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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

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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

August 24 Curriculum Night:

K-1 @ 6:30-7:00
2-3 @ 6:00-6:30
4-5 @ 5:30-6:00
REACH @ 6:00-6:30
Specials Teachers @ 5:30-7:00

August 26 Hot Dog Day
September 5 No School-Labor Day
September 8 Picture Day
September 12 Walk, Jog, Run Club begins
September 14 Late Arrival



District 205 elementary schools are seeking caring, out-going individuals to serve as lunch and playground supervisors. The main job duties are to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students can eat, play and socialize in positive and productive ways. Expectations include the development of professional relationships with students, as well as teaching and reinforcing the behavioral expectations for the playground, lunchroom and transitions in between. Effective communication and management strategies are required to be successful in this position. This role functions as a part of a team of staff members who support students.

Regular daily hours for the position involve one two-hour shift (to be determined by each building) on all full school days when students are in attendance. The rate of pay for a lunchroom supervisor is $13.31 per hour. Lead lunch supervisors are paid $15.19 per hour. For more information or to complete an application, visit www.elmhurst205.org/employment.



The City of Elmhurst is now hiring part-time School Crossing Guards. Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the 2016-17 school year. Lead a safe environment for our children and become a staff member of the Elmhurst Police Department.

The safety of our school children is a concern for the City of Elmhurst, District 205 school personnel, all parents and citizens. Training and safety equipment are provided. Applications may be obtained at the Elmhurst Police Department, 125 E. First St, Elmhurst, IL or interested candidates may apply online at 
this link. Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check and pre-employment drug screen/physical. The City of Elmhurst is an equal opportunity employer.



The Elmhurst District 205 Board of Education recently confirmed the promotion of Ryan Doherty to Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at York Community High School. Prior to serving as English Department chair for two years at York, Mr. Doherty taught in the English Department and chaired the Theatre Department at Metea Valley High School, helping to open the new Indian Prairie District 204 school in August of 2009. He also served as an English teacher and department liaison at Waubonsie Valley High School in District 204 from 2001 to 2009.

A former professional musical theatre actor, Doherty holds a BA in Vocal Performance/Musical Theatre from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1993); a BA in English Education from Northern Illinois University (2001); and a Masters in Educational Administration from Aurora University (2006). He is pursuing a Master of Science from the University of St. Francis to become a Reading Specialist. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher in English/Language Arts.Ryan Doherty.JPG

“It is with tremendous respect and great pride that I welcome Ryan Doherty to our York administrative team,” said York Principal Erin DeLuga. “Ryan has experienced an incredible educational journey leading him to York High School and District 205 two years ago. In that short time, he led an already visionary English department through continued growth and excellence. I have absolutely no doubt that he is ready to expand his talents across the entire school. Ryan's self-reflective ability, keen perception, thoughtful approach to instructional change, humble leadership, and sense of humor have already become more than apparent. Please join me in congratulating Ryan.”

Earlier this summer, the Board of Education confirmed Tim Riordan as the Assistant Principal for Hawthorne and Lincoln Elementary Schools, a newly created position. Hawthorne and Lincoln are the two largest elementary schools in District 205.

A second career educator, Mr. Riordan comes to Elmhurst District 205 from East Maine School District 63, where he has taught at Melzer Elementary School since August of 2012. He also served as an administrative intern and the facilitator of Melzer’s Building Leadership Team last school year, leading teacher teams in the use of qualitative and quantitative data to monitor and support the academic, social and emotional growth of students.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University (2011) and a Masters in Education Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (2016). He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

“Tim brings a wealth of knowledge regarding best instructional practice,” noted Hawthorne Principal Nikki Tammaru. “He is not only well read, but also has experience putting those best practices in place in the classroom. As we begin our Eureka math pilot, he will be integral in assisting teachers, because he has taught the program for three years. Hawthorne is excited to welcome him to our team.”


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Lincoln Principal Kathleen Tomei said, “Lincoln is also excited to welcome Tim to our team. His experience integrating high-leverage instructional strategies into teaching will prove invaluable as we work to provide our students with high-quality learning experiences. His experience in multiple grade levels, instructional coaching, and the Eureka math program couldn't be more timely. Tim has already proven to be a valuable addition to our learning community.”

For three weeks this summer, Mr. Riordan served as the co-coordinator of summer school at Conrad Fischer Elementary School, along with Principal Jane Bailey.



Outdoor Classroom Pictures

Outdoor Classroom News

Henry Hawk has been flying high above the Outdoor Classroom and has great news to report. The Hawthorne Students and their teachers have been busy cleaning, planting and learning in the natural setting. The 2nd graders were busy planting their early spring crops of salad ingredients. While the weather didn't really cooperate, some success with different lettuces was had. See the happy faces as they ate their greens on Salad Day last week. Now planting for stew vegetables will take place and hopefully be ready in the fall when the 2nd graders are 3rd graders.

On May 16th, our Outdoor Classroom designer, Mrs. Denise Sandoval of Good-Natured Landscapes, came back to assist Mrs. Graff's, Mrs. Behrend's, Mrs. Nowak's and Mrs. Herward's students as they rejuvenated the garden. They cleaned up weeds and brush from the flower beds without pulling out the native plants. They filled in two new raised beds with Hawthorne compost and dirt and readied them for planting. Pond rock was replaced where water drains from the playground. New signs were placed in the flower beds to identify the native plants. The space looks fantastic.  

Special thanks to the Boy Scout troop that worked last weekend on refurbishing our log benches. It is hard to believe that they were put in place when we dedicated the space and they have held up pretty well since then. Now they are coated and ready to last a few more years.

Have you seen the new informational signs that have been installed in various spots around the space? The first graders enjoyed learning additional information about butterflies when they sent their Painted Ladies out into the world. 

As we all begin to think about summer, our thoughts turn to caring for the garden during the summer. Henry the Hawk is hoping that Hawthorne families will volunteer to take a week this summer to help keep down the weed population. Can't do a whole week, invite another family to share the week with you. We have pictures to reference when pulling weeds!  Please contact Mrs. Hochleutner or Mrs. Lindstrom soon!

Many 5th grade parents who have assisted in a variety of ways in the Outdoor Classroom are leaving for middle school. Thanks to each of you for your support and assistance with this giant endeavor. And most of all, a special thank you to Mrs. Stacey Burns and Mrs. Lisa Gerhold-Dirks for their endless energy and endless hours of work. They were a part of the committee that has been working on this dream for the past 6 years. The space started with red tulips, a tree and a weather station and has certainly blossomed into a rich learning space for the children of Hawthorne, present and future, to enjoy. If you see them, please extend a special thank you.

Well, that's about all for now.  Parents, do you want to be a part of the Outdoor ClassroomCommittee next year? If so, send an e-mail to Mrs. Lindstrom. We would love to have you be a part of our group.

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