L. J. Hauser Jr. High
65 Woodside Road
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 447-3896

50th Hauser Food Drive Kicks Off!

Posted Feb 17, 2020 | Category: News

The annual Hauser Food Drive kicked off yesterday at school with grade level assemblies. Mr. Berwanger (Mr. “B”) – the teacher that started the drive in 1970 – spoke to all the students about the drive’s history and meaning. Below is all the important information about the this year’s drive.

50th Food Drive Schedule: Wednesday, February 26th – Saturday, April 4th

Wednesday, 2/26 Special Visit: WGN-TVs Around Town Segment

  • Hauser’s Food Drive will be featured during AM news segment with Anna Belaval.
  • It’s Blue and Gold day! Wear something Blue and Gold to school.
  • Bring a brown bag full of food to school. Students will receive brown bags today (2/20) in Cougar Connections.
  • Mrs. Mahy and Mrs. Mullin will be on the school’s roof as long as monetary and food donations keep coming in.

WEEK of 3/3Penny Wars

  • Class competition to see which class can raise the most money
  • Green and Pennies add to total; Silver subtracts from total
  • Grade bragging rights at stake

WEEKS of 3/9, 3/16 and 3/30 –  Raffle Weeks and Can/Monetary Donation Collections at School

  • Cans/non-perishable food and monetary donations will be collected at school on Tuesday and Friday morning before school.
  • Any student that brings in 10 cans or a $5.00 donation will be entered into the raffle.
  • Raffle prize will be a lunch for winning student and their lunch table; lunch will be served in a special dining room.
  • Lunches are being donated from Chic-fil-A and Bill’s Place.
  • There will be a grade vs. grade competition; winner will have a Fun Friday.

Saturday, 4/4 – Feed Our Community Day

  • Marconi and Cheese meals will be packed in the Hauser cafeteria from 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sign-up to come pack meals by clicking on the button:

For the next five weeks, the Hauser students are driving towards a goal of collecting 15,000 cans and 50,000 meals to celebrate 50 years of helping in the fight against hunger. Let’s help them reach the goal. Working together, we can do it!  Look for weekly updates in the Hauser Happenings and on the PTO Feed.

Questions? Contact Lisa Swicionis at lisa.swicionis@gmail.com or Lisa Gaynor at ltgaynor@aol.com

PTO Meeting is THURSDAY at 7pm.

Posted Feb 17, 2020 | Category: News

Please join us for the Hauser PTO meeting this Thursday, February 20th to hear about upcoming events, fundraisers, Mrs. Mahy’s Principal’s Report, and a brief presentation by Riverside’s Census liaison, Cristin Evans.

*8TH GRADE PARENTS – There will be an 8th Grade Graduation Party kick-off meeting immediately following the PTO meeting. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with party planning is invited to attend!

Hauser PTO Meeting –
DATE: Thursday, February 20
TIME: 7:00 pm
PLACE: Hauser Library (enter building at back of the school near handicap parking)

Following are the meeting agenda, minutes, and financials for your review:

Questions? Please contact Lisa Hennelly at lisahennelly@ymail.com

Calling all 8th Grade Parents – Help plan this year’s Graduation Party on Thursday!

Posted Feb 17, 2020 | Category: News

There will be an 8th Grade Graduation Party kick-off meeting this Thursday, February 20th immediately following the PTO meeting (which starts at 7:00 pm) in the Hauser LRC.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with party planning is invited to attend! We will brainstorm a theme and recruit people to take the lead on various sub-committees such as the invitations, decorations, and refreshments.

Questions? Contact Fran Montoro at fmm4604@aol.com for more information.

LABELS from Canned Food Products Needed!

Posted Feb 17, 2020 | Category: News

The Hauser Food Drive committee is looking for LABELS from canned food products to use in our promotional materials.

LABEL Donations – Before throwing your food cans into the recycling bin, remove the labels and drop them off at the Hauser office. Thanks so much!

