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October 3, 2018 – Principal’s Corner

Dear Hale community, We are looking forward to connecting with families at our first round of student-led conferences this week on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5.  Since our conferences are student-led, we ask that students attend so they can share with parents their progress in academic and social emotional areas, as well as goals they have set for the remainder of 2018-2019.  Teachers will also be sharing their insights and establishing areas of focus to bridge home and school support.  In preparation for conferences, all families will be receiving an email this Thursday containing the fall MAP report for each child. Please remember that our school day schedule is adjusted to accommodate these conferences.  Thursday, October 4 will be a half-day of school with a dismissal time of 11:40.  Also, there is no school on Friday, October 5.

Hale Hotline

Check out the latest edition of the Hale Hotline.

Safety Drills

As you know throughout the year we participate in a variety of drills for fire, severe weather and lock downs.  Today we participated in a lock down drill with the Schaumburg Police Department.  The Schuamburg PD was extremely impressed with how our students and staff did.

Social Media

Parent—“How was your day today?”Child—“Fine.”Parent—“What did you do all day?”Child—“I don’t know.”If this conversation sound familiar, now you can have a look into Hale. Social media creates a window for families to see what is happening in our school and in the classrooms. Below you will find a list of staff members and their social media handles. Please consider joining some of these platforms if you are not already a social media user. It is a great way to see things going on in the building and using that as a conversation starter around the dinner table.

Hale: Facebook: Nathan Hale Elementary School

Twitter and Instagram: Halewolves54 and @the_hale_den

Mrs. Beaty: Twitter and Instagram: @mrsbeatyhale

Mrs. Smith: Facebook: Mrs. Smith’s Class Hale School and Twitter: @mrssmithsclasshale

Mrs. Swingle: Twitter and Instagram: @mrsswingle54

Mrs. Fagan: Facebook: Mrs. Fagan’s Class and Instagram: mrsfagansclass

Ms. Molaro: Facebook: Miss Molaro’s Class

Mrs. Potesta: Twitter: @mrspotestaskinders!

Ms. Netzel: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @msnetzelhale

Ms. Bellie: Twitter: msbellie54 and Instagram: funinroom201

Ms. Simpson: Twitter as @simpsonhale54

Mrs. Clark: Twitter and Instagram: @MrsClarkHale

Mrs. Bulger: Twitter: @BulgerHale and Instagram: Mrs.BulgerHale

Mrs. Bouchard: Twitter and Instagram: MrsBouchardHale

Hale Library: Twitter: @LibraryHale and Instagram: HaleLibrary

Mr. Kaszewicz: Twitter: @BKaszewicz54

Mr. Wroblewski: Twitter: @wroblewski54 and Instagram: bobwroblewski54

Halloween

As Halloween approaches, we want to remind everyone of the important details surrounding the festive celebration.  Please read the attached Halloween letter as it outlines logistics for the afternoon of Wednesday, October 31, including guidelines for costumes, a timeline of the afternoon and reminders overall safety. Click here for the Halloween Letter

Anti-Bullying Presentation for Parents – Oct. 9

As you know, District 54 is committed to ensuring the academic success and social-emotional well-being of all students. This fall we introduced a new social-emotional learning curriculum at all grade levels focused on the belief that each child deserves to be Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported and Challenged.

We value our relationships with our students’ parents as we work together to support the children in this community. Therefore, District 54 will host a presentation for parents and other adults in our community about the negative effects of bullying and what we can do as a community to create a culture of kindness and respect.

Humanity Rising is partnering with Kirk Smalley of Stand for the Silent to deliver this powerful message in October, National Bullying Prevention Month. Mr. Smalley will talk about how his own son committed suicide after being bullied.

The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at our Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Click here to access the flyer for the event.

We hope you will make plans to join us. And please reach out to us if there is ever anything we can do to better support your child.

