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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

Riordan, Tim
Principal triordan@elmhurst205.org
Podraza, Christina
Assistant Principal cpodraza@elmhurst205.org
Ryan, Amy
Lead Secretary aryan@elmhurst205.org
Jordahl, Lori
Assistant Secretary ljordahl@elmhurst205.org
Thrall, Judy
Registered Nurse jthrall@elmhurst205.org

School Nurse

Robbie Ostling


Important Dates

Feb. 28 Student Late Arrival
March 2 Teacher Institute Day - No School all Students
March 2 Bowling Party 9:30 am - 12:00 am
March 6 Variety Show Rehearsal
March 7 22nd Annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament
March 8 Science Olympiad
March 14 Student Late Arrival
March 15 Variety Show 6:00 pm


The United Community Concerns Association (UCCA) terminated the gift giving program this year in order to focus on their main mission:  Food for Life. This year, Hawthorne School invited families to donate a Holiday Meal Box to neighbors experiencing difficulty. Each box cost $16 and included a turkey with all the trimmings. Hawthorne families alone contributed to 100 Holiday Meal Boxes! What a wonderful school community we have!

Thank you for supporting the Elmhurst community and demonstrating for the children how giving can be such a selfless and satisfying behavior.


Student grades 1st - 5th are encouraged to register for the 2018 Hawthorne Science Olympiad. This free event is on March 8th 6:15 - 8:15 pm. This is an fun opportunity for students to have a engaging, hands on science experience. No advance work or experience is needed. Please see webpage for details. Please note: Registration is required by February 16th.

STEM Programs

For those looking for STEM and SteAm activities in the area, check out these options that are being offered at our Elmhurst schools. http://www.centerforgifted.org

Hawthorne Bowling Party

Join the fun at the annual Bowling Party at Stardust Bowl on Friday, March 2nd in Addison 9:30 am to 12 noon. The Hawthorne PTA sponsors the Bowling Party for ALL Hawthorne students.  Siblings are welcome for a fee of $9 each sibling. Register on the  PTA Webstore.

Two bowling games and shoe rental will be included. Please register your student(s) and pay for any additional siblings online in advance to secure a lane assignment. ALL STUDENTS AND SIBLINGS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. NO EXCEPTIONS. ONLY ONE STUDENT PER REGISTRATION! Please contact Michelle Crowley at if you are available to help with this event or if you have any questions. Registration deadline is Tuesday, February 27th.


The Hawthorne Variety Show is back for its second year on Thursday, March 15th at 6 pm. With over 40 Acts from all grades, it promises to be another exciting show. If you are interested in volunteering for the rehearsal on March 6th and/or show, please email Shawna Roubitchek



The District 205 Board of Education has approved a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. This program will be applicable to incoming 2018-19 kindergarten students. The deadline for registering is March 1. Parents who are interested in enrolling their incoming kindergartner for the Dual Language magnet program should click on the link below to complete the application form:

Dual Language Program Application 2018-2019

Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program.

La mesa directiva del distrito Elmhurst 205 ha aprobado el programa de lenguaje dual en la escuela Conrad Fischer por el año 2018-2019. El programa es para los niños que comienza de Kinder. Haz clic por detalles sobre el programa de lenguaje dual.

Si está interesado en el programa de lenguaje dual para su hijo(a), haz clic debajo para completar la forma apropiada:

Solicitud para el programa de lenguaje dual 2018-19


The REACH PTA invites  you to a Informational Parent meeting to discuss an overview of the REACH program, Tuesday, March 6th at 7 pm in the Sandburg Middle School auditorium. Invited speaker is Deborah Lee, District Coordinator for Professional Learning–REACH. The presentation will cover a program overview, identification, expectations, appeals process, and more. There will be an added focus on those families who will received notice that their student will be joining REACH on March 1st. 


Please know that Elmhurst District 205 will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed or there is a late start called. In general (excluding other emergency situations), if there is NO announcement by 5:45 AM via the following methods, schools are open: phone, email and SMS text message (if you’ve signed up for this feature) in both English and Spanish; the District 205 website (when in doubt, check it out); the District 205 Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ElmhurstD205; the D205 Twitter account - www.twitter.com/ElmhurstD205. If your phone number has recently changed, please contact your child(ren)’s school so that they can update that information in PowerSchool.

Additionally, you may visit the Emergency Closing Center website - www.emergencyclosings.com (District 205 schools are listed alphabetically as DIST #205 (ELMHURST PUBLIC SCHOOLS).

