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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

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
Thrall, Judy
Registered Nurse jthrall@elmhurst205.org

School Nurse

Robbie Ostling


Important Dates

June 6 Office Closes at 3:30 PM for the summer
June 15 All School PTA Swim Party Fundraiser
June 21 Kindergarten Playdates-Wilder Park 6:00-7:00 pm
July 18 Kindergarten Playdates-Wilder Park 6:00-7:00 pm
July 31 Office Re-opens @ 7:30 am
Aug 7 Kindergarten Playdates-Wilder Park 6:00-7:00 pm
Aug 13 Supply Pick Up 4:00 - 6:00 pm (Old Gym)
Aug 14 Back-to-School Social 3:30 - 4:30
Aug 15 WELCOME BACK! 1st Day of School
Aug 15 Opening Day Coffee 8:15 - 9:30 am (Old Gym)


Students may visit their classrooms and meet their teachers, drop off Labeled & Bagged Supplies (do not unpack).  Popsicles will be provided on the playground.  This Social is from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

All School PTA Swim Party Fundraiser

All Hawthorne students, friends and siblings are invited to celebrating another awesome year at Hawthorne and to kick off summer break. This private party, which will include awesome water slides, pizza and more, will be held at Bensenville Water Park on Friday, June 15th from 7:15-9:15 pm.

This is a Hawthorne Happening Buy-In Party which the host families have generously re-opened. To confirm you registered and paid back in October, simply check the list found here.

For students, friends and siblings that have not yet registered but would like to attend, simply register here. The cost is $15 per person to benefit the Hawthorne PTA and all their great programs. No charge for parents that wish to attend. Students who will be in K through 2nd grade FALL 2018 will be required to have a responsible adult at the event supervising them. Children (students/siblings) ages 6 and under will be required to have a responsible adult in the water with them. Students who will be in 3rd through 6th grade FALL 2018 are allowed to be dropped off. Lifeguards will be on duty.

The more the merrier - invite your family, friends and neighbors. All proceeds go directly to fund Hawthorne PTA programs. Contact Amy Kinsella with questions.

2018-2019 School Supplies

Order your 2018-2019 School Supplies HERE! Grade specific school supplies lists can be found HERE. Order Cutoff date is June 15th, 2018. Kits will be delivered to the school for pick-up in the Old Gym on August 13th, 4 - 6 pm.

When ordering supplies be sure to select boy/girl as if it pertains to your grade.  Please note that head phones are not included in the kit, but there is an option to include them.  Lastly, if you choose to purchase your supplies on your own you still have the option to purchase head phones, the mead filler for 5th grade and the mini messenger bag for 4th & 5th grade separately through the school supply website.  If you have any questions please contact: Adriana Sjullie or Lori Harges.


Hair care: shampoo/conditioner bottles/caps, hair gel or paste tubes/caps, hair spray bottles, triggers

Skin care: lip balm tubes, face/body soap and lotion dispensers/bottles, shaving foam tubes (no cans).

Cosmetics: lipstick, eyeliner, powder, eye shadow cases, mascara tubes, foundation packaging/bottles, lip/eyeliner pencils, concealer tubes/sticks

Cereal Bags: Empty plastic cereal bags and box liners. Empty them out at home and recycle them at Hawthorne!

Granola Bar Foil-lined Wrappers: Foil-lined wrappers from energy bars, granola bars, and other bars. This container will be in lunchroom.

Oral Care: Toothpaste tubes and caps, Toothbrushes, Toothbrush outer packaging, and Floss containers

Air Fresheners: Air freshener cartridges, plugs, packaging, flexible film packaging, trigger heads, and aerosol containers

Dried-out Markers: Any type of used markers are sent to Crayola who uses a “unique technology” to create a usable fuel.

Used Printer Cartridges: Any type of ink jet

Keys: SCARCE takes all metal keys to a scrap metal recycler, so clean out your drawers & bring in unused keys.

Cork: Used corks from wine bottles (not plastic but cork ones only)

Cell Phones: Used (working or broken) cellphones, tablets, and MP3 players

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



Summer registration hours at the District Office (162 S. York Street) will be held on the following dates: 

  • July 9, 9 AM-3 PM
  • July 12, 1 PM-7 PM
  • July 16, 9 AM-3 PM
  • July 17, 9 AM-3 PM
  • July 18, 1 PM-7 PM
  • July 24, 1 PM-7 PM
  • July 25, 9 AM-3 PM
  • July 26, 1 PM-7 PM



On Tuesday, June 19, at the Board of Education meeting, Todd Schmidt was named the new Director of Facilities for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. Mr. Schmidt has 18 years of experience in facilities in the Rockford Public School District, serving as the Chief Operations Officer/Executive Director of Operations since 2009.

Mr. Schmidt has directed a department of approximately 900 in-house and privately contracted employees in Facility Maintenance, Custodial Services, Transportation, Nutrition Services, Student Assignment, Materials Management, Construction Engineering and Life Safety. He was responsible for $68 million in annual operating expenditures and $250 million capital improvement plan. Additionally, he has supervised the implementation of a $250M capital improvement plan that was the result of a successful ballot initiative.

“Todd has a wealth of knowledge and experience in facility management. He will be a huge addition to our facility team, and we are looking forward to working with him,” said Chris Whelton, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations.

Mr. Schmidt received the Governor’s Environment Hero Award in 2011 and is a veteran of the United States Navy.




Annual PI Day Recital

Hawthorne's 7th Annual Pi Recital happened Wednesday, March 14th. This year, nearly 100 students in grades K-5 stretched their brains and tried to memorize MANY digits of Pi (3.1415926535...), which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th (3/14).

This year, over 80 students recited 20 digits (or more) and will be recognized by the International Pi Registry, located in Germany. The top 14 reciters each memorized over 80 digits! Laina Drabic, a 2nd grader, came on strong with a school high of 206 digits recited! Rounding out the top 14 are Kailin Mendiola (201), Saveen Shah (197), Michael Dorko (151), Alexa Klein (144), Libby Donaldson (136), Jaiden Shah (136), Owen Drabic (126), Matthew Lizak (123), Stella Rosso (121), Jamie Fulco (117), Evan Carry (107), Ali Zainulabideen (88), and Nico Cortez (82).

Our brains are amazingly stretchable with such a great capacity so keep exercising them!

Click here to download the 2018 reciters list from Hawthorne.

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Hawthorne Mission

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Hawthorne School Improvement Plan 2017-2018

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