Families & Students

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Each spring, students in District 54 take federally mandated assessments (IAR) designed to help school districts understand how our students are growing academically.  This year, the English Language Arts and Math Assessment for grades 3-8 will be given at school between March 4 and March 22, 2024.  The classroom teachers will communicate your child’s specific testing dates. If you know in advance that your child will be missing school on the day of testing, please communicate that to your child’s teacher so we can plan for make-ups.  

If you have a child who will be starting kindergarten in August 2024, we encourage you visit the Welcome to Kindergarten website website and begin registration today. As a current District 54 family, you will register through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account.  If you do not have your login, please contact [email protected]

After completing the online portion of your student’s kindergarten registration, please call our school to make an appointment to turn in necessary documents. If you can, bring your future kindergartner with you, as we have a special surprise for them! District 54 is also asking for your help in spreading the word about kindergarten registration. If you know of a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2024, please encourage the family to click here for the District 54 kindergarten website. The sooner students enroll, the sooner District 54 will know how many kindergarten teachers we need to best serve our kindergarten class of 2024-25.

We are excited to host our Family Happiness Night on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 6:00-7:30 PM. Please complete the RSVP by Friday, March 1, 2024.

blue background with white clouds and video game elements promoting the upcoming Happiness Night

Once again we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts.  If you do not want your child to participate, please contact your school principal by Monday, February 5. If you have children at more than one school, you must contact the principal at each school. Click here for the 5Essentials Survey. The parent survey will be available online through March 29, 2024. For more information on the 5 Essentials Survery click here for the District 54 website.

Registration is now open for the FREE High School District 211 Girls STEAM Ahead program for girls in fifth and sixth grades. During the Girls STEAM Ahead event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 2, students will engage in hands-on activities exploring the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. For more information on the District 211 GEMS Program click here

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. 

We all know the frustration of your student coming home missing their jacket, hoodie, water bottle, hats, and more. While we have a lost and found every year there are always some unclaimed items. This year we are taking the lost and found virtual. Click here for the Hale Virtual Lost and Found site. If you spot something that belongs to your student(s) have them stop by the lost in found outside of room 109.

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. Click here for a printable 2023/24 PTA Membership Form or pick one up in the main office.

 

Don’t miss this year’s school memories.  The PTA Hale Elementary School yearbook includes a sturdy softcover with protective coating, 80 all-color pages that vibrantly capture memories throughout the school year for $18, order Deadline is March 31, 2024. Buy your Hale Yearbook here! 

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

Click here for the Hale 2023-24 School Supplies. You have the option of printing the list or ordering the items through different stores such as Target, WalMart, Amazon, Staples, Walgreens or EPI.

Important Information from the District Office

Please click here to view more information from District 54

The countdown to an extraordinary journey has begun! Kindergarten registration for the 2024-2025 school year is now open! If you have a child who will be starting kindergarten in August 2024, we encourage you to visit our new Welcome to Kindergarten website and begin registration today. As a current District 54 family, you will register through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account.  If you do not have your login, please contact [email protected]
After completing the online portion of your student’s kindergarten registration, please call our school to make an appointment to turn in necessary documents. If you can, bring your future kindergartner with you, as we have a special surprise for them!

District 54 is also asking for your help in spreading the word about kindergarten registration. If you know of a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2024, please encourage the family to register today by visiting the sd54.org/kindergarten website. The sooner students enroll, the sooner District 54 will know how many kindergarten teachers we need to best serve our kindergarten class of 2024-25.

The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each $25 ticket purchased will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation Crisis Fund to support families in our community. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets for the Windy City Bulls game! The District 54 takeover night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and during breaks in the game, as well as a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime.

District 54 is excited to announce its 12th annual Spanish Language Speech Contest on May 2, 2024 for students in third through eighth grade. Students who are interested in participating should prepare a written speech and submit it with an application and a video of them delivering the speech by March 15, 2024. The finalists will be notified via mail the week of April 8, 2024. For more information or to submit an application, click here to visit the District 54 Spanish Speech Contest website.

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 Substiture Information Sessions on June 22, July 20 or Sept. 14, 2023. Contact Diana Peters at 847-357-5035 or [email protected] for more information.

You can view the School District 54 2023-2024 calendar at a glance here

multiple pictures of students holding certificates after registering for 2024 2025 kindergarten