We suggest downloading the Know Before You Go flyer and keeping it handy in paper form, especially during the winter months. If power is out, you may not be able to access the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website.

In general, District 205 will not close school on a forecast, i.e., the inclement weather must be real and present. In cases where the area is hit hard by snow, it might be possible to make a call in advance (usually in the evening of the day before). Most of the time, that decision must be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.

Temperature is only one factor. Wind chill is also taken into account. Generally, when “real feel” temperatures are -30 degrees or colder, school will be cancelled for the sake of students who ride the bus or walk to school, as frost bite can occur quickly under such extreme conditions.

When District 205 determines that weather conditions or an emergency situation warrant an Emergency Late Start Schedule, families will be notified in the same manner they would be notified in the event of a school closing. Each family will receive a phone, email or text notice (if you've opted in) from our rapid notification system. More information about the Emergency Late Start Schedule is available online.

On Emergency Late Start days, parents and staff are encouraged to monitor the District’s website for updates on the status of after-school activities. Information about York athletics would be posted on the York School webpage in the afternoon.

If an Emergency Late Start schedule is activated:

  • Classes will begin using the standard Student Late Arrival schedule
  • Buses will operate using the standard Student Late Arrival pick-up and drop-off times.
  • Parent should use the standard Student Late Arrival schedule for drop-off - 20 minutes prior to the start times below.

Emergency Late Start schedules are as follows (same as standard Student Late Arrival schedule):

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

AM Kindergarten and AM Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten and PM Early Childhood Classes - 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
All Day Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Elementary Schools

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

Middle Schools

Grades 6 to 8 - 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM

High School

Grades 9 to 12 - 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM After school activities and athletics could remain as scheduled, weather permitting. 

Out-of-District Programs

If out-of-district programs are in session, transportation will proceed as normal.\

Before/After School RecStation

The AM RecStation program will not be offered on late start days. The PM (after-school) RecStation hours will remain as scheduled on late start days.

Before School Programs

All before-school programs, including but not limited to, orchestra, band, choir, clubs, athletic practices or student activities will be cancelled on late start days.

Field Trips

Any field trip scheduled on the day of a late start will be cancelled as would be the procedure on days when school is cancelled for emergency reasons.

Technology Center of DuPage (TCD)

Due to the modified schedule, only PM TCD students will attend TCD.

Este es un recordatorio que la información de Inicio Tardío relacionada con emergencias (que sigue el horario habitual de llegadas tardías de los estudiantes) está disponible en el sitio web del Distrito 205 en Recursos -> Enlaces Rápidos -> Cierres de emergencia. También se publicará información más detallada en el sitio web del distrito y el sitio web de las escuelas afectadas. Aquí puede encontrar documentos en español acerca de los cierres de emergencia.


The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, beginning at 6:00 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following six categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school. Last year, over 250 students participated in the tournament.

All students who attend school in Elmhurst – public or private – are welcome to participate with the completion and submission of a signed permission slip and tournament fee of $3.00. All participants will receive a certificate; the top four in each category receive ribbons; and the tournament champions receive a trophy.

The annual Student Chess Tournament is organized by parent volunteers, many of whom coach chess clubs at their children’s schools. Contestants will compete within the rules, playing five timed matches each. Volunteer judging is performed by independent chess experts who are brought in for this event. Snacks and drinks will be donated and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 1st. Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slip and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 (cell) or khayats@yahoo.com


The 22nd Annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament will take place on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Commons area at York High School.

If your child is interested in participating, please print the tournament rules and return the permission slip no later than March 1st, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact Don Roubitchek at droubitc@yahoo.com



Box Tops collection would not be a success without your involvementPlease encourage your students to bring in Box Tops from now until February 16, 2018 (this will be the LAST collection date of the school year). Please send them to school in a ziploc bag marked with their student's grade level. The grade to collect the most Box Tops during that time will win Pajama Day and an extra recess!  Any questions, please contact Ann Rimington at annrimington@gmail.com

Enrollment: 496

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Hawthorne Mission

The mission of Hawthorne School is to provide an education that will enable students to achieve academic, interpersonal, and civic success.

Hawthorne School Improvement Plan 2017-2018

Please click here for Hawthorne School Improvement Plan 2017-2018


Morning Drop-Off Procedures

Please click here for more information regarding our Morning Drop-off Procedures.