Principal Corner 4-15-15

Posted April 15th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner
Good Morning Hale Community!
Registration for the 2015-2016 school year was due to the main office last Friday, April 10th.  If you have not already, please send in your child’s registration form as soon as possible.  This information is very helpful to us as we plan for next year’s classes.  Similarly, if your child will not be attending Hale School next year, please let the office know.  As a reminder, the school fee is not due until the beginning of next school year.  If you have any questions, please call us at 847-357-6200.
Now that the weather has finally turned the corner it’s great to see so many students and families walking to and from school.  We do ask that if you bring your pets with you that you please keep them away from the main walkways around the school.
Important Upcoming Dates
·         April 17th                       Autism Awareness Bubble Ceremony
April 30-May 5th               PARCC
·         May 6th                          Half Day (Dismissal at 11:40 and no half day kindergarten classes)
Remember to like the Nathan Hale PTA on Facebook and stay up to date on school, PTA, and district happenings.
Have a great rest of the week,
Brian Kaszewicz                                                Ken Haase
Principal                                                             Assistant Principal

Principal’s Corner 4-1-15

Posted April 2nd, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner
Good Afternoon -
Spring weather has finally arrived, at least for today.  It’s great to have everyone back in the building after what we hope was a relaxing spring break. 
Attached is the latest edition of the Hale Hotline.
MAP Testing
The next round of MAP testing begins April 6th.  We are excited to see the growth our students have made since the fall MAP.   Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you. 
Please see the below schedule for specific days your child will be taking their MAP tests.   
·         Week of April 6th:
o   Monday: 2nd and 4th grade Reading
o   Tuesday: 3rd and 1st grade Reading
o   Wednesday: 2nd and 4th grade Math
o   Friday: 3rd  Math and 1st Reading
·    Week of April 13th:
o   Monday: 6th grade Reading
o   Tuesday: 1st and 5th grade Math
o   Wednesday: Kindergarten Reading and 6th grade Math
o   Thursday: Kindergarten Reading, 1st and 5th grade Math
·         Week of April 20th
o   Monday: Kindergarten Math
o   Tuesday: Kindergarten Math
Kenneth Young 5K Run/Walk
Come join District 54 in the annual Kenneth Young Center 5k Run/Walk for mental health and senior services.  This is a family, pet-friendly event for a great cause! You can donate money yourself or share the information and have friends and family sponsor your run/walk.   More information in the attached flier 1   flier 2.
Important Upcoming Dates
·         April 3rd                Non Attendance Day
·         April 4th                 MAP testing begins
·         April 9th                 Science Fair
·         April 13th-17th     Autism Awareness Week  Special Edition Autism Awareness Hotline
Remember to like the Nathan Hale PTA on Facebook and stay up to date on school, PTA, and district happenings.
Have a great rest of the week,
Brian Kaszewicz                                                Ken Haase
Principal                                                             Assistant Principal

Hale Hotline 3-11-15

Posted March 12th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner
Good Afternoon-
We are half way through our PARCC testing for our 3rd-6th students and they have been doing a great job!  As we finish up our testing this week, we know our students will continue to put forth their best effort.
Attached is the latest edition of the Hale Hotline.
Schaumburg Parent University – April Classes
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two evening programs in April in the Rafferty Administration Center Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Both of these events are free and free child care is also available.
·         Ask the Child Psychiatrist: Getting a handle on your parenting – 6:30 p.m. April 1.  Dr. Michael Feld will incorporate real-life experiences and humor into his discussion of life, mental and behavioral health. This discussion is for parents only.
·         Origami 101 – 6 p.m. April 9. Students in grades three through six are invited to learn how to create basic origami with their parents.
If you are interested in attending these events, please see the attached flyers. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at
5Essentials Survey
Due to weather conditions and school closings across the state over the past several weeks, we have decided to extend the 5Essentials survey window by one week.  The survey will now remain open through March 20th.  We are hoping to receive 20% of Hale parents to take the survey, and we are currently at 11%.  As a reminder, parents can access the survey at the following site:
Remember to like the Nathan Hale PTA on Facebook and stay up to date on school, PTA, and district happenings.
Have great rest of the week!
Brian Kaszewicz                                                Ken Haase
Principal                                                            Assistant Principal

3/4 Concert

Posted February 24th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner
3/4 Grade Concert: Thursday, February 26, 2015 @Hale
6:00 pm: Rms. 209 & 213. Students report to their classroom at 5:45.
7:30 pm: Rms. 210, 211 & 212. Students report to their classroom at 7:15.
Students are invited to wear country-western clothes: blue jeans/skirts, western hats, anything denim!

