Message From 05/19/2023



The Fun Fair was amazing!!!  Thank you to our amazing PTO volunteers for making this event possible.  It is an enormous undertaking, and we are so grateful.  Coming together as a Hatch community to celebrate another amazing school year felt wonderful.


Next week we continue our ABC countdown. Don’t forget to join in on the fun. Monday is Mustache Day! 


Ms. Stringham is looking for some supplies for her maker space area! She is specifically looking for K'Nex kits. If you want to donate any K'Nex kits or pieces to the Hatch library, email her at [email protected]. 


Our goal in this last unit of Second Step is to help students learn how to solve peer conflicts.  Conflict is a natural part of being human and a natural part of life, yet the struggle to solve a conflict in prosocial ways is real!  Our kindergartners learned how to share and compromise when conflict arises so they can have fun and are less likely to resort to more aggressive solutions like grabbing or name-calling. The goal is not to dominate others when we’re playing, the goal is to have fun together, and when we play in fairways, everyone has fun. Our first and second graders learned about noticing when people are left out and inviting them to play.  Our third graders used the problem-solving steps to cope with being left out.  Our fourth graders learned how to take responsibility for their actions by apologizing and offering to make amends. Our fifth graders also learned how to avoid gossip, which is a common source of conflict. Below are our home links for this week!

Kindergarten - No home link
First Grade - No home link
Second Grade - No home link
Third Grade - No home link
Fifth Grade - Dealing with Gossip


We are in need of parent volunteers for our Field Day event this year. We need your support with all the fun games and activities we have scheduled for that day. This is an all-school event, so the more volunteers, the better.  Please see the attached form.

8th grade or High School  Hatch tigers are welcome to come back and help as well!!!


The PTO Board seeks volunteers to help during the 2023-2025 school year. We have an opening for TWO members for our Hatch After Hours program. Please email us for more information: [email protected]


Cradles to Crayons Clothing Drive: Cradles to Crayons currently has a low inventory of clothing - but as this is an ongoing need, please consider donating directly to them at any time.

Needed sizes include infant through adult medium.
Please drop off clothing and shoe donations at the Hatch entry by May 26th.


Check out our Music Newsletter from Ms. Duran here:


Meet the Principals (Brooks Middle School): Meet the principals from Brooks Middle School on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, in the Hatch Library (Room 206) from 7 - 7:45 pm. Click here to see the flier.


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


D97 Updates/Reminders:


Kindergarten and New Student Registration is Now Open!

Online registration for kindergarten and new students is now open for the 2023-24 school year. Kindergarten and new students may register from May 5, 2023, through July 1, 2023. 
Kindergarten Eligibility:
In order to register your student, you must be the custodial parent/guardian and currently reside in Oak Park. Students registering for Kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year must be at least 5 years old and be born on or before Sept. 1, 2018.
All students entering kindergarten, including those currently enrolled in one of District 97’s early childhood programs, are considered “new students” and should follow the kindergarten and new student registration process on May 5. All other currently enrolled District 97 preschool students who are not entering kindergarten should register as returning student beginning on May 26. 
Please click the links below to learn more about the registration process for kindergarteners and new students.
Returning student registration will open on Friday, May 26. Instructions for returning students will be shared in the coming weeks. We appreciate your partnership in preparing for a successful 2023-24 school year!

Process for Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases to D97 Schools
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they must complete the following steps:
  1. In order to notify the school nurse and receive a return-to-school date, families/staff must complete the confidential COVID-19 Positive Case Notification Form as soon as possible following the positive test. Information provided will also be shared with the Oak Park Department of Public Health. 
  2. Families must continue to report student absences via the school attendance line, and staff must enter their absences in Frontline.
To see the rules for isolation and quarantine, click here. Additional resources are linked below.