The Hoffman Hum

Our Official Newsletter

...from the principal's desk...

Dear Hoffman Families,

It is almost time! I can't wait to see your children next week!

This newsletter contains important dates and information for the start of the year. In addition, you will be receiving several emails in the following days from the District Office.


You will receive an email from our District Office with your child's teacher on

Friday, August 13.


You will receive an email from our District Office with your child's bus information on

Friday, August 13. Buses typically will drop off a little later than usual on the first few days as drivers acclimate themselves to their routes. If buses are going to be very late, the district will inform families. We thank you in advance for your patience.


Monday, August 16th

Grade 5: 10:00am-12:00pm

Grade 4: 10:00am-12:00pm

Grade 3: 12:00pm-2:00pm

School supplies can be dropped off in the classroom during the Meet and Greets. School supplies ordered through the PTA will be delivered to the classroom. The school supply list is on our school website.


Our District will be sending a parent newsletter in the next couple of days that will contain important information from the Food Service Department, SHIELD COVID Testing, and much more! Please make sure to read it!


Wednesday, August 18th

Drop-off begins at 8:35 (Late start Wednesday)

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, drop-off begins at 7:35.

Drop off at or walk to the front door of the building, and staff will direct your child to their entry door and classroom!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


School Hours

M, T, Th, F

Arrival Begins: 7:35am

Classes Begin: 7:45am

Dismissal: 2:40pm


Arrival Begins: 8:35am

Classes Begin: 8:45am

Dismissal: 2:40pm

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Lunch is free for all students throughout the 21-22 school year AND milk purchased alone, without lunch, will cost sixty cents.

From the Health Office


Students new to the district must have physicals (no more than a year old), including all required immunizations on file before the first day of school. They must also have vision exam forms to the school office by October 15.

Medication at School

If your child needs to take any medication at school during the school day, either prescriptions or over-the-counter medicine, doctor approval must be on file in the Health Office at school. Forms can be found on the District 34 website on our frequently used forms page. There will be no exceptions to this policy. This pertains to all daily medications and specific condition medications. The parents of students who require the use of an inhaler due to an asthmatic condition must contact the school Health office. Further information can be obtained by the calling the Health Office at (847)657-2594.

Student Attendance

Whenever your child is going to be absent you are required to call the Health Office 847-657-2594 to report that absence by 9:00am. You may also email Kathy Haring: The school needs notification of every day your child will be absent.

Hoffman School Supply List

Click here for the 2021-2022 Hoffman School Supply List

Henking/Hoffman PTA News

2021-22 HE/HO PTA (Parent/Teacher Association) Memberships are now available!

The Henking/Hoffman PTA is a group of parents who act upon our belief that parent involvement in the schools greatly enhances the education that our children receive. To join the PTA click here

Once you have added your membership to your cart please click on the cart icon on the upper right-hand corner of the page in order to be re-directed to the payment page.

Your $20 membership includes access to the online directory, the opportunity to be a Room Parent for your child’s classroom, and so much more!

Your PTA Membership card will be automatically emailed to the address you provided along with your receipt.


  • Interested in volunteering your time this school year?

    Click here to submit your information We have lots of opportunities!

  • Interested in being a Room Parent this year?! Stay tuned for more information as teacher assignments become available!

**Please note PTA membership is required to serve as a Room Parent.**

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2021-2022 School Year Calendar

Click HERE for the 2021/2022 School Year Calendar

2021-2022 Band and Orchestra

Dear 3rd & 4th Grade Students & Parents,

Students in District 34 can choose to study a band or orchestra instrument beginning in 4th grade. Students who don’t participate in 4th grade can still join in grades 5-8.

Instruction is offered for the following instruments:


Flute, Trumpet, Percussion, Oboe, Horn, Clarinet, Trombone, Saxophone and Baritone


Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

During the first weeks of school next fall, the instrumental music teachers will meet with 4th & 5th grade students to introduce them to band and orchestra and help them choose an instrument to study. Following this presentation, parents will receive information on how to enroll their child in the program and rent an instrument.

We strongly recommend renting an instrument from our preferred vendors (PM Music for Band & Hoffman Strings for Orchestra) to have a high-quality beginner instrument delivered to school. Purchasing an instrument online or from a discount store is discouraged, as they are often very low quality. If your family already owns an instrument you’d like to use, please bring it to a music store over the summer to have it examined and repaired if necessary.

Lessons for beginning students will start the week of September 13th.

Playing an instrument can be a big commitment but is also very rewarding. Ensemble playing teaches teamwork, cooperation, and responsibility as well as providing an outlet for students’ creativity. Instrumental music has also been shown to benefit students’ brain development in numerous ways.

Please contact the band or orchestra teacher from your school with any additional questions. We look forward to making music together in the fall!

Please contact Sue Dobias at with questions.

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