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24-Hour Attendance Line


Regular School Hours:

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

Lunch 11:25 to 12:25 


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

Parent Links

Office Contacts

Riordan, Tim
Principal triordan@elmhurst205.org
Podraza, Christina
Assistant Principal cpodraza@elmhurst205.org
Jordahl, Lori
Lead Secretary ljordahl@elmhurst205.org
Lucero, Janet
Assistant Secretary jlucero@elmhurst205.org
Jones, Corinne
School Nurse corinnejones@elmhurst205.org
Larsen, Robbie
Certified School Nurse rostling@elmhurst205.org


Important Dates

Jan 15 PTA Meeting (CANCELLED)
Jan 16 Student Late Arrival 9:45
Jan 16 Chess Club Begins (Grade 2 - 5)
Jan 21 Martin Luther King Day - No School
Jan 25 Jammin' in the Jungle School Dance 6-8 pm
Jan 25 Variety Show Performance Forms DUE
Feb 5 K & New to 1st Grade Reg @ Hawthorne 9-11:00 am 
Feb 5 Science & Hobby Night 7:00 pm
Feb 6 K & new to 1st Grade Reg @ Hawthorne 12:30-3 pm
Feb 7 K & new to 1st Grade Reg @ District 205 4-7:00 pm
Feb 18 President's Day - NO SCHOOL


Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will host its annual enrollment for incoming kindergarten & new to 1st grade students.  Children turning five years old on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible to enroll in the kindergarten program.

We are excited that your child may be attending Hawthorne Elementary School during the 2019-2020 school year.  We urge you to attend one of these dates to begin the process of enrollment.  Please consider enrolling your child even if your school plans for next year are not final.

Tuesday - February 5th @ Hawthorne Elementary School 9:00 - 11:00 am

Wednesday - February 6th @ Hawthorne Elementary School 12:30 - 3:00 pm

Thursday - February 7th @ District 205 Center 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Please click here for further information regarding information.


Chess Club starts on January 16th during the lunch hour through March 6th. Come have fun and learn some new chess moves. Chess Club is open to ALL 2nd - 5th graders. 

We have over 50 students signed up to participate in Chess Club! We NEED 3-4 parent volunteers each week to assist with sign-in, student pairing, and to maintain the general order/cleanliness of the New Gym. You can help only once or on a continuing basis. You do NOT need to know the game of chess to help. If you can pitch in over the lunch hour, visit the SignupGenius.

If you have any questions, please contact Don Roubitchek.  This is a great opportunity to see the kids in action and maybe learn some chess moves yourself. 


This free, PTA sponsored, event welcomes all Hawthorne students, younger siblings, and parents to join in on the fun! Friday, January 25th 6 - 8 pm in the Hawthorne Old Gym.

  • Come dance the night away to music provided by DJ James Mastrino with DJUj Mobile Music, Lights & Entertainment!
  • Come Hungry! Concessions and accessories will be available for purchase.
  • Please note that parents must attend with their children. Students should not be dropped off. Thank you! If you have any questions, please email Michelle Pike  or Katerina Hickey.


Box Tops are an easy way to earn money for Hawthorne. Let’s make this collection period fun with a friendly competition between grade levels. The grade that collects the most Box Tops between now and Friday, February 15th, 2019 will win pajama day AND an extra recess! It’s easy: buy your favorite Box Tops products, cut out the pink Box Tops label from each package, and send your Box Tops to school in a Ziploc bag or envelope marked with your child’s grade level

Six Flags Read To Succeed

Don’t forget, the deadline to turn in the Six Flags “Read to Succeed” reading logs is Friday, February 1st. Please send completed forms in to your child’s teacher. We regret that we will not be able to accept forms that are turned in late.

Please email Kathleen Grossardt with any questions.

Hawthorne Variety Show Sign Up

It’s the New Year. And that means it’s time to sign up for the Hawthorne Variety Show! Act Performance Forms are now available online here. Forms are due by January 25th to the Main Office. We look forward to seeing you at Hawthorne for the Show on March 14th at 6 pm in the Old Gym. Doors open at 5:45 pm. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Shawna Roubitchek.  


