Student Enrichment

Science & Hobby Night

What is it?

Science & Hobby Night is an annual, one-night-only event showcasing science projects, experiments, hobbies, crafts, collections and talents of Hawthorne students.  The event is unique to Hawthorne school and represents a tradition going back more than a decade. Participants choose topics of interest and create exhibits that are displayed throughout the old and new gyms.  Past exhibits have included everything from catapults and dinosaurs to electricity and Webkinz. And, there are usually at least a few erupting volcanoes! The enthusiasm of the exhibitors and the wide variety of projects on display are sure to inspire participants and visitors alike.

Who Can Participate?

All Hawthorne students, grades K-5, are eligible.  Students are allowed to collaborate on exhibits. All participants must sign up on-line.

Who Can Attend?

Many families attend this event even if they do not have a student participating.  On Science & Hobby Night, there’s an exciting buzz in the air as exhibitors proudly tell visitors about their special projects and the school gyms are transformed into our own Hawthorne Science & Industry Museum!

Is this a competition?

Science & Hobby Night is more about fun and creativity than it is about competition. The goal of the event is to encourage imagination, exploration, learning and fun!

Historically, attendees have had the opportunity to vote for their “favorite” exhibits. The top vote-getters have received token awards at the end of the night. Voting procedures will be determined after a majority of applications are received.

Volunteers Needed

We need parent volunteers to help on the day of the event with set-up, voting, table assistance, photography, and cleanup. Volunteer shifts typically look like this:

Set-Up and Check-in (6 - 7 pm)
Voting (7 - 7:30 pm)
Voting (7:30 - 8 pm)
Cleanup (8 - 8:30 pm)
Photographer (7 - 8 pm)

I want to participate! What's next?

The following information is for the 2019 event. 

1...Complete the online signup.

2...Review the Guidelines for Participants found on the Science & Hobby Night web page and start working on your exhibit!

3...Bring your exhibit to Hawthorne on February 5th at 6:30 pm.  Check in at the registration desk to receive your unique exhibitor number, then head to one of the gyms to set up for the big event!  Set-up is 6:30 - 7 pm.  Please don’t arrive earlier than 6:30 as our volunteers will be hard at work getting things ready.  Doors will be open to all visitors from 7 to 8 pm.

Guidelines for Participants

The following guidelines are for the 2019 event:
*Science & Hobby Night is an optional PTA-sponsored event.  Participants will not be given class time to work on their projects.  Participants select topics at home and complete all work at home, on their own time.

*On the day of the event, participants are responsible for setting up their own displays and taking them home at the end of the evening.

*Each display should occupy no more than half of a 7 foot table.
*Participants requiring electricity must indicate this when they sign up online so that space can be reserved near electrical outlets. These participants will need to bring their own extension cords.
*Students are responsible for providing all aspects of their exhibit, including tape, extension cords, cleaning supplies (i.e. paper towels for erupting volcanoes!).
*Hawthorne School is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Participants are solely responsible for all materials included with their display.  If the display includes valuable items (i.e. computer, iPod, special collection, prized Lego blocks, etc.), someone should remain with the display for the duration of the event.
*No pets!  No animals!
*Basic school safety rules should be followed when selecting a topic and creating a display.  If you have questions as to whether or not an exhibit is safe and appropriate for school, please refer to the school handbook or contact the Science & Hobby Night committee chair, Michelle Begora at (630)276-8894 or [email protected]
*Parents are allowed to help with projects!  Working together on a Science & Hobby Night project can be a wonderful and rewarding experience for everyone!

Looking for inspiration?

Check out these web sites to get your creative juices flowing!


Science Olympiad


Tuesday, April 9th 2019

6:15 pm - 8:15 pm 

Grades 1-5

Event Schedule:

6:15 pm:           Check-in at Hawthorne in the Old Gym

6:30- 7:30 pm:  Experiments

8:00 pm:           Awards


Science Olympiad is nationally sponsored science education program. It's designed to heighten students' interest in science by giving them unique, non-school related or graded opportunities to learn about science in a fun and engaging way. By not only EXPOSING students to science, engineering and forensics experiments but also INVOLVING them, they will gain a fresh perspective and understanding of science that they may not otherwise receive. 

Students will participate as teams per grade and rotate through classrooms at Hawthorne where they will be introduced to different scientific topics and then participate in an experiment that puts that topic into action! Some of the activities may be competitive where they will compete against other teams in their grade (and receive awards) while others will be conducted simply to generate interest and intrigue. 

During the Science Olympiad, students in teams of three to five, led by a parent volunteer, rotate through several experiments/activities, each designed to meet age-appropriate skills and knowledge bases.

