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Rivera’s Rap…

Posted September 17th, 2014 by evandesampel
Well the autumn weather made an early appearance!  I know many of our students and staff were  hoping to enjoy a few more days of warm weather.  As the temperature takes a dip please make sure that students are dressed appropriately.  Students do go out for recess and we want to ensure they are able to enjoy their recess time.  It may be a bit too cold for shorts and students may need to bring a fall jacket with them to school. 
 
MAP TESTING
                Our students did a wonderful job this week working on their MAP tests.  Thank you for ensuring that students had a good night sleep and a nutritious breakfast.  Next week, our students in kindergarten and first grade will be taking their second session of reading and math.  Students in grades two through six will be participating in their MAP math tests.  All students will be taking their MAP tests with their math teacher.  Below is a schedule of the weekly MAP tests. 
 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH
Ms. Munoz, Mrs. Whittenhall, Ms. Esparza, Mrs. Foley
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH
Ms. Munoz, Mrs. Levato, Ms. Tanaka, Mrs. Foley
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH
Ms. Haselton, Mrs., Lefebvre, Mrs. Argueta, Mrs. Sutton, Mrs. Howard, Ms. Russell, Ms. Little, Mrs. Anderson
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH
Ms. Haselton, Mrs. Argueta, Mrs. Anderson
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH
Ms. Wisser, Mrs. Keller, Ms. Christman, Ms.  McGuire, Mrs. Michel, Mrs. Strasser, Mr. VanDeSampel
 
ARRIVAL REMINDERS
                Our instruction begins promptly at 8:40 every morning.  Our school doors open with staff supervision at 8:25 so students can get to their classrooms and begin settling in.  Please remember that our school doors close at 8:35 and students begin transitioning for their first instructional period.  Please help us by ensuring your child is here by 8:35
 
SPIRIT DAY
                As our school wraps up MAP testing next Friday we are celebrating by having a fun spirit day on Friday, the 19th.   We will be having Pajama Day.    Our students have been showing their superpowers during MAP testing and being extremely responsible.  However, even superheroes get tired sometimes; so, we will be having pajama day on Friday. We will still be learning with our super powers, but we can be a little more comfortable
 
Run to Read – September 28
District 54 will host its 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Dirksen School in Schaumburg. Run to Read is a day of races offering something for everyone. The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children. At 8:45 a.m., we start our 5K run followed by a family walk at 9 a.m. All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To  register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website http://sd54.org/runtoread/.  Finisher medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children. 
Faith Rivera
Principal
Hanover Highlands School

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted September 7th, 2014 by evandesampel

Our students finished another week of learning!  They are diving into the curriculum with their teachers and are on their way to an amazing year of learning.  Within literacy our students have been focusing on either: main idea and details, character, setting,  plot, rising action, and climax.  Within math students at different grade levels are focusing on solving addition equations, place value, writing equations,  finding patterns and estimations.    Our students have done a wonderful job jumping into learning and we know their enthusiasm for learning is supported by their parents.

Our PTA is also busy organizing  wonderful events and opportunities for our school.  Attached is the first newsletter of the year. Please take a moment to read through the newsletter as there is a lot of information for parents and students.  One thing in the newsletter is the PTA membership form.  Families can join our PTA by completing the form and sending in their membership fee.  Without your support our PTA is unable to provide the many programs that our students enjoy.

District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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. Most classes are free and childcare is provided. Please see the attached flyers for details regarding STEM family fun night and Erin’s Law classes coming  up.

Finally, I would like to encourage parents to make readingat home on a daily basis a priority.  One way you can help your students increase their reading level is by providing a quiet area for your child to read.  There more time a child spends reading the greater their success.  Attached to this email is a chart that provides parents with some facts on the importance of reading.  Many of our teachers have provided books from their classroom libraries for students to read.  Students will begin checking out books from our library next week.   Another great resource for families is the Schaumburg Library.  There is a Hanover Park location at: 1266 Irving Park Road, Hanover Park, IL 60133.  The library is not only a great resource for students to obtain reading materials, but also provides other services for students to be successful in school.

Have a wonderful weekend, and we look forward to our students doing an amazing job on their MAP testing next week!

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted September 3rd, 2014 by evandesampel
This week has been a wonderful week as our kindergarten students joined our Hanover Highland family.  They have been busy learning classroom routines, discovering all the fun things that happen in school, and making new friends.  It has been wonderful to see their smiling faces in our building and to hear their excitement as they begin their journey in education. 
 
