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Principal’s Corner 4-2-14

Posted April 3rd, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner
Greetings Hale Community!
 
We have a few attachments this week including the Hotline. Please read the information below about some upcoming events!
 
Parent 5Essentials Survey Reminder
If you have not already taken the 5Essentials Survey, please read the attached letter for more information. We will not receive results unless at least 30 percent of our parents take the survey, so we would truly appreciate your feedback and time. Parent Survey letter 2014
 
Multicultural Event
The District 54 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council, the Department of Language and Culture and the Schaumburg Park District will once again host A Garden of Diversity: A Multicultural Event for District 54 families and community members. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center on Saturday, April 5th from 11:30 until 2:30. Please see the attached form for more information. MultiCultural Flyer-2014
 
Science Fair
As a reminder, our Science Fair is April 10th. It is always a great event! I cannot wait to see all the of the amazing science projects our students have created. Please see the attached schedule of events for this day especially for students who are participating in the Science Fair.  Science Fair Parents 2014
 
Have a great rest of the week!
 
April 7th-11th Autism Awareness Week
April 10th Science Fair
April 18th No School
 
Julie Gluff
Principal

Hard Lock Down Drill

Posted April 3rd, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner
Greetings Hale Community!
 
Happy Wednesday! We hope you have been able to enjoy some of the nice weather. We are thrilled to have students back from spring break.
 
Today we practiced one of our safety drills with our students and representatives from the Schaumburg Police Department. A Hard Lock Down Drill is a drill in which an announcement is made and students and teachers move to a safe place in the classroom. The police officers commented multiple times how well our drill went. We want to thank the Hale staff, not only do they work tirelessly each and every day to plan high quality lessons for students, they also diligently study and practice our safety drills. We are very impressed with our staff members and students for remaining calm and practicing our lock down drill as we have taught them.
 
Later this evening, I will be sending out our weekly Hotline and additional information on upcoming events. Please look for it this evening.
 
Have a great day!
 
Julie Gluff
Principal

Principal’s Corner 3-19-14

Posted March 30th, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner
Greetings Hale Community!
It was nice to see sunshine today and feel some warmer temperatures. With spring break next week, it will be nice for children to hopefully get outside and enjoy the weather!  We look forward to their return to school on March 31st.
5 Essentials Parent Survey
Please read the attached letter regarding the 5 Essentials Survey. As parents, you can begin taking the survey today at http://Illinois.5-essentials.org, and can take a survey for each school where you have a child (early childhood through high school). However, the state does ask that only one parent per household take the survey. We want to reach our goal of having at least 30 percent of our parents participate in this survey. Computers will be made available if you would like to take the survey at school. Parents can take the survey anytime from now until April 25, 2014. We thank you in advance for your feedback.
March 21- Spring Break begins at the end of the day
March 31- School Resumes
Have a great break!
Julie Gluff
Principal

Jump Rope for Heart Total

Posted March 6th, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner

We are proud to announce that February’s Jump Rope for Heart event raised $1232 for the American Heart Association.  This was a wonderful event because our students took an interest in two things:  heart health and helping others.  Thank you to all the families, relatives, and friends who supported our students in their fund-raising efforts.  Remember to keep your heart healthy by eating right and getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

Thank you,
Mr. Bykerk
Nathan Hale Physical Education

ISAT News

Posted March 6th, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner
Greetings Hale Community!
 
I hope you are enjoying yet another wintery weekend. March has certainly come in like a lion! Hopefully, you are staying warm. As you know, state testing begins this week for Grades 3-6. We had a “rockin’” assembly on Friday to recognize our students. Students had a great time as they watched staff perform in a skit, participated in a rap, and listened to Mr. Kelly jam on his guitar! Some staff and students even dressed up as rockstars! We are proud of all how hard our students have worked, and we are confident that they will “Rock the ISATs!”
 
Here is the testing schedule:
Monday, March 3rd: Grades 3, 5, 6, Reading Test 1 and Math Test 1
Tuesday, March 4th: Grades 3, 5, 6, Reading Test 2 and Math Test 2
Wednesday, March 5th: Grades 3, 5, 6, Reading Test 3 and Math Test 3
Thursday, March 6th: Grade 4 Reading Test 1 and Math Test 1
Friday, March 7th: Grade 4 Science Test 1
Monday, March 10th: Grade 4 Reading Test 2 and Math Test 2
Tuesday, March 11th: Grade 4 Reading 3 and Math 3
Wednesday, March 12th: Grade 4 Science Test 2
Thursday, March 13th:Test Make-ups as needed
Friday, March 14th: Test Make-ups as needed
 
 
We know students are ready to take the new ISAT, which is 100% aligned to the Common Core State Standards. As we walk through classrooms at all grade levels, we are constantly amazed at how well our students are able to show what they know. They have the knowledge and skills to perform well!
 
