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Schools Closed through April 7

Dear District 54 families,

This afternoon, Governor Pritzker issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state of Illinois through April 7, 2020, to help prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Governor also extended the school closure order. At this time schools would reopen on April 8, but Governor Pritzker also announced that he may extend this date as well.

This week was our first week of V-Learning in District 54 and the engagement between our students and staff was simply amazing. Thank you for your part in making this a success. Next week is our spring break. We will take that week to recharge. Spend time as a family playing games, reading books and reconnecting.

On March 30, District 54 will continue to interact with students through the D54 V-Learning Website. If you’re struggling to connect or do not have Internet access at home, please email VLearning@nullsd54.org. Spanish-speaking families who need assistance can contact BarbaraVelez@nullsd54.org or call 847-357-5074.

In the meantime, if you or any member of your family is diagnosed with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, please let your principal know. We will notify our families, should we have a confirmed case affiliated with our schools. 

While we miss spending time in school with our students, we know it is the right decision to put the safety and well-being of our students and their families first. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to the day we can return to the classrooms.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Andy DuRoss

Food Pantry Locations and Donation Opportunities

As the situation surrounding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus continues to change, District 54 is working with amazing community partners to provide food to families who are struggling financially.

We would like to thank the number of individuals and organizations who have inquired about how to make donations to help those in our community who may be struggling. We feel the best practice is to work with organizations who are currently offering these services in our community and will therefore not be collecting food. Please do not bring food donations to the district office as previously mentioned.

The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry and many faith-based charities are providing food to families in our community. Click here to access a list of these pantries on the Schaumburg Township website. In order to encourage social distancing, these organizations are not collecting food at this time.

The District 54 Education Foundation has also created a new fund called the D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, which will be used to support our most at-risk families, including the 20% of students who qualify for free lunch. This emergency fund will help families impacted by this virus, and could be used in the future to provide immediate access to financial assistance for financially struggling families.

To donate, visit any of the following websites:

Families needing assistance may benefit from the following. These organizations ask that you please check their website before coming to ensure that they still have the food supplies.

  • The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry is now running a drive-through pickup from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the township office, One Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. For more information, please call (847) 732-7166.
  • Willow Creek Community Church will also be running a mobile food truck distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center parking lot, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
  • District 54 staff will be working with Township High School District 211 to distribute meal bags with five days of lunches, five days of breakfast and a half gallon of milk from 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. This is a drive-through pickup. When you arrive at the school, please stay in your vehicle. We will load the bags into your trunk or back seat.
  • Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry, 1451 Bode Road in Schaumburg, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. near the garages.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road in Elk Grove Village, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 11:30-noon.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove in Schaumburg, is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Thank you once again, for all that you are doing as a community to support the children and families in District 54.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Andy DuRoss

Update from Superintendent DuRoss – March 16, 2020

Dear District 54 Community,

As you know, on Friday Illinois Governor Pritzker announced the mandatory closure of all public schools through March 30. While our staff would prefer to be at school, interacting in person with your children, we know this is the right decision to keep our community healthy and safe.

Please know that the closure may continue beyond March 30. The situation is incredibly fluid, and the state is waiting to announce what will happen after March 30 until we get closer to that date.

Because this statewide closure was mandated, all of the days are considered Act of God Days in Illinois, and therefore will not be made up at the end of the school year. However, school districts across the state are encouraged to provide virtual learning opportunities for students.

Today was an institute day in District 54 so that we could train our employees on the new District 54 Virtual Learning platform, which will allow us to provide continuous instruction to the more than 15,000 students we serve during these unique times. 

Timeline

  • March 17:  closed for the elections as previously planned.
  • March 18-20:  first week of virtual learning
  • March 23-27:  spring break
  • March 30:  virtual learning day

District 54 V-Learning Platform

On Wednesday morning, students will be able to visit the D54 V-Learning Website. Once you are on the site, click on the link that corresponds to your child’s age group and watch the welcome video. The website also contains a parent guide, a student guide and frequently asked questions.

  • Junior high V-Learning classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and students will follow their current schedule (including a break for lunch). 
  • Elementary school and Lincoln Prairie classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
  • Early Learning Center students can also visit the site with a trusted adult at any time. Students brought home bags last week to compliment the Choose Your Own Adventure virtual learning platform designed for their age group.

Since these classes are virtual and we understand that this schedule may not work for some families, students have the flexibility to complete tasks at any time. However, students participating during these V-Learning times will be able to interact in real time with their teachers. Student work during this time will not be graded. 

