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Due to the weather, food distribution for May 14 has been rescheduled to May 15, 9am-noon at Hoffman High School
District 54 buildings closed; remote learning for the rest of school year

District 54 Reopening Plan

On Friday, July 10, 2020, District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss shared the Reopening District 54 Plan (Spanish version available here) with all families and staff: a plan designed with the health and safety of our students and our employees as the top priority.

The District 54 Reopening Plan is based public health information available at this time. The plan will most likely be adjusted as new guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and other public health officials is received or as necessary to best support the health and safety of our students and employees. All updates will be posted online at sd54.org/COVID19 and shared with our families and employees.

Please keep in mind, that should Illinois move from Phase 4 back to Phase 1, 2 or 3 due to a resurgence of the virus, it is possible that the governor will direct all Illinois schools to move to remote learning for all students for a period of time. It is also possible that new restrictions could be instituted on classroom capacity limits, which could require a combination of on-campus and remote attendance days. Some states have delayed the start of the school year, due to the number of COVID-19 cases in their state. As a district, we are preparing for a variety of scenarios and, as always, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way.

At this time, District 54 is offering the following two options for the 2020-21 school year. Parents/guardians please log in to the District 54 Families Website using your portal log-in information by Friday, July 17, and select one of the two options listed below (see page 9 of the booklet for more information). To set up a portal account, email portalsupport@nullsd54.org. If you are unable to create an account, please contact your school principal with your selection.

Option 1: In-Person Instruction

Governor Pritzker announced on June 23 that Illinois schools can return to on-campus learning with enhanced safety protocols. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending students physically return to school. The Reopening District 54 plan outlines the protocols we are putting in place to resume instruction at school based on guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Board of Education and the Centers for Disease Control.

Option 2: District 54 Virtual Learning Academy

We know that in-person instruction is not an option for some of our students with elevated health risks, or who have family members with elevated health risks. Any families who do not feel comfortable having their children attend school in person are not required to do so. Your children will be provided online instruction.

Please review the Reopening District 54 plan to help you make the choice that is best for your children. We have also prepared a short video explaining the two options – District 54 Student Learning Options (the Spanish version is available at this link). We greatly appreciate your understanding and collaboration as we work together to keep our students, employees and community healthy and safe.

Food Pantry Locations and Donation Opportunities

As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to change, District 54 is working with amazing community partners to provide food to families who are struggling financially. Families needing assistance may benefit from the following.

  • Wednesdays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a mobile food truck distribution from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday in the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center parking lot, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
  • Thursdays:  District 54 staff will be working with Township High School District 211 to distribute meal bags with five days of lunches, five days of breakfast and a half gallon of milk from 8 to 11 a.m. each Thursday through July 16 at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. 
  • Fridays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a food distribution from 4 to 5 p.m. every Friday at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg.
  • The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry is now running a drive-through pickup from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the township office, One Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. For more information, please call (847) 732-7166.
  • Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry, 1451 Bode Road in Schaumburg, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. near the garages.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road in Elk Grove Village, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 11:30-noon.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove in Schaumburg, is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

We would like to thank the number of individuals and organizations who have inquired about how to make donations to help those in our community who may be struggling. We feel the best practice is to work with organizations who are currently offering these services in our community and will therefore not be collecting food. Please do not bring food donations to the district office as previously mentioned.

The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry and many faith-based charities are providing food to families in our community. Click here to access a list of these pantries on the Schaumburg Township website. In order to encourage social distancing, these organizations are not collecting food at this time.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

The Illinois Department of Human Services has a new special benefit called the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer to help families buy food for children who would normally receive free lunch when schools are in session. To apply online, families should visit https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access and click on Apply for Benefits.

Families that currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families that do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive free lunch, will need to apply on this website. A paper application in English and paper application in Spanish is also available and can be submitted as an attachment by email to DHS.FCS.PEBT@nullillinois.gov. IDHS created a flyer to help families with the application process. A Spanish version of the flyer is also available.

