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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.

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

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.

School Closed January 8th

Posted January 7th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner

All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, because the forecast continues to call for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. will be held.

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 extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

Schools Closed January 7, 2015

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Mrs. Weiner
All District 54 schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, because the forecast calls for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open.
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 extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

Principal’s Corner 11-12-14

Posted November 16th, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner
Good Morning Wonderful Hale Community-
 
It may only be the middle of November but the winter weather has definitely arrived.  Attached you will find the latest edition of the Hale Hotline.
 
Food Drive
We would like to thank all of the families that made donations over the course of our food dive.  We were able to collect  120 boxes of food and hygiene products to donate to our district’s food pantry.
 
PBIS
Tuesday we held our first Start Student Assembly at which time we recognized 30 students from across our building for their exceptional behavior by being Respectful, Responsible and Safe.  Today we will be holding a school wide celebration with classes buddying up with younger grades to have a game day.  Our students earned the celebration for reducing our school wide referrals by 20% from last year. Keep up the great work!
 
MAP Testing
The next round of MAP testing begins November 17, 2014.  We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year.  Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you. 
 
Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser.  This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.
 
We are excited to see the growth our students have made since the fall MAP administration. 
 
Please see the below schedule for specific days your child will be taking their MAP tests.   
·         Week of November 17th:
o   Tuesday: 1st and 3rd grade Reading
o   Wednesday: 2nd and 4th grade Reading
o   Thursday: 1st grade Reading and 3rd grade Math
o   Friday: 2nd and 4th grade Math
·        Week of November 24th: No testing
·         Week of December 1st
o   Tuesday: 6th grade Reading
o   Wednesday: 1st and 5th grade Math
o   Thursday: Kindergarten Reading and 6th grade Math
o   Friday: Kindergarten Reading, 1st and 5th grade Math
·         Week of December 8th
o   Monday: Kindergarten Math
o   Tuesday: Kindergarten Math
 
 
Important Upcoming Dates
·         November 13th                                  5th/6th Grade Concert
·         November 14th                                  End of the 1st Trimester
                                                                          Picture re-takes
·         November 17th                                  MAP Testing begins
·         November 26th -28th                        No School Thanksgiving Break
 
 
 
Brian Kaszewicz
Principal
Nathan Hale Elementary

Hale Hotline 10/29/14

Posted November 4th, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner

Good Afternoon Hale Community-

The fall weather as definitely arrived  hopefully the weather will hold out for our Halloween parade on Friday.

Attached please find the latest edition of the Hale Hotline.  Hotline10-29-14

 

Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner.  Here are a few reminders.

  • All costumes must be school appropriate. The expectations for everyday dress are applied to costumes.
  • The annual parade will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.  Weather permitting, students will be parading around the block from school to Braintree, then Milton, then Country Club to the path to come back to school.  If it does rain, the parade will be in the building going through the gym for parents to view.  In this event, we will open the doors at 1:35.
  • The classroom parties will run from 1:45-2:45.  All room volunteers have been confirmed.  You will not be permitted to attend the parties unless previously arranged with your room representative.

 

Veterans Day

Veteran’s Day is a time to remember those who have fought for our freedom.  This year we will be doing a Veteran’s Day board in the front Hall of the school.  If you have a loved one that fought or is currently in the military please send in a picture in an envelope with your child to the office marked Veteran’s Day by November 5th.  Please be sure that your child’s name and room number are on the back of the picture so we may return it to your family safely.  Forms will be sent home with students later this week.

 

Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for.  It is also a great time to give to those in need.  In the spirit of giving, Dooley and Hale Elementary Schools are teaming up and hosting a Turkey Trot to support the District 54 Food Pantry.

This one-mile family fun run/walk will take place on Thursday, November 6th at 5:00p.m. at Dooley Elementary. The Trot is open to family, friends, and students at Dooley and Hale Schools.  Admission to the Trot is a minimum of three nonperishable goods per person.  Hope to see you there.  Gobble, gobble!

 

Emergency Closings

Please see the attachments for information about how school closing will be communicated with families.  School closing sources of info in English1-Page 1 2014- Revised   School closing sources of info in Spanish-Page 2 1 -2014- Revised

 

Schaumburg Parent University – November 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 November.

  • Family Fitness Night on Nov. 13 at Stevenson Elementary School:  While the music is pumping, families will choose different stations to work their muscles and learn about at-home fitness opportunities.
  • How to Build a Better Plate on Nov. 19 at the District Office: Alexian Brothers Lead Clinical Dietician Kirsten Johnson will talk to parents and guardians about how to eat right, plan right and shop right.

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.    Schaumburg Parent University presents Family Fitness on Nov. 13  Schaumburg Parent University presents How to Build a Better Plate – Nov. 19

 

 

Brian Kaszewicz                                                                                Ken Haase

Principal                                                                                             Assistant Principal

Clubs at Hale

Posted November 4th, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner

Please see the attached flier for Clubs offered at Hale.

Clubs at Hale

Turkey Trot 2014

Posted October 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Weiner
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for.  It is also a great time to give to those in need.  In the spirit of giving, Dooley and Hale Elementary Schools are teaming up and hosting a Turkey Trot to support the District 54 Food Pantry. 
This one-mile family fun run/walk will take place on Thursday, November 6th at 5:00p.m. at Dooley Elementary. The Trot is open to family, friends, and students at Dooley and Hale Schools.  Admission to the Trot is a minimum of three nonperishable goods per person.  Hope to see you there.  Gobble, gobble!
Mr. Bykerk