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Hickory Point Happenings

Week 9 - October 15, 2018

In this edition:

  • Halloween at Hickory Point
  • Conferences
  • Vision and hearing screening
  • Northbrook bike ordinance regarding helmets
  • Important dates


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dear Parents,

Halloween is always a fun day at Hickory Point. Students should wear their costumes to school when they arrive in the morning. We will have a parade at 8:45 am. Please make sure that costumes are simple. Also, please help your child to make safe choices about his/her costume: no roller blades, weapons, scooters, masks, inappropriate dress or theme/group costumes. Please choose a costume that is sensitive to the needs of all of our students.

Weather permitting, our annual parade will begin at Door H at approximately 8:45am.  Kindergarten will exit first, followed by second grade and then first grade. All children will parade along the route slowly so there will be plenty of opportunities for pictures and videos. The parade will end at the front of the school, Door A. Students will enter the building and proceed back to their classrooms. If the weather is uncooperative, we will have our parade indoors, with room for our students only! Let’s hope for good weather! An email message will be sent at 8:00am if the outside parade is canceled.

We discourage children from bringing candy, treats or goodie bags. Thank you for helping us with a successful Halloween celebration. It is always a fun day at Hickory Point!

For your children,   

Maureen Deely                                               Meggan Buchanan

Principal                                                          Assistant Principal


Dear Hickory Point Parents,

It is hard to believe that we will be actively engaged in Parent/Teacher Conferences next week. Conferences will be held on October 17 and 18. Please be prompt for your appointment in order to make the meeting as productive as possible. We believe that communication between the school and home is an invaluable tool in a child’s education and extremely important in facilitating a successful outcome.

Hickory Point staff works diligently to prepare for conferences. Attending these important school meetings ensures a strong home/school partnership, which is crucial to the success of our students. I hope that this experience proves to be valuable for both you and your child. This is the perfect opportunity for you to gain a different perspective on a day in the life of your student. We are looking forward to seeing you at Conferences.

Vision and Hearing Screening

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

The Illinois Department of Public Health works to help prevent the effects of hearing and vision loss in children by implementing the Illinois Child and Hearing Test Act (410 ILCS 205) which mandates vision and hearing screening programs for specific age and grade levels and must be performed by technicians/nurses trained and certified by the State.

Hearing screening must be provided annually for school age children in grades kindergarten, first, second and third grades; are in special education classes; have been referred by a teacher: or are transfer students. In lieu of the screening services required, a completed and signed report form, indicating that the child has had an ear examination by a physician and an audiological evaluation completed by an audiologist within the previous 12 months, is acceptable.

Vision screening must be provided annually for school age children in kindergarten, second and eighth grades; are in special education classes; have been referred by a teacher; or are transfer students. In lieu of the screening services required, a completed and signed report form, indicating that an eye examination by a doctor specializing in diseases of the eye or a licensed optometrist has been administered within the previous 12 months, is acceptable.

Hearing and vision screening will begin this month at Hickory Point.

Should your child not meet the criteria for passing a hearing and/or vision screening, you will be contacted by phone and a letter will be sent home.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at 847.498.3830 X3303 or at

Melanie Zimmerman, RN, BSN Hickory Point School Nurse



Northbrook, IL: 

Northbrook’s bicycle helmet ordinance requires everyone under the age of 16 to wear an industry compliant helmet; when riding a bicycle, being carried on a bicycle, or transported by a bicycle trailer; on streets, sidewalks, or public paths in the Village.

The purpose of the bicycle helmet requirement is to reduce the number of severe and fatal head injuries to children involved in bicycle crashes. Every year there are many severe head injuries suffered by children across the country from bicycle related incidents. Increasing awareness of the dangers of riding without a helmet is a critical part of increasing compliance.

The Police Department will focus on compliance efforts through contacts and education. Citations may be written if necessary to achieve compliance.


Important Dates:

Wednesday, October 17                                Conferences 5pm-8pm

Thursday, October 18                                    No school- Conferences 1pm-4pm and 5pm-8pm

Friday, October 19                                         Hickory Point Spirit day


Hickory Point Happenings

Week 8 -October 5, 2018

In this edition:

  • Spirit days
  • Parent education evening
  • Dress for fall weather
  • Parent volunteers needed
  • Important dates

Spirit days

Dear Hickory Point Community,

Hickory Point is a very special place. We want to continue to engage in creating a sense of belonging within our community. School spirit days create an atmosphere of unity and camaraderie. We have created many different opportunities throughout the year for students and staff to come together as a group and show our connectedness. We want to show pride in our school and celebrate the excellent culture and community that exists at Hickory Point. Click here for the schedule of spirit days. Go Bulldogs!  