Crisis Fund

The District 54 Education Foundation has also created a new fund called the D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, which will be used to support our most at-risk families, including the 20% of students who qualify for free lunch. This emergency fund will help families impacted by this virus, and could be used in the future to provide immediate access to financial assistance for financially struggling families.

To donate, visit any of the following websites:

Lugares de despensa de alimentos y oportunidades de donación

A medida que la situación en torno al nuevo coronavirus de 2019 continúa cambiando, el Distrito 54 está trabajando con increíbles socios de la comunidad para proporcionar alimentos a las familias que tienen dificultades financieras. Las familias que necesitan asistencia pueden beneficiarse de lo siguiente.

  • Miércoles:  Willow Creek Community Church llevará a cabo una distribución móvil de camiones de comida de 11 a.m. a mediodía cada miércoles en el estacionamiento del Centro de Administración Rafferty del Distrito 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Road en Schaumburg.
  • Jueves:  Distrito 211 de Township High School, cinco días de almuerzos, cinco días de desayuno y medio galón de leche de 9 am a mediodía cada jueves en la escuela secundaria Hoffman Estates, 1100 W. Higgins Road en Hoffman Estates. Esta es una camioneta drive-through. Cuando llegue a la escuela, quédese en su vehículo. Cargaremos las bolsas en su maletero o asiento trasero.
  • Viernes:  Willow Creek Community Church también llevará a cabo una distribución móvil de camiones de comida de 4 a 5 p.m. cada viernes en la escuela Keller, 820 Bode Road en Schaumburg.
  • Schaumburg Township – La despensa de alimentos del municipio de Schaumburg ahora está llevando a cabo una recolección de 1 a 3 p.m. los martes y jueves en la oficina del municipio,  One Illinois Blvd. en Hoffman Estates. Para obtener más información, llame al (847) 732-7166.
  • Iglesia del Espíritu Santo Despensa, 1451 Bode Road en Schaumburg, ofrece servicio de recogida los jueves de 2 a 5 p.m. Cerca de los garajes.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road en Elk Grove Village, ofrece servicio de recogida los jueves de 11:30 a mediodía.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove en Schaumburg, está abierto de 4 a 6 p.m. Jueves y de 10 a.m. a 1 p.m. Sábados.

Nos gustaría agradecer a la cantidad de personas y organizaciones que han preguntado cómo hacer donaciones para ayudar a aquellos en nuestra comunidad que puedan estar luchando. Creemos que la mejor práctica es trabajar con organizaciones que actualmente ofrecen estos servicios en nuestra comunidad y, por lo tanto, no recolectarán alimentos. No traiga donaciones de alimentos a la oficina del distrito como se mencionó anteriormente.

La despensa de alimentos del municipio de Schaumburg y muchas organizaciones benéficas religiosas están proporcionando alimentos a las familias de nuestra comunidad. Haga clic aquí para acceder a una lista de estas despensas en el sitio web del municipio de Schaumburg. Para alentar el distanciamiento social, estas organizaciones no están recolectando alimentos en este momento.

Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos (P-EBT)

El Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois tiene un nuevo beneficio especial llamado Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos para ayudar a las familias a comprar alimentos para niños que normalmente recibirían almuerzo gratis cuando las escuelas están en sesión. Para solicitar en línea, las familias deben visitar https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access y hacer clic en Solicitar beneficios.

Las familias que actualmente reciben beneficios del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) no necesitan solicitar los beneficios P-EBT. Estos beneficios adicionales de P-EBT se cargarán en las cuentas de Illinois LINK EBT junto con los beneficios regulares de SNAP. Las familias que actualmente no reciben beneficios de SNAP pero tienen niños que reciben almuerzo gratis, deberán presentar una solicitud en este sitio web. Una solicitud en papel en en español también están disponibles y se pueden enviar como archivo adjunto por correo electrónico a DHS.FCS.PEBT@nullillinois.gov. IDHS creó un volante para ayudar a las familias con el proceso de solicitud. U

Crisis Fund

La Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54 también ha creado un nuevo fondo llamado D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, que se utilizará para apoyar a nuestras familias más expuestas, incluido el 20% de los estudiantes que califican para el almuerzo gratuito. Este fondo de emergencia ayudará a las familias afectadas por este virus y podría usarse en el futuro para proporcionar acceso inmediato a asistencia financiera para familias con dificultades financieras.

