Hunting Ridge Hawk Happenings

December 1, 2021

Seasons Greetings

Hunting Ridge Families:

Seasons greetings to everyone as we move into the holiday season! We are so grateful for everyone that took time to connect with us during parent-teacher conferences. These connections between home and school are extremely important to the success of our students. We are now into our second trimester and excited to finish 2021 strong. In these December weeks we still find ourselves working on how to be strong students in school. Adjusting back to a more normal, structured routine is taking longer than in years' past but we are definitely making gains. As we return from our winter break we will start 2022 by resetting expectations to remind our students coming back and to introduce these expectations to our new students.

Our teachers continue to work hard at refining our work using the amazing Fountas and Pinnell Classroom materials to support our reading curriculum. It is so exciting to see the kids enjoying these beautiful books and using them to support amazing classroom discussions. Thank you for these materials.

Parent University - Parents, come learn with us!

Did you know that D15 has a Parent University? Watch our website for way to keep parents connected to our learning in D15 and to keep the learning happening at home!

Lost and Found Bin:

Is your child missing a jacket or a water bottle? Please come in and take a look through our bin. We have a full bin of many coats and jackets. We have all items in the lobby for parents or students to look through if needed. We want to make sure we get these items back to kids for the weather change.

Important Dates:

- December 8 - Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 PM

- December 23 - Winter Break Begins


Mrs. Ortlund

Cold Weather

The weather is changing. Please make sure that students are prepared for the weather. We recommend dressing in layers that are marked with your child's name on each item. When the snow begins, students wanting to play in the snow will need boots, snow pants, and gloves. Feel free to send clothing in a bag to make it easier for kinds to place their clothing in one place. Please have your child practice putting on boots, gloves, snow pants, and zipping coats. This will help your child transition inside and outside more independently.

Need assistance? Please reach out to Kara Marks at 847-963-5341.

Arrival and Dismissal

Many of our families are new to us since the start of the school. To help all of us work together for safe arrivals and dismissals I am including our routines. For safety reasons, we structure our routines so that car drop-off and pick-up are on one side of the building (Mallard side) and bus drop-off is on the other side of the building (Harvard side). Walkers are encouraged to use the sidewalks for safe crossing.

For parents, we know arrival and dismissal can be a very trying time. We are here to help better define the system to allow for a safe, calm environment for our students. We ask for your help in not bringing pets on school grounds for safety reasons. Adults supervising will be wearing safety vests so students can easily identify them.

Arrival and Dismissal Times:

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

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

  • Afternoon kindergarten arrival: M-Th, 12:45 PM, Friday, 12:20 PM

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


Students come to school in 1 of 3 ways: 1) Car 2) Walk 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.


We ask the students arriving by car to use the Mallard Drive car loop. Cars pull into the lot from the South, proceed through the line, and exit the lot on the North. You 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. From the car line, students will proceed directly to their classroom line. Drivers will exit Mallard Drive being careful of pedestrians.


Students using District 15 busing 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 classroom line.


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 classroom line. 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.

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.


Students leave school in one of three ways: 1) Car 2) Walk 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 also 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. Teachers will divide their classes into lines for walkers/car riders/bus riders.

Bus Riders: Bus riders will exit the back of the building to meet their buses. This path is supervised by staff members. Younger students are encouraged to sit near the front of the bus. The driver and/or school reserve the right to assign seating when necessary to ensure a safe trip home. We highly encourage students assigned to buses to take buses as our pick up areas become very crowded.

Walkers and/or Car Riders: Kindergarten ½ Day – Second Grade: These students will walk to the upper blacktop and wait in class lines until parents or caregivers meet them on the upper blacktop. This will require parents to park cars along Mallard Street in order to meet their K-2 student. 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. Please note, the parking lot on Mallard Drive is closed during dismissal. We ask for your cooperation parking along the school side curb, between 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.

We ask that parents do not park on Harvard for dismissal. These streets are marked as no parking zones and cars can be ticketed by police. Parking on this street makes it very difficult for buses to safely turn. It is also a dangerous place for students to cross. Please park and meet your child on the Mallard side at Door 14 for a safer exit.

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 and the teacher are aware of any changes to dismissal whenever possible.

We thank all parents and caregivers, in advance, for their patience and help in modeling respectful and kind behavior to our community.

Job Fairs

Flyers and Sign Up Opportunities Available in Lobby on Conference Days!

Job Fair

District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates. Come apply onsite and Be a Part of Our Team!


Monday, December 13, 2021

Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday, March 7, 2022


Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

We are looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at in the Human Resources department with any questions.