Message from 06/02/2023



This week, we had a fantastic time enjoying the many talents of our Hatch students. The 2022-2023 Hatch Talent Show was a huge success! Thank you to our talent show committee for all their hard work and hours of planning to make this special experience possible!!


Hey Parents! You can order your school supply kits from the comfort of your home for the fall! Order by June 18th to receive FREE shipping to your home.


Message from Hatch Library: It’s that time of year when we finalize collecting library books or fees. If families cannot locate or replace their Hatch Library books, we would happily relay the dollar amount required to get those balances back to zero before we kick off our summer break! :) You may pay for the books on Revtrak or replace the copies of the book (have your child return them to the Hatch Library with a post-it note on them so we know who is replacing their book!) Emails have been sent out with the books yet to be returned - but feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions. 


Summer Reading - During library time, students have been 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 about teasing and how to handle name-calling. They learned it’s not ok to call people names that hurt their feelings. They practiced ignoring and responding assertively, which are two ways we teach students to handle mean behaviors from others. Responding assertively means looking at the person, using a strong voice, and telling them to stop. Ignoring means they don’t look at, talk to, or engage with the other person and walk away, if possible. If the teasing continues, students learn to report it to a grown-up. Our 1st-5th graders wrapped up their social-emotional learning lessons for the school year! They reviewed all the skills learned throughout the year, including listening skills, empathy, calm-down steps, and problem-solving steps. We know that when students are given the opportunity to reflect on their learning, they are more likely to retain and apply the skills and concepts they’ve learned!  
Kindergarten - No Home Link
First Grade - No Home Link
Second Grade -  No Home Link
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The PTO Board seeks volunteers to help during the 2023-2024 school year. We have an opening for TWO members for our Hatch After Hours program. Please email us for more information: [email protected]


Lost and Found items will be displayed by the main entrance  next week (weather permitting.) Please stop by to collect any personal belongings before summer break! All will be donated on The Last Day of School at the End of the Day.


Yearbook: As yearbooks start rolling in, we will place them in teachers’ mailboxes periodically. If you would like to purchase a yearbook still, click here. *They will not arrive at the school in time for the end of the year.


As information, next week is the last week of Hepizbah and Apollo after school.


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 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

It’s important that we promote the use of the new COVID-19 Case Notification Form to streamline the work of our nurses. Please use the content below in your school communication.
Suppose a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. In that case, 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.