Please take the time to read the handbooks carefully, especially those policies that are new or have been updated, to set your children up for a successful school year.
FACTS Family Portal is a powerful tool that enables transparency and flow of information between school and home. When logged in to the Family Portal, parents will be able to see academic information specific to their children in a private and secure environment.
All you will need is an internet-capable computer to view your child’s attendance, homework, class calendars of assignments and special events, hot lunch orders, online parent directory, and gradebook for Middle Schoolers.
To Set Up Your Username and Password:
Once you are in, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the features and click around. For a tour of the key features, click the “Tour the New ParentsWeb” button on the bottom left of the screen.
Our goal is to improve our communication with you. We welcome your feedback on your ParentsWeb experience – please let us know what’s working and what you wish were different so that we can make those improvements.
Questions? Feedback? Email [email protected] with a detailed subject heading.
Immunization & Physical Form* – Due Aug 3, 2021, required for students entering Pre-Nursery, Kindergarten, 6th Grade and all New Hillel Torah students in Pre-Nursery through 8th Grade
Note: All health forms previously submitted to Hillel Torah (dated October 2020 or later, and provide proof of the aforementioned required vaccinations) are still valid. If you are unsure of which vaccinations your child has received, please contact your physician’s office.
Food Allergy & Asthma Action Plan* – Due Aug 3, if applicable
Dental Form – Due Aug 3, for all students entering Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grade
Vision Form – Due Aug 3, for all students entering Kindergarten and students new to Illinois
Grades Pre-Nursery-4th, Due Aug 15, 2021: As in prior years, there will be a $100 supply and activity fee to cover the cost of all supplies, special activities/events and field trips for the entire year. No other requests for funds will be asked of you during the year. Please click here to pay the supply fee online via Paypal or credit card.
Grades 5-8: Please click here for the supply lists for each grade (each grade on a separate page). These lists represent a conservative estimate of the supplies Middle School students will need for the year. Please note that there is a possibility that your child’s teacher may request additional supplies within the year. If you would like to purchase school supplies online through the PTA, please click here (orders due by July 18; additional details in the email sent by the PTA).
Grades 5-6: A Yoman Assignment Notebook will be required for 5th & 6th grade students and needs to be purchased via the link here ($10). A limited number will be available for 7th and 8th graders on a first come basis, and can be purchased from the office directly. Students will receive their Yoman on the first day of school.
Grades 2-8: Judaic Book List. Required books for each grade can be purchased at a Judaic bookstore. In some grades, some books will be the same as those used by your child last year and students should bring them back to school, as noted.
Grades K-8:Headphones or earbuds in a Ziploc bag, labeled with the student’s name. Headphones need to also have a microphone for voice recording.
Grades 3-8 (for students bringing their own device): Hebrew letter keyboard stickers. These are available online and in the school office for $3 a set.
Device Setup: Please give the Hillel Torah tech staff any parental control passwords set on your child’s devices so that school staff can make changes as needed.
Hillel Torah is committed to using the summer months for students to retain new skills, read on a daily basis, and get a preview of new material. You can find all the Summer Workbooks below.
In addition to Summer Workbooks, we recommend that our students read each day either in English or in Hebrew. Summer reading can be recorded in the HT Summer Reading Log.
Students are also encouraged to participate in the Rock Ivrit- רק עברית summer program we have developed to engage students in Judaic and Ivrit skills during the summer.
All middle school students are required to read two books over the summer. One is an assigned book and one is free choice. The assigned book is the first book students will be studying in ELA next year. Discussions, projects, and classwork about this book will start the first week of school! If the student has read the assigned book before, please read it again so it’s fresh in your mind.
It is suggested that all Middle School students practice math 60 minutes per week on iXL. That is 10 minutes a day! This math practice enables students to keep their math skills fresh and to make sure they’re ready to start with new concepts on the first day of school. They should choose any skills within their grade level. Here is a quick refresher on how to use iXL, if it’s been a while.
Assigned Book: Rules by Cynthia Lord
Assigned Book: Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neriifference
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Incoming 7th Graders
Assigned Book: Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Here you will find helpful resources and tools for grade-specific student learning, including many of the HT Live extras such as Art, PE, Science, and Story Time, as well as links and suggestions for free learning resources available online.
Parent Teacher Conferences are an important time to communicate in person with your child’s teacher about his/her progress and to plan any needed adjustments. Please take advantage of this important opportunity.
Fall 2021 Conference date TBD:
Learn how to navigate the “Meet the Teacher” system used for reserving appointments here.
Mazel Tov on the upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah of your child! Planning for this simcha is a wonderfully exciting time that can be filled with both anticipation and anxiety. We present this booklet as a guideline to serve as a resource as you begin to plan for your simcha.