Entries by Leslie Piotrowski

La Kermés: A Taste of Latin America

There was something for everyone at last Friday’s La Kermés, a Latin American carnival that the School of Dual Language has hosted for the past 15 years. Family members could sample a wide selection of dishes and desserts from Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The food choices included empanadas, elote (Mexican grilled corn), pozole, […]

Aprendiendo Jugando (AJ) Program Welcomes Special Guests

The School of Dual Language’s Aprendiendo Jugando (AJ) program welcomed some special guests yesterday, including Maureen Fishback and Rudy Albsmeyer from the Museum of Science and Industry and Justine Grosvenor from Takeda Pharmaceuticals. The guests watched the students as they conducted tests with rocks and minerals, and wrote down their findings in journals. The science […]

Making Vejigante Masks

The vejigante is a fantastic, colorful character introduced into carnival celebrations in Puerto Rico hundreds of years ago. It is still an important part of Puerto Rican culture today. Third-grade students in Ms. Watts class at the School of Dual Language are studying the Puerto Rican carnival. They, as well as other third-grade classes, crafted […]

Key to 73 Education Foundation Wants Your Input

Please assist the Key to 73 Education Foundation choose an inaugural gift for each Hawthorn school.  The Key to 73 Education Foundation was established to raise private sector funds to support the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan. In its first year, the foundation would like to present each school with a gift to be […]

Students Create Diego Rivera-inspired Mural

Fourth-grade students in Ms. Bautista’s class at the School of Dual Language painted images of their own faces last Friday. The images will be included in a large Diego Rivera-inspired mural that will hang outside of the classroom. Diego Rivera is one of the everyday heroes the class is currently studying.

Hawthorn School District 73 Schedules Community Engagement Meetings

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of community engagement meetings to discuss how to resolve the District’s space challenges. Currently, District 73 is at capacity and it is growing. The six meetings will include presentations by the Board of Education and opportunities for community members to […]

Message Regarding National School Walkouts

Dear Parents and Guardians: Today I reach out to you as a follow-up to my February 27th letter concerning the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. We continue to hold the victims and their families in our hearts and prayers. There is a national social media movement underway for students to protest […]

School Safety Update

All our thoughts recently have been about school safety and mourning the tragic deaths of the students in Florida. This has created important and difficult conversations surrounding violence in our society, and then the one that has always kept me up at night — keeping our students safe at school. This has always been true […]