All students in kindergarten through eighth grade should have brought home their District 54 iPads and Chromebooks on Friday. For those families who do not have Internet access at home, please email VLearning@nullsd54.org.

Reporting 2019 Novel Coronavirus 

If your child is sick and cannot participate, please email your school principal. It is especially important for us to track illnesses while the COVID-19 virus is spreading in our state.

Students Receiving Free Lunch

Thank you to everyone inquiring about how we can continue to support our students receiving free lunch. We distributed food to families this week. Anyone wishing to donate can donate to the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry online. (Updated 3-19-20)

Thank you again for working with us, as we all do our part to prevent the spread of this virus in our community. As I’ve stated before, these are unprecedented times, but in District 54 we will continue doing what we do best – caring for our students and ensuring their academic success.

March 29, 2020 – Principal’s Corner

Dear Hale community,

While this was not the spring break that any of us envisioned, I hope you and your family were able to appreciate the time together and are still enjoying being around one anotherWe are extremely thankful for your continued support to help keep some routine in our student’s days. As we get ready to kick off our second week of virtual learning, I want thank our staff members who spent their break preparing assignments and attending virtual professional development sessions to provide engaging lessons and support all of our student’s needs.  Their dedication to our community is unmatched. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to teachers, myself or any Hale staff members for support or to answer any questions.

Mrs. Clark and I will continue to send out our Hale at Home videos, to stay connected to our students. Hale at Home: 3/30

Virtual Learning

  • On Monday, March 30, through Tuesday, April 7, District 54 will continue to interact with students through the D54 V-Learning Website.  The website also contains a parent guide, a student guide and frequently asked questions.
  • Any families who do not have Internet access at home or have additional questions after going through the website, please email VLearning@nullsd54.org.  This email address is being monitored by D54 technology specialist and they are happy to help families in any way necessary.  Spanish-speaking families who need assistance can contact BarbaraVelez@nullsd54.org or call 847-357-5074.
  • Elementary V-Learning classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We understand that this schedule may not work for every family, therefore, students have the flexibility to complete tasks at any time. However, students participating during the listed V-Learning times will be able to interact in real time with their teachers.

Support for Families in Need

Families needing assistance may benefit from the resources coordinated by our community and District 54.  These resources are being updated daily on the District Webpage; click here for more information for families needing assistance. We are grateful to have the support of a generous and caring community!

Support during School Closing

If you or your child is feeling anxious during the school closure and you would like support, please feel free to reach out to our school support team:

2020-2021 Student Registration

Registration for the 2020-2021 year will be available through your parent portal starting Monday, March 30, 2020 through Infinite Campus Portal (parent portal).  Please login 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 14 inviting you to create one.

As a reminder, all families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year. If we are unable to verify your residency electronically, you will receive a letter by U.S. mail, which will list the residency documents you can provide to the school office to complete your registration.

You can also pay the $50 consumable fee for 2020-21, as well as purchase milk and sign up for the instructional device insurance through the portal.  If you believe you will qualify for the Free Lunch Program in the 2020-21 school year, and therefore will receive a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee now. Applications will be available in August for the Free Lunch Program.

Information about busing will be mailed the first week in June. Should you have any questions, please contact our office. Thank you for your cooperation.​​​​​​​

Parent Input Form

If you can believe it, it’s already time to start thinking about the 2020-2021 school year.  We would love to hear your input!  If you would like to share considerations with us, kindly complete and email the attached form to briankaszewicz@nullsd54.org by Friday, April 17th.  You can also return the form to the Hale Office once our school reopens. Completing this form is not required. Click here for a printable versions of the Parent Input Form

Stay safe and take care.

Brian Kaszewicz                                   Jenny Clark

Principal                                                Assistant Principal

March 18, 2020 – Principal Update

Dear Hale community,

Our schools may be closed through March 30, but our staff is looking forward to connecting with all students online this week through the new District 54 V-Learning Website.

All students can visit the D54 V-Learning Website, click on the link that corresponds to the correct age group and watch the welcome video. The website also contains a parent guide, a student guide and frequently asked questions. Families who do not have Internet access at home, can email VLearning@nullsd54.org.

  • Junior high V-Learning classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and students will follow their current schedule (including a break for lunch).
  • Elementary school and Lincoln Prairie classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Early Learning Center students can log in with a trusted adult at any time. Students brought home bags last week to compliment the Choose Your Own Adventure virtual learning platform designed for their age group.

