Message from November 1, 2019

What a festive Halloween we had! Thank you to the many, many parent volunteers who worked so hard to make the 2019 Halloween Disco a huge success as well as all the room parents who helped organize the class celebrations yesterday. The weather was stormy, but the kids had a blast! 

FLU SEASON IS HERE!!!  Flu is a serious illness. The BEST way to prevent flu for you and your child is to get a flu shot. Feel free to contact Nurse Rossi for additional questions.

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Please be sure to complete this year’s Illinois 5Essentials Survey! This is a unique opportunity to not only provide feedback to the school and district, but to support Hatch on a larger scale. School-level reports will be generated if at least 20 percent of parents respond to the survey.  It should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete. If parents have more than one child that attends the same school, they may elect to participate multiple times. For parents with children enrolled in multiple schools, we recommend that they participate in the survey for each school. Thank you for your support!

To take the 2019-20 Illinois Parent Survey Visit:

October Birthdays: Take a look at the awesome new books added to the Hatch library to celebrate these October Birthdays! Here is more information about this great program and how to contribute. 

Please click the flyer (English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic) for information about the upcoming BPAC (Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee) meeting on November 16, 2019.

Last chance to receive a discount  on the purchase of the 2019-2020 Yearbook! Purchase by November 30 to receive a 5% discount.   See flyer for more information and go directly to to purchase a Yearbook.

Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back this weekend!

PTO Reminders

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration! (Hosted by D97 DivCo and Beye Inclusion Committee) 

Join us November 2! (11am - 2pm)

Learn about this tradition and remember your own family members and traditions!

  • Mariachi Sirenas cultural presentation and performance (1pm)

  • Food from Jarabe with suggested family donation

  • Crafts to learn about Día de los Muertos traditions and incorporate your own  family remembrances

  • Information about supporting immigrant communities near and far

  • OPPL bilingual story time (12:30pm)

This is not Halloween event. Costumes are not appropriate and face-painting is not encouraged. Celebrate by representing your home culture! Come and partake and enjoy typical Día de los Muertos activities!

Forty percent of all food in the United States is wasted every year. In order to address this crucial issue, the Interfaith Green Network, in conjunction with several local sustainability organizations, is presenting two programs intended to help community residents become “Food Waste Warriors.”  

The community is invited to a FREE screening of the film, JUST EAT IT. This film aims to change the way people buy, store, cook, compost, and eat food. Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. Immediately following the film there will be an audience discussion.  RSVP here


Did you know 40% of our food supply is WASTED? With over 40 million Americans going hungry, what can be done? Attend the FOOD WASTE WORKSHOP to learn from professionals in our community who can help you make impactful changes to reduce food waste.

Come learn about what is being done in regionally and locally to address the problem of wasted food. US EPA Representative and scientist, Julie Schilf, will share her global perspective on the problem of food waste and how individuals can take measures to prevent it in the first place. Joining Ms. Schilf are Stephanie Katsaros of Bright Beat, a national sustainability consultant to businesses and organizations, and John Larder professional engineer and Certified Compost Systems Manager. Both are members of the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition who will share their knowledge and resources with participants to learn actionable steps on how to make impactful changes in their lives and at home. Rounding out the program with a local success story is Alison Jordan, a Clinical Nurse Leader at Rush Oak Park Hospital where she co-leads the Surplus Project. The Surplus Project helps to reduce hospital food waste by donating unused food to community organizations.

The Workshop will also feature action tables from partners focused on sustainability in our community including D97 Green Teams, Sugar Beet Food Co-op, Trader Joe's Oak Park, Angies Pantry and Triton College. RSVP here

The PTO needs your help! We have a high need for volunteers to chair the following fundraisers and events. Please keep in mind that most of this work can be done from home!!

Parents Night Out/Adult fundraiser: This annual outing can be whatever you want it to be! In the past there have been events such as bowling and golf outings, but you will be able to get creative make this your own! Volunteer with a friend and you can co-chair!

Hatch Hosts:  This fundraiser is brand new this year! The chair would be responsible for recruiting and coordinating parents who host themed parties in their homes. There is alot of interest in hosting, we just need a chair to make it happen!

Tiger Cash: Organize times throughout the year for the school community to purchase gift cards. A percentage of gift card purchases goes directly to the PTO. This is a position that is easy to do from home.

Sarah Mendez

Hatch School Principal 

1000 N Ridgeland Ave

Oak Park, IL 60302

(708) 524-3095