Hunting Ridge Hawk Happenings

Welcome Back to School 2021 - August 14, 2021

More Than Ever

Hunting Ridge Families:

This communication outlines important routines and procedures for a safe and organized start. Our District 15 theme is More Than Ever. More than ever will we need your support to help make this school year a positive start for our Hunting Ridge community. More than ever we will need our parents and caregivers to be exemplars for our hawk habits of RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and SAFETY. More than ever we need to partner with our families to help students return to the classroom, maximize our learning time with them, and to build strong relationships so that learning can occur.

We are so excited to welcome students back into our school. Please know that these beginning weeks are weeks of adjustments for all of us. They require communication, patience, and partnership. We are humbled to have your children with us. We look forward to an incredible school year with all of you!


Mrs. Ortlund

Important Times to Know

Arrival and Dismissal Times

  • Students arrive between 8:30 - 8:40 AM; First bell rings at 8:40AM; Students are in class by 8:45 AM

  • Morning kindergarten dismissal: M-Th, 11:20 AM, Friday, 10:55 AM

  • Afternoon kindergarten arrival (Door #1): M-Th, 12:45 AM, Friday, 12:20 PM

  • Afternoon dismissal: M-Th: 3:25 PM, Friday, 2:35 PM

Arriving to Hunting Ridge


Students come to school in one of three ways: 1) Car 2) Walk/Bike 3) Bus. All students can begin arriving at school no earlier than 8:30 AM. This will allow students plenty of time to adjust prior to school beginning at 8:45 AM. Please allow extra time in these beginning weeks and for inclement weather to ensure students arrive on time. As students are dropped off, we ask that parents help us by exiting the drop off areas so we can make sure that we can see and support students getting to correct doors.

As students arrive, they will enter the building through their grade level doors:

  • Kindergarten: Mrs. Schwarz Door #9, Mrs. Rauch Door #10
  • Grades 1 - 3 and Miss Nasca's class: Door #11.
  • Grades 4-5 and Mrs. Nilsen's and Miss Gerhardt's classes Door #8
  • Grade 6: Door #3
  • ATG Students and Transitional KDG bus riders: Door #2 and will walk through the building to class.

Car—We ask the students arriving by car use the Mallard Drive car loop only. Cars pull into the lot from the South, proceed through the line, and exit the lot on the North. Drivers will be directed by staff when to allow your children to exit the car. Students MUST exit from the passenger side. Please do not get out of your car to release kids from car seats or to open the back seat door on the driver’s side. If children cannot independently exit from the passenger side, parents should park on the street and walk them to the blacktop area. From the car line, students will proceed directly to their grade level entry door. Drivers will exit Mallard Drive being careful of pedestrians.

Bus—Students using District 15 busing from the Hunting Ridge service area will be dropped off in the school parking lot off Harvard Drive. Students will be permitted to exit the bus at 8:30 AM. They will proceed directly to their classrooms. Students requiring District 15 busing for the Transitional Kindergarten or Gifted Programs will arrive to Door #2. They will proceed directly to their classrooms.

Walk—Students walking to school should all cross at the Illinois Avenue/Mallard Drive intersection via the Palatine Crossing Guard. Students should proceed on Mallard Drive to the sidewalk leading to the back blacktop. They will then proceed directly to their grade level entry door. Parents choosing to drive and park, must park on Mallard along the school side of the curb, between No Parking signs. Please do not block neighboring driveways.

Bikes - Students and parents choosing to ride a bike to school must utilize the crossing guard at Mallard and Illinois to safely cross. Once on school property, we ask that bikes are walked to the back of the building upper blacktop area where bikes and helmets can be secured to bike racks. Students can then proceed to their grade level entry door.

Harvard Drive Parking Lot—During arrival and dismissal, this lot is only open to parents that need to enter the office, to walk students to our CARE program, or to walk Transitional Kindergarten students to Door #2. Outside of arrival and dismissal, this is the easiest lot for families to access our school office. Please do not use this lot to drop off students.

Afternoon kindergarten students will arrive by bus or parent walk-up to the front of the building at Door #1. If arriving by car, please do not park on the street, kindly use the lot on Illinois Avenue.