There are a few things you can do at home to help your child:
 
  • Make sure your child gets enough sleep. Research shows that children in elementary school need 9 to 10 hours of sleep every night so they will be well-rested and able to think more clearly.
  • Provide a nutritious breakfast for your child each morning, including protein to prolong energy levels. A small snack will be provided for students as something extra.
  • Arrive at school every day by 8:30 so your child won’t have a rushed start to the day. Testing will begin at 8:45. If your child is late, he/she will not be able to enter the classroom and will miss taking the first test with his/her classmates.
  • Unless your child is ill, please make sure they come to school. Make-ups will be done at a later date most likely in an office or open classroom and will not take place in a child’s own classroom. It may be an unfamiliar environment for your child.
  • Maintain a positive and supportive attitude! We believe in your children, so let them know you believe in them, too!
We can’t wait to see students “Rock the ISATs!” Have a great week!
 
Julie Gluff

Principal’s Corner 2-26-14

Posted February 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner

Greetings Hale Community!

I hope you are having a great week!  Please enjoy this week’s Hotline.

General PTA Meeting
There will be a short, general PTA meeting, at 5:55PM, 5 minutes before the start of the first 3/4 grade concert on February 27th. PTA will be voting on the general membership representatives for the nominating committee. Please attend if you can!

State Assessment
We are beginning to prepare for the Illinois Standard Achievement Test for students in grades 3rd-6th. The assessment window is from March 3rd – 14th. It is essential that students are present at school during this time. Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments or vacations.

Have a great week!

February 27- 3/4 Music Concert
February 28 – Mardi Gras Foundation Event
March 4- Report Cards go home

Julie Gluff

Principal’s Corner 2-19-14

Posted February 21st, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner
Greetings Hale Community!
Thank you again for your understanding today as our parking spaces were limited.  It was helpful that some vehicles did not enter the lot and parked offsite.  Thankfully the weather cooperated!  Again, safety is most important.  Please remember that there is only one entrance and one exit to our parking lot.  If the entrance is blocked by barricades and cones that means that the parking lot is closed. Buses are allowed to enter as they need to pick up students.  Other vehicles may not enter until the barricades are removed.   Com Ed finished up this evening, so tomorrow we should be back to our typical parking situation!
General PTA Meeting
There will be a short, general PTA meeting, at 5:55PM, 5 minutes before the start of the first 3/4 grade concert on February 27th.  PTA will be voting on the general membership representatives for the nominating committee. Please attend if you can!
State Assessment We are beginning to prepare for the Illinois Standard Achievement Test for students in grades 3rd-6th. The assessment window is from March 3rd – 14th. It is essential that students are present at school during this time. Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments or vacations.
Please click on the link for the latest addition of the hotline.  Hotline2.19.14
Have a great week!
February 27- 3/4 Music Concert
February 28 – Mardi Gras Foundation Event
March 4-  Report Cards go home
Julie Gluff
Principal

Parking Lot Info for Wednesday February 19th

Posted February 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner

Good morning-

I hope that you are enjoying the warmer weather!   I wanted to pass along some information in regards to our parking lot today.  Last night, we had a power outage at Hale.  We are working off a generator today so it appears as a typical day inside.  Students are learning and teachers are teaching just like any other day! 

You will notice that we have some Com Ed trucks in our parking lot as they work to resolve the issue.  We anticipate them being here all day. The back row of the parking lot is blocked off and will most likely remain blocked off at dismissal time as well.  I know that parents park in the back row closest to Wise Road at dismissal time and will not be able to today.  I strongly encourage you to park in the neighborhood today and not enter the lot if possible.  Although the lot will not be completely closed, there will be very limited parking spaces available.  We will be closing the lot a few minutes earlier to make sure there are no back-ups for our buses.  The lot will be closed closer to 2:15 today.    We understand that this may be a bit of an inconvenience and really appreciate your cooperation.   If you do park in the lot, please understand that it will take additional time for cars to exit since there will only be one lane for exiting the lot.

