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Monday – First day of Kindergarten!!

Posted August 27th, 2015 by evandesampel

Holy cow – the first week of school is nearly finished! But not for all of our students as our KINDERGARTNERS will be arriving Monday for a full day of learning fun! As our young superheroes enter the halls of Hanover Highlands – they’ll be trained in various areas of superpower knowledge that will prepare them to take on the world…and 1st grade! That being said, our three kindergarten teachers are quite excited to welcome them into their classrooms this year. Mrs. Ordonez, Mrs. Foley and Mrs. Keller have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming weeks. The initial edition of their NEWSLETTER is jam packed with all sorts of important information! Download and read it at your convenience! We are looking forward to a FANTASTIC start to the year!!

Rivera’s Rap – Welcome back to school!

Posted August 24th, 2015 by evandesampel

It is exciting to think that the 2015-2016 school year will begin tomorrow!  It was wonderful to see our families at our Back to School Night.  Many of you stopped by to chat on your way to and from classrooms, and it was great to hear about your summer adventures.  Once again we will be having a superhero year!  Before the children head into the doors of learning tomorrow please take a moment to read some important information that will assist you throughout the school year.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
The first day of school all of our staff members will be waiting outside on our playground to greet the students.  Teachers will hold a sign with their name so students can find their teacher.  Teachers will be standing near their grade level door.  Support staff will also be on the playground with class list in case a student is unsure of their classroom teacher.

In the morning staff supervision begins at 8:25 a.m., we ask parents to not have students arrive prior to that time as there is no supervision for students. During the school year all students are to enter the building through their designated grade level door.  Both of our parking lots close at 8:25 a.m. and parents will not be allowed to enter or leave the parking lot until 8:45.  We ask that parents please follow this procedure as it ensures the safety of all students.  Students need to be in their seats ready to learn at 8:40 a.m. If students arrive late to school a parent or guardian must sign their child into school at our school office.

When we dismiss students they will be dismissed through their grade level doors, unless they have one of their specials (art, music, physical education, or learning resource time) at the end of the day.  Both of our parking lots will be closed starting at 2:45 p.m. and will reopen at 3:10 p.m. Cars will not be allowed to leave or enter our parking lot during that timeframe.

P.T.A.
Our P.T.A. is a crucial part of our school community.  They provide many fun programs for our students and families.  They also volunteer in different areas throughout the school and provide many wonderful services for our students.  Please consider becoming a member of our P.T.A. which supports the learning of all students.  Our P.T.A. President, Cindy Galer, or our Vice-President, Pilar Vences, are available for any questions that you may have, or if you are interested in volunteering.

Lunch
Our lunch schedule has changed this year, but many of our procedures will remain the same.  Students will still enjoy 20 minutes of recess and 20 minutes to eat their lunches.  We ask that students bring their lunches with them to school.  In the rare case that a child forgets their lunch coolers will be located outside the main doors for parents to drop off lunches.  Please place your child’s name and room number of their lunch bag.  Below is a list of times of our different lunches.

 

Grade Level Lunch and Recess Time
Kindergarten 11:45-12:25
1st and 2nd Grade 11:00-11:40
1st and 2nd Grade Dual 11:15-11:55
3rd-6th Grade 11:45-12:25

 

Birthday Treats
We love to celebrate birthdays with our students.  During the school year we will announce the birthdays for the week and students will receive a pencil from the school office.  Often times parents wish to send in a treat with their child on their birthday.  Please note, that we encourage non-edible treat items.  Due to many health and religious restrictions if parents do send in any edible treat items they must: be individually wrapped, each item must have the ingredients on the label, and all edible treats will be sent home with students to enjoy.  If parents send in food items that are not individually wrapped with labeled ingredients on each item they will be returned to the parent.

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. Our first session will be Family Literacy Night on Sept. 14. Click on the attachments for more information about the rest of the fall classes or visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu. Registration information is also found at this website.

 

Run to Read
District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 8:45 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a Tshirt in the size you requested if you register by Sept. 4. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register online, visit http://sd54.org/runtoread.

 

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Upcoming Events

August 24th –First Day of School (Grades 1st-6th and All Intellectual Disabilities Classes)

August 31st-First Day of Kindergarten

August 31st-MAP Testing Begins

September 1st -5th Grade Instrumental Information Night @ Frost (7:00 p.m.)

September 7th –No School –Labor Day

 

We are looking forward to another amazing Super Hero year!

