School Messenger 10/16/2020

October 16, 2020

Hello Dual Families, 

Here are important items of information for you. 

Library Books

If your child would like to request library books, please do so by Thursday, October 22 at 9:00 pm. The books will then be in your child’s Take Home bag when you come to pick it up on Monday, October 29th. 

For Kindergarten-2nd grades, please use this link:  DL Library Book Request form

For 3rd-5th grades, please use this link:  DL Book Request for Grades 3-5


On October 20th, you will receive your  child’s midterm progress report via email or mail. Each year, our teachers complete these reports mid-way through our first trimester to share information about key concepts in core content areas and provide you with information about your child’s progress. Please know that midterm progress reports are only one communication tool used in Hawthorn District 73. If you have any questions about your child’s report, please do not hesitate to connect with your child’s teacher.

Virtual Conferences

Please be on the lookout for conference sign ups from your child’s classroom teacher next week.   Conferences will take place virtually on Monday, November 23 from 3:00-8:00pm and Tuesday, November 24 from 8:00am-10:00am.  

MAP Reports

NWEA MAP Scores are now posted in PowerSchool Vault for students in grades 2-5 (PowerSchool Vault is an online document management system within PowerSchool).  Please see the email sent from the district regarding accessing those reports.  If you would like a printed copy of your child’s report, please email or call our main office at 847.990.4901.

Supply Bags

The next supply bag pick up is Thursday, October 29th. The process for this pick up will be the same as the late September pick up. Please be sure to put your child’s name and teacher on a large paper in the front of your windshield.  Please bring the September pick up bag with you and we will exchange it for a new bag filled with essential instructional materials.  Here is the schedule for pick up:

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Open to any family

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Student last names A-E

9:30 -11:00 a.m. Student last names F-L

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Open to any family

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Student last names M-R

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Student last names S-Z

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Open to any family

Zoom and Technology Updates

Now that we are mid-way through our first trimester and time has been provided for families to prepare and adjust home learning spaces, all students are expected to turn their video on when participating in Zoom Rooms. This allows us to better assess student engagement, understanding, and well-being. We understand and  appreciate that virtual backgrounds or other backdrops used in the home may support some, but not all privacy needs. If you or your child have a concern, question, or need support creating a remote learning space, please connect with me. If your child does not already use video during synchronous instruction, please help to ensure readiness by October 26th. Thank you!

As a reminder, we have upgraded our staff to Zoom EDU accounts to enhance the remote learning environment. This upgrade will require that students log in to Zoom calls with their Hawthorn Google account. The steps needed to do this are included in this document: “Zoom Update for Students” | “Actualización de Zoom para estudiantes.” This document also includes the starting dates when the student login requirement begins, which may be different depending on your child’s grade level.

Families needing technology support before, during, or after the school day are encouraged to access our Student Technology FAQ. Families may also contact our Instructional Technology Department at or 847-990-4239. Families may wish to bookmark or print our technology support flyer. A Zoom Home Help Guide is available for families in English and Español.

Have a fabulous weekend!  

Important Dates to Remember: 

•October 20-Midterm grades will be sent via email/mail

•October 29- Supply Bag Pick Up

•October 30-PTO Halloween Classroom Parties-2:30pm