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Hale Hotline 1-27-16

Posted January 27th, 2016 by Mrs. Weiner

Dear Hale community,

I hope this email finds you well.  The staff and students are hard at work on the many goals that were shared with you during conferences.  Thank you for your continuous support at home with these goals. 

Hale Hotline

Attached is the latest edition of the Hale Hotline. Hotline1-27-16.pdf

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration will be held on Thursday, February 11 during the time slots of 9:00-11:00AM, 1:00-2:30PM and 6:00-8:00PM.  Feel free to stop by the office starting now to pick up kindergarten registration packets.  Also, please spread the word to your neighbors who may have incoming kindergarten students for the 2016-2017 school year.

Jump Rope for Heart

Hale students will have the opportunity to participate in Jump Rope for Heart during PE classes next week.  Jump Rope for Heart is an activity that supports the American Heart Association and teaches students about the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle.  The attached form is available for students to collect donations for the event.  Sponsors can donate online or send money with your child in an envelope by Friday, February 5th.

Schaumburg Parent University 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 three upcoming evening programs.

Staying Connected to Your Children. Social Worker Susan DeLuca will share ways to increase communication and connections between parent and their children. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

  • Planning a Safe and Fulfilling Future for People with Disabilities. Mary Anne Alert, president of Protected Tomorrows, will discuss how families with members who have special needs can prepare for the future. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Family Engineering Night. Using everyday materials, you will become a family of engineers who problem-solve together through various challenges, including building a tower and designing a dancing robot. This workshop for children and parents will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

District 211 – Join the Discussion

Residents of Township High School District 211 are invited to share their ideas about the future of District 211 schools at upcoming monthly Community Engagement meetings from February through May. The information gathered will be used by the Board of Education in formulating a five-year Strategic Plan for the District. There will be two meetings each month, both on the same topic, to make it convenient for people to attend.  The first two meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 1 at Fred High School, and February 2 at Schaumburg High School. Additional information, including a schedule of upcoming meetings, is available online at http://adc.d211.org/communityengagement.

Important Upcoming Dates

January 27th     Open Enrollment Fair at Addams Jr. High (6:00-7:30)
January 29th     Fun Fair (Grades K-3rd) 6:30-8:30
February 8th     PTA Meeting
February 10th   Half-day (Dismissal at 11:40)
February 11th   Kindergarten Registration (9:00-11:00AM, 1:00-2:30, 6:00-8:00PM)
February 15th   President’s Day-No School
February 19th   End of 2nd Trimester

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!

Jump Rope for Heart

Posted January 27th, 2016 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 1-5, during your child’s physical education class.  Donation envelopes are due Friday, February 5, 2016 (donations are optional).  To make an online donation please visit Nathan Hale’s webpage at: http://jumphoops2016mwa.kintera.org/faf/teams/groupTeamList.asp?ievent=1143413&lis=0&kntae1143413=413EF99924AC4AF0AA652354D92C2B3C&tlteams=6505807&page=view
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 5.  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

Hale Updates

Posted January 17th, 2016 by Mrs. Weiner

Good Morning Hale community,

We are looking forward to seeing everyone over the next few days for conferences.  Please remember that students will dismiss today at 11:40 and do not have school Friday, January 15th due to parent teacher conferences.  School is also closed on Monday, January 18th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

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.
  • To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois between January 11th and March 11th, 2016.  Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names (for example Jane Addams would be listed under J, not A for Addams).  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.
  • Computers will be available in the gym during conferences if you would like to complete the survey while visiting Hale.

Lost and Found

  • Has your child come home missing their sweatshirts, books, lunchboxes, etc.?  We may have them in our lost and found! Our lost and found is over flowing at this time.  We will have everything on tables in the hallway outside the main office during conferences.  Please come by and take a look.

PTA Book Fair

  • Remember to stop by the book fair in the library today to pick up a great book and support the PTA.

Enjoy the long weekend with your family.

Hale Hotline 1-12-16

Posted January 12th, 2016 by Mrs. Weiner

Dear Hale community,

We hope your new year is off to a great start and that you were able to enjoy  the break with your family and friends.  The Hale staff and students are picking up where we left off and working to accomplish each of our goals in 2016.  We are looking forward to sharing your child’s progress and goals at our upcoming parent/teacher conferences.  Conferences are scheduled this Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15.  Please remember that due to conferences, all students will have a half-day of school on Thursday, January 14 (dismissal at 11:40), and no school on Friday, January 15.  We look forward to seeing you later this week!

Hale Hotline

Attached is the latest edition of the Hale Hotline. Hotline1.13.16.pdf

Notification of School Closings Due to Weather

Due to a change in the Federal Communications Commission regulations, District 54 needs to receive parent permission to call your phones when school will be closed due to extreme cold or snow. You will not receive a phone call when we are closed due to weather unless you sign up online. For instructions on how to sign up, please refer to the letter you received this fall, or visit our website at http://sd54.org/schoolcancellations.  The website also shares our Cold Weather Response Plan and other sources of information when we have to close school.

