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24-Hour Attendance Line


Regular School Hours:

1st-5th grade:
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM

Lunch 11:05 to 12:05


AM Kindergarten
8:15 AM to 11:05 AM
PM Kindergarten
12:05 PM to 3:00 PM


Student Late Arrival
Instructional Schedule


AM Kindergarten 
9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten
12:55 PM to 3:00 PM

Grades 1 - 5
9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Parent Links

Office Contacts

Tammaru, Nikki
Principal ntammaru@elmhurst205.org
Riordan, Timothy
Assistant Principal
Ryan, Amy
Secretary aryan@elmhurst205.org
Reichert, Jennifer
Assistant Secretary jreichert@elmhurst205.org
Thrall, Judy
Registered Nurse jthrall@elmhurst205.org

School Nurse

Robbie Ostling


Important Dates

Mar. 20-24 Jump Rope for Heart
Mar. 27-31 No School-Spring Break
Apr. 3 Walk, Jog, Run Club resumes
Apr. 18 5th Grade Transition to Sandburg Meeting, 9:40 am
Apr. 20 Kindergarten Parent Night, 6:30-7:30 pm
(New to 1st Grade parents also welcome)


Total as of 3/17/17 862.5 Pounds!
March 97 Pounds
February 142.5 Pounds
January 177 Pounds
December 191 Pounds
November 152 Pounds
October 61 Pounds
September 42 Pounds


Our school is again participating in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. Trex, a plastic-to-laminate recycling manufacturer, utilizes millions of plastic grocery store bags each year to create its composite lumber products.

Last year, Hawthorne collected and sent 584 pounds of plastic film/bags to Trex. We're trying to be a top recycling school and earn a composite bench this year. Please bring your clean plastic to Hawthorne. Collection boxes are throughout the building. Here's a list of what we are collecting: plastic grocery bags, stretch film, water bottle case wrap, newspaper sleeves, toilet paper/paper towel over wrap, dry-cleaning bags, bread bag/cereal bags (please shake out crumbs). We will be participating in the challenge until April 21, the day before Earth Day!

We need volunteer drivers to help transport the plastic to Jewel/Mariano's/Kohl's every few weeks. Please contact Mrs. Sorrentino if you are able to help out!  

Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th (3/14). At Hawthorne's 6th Annual Pi Recital, 143 students in grades 1-5 stretched their brains and memorized digits of Pi (3.1415926535...), which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. 

Hawthorne's 2017 top reciters memorized over 100 digits of Pi: Gio Santoro (413), Max Wickenkamp (229), Mark Stukel (221), Niko Stathopoulos (171), Caroline Fischer (161), Kailin Mendiola (160), Joey Rinchiuso (146),  Will Fischer (126), Anna Filosa (120), Saveen Shah (118), Matt Lizak (114), Clara Fitzer (104), Libby Donaldson (104), Kennedy Mirante (103), and Alexa Klein (101)!

In addition, top primary students were George Redfearn, Grade 3 (58), Jaiden Shah Gr 2 (50), and Michael Dorko Gr 1 (30).

Our brains are amazingly stretchable with such a great capacity so keep exercising them!

Click here to download the 2017 reciters list from Hawthorne.

A link to some Hawthorne reciting videos and Elmhurst Titan article


It's that time of the year again! Jump Rope for Heart is around the corner! This year JRFH will be the week of March 20th - 24th. (See schedule below.) Please help your child register for JRFH by clicking on the link here and following the online instructions.

Once registered, they can take a health challenge & send e-cards to family and friends encouraging them to make healthy choices, and donate to the American Heart Association. If they send 10 e-cards they will earn the zoo crew badge below to hang on a lanyard along with the zoo crew characters they earn!

Thank you for your support of this lifesaving organization! If you have any questions please contact Mrs Spinelle.