Jump Rope for Heart

Posted February 24th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner

We are proud to announce that February’s Jump Rope for Heart event raised $1551.58 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 following the “Five for Life”:  Limit sodium consumption, avoid sugary drinks, don’t smoke, eat a nutritious diet, and exercise at least 60 minutes per day.



Summer Band & Orchestra Program

Posted February 24th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner

Registration for 2015 Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun!

District 54 students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument for at least one school year are eligible to enroll.


Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 6-23 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Keller Jr High.

Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at


If you have questions, please contact the band/orchestra teacher at your school or

call 847-357-5138.

Hale Hotline 2-9-15

Posted February 11th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner
Good Afternoon Hale Community-
With the weather growing warmer, encourage your child to take advantage of the sunshine by playing outside.  Tomorrow being a half day is a great time to acclimate with that outdoor fun and stretch your legs. 
Half-Day Tomorrow
Tomorrow, February 11th, is a half-day for students.  First through sixth grade students will be dismissed at 11:40 and there will be no half-day kindergarten.
Check out the latest edition of the Hotline attached this email.
Kindergarten Registration
The Board of Education voted to implement full-day kindergarten in all District 54 elementary schools starting with the 2015-16 school year. This is great news for our students and families, and our staff is very excited about having our youngest learners in the building all day. Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held on February 12th.   Please feel free to come to Hale between 9 to 11, 1:00 – 2:30 pm or 6:00 -8:00 p.m. to register your child.  Please check the district website at  for the types of documentation needed for registration.  If you have friends and neighbors with preschool age children, please share with them these important dates. 
Important Upcoming Dates
·         February 11th     ½ Day dismissal at 11:40 (no half-day Kindergarten)
·         February 11th     PTA meeting at 7:00
·         February 12th     Kindergarten Registration 9:00 -11:00am, 1:00 – 2:30pm or 6:00 – 8:00 pm
·         February 16th     President’s Day-No School
·         February 20th     Deadline for Yearbook order
·         February 25th     ROSATIS NIGHT OUT Fundraiser
·         February 26th     Blood Drive
·         February 26th     3rd and 4th Concert
·         6:00 pm- rooms 209 and 213
·         7:30 pm- 210, 211 and 212
Have a great rest of the week.
Brian Kaszewicz                                                                Ken Haase
Principal                                                                             Assistant Principal

Jump Rope for Heart

Posted February 5th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner



We are thrilled to be supporting the American Heart Association to help teach our students and families how to take care of their hearts through the Jump Rope For Heart program.  Jump Rope For Heart at Nathan Hale will take place the week of February 2-6, during your child’s physical education class.  Donation envelopes are due Friday, February 6, 2015 (donations are optional).  We hope you are as excited as we are to support our students in this important experience.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Additionally, District 54 is participating in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 6.  We are asking all students and staff to wear red shirts that day to bring awareness to the nation’s #1 cause of death:  Heart Disease.


Thank you,
Mr. Bykerk
Nathan Hale Physical Education

No School Feb. 2, 2015

Posted February 1st, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner

Good evening. All District 54 schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, due to the weather. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well.

The Rafferty Administration Center will be open, but RAC employees can report to work at 9 a.m.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as today’s blizzard) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

Hale Hotline 1-14-15

Posted January 14th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner
Good Afternoon Hale Community-
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at parent/teacher conferences this week.  It is a great opportunity to discuss the progress of your students as well plan for a successful second half of the school year.
Please find the latest edition of the Hale Hotline1-14-15.
5Essentials Survey:  As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.
If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.
If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card. Last year, when the number was 30 percent, none of our schools met this target. We are hoping to meet the target this year.
To take the parent survey, please visit Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.  Please see the attached letters for more information.
Important Dates
January 14 – PTA Meeting (6:30PM)
January 15 – Half Day (Dismissal at 11:40 and no half-day Kindergarten Classes)
January 15 & 16 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
January 16 – No School
January 19 – No School
January 28 – Open Enrollment Fair (6:00-7:30PM at Addams Jr. High)
January 30 – Fun Fair (6:30-8:30PM)
Have a great day,
Brian Kaszewicz                                                                Ken Haase
Principal                                                                             Assistant Principal