Hiawatha Elementary

Week of February 22nd

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Hello Husky Families-

We are excited to welcome back our 4th and 5th graders this week! 4th and 5th grade parents please look over the Hybrid Parent Handbook to review all information regarding entrance/dismissal and safety measures that are in place. It will be great to have students at each grade level back in our building. Tuesday is a Teacher’s Institute Day and students will not have school. We will see hybrid students beginning on Wednesday this week.

Please remember that if your child is in hybrid we expect them to be in the building on their cohort days. Teachers have plans for them to be in school and unless there is a student illness please make sure they are in attendance on their scheduled days. Hybrid students should enter the building at the designated door between 8:30-8:45 a.m. This allows students to be reading for instruction to begin right at 9:00.

Just a reminder to please complete the 5 Essentials survey as soon as possible. Every year parents are given the opportunity to provide feedback on our school and district through the 5 Essentials Survey. In order to gain results we need 20% of our parents to take the survey. We will be holding a raffle with prizes to families for completing the survey. Don’t forget once completed, screenshot the thank you for completing the survey page and submit it to your child’s teacher. Please see the link below to take the survey. We appreciate your time!

If your child is coming in next week, please be sure to respond to the self-certification email from noreply@raptortech.com. We appreciate your time and attention to this new system. One of the pieces of the self-certification form, is conducting a temperature check. In order to have a more accurate temperature during these winter months, we are asking families to take their child’s temperature at home. Students with a temperature above 100.4 should not come to school. Students experiencing any of the symptoms on the form will also not be able to enter the building. These pieces are critical in ensuring everyone’s safety as well as a successful hybrid plan. If your child is exhibiting symptoms, we are asking families to keep all children at home until the symptoms subside and you speak with our school nurse.

Please continue to make sure your child is in attendance everyday. Student attendance is very important to your child’s success this school year and we need to work together on this. Please remember that if your child is going to be absent for any reason, you need to call the school office at 708-795-2327 to report the absence.

Please remember to continue to do your part to help stop the spread of this virus in our community. Please remember to always wear your mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

Stay safe and healthy Huskies!

Jodi Meyer jmeyer@bsd100.org

Justin Gonzalez jgonzalez1@bsd100.org

5 Essentials Survey

Berwyn South School District 100 families are invited to provide feedback to schools through 5Essentials, a survey that all Illinois public schools use to gather feedback from students, parents, and employees.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

Please click on the link below to access the survey.


Hybrid Learning

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Remote Learning Tips

A few reminders to help remote learning be successful for your child…

  • Please make sure your child has their iPad and Logitech Crayon charged and is ready each day.

  • Keep your students schedule nearby to help them know what is coming next in their day.

  • Keep a small box of supplies near the child’s learning area so they can quickly have access to what they need throughout the day.

  • Headphones are also very helpful when you have more than one child on devices and will help everyone to focus.

  • A quiet area away from the tv is also very important.

Social Work Support

My name is Katelyn McCloskey. I am the School Social Worker at Hiawatha. My role at Hiawatha is to work with students to help them be successful in the classroom through teaching coping skills, problem solving skills and expression of feelings. There are a lot of extra stressors put on children and families in the time of Covid-19. If you are ever in need of support please feel free to contact me.

Email: kmccloskey@bsd100.org

Children are highly adaptable, but they are not immune to the stress and challenges associated with the pandemic. They deeply feel all the same emotions that we feel as adults, and often do not have the resources to understand or manage those intense emotions. Recently, across the country, we are seeing an increase in anxiety and depression in children. Symptoms of anxiety and depression in young children can look like: changes in eating and sleeping patterns, increased irritability, separation anxiety, potty regression, and aggression. In older children, we may see: decreased interest in socializing, not wanting to engage with family members, excess worrying, changes in energy level, loss of interest in activities they previously enjoyed (including loss of interest in schoolwork and/or loss of interest in socializing), difficulty falling or staying asleep, unexplained physical symptoms like headaches or stomach aches, and feelings of sadness, irritability, hopelessness, or worthlessness.

Ways you can support your child with these difficult emotions:

  • Maintain a consistent, predictable schedule
  • Check in with your child daily
  • Validate emotions without trying to “fix” them
  • Help your child stay physically active
  • Be mindful of what you talk about in front of your child
  • Be a good role model for positive coping behaviors
  • Reach out to your child’s pediatrician if symptoms continue

For more information and more tips, check out this article:


After School Clubs

OAV with Mrs. Ivnik:

Monday, 2/22 3:00-3:30

Wednesday, 2/24 3:00-3:30

Student Attendance

Please remember every child should be logging into Clever and clicking their teacher's name/picture to connect to the 9:00 a.m. morning meeting to get their day started. If your child is going to be absent please call the school office to report the absence by 9:00 a.m.

Meal Pick-Up

Meals available for all students and anyone 18 and under until June 30, 2021.Meals will be sent home with students at the end of each school day and curbside is available after dismissal.

Curbside Pick Up Times and Locations:

Mondays at Freedom, Heritage and Pershing 10am-12pm

Wednesday at Freedom 4pm-6pm

Tuesday-Friday Freedom and Heritage 12:30pm-1:30pm

Tuesday-Friday All Elementary Schools 11:45am-12:45pm

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Mark Your Calendar

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Be Safe! Be Responsible! Be Inspired!

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