Again, thank you for understanding.  As always, we want to make sure that student safety is a priority.  Closing off the lot will help reduce movement in the lot and will help make sure buses are able to enter/exit the lot for students.   I wanted to you give advanced notice so you can plan accordingly. As a reminder, students who are walkers or car riders exit through the back of the building at Door 5.  Only busers exit through the front doors.  Please call the main office if you have questions about your child’s dismissal.

(847) 357-6200

Thank you!

Julie Gluff
Principal

Principal’s Corner 2-12-14

Posted February 12th, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner
Greetings Hale Community!
I hope this early edition of the Hotline finds you well!  As a reminder, Wednesday, February 12th is a half-day of school.  Students will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m.  Kindergarteners do not have school this day.
Arrival and Dismissal
You may have noticed the Schaumburg Police Department observing traffic patterns this morning at arrival time.  We appreciate the time they take to observe traffic flow, especially during school hours.  We received very positive feedback about our current drop-off system.  In fact, they noted that our system is actually one of the best they have seen.  Thank you for driving carefully in the parking lot and helping make arrival and dismissal safe for our students.  Pulling up as far up as possible in the drop-off lane at arrival helps to alleviate any potential back-ups as vehicles enter the lot.  Staff members are by the drop-off lane to help students exit vehicles and guide vehicles to pull all the way forward as possible.  It is helpful when you have your child ready to exit the vehicle on the  passenger side of your vehicle as soon as the vehicle has fully come to a stop.  Thank you again for your help during these busy times.
State Assessment We are beginning to prepare for the Illinois Standard Achievement Test for students in grades 3rd-6th. The assessment window is from March 3rd – 14th. It is essential that students are present at school during this time. Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments or vacations.
Have a great rest of the week!
February 12 – 1/2-day of school for grades 1-6 (11:40 dismissal); no school for kindergarten
February 13- Kindergarten Registration
February 17 – No School, Presidents’ Day
February 28 – Mardi Gras Foundation Event
Julie Gluff
Principal

Principal’s Corner 2-5-14

Posted February 12th, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner

Greetings Hale Community!

I sure hope that you are staying warm! Winter weather continues to be here in full force with the recent snow and colder temperatures upon us. Bundle up!

PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, three-tiered approach to create a positive and supporting environment for students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. As part of this process our PBIS coaches provide helpful tips for families through the Expect Respect Newsletter. Click here to read the February issue of the PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter, which includes tips from Hoffman Estates Police Officer Rich Turman regarding how to respond to cyberbullying.

Last Day of School

As you know, District 54 canceled school four times in January due to the winter weather. Whenever we cancel school, we add a day to the end of our school calendar. Therefore the last day of school is currently Thursday, June 5. When districts submit their school calendars to the State Board of Education they must include a provision for five possible emergency days. No one can predict what the weather will be in February and March. If we cancel school one more time, our last day will be June 6. If we exhaust our five emergency days, we will ask the Illinois State Superintendent of Education to approve “Act of God Days.” These days can only be used for situations that pose a hazardous threat to students and are beyond the control of the district. If approved, school districts do not need to make up these days of missed school. If we do ask for an “Act of God Day” approval, we will not be able to announce the last day of school until we get approval from the state superintendent. We are hopeful that we won’t need to cancel school any more this school year and that June 5 will be our last day.

 

Kindergarten Registration

It is hard to believe that kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year is right around the corner. This event will happen in all District 54 schools on February 13th between the hours of 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. , 1:00-2:30 p.m. and again at 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you have a child who will be age 5 on or before September 1, 2014, we look forward to seeing you on the 13th. Please help us spread the word to our neighbors so we can begin planning for the upcoming school year.

SPU

Flyers are attached for some upcoming Schaumburg Parent University Classes. Take a look! Origami March 3 Stress March 12  This is giving me a headache March 5

Gym Jam

We hope to see many 4th-6th graders at PTA’s Gym Jam this Friday. As a reminder, students must have pre-registered and walk-ins will not be allowed to attend. All students need to be signed in and out. Please utilize the main entrance, (Door 1), when signing in all students. We are going to try and alleviate some congestion for pick-up/sign-out and have 4th grade parents enter through Door 9 (front east door where 5/6 enters and exits on a typical school day). Thank you PTA for planning this!

 

February 7 – Grades 4-6 Gym Jam
February 10- PTA Meeting @ 7:00
February 12 – 1/2-day of school for grades 1-6 (11:40 dismissal); no school for kindergarten
February 13- Kindergarten Registration
February 17 – No School, Presidents’ Day
February 28 – Mardi Gras Foundation Event

Julie Gluff
Principal