Hometown School Newsletter

February 22, 2022

Bencik's Buzz

Hometown Families:

Happy 2/22/22 day. A once in a lifetime day that our students were part of! I wanted to share a quick update about our day at Hometown. As you may know we have moved to a “mask recommended” policy in District 123. As the Hometown school principal, I am incredibly proud of all of our students today as they exhibited a tremendous amount of respect for one another throughout the day. As we continue to operate with these new guidelines, we all have a collective responsibility, both inside our school, but outside as well, to respect and support one another regardless of an individual's choice to wear a mask.

It is important to continue speaking with your children about the ever-changing world with a few reminders.

  • Communicate empathy: Each family and student can make their own decisions on what they feel comfortable with. Encourage students to always try to understand other’s choices.
  • Be honest: Explain that the expectations have changed. We often encounter times when expectations change, and we must adapt.
  • Be respectful: We will continue to show this respect by displaying kindness for one another. We will continue to model respect for each others' choices.

As your child returns home this afternoon, please help to support our positive school environment by reinforcing our Hometown Musts: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Conference sign up is closed. If you still need to schedule a conference please contact the office at 708-423-7360. We will take calls for sign ups thru February 24th at 11am at the latest. Please watch your email for the link to sign on to the google meet with the homeroom teacher.


Half Day on Thursday of the week. The students will dismiss at 11:30am.
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Heart Challenge

We are pleased to announce Hometown has raised $7,524 during Jump Rope for Heart! We could not be more proud of all of our students and families for their donations.

5Essentials Parent Survey- WE NEED YOUR VOICE

We only have 2% of the parent voice! Please consider taking the survey.

As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. You and your student's identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and anonymous. To get started with the survey head to d123.org/five.

TPS and Kindergarten Registration- NOW OPEN

If your student is already registered with district in EC or preschool, you will just register with the backpack registration in April. If you would like to register your children for Tuition Preschool please use the link below. Kindergarten registration is also open. Please use the second link to register your child for the next school year. We can't wait to meet all of our new learners.

TPS registration:




PTA Meeting

We will have a brief meeting tomorrow at 4pm to discuss the dance and amending the bylaws for PTA. Please join us in person in the staff lounge.

Family Literacy Luau

Hometown will be hosting a Family Literacy Night.TOMORROW will be the last day to register for this event!

Canvas and Cookies

Please join us for Canvas and Cookies on March 3rd at 6pm. The cost will be 5.00 per student. There will be a limit of students. This is a first come first serve event. Please RSVP to reserve your spot. See the attached flyer. The RSVP is due this Thursday!

Spring Book Fair

The book fair will be the first week in March. Please see the attached flyer to volunteer. We are still looking for volunteers to help.

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Colleen Kapelinski

Every week we will shine a spotlight on one of our very own Hometown Staff members. This week we will meet Ms. Colleen Kapelinski.

How long and what grades have you taught?

This is my 13th year in D123! I taught grades 6, 7 and 8 at OLHMS for 4 years, then came to teach grades 3, 4 and 5 at Hometown. I've been teaching Kindergarten and 1st grade for the past 7 years!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Traveling is one of my very favorite things to do! I love getting to experience new adventures, try new foods and learn about new cultures. Croatia and Switzerland top my list of places I'd like to visit soon.

What is the best thing about working at Hometown?

The people! The students I get to work with every day are so great- I feel so fortunate that I get to see them learn and grow throughout the school year. I also feel so lucky that I get to work with the amazing staff that Hometown school has to offer. I've never met a more passionate and caring bunch of educators.

What is your favorite food?

Ice cream! I love all types- ice cream cones, ice cream sundaes, shakes- I can never turn ice cream down!

Who is someone you admire and why?

I look up to my parents so much. They've taught my sister and I the importance of family, hard-work and independence. I try to live every day with their drive and passion for life in mind.

If you see Ms. Kapelinski around the school make sure you say hello!!