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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

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

Mar 19-23 Jump Rope for Heart
Mar 20 PTA Meeting - 9:30 am (Old Gym)
Mar 26-30 Spring Break - No School
June 21 Kindergarten Playdates-Wilder Park 6:00-7:00 pm
July 18 Kindergarten Playdates-Wilder Park 6:00-7:00 pm
Aug 7 Kindergarten Playdates-Wilder Park 6:00-7:00 pm

2017-2018 Yearbooks - Purchase by April 16th

Hawthorne yearbooks are available for sale directly from TreeRing, click here. Yearbooks are $18 & will be delivered at the end of the school year.

To confirm your Yearbook purchase early in the school year via Revtrak, please review this list link. To confirm your TreeRing order, please log on & review your profile details. Please reach out to Kelly Hummel or Julie Leischner with any questions.

Jump Rope for Heart

Hawthorne School is promoting its annual “Jump Rope for Heart” event the week of March 19-23.  Jump Rope for Heart is sponsored by American Heart Association, the leader in fighting heart disease and stroke through research and education.  Event activities will take place during physical education classes. Students learn about heart healthy choices and practice jump rope skills during PE.  Jump Rope for Heart gives them an exciting opportunity to apply their skills while supporting awareness and the fundraising efforts of the AHA.  Here’s our school’s custom JRFH site:  http://www2.heart.org/goto/hawthornehawks

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

Shop and Support Hawthorne through Amazon Smiles!

It doesn't get any easier! Every time you go to shop, enter through this portal. Or cut & paste this address, http://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1935403.

Amazon is is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% through March 31st.



What you have been waiting for is almost here! The York ECO Club book sale starts Tuesday, April 3rd at 6PM in the York High School Commons. The sale will be open the rest of the week before school and during every lunch period. There are hundreds of boxes of books for you to choose from. Hardcover books are $1 each and paperback books are 50 cents each. Be sure to shop early, because there are many treasures to be found!


The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament was held at York High School on March 7, 2018. This year’s contest attracted 262 pre-registered players and meant another record turnout, with 242 sign-ins to compete.

Again this year, members of the York Chess Team assisted on the tournament floor. Organizers Chris and Debbie Khayat thank all of the parent volunteers, the judges (who do not have students in our community), food support team, technical support team, teachers and parents who supported these school clubs with their time.

Ranking in top positions for 2018 were:

2nd Grade:

1st Place: Emmett Carroll, Visitation
2nd Place: Sarah Abraham, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Merritt Stolzenbach, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Samuel Scarlett, Immanuel Lutheran

3rd Grade:

1st Place: Nicholas Stangarone, Visitation
2nd Place: Gage Jacobs, Edison Elementary
3rd Place: Ben Ellens, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Anthony Carroccio, Visitation

4th Grade:

1st Place: Lukas Alexander, Lincoln Elementary
2nd Place: Hunter Sepanich, Jackson Elementary
3rd Place: Kevin Wheeler, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Daniel Davies, Edison Elementary

5th Grade:

1st Place (tied): Brendan Carroll, Visitation
1st Place (tied): Grant Huckabee, Jefferson Elementary
2nd Place: Nathan Arcos, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Patrick McGrail, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Jake Wede, Visitation

Middle School:

1st Place: Elliot Mathew, Timothy Christian, 6th Grade 
2nd Place: John Dietz, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade 
3rd Place: Trent Parker, Bryan Middle School, 6th Grade
4th Place: Zack Fidrocki, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade




The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Summer Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th - 8th grade band and orchestra students and all current 6th - 8th grade choir students to continue practicing in an ensemble during the summer. Consistent, regular practice during the summer helps students to retain and reinforce concepts and skills that they have learned during the school year and helps them continue to learn and grow as young musicians.

  • Summer Band and Orchestra for current elementary students will run June 4 through June 29 at Sandburg Middle School. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday mornings. Each rehearsal is one hour. The final performances will be on Friday morning, June 29 at Sandburg Middle School.
  • Summer Band, Orchestra, and Choir for current middle school students will run June 4 – July 6 at York High School from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Band and Orchestra rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Choir rehearsals will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. There will be no rehearsals on July 3rd and 4th. The final performance will be on Friday, July 6 at York High School.
  • The registration fee for all levels is $92.00. The fee includes a Summer Music Program T shirt.
  • Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band at no additional cost.
  • Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost.

The Dist. 205 Summer Music Program welcomes students who will be on vacation for some rehearsals and/or participate in other summer activities. Students who can only attend part of the summer program are still strongly encouraged to register and attend as often as they can! Students who practice during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band, orchestra, and choir. We strongly encourage your child to participate as much as they are able!

Please see the attached summer music program description for more detailed course information, rehearsal times, and registration options. If you have questions, please contact Brian Berg (bberg@elmhurst205.org) or your child's band or orchestra director.

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program will open on Monday, March 19, 2018. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore at this link. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 4, 2018.


Members of the District 205 Community Advisory Team (CAT) have been chosen and notified. With more than 125 applicants for a 30-member committee, the selection process was extremely difficult. We are grateful that so many residents are willing to help D205 in this important work!

A rubric was used to make sure that every school was represented, along with as many stakeholder groups as possible. The number of members was expanded from 25 to 33. We will be seeking to engage the remaining 93 applicants in other meaningful ways as the journey continues.

CAT members will be asked to:

  • Ensure that messages and materials related to the MFP are clear and easy-to-understand
  • Help anticipate and provide representative community questions and concerns
  • Offer suggestions to make sure the District is using every opportunity to reach stakeholders

While the CAT will assist the D205 administration with crafting clear communications for the community, it will not make decisions regarding the draft plan, as all community feedback will carry equal value and weight. The District plans to offer many opportunities for parents, staff and the community to weigh in on the Master Facility Plan.

The first CAT planning meeting will be on Monday, March 19. Please note that this is not a public meeting.


What is a PLC? In District 205, PLCs play an important role in promoting student growth and building the capacity of our teachers. But what is a PLC and what is its function?

PLC stands for Professional Learning Community. PLCs are designed to ensure high levels of teacher collaboration focused on student learning. They can take many forms. Examples include ensuring that teachers of the same grade level or subject area, as well as instructional coaches, special education teachers and support staff, have time to analyze assessment data, share best practices for success, and plan for future learning.

PLC groups meeting during student late arrival days, institute days and also during the school day at various times throughout the week.

Watch the video below, and let our teachers show you how PLCs are utilized in D205 schools. 




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.


Annual PI Day Recital

Hawthorne's 7th Annual Pi Recital happened Wednesday, March 14th. This year, nearly 100 students in grades K-5 stretched their brains and tried to memorize MANY digits of Pi (3.1415926535...), which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th (3/14).

This year, over 80 students recited 20 digits (or more) and will be recognized by the International Pi Registry, located in Germany. The top 14 reciters each memorized over 80 digits! Laina Drabic, a 2nd grader, came on strong with a school high of 206 digits recited! Rounding out the top 14 are Kailin Mendiola (201), Saveen Shah (197), Michael Dorko (151), Alexa Klein (144), Libby Donaldson (136), Jaiden Shah (136), Owen Drabic (126), Matthew Lizak (123), Stella Rosso (121), Jamie Fulco (117), Evan Carry (107), Ali Zainulabideen (88), and Nico Cortez (82).

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

Click here to download the 2018 reciters list from Hawthorne.

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Hawthorne Hawk Squawk Newspaper

Hawthorne Hawk Squawk newspaper is written by 5th graders here at Hawthorne.



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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

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Accessing Report Cards on Powerschool

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Morning Drop-Off Procedures

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