Families & Students

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, school hours, and more. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Nathan Hale office at 847-357-6200 or the district office at 847-357-5000.

As we wrap up the 2022-2023 school year, I know some families are already thinking of school supply shopping for the 2023-24 School year Click here to view the Supply List and order options from TeacherLists.com


If you are buying your supplies through the PTA School Kits-Teacher Tailored (Schoolkidz) please note that Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students do not need headphones, which are listed as an additional purchase item. Click here to purchase the 2023-24 Supply Kits through the Hale PTA by June 16, 2023.  Account Code 20616

It’s hard to believe that summer is already upon us! District 54 has some exciting opportunities for students to continue learning and maintaining their progress throughout the summer months!  To find out more specifics about our Summer Learning Camp, our Summer Reading Lists, and DreamBox click here for Distict 54 Summer Resources! These activities are perfect to help sustain your child’s literacy and math skills over the summer or even to prevent boredom on a rainy day!    

Existing familes please click here to register for the 2023-24 School Year. Please login to your portal account to review the current information and make any necessary changes. If you do not have a portal account, you should have received an email on March 17th inviting you to create one. If you have any questions, please contact our main office at 847-357-6200.

Become a citizen scientist by downloading NASA’s Globe Observer App on a cell phone and joining our “Hale Wolves 2023” team (code GLID3GFX).   Follow the simple and interactive instructions  and collect basic tree data on any tree or trees in our community and beyond. Visit here to learn more about the NASA’s Globe Observe App and download the app.  This data helps NASA scientists complement their satellite data to better understand resources.

The 2023 – 2024 District Calendar for the 2023-2024 school year has been approved by the Board of Education.  You can view the new SD54 2023-2024 calendar at a glance here


We are excited to share another update for our front office, next year Heather Walz will be joining the Hale community as our Assistant Principal. Please see the below note from Mrs. Walz.

Dear Hale Community, 
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and share my excitement about serving as the Assistant Principal at Hale Elementary School for the 2023-2024 school year.  I am honored to partner with Mr. Kaszewicz and your great community next school year.

I’ve had the opportunity to work in School District 54 for the last 14 years. I began my career in District 54 as a 3rd/4th grade teacher at Armstrong Elementary School.  During this time, I was inspired to continue my education which led me to acquiring my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Principal Preparation from Concordia University Chicago.  I then moved to Dooley Elementary School where I served as a 3rd/4th grade teacher, intervention coach, and kindergarten dual language teacher.  
Personally, my husband Matt and I live in Schaumburg with our 13-year-old daughter, Emma, and our 11-year-old son, Andrew.  As a family, we spend many evenings and weekends on the soccer field or at cross country and track meets. 

I look forward to getting to know the entire Hale community.  I am excited to work with the Hale students and families to ensure a wonderful upcoming school year!  #HalePackStrong

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. 

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.

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.

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.










families walking through a local nature center



Hale Families enjoyed the beauty of Oak Hollow Conservation Area on a Spring Nature Walk