Schaumburg Parent University – October 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 October. Please note that child care is always available

How to Raise Resilient Children – October 11

Jacqueline Rhew, the co-author of Successful Parenting, will talk about creating a custom plan for raising independent children into adulthood, with strategies for increasing motivation, healthy goal setting and active school engagement. This presentation is intended for adults only and is presented in cooperation with the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs . This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on October 11, 2018, in the District 54 Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, 2nd floor, Schaumburg. How to Raise Resilient Children Flyer

Math Night: Escape Room – October 24

Parents, guardians and students in kindergarten through sixth grade will use math, collaboration and creative thinking to unlock clues and solve problems. This event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on October 24, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Math Night Flyer

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

Important Upcoming Dates

Oct 4               Half Day (dismissal at 11:40) and Student Led Conferences

Oct 5               No School

Oct 8               No School – Columbus Day

Oct 9               PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM

Oct 16             Donuts with Dad

Oct 26             Gym Jam (4-6 grade)

Oct 31             Halloween Parade and Parties

Have a great day.

Brian Kaszewicz                                                         Bob Wroblewski

Principal                                                                     Assistant Principal

 

 

 

 

Social Media

Parent—“How was your day today?”

Child—“Fine.”

Parent—“What did you do all day?”

Child—“I don’t know.”

If this conversation sound familiar, now you can have a look into Hale. Social media creates a window for families to see what is happening in our school and in the classrooms. Below you will find a list of staff members and their social media handles. Please consider joining some of these platforms if you are not already a social media user. It is a great way to see things going on in the building and using that as a conversation starter around the dinner table.

Hale: Facebook: Nathan Hale Elementary School

Twitter and Instagram: Halewolves54 and @the_hale_den

Mrs. Beaty: Twitter and Instagram: @mrsbeatyhale

Mrs. Smith: Facebook: Mrs. Smith’s Class Hale School and Twitter: @mrssmithsclasshale

Mrs. Swingle: Twitter and Instagram: @mrsswingle54

Mrs. Fagan: Facebook: Mrs. Fagan’s Class and Instagram: mrsfagansclass

Ms. Molaro: Facebook: Miss Molaro’s Class

Mrs. Potesta: Twitter: @mrspotestaskinders!

Ms. Netzel: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @msnetzelhale

Ms. Bellie: Twitter: msbellie54 and Instagram: funinroom201

Ms. Simpson: Twitter as @simpsonhale54

Mrs. Clark: Twitter and Instagram: @MrsClarkHale

Mrs. Bulger: Twitter: @BulgerHale and Instagram: Mrs.BulgerHale

Mrs. Bouchard: Twitter and Instagram: MrsBouchardHale

Hale Library: Twitter: @LibraryHale and Instagram: HaleLibrary

Mr. Kaszewicz: Twitter: @BKaszewicz54

Mr. Wroblewski: Twitter: @wroblewski54 and Instagram: bobwroblewski54

 

October 31, 2018 – Halloween

Dear Parents,

Parade schedule, route and classroom parties

With Halloween just around the corner we wanted to get all of the important information out to you. On Wednesday, October 31, 2018  the annual parade will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m. Weather permitting, students will be parading around the block from school to Braintree, then Milton, then Country Club to the path to come back to school. If it does rain, the parades will be in the building going through the gym for parents to view. The classroom parties will run from 1:15-2:15. As a reminder, there will be no food distributed at parties.

In an effort to help families plan for the Halloween fun, please read through the information outlined below. Your cooperation is appreciated to ensure a safe day, as your children’s well-being is our utmost concern.

Costumes

In choosing an appropriate costume for your child, please adhere to the following guidelines:

No costumes depicting violence (no fake blood, please)

No weapons or “look-alikes” of any kind (toy guns, plastic swords, etc.)

Keep make-up to a minimum (there is only a short time given to students to get into costumes, so save the best for trick-or-treating)

No one may wear make-up or costumes to school in the morning

Be certain that your child can see through his/her mask

Lunch permission for costume changes at home

Students will have plenty of time to put on their costumes and staff will be able to assistIf you would still like to pick up your child during lunch so they can dress in their costume at home you must sign and return the permission slip below. Children will not be released unless they have a signed permission slip at school by Thursday, October 26. All students must be picked-up and dropped- off by an adult, including walkers. No student will be allowed to walk home without an adult.

