Hawthorne Elementary School

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Perrone, Anne
First Grade Teacher aperrone@elmhurst205.org

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Birthday Treats

Hawthorne has a non-edible treat policy for birthdays.  Please do not send any treats containing food or candy.  It is not necessary to send anything, but if you would like to send something some ideas are:  a book for the class, pencils, stationary, erasers, mini notebooks, puzzles, etc.  


Class size--20 students

Guest Reader

Tuesdays: 2:30-2:50




Going to be absent?

Please remember to call the absent line if your child will be absent--630-782-5794 


Work cannot be sent home ahead of time, but will be available when they return to school.  Not everything is able to be sent home, much of our learning happens through our discussions, stories and hands on activities.  Please send the completed assignments back within a week.

Mrs. Perrone

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First graders can bring a daily snack of fresh fruits or vegetables.  Only fresh fruit and vegetables are allowed, per district policy.  Water bottles are also welcomed.  Please make sure the snack is ready to eat--oranges, cuties peeled.  Please pack the snack separate from their lunch.  Thank you!

Valentine's Day

The kids are more than welcome to send in valentines for their classmates.  Please send enough for everyone--20 students total.  Valentines should not include any food items.  Do not address the valentines, please leave the TO: blank and just add who they are from.  It makes it easier and more efficient to pass them out.  Thank you in advance!

Winter Weather

Please remember the kids go outside for lunch recess every day the feel like temperature is 0 and above.  If there is snow, kids must have snow pants and boots to play in the snow.  This keeps them from being soaking wet and freezing the rest of the day.  Please make sure to send them with these items when there is snow on the ground.  Please label all of their winter gear--gloves, snow pants, hats and boots.  There are a lot of winter items in our cubbies, labeling everything is very helpful!

First Grade Learning

Reading Workshop

We revisited elements of fiction after the new year.  We enjoyed a few different fiction stories focusing on retelling and answering questions about the text we read.


We are still in our non-fiction unit working on using text features to help us understand the key details in text.  We also work on questioning before, during and after our reading.



Measurement--we've moved into Module 4 which focused on measurement and data.  This week we worked on our first rule of accurate measuring--line up the end points.  We started with non-standard measurement and focused on comparing items to determine longer or shorter.  At the end of the week, the kids started using centimeter cubes to measure common items.  Again remember to line up the end points.


Writer's Workshop

We continued to work in our teaching books this week.  Focusing on adding an introduction, facts with more information and offering a closing.  The kids are also trying to apply what we see in the non-fiction books we read into our writing.  They have captions, diagrams and labels in their books.  We are going to work on researching and writing a biography about Dr. King together.



We moved onto our new animal family--birds.  We started by asking questions about birds to activate our schema.  The kids came up with really interesting questions.  We read books about what makes birds, birds.  We also read an article about ostriches.  Focusing on answering questions based on what we read.  We read What if You Had Animal Hair.  We discussed the different ways that animals use their hair--camouflauge, defense, warmth, and even to float.  The kids picked which animal hair from the story they would want and wrote about why.


Social Studies

We are starting to research Dr. King to understand why we do not have school on Monday and the value of his beliefs.



We've worked on diagraphs (ch, sh, th, wh) and blends (sl, br, st, etc) and using them to build and spell words.  We've discussed nouns and verbs.  We remember them by nouns name and verbs do.  We've worked with partners to identify nouns and verbs in pictures.  We worked on adding endings to verbs--ed and ing.  We also talked about when to double the last letter before adding the ending.


WIN Time

Will resume the week of 1-28

Attendance Times



Late Start Days--9:45-3:00

Things to Remember

  • Send a note if your child's departure routine changes or is going home for lunch
  • All snacks must be packed separately from their lunch and only be fruit or vegetable 
  • Scholastic Book Code GR8RB

Important Dates

  • Library books are due on Thursdays
  • No School Monday 1/21
  • 100th Day 1/29
  • Late Start 2/6 and 2/20


Specials Schedule

Monday:          Art       12:55-1:55              

Tuesday:         Bonus  12:55-1:25


Wednesday:   Music    12:55-1:25            

                        PE         1:25-1:55

Thursday:       Library   12:55-1:55

Friday:            PE         12:55-1:25

                        Music    1:25-1:55

Classroom Rules

1.  Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.

2.  Listen with your eyes, ears, and still hands.

3.  Raise your hand during class discussions and quiet work time.

4.  Do your best printing, coloring, cutting, and gluing.

5.  Walk from place to place in our classroom.

6.  Follow directions the first time they are given.




1 cube taken away = 5 minute walking ticket during recess

2 cubes = 10 minute walking ticket

3 cubes = 15 minute walking ticket/possible minor

4 cubes = parent contact/possible major