Reading and Library isn’t just for the School Year!

Posted May 28th, 2015 by evandesampel

Are you looking for something fun to do with your children over the summer to keep them engaged with reading? Not sure what types of books to read or where to get them at? Ms. Graham has been working on a couple of activities that hopefully will help fill the void of Library and Reading that tends to creep up during the summer time.  Please check out the  Bookmobile letter in order to plug a few dates in your calendar that will allow you and your family to snag some great reads for the warm summer days. Enjoy reading and have a bit of a competitive streak in you? Well, if that’s the case – Ms. Graham has put together a little scavenger hunt type of contest. Check out the 2015 Summer Reading Hunt and be prepared to turn them in when school starts in the fall!

Most importantly, make sure to spend some time enjoying a great read, or two, or three…. Read with your son and/or daughter. Have them read to and with you? Reading is a life time skill, one that isn’t meant to be solely for the August through May school year. Enjoy your summer and enjoy some reading!

Summer Registration

Posted May 28th, 2015 by evandesampel

If you need to and have not, please download, print and return Summer Registration information to the school!

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted May 27th, 2015 by evandesampel

It is hard to believe that we only have 4 weeks of school left!  The school year certainly has gone by rather quickly.  It is amazing to think about all of the learning that our students have taken part of, the fun P.B.I.S. activities, and the wonderful PTA events.  We still have more fun learning and activities to do and will be busy with our students through June 12th.

End Of Year Activities
Read Across Hanover is a new and exciting event that our very own, Laura Graham, has been diligently working on.  Our students will enjoy a day fill with fun reading activities throughout the day.  Students will also be able to watch our staff compete in our first Staff Battle of The Books.  Students will be able to watch the teachers answer questions and compete to see which team will win the crown of being the battle winners.  This event will take place on the 5th of June.  Be sure to ask your children about the event when they come home that day.

We will celebrate two different grade levels during the last week of June.  Our 6th grade students will take part in the tradition of Rite of Passage on June 11th.  Parents received a letter earlier informing them of the event.  Our kindergarten students will also take part in a kindergarten celebration on June 10th. There will be separate celebrations for both the morning and afternoon classes.  Due to limited seating in our gymnasium, siblings that attend Hanover Highlands will not be allowed to attend.  During these celebrations we ask that parents, please be mindful of the limited parking in our parking lots.  We also ask that if you park on the street that you not block any driveways of our neighbors.

Our annual field day will take place the last day of school during the morning.  Our theme for field day will coincide with our school theme of superheroes.  Our PTA will be providing a lunch for our students and will be sending home permission slips to our students.  Please return those permission slips so we can ensure that we have enough food.  As a Hanover tradition parents are invited to enjoy lunch with their children.  Parents will be allowed to attend during the lunch hour, which will occur 11:45-12:30, but must return the permission slip that is being sent home.  At 12:30 students will continue participating in our P.B.I.S. celebrations and parents will be dismissed.

Upcoming Dates
May 25th-Memorial Day Observed-No School
June 1st-Students Non-Attendance Day
June 5th-Read Across Hanover Day
June 10th-Kindergarten Celebration
June 11th-Rite of Passage
June 12th-Field Day-a.m.

Don’t forget to check out the PTA Newsletter or the Hanover Highlands Spanish 5-20-15

What’s new with grades 1 and 2?

Posted May 20th, 2015 by evandesampel

The latest and greatest newsletters are ready for your reading pleasure from the first and second grade teams. To know what is coming up or just happened, please check out:

Week of May 12-18

Week of May 19-25

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted May 8th, 2015 by evandesampel

On behalf of the staff at Hanover Highlands I would like to thank our community for truly making all of the staff at Hanover Highlands appreciated this week.  The P.T.A. did an amazing job representing the parent community and showing how much the care for the staff.  The staff truly loves working with your child and the rewards we receive from teaching your children is the most amazing gift.

Arrival & Dismissal
Recently, we have noticed an increase with the number of students that are arriving to school late.  We have also seen a number of students not being picked-up on time at the end of the day.  Please make sure that your child is here by 8:35 in the morning.  We start instruction right at the 8:40 bell and want to ensure your child is ready for their day of learning.   When students arrive late they miss key instructional moments that may impact their progress. It is also important that students are picked up on time.  School ends promptly at 3:00 every day except, Wednesday when we dismiss at 2:30.   Although it is spring we are learning through June 12th.

Upcoming Events

May 12th-P.T.A. Meeting @4:00 p.m.

May 15th-Young Athletes @ Eisenhower

May 21st-5th/6th Grade Field Trip

May 27th-1st/2nd Grade Musical Performance

The recent edition of the PTA newsletter is here or in Spanish.  Please take a moment to read the newsletter as there is wonderful information for parents.

ABC News Caster Speaks About The Benefits Of Being Bilingual

Posted April 30th, 2015 by evandesampel

Back in March our four dual language classes had a special guest  joined them. The reporter’s name is Michelle Gallardo from ABC news talked about the benefits of being bilingual. One benefit is you can get a great job. Another benefit is you can travel around the world and understand the languages. After she was done talking with the students, we got to ask her some questions. One question that was asked is what was her favorite interview. Ms.Gallardo shared a story about a man who saved peoples lives. She felt that this was a better interview compared to celebrities. The interview was pretty amazing to hear her it was very inspiring to know of being bilingual could make you a better person.

