Hunting Ridge Hawk Happenings

January 31, 2023

Welcome to the New Year, 2023!

Hunting Ridge Families:

We have leaped into the new year! There is a lot happening and this edition has some details that are important for families to know. In this edition, we are showcasing the hard work of our specials' teachers.

Please make sure that students are appropriately dressed for the weather. Students generally go outside for recess every day, so they should dress appropriately for the weather.

Cold weather: Indoor recess is determined based on the following guidelines:

  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is below 0°F, all students will remain inside for the entire lunch hour.
  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is between 0°-10°F, the preferred procedure is a rotation of 20 minutes for lunch, a 20-minute outdoor recess, and a 20-minute indoor recess. However, at the principal's discretion, students may be kept inside for the entire lunch hour.
  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is above 10°F, students will have regular outdoor recess.

Kindergarten Dual Language Informational Meeting for 23-24

Please join us to learn more about the Dual Language program for incoming kindergarten families! Flyer


Mrs. Ortlund

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - Plum Grove Junior High Talks to 6th Grade Students
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - D15 Spelling Bee, PTA Meeting
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - PTA Meeting (Virtual), 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2023 - Valentine's Day Parties
  • Monday, February 20, 2023 - Presidents' Day - No School
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - Teacher Plan Day - Non-Attendance for Students
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - Boys' 2-Ball Competition at Falcon Park 3:45 - 5:45 PM
  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 - Girls' 2-Ball Competition at Falcon Park 3:45 - 5:45 PM
  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 - Open House 6:30 - 7:30 PM; PTA Ice Cream Social 7:00 - 8:00 PM (Cafeteria)

From the Office - Mrs. Cefalu and Ms. Amato

If your child will not be at school, please remember to call our attendance line or email Ms. Amato at If there is no reason given, our office staff will record the absence as unexcused.

Online student registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open. Please visit our registration page to start this process.

Registration is the first step in getting ready for the upcoming school year. After you register your child online you need to:

  • Pay student fees. Our student fee webpage outlines the District’s student fee structure and the three ways fees can be paid. Information regarding fee waivers for families that qualify is also found on this page of our website.
  • New families to the district, kindergarten students, families with a lease, and families that were flagged by our third-party residency verification system are required to provide proof of residency to complete the registration process. Our residency webpage outlines the documents you will need to provide to prove residency.

All returning students MUST be registered by August 1, 2023, or they will be disenrolled from CCSD15. Students who have not completed their registration requirements will not receive a classroom assignment. Families that do not complete the registration by July 31, 2023, should contact their school to re-enroll their child(ren).

All three steps of the enrollment process must be completed prior to the start of the school year.


For step-by-step written registration instructions, please view our Campus Parent Document.

Think you may be eligible for a student fee waiver? Visit our student fee webpage to learn about the requirements and how to apply.

Temporary Living Situation? Currently enrolled families in temporary living situations will receive an email regarding registration from the Student Services Department.

Think you may be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act? Please contact Tiffanie Jeffrey, Ed.D., Director of Student Services at 847-963-3152.

Pulse on Physical Education - Mr. Sobel and Mr. Smart


During physical education class, students are provided knowledge, skills and understanding that will support and encourage lifelong participation in fitness and sport. We are having a blast doing just that at Hunting Ridge! Through age appropriate games and activities, the younger students are focusing on locomotor skills, throwing, catching, kicking, spatial awareness, chasing and fleeing games and more! While our older students also continue to practice the above skills, they demonstrate their skills while playing more advanced and complex games and activities. Below are some PE activity highlights during the first half of the school year.


6th Grade Cross Country, Football, Hawk Hoopfest, Tchoukball, Pumpkins vs Pineapples, Sizzle, Triple Threat Kickball, Slam Ball, Winter Break Stations, Midnight Madness, Sink the Ship and Intramurals

Big News! FitStep pedometers are now being used by students during PE class! Keeping track of steps motivates students to keep moving. FitStep not only tracks steps but also each student’s moderate to vigorous activity levels. Moreover, students are learning about their own exercise target heart rate so they can exercise safely. Currently grades 2-6 are using FitSteps.

All of the classes Mr. Smart teaches have been working on "Teamwork" games and activities during the month of January.

  • Kindergarten has been working on animal walks, tagging games and working on different locomotor skills (skipping, galloping, power-walking, hopping/jumping).
  • We will be starting a unit of hockey/pillow polo for 1st-4th grade in February.
  • Kindergarten will be working on parachute activities, underhand/overhand throwing and catching activities.

Coming up:

  • We will continue to focus on exercising in our target heart rate zone during a jump rope unit.

  • Our 6th grade 2 Ball team (basketball) will compete in the district 2 Ball meet.

  • The month of March will be dedicated to volleyball! Furthermore, our 6th grade students will have an opportunity to participate in a 16 team recess volleyball tournament. All 6th grade students are mixed into teams and will have fun applying their skills during this 3 week tournament played at recess. The winning team will face the teachers before Spring break.

Don’t forget about March Madness! Mr. Sobel will organize the NCAA Battle of the Classes again this year. Each class will get to select two college teams to cheer for and follow during both the men’s and women’s college basketball tournament. Students will also have an opportunity to play NCAA Knockout during PE class, which is a basketball shooting game the students enjoy.