Para donar, visite cualquiera de los siguientes sitios web:

Update from Superintendent DuRoss – March 16, 2020

Dear District 54 Community,

As you know, on Friday Illinois Governor Pritzker announced the mandatory closure of all public schools through March 30. While our staff would prefer to be at school, interacting in person with your children, we know this is the right decision to keep our community healthy and safe.

Please know that the closure may continue beyond March 30. The situation is incredibly fluid, and the state is waiting to announce what will happen after March 30 until we get closer to that date.

Because this statewide closure was mandated, all of the days are considered Act of God Days in Illinois, and therefore will not be made up at the end of the school year. However, school districts across the state are encouraged to provide virtual learning opportunities for students.

Today was an institute day in District 54 so that we could train our employees on the new District 54 Virtual Learning platform, which will allow us to provide continuous instruction to the more than 15,000 students we serve during these unique times. 

Timeline

  • March 17:  closed for the elections as previously planned.
  • March 18-20:  first week of virtual learning
  • March 23-27:  spring break
  • March 30:  virtual learning day

District 54 V-Learning Platform

On Wednesday morning, students will be able to visit the D54 V-Learning Website. Once you are on the site, click on the link that corresponds to your child’s age group and watch the welcome video. The website also contains a parent guide, a student guide and frequently asked questions.

  • Junior high V-Learning classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and students will follow their current schedule (including a break for lunch). 
  • Elementary school and Lincoln Prairie classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
  • Early Learning Center students can also visit the site with a trusted adult at any time. Students brought home bags last week to compliment the Choose Your Own Adventure virtual learning platform designed for their age group.

Since these classes are virtual and we understand that this schedule may not work for some families, students have the flexibility to complete tasks at any time. However, students participating during these V-Learning times will be able to interact in real time with their teachers. Student work during this time will not be graded. 

All students in kindergarten through eighth grade should have brought home their District 54 iPads and Chromebooks on Friday. For those families who do not have Internet access at home, please email VLearning@nullsd54.org.

Reporting 2019 Novel Coronavirus 

If your child is sick and cannot participate, please email your school principal. It is especially important for us to track illnesses while the COVID-19 virus is spreading in our state.

Students Receiving Free Lunch

Thank you to everyone inquiring about how we can continue to support our students receiving free lunch. We distributed food to families this week. Anyone wishing to donate can donate to the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry online. (Updated 3-19-20)

Thank you again for working with us, as we all do our part to prevent the spread of this virus in our community. As I’ve stated before, these are unprecedented times, but in District 54 we will continue doing what we do best – caring for our students and ensuring their academic success.

Morning Announcements

Dear Hoover Hawks,

I can’t believe it is the last day of school. I am so proud of all of you. I hope you have an amazing summer.

Remember when things get tough, there are many many people that care about you – your family, your friends, your teachers and ME! You can email us anytime. My new email is laurarosenblum3@nullgmail.com. You can write to me anytime.

Here is the link to our morning announcements. One of the things I miss most is singing our school song together. Be sure to sing along loud and proud this week!

 

https://youtu.be/aIL0Sel6JJw

Principal’s Message

Dear Hoover Families,

There have been a few wonderful changes to our technology collection plan this week – please read the following changes carefully.

2nd Grade Student iPad Collection – UPDATED
We will no longer be collecting iPads from 2nd graders this week.  We hope this change will enable students to utilize the devices over the summer months.  The District will be scheduling a 2nd grade iPad collection / Chromebook exchange in early August.  Additional details regarding this will be communicated later in the summer

Student Google Accounts – UPDATED
The District has decided to keep ALL current K-7th grade student accounts active so devices will be functional during the summer months.  With community libraries still closed, the devices can be utilized for students to continue reading over the summer.  We are asking parents to be diligent in monitoring student device usage to ensure they are being utilized for appropriate purposes.

