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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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Today: 10/25/14
4:00 PM Hawthorne Happening


Haunted Mansion

Saturday, October 25, 2014

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Thursday, October 23th is the LAST day to purchase wristbands at a discounted price of $15. *Wristbands purchased at the door will cost $20. 


Visit the PTA Webstore to buy wristbands and Science Show Tickets.

*If you prefer to not purchase a wristband, attendees will also have the option to purchase individual game tickets for $1 each at the door.


Looking for an easy way to contribute?

*Please follow this link to Sign-Up Genius to pitch in with purchasing Chips, Candy, Soda, Water or Juice Boxes for the Snack Bar and Candy Wheel Game. It’s a quick and easy way to contribute to the largest PTA fundraiser of the year.


New this year, are BUY–IN PARTIES! Follow the link to the Hawthorne Happening webpage to learn all the details. Email Jessica Buenz if you are interested in pre-buying any tickets!


Please contact the Hawthorne Happening Committee with any additional questions.  


Jessica Buenz Jessica.buenz@gmail.com

Chrissy Brown Chrissybrown75@yahoo.com

Karen Fitzer Karen.fitzer@hotmail.com

Amy Kinsella Kinsella_amy@yahoo.com

Jenny McQuade Jennymcquade2@gmail.com


Update: SB16 School Funding Reform Act

By Carol Snyder, District 205 PTA Council Legislative Chair


SB16 continues to generate significant discussion throughout Illinois. Opposition to the bill, in its present form, is mounting because many School Districts, including District 205, will be negatively impacted.  Consequently, amendments to SB16 will likely be influenced by public outcry and the movement of other prospective measures intended to address Illinois' budget crisis. Prospective measures include:


• shifting $10.2 billion in education pension costs from the state onto local school districts

• making the 5% income tax permanent

• replacing the IL flat income tax with a progressive income tax

• imposing new sales taxes on services (such as dry cleaning, hair cuts, legal services, etc.)

• introducing a "millionaire tax" - an additional 3% income tax on earnings over $1 million


Because school funding reform is only one part of a larger effort to address Illinois' budget woes, proposed amendments to SB16 may not be entirely favorable.  The Illinois League of Women Voters recently warned that amendments may include a shift in pension costs, thus continuing the erosion of school district finances and further burdening property taxpayers (see the Fact Sheet link below).  Despite valid concerns, it is impossible to forecast how our legislators will respond to SB16 when they reconvene for the veto session on November 19th.


The District 205 PTA Council adopted a formal stance in opposition to SB16.  Please join us in raising our collective voices and demanding a beneficial outcome for ALL Illinois schoolchildren.


What Can You Do?

• Sign the SB16 Vote No Petition

• Contact Representative Patti Bellock rep@pbellock.com (630) 852-8633

• Contact Representative Kathleen Willis repwillis77@gmail.com   (708) 562-6970

• Contact Representative Deb O'Keefe Conroy repdebconroy@gmail.com   (630) 415-3520

• Contact Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan mmadigan@hds.ilga.gov (773) 581-8000 or (217) 782-5350


Additional Information:

• League of Women Voters SB16 Fact Sheet

• District 205 SB16 Statement

• ISBE Funding Reform Presentation 

• LEND - Legislative Education News

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...

25  Hawthorne Happening
28  Picture Retakes
29  Fall Fundraiser Pick-Up
30  Running Club Ends for Fall
  4  Walking, Jogging, Running Club Ends for Fall
  7  REACH PTA Meeting 9:15am, EPL
11  PTA Meeting 9:30am, Old Gym
12  Late Start - Student Arrival @9:15am