Activities and Committees

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School Supplies

The Hawthorne PTA sponsors the sale of pre-packaged school supplies for all grades so you can enjoy your summer break without the frantic last minute search for school supplies. The school supply kits may be ordered online during the month of May, and are ready for pick up during the PTA sponsored Back to School Social just prior to the first day of school in August.  Look for more information to come on ordering supplies in the Spring.

School Supply Pick Up time for 2017-2018 school year:

Wednesday, August 15th  3:00 - 4:30 pm during the Back to School Social in the Old Gym

Back to School Social and School Supply Pick Up

Mark your calendars and please join us on August 15, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm to enjoy cool treats and catch up with your Hawthorne friends. Siblings are welcome to join in the fun too.  More details to follow!

You will be able to pick up your school supplies in the Old Gym during this time as well.

Teachers will be available 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm to meet parents and students.

Kindergarten Liason



Heidi Fafinski ([email protected]) and Karen Fitzer ([email protected]) are an additional resource for new parents to Hawthorne who have any questions or comments regarding school wide activities or PTA events. Feel free to call on them with any questions you might have regarding Hawthorne or the PTA.

PTA Sponsored Events

School Dance

This free, PTA sponsored event welcomes all Hawthorne students, younger siblings, and parents to join in on the fun. This year's "Neon Nights" school dance is Friday, January 25th, 2018 from 6 - 8 pm.

Variety Show

The Hawthorne Variety Show, a free, family-friendly event, taking place on Thursday, March 14th at 6 pm, welcomes diverse acts from tumbling to tap-dance, pogo-sticks to piano and everything in between. Show us what you’ve got... sign up to participate!

Running Club and WJR Club


The Walk, Jog and Run Club will kick off the year on Monday, September 11th for all interested 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.  WJR encourages students to keep active during their lunch recess time by walking, jogging or running the perimeter of the playground. Students earn "feet" rewards for every mile they log throughout the year.  


4th and 5th graders, please join us for Running Club. If you want to get fit and have fun at the same time, Hawthorne Running Club is for you.  

We are a club that focuses on overall individual health through fitness, nutrition and friendship. Come join the fun! Our meetings will take place during lunch recess on Thursdays in the fall and spring.

We will meet in the reading circle at 11:05. You will need comfortable clothes, running shoes and a water bottle. Gym shoes are a must. No gym shoes, no run! There will be adult supervision during all runs – including two teachers. No running experience necessary. 


Walk on Wednesday (WOW) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

During the fall and spring families are encouraged to walk/bike (scooter, roller blade) to school and leave the car at home on Wednesdays. Students who choose to participate will get a green "footprint" hand stamp, available at the corner of Cottage Hill & Arthur before the first bell. Parent volunteers from each neighborhood will be assigned and can walk your child to school if your schedule doesn't allow you to walk with them on Wednesdays. The volunteer list will be posted on the PTA website in September. October 9th is International Walk to School Day and events are planned for all students to participate in that morning at school and a crossing guard will be posted at the tracks located on 1st & Addison.  

All D205 elementary and middle schools participate in the national program, Safe Routes to School (SRTS). There are representatives from each school that serve on a committee that meets several times a year. The SRTS committee has applied for numerous grants and they work to provide incentives for families to walk/bike safely to school. As part of the grant applications, there are parent surveys, teacher tallies and walking plans that identify needs. WOW is one element of SRTS.