Hawk Talk

Half Day School Weekly Newsletter - October 15, 2021

Library Stocked with Books & More

Big picture

Lincolnshire D103 provides a fully equipped library at Half Day School. The library is specifically designed to accommodate the age range and needs of the students within the building. In addition to a rich array of hard and soft cover books that have been carefully selected with the student body in mind, students will also find eBooks and databases, videos, reference and pictures books, computers, study areas, reading areas, and a trained librarian and assistant to provide support to the students as well as the teaching staff.

Half Day School maintains a collection of material that supports classroom curriculum and provides for individual needs, interests, abilities, and maturity levels. Based on classroom curricular needs, the library may provide classes with materials to enhance the learning process.

Students visit the library with their class and/or on an individual basis, depending on student needs, teacher discretion and/or assignment requirements. Specific or flexible scheduling is developed in collaboration with the classroom teacher and the library staff.

“In the library, students will find materials that not only support their intellectual growth, but their social, emotional, and personal growth as well. When students read, they become more open to the world around them, setting them up to be accountable and compassionate lifelong learners. The Half Day library is a place that belongs to everyone and here, everyone belongs.” said Becky Morgan, Half Day Library Media Specialist.

To view pictures of some of the classes, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder.

Big picture

Hawk Week

We are excited to celebrate our Half Day School community during the week of Oct. 18 through Oct. 22 during our annual HAWK Week festivities. Students will participate in a Green Ribbon Classroom Challenge from our Green Team, and a host of special team building activities coupled with themed spirit days as listed below. We look forward to highlighting the special qualities of each of our HAWKs throughout the week!

Half Day HAWKs are:

  • Monday ~ H - Honest - Be a GOOD sport. Wear a jersey or any sports clothing!
  • Tuesday ~ A - Accepting - Accepting TIES us together. Wear tie dye clothing!
  • Wednesday ~ W - Willing - 'Orange' you glad you're a HAWK? Wear all out ORANGE!
  • Thursday ~ K - Kind-hearted - Kids are SUPER (heroes)! Wear your favorite superhero gear!
  • Friday ~ Celebrate being a HAWK and wear Half Day spirit wear/BLUE!
Big picture

Late Arrival Day

  • Late Arrival Day is Thursday, Oct. 21. Students in grades K-8 will start school 90 minutes later than their normal start time. The purpose of late arrival days is to provide teachers with time to collaborate with colleagues.

    • Sprague starts at 9:45 a.m. (drop off begins at 9:30 a.m.)

    • Half Day starts at 10:30 a.m. (drop off begins at 10:10 a.m.

    • Daniel Wright starts at 10 a.m. (drop off begins at 9:45 a.m.)

103 Club

The 103 Club is in session on nonattendance days. The Club will operate its normal hours on Late Arrival Days. 103 Club is available to students who regularly attend the program and have preregistered to attend the 103 Club on those nonattendance days.

Please visit the District 103 school calendar for updates on other holidays and teacher institute days when school is not in session.

Big picture

Cultural Diversity Display

Half Day School is inviting your help! In the front hallway display cases at school, we want to highlight our learning community and the cultures/countries/traditions that represent us as District 103.

If you are interested in highlighting your culture during a month this school year, please complete the following Google interest form. Questions? Email Meg Duggan at mduggan@d103.org.

Big picture

Missed Picture Day?

Families who did not participate in Half Day's picture days may arrange to have a photo taken with Stuart-Rodgers. Please reach out to Kathy Onori at Kathy@srphoto.com, who will schedule a photo session in their studio. Stuart-Rodgers will email you proofs as well as submit the picture for the yearbook. There is an additional $10 sitting fee for this service.
Big picture

Emergency Response Drills

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, we will work with the local police department to practice ALICE in a way that is grade level appropriate. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. For more about the drills, please read the e-notice that was sent out recently. Students are permitted to ask questions during the drill so they can be better prepared in the event of an emergency. Drills will take place at the following times:

  • Sprague - 9 a.m.

  • Daniel Wright - 9:45 a.m.

  • Half Day - 10:30 a.m.

Big picture

Fifth-Grade Health Nights

The D103 PTO-sponsored Fifth-Grade Health Nights for students and their families are scheduled for in-person this month. Both nights are being held at Daniel Wright Junior High School, 1370 N. Riverwoods Road, Lincolnshire.

  • Girls Night is 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, Daniel Wright Cafeteria
  • Boys Night is 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Daniel Wright Cafeteria

This event is focused on educating students about their physical and emotional changes during puberty. The program develops students' skills to increase their comfort in discussing their changing bodies.

Please register for the event using the PTO Membership Toolkit platform. For questions about the event, please reach out to Tracie Conrad at hd@d103pto.org.

Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, we strongly encourage that your student attends with a trusted adult. Please discuss with your child in advance who that adult will be.

Big picture

District 103 News

Bus Driver Appreciation Note

For Bus Driver Appreciation Day on Friday, Oct. 22, the D103 PTO is sending cards home in students' backpacks (or use the note posted on the website) asking that they fill one out for their driver and return it to their teacher or to the school office. The PTO will post students' notes in the transportation office for the bus drivers to enjoy reading.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.
Big picture


Parent Education Event

Join award-winning author and curriculum creator Carrie Goldman at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, for a virtual presentation on how to help kids navigate sensitive social situations and resolve conflict using healthy relationship skills. When students exhibit unkind behaviors, it is because they haven’t developed core social competencies, such as empathy, compassion, and conflict resolution skills. As parents and educators, we can strive to teach those missing skills instead of shaming kids when they make mistakes. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual online presentation is now open.
Big picture

Community News

Book Talk Videos

The Vernon Area Public Library offers book talk recommendations. Please visit their Book Talks Help Guide. For graphic novel suggestions, please visit the library's J Graphic Novel Help Guide or the library's Junior High Graphic Novel Help Guide.

Live Theater is Back

Deerfield Family Theater presents School House Rock Live beginning Friday, Nov. 12.

Boo Bash Halloween Festival

The Village of Lincolnshire will host its annual Boo Bash Halloween festival at

North Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct 29. The spook-tacular celebration will bring back family-friendly favorite events from years past, as well as include new activities for ghosts and goblins of all ages to enjoy, including: goodie bags for the first 200 kids, pumpkin decorating, haunted trail, hay rides, fire juggler, magic shows, balloon sculptor, music, food and beverages, inflatables, carnival games, touch-a-truck, and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear

Halloween costumes.

Trunk or Treat

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is hosting their annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. Visit the church's Facebook page for more information or call 847-945-1550.

Basketball Registration

Lincolnshire Sports Association offers recreational basketball leagues for boys and girls. For more information, please visit the LSA House Basketball Registration website.
Big picture

Half Day Upcoming Events