For your children,

Maureen Deely                                                           Meggan Buchanan

Principal                                                                      Assistant Principal


Parent education opportunity

District 27 will host a presentation for our community on our newly developed Emergency Preparedness Plan, which is now being implemented in school districts across the township.  Please join us to learn more about the ways we are ensuring the safety and security of everyone on our school campuses. Another parent informational session will be held in November with a focus on protecting children online.

  • October 10: “Educate, Plan, Practice” How These Initiatives are Keeping Your Children Safe”
  • November 13: Protecting Your Children in a Hyper Digital Age”

Both sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Shabonee School. RSVPs are requested for the November 13th session. Please see this Parent Workshop flyer for more information.


BRRRRRRR! It’s cold outside!

It is important for students to go outside for 15-20 minutes each day to enjoy fresh air, exercise, and have friendly conversations with classmates. Students should be prepared to go outdoors for recess throughout the fall and winter months! Be sure to send your students to school with jackets, hats, scarves and mittens. Please help to keep Hickory Point School healthy by encouraging your child to wear appropriate clothes while playing outdoors at recess time. Also, please write your child’s name on jackets, sweatshirts and hat/gloves. Thanks for your cooperation.

Parent volunteers needed

Hello parents,  

We are still looking for a couple of volunteers for this learning experience.

Wood Oaks Middle School offers a STEAM class called Creative Designs that allows the students to experience the engineering design process.  The students in this class begin by exploring a common product.  They will analyze the various designs available today and specifically analyze how design meets certain function of the product.  The students will brainstorm and sketch ideas on paper and later proceed to sketch those ideas using a CAD program called SolidWorks. Through the program, they will test and modify aspects of their design to meet specific needs.  This year, the students are designing lunch box containers.  To help them better understand the use of containers, they will be visiting Hickory Point Elementary School during lunch.  As part of the experience, the class is trying to provide real life experiences.  The visit to the lunchroom is similar to a field study that a designer or engineer would complete.  A designer would also interview or discuss the needs with people who use the product the most.  To help provide this experience to our students, we are seeking parent volunteers who typically pack lunches for his/her child.  Your daily experience of the use of the containers is truly valuable for these students.   We are seeing volunteers for two separate dates listed below.

October 23rd (11:55-12:30) or October 26th (11:15-11:50) We will choose one based on number of volunteers.

The goal the day is for students to capture what type of containers are preferred/effective based on what is being packed.  The parent will take several minutes to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of several containers he/she has brought to showcase. Design elements such as shape, size, thickness, ease of washing, ease of storing, and material are some talking points.  

Mid January

Part of the engineering process is to communicate ideas.  The goal of this day is to present their final design plans with prototypes made.  Parent volunteer would listen to the presentation and provide feedback to the group.  Presenting to an audience who uses the product the most will help make the experience authentic.  

If you are interested in volunteering for either or both of these dates, please contact Mrs. Patel.  Her email is  Thank you for considering this opportunity.  

Important Dates

Monday, October 8                             No school

Wednesday, October 10                   “Educate, Plan, Practice” How These Initiatives are       

                                                           Keeping Your Children Safe” @ 6:30 pm at Shabonee



Hickory Point Happenings

Week 7 - September 28, 2018

In this edition:

  • Establishing a homework routine
  • Office is closing early on October 2
  • Art information
  • Important dates

Homework tips

Dear Parents,

Here are some strategies to help you and your child find a winning homework routine.

  • Try planning a regular time each day when family members do quiet activities. You’ll help your child focus by limiting distractions. For example, he/she can do homework in the kitchen after school while you pay bills or cook. Or everyone can read in the living room while he/she works in his/her room.
  • Schedule short periods of work to fit your child’s attention span. If he/she has thirty minutes of homework, he/she can spend 15 minutes and then take a break (have a healthy snack or shoot hoops) before finishing up. Have your child keep track of time and stay on task by setting an alarm clock to signal the break.
  • Before your child starts, help him/her put his/her assignments in order. Take a look at your child’s assignment notebook. Have you noticed he/she gets more done when he/she does written work first? If so, he/she can complete his/her math worksheet, then practice spelling words and finally study science. Try suggesting that your child rank homework from hardest to easiest and tackle the more complicated work first.

Thanks for your support.  As always if you have any questions or concerns about homework, please contact your child’s teacher.



