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Message from Mr. Riordan 8/27/2021
Lorilee Jordahl

Dear Hawthorne Families,

The first full week went amazingly well. Students are starting to get settled into classroom routines. We spend a lot of time on classroom routines and structures at the beginning of the school year because efficient routines and structures allow for maximum instructional time. We learned this week that we have emails, mostly yahoo emails, going to our spam folders. If you email someone and they do not get back to you, please try to email them again. Our technology department was made aware of this situation and they believe it is fixed.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing
Beginning next week, students in third, fourth, and fifth grade will take the MAP test. The MAP test is a nationally normed computerized assessment. We use it to measure our students to their national peers. Kindergarten, first, and second grade will take the test in the coming weeks. Your child’s teacher will inform you of specific testing dates. We have allotted time for make ups, so your child will still take the test even if he or she is absent when their class tests. The testing window closes on September 17 and results will be sent home some time after that.

Fountas and Pinnell (F&P) Testing
Teachers are also going to begin F&P testing their students next week. Students will read a leveled text with their teacher. The teacher will ask students questions to determine their reading level. The level is a teaching tool that we use to help guide our instruction and to group students. Students are not defined by their level nor do we require students to read books at their level during independent reading.

Picture Day
Picture day is Thursday, September 9. The background of the pictures is a green screen, so please make sure your child is not wearing any green on picture day. If your child is absent, the make-up and picture retake day will be Friday, October 22nd.

Curriculum Night Slides
Here is the link to the presentation that Ms. Schumacher and I gave on Tuesday evening.

Lunch Menu
Here is the link to next week’s lunch menu.

Important Dates
September 6 - Labor Day, no school
September 8 - Late Start
September 9 - Picture Day
September 22 - Late Start

Tim Riordan


 Hawthorne Elementary School
145 Arthur, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126 
(630)834-4541 Phone | (630)993-8886 Fax

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