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Have Coffee With the Superintendent 

As part of Superintendent, Dave Pruneau’s, ongoing pledge to make himself accessible to parents and community members, he will again be available for once-a-month coffees at different locations around the District. These informal “Coffee With the Superintendent” opportunities are being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident.

There will be no agenda during the approximate one hour conversation; coffee is sponsored by the PTA Council.

Wednesday, September 24: 1:30 p.m. - Lincoln

Wednesday, October 22: 10:00 a.m. - Emerson

Friday, December 12:

1:30 p.m. - Sandburg

Tuesday, January 20:

10:00 a.m. - Hawthorne

Monday, February 9:

7:00 p.m. - Churchville

Thursday, March 19:

1:30 p.m. - Jackson

Tuesday, April 14:

10:00 a.m. - Jefferson


No Cell Phones in School Zones ~ It's the Law!

No Cell Phones in School Zones

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Hawthorne PTA Calendar

Today: 11/27/14
All Day: No School - Thanksgiving break


Hawthorne Scholastic Book Fair 2014

Sir Readalot’s Castle!  Enter the Kingdom of Books!


Thursday, December 4th through Saturday, December 6th 


Calling all volunteers!  Many people are needed to help out during this wonderful event.  


Multiple time slots are available for each date with different duties.  Please volunteer for as many as you can.


Wednesday, 12/3     4:00pm to 7:00pm        Set Up

Thursday, 12/4        8:00am-8:00pm             Preview 8am to 3pm; 

                                                                     Sales 3 - 7:30pm

Friday, 12/5             10:30am – 5:30pm         Sales

Saturday, 12/6        9:00am – 2:30pm           Sales 9am to 12pm;

                                                                     Cleanup 12-2:30pm


Please go to the following link and select a time slot.  




Please contact Jennifer Moskal at jrmoskal25@comcast.net with any questions!


Thank You!


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by Carol Snyder, District 205 PTA Council Legislative Chair

Senate Bill 16 (SB16) significantly rewrites the Illinois school funding formula, stripping many school districts of a substantial portion of their general state aid while funneling that money to Chicago Public Schools and other property tax-poor school districts across Illinois.  If SB16 passes, Elmhurst District 205 is estimated to lose $4.5 million annually in state funding under the current proposal.

SB16 is scheduled for a joint hearing in the House on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014.  This hearing will likely reveal proposed amendments to the bill, which have been discussed in closed-door meetings hosted by House Speaker Mike Madigan over the past few months.  There is no word on whether or not a vote will be called.  However, Representative Barbara Wheeler recently warned that, "The fact that the hearing has been scheduled now rather than waiting until the new General Assembly is seated in January suggests that we may see movement of this bill during the lame duck session, when outgoing lawmakers are enticed to make unpopular votes."

As previously reported, not all proposed amendments to SB16 are favorable, such as the so-called "pension shift".  House Speaker Madigan is an outspoken supporter of the pension shift, which reduces the state's obligation to fund public pensions and saddles local property taxpayers with the bill.  What this would mean for you is significant property tax increases along with significant cuts impacting your children's classrooms.  Illinois currently has a $100 billion public pension deficit, which ranks as worst-in-the-nation.  Illinois also has the second-highest property taxes in the nation.

1. Create a Witness Slip stating your position as an "opponent" of SB16 This will become part of the official record of the IL General Assembly.
    A few helpful tips:
        • under "Firm/Business/Agency" enter "Elmhurst District 205" or "taxpayer"
        • under "Representation" enter "self" or "family"
        • under "Position" select "Opponent"
        • under "Testimony" enter "Record of Appearance only",  or you can have your written comments supplied to the General Assembly (optional).
                - If submitting written testimony, clearly marked the top of the page as "SB16 Testimony" and include your name and address.
                - You may fax your written testimony to 217-557-2165.
                - You may mail your written testimony to Illinois State House, Room 426, 401 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL 62706

2. Contact your State Senator and State Representative and tell them to vote NO on SB16.  
Look them up here.


Help Finish the Bottle Cap Mosaic!

The PTA Go Green Committee needs more plastic bottle caps to finish the three-panel mosaic that was started last spring during Earth Week. We need these colors: BLUES, GREENS, BROWNS, GRAYS, PURPLES & BLACK from milk jugs, beverage bottles - you name it! Please wash caps thoroughly in warm, soapy water. No nut butter caps please. A collection bin is in the main hallway.




The Yearbook Needs Your Pictures!

Please start sending your beginning of the year pictures to Susan Smentek @ sirensinger@comcast.net . We're looking for smiling faces as well as kids in action from all grades from the Ice Cream Social, First Day (bus stop & neighborhood blocks may also be submitted), Hot Dog Lunch & student/teacher photos.  Any picture to help preserve a Hawthorne School memory can be submitted.
Quick requests & suggestions-  
1.  Label the student's name, teacher or grade when possible (it helps us try to get all kids/classes/grades in candid pictures)
2.  Send pictures with best best quality resolution option from newer cell phones or from cameras
3.  Send pictures with groups of students as well as your individual child (we try to avoid multiple pictures of the same single child)
4.  Send your favorite pictures (preferably no "bunny ears", closed eyes, blurry or silly faces- unless they can be cropped out)
More information about submitting yearbook photos is in the PTA locker.  2014-2015 Yearbooks can already be purchased at the PTA Webstore for $14.  
Thanks in advance for helping us make this yearbook special for all our Hawthorne students!
Join the PTA

Hawthorne PTA MIssion

The mission of the Hawthorne PTA is to volunteer in the interest of the children, to encourage understanding and cooperation between parents and teachers, and to promote programs that benefit the success of children’s learning.  The Hawthorne PTA supports education through active participation and advocacy.

Do you have any feedback on any of the Hawthorne PTA programs?  Complete the Feeback form located in our PTA locker above or send us an email at HawthornePTA205@gmail.com.  

Online Orders ~ PTA Webstore

Visit the Webstore to pay PTA dues, order Spirit wear, yearbooks and more.  Your sign-on for the PTA Webstore is separate from the District 205 revtrak and we DO NOT charge the $3 service fee that is charged by the District.  

Upcoming PTA Meetings

September 9 @ 6:30pm  Hawthorne Library

November 11 @ 9:30am  Old Gym

January 20 @ 9:30am  Old Gym

March 17 @ 9:30am  Old Gym

May 15 @ 10:30am  New Gym


Principal Coffee Dates

October 14 @ 9:30am  Old Gym

April 14 @ 9:30am  Old Gym

2014 ~ 2015 Late Start Dates ~ 9:15 AM start (PM K - 12:40 PM)

  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10
  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 6

Upcoming Events at a Glance...

21  Cub Scout Pack Night @7:00pm
24  Parent Teacher Conferences                   @4:30pm-8:00pm
25  No School
25  Parent Teacher Conferences                   @12:00pm-8:00pm
26  No School
27  Thanksgiving
28  No School
  3  Book Fair Set-Up 4:00, Old Gym
  4  Book Fair Sale 3:00pm-7:30pm
  5  Book Fair Sale 10:00am-4:00pm
  6  Book Fair Sale 9:00am-12:00pm
10  Late Start - Student Arrival @9:15am