Hawthorne Elementary School


Reflections "Heroes Around Me"

Reflections is the National PTA arts program that asks children to get creative! Students are invited to create works of art in any of the six different art categories, reflecting upon a different theme each year.  The six arts categories are dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  The theme for the 2018-2019 school year is  “Heroes Around Me".


PTA Reflections welcomes students of all grades and all abilities explore their inner artist.  Students can create as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as they like. Projects advance through a judging system through district, region, state and national levels of the program.


Our artists have been very successful over the past few years.  Last year we had over 100 students participate.  Elmhurst had 42 entries advance to the Regional level, 15 advanced to the State, 7 received awards at STAT and one entry advanced to the National level.


Hawthorne Elementary has three grade divisions: K - 2nd, 3rd - 5th and Special Artist. Please contact Libby Hoppe with any other questions. 


Visit the PTA Locker for the entry form and more information about the Reflections program including the rules by category.


All submissions are due to the Hawthorne Office no later than TBD date in November.

Junior Great Books


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Junior Great Books is a text based discussion group for Grades 2-3. The program inspires students to think for themselves through careful reading of thought-provoking stories. Students read and discuss classic and global literature through the shared inquiry method. Junior Great Books helps students develop essential literacy skills—reading carefully, thinking critically, and listening intently. It also allows them to share their ideas and opinions in small discussion groups.  

First introduced to schools in 1962, Junior Great Books is now used by more than one million students in all 50 states and in countries around the world. JGB brings literature to life and helps students discover a joy of reading children's classics, folk tales and fairy tales, poetry, and modern short stories from cultures around the world.

JGB meets during lunch recess on Tuesdays from 11:35 am - 12:05 pm beginning in January. Parent Discussion Leaders are offered a training session to then lead their group through discussions of the stories. 


A committee chairperson is needed for the 2017-18 school year. If you are interested in becoming a chariperson for this event, please contact Lisa O'Connor.