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September 11, 2019 – Principal’s Corner

Dear Hale community,

As we walk around the building it’s hard to believe we are only in the first month of school.  The sense of community is evident throughout the building.  Our staff and students are highly engaged in their work, we cannot wait to see were this year takes them.

Hale Hotline

Check out this edition of the Hale Hotline.

Half Day Next Wednesday

Next Wednesday, September 18 is a half day of school.  All students are dismissed at 11:40, and students will not be eating lunch at school.  Buses will run their normal routes.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council

Please join us for our first meeting on Tuesday, September 17th  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center at 524 East Schaumburg Road. Our topic for this month’s meeting is “ACCESS and MAP: What do they tell me about my child’s learning?” Childcare is available for children ages 3-5. To RSVP, fill out the form at the bottom of the event flyer and send it back to your child’s school by Sept. 12. If you did not receive a copy of the flyer, click this link to visit our website for more information and to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish and Japanese. You can also contact your child’s school for a paper copy of the flyer.

Support the Foundation

The District 54 Education Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s for a fundraiser on Wednesday, September 18. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg (1 S. Roselle Road) or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road (357 S. Barrington Road), and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. September 18 is a half-day in service, so please consider supporting the Foundation by ordering lunch from Lou’s. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order. The flyer is attached; you can also click here to access the flyer on the Foundation’s website.

The District 54 Education Foundation ensures that all District 54 students have the same opportunities by funding

  • Breakfast programs at the schools so students can begin their day ready to learn,
  • Grants to students with financial need so they can participate in extracurricular activities, and
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming.

Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation that supports District 54 students!

Click here for more about the School District 54 Foundation

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12

Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Click here to register for the Schaumburg Parent University September classes For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a Tshirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. Click here to register for District 54 Run to Read.

Important Upcoming Dates

September 18—Early Dismissal 11:40 a.m.

September 22—Run to Read

October 1 – Picture Day

October 10 & 11 – Student-Led Conferences

October 10 – Half Day (Dismissal at 11:40)

October 11 – No School

October 14 – No School (Columbus Day)

Enjoy the weekend!

Brian Kaszewicz                                                         Jenny Clark

Principal                                                                     Assistant Principal

2019-20 Nathan Hale NEW Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures (NEW)

At Hale, our number one priority is to ensure the safety of all 475 plus students. With their safety in mind, we have established new arrival and dismissal procedures. We look forward to partnering with you to ensure these procedures are followed.

Arrival

  • There is no adult supervision prior to 8:25 a.m. Therefore, students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:25 a.m. unless students are attending a club or study session established ahead of time with a Hale staff member.
  • Our morning drop-off traffic pattern will remain the same as previous years.  If you are dropping off a student from the parking lot, please come in the east entrance, turn left into the second aisle of the parking lot, proceed west to the drop-off area and leave via the west exit.  Staff members will be outside to facilitate the process.  Please have students prepared to exit the passenger side of your vehicle once it comes to a complete stop. Please do not put your car in park, our staff members are happy to assist your student with exiting your car.
  • If you would like to drive and walk your child to the doors, you must find a parking spot (not an aisle). Please do not send your child to walk through the parking lot alone, as this is a safety concern, use the crosswalk, and please do not ever walk in between the buses. Parking on a side street and walking down one of the paths would be the best option.
  • When the doors open at 8:25 students in grade K-4 will enter through the west front door (#2) and students in 5-6 will enter through the east front door (#9).  Students in our ASD program will be met by a staff member at their bus in the back of the building and will enter through the east front doors.

Dismissal**NEW**

  • The parking lot will close to all vehicles except busses at 2:50 or 2:20 on Wednesdays.
  • Due to an increase in the number of busses and safety concerns, there will no longer be parking available behind the building or in any of the aisles. If you arrive before the parking lot closes, you will only be able to park if you can find a parking spot. Once parking spots are filled parking will be available on Braintree, Milton, and Country Club Roads. There will no longer be parking available in any of the Hale parking lot aisles. (Please see map)
  • The lanes in front of the school, the aisle on the east side of the building, and parking in the back will be used for our busses only.
  • Walkers will exit through the back northwest door and students taking a bus will exit through the front of the building.
  • The best option for parents picking up students will be to park on the nearest side streets (Braintree, Milton, or Country Club Road) and use the designated paths and crosswalks to pick their children up from the back of the building).

aerial view of Hale parking lot describing arrival and dismissal procedures

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in keeping our students safe.

