Families & Students

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To ensure the safety of students, please stay in line in the drop off lane in the morning.  Do not go around or pass other vehicles as this causes a potentially dangerous situation as children are getting out of cars.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Dear Hale Families,
It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself to you as the next principal of Hale Elementary School, effective July 1, 2024.  The opportunity to collaborate with the staff and families of Hale to ensure the success of each and every one of our students fills me with excitement and pride. I have had the privilege of engaging in various roles in education over the past 22 years, with 15 of those years serving Schaumburg District 54. I began my career as a classroom teacher before moving on to support students across grade levels as a reading specialist.  With a continued passion for literacy, I took the opportunity to collaborate with instructional leaders across the district as an instructional coach, developing curriculum and leading staff in implementing best practices to meet the needs of all students.  The past 2 years, I have had the pleasure of serving Lakeview Elementary as assistant principal.  I have learned a great deal from all my experiences and am grateful for the opportunity to apply these experiences in this new role. I am a former student of District 54 schools and take pride in continuing to live in the community of Hoffman Estates with my husband, Kirk, who is a life-long teacher, coach and administrator in the area, and our two children, Gabriella (15) and Jameson (12), who are also products of District 54. For the remainder of this school year, I will be working closely with Mr. Kaszewicz, Mrs. Walz and the Hale staff to ensure a seamless transition for next school year. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with the amazing school community at Hale. The students, staff and parents are my priorities and I am grateful to become a part of the Hale wolf pack.  Please feel free to contact me at any time if you would like to share what makes you proud to be a part of the Hale community. You can reach me at [email protected].
Sincerely, Mrs. Kristina Macnider

Hale Information

Every year, District 54 welcomes hundreds of new families into our community and we are so excited for you to be a part of it. If you are new to Nathan Hale, we hope to make this transition a simple and seamless one. If you are a returning Nathan Hale family, welcome back! 

This section hosts useful information for all families, such as attendance, arrival & dismissal procedures, lunch information, school hours, and more. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Nathan Hale office from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 847-357-6200 or the district office at 847-357-5000.

Office Hours

The Hale School office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Remember that our student absence line 847-357-6202 is available 24 hours a day. Please call if your child will be absent from school by 9:00 a.m.

Bell Schedule

8:30 AM – Arrival time at School, there is no adult supervision prior to 8:30 AM

8:35 AM – First bell, children enter the classroom

8:40 AM – Tardy bell, children in their seats, school starts. Please come into the office after this time to sign your student in.

Lunch Schedule

11:15-12:00: Grades K, 1, 2, and rooms 101 & 105
12:00-12:45: Grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and rooms 102, 103, 104, 106

The lunch period is comprised of approximately 20 minutes of recess and 20 minutes to eat. 





Our number one priority is to ensure the safety of all of our students. With their safety in mind, we have established arrival and dismissal procedures. Please take a minute to review our arrival and dismissal plans prior to the first day of school. Please click here for a printable version of the Arrival and Dismissal map.

While the weather is still nice, we know that students like to stay after school and play on the playground or blacktop with friends. If students are staying after dismissal they must be with an adult. If not, they should be heading straight home. There is no supervision once dismissal is complete. Thank you for your support with this. 

Each year our staff offer clubs for students before, after school and during lunch. The different offerings can be found on our school website. The site is updated throughout the year so be sure to check back. Click here to be redirected to the Hale Clubs Page

Don’t forget to sign up for the PTA! Meetings are held once a month either in person or on zoom. Everyone is welcome to join! Learn about what exciting events are coming up, school updates from the principal and teacher representative, share new ideas, meet other parents and help support our Hale students.

With a focus on student and staff safety, District 54 will not allow food delivery services (including, but not limited to, GrubHub, DoorDash, and local restaurants) to our schools. We will continue to have hot lunch days, which are planned events, organized and supervised by school or PTA volunteers. However, we will no longer accept other outside food deliveries to keep our schools secure.

Hot lunch is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.
Deadline to order for the following week is every Tuesday at 9 AM.
First time users
1. Click here to go to Marlaslunch
2. Click on create an account and use the school password: HMSA352 (case sensitive)
3. After registration: sign in with your username and password
4. To begin ordering click on any calendar date

Returning Families
1. Click here to go to Marlaslunch
2. Sign in with your existing username and password
3. Update your student(s) profile (select their teacher/grade)
4. Once all profiles are updated you can begin placing orders

Payment information: The program accepts payments by debit or credit card (Visa, Mastercard & Discover) and ACH/ECheck Program.
Questions: email [email protected] or call 224-269-0068
Technical support: email [email protected] or call 800-381-6511

Important Information from the District Office

Please click here to view more information from District 54

District 54 shares information about community events with our students and families through our Virtual Backpack.  We know that parents are interested in extracurricular activities. At the same time, we don’t want the homework, letters from the teachers, school news and other important district information to get lost among the countless other pieces of paper in our students’ backpacks.  Please click here for School District’s 54 Virtual Backpack for additional information.

The U.S. McKinney-Vento Assistance Act defines homeless children as those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime abode. In general, children or youth living in motels, transitional housing, shelters, the street, cars, parks, bus or train stations, abandoned buildings and other inadequate accommodations may be considered eligible for McKinney-Vento services.  Please visit the School District 54 website for more information on McKinney-Vento. 

The District 54 Campus Portal is a tool for District 54 parents and guardians to access instant, online, timely and secure student information including class assignments, attendance, grades, and discipline records.  The Parent Portal is also where families can order milk for the school year. Click here to be redirected to the Parent Portal


Make a difference in the lives of children by signing up to become a District 54 substitute teacher. All you need is a bachelor’s degree (in any major) or 60 college credit hours.  Click here to become part of the District 54 team. Want to learn more? Register online to attend one of our upcoming Information Sessions.  Click here to register for the D54 Substitute Information Sessions on June 22, July 20 or Sept. 14, 2023. Contact Diana Peters at 847-357-5035 or [email protected] for more information.




students waiting in line to jump on a colorful bouncy inflatable

LIFE is not about how fast you run or how high you climb

BUT how well you BOUNCE!

  • – Tigger