Device Collection on Friday – UPDATED
We will still have our device collection drive-thru this Friday, May 29th from 11:00-11:30am for all non-returning students to return iPads, Chromebooks, and chargers.  If you are the parent of a 2nd grade student, and you still want to turn in your child’s iPad on Friday instead of keeping it for the summer, you can utilize the drive-thru device drop-off between 11-11:30 am.  Your child will be issued a Chromebook in early August.

Additional Student Materials Pick Up/Off – Final Date: 5/29
Thank you to all of our families that have continued to find library books at home. We also have a few families that have not picked up their children(s) school supplies. If you would like to pick-up the school supplies or drop of library books or any other items, we will be open on Friday, May 29th from 9-11am.  When coming to pick up, please place a sign in your passenger side window with your child’s room number and last name. Parents will drive through the bus loop in the front of the building and a staff member will place the bag of belongings in your trunk. Please remain in your car at all times.  If you have anything to return, please place item(s) in a labeled bag in your trunk.

Have a wonderful week,

Laura Rosenblum and Stephanie Fry

Yearbooks

Dear HMSA Families,

I am very excited to tell you the Hoover Yearbooks are done and look AMAZING!!! A huge thank you to our PTA Yearbook Chairperson, Jeanette Ackland for putting them together. Many families who ordered them on line had them shipped to their home. If you ordered yours and did not have it shipped to your home, you may pick it up this week. Please contact Jeanette by text or phone at  630-973-7023 to make arrangements to pick it up.

If you would still like to order a yearbook, you can! Go on line to TreeRing.com.

Sincerely,
​​​​​​​Laura Rosenblum

Principal’s Message

Dear HMSA Families,

Many of our traditional activities have continued during V-Learning. Star Student in kinder (pictured above) continues on even from home and so do Smencils and our school song on Fridays. Thank you all for participating!

Student Supply Drop Off/Pick-Up
As you know, starting this week families are assigned specific times to pick up their child’s belongings. For the safety of our staff and families please remain in your car. We will be utilizing a drive thru system. We ask that parents/guardians follow the flow of traffic through the parking lot for curbside drop off of school materials and pick-up of personal items. Once cars pull up to the school, a staff member will place a bag with all of the child’s belongings into the trunk of the car. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at laurarosenblum@nullsd54.org.

Additional Information

  • Place a piece of paper indicating your child’s room number and last name in the passenger window of your vehicle. This will help staff easily identify you as you drive thru.
  • Please follow the assigned times below.
  • Medication will also be returned to families on the designated day.
  • If you have items that need to be returned to the school (i.e library books, textbooks, registration forms, sixth grade safety patrol vests etc…), parents are asked to place all district materials (with the exception of iPads/Chromebooks) into one trash bag labeled with your child’s room number and your child’s first and last name.  Parents are asked to place this bag in the trunk of their car.  These bags will be returned to each teacher’s classroom so materials can be sorted and organized.
  • Any personal items not picked up will be discarded.
  • Please know that teachers will not be available online to students or parents on the day where they are assigned to be at the building for material collection and pack up. There are additional days teachers will not be available to students and will not be providing lessons since they will be at the building working to close down classrooms.  Enrichment lessons and activities will be provided to students for completion on these days.

Student Registration form Drop-Off for 2020-2021 (this information is only for families who received a letter in the mail)

If you received a paper registration form in the mail to register your child for the 2020-21 school year, you can return the completed form when you come this week for drop-off of materials/pick-up of belongings.  Please be sure you have verified all information on both sides of the form, answered any questions, sign and date.  If you are required to provide proof of residency, we will follow-up with you at a later date. Please put your registration paperwork in the trunk with any materials you are returning. We want to assign your child(ren) to a classroom teacher. Your child must be registered. Please do so as soon as possible.

Just a Reminder for this Upcoming Week
Teachers will not be available online to students or parents on the day where they are assigned to be at the building for materials collection.  The Department of Teaching and Learning will provide an enrichment activity on these days. Please refer to the dates below of when grade level teachers will not be available.