– Jessica & Karely

Ms. Gallardo shares how being bilingual is a great thing!

Ms. Gallardo shares how being bilingual is a great thing!

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted April 24th, 2015 by evandesampel

It has been a wonderful week at Hanover Highlands!  This week our teachers held a wonderful math night.  Parents enjoyed playing board games, working with math websites, and classroom activities that centered around math.   It was the first math night for our school and we look forward to having more in the years to come.

Curious to what is occurring in the PTA of Hanover highlands – check out the latest PTA newsletter.  Please take a moment to read through this edition as there is some important information.  I am excited to announce that we have our new PTA board members for the upcoming school year.  Our president will be Cindy Galer, our vice-president will be Pilar Vences, our secretary will be Christine Razzak, and the treasurer Theresa Banks.  As we welcome these new board members, I also want to thank our outgoing president, Cathy Worthem, for her several years of service on the PTA.

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted April 22nd, 2015 by evandesampel

It is hard to believe we are in our last full week of April and next week we will be turning another page on the calendar.  This month is going by extremely fast and we have plenty of learning that we will be doing before June 12th.   Our teachers are creating more engaging activities as the weather warms up.

Our students in grades 3 through 6 will be taking the end of year PARCC assessment.  We will begin the PARCC testing on April 29th and conclude testing on May 4th.  During the testing period we ask that parents please ensure that students:  have a good night sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, and arrive to school on time.  We will be testing first thing in the morning and students being at school and ready to go is extremely important.

We have recently seen an increase in the number of calls coming into the school office in regards to how their child will be leaving for the day.  We are asking parents to make these arrangements with their child prior to them leaving in the morning.  Our secretaries do inform classrooms, but please keep in mind that this disrupts the learning environment and we wish to make every moment of learning a meaningful one.

We are not only busy with the learning that is taking place this year, but also preparing for the 2015-2016 school year.  If you have younger children that will be joining us next in kindergarten we strong encourage you to register your child now.  If you know of neighbors that have students that will be joining us next year as kindergarten students please spread the word and inform them that they can register their child now.  This will allow us to create class list and ensure that our staffing is appropriate for the 2015-2016 school year.

Registration information was sent home to all of our current families through the mail.  Please ensure that you return these forms with any updated information to the school office.  In order to maintain your child’s enrollment we must have this form returned.  There also must be a current and updated least in the school office, that has not expired, when the school year begins or your child’s enrollment will be dropped.

Schaumburg Parent University – May 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 May.

  • Schaumburg Parent University presents Merengue Away – May 5 [SPANISH COPY]. This dance class is for children in early childhood through sixth grade and their parents. It will be from 6 to 7 p.m. May 5 at Stevenson School.
  • Concussions: Risks and Intervention. Jill Dorflinger, a pediatric neuropsychologist for Alexian Brothers, will discuss typical brain development and the best interventions if your child suffers a concussion. This class for parents only will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rafferty Administration Center.


If you are interested in attending these events, please see the attached flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at

April 30th-May 4th-PARCC Testing

May 6th-Half Day-School will dismiss at 11:40.  There is no school for our kindergarten students.

May 12th-PTA Meeting @ 4:00 p.m.

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted April 14th, 2015 by evandesampel

All of our families should have received a registration form in the mail.  It is extremely important that parents review the information on the form, make any changes in regards to your child’s information and return those to our school office.  These forms are crucial in securing your child’s enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year.  If any student has an outdated lease, they must have an updated lease on file to maintain their enrollment.  If you have an outdated lease our secretaries will be informing families that we need a new lease on file.

We had an extremely successful week with MAP testing.  It  is great to see many of our students reach their reading goals they set in the fall.    Next week we will continue with MAP test and our students will be taking the math portion of the test.  We appreciate your continued support by ensuring your child has a good night sleep, a nutritious breakfast, and are at school on time.

Our PTA has published a new edition of the PTA newsletter [Hanover Highlands Apr 9 Spanish].  There is some important information within the newsletter.  Next Friday, our PTA will be hosting a family movie night.  Parents must attend the event with their children.  The newsletter also has information about hot lunch for MAY and June.  There is much more important information within the newsletter so please take a moment to read the newsletter.

Math Family Night
The staff at Hanover Highlands will be hosting a math night for students in grades 1st-6th.  Parents have the opportunity to learn how to incorporate websites, and board games to help boost problem solving and math skills.  Our teachers will also share simple  math games they use within their classroom that can also be done at home.  Information about the math night is attached.  We are asking parents to please RSVP so we can ensure that we have enough ice cream at the event.



April 14th– P.TA. Meeting @ 5:00 p.m.

April 17th-Family Movie Night @ 5:30 p.m.

April 21st-Math Night for Grades 1st-6th Grade

Up Coming Evening – for ALL!

Posted April 9th, 2015 by evandesampel

Math Family Night is around the corner! You will walk away with great ideas that are fun which you can do at home with very little materials to help your child hone in on their mathematical abilities. We hope to see y0u here!