Click here for a printable version of the 2019-20 Nathan Hale NEW Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

 

2019-20 Yearbook Orders – order by March 1, 2020

Click here to place your order for the Nathan Hale 2019-20 yearbook on-line. Use Yearbook ID: 12875920

Get early bird pricing by ordering before March 1st. If you have any questions, please email Kelly Fitzgerald at kelfitz77@nullyahoo.com

October 1, 2019 is Picture Day

Mark your calendar! Picture Day is Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Order forms will go home this week or you can Click here to place your Picture Day order on-line.

Enter Picture ID: EVTXMQMM6

If ordering day of, forms and payment due on picture day.

Picture day volunteers are still needed to help the day of,  if interested,  please email Kelly Fitzgerald at kelfitz77@nullyahoo.com.

August 29, 2019 – Principal’s Corner

Dear Hale community,

It has been great to have our kindergartners join us this week to complete our Hale community.  Our students were excited to welcome our newest members to our wolf pack and celebrated the completion of their first day as the kindergartners paraded around the building.  We would like to thank our entire Hale community for your support in kicking off a great school!

Hale Hotline

Click here for the first 2019-20 School year Hale Hotline.

MAP Testing

We will be wrapping up our MAP testing next week.  Below is the schedule of when grade levels will be testing.  Please be sure your child has a full night’s rest, and has a solid meal before coming to school each day.

Friday, August 30, 2019 – Math: First grade, Fifth grade, Sixth grade

Monday, September 2, 2019 – No School

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – Reading: Kindergarten

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 – Reading: Kindergarten

Thursday, September 5, 2019 – Math: Kindergarten

Friday, September 6, 2019 – Math: Kindergarten

 Fees Reminder

  • You can pay your students fees through your parent portal account.  This includes your $50 consumable fee, optional instructional device insurance (grades 3-8 only), and milk.
  • If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office.
  • The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15th, $25 if not received by February 1st, and $35 if not received by April 1st.
  • If you would like to purchase instructional device insurance but do not have the option to do so through your portal, please contact our school office for assistance.  Instructional device insurance must be purchased before the date of device issuance.

Support the Foundation

Septemberfest

The District 54 Education Foundation is raising funds for District 54 students over Labor Day weekend at Schaumburg’s Septemberfest. You can support the Foundation by parking your car for $5 at Collins School, 407 S. Summit Drive, Schaumburg, on Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1. Summit is located between Roselle and Plum Grove roads. The Foundation is also participating in Not-for-Profit Day on Monday, Sept. 2, at Septemberfest. Purchase food from our partner, Riccardo’s Ristorante, and the profits will support District 54 students.

Lou Malnati’s

The District 54 Education Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s for a fundraiser on Wednesday, September 18. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg (1 S. Roselle Road) or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road (357 S. Barrington Road), and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. September 18 is a half-day in service, so please consider supporting the Foundation by ordering lunch from Lou’s. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order. The flyer is attached; you can also click here to access the flyer on the Foundation’s website.

The District 54 Education Foundation ensures that all District 54 students have the same opportunities by funding

  • Breakfast programs at the schools so students can begin their day ready to learn,
  • Grants to students with financial need so they can participate in extracurricular activities, and
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming.

Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation that supports District 54 students!

Click here for more about the District 54 Education Foundation.

 

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12

Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Click here to register for the SPU September Classes. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a Tshirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit Click here to register for Run to Read.

Important Upcoming Dates

August 26—MAP Testing begins

September 2—No School (Labor Day)

September 9 –PTA Meeting at 7:00

September 18—Early Dismissal 11:40 a.m.

September 22—Run to Read

 

Have a great day!