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 evening programs scheduled for September.

  • Family Fitness Night. Join Blackwell PE Teacher Matt Navas for a night of fun fitness activities. This program is for children in third through eighth grade and their parents from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Blackwell School, 345 N. Walnut, Schaumburg.
  • Staying Connected to Your Children. Social Worker Susan DeLuca will share ways to increase communication and connections between parent and their children. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

If you are interested in attending these events, 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. Schaumburg Parent University presents Family Fitness Night – Jan. 11.pdf Schaumburg Parent University presents Staying Connected to Your Children – Jan. 27.pdf Mantener una conexión con sus hijos – Schaumburg Parent University – 27 de enero.pdf Una noche de salud con familia – Schaumburg Parent University – 11 de enero.pdf

Adult ESL classes in District 54

This winter, Adult ESL classes for District 54 parents will be held on Monday nights at Churchill School beginning January 25th and at the District Professional Learning Center beginning on February 29, 2016. For more information and to register, visit the Department of Language and Culture on the District 54 website It is a wonderful opportunity for parents to practice their English skills, meet other parents in the community and learn about the culture in US schools.

Clases de inglés para adultos en el Distrito 54

Este invierno, las clases de inglés como segundo idioma se realizarán el lunes por la noche en la escuela  Churchill a partir del 25 de enero y en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito (PLC) el 29 de febrero de 2016. Para más información y para registrarse, visite el sitio web del Departamento de Lenguaje y Cultura del Distrito 54.  Es una estupenda oportunidad para que los padres practicaran sus habilidades de inglés, conocieran a otros padres en la comunidad y aprendieran sobre la cultura en las escuelas estadounidenses.

Open Enrollment

District 54 invites parents to its annual Open Enrollment Fair from 6-7:30PM on January 27, 2016. The fair will provide parents with information on eight schools in our district. Each of these schools houses a unique program and we anticipate a few openings at each site next year.  Please read the attached letter for more information. Open Enrollment Fair Flyer (1).pdf

Upcoming Dates

January 14th                        Half-day (dismissal at 11:40)-Parent/Teacher Conferences

January 15th                        No School-Parent/Teacher Conferences

January 18th                        No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 25th                        ACCESS Testing begins for Bilingual Students

January 27th                        Open Enrollment Fair at Addams Jr. High (6:00-7:30)

January 29th                        Fun Fair (Grades K -3rd)

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!

Hale Hotline 12-16-15

Posted December 16th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner

Dear Hale community,

We are so fortunate to be part of the Hale community.  We would like to express our gratitude to the many families and staff members that made donations through our Giving Tree and our Pajama Drive this year.  Your generosity and support is truly appreciated by those impacted with these programs.

Today we held one of our Star Student Assemblies.  It was great to see so many of our students recognized for putting forth their best effort.  We were also able to recognize our students who submitted projects to this year’s PTA Reflections program.  We are excited to have three of our students projects moving on to the regional level, we wish them the best of luck.  At our assembly we were also able to share with our students that we had reached our latest PBIS goal for Quick, Quiet and Organized Transitions.

Hotline

Attached is the latest edition of the Hale Hotline. Hotline12.16.15.pdf

Parent Teacher Conference

As you know our next round of Parent-Teacher Conferences come up shortly after winter break on  January 14th and 15th.  Reminders with conference times will go home with students on the Monday we return from break.  Most conference times will remain the same as your fall conference time, unless you have arranged a different time with your child’s teacher.

Parking Lot Safety

With so many after school clubs and programs going on we have a great number of parents picking up students around 4:00.  Working to ensure everyone’s safety we ask that if it is possible that you park and come to the front of the building to pick up your student.  We realize that inclement weather or younger siblings waiting in the car can make this difficult and simply ask that if you can please park and come to the front entryway.

Important Upcoming Dates
December 17th                                  Junior Achievements and
December 18th                                  PTA assembly and Holiday Parties
December 19th – January 3rd        Winter Break (No School)
January 4th                                          School Resumes
January 14th                                        Early Dismissal and Parent Teacher Conferences
January 15th                                        Parent Teacher Conferences-No School
January 16th                                        No School –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Remember to like the Nathan Hale PTA on Facebook and stay up to date on school, PTA, and district happenings.

On behalf of the entire Hale Staff, we extend our well wishes for the upcoming Holidays and hope you are able to find time to rest and relax with family and friends.

