at this popular Saturday event.


3rd Grade Harvest & Vegetable Soup Day Pictures!

Outdoor Classroom News

Fall has arrived in the Outdoor Classroom.  Mrs. Sandoval returned to the classroom to assist Mrs. Graff's, Mrs. Nowak's, Mrs. Rossman's, Mrs. Behrend's and Mrs. Herward's students as they identified weeds from prairie plants.  Mrs. Hochleutner had previously taken her class outside to begin the task of removing weeds and now with this additional afternoon of work the gardens look beautiful. 

The third graders harvested the many vegetables they planted in the growing pouches when they were 2nd graders.  They had onions, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, celery, green beans, parsley, thyme and oregano included in the soup that they made and
devoured. "Who Grew My Soup" is the inspirational book for planting, growing, harvesting and making a tasty soup that all will enjoy.

Mrs. Dirks returned to the Outdoor Classroom to assist the children with the collection of the milkweed pods.  Even though her boys are now students at Sandburg, she still works to educate the children at Hawthorne about the activities taking place in the gardens.  The milkweed plant is needed by the monarch butterfly.  She has taken the pods home and will in the near future return the seeds to the children of Hawthorne so that they can take them home and plant them.  The milkweed plants provide a waystation for the monarchs during their great migration to a warmer climate.  The Hawthorne Outdoor Classroom is a registered waystation environment for the butterflies.  Mrs. Dirks would also like to spread some of our plant seeds to other places in the classroom.  If you would like to assist her with this project, please contact Mrs. Lindstrom at Hawthorne school.  One morning or afternoon is needed to complete this job, so grab a friend and offer your help.

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