Brian Kaszewicz                                                         Jenny Clark

Principal                                                                     Assistant Principal

 

 

Crisis Drills

Each year, our students participate in a number of safety drills such as fire drills, hard lockdown drills and shelter in place drills to be prepared in case of emergency situations. You send your children to us every day with the expectation that will we not only teach them, but also keep them safe. I can assure you that this is a trust that the District 54 staff does not take lightly. Our focus as a school district is prevention.

Each year the entire District 54 staff is trained on our crisis prevention and response plan, which was developed in coordination with our local police and fire departments. We review these plans each year with all of the fire and police departments that serve our schools because we work cooperatively to keep students safe.
In addition, as required by the Illinois School Code, our schools participate in fire, severe weather, bus evacuation and emergency response drills throughout the school year to ensure our students and employees know what to do should an emergency occur.

In an emergency, every phone number associated with your child’s record will be called using our notification system. We will also email parents/guardians and provide information on our website and social media.
While your natural instinct as a parent in an emergency is to go to your child’s school or to call the school office, please understand that doing so many significantly impede the response capabilities of our local emergency responders. In addition, it is sometimes necessary to evacuate students to another location.

We appreciate your cooperation and promise to communicate with you as soon as possible. Please be
patient as our first priority will be the safety of our students and staff.

We also focus on prevention by forming relationships with our students to provide support when they need it, and so that they feel comfortable reporting to us when they hear or see concerning behaviors.
Please reinforce this with your children at home. Let them know that they can also come to you when they feel unsafe and remind them that they should report any suspicions and concerns about school safety.

I hope this letter reassures you that we take the safety of our school community very seriously. Should you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or your child’s school principal.

Sincerely,
Superintendent Andrew DuRoss

Click here for a printable version of the Crisis Plan and Drill Parent Letter – English

Click here for a printable version of the Crisis Plan and Drill Parent Letter – Spanish

Fees Reminder

You can pay your students fees through your parent portal account.  This includes your $50 consumable fee and milk.

If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office.

The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15th, $25 if not received by February 1st, and $35 if not received by April 1st.

 

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12

Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Click here to register for September Schaumburg Parent University classes. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

September 22, 2019 – Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a T-shirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. Click here to register for Run to Read.

Social Media at Hale

Social Media at Hale

Click here for a printable version of the 2019-20 Nathan Hale Social Media

Hale

Facebook Nathan Hale Elementary School

Hale Twitter Account

Hale Instagram

Kindergarten

Ms. Molaro – Kindergarten Room 114

Miss Molaro’s Facebook

Miss Molaro’s Instagram

Mrs. Potesta’s Kindergarten Room 112

Mrs. Potesta’s Instagram

1st Grade

Mrs. Beaty – 1st Grade Room 110

Mrs. Beaty’s Twitter

Mrs. Beaty’s Instagram

3rd Grade

Ms. Ostrowski – 3rd grade Room 213

Ms. Ostrowski’s Instagram

Mrs. Swingle – 3rd grade Room 217

Mrs. Swingle’s Twitter

Mrs. Swingle’s Instagram

4th Grade

Mrs. Carroll’s Facebook

Mrs. Carroll’s Instagram

Mrs. Carroll’s Twitter

Mrs. Smith – 4th grade Room 210

Mrs Smith’s Facebook

Mrs. Smith’s Instagram

5th Grade

Mrs. Bulger – 5th grade Room 205

Mrs. Bulger’s Twitter

Mrs. Bulger’s Instagram

6th Grade

Ms. Bellie – 6th grade Room 202

Ms. Bellie’s Twitter

Ms. Bellie’s Instagram

Mrs. Bouchard – 6th grade Room 203

Mrs. Bouchard’s Twitter

Mrs. Bouchard’s Instagram

Mr. Kelly’s – 6th grade Room 201

Mr. Kelly’s Instagram

Mr. Kelly’s Twitter

ASD Classrooms

Ms. Ghilarducci – ASD teacher Room 102

Ms. Ghilarducci’s Twitter

Hale Library

Hale Library Twitter

Hale Library Instagram

Mr. Kaszewicz – Principal

Mr. Kaszewicz’s Twitter

Mrs. Clark – Assistant Principal

Mrs. Clark’s Twitter

Mrs. Clark’s Instagram

Special’s Teachers

Mrs. Mangano’s Art Room 216