Back To School Night

Posted August 18th, 2015 by evandesampel

We are inviting all families to join us for our Back To School Night on August 20th.  During this time parents can meet their child’s teacher, drop-off their school supplies, and participate in a brief presentation from the classroom teachers.  We are not having a separate curriculum night so it is extremely important for parents to not only drop off the supplies but to stay for the presentation.  There are two time-frames parents can choose from, and this allows families with more than one child to meet both teachers and presentations.  The time-frames for the presentations are: 5:30-6:10 and 6:15-6:55. 

Arrival & Dismal Procedures

Posted August 18th, 2015 by evandesampel

The first day of school all of our staff members will be waiting outside on our playground to greet the students.  Teachers will hold a sign with their name so students can find their teacher.  Teachers will be standing near their grade level door.  Support staff will also be on the playground with class list in case a student is unsure of their classroom teacher.

In the morning staff supervision begins at 8:25 a.m., we ask parents to not have students arrive prior to that time as there is no supervision for students. During the school year all students are to enter the building through their designated grade level door.  Both of our parking lots close at 8:25 a.m. and parents will not be allowed to enter or leave the parking lot until 8:45.  We ask that parents please follow this procedure as it ensures the safety of all students.  Students need to be in their seats ready to learn at 8:40 a.m. If students arrive late to school a parent or guardian must sign their child into school at our school office.

When we dismiss students they will be dismissed through their grade level doors, unless they have one of their specials (art, music, physical education, or learning resource time) at the end of the day.  Both of our parking lots will be closed starting at 2:45 p.m. and will reopen at 3:10 p.m. Cars will not be allowed to leave or enter our parking lot during that timeframe.

PTA tidbits…

Posted August 18th, 2015 by evandesampel

Our P.T.A. is a crucial part of our school community.  They provide many fun programs for our students and families.  They also volunteer in different areas throughout the school and provide many wonderful services for our students.  Please consider becoming a member of our P.T.A. which supports the learning of all students.  Our P.T.A. President, Cindy Galer, or our Vice-President, Pilar Vences, are available for any questions that you may have.

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If you’re hungry during the month of September, you may want to check out September’s Pizza Day as well as the September Hot Lunch schedule.

Birthday Treat Info & Lunches

Posted August 18th, 2015 by evandesampel

We want to remind our community on our procedures for birthday celebrations and lunches.  There is a letter attached [ENGLISHor SPANISH] outlining the birthday treat procedures.  We love to celebrate with children but encourage students to bring in a non-edible birthday treat.  Please see the Birthday Treat Letter for more information.

Our lunch schedule has changed this year, but many of our procedures will remain the same.  Students will still enjoy 20 minutes of recess and 20 minutes to eat their lunches.  We ask that students bring their lunches with them to school.  In the rare case that a child forgets their lunch coolers will be located outside the main doors for parents to drop off lunches.  Please place your child’s name and room number of their lunch bag.  Below is a list of times of our different lunches.

 

Grade Level Lunch and Recess Time
Kindergarten 11:45-12:25
1st and 2nd Grade 11:00-11:40
1st and 2nd Grade Dual 11:15-11:55
3rd-6th Grade 11:45-12:25

WELCOME TO OUR NEW STAFF

Posted August 18th, 2015 by evandesampel

Hanover Highlands is extremely excited to have many new staff members join us for our school year.  We have staff members that have joined us from other buildings in the district, from other schools, and some staff that are new to the field of education.  Many of them have already been working with their teams getting ready for the school year.  I would like to introduce the following new staff members to Hanover.

 

Amy Houlihan-Assistant Principal

Ashley Fenton -3rd/4th Grade Dual Language

Stephanie Peisker-5th Grade

Mariana Rojas-5th  Grade Dual Language

Raegan Larberg-6th Grade Dual Language

Stephanie Dubinski-6th Grade

Adriana Caballero-EL Support Staff

Lynn Reynolds –P.E. Itinerant

Kelly Kerulis-Art Itinerant

Gaby Reazola-Occupational Therapist

McKayla Ellsworth-Speech Language

Laura Jaeger-Intellectual Disabilities SST

School Starts, Monday August 24th

Posted August 12th, 2015 by evandesampel

All District 54 students in first through seventh grade (and Lincoln Prairie eighth-graders) will attend their first day of the 2015-16 school year on Monday, Aug. 24. Eighth-grade students will return to school on Aug. 25.

Kindergarten and early childhood students will start August 31.

Some schools have planned welcome back activities and curriculum nights in August and September. Please check your school websites for more information. We urge parents to visit the schools and take an active role in their children’s education.

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.