Message from 05/26/2023



There is NO SCHOOL Monday, May 29th, due to Memorial Day. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!


In celebration of Asian/Pacific Island heritage month, we welcomed Michael Awe (father of Hatch teacher, Ms. Awe) and his musical partners, who brought Indonesian Gamelan music to Hatch this week. Each 2nd-5th-grade class had a hands-on demonstration class. Some lucky 5th-grade students from each class were able to be in a performance group. The presenters demonstrated and taught about Javanese music, instruments, and culture during the performance. Then the 5th-grade performance group performed. Thank you to the Hatch PTO/DivCo for sponsoring this wonderful event! 


5th-grade Families are invited to Meet the Principals (Brooks Middle School): Meet the principals from Brooks Middle School on Wednesday, May 31st, 2023, in the Hatch Library (Room 206) from 7 - 7:45 pm. Click here to see the flier. 


Summer Reading - During library time this week (and next), students will be learning about the Summer Reading Program at OPPL. Check out this slide deck for information on how to sign up for your child, and click here for more information and to register.


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]. 


Second Step
This week, our kindergartners learned how to cope with strong feelings they might experience when things are taken away from them. They learned that using words and being assertive can be a good way to handle it and that grabbing things from others is not ok. First graders learned about name-calling and that calling people names is not ok. They learned that if someone calls them a name, they can choose to ignore it, speak up assertively and that if it continues, they should let an adult know. Our second graders learned about playground problems and how important it is that everyone agrees on the rules of a game before playing. Third, fourth, and fifth graders learned that being assertive can help you resist negative peer pressure and that it’s ok to say no and be told no by a peer. Both giving and accepting an assertive refusal are skills our children can benefit from! All of our students are learning how important it is to calm down before facing a problem and how using problem-solving steps can help them in all situations. 
Kindergarten - No home link
First Grade - No home link


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]


“Hatch Has Talent” is one week from today! Families, please join us on this ZOOM link at  1 pm Friday, June 2nd. 

Meeting ID:
854 1950 3926


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


D97 Updates/Reminders:


Online registration for the 2023-24 school year in District 97 will officially launch for returning students on Friday, May 26th! This year, the registration window will be open from May 26th through July 1st for returning students. Please see below for details. Information is also available on the district website at 


Returning Students
The parent/guardian listed as PG1 in PowerSchool will receive an email from [email protected] with their student’s snapcode and registration instructions. Emails will be sent on Friday, May 26th, 2023.
New Students and Kindergarteners
Registration for kindergarten and new students opened May 5th and will be open through July 1st. Please click the links below to learn more about the registration process for kindergarteners and new students.
We appreciate your partnership in preparing for a successful 2023-24 school year!
There are still spots available for early childhood blended classrooms at Whittier Elementary School for the 2023-24 school year! The deadline for applications has been extended to June 9th, 2023.
District 97 is seeking students who:
  • Are non-IEP students who will be between the ages of 3 and 4 years by September 1st, 2023.
  • Demonstrate age-appropriate language and social skills.
  • Are Oak Park residents!
  • Are not enrolled in a preschool program.
For more information about the Early Childhood Blended Program or to apply, please visit

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. 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.