• Jan. 11th

    This week we talked about the season Winter. We discussed the changes in the climate and what we can do in Winter.  We will continue this discussion next week and talk about the clothing.

    Congratulations to Tagg and Alayna for being our GOTCHA winners this week!


    *Book Orders are due online today.    Scholastic Class code is TVD24

    *If you have not already RSVP'd for the Winter Involvement please do so. Flyer

    There are still plenty of open opportunities for volunteering. Check the links below.

    Below is also our classroom wishlist. With the cold and flu season upon is our Kleenex supply is running low. Thank you for your donations!

    Have a great weekend!


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  • Jan 4th

    Welcome Back I hope everyone had a great break (though short). I know it went by quick for me!

    This week we have been talking about starting a new year and what a year is. We discussed that there are 12 months in a year and 4 seasons. 

    We were lucky to have Mr. Gaiser visit our PM Music class on Wednesday. He read/sang the story of the 5 little ducks and particpated in scarf dancing to show loud and quiet.

    We are doing a Winter Parent Involvement on Jan 18th. One special adult is welcome to come and participate with the student in a variety of activities. Due to this event our secret reader will be cancelled for that Friday. Please RSVP by Jan 11th. Click here for the flyer- Winter Involvement

    A few reminders for this week: 

    • Please send in extra clothes if you have not already.
    • This month's family project is a snowman. If you mislocated the project given to you, there are ideas on the link: Snowman Project
    • Book Orders are Due Jan. 11th, Class code TVD24: Book Order
    • Volunteer Opportunities are available on SignUpGenius. The links are at the bottom of the page. I ask that you only sign up once a month to give everyone an opportunity, however, if it is the day of or week of and noone has signed up for that slot, please feel free to add your name.

     Congratulations our GOTCHA winners Josh and Henry!!!!

    Thank you to Laila's uncle for reading to our class!!!!

    If you have any questions or concerns please email me.

    Have a great weekend!!! 


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  • Below is a list of items our classroom would benefit from. 

    I will delete items and add items as needed.

    Please only donate what you are comfortable with.

    Thank you!!!

    *Baby Wipes


    *Thin Markers

    *Sandwich size ziplocs

 Marie Hanrahan

Phone: 847-838-8025


Degrees and Certifications:

Marie Hanrahan

I am excited to continue my teaching career at Hillcrest this year. I have previously taught Early Childhood Special Education for 5 years at a previous school district and taught at HeadStart before that.  I have over 20 years experience in working with young children.  I do have three children of my own, two step children and a grandchild. I am looking forward to an exciting year with your children.  Please feel free to contact me at anytime with any questions or concerns. I will do my best to respond the same day.




Hello, I have worked at Hillcrest for the past 4 years. Before working at Hillcrest, I worked as a preschool teacher at Kindercare for 6 years. I have two beautiful boys and one on the way. Caden is 9 and Carson is 1.