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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 http://sd54.org/music/instrumental/summerprogram.

 

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.
 
Hotline
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 http://sd54.org/registration  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

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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 https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/between 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

Essentials Survey

Posted January 14th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner
Illinois offers 5 Essentials Survey
Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.
The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious Instruction.
All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high.
If parents have more than one child at a school, they 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.
The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.
The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.
To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).
Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade
The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.
Teacher Survey
All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.
The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

Principal’s Corner 1-9-15

Posted January 9th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner
Good Morning Hale Community-
 
Happy New Year!  It was nice to get back into our normal routine for at least a couple of days before the weather took a turn.  We hope you have been able to stay warm during these brutally cold days and look forward to seeing everyone back at school next week.  As a reminder next week we will be hosting our student-led parent teacher conference and we are looking forward to sharing updates with you about your students’ progress.
 
Schaumburg Parent University – January 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 classes scheduled for January that both involve parents and children learning together. Both will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the District 554 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
 
 
If you are interested in attending either event, please see the attached flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.
 
Important Dates
·         January 14th        PTA Meeting (7:00PM)
·         January 15th        Student-led conferences-Early dismissal at 11:40, no half-day Kindergarten
·         January 16th        Student-led conferences-No School
·         January 19th        Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed-No School
·         January 28th        Open Enrollment Fair (6:00-7:30PM at Addams Jr. High)
 
Have a great weekend,
 
Brian Kaszewicz                                                                Ken Haase
Principal                                                                             Assistant Principal

School Closed January 9th

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner

All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 9. The National Weather Service is calling for wind chill values as low as -21 in the morning, when children will be walking to school or waiting at bus stops.

We know that it’s frustrating to have three days off this week, especially after two weeks of winter break and especially for working parents. The District 54 staff wants students in the classrooms learning.

However, our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather.

The Hoffman Estates Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. We hope that this will help out some of our families. For more information, visit the websites below.

All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open. Thank you for your understanding and support.