Science Olympiad gets kids excited about science, and also about teamwork.  Each group of three to five students is required to choose a team name and a team color, and then encouraged to dress for the part on the night of the event.


Hawthorne students grades 1-5 are encouraged to sign up! Students will be assigned to a team of 4-5 students by grade. Each team will be lead by a parent volunteer. All participants must register on the PTA Webstore by Monday, March 11th. Parents interested in leading a team will select “yes” under Parent Group Leader during the registration process.


Registered students along with the parent group leader are able to attend. Due to space limitations, we can not accommodate unregistered siblings.

If you are not leading a team, but are interested in participating in another way, we will find a job for you! Also, older siblings can volunteer to assist the experiment facilitators and receive service hours, if needed.


You will be emailed name and contact information for your team before the event. You will be responsible for contacting your team members and as a group deciding on a team name, and coordinating clothing or accessories. Be creative and have fun!

On the night of the event, you will guide your group around the school to the experiments/activities to which you are assigned.

Everything is set up for you and it’s super easy and FUN!

Allergy Awareness

Marshmallows (First - Third grade/Room 202) & eggs (Fourth & Fifth grade/Old Gym) will be used in an experiment. Please reach out to Kelly Hummel at [email protected] with any concerns


Volunteers are needed to lead and assist the experiments/activities as well as set-up and/or clean-up the night of the event.

Any questions, please contact Andrea O'Connor at [email protected].


2018-19 Theme: Heroes Around Me

Deadline: Projects due to Hawthorne Elementary School office by November 9th, 2018

About the Program

Reflections is the National PTA arts program that encourages 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 theme for the 2018-2019 school year is Heroes Around Me.

PTA Reflections welcomes students of all grades and abilities explore their inner artists.  

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

Students may submits entry in any of the six arts areas listed below. Students can create as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as they like. Click on each link category link to see submission rules for each area of interest.


Music Composition


Visual Arts

Dance Choreography

Film/Video Production

Hawthorne Elementary has three grade divisions: K - 2nd, 3rd - 5th, and Special Artist. Only original works of art are accepted. It does not matter whether an entry created for the Reflections Program has been created as a classroom assignment or independently at home.

All submissions are due to the Hawthorne Office no later than November 9th, 2018. All entries also need to include an entry form. You can the official rules and entry form below, or you can pick up an entry form from the Hawthorne office. This is a great program for any children who are interested in the arts and aspire to be recognized for their creative efforts!

Important Documents

2018-2019 Entry Form

Official Rules


November 9th: Projects due to the Hawthorne Elementary School Office

Early December: Select entries advance to DuPage East Regional Level

Late January: Select entries advance to State Level

February–March: District 205 projects on display locally

May: State Level "SPOTLIGHT" Celebration at Milikin University, plus a local DuPage East Regional Celebration

Please contact Libby Hoppe with any other questions.



Was you child just identified for REACH services?  Not sure what this means or how to support your child?  The REACH PTA is a parent group dedicated to supporting gifted and talented programs in District 205 and encouraging higher level educational opportunities for ALL District 205 students.  Our area of focus includes:

  • Providing parent resources for gifted and advanced learners
  • Organizing advocacy at local and national levels
  • Sponsoring and/or promoting academic-based extra-curricular activities that are accessible to all students
  • Collaborating with REACH teachers to provide additional resources and student opportunities. 

Feel free to visit the REACH PTA website, request to be added to the REACH PTA distribution list to receive information and updates about the program by emailing [email protected] or plan to join us at any of the REACH PTA meetings (meeting dates found on website). ​


SERG is a PTA organization unique to District 205 supporting children with special needs. This includes students identified with a disability AND those that may be struggling on some level and may need extra support. SERG is a resource, network, and support group which:

  • Sponsors informative programs for parents and educators on a variety of topics related to Special Education

  • Provides educational resources to parents and educators

  • Networks parents with similar Special Education interests

  • Work with PTA to make events accessible to all students

  • ​Visit our website for more information,

Mark your calendar for the 2015-16 program dates:

District 205 Center,152 S. York Rd. 2nd Floor, 7 - 9 pm

Thursday, October 15th  After School Routines and Homework

Thursday, January 21st  Transitions

Thursday, February 18th Maximizing Google Chrome for SPED Students

Food Allergy/Awareness

Hawthorne's Food Allergy Awareness committee is a group of parents of students with food allergies and those interested in understanding more about food allergy. Please contact Kelly Hummel to learn more. 

Click HERE to see the District 205 Allergy Awareness policy - updated in August 2017.   

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