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Congratulations 6th Grade Class of 2015

Posted June 11th, 2015 by evandesampel

Rites of Passage – a time of celebrating the symbolism of change, from an elementary school child to a junior kid, will take place today, Thursday, June 11th at 2:00 pm. During this day, speeches will be spoken, photos will be taken, cake will be eaten and bubbles will be blown. Yet, as each sixth grader sits, waiting for their names to be called, memories will be stirred. Memories of their past six years of being a child – whether it was here at Hanover Highlands or some other school that their educational path commenced. As these memories are stirred, the questions of what’s to come also begin to surface. Junior High is no longer around the corner…it is here! The journey that these children may – to them – seem to have been a long one, yet it truly has been quite a quick step. The next few years will go by in a blink. Seriously! Ask any of the students who continually come back to revisit and remember what life was like back at H-squared, who are now in junior high, high school or even college and graduate school [because the still do come back!] Take your time growing, but remember to keep growing: as a learner and as a person! Congratulations class of 2015! We hope to hear good things from you in your future!

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

 

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted June 10th, 2015 by evandesampel

This week is our last week of school and I am sure your children are excited to begin their summer vacation.  Before we begin heading into summer mode we still have some exciting activities for our students.  Teachers have planned some fund engaging projects for students during their last week!  Our kindergarten students will participate in their kinder celebration and our sixth grade students will participate in Rite Of Passage(there is more detailed information below).  Our entire school will enjoy Field Day and PBIS fun during their last day of school.

Bookmobile letter
The Schaumburg Library bookmobile will be coming to Hanover Highlands during the summer! All students will be able to check-out books from the bookmobile, even if they do not have a library card.  The dates of the book mobile are:   June 23rd, July 7th, July 21st.  The bookmobile will be here from 1:00-1:45 p.m.  Our amazing staff will also have a read aloud and activity following the bookmobile at 1:45-2:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for students to continue reading over the summer.  More information is attached within this email.  If you have any questions please call the school office.

Back to School Night
It may seem early to being thinking about the next school year, but we wanted to provide some important information to families!  Our Back To School Night will take place on August 20th.  This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher, drop off supplies, and listen to a presentation about the curriculum.  Parents have two time slots to attend, and we ask parents to stay for the entire session so that they are well informed about the school year.  The first session begins at 5:30 and the second session begins at 6:15.  Each session will run for approximately 40 minutes.  This event allow us to inform parents about academic expectations, and school procedures.  I have attached a flyer with more information.

KINDER CELEBRATION AND RITE OF PASSAGE
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.

FIELD DAY
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.  Please note that parents will not be allowed to take pictures during the school day.  At 12:30 students will continue participating in our P.B.I.S. celebrations and parents will be dismissed.

REPORT CARDS
Report Cards will be sent home on the last day of school.  Please look through the envelope of the report card as there will be lots of information included.  We will be including a list of school supplies, which can also be found on our school website.  There will be a summer reading list  for students to help them pick out interesting and fun books as they visit the book mobile or the library.  There will also be other information that will inform  parents about events for the beginning of the school year.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 10th-Kinder Celebration

June 11th-Rite of Passage

June 12th-Field Day and P.B.I.S. Celebration

August 20th-Back To School Night

August 24th-First Day of School –Grades 1-6

August 31st-First Day of Kindergarten

 

PTA is ready with some news as well! Check out the latest edition of Hanover Highlands Spanish June 3-15 or Hanover Highlands Newsletter in English for June 3, 2014.

Summer isn’t over….

Posted June 10th, 2015 by evandesampel

BUT…when it is you will need to know a lot of information! Keeping that in mind, please print, read and save the back to school night letter. Important information is included regarding our Back to School night and times!

Read Across Hanover – Balloon Creations

Posted June 9th, 2015 by evandesampel
students learn how to make a balloon heart.

students learn how to make a balloon heart.

On Read Across Hanover Day, organized by Ms. Graham, students were able to participate in all sorts of reading related activities. Students in grades three and four were able to rotate to different classes and do different activities. All of the students were placed into different groups [so they were not all in the same homeroom] for the day in order to enjoy some books and fun with different friends and teachers.

Besides the Marshmallow Launch activity, the third and fourth graders were also able to get creative with balloons. In Mrs. Howard’s class, she read a book called Balloon Farm. This book was about a person who grew balloons – yet no one knew how he did it. They actually grew out of the ground! Eventually,  someone found out how he did it by climbing into a tree and spying him to see what happened. The “spy” came over, and the balloon farmer let him take as many as he wanted. He ended up grabbing three to start his balloon farm. It was a pretty neat book.

After students listened to the read aloud, Mrs. Howard shared an instructional video using YouTube that explained how to make balloon swords. First students watched the entire clip to get an idea of how to make the balloon sword. Then, Mrs. Howard played it and paused it after each step – giving the class time to complete each step. Everybody was able to successfully make one! Then the group watched another video that showed how to make balloon hearts.  The final instructional video showed the kids how to make a hat. So, if you were wondering why your child came home with some Balloon Creations, now you know!

-Karina, room 101

 

Read Across Hanover – The Marshmallow Launch

Posted June 9th, 2015 by evandesampel

On Read Across Hanover Day, organized by Ms. Graham, students were able to participate in all sorts of reading related activities. Students in grades three and four were able to rotate to different classes and do different activities. All of the students were placed into different groups [so they were not all in the same homeroom] for the day in order to enjoy some books and fun with different friends and teachers.

In Ms. Esparza’s class, Ms. Esparza read aloud a book called Spoon. The story was about a spoon who was jealous of other cooking utensils in the kitchen because he was just a normal, everyday sort of spoon. Yet, by the end of the story, everyone else became jealous of the spoon.

Following the read aloud, students worked in groups of three and were given materials to create a marshmallow launcher. Groups were provided about 20-30 minutes to complete their creation.  Then the kids were able to conduct test launches to see how far the marshmallow would fly. Finally, the competition was on!

 

– Dylan, room 107

Samuel, Jesus, and Daniel are seen here making their marshmallow creation.

Samuel, Jesus, and Daniel are seen here making their marshmallow creation.

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted June 4th, 2015 by evandesampel

The school year is slowly crawling to an end for us!  Our students have had so many wonderful experiences this year.  Our PTA has provided some outstanding events like:  Halloween Bash, Dinner With Santa, Holiday Store, Movie Night, Classroom Parties and more.  The students learned about new math strategies, different communities in Social Studies, participated in fun science experiments, and took creative ideas into their writing.  The school year has been a Superhero year of learning and fun!

 
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. 
 
Looking To Next Year
Next year our classroom configurations will look different than the past few years.  We will have straight grade level configurations. Classrooms will be balanced by gender, learning styles, and academic skills.  Ensuring there is a balance of learners in each grade level classroom will provide the optimal learning environment for all students.
On August 20th, parents and students are welcomed to come to school to meet their child’s classroom teacher, drop off their supplies, and take part in a curriculum presentation.  During this time parents and students will also participate in our curriculum night.   The presentation will take approximately 30 minutes.  The first presentation will take place 5:30-6:15 and the second presentation will take place 6:15-6:55.  We encourage parents to attend the full presentation in order to understand the learning expectations for your child.  This will also allow parents to ask questions about classroom procedures, and curriculum. 
 
Upcoming Dates
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.

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