Do you make crystals that are the envy of all your friends? Do you have an amazing collection of bugs? Can you play the cello while balancing a stack of books on your head? We have just the thing! Hawthorne Elementary is excited to announce it's 2019 Science & Hobby Night. Open to all students or groups of students in grades K-5,this event has been a part of Hawthorne history for over a decade. Come out and showcase your unique project, experiment, hobby, craft or collection. Have we peaked your interest? Please visit the Science & Hobby Night website for more information. Ready to sign-up?

Please use this SignUpGenius link. We can't wait to see you at this fun event to celebrate our student community's creativity and talent!

  • Tuesday, February 5th
  • Time: Student setup begins at 6:30 pm. Doors open to the public at 7 pm
  • Exhibits may be done by groups, but no more than 3 people per group. Only one sign-up per group is required.
  • Voting begins at 7 pm and will conclude at 7:55 pm. Winners will be announced at 8 pm.

Yearbook Cover Contest

5th graders - we need YOUR help!  Submit your yearbook cover design to the office by Friday January 18th! Let your creative spirit go with bold colors & fun designs. Please include the theme "Out of the Ordinary" and the words "Hawthorne Elementary School 2018-2019."  More details can be found here. Any questions, reach out to Kelly Hummel.

Old Holiday Lights For Recycling

Hawthorne is once again collecting old holiday lights for recycling November 12, 2018 through Friday January 18, 2019.

Acceptable items include: Italian mini-lights, traditional lights, extension cords, rope lights, and LED lights in both working and non-working condition. Lawn ornaments or other holiday decorations will not be accepted. The receptacle is in the front lobby of Hawthorne, along with the other recyclables we collect: (corks, old eye glasses, keys, print cartridges, used makeup containers, and used oral hygiene supplies). Those items we send to SCARCE or to Terracycle for cash rebates. The collected lights will be sent to York. Thank you!


The earlier you buy, the deeper your discount! Right now a yearbook is only $15.30. New this year, you can also upgrade to a hardcover version! TreeRing will handle all account and payment information. Purchase here. Questions, call 877-755-8733 or submit your inquiry here.

STEM Programs

For those looking for STEM and SteAm activities in the area, check out these options that are being offered at our Elmhurst schools. http://www.centerforgifted.org


Use Amazon Smile to benefit the Hawthorne PTA!

The holidays are around the corner, and we know many people will be doing lots of online shopping. Use Amazon Smile for gifts, everyday goods, groceries, and more to benefit the Hawthorne PTA. How to use Amazon Smile?

1) From a computer, visit https://smile.amazon.com

2) Sign in to your existing Amazon shopping account

3) Under "Or pick your own charitable organization," type "Hawthorne" and hit search

4) Approximately the fourth charity down is Hawthorne PTA in Elmhurst, IL. Select that.

5) Amazon Smile will ask you to acknowledge that you will only be credited with an Amazon Smile order (thus, the Hawthorne PTA will only make money) if you order items from the Amazon Smile website from your computer. Click "yes," and hit "start shopping."

6) Do your holiday shopping from Amazon Smile to benefit Hawthorne!!

Enrollment: 496

Special Events

Events Calendar

Hawthorne Hawk Squawk Newspaper

Hawthorne Hawk Squawk newspaper is written by 5th graders here at Hawthorne.



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District 205 News


Board Meeting Dates

Hawthorne Mission

The mission of Hawthorne School is to provide an education that will enable students to achieve academic, interpersonal, and civic success.

Hawthorne School Improvement Plan 2018-2019

Please click here for Hawthorne School Improvement Plan 2018-2019

Accessing Report Cards on Powerschool

Please click here to log into PowerSchool to access your students report card

Morning Drop-Off Procedures

Please click here for more information regarding our Morning Drop-off Procedures.

Curriculum Night

Please click here to review the Presentation from the 2018-2019 Curriculum Night