Mon.  May11 Tue. May 12 Wed. May 13 Thurs. May 14 Fri. May 15
Non-Attendance Day 1st grade

5th grade

2nd grade

6th grade

Kindergarten

3rd grade

4th grade

V-Learning Reminders
All students will not have V-Learning on the following days:

  • Monday, May 18th (Teacher Planning Day)
  • Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day)

Last Day of School
The last day of School/V-Learning is Thursday, May 28th. While students are keeping their devices over the summer for use in the fall, Google Access will be shut off on Friday, May 29th. The last day that all students will be able to use Chromebooks and access Google is Friday, May 29th.

School Supply Kits for 2020-2021
The Hoover PTA is happy to be offering the back to school Teacher Tailored supply kits for the 2020-21 school year (Kindergarten through 6th grade). All the ordering will be done online and boxes will be delivered to your home with shipping included in the cost. There will be no Information Day pickup. Please visit HOME – Shopttkits eCommerce by June 5th. Our account number is 1234. Remember to buy for next year’s grade!! If you have any questions please email Valerie Gough at vagough76@nullyahoo.com.

Fourth Grade Students and Parents – Band and Orchestra Enrollment Information

As many of you know, students traditionally enroll in the District 54 Instrumental Music Program in the spring of fourth grade and begin lessons in fifth grade. Due to our unique circumstances in the spring of 2020, instrumental music enrollment will be held once school resumes in the fall. In the meantime, we encourage fourth grade students and their parents to visit the District 54 website (https://sd54.org/resources/instrumental-music-enrollment-spring2020) to view information about band and orchestra enrollment so that they are prepared to choose an instrument and join the fun!

Student Grades
The Illinois State Board of Education has said that student work completed during the statewide closure should not count negatively toward student grades or a student’s academic standing. However, District 54 will continue to design high quality lessons and activities for students; to assess student progress; and to provide feedback on student work.

Support During School Closing
We want you to know the entire D54 community is here to support each other during this difficult time. If you or your child is feeling anxious during the school closure or if you have a specific need please do not hesitate to reach out to our school support team.

Food Distribution
As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to change, District 54 is working with amazing community partners to provide food to families who are struggling financially. Families needing assistance may benefit from the following.

  • Wednesdays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a mobile food truck distribution from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday in the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center parking lot, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
  • Thursdays:  District 54 staff will be working with Township High School District 211 to distribute meal bags with five days of lunches, five days of breakfast and a half gallon of milk from 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates.
  • Fridays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a food distribution from 4 to 5 p.m. every Friday at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg.
  • The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry is now running a drive-through pickup from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the township office, One Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. For more information, please call (847) 732-7166.
  • Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry, 1451 Bode Road in Schaumburg, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. near the garages.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road in Elk Grove Village, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 11:30-noon.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove in Schaumburg, is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

You can find updates regarding food distribution on the District 54 website.

Donation Opportunities
The District 54 Education Foundation has also created a new fund called the D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, which will be used to support our most at-risk families, including the 20% of students who qualify for free lunch. This emergency fund will help families impacted by this virus, and could be used in the future to provide immediate access to financial assistance for financially struggling families.

To donate, visit any of the following websites:

School Registration
Registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open and available through the Infinite Campus Portal. If you have previously created a portal account and cannot recall your username or password, you can reset them yourself from the portal website. Go to http://sd54.org and click on Infinite Campus Parent Portal under Popular Links. If you have not previously created a portal account, please email portalsupport@nullsd54.org to create one.

To enroll your child for the 2020-21 school year:
Update Your Information:  Log on to the parent portal by Monday, May 4, 2020 to review the current information and make any necessary changes. You must hit the SUBMIT button after reviewing the information, even if you don’t make any changes. If your child(ren) will not be attending District 54 schools next year, please inform our office where your child will be attending school in the fall so that we can prepare your child’s records for transfer.  You can email our secretaries at BarbaraBoeing@nullsd54.k12.il.us or TeresaShoemaker@nullsd54.k12.il.us.