Since these classes are virtual and we understand that this schedule may not work for some families, students have the flexibility to complete tasks at any time. However, students participating during these V-Learning times will be able to interact in real time with their teachers. Student work during this time will not be graded.

Reporting 2019 Novel Coronavirus 

If your child is sick and cannot participate, please email me at briankaszewicz@nullsd54.org. It is especially important for us to track illnesses while the COVID-19 virus is spreading in our state. Should we have a case of COVID-19 affiliated with our school, we will let you know.

Food Donations

District 54 has received several inquiries from families asking if they can make a donation to support those in need during the school closure. Anyone wishing to donate food, may drop off nonperishable food items at our administration center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg, between 9 and 11 a.m. Mondays throughout the shutdown of school.

Please know that the closure may continue beyond March 30. The situation is incredibly fluid, and the state is waiting to announce what will happen after March 30 until we get closer to that date. I know our staff would prefer to be in school with our students, but we will do our best during this closure to remain connected as a school community.

Sincerely,

Mr. Kaszewicz

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program

The Nathan Hale PTA is happy to announce we will be encouraging your child to read by participating in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program. For the Six Flags reading program, your child will earn a free admission to Six Flags Great America if he/she reads at least six hours (360 minutes). Admission to Great America is for Summer 2020.

There is a new process, but it is a lot easier. Just follow the new procedures to register your child to participate in the program (see flyer at the end of the newsletter):

Students can optionally earn bonus awards by reading more than six hours such as discounts on additional tickets for family members, Season passes or Memberships.

Remember encourage your child to read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books and with technology nowadays they can read printed or online material anywhere, anytime.

The program is voluntary, but we encourage all kids to participate (from kindergarten to sixth grade). All your child needs to do is read 20 minutes each night before bedtime and not only will they be rewarded with Great America admission but remember the saying Readers are Leaders and your child can only benefit from reading. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lena Enviya at Lge74@nullcomcast.net.

PTA Information

The PTA Nominating Committee would like to announce the following parents who have volunteered to be to be officers of the Nathan PTA Board for the 2020 to 2021 School Year.

  • President – Heidi Trybus
  • 1st Vice President – Melissa Langietti
  • 2nd Vice President – Elena Gelarden
  • Secretary – Anita Medhekar
  • Treasurer – Amy Bredfield

Elections to vote on accepting the PTA Board Officers will be held at a later date. We would like to thank the member of the PTA Nominating Committee for all their work on finalizing the elections: Mary Jo Heflin, Melissa Langietti, Amy Bredfield and Lena Enviya.

Summer of 54 Camp Information

Summer is right around the corner and the perfect way to enjoy it is to join a Summer of 54 camp! Your child can build robots, design a t-shirt, learn a new sport, brush up on music skills, and so much more! T-shirts are included with registration, which is now available in your Parent Portal. Seats fill up fast so sign up now to be a part of the Summer of 54 Camp family! If you would like more information on each camp and the courses, please click here for the 2020 Summer of 54 Camp Brochure

June 8, 2020 – District 54 Education Foundation 23rd Annual Golf Outing

Join the District 54 Education Foundation for our 23rd annual golf outing on Monday, June 8 and make a difference in the lives of District 54 students! The golf outing at the Schaumburg Golf Club is the Foundation’s largest fundraising event. All proceeds support District 54 breakfast programs, STEM programs, and grants for students from financially struggling households. Please consider supporting District 54 children by becoming an event sponsor or golfing. The Foundation is also looking for raffle items and gift cards to award as prizes. This is an amazing opportunity to be a champion for District 54 students, so if you work for a business or corporation looking to make a difference locally – or you know someone who does – please share this information!  Click here for details, or to register as a sponsor or golfer.

March 3, 2020 – Principal’s Corner

Dear Hale community,

We appreciate the flexibility of our parents, staff, students, district administration, and the Board of Education this week and throughout the upcoming weeks. Difficult times are definitely easier when we all work together in a productive way. Thank you for your flexibility, understanding and patience. We are confident our children will thrive while we all focus on supporting them throughout the upcoming weeks. Our schools will be open during regular hours on Monday, March 16, 2020 should you need to pick up anything your student may have left at school.

