Hatch Message from Principal Mendez

District 97 Vision

Oak Park Elementary School District 97 will create a positive learning environment for all students that is equitableinclusive and focused on the whole child.

Message from February 23, 2018

Thank you to all the parents who came out to our PTO meeting on Tuesday! We enjoyed a very informative session on technology and students’ mental health sponsored by our Diversity committee. If you were unable to attend, we will be posting the presentation shortly.


This year's Hatch Science Fair has been updated to include new categories for student to consider while searching for the kind of project they may want to explore: Experiment, Research, and Demonstration.  Note the explanations for each category, display suggestions, and links for project ideas. Specific rubrics for each will be available shortly. Many thanks to Hatch mom Jill Sullivan for her time and efforts in researching and providing much of this information.


PARCC Testing Dates

Beginning  Monday March 5th, our third, fourth and fifth grade students will take part in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing (PARCC). Fifth graders will also participate in the Illinois Science Assessment. We are excited that  testing will be web based again this year, which will give students the opportunity to build experience with testing on a computer in a comfortable environment. We have limited our testing window to two weeks for each grade level. Please see the schedule below.

Students should make every effort to be present and on time to school during the testing window. Should an illness or unforeseen absence occur, the student will participate in make-up testing. Parents, please assist your child in being prepared for testing. Eating breakfast and being well-rested will help your student to do his or her best. Discussing the importance of the test while minimizing any anxieties your child may be feeling is helpful as well. As is required by law, every student who is eligible to take the PARCC assessment will receive a test ticket or test booklet. However, in accordance with our practice, anyone who elects not to take the assessment will be permitted to read a book after the teacher has read the directions to the class and students have begun the testing process. If you have any questions or concerns regarding PARCC testing, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Monday 3/5

Tuesday 3/6

Wednesday 3/7

Thursday 3/8

Friday 3/9

5th and 4th grade: Math 1 (9:15 - 10:45)


5th and 4th grade: Math 2 (8:15 - 9:45)

3rd Grade: ELA (8:15 - 10:15)

5th and 4th grade: Math 4 (9:15 - 10:45)

3rd Grade: ELA 1 (12:00 - 2:00)


3rd Grade: ELA 2 (12:00 -2:00)

5th and 4th grade: Math 3 (12:00 - 1:30)

3rd Grade: Math 1 (12:00 - 1:15)


Monday, 3/12

Tuesday, 3/13

Wednesday 3/14

Thursday 3/15

Friday 3/16

5th and 4th grade: ELA 1 (8:55 - 10:55)


5th and 4th grade: ELA 2 (8:55 - 10:55)

5th and 4th grade: ELA 3 (8:55 - 10:55)

5th grade: Science (9:10 - 10:30)

3rd Grade: Math 2 (12:00 - 1:30)


3rd Grade: Math 3 (12:00 - 1:30)

3rd Grade: Math 4 (12:00 - 1:30)

Please see the attached  flyer for an upcoming district-wide international dance event sponsored by world language advisory committee and Spanish FLES teachers.


Reminder: Please do NOT bring dogs onto school property. We have a number of students who are very afraid of dogs as well as those who have allergies. Thank you!



PTO Reminders


Thank you to all who attended our recent PTO meeting. In case you missed it, you can view a short meeting summary video: https://youtu.be/zAPE-OvUt7o


Don’t forget the Hatch Green Team “Shoe Drive” begins February 26. Please help the Green Team prevent shoes and other items from going into the landfill! SHOE DRIVE: February 26 – March 16 the Green Team is shoes to donate to Share Your Soles. Please bring in new or gently worn (and clean) shoes of all sizes -- women’s, men’s, children’s, gym shoes, sandals and boots. Collection boxes will be at the school entrance. Questions? email [email protected] or [email protected].


Register for the Hatch Tiger Bowling Tournament, coming up April 7. Registration form


The Book Fair needs volunteers to sell and sort items, and to help with the ice cream social! http://signup.com/go/huDbGYp. The Spring Book Fair will take place March 6-8. Proceeds support books and supplies for our classrooms and libraries. Also, look for teacher book lists at the Fair to purchase book specifically for your child’s classroom library. 


Hidden Figures screening and event. March 10 at Brooks. A discussion follows the film for parents on practicing equity, presented and facilitated by social justice scholar and journalist ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson, along with an interactive workshop for kids led by local women of color who work in the fields of tech, science, and medicine. Sponsored by Lincoln, Mann, and Brooks PTO Diversity committees. Recommended for kids ages 8 and up. Register here: http://bit.ly/DivCoEvents7



Ms. Sarah Mendez, Principal

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