Residency:  All families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year.  If we were unable to verify your residency electronically, you will have the ability to upload your residency electronically through your portal.  If you are unable to upload the documents needed at this time, you will be able to provide them in person when our offices reopen.  If your address information was verified electronically, you will not be prompted to upload residency documentation and will not need to provide any documents.

Information about busing and material fees will be communicated this summer. Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s current school office at the above email. Thank you very much.

Wishing you good health and happiness!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Laura Rosenblum and Mrs. Stephanie Fry

Register now for 2020-21 School Year

Registration for the 2020-21 school year is underway for kindergarten through eighth grade.

New District 54 families

Click here to begin online registration. After processing your registration, your child’s new school will contact you to request additional information, such as the Student Transfer Form (ISBE form 33-78) for students transferring from another Illinois school; proof of immunizations (list of required immunizations by grade level), birth verification and proof of residence (see details at sd54.org/registration).

For questions, please contact registrationdocuments@nullsd54.org. If you don’t know what school your child will attend, click here to access our School Search program and enter your address.

Current D54 families

Log in in to the parent portal, and update your information for next year by June 1, 2020. You must hit the SUBMIT button after reviewing the information, even if you don’t make any changes. If your children will not be attending District 54 schools next year, please contact your school office and let them know.

If you have previously created a portal account and cannot recall your username or password, you can reset them yourself from the parent portal website. If you have never created a portal account, please email portalsupport@nullsd54.org to create one.

All families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year.  If we were unable to verify your residency electronically, you will have the ability to upload your residency electronically through your portal. If you do not have a portal account, you can also email the required documents to registrationdocuments@nullsd54.org.

Information about transportation and the consumable materials fee will be communicated at a later time.

PTA Updates

Dear HMSA Families,

PTA UPDATES:

Special Lunch/Calzone Day refunds will be issued in May via check to the Hoover families who selected a refund. Credits will remain in the online account to be used next school year. A big THANK YOU to the families who chose to donate their Special Lunch and Calzone funds to the PTA. Since many of our fundraising opportunities where canceled for the rest of the year, these donations will help the PTA continue to support the Hoover students, teachers and staff.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Hoover PTA Executive Board Officers:

President – Jennifer Grischow
1st Vice President – Traci Charlet
2nd Vice Presidetn – Jill Donlan
Recording Secretary – Trisha Anderson
Corresponding Secretary – Alice Murashko
Treasurer – Gina Patten

Stay in touch with the Hoover PTA by joining our Facebook page @hooverptaschaumburg  

Join us tonight for our last PTA meeting of the 2019-2020 school year Monday, May 11 at 7 pm (please note change it start time). The Zoom link will be posted on the PTA Facebook page prior to the meeting.

Thank you!
​​​​​​​Kristen Caldwell
PTA President.

Principal’s Message

Dear HMSA Families,

Thanks to all the students and families that participated in our virtual field day. We would also like to send a special thank you shout out to Mrs. Leam, Ms. Lenski and the entire PE staff at District 54 for all their hard work in making our virtual field day a success. It was great to see all the posts that highlighted the fun and creative ways our students participated in field day!

Fourth Grade Students and Parents – Band and Orchestra Enrollment Information

As many of you know, students traditionally enroll in the District 54 Instrumental Music Program in the spring of fourth grade and begin lessons in fifth grade. Due to our unique circumstances in the spring of 2020, instrumental music enrollment will be held once school resumes in the fall. In the meantime, we encourage fourth grade students and their parents to visit the District 54 website (https://sd54.org/resources/instrumental-music-enrollment-spring2020) to view information about band and orchestra enrollment so that they are prepared to choose an instrument and join the fun!

V-Learning Reminders
All students will not have V-Learning on the following days:

  • Monday, May 11th  (Teacher Planning Day)
  • Monday, May 18th (Teacher Planning Day)
  • Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day)

Last Day of School
The last day of School/V-Learning is Thursday, May 28th.

