Weekly Newsletter 8/27/2021



We are so proud of our Hatch Tigers!  They did an amazing job engaging in the first week of school and adjusting to full in person learning.  Please know that we understand that this is a shift for some of our students and will be responsive to their changing needs.  The first week is all about building relationships and teaching students the learning expectations.  As we transition into a more academic focus, please reach out to your child’s teacher directly if there are specific pieces of the experience that are either working very well or not.  Your feedback is important to us as we design our delivery of services around responsive practices!  


In order to keep you informed and connected to our amazing community, I will be sending a short message each week along with updates from our PTO.  You can be on the lookout for this weekly newsletter each Friday. 


One of our many fun traditions at Hatch is wearing school spiritwear on Fridays.  This can be actual Hatch gear or anything orange or tiger themed.  We hope you will join in the fun next week!


Please join us for the Virtual Hatch Curriculum Night on Tuesday, August 31st. From 6-7pm:  During our Curriculum Night, you will have the opportunity to hear about the various learning experiences we have planned this year. There will be two sessions per grade level so that families with more than one child can attend each classroom presentation.  Session A will run from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  and Session B will run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  If you do not need to attend two classroom sessions, I highly recommend you visit our Library, Music, Art, PE, and Spanish teachers.  We have an amazing fine arts team that would love to share their curriculum and programming information with you!


Specials and Support Staff Curriculum Night Sessions:

Topic: Curriculum Night Support and Specials Staff

Time: Aug 31, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


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Meeting ID: 876 8022 6418

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Our first virtual “Coffee with the Principal” will be Friday, Sept. 3rd from 8:15-9:00am. This is an informal gathering.  Please feel free to stay 5 minutes or 45 minutes as your schedule permits.  See you then!


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Meeting ID: 826 2093 2753

Passcode: tigers


Apollo registration is open for the 2021-22 school year! We have a few spots left!

After school care will be offered until 6pm; 3, 4, or 5 days a week, to learn more or sign up please see the link below.

To register: https://apollo-hatch.jumbula.com/#/2021-2022



As is the case each year, I receive a multitude of emails and phone calls from parents during the first week.  I am doing my best to prioritize the various needs and return each message as quickly as possible.  Please know your message is important to me, and I will continue to work through the weekend to address concerns as quickly as possible.  Thank you in advance for your patience.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our teachers, office staff, or support staff.  We are looking forward to another amazing year at Hatch!


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


Safety Reminders


Keep kids home if they are sick and communicate with Nurse Rossi immediately if you suspect exposure or posible Covid-19 diagnosis. Containment is key!


Please do not park on Harvey during our drop off times and move all the way forward before allowing your child to exit.

Please wear a mask  during drop off and pick up to model for our students.


Staff and students only are allowed on the blacktop. 


No dogs are allowed on school property. We do have some students with either allergies and/or anxiety around dogs. Thank you for your cooperation!


D97 Updates


District 97 Now Hiring!

District 97 is currently hiring for key positions to support in-person learning during the 2021-22 school year!


Permanent Substitutes

District 97 has immediate openings for permanent substitute teachers. If you know anyone who is looking to work with children, earn competitive pay and give back to the community, please encourage them to apply today at: https://www.op97.org/hr/employment.


Lunch/Recess Supervisors

To support our students and staff during the school day, we are still seeking more parents and community members to serve as lunchroom/recess supervisors during the 2021-22 school year. It's easy to apply, and your time would have a direct impact on our schools. CLICK HERE to apply!


D97 instrumental virtual open house is Wednesday, September 8th at 7 PM. It will also be recorded and families can watch it at a later time. Parents can find info on the website www.op97.org/instrumental-music And can register for the open house at https://op97-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcofu2gqD4vH9XqoBsQfVh_NfYicpC7jA8B


2021-22 Frequently Asked Questions

District 97 has created a 2021-22 FAQ page based on the top questions we have received over the past few weeks. Topics include ventilation, remote learning, vaccination and travel.

Our back-to-school plan is linked below and can also be found, along with other COVID-19 resources and information, by going to https://www.op97.org/back-to-school.


Reminder: Stay Home When Sick!

Staying home when sick is essential to keep COVID-19 infections out of schools and prevent spread to others. Symptoms that should be monitored daily by District 97 staff, families and students are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea