Message From 06/10/2021



It is hard to believe we wrapped up this unique year at Hatch School.  I am so proud of the accomplishments and resilience of our students and staff throughout every challenge that presented itself.  Best of luck to our 5th graders as they begin their middle school experience.  Please see the link from their promotion ceremony!  We know they will make us proud and represent themselves well.  Thank you to the many parents who have volunteered in different capacities this year and who joined us in supporting the learning at home!  We are so grateful for all you do to support teaching and learning at Hatch!  


If you’re sad that you didn't order a yearbook,  you still can! Please go to TreeRing and type in our Hatch School Code: 101414446417712.  You can have it shipped directly to your house! Enjoy! 


Here are some links to some amazing video performances from our Hatch musicians as we head off into summer!


Lean on Me - D97 virtual chorus

Harmonica Karate - 3rd-5th grade

Side by Side - 5th Grade send off


Sarah Mendez
Hatch School Principal 
1000 N Ridgeland Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 524-3095


D97 Updates


Registration Information for 2021-22 School Year in D97

Online registration is currently open for the 2021-22 school year in District 97. Please visit for complete details.


Returning Student Registration Extended through June 30

Returning student registration will be entirely online and is extended through June 30 for returning students who are currently in kindergarten through seventh grade. The parent/guardian listed as PG1 in PowerSchool will receive an email from [email protected]. With their student’s snapcode and instructions to register. Returning Student Registration Information >


Note: In order to register, Oak Park renters must have a lease that covers August 31, 2021, or the student’s first day of school.


VIDEO: "The ABCs of Registration are 'D-E-F'"

CLICK HERE for a brief video that outlines the District 97 registration process!


As you begin the process, remember that the "ABCs" of registration are "D-E-F."

D - Documents: All required documents must be scanned and ready to upload before starting registration.

E - Early: Registration is a longer process and we ask that families register early!

F - Finish: Registration is finished once you receive a confirmation email from the district.

New Students and Kindergarteners

Families who wish to enroll new students or kindergarteners must first gather all required documents and make an appointment to have them reviewed. At your appointment, the registrar will explain the online process, verify your documentation and child's grade level, and enter the student into the online registration system. After your appointment you will receive an email for each student with a unique link to submit that student’s registration information. Information for Incoming Kindergarteners >


Appointments can be scheduled using this link:


Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Monday, June 14

Beginning June 14, summer meal pick-ups will be held every Monday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Longfellow Elementary School (for Julian and feeder schools), 715 S. Highland Ave., and Brooks Middle School (for Brooks and feeder schools), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.


Meals will be provided free of cost to any District 97 student in need. If you have any questions, please contact our food service coordinator, Carla Ellis, at [email protected].