Promoting Peace One Drawing at a Time
May 16th is National Drawing Day. Mrs. Boehm’s 2nd-grade class at Willlow School welcomed some special visitors to celebrate! Via the magic of technology, they met with a 2nd-grade class in Poway, California. Students in the two classes have been pen pals for a few weeks. Both classes are participating in Drawn to Peace, a program created by children’s author and illustrator Wendy Halperin, that teaches kids about people of history who promoted peace and spread goodwill. “Miss Wendy” led the students in a drawing lesson to illustrate today’s peace quote: “Hate is like a cut. Love is like a band-aid.”

NBC 5 Chicago was on hand to capture the cross-country collaboration. The broadcast is below.
District 153 Schools Raise More Than
$18,000 for Charities
Our big-hearted and generous students (and their loved ones) raised record amounts of money for two very worthy causes during the past few weeks.

All three schools participated in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients coin drive and the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge.

To support the fight against cancers, Willow School raised over $2,400; Churchill School over $3,100 and James Hart over $2,000.

In the fight against heart disease, Willow raised over $8,800 (!); Churchill over $2,000 and James Hart $250.

Job well done, District 153 families!
Top Individual Fundraisers for Leukemia and Lymphoma at Churchill School (L to R): 1st Place Makayla from Mrs. McGuire's class, over $800; 2nd Place Nick Heredia-Stauersboll from Ms. Hogan/Ms. Alborn's class, over $600; and 3rd Place Caliah Hutson from Mr. Brown's class, over $100.  
Volunteers in Our Schools Celebrated
Congratulations to Kim Mayton, recipient of this year’s Marge Kepes Outstanding Volunteer Award! (Pictured here in between PTA President Kaci Howard and Peg Brabec, representing Marge Kepes’ family.) Kim was honored at the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Homewood PTA on May 16th.

District 153 is profoundly grateful to Kim and to all the wonderful people who volunteer in our schools. 153 wouldn't be 153 without you!
Hart Welcomes Back Graduating Seniors
On May 24th, James Hart welcomed back over 100 Panther alumni (largest group ever!), all are graduating from high school in a few short days. Teachers greeted their former students with hugs and old stories. Some found the patch of hallway artwork they completed during their 8th-grade year. Others laughed over old yearbooks. For staff, it was so uplifting to hear about these impressive kids’ post high school plans. Good luck and continue to make us proud, James Hart Class of 2015!
Summer is Coming
Check out these two summer camp opportunities at James Hart
Returning student registrations will be accepted again JULY 1st.
New student registrations are being taken now and will continue to be taken throughout the summer.  

  • Monday, July 1 – resume accepting returning student registrations
  • Wednesday, July 24 – evening registration in the District Office, 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
Order Next Year's School Supplies Online with PTA
Upcoming Events
Saturday, May 25
The Maroon and Gold Jazz Bands kick-off the Homewood Farmer's Market season, Martin Ave between Ridge Rd and Chestnut Rd, 9:00 AM
Monday, May 27
No School: Memorial Day Holiday

James Hart Band and Chamber Orchestra perform in Homewood Memorial Day Parade and Service, 10:30 AM
Tuesday, June 4
8th-Grade Graduation, HF High School South Building Gym, 7:00 PM
Thursday, June 6
Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon, James Hart School
Friday, June 7
Last Day of School
Monday, June 10
School Board Meeting, JH Media Center, 7:00 PM
For a complete list of upcoming events, please check our website calendar.