Pick-Up/Drop Off Reminders
As we communicated earlier in the week, beginning on May 19th, each classroom has been assigned for drive-thru pick up and drop off of materials.  Appropriate social distancing guidelines will be followed. Please be sure to come at your assigned time and to have a sign in your passenger window with your child’s room number and last name in large letters. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding at this time as our number one priority has always been the safety of our students and community.

Just a Reminder for this Upcoming Week
Teachers will not be available online to students or parents on the day where they are assigned to be at the building for materials collection.  The Department of Teaching and Learning will provide an enrichment activity on these days. Please refer to the dates below of when grade level teachers will not be available.

Mon.  May 11 Tue. May 12 Wed. May 13 Thurs. May 14 Fri. May 15
Non-Attendance Day 1st grade

5th grade

2nd grade

6th grade

Kindergarten

3rd grade

4th grade

Support During School Closing
We want you to know the entire D54 community is here to support each other during this difficult time. If you or your child is feeling anxious during the school closure or if you have a specific need please do not hesitate to reach out to our school support team.

Food Distribution
As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to change, District 54 is working with amazing community partners to provide food to families who are struggling financially. Families needing assistance may benefit from the following.

  • Wednesdays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a mobile food truck distribution from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday in the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center parking lot, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
  • Thursdays:  District 54 staff will be working with Township High School District 211 to distribute meal bags with five days of lunches, five days of breakfast and a half gallon of milk from 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates.
  • Fridays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a food distribution from 4 to 5 p.m. every Friday at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg.
  • The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry is now running a drive-through pickup from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the township office, One Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. For more information, please call (847) 732-7166.
  • Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry, 1451 Bode Road in Schaumburg, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. near the garages.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road in Elk Grove Village, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 11:30-noon.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove in Schaumburg, is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

You can find updates regarding food distribution on the District 54 website.

Donation Opportunities
The District 54 Education Foundation has also created a new fund called the D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, which will be used to support our most at-risk families, including the 20% of students who qualify for free lunch. This emergency fund will help families impacted by this virus, and could be used in the future to provide immediate access to financial assistance for financially struggling families.

To donate, visit any of the following websites:

School Registration

Registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open and available through the Infinite Campus Portal. If you have previously created a portal account and cannot recall your username or password, you can reset them yourself from the portal website. Go to http://sd54.org and click on Infinite Campus Parent Portal under Popular Links. If you have not previously created a portal account, please email portalsupport@nullsd54.org to create one.

To enroll your child for the 2020-21 school year:

Update Your Information:  Log on to the parent portal by Monday, May 4, 2020 to review the current information and make any necessary changes. You must hit the SUBMIT button after reviewing the information, even if you don’t make any changes. If your child(ren) will not be attending District 54 schools next year, please inform our office where your child will be attending school in the fall so that we can prepare your child’s records for transfer.  You can email our secretaries at BarbaraBoeing@nullsd54.k12.il.us or TeresaShoemaker@nullsd54.k12.il.us.

Residency:  All families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year.  If we were unable to verify your residency electronically, you will have the ability to upload your residency electronically through your portal.  If you are unable to upload the documents needed at this time, you will be able to provide them in person when our offices reopen.  If your address information was verified electronically, you will not be prompted to upload residency documentation and will not need to provide any documents.

Information about busing and material fees will be communicated this summer. Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s current school office at the above email. Thank you very much.

Wishing you good health and happiness!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Laura Rosenblum and Mrs. Stephanie Fry

Refund of Fees to D54 Families

Due to the move to remote learning in March, District 54 will be prorating prepaid fees (i.e. milk, field trips, pizza fundraisers, etc.) based on actual goods or services received. The amounts that have been paid by families for goods or services that have not been received have been credited to their student’s account on the District 54 Portal. Each item credited is identified separately for tracking purposes.  The consumable materials fee will not be prorated, as this fee is used immediately for student workbooks and other consumables. 

For those that paid for transportation, that fee reimbursement is being handled separately from this process. In addition, payments made to the PTA are being handled by the school PTA.

If your child is an eighth-grade student, the credit has been applied to a sibling’s account. Checks will be mailed before May 22 to families whose youngest child is graduating from District 54 this spring and to families who are moving out of District 54.

