Message from October 25, 2019

Thank you to all the families who donated to our teacher conference breakfast and lunch! Our dedicated teachers worked long and hard to prepare for the many conference meetings. We truly appreciate your time and generous donations to help make their days a bit easier.  In addition to being busy with conferences, we also had another successful evacuation drill this week. Our students do an amazing job in following our Hatch Habits as we practice each type of drill!

Finding Just the Right Book for your Kids-After hearing how your child is progressing with their reading skills at parent teacher conferences, many of you may be wondering how to help your child find great books that are appropriate for them to read. Here are two major things to think about when helping your child find great books to read. First, is the topic something my child is interested in, and is the topic appropriate for my child to read on their own? Sometimes kids are interested in topics but they may not be able to handle the content yet. These types of books would be best read as a read aloud together and have meaningful discussions while reading these books. Secondly, can my child read the book independently? An easy way to figure this out is to ask them to read the first page to you. Can they re-tell you what they just read and were they able to read the page and only struggle with 1 - 3 words? If so, that book is a good fit for them! Here are a number of great resources to help you foster a love of reading in your child. If you ever need any help finding books for your child, don't hesitate to reach out to Ms. Howe, our teacher librarian. 

The Hatch staff wants to ensure we used Parent/Teacher Conferences effectively and that the time spent together discussing your child(ren)’s progress was helpful. The goals of Parent/Teacher Conferences are to effectively promote open lines of communication between home and school, keep parents informed about their child(ren)’s progress—both academically and socially— and to develop cooperative strategies that can ultimately benefit every student. As we look to grow our practices, we are asking for your feedback. Please take a few moments to answer the questions sent out in a survey from your child’s teacher about your experience during Fall Conferences. This feedback will be used to enhance your future experience during this time. Thank you in advance for your support.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Halloween Disco tonight! Please remember there is no drop off at this event. All parents are responsible for attending with their children. There will be a haunted hallway, music, a costume contest, and much, much more! Thank you to our many parent volunteers who make this special night possible. 

Next Friday, November 1st is a staff Institute Day dedicated to professional learning experiences designed to enhance the instructional practices we use in our classrooms, and there will be NO SCHOOL for students.

Each year we strive to improve the school experience we provide to our students. In order to do so, we need your input. I’d like to invite parents to a “Coffee with the Principal” on Tuesday, November 5th at 8am in the conference room. This is an informal gathering. Please feel free to stay 5 minutes or 45 minutes as your schedule permits and be sure to sign in at the main office. See you then!

Hurry!  October 31 is the last day to save 10% on the purchase of the 2019-2020 Yearbook! See flyer for more information and go directly to to purchase a Yearbook.

PTO Reminders 

Join us TONIGHT October 25!


The 2019 Hatch Halloween Disco will take place on Friday, October 25th from 6-8 p.m. Kids are invited to dress in their Halloween costumes and parents are welcome to join in the fun! DJ, Dance Party, Pizza/Snacks, Crafts and More!   Tickets are $4 at the door (2 and under is free).

Happy Halloween!

Thank you Hatch community for supporting the school with the PTO. At our October PTO meeting we approved a staff request to purchase calming kits for every classroom. These tools will help kids self regulate or take/earn a break within the classroom. Thanks to your support we were able to fund this nearly $7000 initiative. 


October 25 - Halloween Disco

October 31 - Halloween

November 1 - Hatch After Hours Session 2 Sign-Up Deadline 

November 1 - No School

DIVCO/PTO COAT DRIVE: Please help share the warmth and consider donating a New winter coat, hat, gloves, snow pants or boots.  These items will help another student at Hatch. Please click here for more information.


We have needs for parents to lead the following events/fundraisers:

  • Parents Night Out/Adult fundraiser
  • Hatch Hosts
  • Tiger Cash

For more information email [email protected]  

Sarah Mendez

Hatch School Principal 

1000 N Ridgeland Ave

Oak Park, IL 60302

(708) 524-3095