Lunch Hour at Hunting Ridge

The lunch hour for students in grades 1-6 is 11:50 - 12:50 PM. Students are able to bring a lunch from home or select from the lunch options offered through Nutrition Services. This year, there is no cost to lunches selected through Nutrition Services. Menus can be found on the District 15 website.

Bringing a lunch from home: Please label your child's lunch bag, containers, and water bottles.

Selecting a lunch from Nutrition Services: Please review the menu options with your child. Children will make their selection as a part of their morning routine. This selection will also give them the choice of white milk, chocolate milk, or no milk. We rely on students to adhere to the choice they make each morning. This choice drives our ordering process. There are no extras should a student change their mind. The District 15 menu can help families make choices for meatless or dietary menu needs. Please do not hesitate to call our office should you have any questions.

Dismissal from Hunting Ridge


Students leave school in one of three ways: 1) Car 2) Walk/Bike 3) Bus. The key to a successful dismissal is consistency. Please make sure your child is aware of their routine before beginning their day. Limiting changes to this routing is helpful. Taking the time to have a conversation about the end of day routine each morning helps children immensely. Please communicate any emergency changes during the day to the school office. While teachers check phone and email messages frequently, we cannot guarantee it will be received prior to dismissal. Kindly notify both the teacher and school office of any change to a child's dismissal plan.

Bus Riders—Bus riders will exit the back of the building to meet their buses if they live within the Hunting Ridge service area. Students that are a part of District 15 programs at Hunting Ridge will meet their bus at Door #2. Walking paths are supervised by staff members wearing safety vests. All bus riders are in assigned seats. Students will wear masks when riding the bus.

Walkers and/or Car Riders—Kindergarten Half-Day – Second Grade: These students will be dismissed from the upper blacktop until parents or caregivers meet them. This will require parents to park cars along Mallard Street in order to meet their K-2 student. The Mallard lot is closed at dismissal time to ensure a safe dismissal for all of our young students. Students not picked up will be brought to the office.

Walkers and/or Car Riders—For students in grades 3-6, walkers will exit the Mallard Drive door—Door #14 to meet parents and caregivers or to walk home. Parents and care givers can wait on the sidewalk outside of Door 14. Please note, the parking lot on Mallard Drive is closed during dismissal. We ask for your cooperation parking along the school side curb, mindful of no parking signs, in order to meet students. Please do not block driveways. Parents and caregivers can wait along the sidewalk on Mallard Drive. Please stand on the sidewalks instead of the parking lot area for safety. Once all walkers have exited the building, students requiring car transportation will be dismissed. Staff will remain on duty until all students have been matched up with their appropriate guardian.

It is very important that dismissal plans remain as consistent as they can for our students. Parents that make any changes to dismissal must notify the office before 3:00 PM in order for us to deliver the message on time. Please help us make sure that your child, the school office, and the teacher are aware of any changes to dismissal whenever possible.

Absences from School at Hunting Ridge

We ask for help from parents and caregivers to call our attendance line each morning by 9:00 AM to let us know if students will be absent from part or all of the school day. This helps us communicate with teachers and properly record absences. Students that leave school before the end of the day will need a parent to sign them out in the office.

Students that are sick or gone for appointments or family emergencies can coordinate with classroom teachers what lessons and assignments were missed during that absence. These students will not be participating in virtual learning when not at school.

Dropping Items Off at Hunting Ridge

Helping children have a consistent routine for organizing their materials each night for the next day is a way that parents and caregivers can help students develop skills toward independence. Consider organizing backpacks, Chromebooks, glasses, water bottles, and clothing items in the same place each night for a quick and organized exit the next morning. Students that are bringing a lunch from home can make this a part of their routine as well. As a part of this evening routine, please help our students in grades 3-6 that will be bringing Chromebooks home each day to charge their device for the next morning. Students that do not have a Chromebook or charged Chromebook can check out a loaner device for the school day.

Should a parent need to drop off an item, kindly make sure that it has the student's name, grade, and teacher name on the item. These items can be brought to the main office.