Stay tuned for more exciting HR Physical Education news!

Art Room News - Mrs. Swiatowy

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that 2023 is already here! I guess time flies when you’re busy and having fun. Here are some of the things we have been working on in art per grade level.

Grade 1: Big Idea - People make art to express how they feel and to show how they see the world.

  • Students have been learning about the elements of art (line, shape, color, form, and texture) and how those elements work together to create a work of art.

Grade 2: Big Idea - People make art to connect to themselves, the community, and the world around them.

  • Students have been learning about famous artists such as Heather Galler and Romero Britto, then using that artist’s style as inspiration to create their own works of art.

Grade 3: Big Idea - People make art to reflect culture and values.

  • Students are learning about art made by different cultures around the world. How art can communicate stories, history, and ways of life of a group of people.

Grade 4: Big Idea - Artists use investigation, creation, and reflection purposefully so they can bring their ideas to life.

  • Students have been investigating different materials and techniques to create unique effects in their artwork.

Grade 5: Big Idea - Artists use multiple approaches (abstract, representational, and commercial) to communicate ideas.

  • Students have been learning about different artists and using multiple approaches when creating artwork.

Grade 6: Big Idea - Artists develop creative expression when creating an artwork.

  • Students are encouraged to use familiar materials in new ways to create and present their work.

Grades 4 - 6 typically begin class by viewing and talking about a famous, interesting, or unusual work of art. They begin by discussing what they like about it, what could be improved, and how the work makes them think or feel. They are encouraged to use specific and artistic vocabulary. The discussion ends with background information about the piece, artist, and materials used. It is my hope that students will consider these discussions when making decisions regarding their own artwork, and also be able to constructively discuss art with others.

I’m very excited for the upcoming projects in this new year. It is such a pleasure to be able to work with so many eager and enthusiastic young artists! Many thanks for your continued support.

Music Notes - Mrs. Carroll and Mrs. Pascolini

Hunting Ridge students have fantastic music facilities and have been making the most of them this school year. In the fall we learned to play in a drum circle, played in a xylophone ensemble, and played Boomwhackers and other classroom instruments. On Veterans Day we welcomed back our favorite group of veterans for a musical program to honor them. During the fall we studied some musical traditions from around the world and experienced music in different languages. We ended December with an all-school sing-along, a favorite tradition at Hunting Ridge.

The 4th grade, 5th grade, and 5/6 classes have been busy learning to play the recorder, while the 6th grade classes are learning ukulele. 1st through 3rd grade students have been composing rhythmic and melodic patterns, and kindergartners are learning to play cooperative musical games. Ask your 3rd grader about playing “Apple Tree,” or ask your K-2nd grader how to play “London Bridge.”

Instrumental Music Registration for SY 23-24 is open!

Are you interested in your 4th or 5th grader participating in Instrumental Music next school year? Registration is now open! Go to the CCSD 15 Campus Parent page at:

Look for an available survey in your Message Center to register your student. If you need support logging in to Campus Parent, speak with your school secretary.

Special Olympics

Track and Field and Soccer Special Olympics will be here before we know it! If your child has an Intellectual Disability and is over the age of 8 and interested in either sport or both, please fill out the registration links below. Soccer practices will be on Thursdays and Track and Field will be on Tuesday's from 5-6, locations TBD.

CCSD 15 Track and Field Registration Form 2023

CCSD 15 Soccer Registration Form 2023

Once registered, you will receive an email with follow up information and forms that will need to be filled out by your child's doctor per Special Olympics. If you have any questions, please reach out to Crystal Miguel, Student Services Coordinator,

¡Las Olimpiadas Especiales de Atletismo y Fútbol (Soccer) estarán aquí antes de que nos demos cuenta! Si su hijo tiene una discapacidad intelectual y es mayor de 8 años y está interesado en cualquiera de los deportes o en ambos, por favor diligencie el registro en los enlaces que se encuentran abajo. Las prácticas de fútbol (soccer) serán los jueves y las de atletismo serán los martes de 5-6, los lugares están por definir.

Formulario de Inscripción para Atletismo 2023

Formulario de Inscripción para Fútbol ("Soccer") 2023

Una vez registrado, recibirá un correo electrónico con información de seguimiento y las formas que tendrán que ser diligenciadas por el médico de su hijo para las Olimpiadas Especiales. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor póngase en contacto con Crystal Miguel, Coordinadora de Servicios Estudiantiles,

FastBridge Assessments

All students in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade take FastBridge assessments in the Fall, Winter, and Spring of each school year. FastBridge uses brief measures of early literacy and math at the Kindergarten and first grade levels. These brief assessments provide data on an early learner’s reading and math development. The FastBridge assessments typically take less than 10 minutes per student, but the data gained provides teachers with insights and suggestions to help address each child’s needs.

Fastbridge test results for students in kindergarten through second grade, from the fall and winter testing periods, will be available to parents via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. These results will be posted mid-February. When you log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal you will need to select "more" from the dropdown window and then select "Assessments".