Students going home to change into costumes in grades 1/2 & 3/4 will be dismissed at 11:15 and will need to return to school by 11:55. Students going home in grades K & 5/6 will be dismissed at 12:00 and will need to return to school by 12:40. Students will be dismissed through the front doors. Parents must park their cars, and come to the front doors. Students will be released when they are greeted by their parent.

When dropping students off, the parking lot will be set-up similarly to AM drop-off. You may drop-off by the crosswalk area, and an adult will help cross them. You do not need to sign them back in. Please do not pull up in the bus lane.

Click here for a printable copy of the letter and the form that was included in the Hale Hotline earlier this month.  Printed copies of the Halloween letter are available in the Hale office.

October 24, 2018 – Schaumburg Parent University class

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 October. Please note that child care is always available.

Math Night: Escape Room – October 24

Parents, guardians and students in kindergarten through sixth grade will use math, collaboration and creative thinking to unlock clues and solve problems. This event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on October 24, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Math Night Flyer

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

Supporting Every Student

As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.

September 19, 2018 – Principal’s Corner

Dear Hale community,

Thank you to all who participated in iWalk / Bike to school day today.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather.  It was fun to see so many families together in the morning.  We appreciate you taking time to talk with your child about safety when walking and biking to school.

Hale Hotline

Check out the latest edition of the Hale Hotline.

Supporting Every Student

As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunity at Lou Malnati’s September 19 

The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road on September 19, and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention this flyer at the time of your order.

Thank you to everyone who supported the District 54 Education Foundation at Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend by parking at Collins Elementary or purchasing food from our not-for-profit day partner, Riccardo’s!

Schaumburg Parent University – Happiness Advantage Class Sept. 27

Happiness is not something that happens to you but rather a choice you can make to lead a more fulfilling and enriching life.  Research shows that choosing happiness has an advantage beyond simply feeling good. Come learn about the benefits of positive psychology and experience it firsthand through fun and interactive activities. Parents, guardians and students in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to attend at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at (847) 357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring free childcare and the name of your child’s school.

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.

Adult ESL Classes

The Department of Language and Culture is excited to host Free Adult English as a Second Language classes at Nerge, Armstrong and Hanover Highlands this fall. These classes are designed for parents of District 54 students who are interested in learning or practicing their English. During these classes, participants will engage in communicative activities centered around a broad range of topics.  The class will meet 8 times.

·        Classes at Nerge will be on Tuesdays, Oct. 9-Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m.

·        Classes at Armstrong will be on Wednesdays, Oct. 10-Dec. 12 from 6-8 p.m.

·        Classes at Hanover Highlands will be on Mondays, Sept. 24-Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m.

Click here for the Adult ESL flyers and registration forms in English, Spanish and Polish. Please return completed registration forms to your child’s school. We look forward to having you join us!

Upcoming Events

9/23 – Run to Read at Dirksen Elementary School

10/2 – Picture Day

10/4 ­& 10/5 – Student-Led Conferences

10/4 – Half Day (Dismissal at 11:40)

10/5 – No School

10/8 – No School (Columbus Day)

To see what’s going on at Hale follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Have a great rest of the week.

Brian Kaszewicz                                             Bob Wroblewski

Principal                                                         Assistant Principal

Erin’s Law

Four years ago, we began implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for child beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.  Our students will be participating in lessons in their classrooms in October.  Please contact us at 847-357-6200 with any specific questions.

 

Emergency Response

The safety of all Hale students is a top priority for us.  Each year we undergo practice scenarios that allow our staff and students to simulate a crisis situation.  These practices include evacuating from the school building and buses, taking shelter during a weather related crisis, and responding to an emergency situation in the school building. Please see the attached letter for more information. Crisis Plan and Drill Letter