With trimester two report cards available online today, we thought this was a great time to pause and reflect on the grit and determination each student at Hale has shown over the last trimester. Here at Hale, we recognize the importance of celebrating the successes of each student. Students have so much to be proud of as we begin the next and final trimester of the 19-20 school year. Take some time this week to talk with your child about this past trimester. Feel free to use some of these questions in your conversation:

  • What are you most proud of this trimester?
  • How are you different now than you were in August?
  • What is one thing you are excited about coming up in the third trimester?
  • How can I (the parent) help you be successful this trimester?

PTA Information

The PTA Nominating Committee would like to announce the following parents who have volunteered to be to be officers of the Nathan PTA Board for the 2020 to 2021 School Year.

  • President – Heidi Trybus
  • 1st Vice President – Melissa Langietti
  • 2nd Vice President – Elena Gelarden
  • Secretary – Anita Medhekar
  • Treasurer – Amy Bredfield

Elections to vote on accepting the PTA Board Officers will be held at a later date. We would like to thank the member of the PTA Nominating Committee for all their work on finalizing the elections: Mary Jo Heflin, Melissa Langietti, Amy Bredfield and Lena Enviya.

Yearbook

The yearbook order deadline is March 20th! Order your copy of this year’s Nathan Hale Yearbook! The cost is $20 (soft cover) or $25 (hard cover). Click here to order your yearbook online – deadline March 20, 2020 with Yearbook ID Code: 12875920. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Fitzgerald (kelfitz77@nullyahoo.com)

Read to Succeed Program

The Nathan Hale PTA is happy to announce we will be encouraging your child to read by participating in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program. For the Six Flags reading program, your child will earn a free admission to Six Flags Great America if he/she reads at least six hours (360 minutes). Admission to Great America is for Summer 2020.

There is a new process, but it is a lot easier. Just follow the new procedures to register your child to participate in the program (see flyer at the end of the newsletter):

Students can optionally earn bonus awards by reading more than six hours such as discounts on additional tickets for family members, Season passes or Memberships.

Remember encourage your child to read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books and with technology nowadays they can read printed or online material anywhere, anytime.

The program is voluntary, but we encourage all kids to participate (from kindergarten to sixth grade). All your child needs to do is read 20 minutes each night before bedtime and not only will they be rewarded with Great America admission but remember the saying Readers are Leaders and your child can only benefit from reading. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lena Enviya at Lge74@nullcomcast.net.

New Kinder Registration 

Families new to District 54 should click here to begin registration.  Current District 54 families, with new kindergarteners, need to register through their Parent Portal account.  You will need to bring your student’s original birth certificate (no copies) showing the student was born on or before September 1, 2015 (State of Illinois regulation).  Families new to District 54 must provide proof of residency.  All documents provided must be current, valid for 2020-2021, and reflect name and addresses within the school boundary.  Below are items that are needed to prove residency:

At least one of the following documents: The most recent real estate tax bill for residency showing owner as the taxpayer, or a signed lease for the residence including a beginning and end date, or a closing statement for the purchase of the residence.

And at least two of the following documents: Illinois driver’s license, gas, water, electric, internet, television, telephone bill or letter confirming service connection, public assistance documentation, voter registration card, home or vehicle insurance certificate, Illinois automobile registration, or receipt for local city vehicle sticker where applicable.

Summer of 54 Information

Summer is right around the corner and the perfect way to enjoy it is to join a Summer of 54 camp! Your child can build robots, design a t-shirt, learn a new sport, brush up on music skills, and so much more! T-shirts are included with registration, which is now available in your Parent Portal. Seats fill up fast so sign up now to be a part of the Summer of 54 Camp family! If you would like more information on each camp and the courses, please click here for the 2020 Summer of 54 Camp Brochure.

District 54 Education Foundation – 23rd Annual Golf Outing

Join the District 54 Education Foundation for our 23rd annual golf outing on Monday, June 8 and make a difference in the lives of District 54 students! The golf outing at the Schaumburg Golf Club is the Foundation’s largest fundraising event. All proceeds support District 54 breakfast programs, STEM programs, and grants for students from financially struggling households. Please consider supporting District 54 children by becoming an event sponsor or golfing. The Foundation is also looking for raffle items and gift cards to award as prizes. This is an amazing opportunity to be a champion for District 54 students, so if you work for a business or corporation looking to make a difference locally – or you know someone who does – please share this information!  Click here for details, or to register as a sponsor or golfer.

 

Brian Kaszewicz                                                         Jenny Clark

Principal                                                                     Assistant Principal