Indian Hill Dispatch

Indian Hill Elementary School

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

Dear Indian Hill Parents, Students, Families, and Community Members,

I am excited to welcome you back to a new school year! Desks and walls have been cleaned, teacher supplies have been delivered, and floors have been polished. Now we are just waiting for rested teachers to return to the building followed by the laughter and voices of your children. We know it is going to be a great year of learning and fun. Whether you are a returning family, or a new family, we are glad you are part of the Indian Hill family, and we look forward to partnering with you during the 2022-2023 school year!

While there is great excitement at the beginning of a new school year, all children react differently to change. Some may be nervous to leave you after a long summer, others may seem anxious to meet their new teacher and classmates. Please know that our staff is ready to meet each child where they are as the acclimate to a new school year. Finally, we know that the world needs more kindness. You may wish to read or share a similar version of this talk with your child as we approach opening day. Our teachers do a fantastic job of building community in their classrooms, and your support is highly valued. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Ray Porten

Indian Hill Staff

I would first like to introduce you to some new faces around our building:

  • Mrs. Katie Carden- Assistant Principal

  • Mrs. Colleen Hill-3rd Grade Teacher

  • Mrs. Laura Grawe-Intermediate Instructional Teacher

  • Mr. David Graff-PE Teacher

  • Ms. Sydney Seyter-5th Grade Science Social Studies Teacher

  • Ms. Sarah Ferens-Psychologist

  • Mr. Diego Castillas-OT/PT

  • Mrs. Jennifer Etherington-Instructional TA


Additionally, the following returning staff members are moving to new roles within out building:

  • Teresa Steinhagen-2nd Grade Teacher

Indian Hill Meet and Greet

This year’s Meet and Greet will be live in-person here at the school!!!

Meet and Greet will on 8/11/22 between 3:30-pm5:00pm

While at Meet and Greet you can:

  • Find your classroom
  • Meet your teacher
  • Drop off school supplies
  • Get signed up on Classdojo
  • Receive your bus tag (or let the office know if you will be a parent pick-up or walker)

School Supply List

I am attaching the supply list here for your convenience. Please label jackets and water bottles so they can be returned to the owners if they are misplaced,

School Supply List

Homeroom Placement

You will be able to login to Infinite Campus and view your child’s homeroom placement on 8/8/22. Please know that each new school year is an opportunity for children to develop old and new friendships. While a child may seem upset if they are not in class with a particular friend, they will soon feel comfortable in their new classroom.

School Visitor Procedure Updates

As we prepare for the new school year, we would like to provide instructions for anyone visiting our schools.

When arriving at the school, you will need to press the call button which is placed on the wall near the main entrance of each school. A staff member will greet you over the intercom while viewing you through the security camera placed at each entrance, asking for your name and reason for your visit. Please be patient while your information is being verified.

Once your information is verified, you will be buzzed into the building and asked to stop to check in. You will be asked to provide a photo ID. A visitor ID will be provided if you are accessing the inside of the school. Visitors are not permitted inside of schools until proper check in procedures are completed and access to enter has been approved by a school staff member.

We greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation as we implement these measures to help ensure the safety of our students and staff.

If you have any questions about visitor procedures, please contact the school office.

Important Dates:

Aug. 8-Schedules and Classroom Teacher Available in Infinite Campus. Please log in to view your child’s teacher for the year.

Aug. 8- Students/parents will be able to see transportation in IC Portal

Aug. 11 Meet & Greet 3:30pm-5:00pm

Aug. 15 - First Day of School - Early Release - Students will be released on this day at 2:00pm.

Aug. 31- eLearning Day - asynchronous learning

Sept. 5 - Labor Day - Staff and student non-attendance day

Sept 14 - Picture Day

Oct. 5- eLearning Day - asynchronous learning

Things to Remember:

  • All absences must be reported to the office by 9:00am - Office # (847)-270-9970

  • Students in grades PreK, K, 2, 6, and 9 must have a physical & dental and an updated immunization record on file by October 15, 2022

  • Please be sure the office has your current phone number and email address

  • School communications will be sent via email, Dojo, or text

  • IPads must be fully charged and brought to school each day

  • Earbuds should be brought to school each day

  • No snacks/birthday food treats. Students may bring in non-edible birthday goodie bags.

Arrival and Dismissal procedures

Car Riders - All car riders will be dropped off and picked up in the back of the building at door 15. The entrance is the north driveway for Round Lake Middle School. Follow the road to the back and you will be able to circle the lot and leave the same way you came in.

Walkers will enter and exit through the main entrance in the front of the building.

Bus riders will enter and exit through the front of the building (same as walkers).

Students will not be allowed to enter the building until 8:15am so please plan accordingly (car riders and walkers)

Forward Together!

Once again, welcome back to the 22-23 school year here at Indian Hill Elementary! We look forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces in the building and moving forward into a wonderful and productive school year!


Ray Porten, Principal


Kathleen Carden, Assistant principal