Hunting Ridge Hawk Happenings
October 4, 2021
This is an busy time of year. We have taken time to get to know our students and setting expectations for the structured school day. In September, we completed many baseline assessments to help us know our learners coming back to the school year. For some of our students, they have not been in school for a very long time. We are finding the need to review expectations for our school day, for our bus and for how to respect ourselves, others, and our school space. Additionally, we are learning the expectations for the instructional parts of our day.
Parents can help us by establishing routines at home for kids to follow each day and night to develop these habits. Students can help to pack their backpacks and lunch each night. Students can choose their clothing and check the weather to make sure they are dressed appropriately. Students can fill their water bottles or charge Chromebooks in preparation for the next day. Students can set out their lanyards so parents can sign cards each night.
- Consider shoe tying
- Consider reviewing handwashing protocol
- Practice opening packaging to help lunchtime go faster
All of these practices help develop independence within our students. They are important so students feel ownership to the tasks of their day. We are grateful for any help that you can give.
This week we will be reviewing bus expectations and emergency procedures with our students.
Remember - adults must wear masks when entering the building. Thank you for your support.
- October 5 - 7:00 PM - PTA Meeting Join using Zoom link from website
- October 6 - Walk to School Day
- October 11, 12 - Student Non-Attendance Days
- October 13 - Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 PM
- October 16 - Fall Fest Pumpkin Pick-up at Hunting Ridge
- October 25-29 - Spirit Week
- October 29 - Halloween parades and parties
Parent Teacher Association, PTA
Our Hawk Hustle was amazing. We had a tremendous turnout from families and staff members to participate in this annual fundraiser. We thank our families and sponsors for their efforts to make this year special for the Hunting Ridge students.
Don't forget to take a look at birthday books to donate to and borrow from the library.
From the Nurse
At the start of the year, students in kindergarten and sixth-grade are required to submit completed health forms to the office. Students that do not have completed forms or evidence from the doctor of a scheduled appointment will be excluded from school on October 15. If you have any questions, please call our school nurse, Mrs. Calderon at 847-963-5302.
Below are details of required forms.
Health, Immunization, Dental, and Eye Exams
For the purpose of safeguarding the health of children, District 15 enforces Illinois student health requirements. These requirements consist of health, dental, and eye exams and immunizations specific to grade and age.
HEALTH EXAMS are required for students entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, and those who are new to the school. The Certificate of Child Health Examination form is available online and in the school office.
The Certificate of Child Health Examination form, completed and signed by a licensed healthcare provider, must be dated within one year prior to the first day of school and must include lead screening for children who are six years or younger and diabetes screening. A tuberculosis (TB) skin test is recommended.
According to Board of Education Policy 7:100 Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students and Illinois School Code, students who do not provide proof of receiving the required immunization and/or exam are excluded from school on October 15. Students new to Illinois schools, who register midterm, are allowed 30 days following registration to comply with the health requirements.
Required school immunizations are:
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP/DTaP)
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
- Have received 4 doses of DTP/DTaP at the recommended intervals with the last dose received on or after the fourth birthday.
Grades 6, 7, & 8
- Have received 1 booster Tdap.
- Have received 3 doses of IPV at the recommended intervals.
- Have received 4 doses of IPV at the recommended intervals with the last dose received on or after the fourth birthday.
Hepatitis B (HBV)
Pre-Kindergarten and Grades 6, 7, & 8
- Have received 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine at the recommended intervals.
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Have received 1 dose of varicella vaccine after the first birthday.
- Have received 2 doses of varicella vaccine with the first dose on or after the first birthday.
Measles (Rubeola) German Measles (Rubella, 3 Day) Mumps – (MMR)
- Have received 1 dose of MMR vaccine after the first birthday.
- Have received 2 doses of MMR vaccine with the first dose on or after the first birthday.
Meningococcal conjugate (MCV4)
Grades 6, 7, & 8
- Have received 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) on or after 11th birthday.
Additional immunizations for students less than 5 years old (Pre-Kindergarten):
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)—Have received the series of Hib vaccines.
- Pneumococcal—Have received the pneumococcal vaccine according to the PCV schedule.
Immunization data: 2020-21 Student Health Data—Immunization, as reported to the Illinois State Board of Education.
DENTAL EXAMS are required for students in kindergarten, second grade, and sixth grade. The dental examination must have taken place within 18 months prior to May 15 of the school year. A waiver form is available in the case of an undue burden or lack of access to a dentist. The IDPH Dental Examination form (English/Spanish) and the waiver form are available here and in the school office. If a student fails to present proof of a dental exam or a waiver form by May 15, the school may withhold the student's report card until the student presents proof: (1) of a completed dental exam, or (2) that a dental exam will take place within 60 days after May 15.
EYE EXAMS are required for students entering kindergarten and entering Illinois schools for the first time. A waiver form is available in the case of an undue burden or lack of access to an optometrist or to a physician who performs eye examinations. The State of Illinois Eye Examination Report and waiver form are available here and in the school office. If a student fails to present proof of a eye exam or waiver form by October 15, the school may withhold the student's report card until the student presents proof: (1) of a completed eye exam, or (2) that an eye exam will take place within 60 days after October 15.
Monday, October 25 - "Orange you glad your are in the HR family?" Wear something orange.
Tuesday, October 26 - "Be all that you can be!" Come dressed in camo.
Wednesday, - October 27 - "Hats off to Wonderful Wednesday!" Wear you favorite hat or cap.
Thursday, October 28 - "Hawks have game!" Wear your favorite team shirt or jersey.
Friday, October 29 - Wear a simple costume to school!
Friday, September 29, 2021:
Students will wear a simple costume to school. More elaborate ones can be saved for the weekend. Please make sure students have comfortable clothing underneath their costume in the even they want to remove some or all of it during the day.
Students must wear COVID masks for the parade and in school. Please be thoughtful about this when considering make-up.
Parents are encouraged to wear face masks during the parade.
Per the Student Handbook: Students are permitted to wear costumes on Halloween as long as their attire complies with the above student appearance policy and meets the following set of expectations for a school setting:
Children should not wear bloody, gruesome, or especially scary costumes. Costumes involving fake blood are not allowed.
Actual weapons, look-alike weapons, toy weapons or weapon-like objects are not allowed.
Masks that cover the face and head are not allowed.
Costume make-up is allowed provided it does not cover the student’s entire face. Staff members must be able to identify students.
Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype about someone’s culture, gender, heritage or religion are not allowed.
Reminder: Students are expected to wear a face covering/mask to school each day.
9:00-10:00 AM - Morning Kindergarten Parties
10:00-10:30 AM - Parade (AM KDG-6) - Outdoor parade route to be determined.
10:30-11:30 AM Classroom Parties (Grades 1-6)
11:30-11:50 AM Clean Up
11:50-12:50 PM Lunch
12:50-1:20 PM KDG Playground Parade Outside (PM KD Families Only)
Kindergarten students enter the building
Kindergarten classroom parties immediately following the parade
2:35 PM - Dismissal