Curriculum Night
                I wanted to remind our families that tonight is our curriculum night.  We encourage parents to come and learn about their child’s curriculum. This is also a great opportunity for parents to ask questions about classroom routines, the daily schedule and about curriculum.  There are two presentation times for parents to attend.  The first presentation is from 6:00 p.m.-6:45 and 6:45-7:30 p.m..  Many grade levels are doing team presentations and you will be able to meet other teachers that work with your child.54
 
MAP Testing
                MAP testing will be taking place starting next week.  Students in all grades will be taking tests in both reading and math.  Teachers will use the results from these tests to create yearlong learning goals in both reading and math.  Please make sure your children have a good night sleep, and a nutritious breakfast.  The results from these tests, and your child’s learning goals will be shared with you at conferences in October.  Below is the testing schedule for the week of September 8th.
 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
Ms. Munoz, Mrs. Whittenhall, Ms. Esparza, Mrs. Foley
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH
Ms. Munoz, Mrs. Levato, Ms. Tanaka, Mrs. Foley
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH
Ms. Haselton, Mrs., Lefebvre, Mrs. Sutton, Mrs. Howard, Ms. Russell, Ms. Little, Mrs. Anderson
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH
Ms. Haselton, Mrs., Lefebvre, Mrs. Sutton, Ms. Little, Mrs. Anderson
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH
Ms. Wisser, Mrs. Keller, Ms. Christman, Ms.  McGuire, Mrs. Michel
 
 
                We are looking forward to seeing our families tonight at our Curriculum Night (6:00-7:30 p.m.)!

Daily Reading, Nightly Reading – Important?

Posted August 29th, 2014 by evandesampel

Reading and being engaged in the reading process should not necessarily be homework, but rather a part of our everyday routine. The more we read, the more we learn. The more we learn, the stronger a citizen and Superhero we become. Knowledge is power! That being said, if you are wondering WHY it is so important, you may want to check out Why you shouldn’t skip your reading note…and think about it. Then, pull out that favorite book of yours and spend some time reading with your child!

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted August 29th, 2014 by evandesampel

Hanover 8-27-14 Spanish Version

It has been a wonderful couple of days with our students!  The students walked in with wonderful smiles excited for a new year of learning ahead of them.  The staff hit the ground running with your children with wonderful lessons to engage them and maintain that excitement about learning.   As we head into a Superhero year we are hoping the following information helps you as you partner with us in your child’s education

P.B.I.S.
This Wednesday our students participated in our P.B.I.S. stations rotations and our P.B.I.S. assembly.  Students learned about our expectations throughout the school from our staff.  With a focus on our theme of superhero students learned what it means to be a superhero student.   As a staff we are also including Quantum Learning within out P.B.I.S. framework.   Our goal through using Quantum Learning is to provide a strong Foundation, an empowering Atmosphere, a support Environment, and effective Design and masterful Delivery.   Through Quantum Learning students will also learn the 8 Keys to Success that will be taught through classroom lessons that are facilitated by our social worker, school psychologist, and classroom teacher.   By including Quantum Learning within P.B.I.S.  we know we will see each child develop into the superhero we know they can become.

CURRICULM NIGHT
On Wednesday, September 3rd, we are inviting our parents to join us for our curriculum night.  Each team will go through the curriculum for the year, classroom and school expectations, and answer questions parents may have.  This year the district is using a new math curriculum and it would be beneficial for parents to hear about this curriculum.  There are two different sessions parents can attend, 6:00-6:40 p.m. or6:45-7:30 p.m..

SCHOOL SPIRIT DAYS
At Hanover Highlands we enjoy creating a strong environment that allows students to learn.  Every Wednesday Hanover Highlands has school spirit day.  Students and staff are encouraged to wear Hanover Highlands spirit wear.  Our P.T.A. purchased t-shirts for our students last year and they will be selling some of those t-shirts at our curriculum night.  With a focus on our Superhero theme, every Friday students and staff, if they choose, can wear a superhero t-shirt/sweatshirt.   In the upcoming months Hanover will have a few other fun spirit days!

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL
As the school year has started we have had a few students arrive to school late and be picked up late by parents.  All children should enter the building through the back at their designated grade level doors.  Please note that in the morning our last bell rings at 8:35.  At the end of the day students will be released from their grade level door in the back, unless they take a bus.  Our students dismiss at 3:00 every day except Wednesday, when they are released at 2:30.  

Run to Read – September 28
District 54 will host its 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Dirksen School in Schaumburg. Run to Read is a day of races offering something for everyone. The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children. At 8:45 a.m., we start our 5K run followed by a family walk at 9 a.m. All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To  register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website http://sd54.org/runtoread/.Register by Sept. 5 to save $5 on your registration fee and reserve a race Tshirt in your size. Finisher medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children.

Schaumburg Parent University
District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided.
This year we have already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on Sept. 30 and internet safety on Oct. 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on Sept. 16 and art projects on Oct. 22. Before we plan the rest of the classes for this school year, we would like to hear from you. What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions)at  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1767964/Schaumburg-Parent-University-Survey so that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community.
For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website athttp://sd54.org/spu.

Upcoming Events:

September 1st-Labor Day-No School

September 3rd-Curriculum Night (6:00-6:40 p.m. or 6:45-7:30 p.m.)

