Help Plan Our Spring Fundraiser ✋🏽

We're kicking off planning for this year's event on Friday, March 8, and it takes a village! Exciting updates are already under way, including plans for a new event name. Contact our co-chairs with questions or to learn more about volunteer opportunities:

Kristy Patterson:
Lauren Lopez:

Save the Date: HSA Holiday Fair ❄️

We're excited for this annual event! See the flyer for details.

Looking for a dinner plan that night? We've teamed up with Blaze Pizza 🍕 on Belmont (953 w Belmont), who will give 20% back to Hawthorne on orders placed from 4-8 pm that evening!

Choose to dine-in or call for pickup (773-536-1397); be sure to mention you are with Hawthorne Scholastic Academy before placing your order.

Holiday helpers needed please! We are looking for volunteers to help set up, serve, man our zero waste stations and clean up on the 14th. We also need dessert donations for the Sweets Spot Game.


12/6   PTA General Meeting
12/14   PTA Holiday Fair and Book Fair

12/22-1/5   No School: ​Winter Break

New This Year: Eco-Friendly Craft Contest

As HSA works to launch our zero waste program, we encourage student crafters to make an impact using eco-friendly materials for their holiday fair crafts. Get creative and use recycled materials, or check out the links below for some inspo. The winner of the most sustainable holiday craft will take home a special prize and get a PTA newsletter shoutout!

Interested students can enter here: Eco-Friendly Craft Contest SignupPlease note: This entry form is separate from signup; students need to fill out both!

During the craft fair, the judges will come by to see their craft, and the winner will be announced by December 17th!

Idea Links
Coach: Have a Wasty Holiday
Sustainable Jungle: Sustainable Crafts

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Note From the New HSA Neurodiverse Caregivers Group  📝

We are launching our HSA Neurodiverse Caregivers Group! The group's mission is to celebrate the unique minds of neurodiverse individuals, create a community within Hawthorne where they can thrive, and provide a supportive space for parents, siblings, caregivers, and HSA staff. 

If you are interested in learning more or joining, please complete the Google form below or email Jessica Gagle ( or Amy Nussbaum (

Neurodiverse Caregivers Group Interest Form​

HSA's Annual Chicago Bulls Outing 🏀
Looking for a holiday gift idea for your kiddos? Join Hawthorne friends in cheering for the Chicago Bulls as they play the New York Knicks on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Note that April 10th is a no-school day, so don't miss this fun outing! 

Tickets are $38 (300 level tickets). Quantities are limited, so order soon!

Back this year: 30 lucky kids will have a chance to stand in front of a player during the National Anthem. Only 30 spots available; each raffle ticket is $15 (all proceeds go to Hawthorne's PTA). 

Follow these 2 simple steps to order your tickets and enter the optional raffle:

  1. Complete this form: HSA x Bulls 2024 Outing
  2. Pay via Zelle or PayPal using the "Donate" button above (with “Bulls” in the memo).

Celebrate a birthday, graduation, game win or anything else related to the school or its students with a $25 marquee message! Follow these 2 steps to submit a request and pay:

  1. Fill out the request form HERE 
  2. Pay via Zelle to:​ OR use the PayPal button below:

Metropolis Coffee Fundraiser Is On ☕
This awesome annual fundraiser has returned, which gives 40% of purchases back to HSA! Check out the festive menu options below, including our signature Hurricanes blend, perfect for gift giving. To order:

  • Enter your order in the Metropolis Coffee Fundraiser Google Doc HERE
  • Pay via Zelle ( or PayPal using the "Donate" button on this PTA home page (add "Metropolis" in the memo) 

Coffee sales close on Wednesday, Dec 6th. Orders can be picked up at the Holiday Fair on Dec 14th. Reach out to Emily Casey with questions.

Marquee Message

Sign Up for the Student Craft Fair!
How it works: For a $10 donation (given to charity, organization TBD), students can set up a table and sell their handmade crafts (no food please) set at their own prices. The PTA will sell $1 tickets for buyers to use as payment so that students won't need to exchange money. After the event, students take the tickets they have collected to our PTA Treasurer to receive the money they have earned!

See the flyer below for details. Scan the QR code or click here to sign up: 



Zero Waste Lunchroom Pilot: Help Needed ♻️
HSA is piloting a Zero Waste Lunchroom program for grades 3-8, and we're looking for volunteers to help. Click the link below to learn more and to sign up to help:

HSA Zero Waste Lunchroom Volunteer Signup

Note: Parents must be a Level One volunteer. Questions? Contact Sarah Farrell.