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Dear Hawthorn Middle North Parents and Guardians:

We hope you and your family are safe and well.  We are thankful for all that you do!  We are wishing you and your family a relaxing and rejuvenation Thanksgiving Break!  There is no school for students from Tuesday, November 24th through Friday, November 27th.  Remote Learning resumes on Monday, November 30th.

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Here are updates and reminders:

  • IMPORTANT:  REGISTRATION for REMOTE or HYBRID LEARNING
    • During the Board of Education meeting on November 12th, our hybrid model was approved for students participating in third through eighth grade self-contained special education and students in kindergarten through eighth grade general education. Hybrid learning provides students with both in-person and remote instruction. Specific details related to our district’s hybrid learning model for students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade general education and third through eighth grade self-contained special education are available in English and Español.  Please note that the hybrid plan for students enrolled in early childhood, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten through second grade self-contained special education was approved during the October 15th Board of Education meeting, and details were shared at that time.
    • Although there is not a  definitive timeline for a return to in-person instruction, the district sent this letter to all families on November 16th. The letter asks parents/guardians to complete a learning option form by November 30th. Please log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and complete one form per child, indicating an enrollment choice of either hybrid or remote. 
  • Attendance:
    • Students are expected to attend all Zoom Room classes on their schedule each day. 
  • If your child is not able to:
    • Attend a class
    • Is late to a class
    • Will be absent for the entire day and/or a portion of the day
    • Please call 847-990-4400 and press 1 for the attendance line
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences:
  • Have you signed up for your 2020 Parent Teacher Conference?  Teachers sent out information regarding scheduling on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.  Check your email!   Click here for the parent letter sent on October 20, 2020.  Times are just about filled up! 
  • Trimester I Report Cards:
    • The end of Trimester 1 is Monday, November 30th. Reports cards and progress reports for Trimester 1 will be posted to students’ PowerSchool accounts on Wednesday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m.
  • Take-Home Bags:
    • Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 is the next pick-up day for take-home bags.  Click here for library information.
      • 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Open to any
      • 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Student last names A – E
      • 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Student last names F – L
      • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Open to any
      • 1:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m. – Student last names M – R
      • 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Student last names S – Z
      • 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Open to any
    • Please click here and follow the traffic pattern that is in yellow.
    • Please write your student’s name and grade on a piece of paper. Ensure it is written large enough for a staff member to read through your vehicle window. You will place this paper in your window for the staff to see.
  • Key to 73 Hawthorn Education Foundation:
    • The Key to 73 Foundation is making an impact on our community.  Please help support our community during the pandemic. Thank you!
  • Social Emotional Support and Community Resources:
    • Hawthorn District 73 is committed to ensuring the physical, social, and emotional health of all students. All students begin each day in an extended morning meeting or advisory session to support continued relationship building with their classmates and teacher. All students also participate in weekly social emotional learning lessons to build skills related to emotional management, problem solving, peer relationships, and more. 
    • Our social workers are an important resource for both students and parents, and serve as a liaison to community agencies that provide shelter and housing support, food pantries, mental health services, and more. A list of community resources is available for our families here. The contact information for our district social workers and psychologists is available here
    • Hawthorn School District 73 also offers Text-A-Tip for anyone in our community needing emotional support. Text-A-Tip provides anonymous support by licensed counselors 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The service may also be used if you have concerns about a friend or loved one, and need support in getting them help. Simply text your message to 1-844-823-5323 and type “HELLO.”  
    • Additionally, the Lake County Health Department’s Crisis Care Program offers a free, confidential hotline for anyone experiencing a mental crisis or substance use issue. Call  (847) 377-8088 or visit 3002 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois for in-person counselors. Community members wishing to speak with a counselor can call or walk in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
  • Do you need help?:
  • Please reach out to your child’s teachers.
  • Please reach out to us.
  • Visit the Middle School North website by clicking here.
  • Call our main office at 847-990-4400.
  • 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 techsupport@hawthorn73.org 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
  • Please review our district Remote Learning Family Handbook in English and Espanol.
  • Twitter:  
  • Hawthorn Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO):
    • Back by popular demand the PTO is reopening the Spirit wear sale.  You have until November 22nd to purchase items.  Please click here for more information.  
    • Please click here for the online book fair information.  
    • Please click here for more PTO information.  

Sincerely,

Robert J Collins – Principal

Jenna Stern – Assistant Principal