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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 
9:15 AM to 11:40 AM
PM Kindergarten
12:40 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1 - 5
9:15 AM to 3:00 PM

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Office Contacts

Tammaru, Nikki
Principal ntammaru@elmhurst205.org
Ryan, Amy
Secretary aryan@elmhurst205.org
Reichert, Jennifer
Assistant Secretary jreichert@elmhurst205.org
Thrall, Judy
Registered Nurse jthrall@elmhurst205.org

School Nurse

Robbie Ostling


Important Dates

May 4 Student Late Arrival
Spring Sing: 2nd-12:45 pm, 1st-1:45 pm
May 7 5th Grade Pool Party, 6-8 pm
May 9 Perrone AM music informance, 9:55 am
May 11 Engbers AM music informance, 10:25 am
May 12 Perrone PM music informance, 1:40 pm
May 17 Parent Appreciation: 7:50-8:10 am, front lawn
3:00-3:15 pm, playground
May 18 Hawthorne Singers Spring Choir Concert, 7 pm
May 20 Volunteer Luncheon, 10:30-12:00 pm



The last day of school was approved at the April 26 Board of Education meeting. Due to a mild winter, and no other weather-related incidents, the five emergency days, which are built into the school calendar, have not been used. Below are the student dismissal times. Also, you will find attached a day by day, end of the school year calendar. 

May 23

  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior last day of school at the conclusion of exams.

May 26

  • Last day of attendance for early childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students.
  • Last day of attendance for 8th grade

May 27

  • Last day of school for grades 1-5.  Early dismissal at 11:15 a.m.
  • Last day of school for grades 6 and 7.  Early dismissal at 11:35 a.m.

The Elmhurst Art Museum hosts an annual K-8 exhibit of student work from District 205. Each elementary and middle school submits 12 works in a variety of media, selected by the art teachers. Coinciding with Art in the Park, this year’s exhibit will be on display April 29 to May 2, with an opening reception on Friday, April 29, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Avenue.


Testing for the Spring session of MAPs begins the week of May 2. Click the link below for the full schedule.

Here are some ways Hawthorne reduces, reuses, and recycles.
  • Our plastic bag recycling collection at Hawthorne is over this year. Our school collected and sent 584.1 pounds of plastic film and bags to Trex in 80 school days! Trex, the plastic-to-laminate recycling manufacturer, uses about 1000 bags, or 12 lbs. of plastic, to make a planter like the one we earned. Our planter is now filled with 2nd grader’s potato plants. It will be placed in our outdoor classroom later for other planting. Please keep recycling by taking your plastic bags and other plastic film to Mariano’s Jewel, and Kohl’s, which are the local stores who partner with Trex.
  • Hawthorne has also recycled 61,454 juice pouches since 2013. We ship them to Terracycle, a company that finds unique ways to reuse or upcycle waste instead of sending it to landfills. They use our juice pouches to make notebooks, lunch bags and other products out of the pouches. They reward us by partnering with charities so we could donate the following things to global support groups in Hawthorne’s name:  Give clean water for 27 people for a year and 9 people for a week, plant 20 trees in an American forest and adopt 10 acres of wildlife land, and reduce 10 tons of carbon from the atmosphere. (These donations were selected by the Eco-Explorers club members.)
  • Hawthorne also continues to compost about 24 lbs. of fruit and veggie scraps DAILY! We use the composted soil in our gardens of our outdoor classroom, with 2nd graders planting seeds and growing vegetables which are used for a salad lunch in May and soup making in the fall. During the daily lunch hour, to lower our landfill waste, we also pour out extra liquids and recycle paper, aluminum, and milk cartons. Since 2013 when we began to compost and recycle, and with the efforts of our custodians, principal, teachers, and students, our lunchtime garbage has dropped from 16,000 pounds to about 9000 pounds per year.
Also, Eco Explorers measured several trees around Hawthorne and used a Tree Benefits Calculator to determine their value to our community such as controlling storm water runoff and improving air quality. We put tags on selected trees detailing the benefits. 
Hawthorne will continue to strive to reduce, reuse, and recycle in many ways to make the Earth a cleaner place!

