Author Talks with Students

Author Talks About the Power of Reading

Children’s book author Sherri Duskey Rinker talked about the magical power of reading when she visited Townline Elementary/School of Dual Language on Monday. Presenting to all first grade students at the schools, she talked about how her grandmother inspired her to read, and how reading to her children inspired her to write children’s books. Her published books include “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” and “Tiny and the Big Dig”.

students in jerseys

Pasta for Pennies Fundraiser

Students wore jerseys to school on Thursday in connection with Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language’s participation in Pasta for Pennies.  This fundraiser is raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest nonprofit fighting blood cancer. Each day has a particular theme, from pajama day to superhero day, in which students can dress up and have fun.  The classroom that raises the most money will receive a free Olive Garden pasta party.  The classroom winner will be announced on Friday, March 22.

students in jerseys
students reading

For Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Two Schools Read for 20 Minutes

On Thursday, all students and staff at Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language stopped and read from 9:20 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. to recognize and celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

 

art students

Making Sunflower Bowls

Mrs. Smith, an art teacher at Townline Elementary, showed fifth-grade students how to take a drab slab of clay and transform it into a colorful sunflower bowl.

Children in classroom

Classes Take Part in Language/Cultural Exchange

Spanish and English speaking students are learning from each other at the School of Dual Language and Townline. Mrs. Bolender’s second-grade class at Townline visited Ms. Naughton’s second-grade class at the School of Dual Language to learn some basic Spanish sounds. The Townline students wanted to learn how to say the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. It is a tradition that Dual Language classes recite the Pledge of Allegiance in English and Spanish, while Townline recites it in English. Mrs. Bolender’s class will now be able to recite the pledge in English and Spanish. Kudos to Mrs. Bolender and her students for wanting to branch out and learn the pledge in Spanish! And, Ms. Naughton’s students were impressed to learn that Mrs. Bolender’s students speak other languages at home, such as Korean, Russian, and Cambodian.

performance

Students Shine at Concert

The orchestra concert performed by students at Townline, the School of Dual Language and Elementary North on February 7 was fabulous. The fourth and fifth graders showed their music skills.

Dr. Haack

Townline Receives Grant

Townline Elementary received a donation of $1000 from Exxon Mobil/Bucky’s Mobil for its Science Olympiad/STEM program.

Students move from station to station.

Townline Holds a Book Tasting

Third-grade  classrooms at Townline Elementary attended a tasting event last week. But rather than tasting food, the students tasted a wide variety of books. The goal was for students to sample different genres (such as science fiction, biography, and fantasy) they were less familiar with to expand their reading horizons. Cook Memorial Public Library, Aspen Drive Library and Townline Elementary’s library provided the books. Students moved from one station to the next, learning about the genres from staff and volunteers.

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Take the 5Essentials Parent Survey

Students, parents and teachers across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the seventh annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey between now and Feb. 15.  The survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your student’s school and gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes. Additionally, Hawthorn District 73 has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplemental survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your student’s school and guide improvement. To take the survey, please visit the 5Essentials Survey webpage and select the appropriate survey to begin.

Survey logo

Take the 5Essentials Parent Survey

Students, parents and teachers across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the seventh annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey between now and Feb. 15.  The survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your student’s school and gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes. Additionally, Hawthorn District 73 has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplemental survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your student’s school and guide improvement. To take the survey, please visit the 5Essentials Survey webpage and select the appropriate survey to begin.