If you are experiencing a financial hardship and need these fees refunded by check, or if you have any other questions, please contact your school secretary.

Materials Pick Up and Drop Off

Dear HMSA Families,

As we begin to wind down to the end of the school year, we have been working closely with the district to create a plan to close the school for summer break.  I wanted to take a minute to thank our incredible Hoover Hawk students. Aren’t they amazing? We can learn so much from our younger generations on many things, but especially how quickly people can adjust to change.  We are so proud of each and every one of them. 

We know that students still have belongings at school and school materials at home.  We will begin the process of collecting all materials the week of May 11th.  It is extremely important not only our families but our staff adhere to the CDC and state guidelines for social distancing during this process.  In order to do this, we will be limiting the number of staff members in the building throughout the day as well utilizing safety precautions such as gloves and masks when in and around the building. 

The week of May 18th, we are asking all our families to participate in our material drop off and pick up.  Below are the guidelines and schedules for our building.  We appreciate your flexibility in understanding that in order to follow the safety guidelines put forth by the governor we are only allowing two grade levels per day on our school grounds. Please read the directions below carefully. This will keep our process as safe as possible for everyone and help keep us on time.

May 29th, will be our Technology Drop Off Day for Second Grade and Non-returning students ONLY.  Please notify the office if your child you have or will be moving and will not be returning to Hoover for the 20-21 school year.  This does not include our current 6th graders moving up to a District 54 junior high. You will keep your devices for the summer unless you are leaving District 54.  We will be utilizing the same procedures as the Materials Drop Off Day for our second grade families and non-returning families. Our second graders use iPads our third graders use Chromebooks. This is the reason second graders are being asked to return their iPads. 

Materials to Return: Student Material Drop off and Pick Up 

  • All district materials (with the exception of iPads/Chromebooks).  Such items include: library books, guided reading books, textbooks and safety vests for our 6th grade patrols. 5th grade patrols should keep their vests over the summer..  

  • Please place all items into one trash bag and label it. Please make two signs. Use two 8.5×11 sheets of paper. Please write in large letters your child’s room number and last name. In small letters put their first name at the bottom of the paper. Attach one sign to the trash bag with items being returned to the school. Place the other sign in the passenger window. This will help staff identify you as you drive through.

  • Please place the bag in the trunk of your car.

  • Parents will enter our parking lot and follow the same procedures we use for morning drop off when school is in session. Please follow the curb around the front of the school. Please pull as far forward as possible. Please be sure the sign with your child’s room number and  last name is clearly visible in the passenger window. 

  • We will be utilizing curbside drop off procedures.  All families must remain in the car at all times.  Hoover  staff will take the bag out of your trunk and replace it with a bag of your child’s school belongings.

Please know that teachers will not be available online to students or parents on the day where they are assigned to be at the building for material collection and pack up. There are additional days teachers will not be available to students and will not be providing lessons since they will be at the building working to close down classrooms.   Enrichment lessons and activities will be provided to students for completion on these days. 

Material Pick Up / Drop Off 

Schedule for the Week: Student Material Drop off and Pick Up 

  • Hoover families will pick up and drop off their students materials at the assigned times.We know that some of you have more than one child. We ask that you come to the assigned time for each of your children.

  • Please know that any materials not picked up by our families will be discarded at the end of the day.

May 29th Schedule: Technology Drop off Day
Materials to Return:  

  • District issued iPads and Chromebooks from our 2nd graders and non-returning families. 

  • Please place all devices in the trunk of your car. Put sign with room number and last name of student in passenger window.

  • We will be utilizing curbside drop off procedures.  All families must remain in the car at all times.  Hoover staff will collect Ipad/Chromebooks from the trunk of your car. 

V-Learning Teacher Unavailability Days
(Due to teacher close-out & pack up of student materials)

Map of Entering School for Drop Off / Pick Up of Materials

Thank you for reading carefully and following all of the details above. If you have any questions at all, please let us know.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Laura Rosenblum and Mrs. Stephanie Fry