Mon 3/20

  • 8:30-9:30 Bugielski/Rufus
  • 9:45-10:45 Herward/Ruesch
  • 1:45-2:45 Engbers/Perrone PM

Tues 3/21

  • 8:30-9:30 Graff/Higgins
  • 12:30-1:30 Pope/Iturbide

Wed 3/22

  • 9:45-10:45 Hochleutner/Nowak
  • 12:30-1:30 M. Hobbs

Thurs 3/23

  • 9:45-10:45 Perrone AM
  • 12:30-1:30 Scarlett/Rossman
  • 1:45-2:45 Lindstrom/Fiore

Fri  3/24

  • 8:30-9:30 B. Hobbs/Behrend
  • 12:30-1:30 Allaire/Gaston

The testing window for the spring 2017 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue through Friday, April 28. These state-required achievement tests in reading and mathematics are being given to all eligible students in grades 3 – 8. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students will be tested within this window.

In addition to the PARCC assessment, state and federal regulations require each school to assess achievement in science for students in 5th grade, 8th
grade and high school biology. The Illinois Science Assessment will be administered in each school between Monday, March 13 and Friday, March 24. This assessment is approximately one hour in length and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science.

We anticipate being able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the Illinois School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results, along with other information to help us improve our school program. If you have any questions about the administration of these assessments, please contact your child’s principal.


The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive and is asking for your support and assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive will begin on Monday, March 6th and conclude on Friday, May 12th. Look for collection bins in our school foyers. Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa, as well as to Indian Reservations in the United States.


At its February 28 meeting, the Board of Education approved the 2017-18 school year calendar, which includes parent-teacher conference dates/times; student late arrival dates/times; and quarter/trimesters/semesters. It is posted at www.elmhurst205.org/events_calendar.


The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive. Through the generosity of District 205 families, we have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. Our drive will start Monday, March 6th  and conclude on Friday, May 12th. Hawthorne will have a collection bin in the vestibule by the office.

Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa as well as Indian Reservations in the United States. Many times families in these places need to pick between shoes and food, so we aim to provide the shoes for free.

For more information on the charity itself, such as where the shoes are going or how they are getting there, we’ve attached the link of the Soles for Kids website for your convenience.



We are looking to locate potential kindergarteners for the 2016-2017 school year.  Eligible students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2017.  If you have a child who may be eligible, please call the school office and talk with Amy Ryan. If you know of a family in your neighborhood that may have a child that is eligible, please encourage them to call the school office.  Our number is:  630-834-4541.

For a complete list of enrollment procedures, acceptable proofs of residency and additional forms, please see the New Student Enrollment page linked from the District 205 homepage. Parents may contact the District 205 Center at 630-617-4783 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.

Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017, to be enrolled in kindergarten. (The student’s original birth certificate must be submitted as proof.) During the February enrollment, parents/guardians must present three proofs of residency. Additionally, a photo I.D. of the person enrolling the student must be produced for identification purposes.


3rd Grade Harvest & Vegetable Soup Day Pictures!

Outdoor Classroom News

Fall has arrived in the Outdoor Classroom.  Mrs. Sandoval returned to the classroom to assist Mrs. Graff's, Mrs. Nowak's, Mrs. Rossman's, Mrs. Behrend's and Mrs. Herward's students as they identified weeds from prairie plants.  Mrs. Hochleutner had previously taken her class outside to begin the task of removing weeds and now with this additional afternoon of work the gardens look beautiful. 

The third graders harvested the many vegetables they planted in the growing pouches when they were 2nd graders.  They had onions, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, celery, green beans, parsley, thyme and oregano included in the soup that they made and
devoured. "Who Grew My Soup" is the inspirational book for planting, growing, harvesting and making a tasty soup that all will enjoy.

Mrs. Dirks returned to the Outdoor Classroom to assist the children with the collection of the milkweed pods.  Even though her boys are now students at Sandburg, she still works to educate the children at Hawthorne about the activities taking place in the gardens.  The milkweed plant is needed by the monarch butterfly.  She has taken the pods home and will in the near future return the seeds to the children of Hawthorne so that they can take them home and plant them.  The milkweed plants provide a waystation for the monarchs during their great migration to a warmer climate.  The Hawthorne Outdoor Classroom is a registered waystation environment for the butterflies.  Mrs. Dirks would also like to spread some of our plant seeds to other places in the classroom.  If you would like to assist her with this project, please contact Mrs. Lindstrom at Hawthorne school.  One morning or afternoon is needed to complete this job, so grab a friend and offer your help.

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