The testing window for the spring 2016 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 4 and continue through Friday, May 6. These state-required achievement tests are being given to all eligible students. Students in grades 3 – 8 will be tested in reading and mathematics. At the high school level, the assessment is course based. York students enrolled in English 9 or English 9H will take the English assessment. Students enrolled in Algebra AB will take the math assessment. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students are testing within this window.

Last year, the PARCC assessment was given during two separate testing windows. This year it has been consolidated into a single testing window and the total assessment time has been reduced by approximately 90 minutes. The assessment is still aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards and maintains its focus on critical thinking, concept mastery, and writing skills.

The Illinois State Board of Education expects to receive PARCC assessment scores more quickly than last year. We anticipate that we will be able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results along with other information to help us improve our school program.

If you have any questions about the administration of the PARCC assessment, please contact your child’s principal.


The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th -8th grade band and orchestra students to continue with instrumental music instruction in June and July. Regular practice during the summer months is critically important for band and orchestra students in order to reinforce the concepts and skills that they have learned and practiced during the school year. Moreover, learning and playing music is an activity that should be enjoyed year round!


  • The Summer Instrumental Music Program will run from June 6 through July 8. (No class on Monday, July 4)
  • NEW this year, incoming 9th grade band and orchestra students may also register and participate in the sessions at York High School.
  • The registration fee is $92.00. The registration fee includes a Summer Instrumental Program T shirt.
  • Sessions for current elementary students (incoming 5th and 6th graders) will be held Monday through Thursday mornings at Sandburg Middle School. Each session is one hour. The final performances for the elementary sessions will be on FRIDAY morning, July 8.
  • Sessions for current middle school students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at York High School. The sessions at York also include an opportunity for students to participate in Jazz Band. See the attached program description for more details.


The District 205 Summer Instrumental Program is designed to accommodate students who go on vacation and/or participate in other summer activities. Students who can only attend part of the summer program are still strongly encouraged to register and attend whenever they can! Students who practice their instruments during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band and orchestra. We strongly encourage your son or daughter to participate as much as he/she is able!


Please see the attached summer instrumental music program description for more detailed course information, rehearsal times, and registration options. If you have questions, please contact me or your child’s band or orchestra director.


Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program opened on March 7, 2016. You may register for the summer instrumental music program by using the Webstore (District) link on the District 205 website: www.elmhurst205.org. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 6, 2016.


Outdoor Classroom News

The cooler temperatures have told the 3rd graders that it is time to harvest the vegetables and herbs that they planted last spring when they were 2nd graders.  Their eyes popped out when they saw the size of the carrots that had grown from a very tiny seed!  The vegetables will now become a hearty vegetable soup for them to enjoy.  Special thanks to the 2nd and 3rd grade teachers that work so hard to make this special literature adventure possible!

October 13th was a cool and cloudy day, but excitement was in the air as it was the day for dedicating our Sharing Library in the Outdoor Classroom.  Student Council President Jack Burns shared words of thanks on behalf of all the children at Hawthorne. Vice-President Evan Montella was the Master of Ceremonies.  He introduced the 3rd and 5th grade student reps as they shared poetry about libraries and books. The Hawthorne Girl Scouts shared a Flag Ceremony with everyone. Secretary Emma Coyte and Treasurer Will Fischer presented the builder of the library, Amanda Strezo, will a small thank you gift.  Dr. Moyer and many of Amanda's teachers from Hawthorne were at the ceremony to congratulate her on this wonderful accomplishment and gift to Hawthorne.  We all look forward to enjoying the library for years to come.

Just last week, Mrs. Engbers had the kindergartners and their 4th grade buddies from Mr. Rufus' room out in the classroom observing the changes that are happening because it is FALL!  How fun to be able to outside and view a variety of changing leaves, seed pods and maybe even some Outdoor Classroom insect residents.

Outdoor Classroom Pictures


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