March 9, 2018 – Principal’s Update
Dear Hale community,
This month District 54 schools are celebrating Happiness Month. We are taking time to recognize the importance of positive psychology and the impact it has on ourselves and those around us. Students worked hard on writing letters of appreciation to Hale staff members. These letters were then hand delivered to staff on Wednesday in personalized “Smile Files”. It brought many smiles for people to read such kind words of gratitude from our students. Throughout the month we will be finding ways to incorporate positivity into our lives.
End of the Trimester
The second trimester ended last Friday, March 2nd. Report cards will be available via the Parent Portal on March 13th. As a reminder, paper copies of report cards are only sent home to parents who request it. Please contact the school office or your child’s teacher if there are any questions or concerns, or if you need support with the Parent Portal.
National Student Walk-outs
The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month has led to a number of planned student-led civic engagement efforts and protests, including school walkouts. We are currently aware of three nationwide dates for planned student walkouts.
- March 14: The Women’s March Youth Empower Walkout – Organizers are encouraging students to walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. and remain outside for 17 minutes to represent the 17 killed in Florida.
- March 24: March 4 Our Lives – This is taking place on a Saturday.
- April 20: National School Walkout – Organizers are encouraging students to walk out at 10 a.m. and not return to school that day.
We know that many of our students are aware of these protests, but we have no indication at this time that any of our students plan to participate. As was stated in the letter sent to parents in February, our priorities continue to be keeping students safe and remaining focused on teaching and learning.
With the large, peaceful protests at Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates High Schools in February, we anticipate that some younger students may be interested in following suit. We still do not encourage students leaving the school during the school day. However, we do support First Amendment rights for students and respect the students across the country who are speaking up for themselves. Should any of our students walk out, we will not be issuing consequences as long as they behave appropriately. We will also be prepared to respond with supervision to keep them safe. We will have staff members stationed in the hallways and other common areas during this time period to ensure that the students who wish to engage in this activity have the time, space and opportunity to do so, while also making sure that it does not create safety issues or disrupt the learning and instruction for those who choose not to participate.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for working with us to support our children.
Schaumburg Parent University – March 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 March.
- Yoga Class (Finding Peace with Your Family) – This class is for parents and students. This class will teach you a variety of yoga styles sure to strengthen your core and increase flexibility. The class will follow the Vinyasa Yoga practice, which is one of the most popular styles of yoga in the United States. This type of practice involves synchronizing your breath with a continuous flow of postures. Bring a yoga mat or towel, and water. This class will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on March 14 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
- Decoding “I’m Fine” – This event is for adults only. Madelyn Burbank, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will discuss the subtle impacts of divorce on children. This presentation looks at divorce from the perspective of the child. It blends research and personal experience to explore best practices for mitigating negative consequences. We will look at how to assist your child in adjusting to life post-divorce, including talking to your child about the divorce, managing transition and difficult behaviors, identifying behaviors which may require extra support, navigating co-parenting, parents dating and blending families. There will be a special focus on things you can do, regardless of how the other parent chooses to parent. This event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at (847) 357-6586 or email@example.com. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring free childcare and the name of your child’s school.
Spanish Speech Contest
MacArthur School is hosting a Spanish Language Speech Contest from 8:30 a.m. to noon on May 3, 2018, for students in third through eighth grade. Application, speech drafts written by applicant himself/herself, and video recordings no more than 3 minutes (one video recording per participant) must arrive at MacArthur School by April 3. The maximum length for speech drafts is 2 pages. The finalists will be notified via mail by April 26. Please contact Ms. Lucrecia Temoczuk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 357-6666 with any questions. If your child is interested in participating, please complete the Spanish Speech Contest Application. If you are unable to print the electronic form, paper forms can be picked up in your school office.
March 12 PTA Meeting at 7:00
March 13 Report Cards Posted on Parent Portal
March 20 No School-Primary Election
March 22 5/6 Fine Arts Night
March 23 Spring Break begins at the end of the day
April 2 School resumes
Have a great weekend.
Brian Kaszewicz, Principal Holly Schlicher, Assistant Principal