Questions? Contact Lisa Gaynor at ltgaynor@aol.com or Laura Rubio at rubiolaura1@gmail.com

Polar Plunge – Make a Donation to support Hauser Special Olympics Team!

Posted Feb 17, 2020 | Category: News

Hauser teachers will participate in the Polar Plunge on Wednesday, February 29th for the 5th year in a row! Teachers plunge to support The Special Olympics of Illinois and specifically our Hauser Special Olympics Team!

TO DONATE – Click button and donate to Team Hauser!

Graduation Photo Retakes – Tuesday, February 25th

Posted Feb 17, 2020 | Category: News

8th graders can RETAKE graduation pictures next Tuesday, February 25. Students will be called down to the office after announcements.

ATTIRE – Students will take pictures in both a graduation gown (no caps) AND in their dress attire. Gowns are provided for students. A collared shirt with a tie, a blouse with dress pants or a skirt, or casual dress would all be appropriate. Please note that the dress code is still applicable. Students will have the opportunity to change from their formal clothes, if they choose, after pictures are completed.

Thank You Volunteers!

Posted Feb 17, 2020 | Category: News

Thank You to all our Pasta Dinner and Book Fair volunteers! We couldn’t make these great events happen without your help!

Last day to order Domino’s Slice the Price Cards is Monday, Feb. 10th!

Posted Feb 10, 2020 | Category: News

Don’t miss out on this great PTO fundraiser. Deadline to order cards is Monday, February 10th!


  • EVERY TIME you purchase a large pizza at Domino’s, you will receive a large pizza FREE!  No limit on toppings or quantity of large pizzas per order. For example: buy 10 pizzas and get 10 more pizzas FREE!
  • The cost of the card is just $10, which is less than the price of a large pizza, so if you use the card just one time, it more than pays for itself!
  • Use the card as many times as you would like until the card expires on December 31, 2020
  • Share this great deal with family and friends and help support the Hauser PTO.
  • The Slice the Price Card is honored at all Domino’s locations in Cook County. There are several other participating locations throughout IL and the US. Check online for a listing of all locations included in the promotion: slicethepricecard.com


  1. Form: Order forms went home with your child last week. You may return the order form to the school office with cash or check (payable to Hauser PTO) by Monday, February 10th.
  2. Online: To order online, click the following button:

Questions? Contact Anna Lee at annaelee@live.com

Please lend a hand! – We can’t make the Pasta Dinner happen without your help.

Posted Feb 10, 2020 | Category: News

We need volunteers for the annual Hauser Pasta Dinner on Wednesday, February 12th to make it a success!

TO VOLUNTEER – If you’d like to lend a hand, please click the SignUp button:

Sign Up!

There are several slots to choose from –

  • Bake treats
  • Drink Server (4:30-6 pm OR 6-7 pm)
  • Food Server (4:30-6 pm OR 6-7 pm)
  • Check-in (4:30-6 pm OR 6-7 pm)
  • Ticket Taker (4:30-6 pm OR 6-7 pm)
  • Cleanup (7-8pm)

Questions? Contact Laura Rubio at rubiolaura1@gmail.com

Hauser Pasta Dinner on Wednesday!

Hauser PTO’s Annual Pasta Dinner will be held Wednesday, February 12th. Bring the whole family for pasta with sauce and meatballs, salad, fresh bread, and homemade dessert.

Hauser PTO Pasta Dinner
Wednesday, February 12th
TIME – 4:30pm-7:00pm
WHERE – Hauser Cafeteria

COST – Tickets are $5.00 per person (if purchased by Tuesday, February 11th *Date extended). After Feb. 11th, the ticket price will increase to $7.00. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $7.00 each. *Fifth Graders and children age 5 and under are FREE with a paying adult. *NOTE – 5th Graders will receive their free tickets at school (look for them the week of the dinner).

To pay online click on the CheddarUp button

And don’t forget to check out the other activities happening that night!

HAUSER activities February 12th –
4:00-6:00pm – Girls Basketball Game
4:30-7:00 pm – PASTA DINNER
4:30-7:00 pm  – Hauser’s Scholastic Book Fair in the library