Hale Update 12/15/15

Posted December 16th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner

Dear Hale community,

Soft Lockdown

This morning we instituted a soft lockdown at Hale Elementary School at 10:30 a.m.  For your information, a soft lockdown means that all students are kept in their classrooms, but normal classroom activity continues. Today’s lockdown was due to a medical emergency in our building, and allowed us to keep the hallways clear for medical personnel and lasted approximately five minutes.

I was very proud of the way our students and staff responded during the soft lockdown.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (847) 357-6200. 

Updates at Hale

Posted December 11th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner

HALE

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Brian Kaszewicz, Principal
(847) 357-6200
http://hale.sd54.org

Dear Hale community,

I hope you are doing well.  Below are two district-wide updates concerning an online reporting toll and recently released 2015 PARCC assessment results.

Report Bullying/Safety Concerns – new online tool

District 54 is dedicated to the social-emotional development and safety of all students. This includes doing all we can to prevent the bullying of students in our schools. To that end, District 54 has developed an online method to report harassment, bullying and any other safety concerns. Although it is always best to speak directly to an administrator or teacher, we recognize that some people may be uncomfortable doing so. The main page of the district website and each school website will now have a link called Report Bullying/Safety Concerns for parents, students or community members to report concerns. This may be done anonymously. Our goal is to provide one more way to enhance communication and ensure the safety of our school community. Click here to access the site.

PARCC Assessment Results

Last night the Daily Herald published results from the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. I apologize that we didn’t share that information with you first, but the Illinois State Board of Education had said that information was embargoed until Friday. The results are not even published on the state website yet. They should be posted by tomorrow at http://illinoisreportcard.com. On this site, you will be able to look up scores for schools and districts. This week, we are mailing home individual results to the parents/guardians of students who took the test in the spring. The PARCC score reports are different from previous state tests. We are including a letter with each student report explaining the score reports. You can also find more information at http://understandthescore.org. Student scores, as well as the school and district averages, may appear lower than what you typically saw on previous state assessments. This difference does not mean our students know less or are less capable. Rather, the PARCC exam set higher expectations for what it means for students to truly master content and grade-level standards.

The results in District 54 are almost double the state average. This demonstrates the great work our staff is doing to prepare our students for the demands of college and careers. However, we also know that there is room for growth. The PARCC results are one of many tools our staff will use to measure progress and improve teaching and learning. Our ultimate goal is to provide a balanced learning environment rich with academic and social-emotional experiences for our students in order to ensure student success. As always, feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher should you have any specific questions.

Have a great day!

Brian Kaszewicz                                 Holly Schlicher

Principal                                             Assistant Principal

Principal Corner 12-2-15

Posted December 11th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner

HALE

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Brian Kaszewicz, Principal
(847) 357-6200
http://hale.sd54.org

Good Afternoon Hale Community-

We hope that you had a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving with your family and friends.   I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge and express our thanks for the support of our PTA.  Our PTA has grown greatly this year, not only in memberships but in the number of volunteers we see here for every event.  Whether it’s setting up for the Gym Jam, running the holiday shop, spearheading the yearbook, helping out with hot lunch and school store or countless other activities we have so many families sharing their time with us and we truly appreciate your support.

Hotline

Attached is the latest edition of the Hale Hotline. Hotline12-2-15.pdf

Foundation Tree Sales – through December 23

Support the Foundation that supports District 54. Purchase your holiday décor from John’s Evergreens and when you mention D54 Foundation, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation. John’s Evergreens is located at the northeast corner of Meacham and Nerge roads in Elk Grove village and at 2500 W. Golf Road in Hoffman Estates. You can shop at either location through December 23, 2015. Click here for more information.

6th Grade Parent Night at Addams and Frost Reminder

The 6th Grade Parent Night is tonight December 2nd for both Addams and Frost at their respective gyms. The Addams presentation will begin at 6:00 and is for parents and guardians only.  The Frost presentation will begin at 7:00 parents, guardians and students are welcome.

Illinois Report Card and 5Essentials Survey

If you haven’t had a chance to review our Hale Report Card, there is a lot of beneficial information you can find at illinoisreportcard.com.  Please note that after entering the name of our school, one of the features you can review is the School Environment.  After you’ve clicked on this tab, you can review our 5Essentials survey results.  The 5Essentials Survey is designed to inform school improvement by measuring change and providing individualized information for each school.  We use this information yearly to action plan and continue to improve our school.

Next month I will communicate details about how you can participate in the next 5Essentials Survey.  We hope you will be able to participate as we use the feedback to help use grow.  More information will be added to the Illinois Report Card website once PARCC results are finalized.  We will send more information at that time.

MAP Testing

Winter MAP testing kicked off this week and will be wrapped up by the end of next week with any remaining makeup testing being completed by December 16th.   The chart below shows which days each grade level is testing.