September 24th- Half-Day for students.  Students dismiss at 11:40 – No school for Kinder.

September 28th-Run to Read

September 30th-Picture Day

September 30th-Digital Safety Presentation for Parents Only (6:00 p.m.)

We are looking forward to another wonderful year of learning. If you have any questions please feel free to call the school office.

Along with the above information, you maybe interested in reading a back to school letter from State Superintendent Koch or about some upcoming and exciting fall trainings 2014. Along with that, your child may want you read and print out HOT LUNCH ORDER FORM Sept 2014

Hungry – Pizza anyone?

Posted August 28th, 2014 by evandesampel

For those that are new to Hanover as well as those who are returning to Hanover Highlands, you should know there are certain days of the year in which you walk into the building around lunch time and you are greeted with the aroma of Pizza . This is because there are certain days in which Pizza is for sale and available to students for $2 a slice. If you’re are interested, please refer to the Pizza SCHEDULE.

Mark Your Calendars Update!

Posted August 11th, 2014 by evandesampel

School of Information Day: August 14 from 9:00 – 11:00; 1:00 – 3:00; 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Meet & Greet Day: August 25th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

1st Day of Class 1st through 6th grade: August 26th

1st Day of Class Kindergarten and Early Childhood: September 2nd

Curriculum Night: September 3rd from 6:00 – 6:40 and 6:45 – 7:30

Parent Teacher Conferences
Goal Setting: October 9th & 10th
Reflection: January 15th & 16th

School and the classroom is but one member of the important team that makes up for a successful academic year! PLEASE make note of the above days and join us to help guide our children towards success!

Rivera’s Rap!

Posted August 11th, 2014 by evandesampel

Dear Hanover Highlands Community [Spanish Version],

I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer with your children!  Our staff cannot wait to hear about all the wonderful things that our students did over the summer.  I know that summer is not over and that your children have a few weeks left of their summer vacation but I wanted to take a moment to connect with our families prior to the start of school.  There are a few items that I want to highlight to ensure the transition to a new school year is smooth and successful.

School of Information Day
Our school of information day will be on August 14th.   During this time parents can find out their child’s class placement.  Class lists will be posted in our front lobby.   The staff has worked extensively and gone to great lengths to ensure these lists and placements will create the best learning environment for all children.  Please note that placement change requests will not be honored. This day is also a  great time for parents to also pick up milk forms and update any new contact information with our school office.  Please note that the school will not be open for families to tour classrooms as we are still getting everything ready for the beginning of the school year.

Meet and Greet
On August 25th students and their parents can meet their child’s classroom teacher and drop-off their classroom supplies.  The Meet and Greet will run from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and  teachers will be present in their classrooms.  We encourage families to take advantage of this opportunity to not only meet their classroom teacher but to also connect with familiar faces prior to the start of school.

First Day of School
The first day of school for students in 1st grade through 6th grade is August 26th.   This is a full-day for our students.  School begins promptly at 8:40 and ends at 3:00 p.m.  Teachers will be present outdoors prior to the start of the school day so students can find their classmates and will walk into the building with their teacher.

The first day of school for our kindergarten students is September 2nd.  Families of our kindergarten students will be receiving a phone call from a staff member prior to school starting.  The purpose for this call will to coordinate a time for students to come in prior to the first day to meet other students and to also participate in assessments

Curriculum Night
I want to encourage all of our parents to attend our curriculum night on September 3rd.  This will be an evening event.  During this time parents are able to learn about the curriculum for their child’s grade level, learn about procedures for the classroom and school, and ask questions.

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Bye-Bye July [SOON], Hello August!

Posted July 23rd, 2014 by evandesampel

Hopefully you have had a wonderful summer, spent a lot of time with your families and enjoyed a good book or three! Before you know, school will be back in session! Reminder, if you did not know, you can find your back to school supply lists here. If you have had any summer school practice work – please make sure to be doing some work on them. There were math packets that were sent home at the beginning of the summer for some extra practice and to keep the rust forming on our brains.

DATES OF NOTE – SO MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

 August 25th: Meet & Greet, Backpack Drop Off from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

September 3rd: Curriculum Night from 6:00 – 6:40 & 6:45 – 7:30

October 9th & 10th: Parent Teacher Conferences

January 15th &  16th: Parent Teacher Conferences

 

 

Math Olympiads the finale…

Posted June 3rd, 2014 by evandesampel

Another season has drawn to conclusion, yet a successful and fun time was had. Students delved into a variety of strategies, racking their brains in order to see patterns and locate solutions. In the end, our group had 7 out of 11 students place in the top 50% of all International MOEMS competitors which includes kids from 49 states, 13 U.S. Territories as well as several countries around the world.

That being said, Ali for the second consecutive year took up the Olympiad Trophy for leading our school in total points awarded with 15 out of a possible 25. Keep your eyes open next fall folks, as the next season will be around the corner.

Seen here, Ali is overjoyed with his accomplishments!