Maureen Deely                                               Meggan Buchanan

Principal                                                          Assistant Principal


Office closes early on October 2

On Tuesday, October 2, the Hickory Point school office will be closing at 3:15 pm so that we can conduct an important staff meeting with our entire staff.  Please make sure to take care of any tasks that involve our wonderful Office staff prior to 3:15 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Art Connection

This weekend, Northbrook will be hosting a Plein Air Painting Festival, in and around the Village Green.  You can watch artists paint nature and city scenes in the open air.  This is a great connection to the art room theme of learning about nature artists!  Students at Hickory Point will soon be trying their hand at painting outdoors.  We will be painting Fall scenes in the Hickory Point Garden!  The Plein Air Festival is on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Hope to see you there!  

Mrs Lovisetto


Please bookmark our PTA Page for all updates.

Important dates:

Oct.1               Wear blue to support World Bully Prevention Day

Oct. 2              Office closes for at 3:15 pm for training

Oct. 2              P/T Conference scheduler opens at 10 am (see your email for log in information)

Oct. 3              PTA meeting 2 pm in Lounge



Hickory Point Happenings 

Week 4 - September 7, 2018

In this edition:

  • Required Safety Drills
  • Canvas
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Twitter
  • PTA
  • Important dates

Required Safety Drills

Each year we are required by the state of Illinois to conduct safety drills. We will practice at least one of each of the following drills: Bus Evacuation, Shelter in Place (Tornado), Evacuation (Fire) and Active Intruder (Lockdown). Over the next month or so, we will be practicing all of the drills. The staff are informed before most of the drills. All families will have an opportunity to learn more about the District 27 Emergency Preparedness Plan at a Parent Education Night at Shabonee on October 10.


Hickory Point classroom teachers use Canvas to send notifications to parents about classroom news and there is content on the Canvas pages that help extend and support learning. Video tutorials and information to help parents use this resource are available in the “Parents” section of our website. Information regarding student accounts can be downloaded there as well, so that parents can keep track of the many resources students use during the school year. Check out the Hickory Point Website for useful information to keep you informed and help support your child.

 Parent/Teacher Conferences: Save the Date

Wed. October 17, 2018

5:00-8:15 pm

Thurs. October 18, 2018

1:00-4:00 pm & 5:00-8:15 pm

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to review your child’s educational progress with his/her teachers. Online conference scheduling, through PT Conference Maker, will be available to parents/guardians beginning on October 2, 2018 at 8:00 am and closing on October 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm. If you need assistance, please call the Office. 


Hickory Point is now on Twitter @hickorypoint27. Please follow us to see pictures and videos of all of the great things happening at Hickory Point. Check us out on Twitter. 


Here is the blog for our Parent Teacher Association. Please bookmark the PTA blog so you can stay informed. 

Important dates:

Monday, September 10 - School is not in session

Tuesday, September 11- Wear red, white and blue for Patriots' Day flag ceremony

Wednesday, September 12- PTA Meeting 2pm in Teacher's Lounge

Week 3 - August 31, 2018

In this edition:

  • Second grade parents - STAR testing
  • Curriculum night specials presentations
  • PTA Blog
  • Calendar for next week

Dear Second Grade Parents,

STAR testing will be administered beginning September 5. Star assessments by Renaissance Learning are a series of tests that measure a student’s general knowledge in reading and mathematics. The tests are computer-adaptive. Computer-adaptive tests (CATs) continually adjust the difficulty of each child’s test by choosing each test question based on the child’s previous response. If the child answers a question correctly, the difficulty level of the next item is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is decreased. CATs save testing time and spare students the frustration of answering items that are too difficult  or easy. Students typically complete complete the assessments in 20 to 30 minutes.

The assessments will be administered to students in grades 2-8 (except students in algebra and geometry will not take the math assessments). Students will take the assessments in the fall, winter, and spring.

STAR Reading

STAR Reading is an assessment of reading comprehension and skills for independent readers through grade 12. The assessment tracks development in five domains:

  • Word Knowledge and Skills.
  • Comprehension Strategies and Constructing Meaning.
  • Analyzing Literary Text.
  • Understanding Author’s Craft.
  • Analyzing Argument and Evaluating Text.


STAR Math is an assessment of math achievement for students in grades 1–12. The assessment tracks development in four domains:

  • Numbers and Operations.
  • Algebra.
  • Geometry and Measurement.
  • Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability.

Score Reports to Parents

Score reports will be sent home to parents at the end of the school year and will contain scores from the fall, winter, and spring test administrations.

Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night was a huge success! Thank you for partnering with us to support your child’s learning. Here are the Specials teachers’ presentations and the Library presentation from Curriculum Night. 


Here is the blog for our Parent Teacher Association. Please bookmark the PTA blog so you can stay informed. 

Important dates:

Monday, September 3- No School - Labor Day (Enjoy the weekend!)

Friday, September 7- PTA Welcome Back Family Night 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm on the playground. There will be music, Dairy Queen, games and lots of fun. We hope to see you!