Kindergarten– 12/7, 12/8, 12/9, 12/10 Fourth Grade– 12/1 & 12/3
First Grade– 12/2, 12/3, 12/7, 12/9 Fifth Grade– 12/2 & 12/4
Second Grade– 12/2 & 12/3 Sixth Grade– 12/7 & 12/9
Third Grade– 12/1 & 12/4 Make-ups– 12/11 & 12/14-12/16

Attention All Jane Addams 5th & 6th Grade After School Band & Orchestra Parents & Students:
Due to the conference basketball tournament being held at Addams on Tuesday, December 8th, and Thursday, December 10th, there will be no after school Band or Orchestra rehearsals that week for 5th or 6th grade.   The regular schedule will resume the following week.

Important Upcoming Dates

December 2nd                    6th Grade Information Night @ Addams (6pm) and Frost (7pm)

December 4th                     Picture Retakes

December 7th                     PTA Board Meeting @ 6:30

December 11th                  Schaumburg High School Symphony performance

December 16th                  PBIS assembly

December 17th                  Jr. Achievements

December 18th                  PTA assembly and classroom parties

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                                                Holly Schlicher

Principal                                                               Assistant Principal

Principal Corner 10-6-15

Posted October 8th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner
Good Afternoon Hale Families-
 
With the recent change in weather, today is the perfect time to inform you of an important step that you need to take if you would like to be notified when the weather prevents us from having school.  Due to a change in the Federal Communications Commission regulations, District 54 needs to receive permission to call your phones when school will be closed. You will not receive a phone call when we are closed due to weather, unless you follow the steps listed in the attachment (InfoCenter and Texting Letter).  After reading  the attached letter, please let us know if you have any questions or if you need access to a computer to sign up InfoCenter and Texting Letter to Parents 10-15
 
Hotline
Attached is the latest edition of the Hale Hotline.
 
Walk/Bike to School Day:
We are looking forward to joining many other schools and districts across the nation in a Walk/Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 7th.  Begin planning your route for this special occasion.  Buses will still complete their normal routes before and after school.
 
Schaumburg Parent University – October 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 scheduled for October Schaumburg Parent University and the PTA Council present the 411 on Crisis Prevention and Communication – October 6  Schaumburg Parent University presents Hocus Pocus Cupcakes – October 22.
 
  • The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs and Schaumburg Parent University co-host The 411 on Crisis Prevention and Communication in District 54 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road, Schaumburg. Learn how we aim to keep children safe, how we prepare in case there is an emergency and how we will communicate with parents in a crisis situation. This presentation is for parents only, but babysitting will be provided.
  • It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus … and Cupcakes! Learn how to make healthier treats and decorate the cupcakes to take home. There is a $5 fee per child for supplies. This class for parents and their children in kindergarten through sixth grade will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
 
Bilingual Parent Advisory Council
If you are a bilingual parent in District 54, we would like to invite you to our first Bilingual Parent Advisory Council Meeting on October 20th at 6:30 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center at 524 E. Schaumburg Road. Childcare is available. For more and to request childcare click here.
 
ESL Classes for Adults at Nerge School
The fall session of ESL classes for adults is beginning on October 19th at Nerge School. Parents from the District 54 community are invited to sign up for the eight week session. For more information and to register, click here.
 
 
Upcoming Dates
October 7th                         Walk/Bike to School
October 8th                         Early dismissal 11:40-Parent-teacher conferences
October 9th                         No School-Parent-teacher conferences
October 12th                       No School-Columbus Day
October 13th                       Donuts with Dads
October 19th                       Picture Day
October 22nd & 26th          Family Fun Nights-information will be coming home soon
October 30th                       Halloween Gym Jam Grades 4th -6th
 
 
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                                                Holly Schlicher
Principal                                                             Assistant Principal

Hale Hotline 9-23-15

Posted September 23rd, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner
Good Afternoon Hale Families-
 
Hotline
Attached is the latest edition of the Hale Hotline .
 
MAP Testing
We have wrapped up our fall Map testing and are extremely proud of the effort all our students put forth.  We look forward to sharing this information with you during our upcoming fall conferences. 
 
PTA Reflections
Please see the Hotline for more information about our PTA reflections program.  The Reflections Program is a great way to encourage your child’s creative side, as there are many options for student entries.
 
Upcoming Dates
September 27th                 Run to Read @ Dirksen
October 7th                         Walk/Bike to School
October 8th                         Early dismissal 11:40-Parent-teacher conferences
October 9th                         No School-Parent-teacher conferences
October 12th                       No School-Columbus Day
October 13th                       Donuts with Dads
October 19th                       Picture Day
October 22nd & 26th          Family Fun Nights-information will be coming home soon
October 30th                       Halloween Gym Jam Grades 4th -6th
 
 
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                                                                Holly Schlicher
Principal                                                                               Assistant Principal