Hometown School Newsletter

August 16, 2022

Bencik's Buzz

Hometown Families:

We are excited to see all of our smiling faces tomorrow for our first day of school. School starts at 8:30am. If students want to come to breakfast, they should arrive at 8:10am.

New School year: Aug 16, 2022 4:17 PM

Meet and Greet

Last minute drop off of supplies will be held from 6:00-7:30pm. Please note teachers may not be available during the evening hours. Our open house will be in September this year. Save the date for September 15th with our PTA ice cream social and open house.

Breakfast and Lunch

The federal program for free lunch will not carry over to the new school year. Our families will be required to pay for breakfast and lunch this school year. Our breakfast is $1.50. Our lunch is $3.05. Milk only $0.60. Families may fill out the free and reduced lunch form to help reduce costs. Please submit to the office for approval. There is also an area in Skyward to complete the form.

Kindergarten Screening

Kindergarten students will be screened the first two days of school excluding CASE Kindergarten. All registered kindergarten students have been registered for a screening on either Wednesday, August 17th or Thursday, August 18th The screening results will be analyzed, and students will be placed in classes heterogeneously. Families will be notified of their child’s teacher Thursday, August 18th afternoon via phone call, so please make sure your contact information is current in Skyward. Please bring any medical documentation for the year including physical, dental or vision. Kindergarten students’ first day of school will be Friday, August 19th from 8:30am-3:20pm.

First Day Logistics- Grades 1-5 and CASE Kindergarten

This year’s first day of school will be Wednesday, August 17th and it is a half day of school ~ for students in grades 1st through 5th. The school day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 11:30 am. We are looking forward to seeing all of the smiling faces coming back to in person learning.

Arrival Procedures

Upon their arrival, scholars should line up with their grade level peers in the following locations. Students will be escorted into the building by staff at 8:25 am. Students participating in the breakfast program will be permitted into the building at 8:10 am.

  • KD~ Arrive at Door 1, dismissed at Door 8
  • G1~Arrive & Dismissed at Door 9
  • G2~ Arrive & Dismissed at Door 5 (Tully- Door 7)

  • G3~ Arrive & Dismissed at Door 19

  • G4~ Arrive & Dismissed at Door 17

  • G5~ Arrive & Dismissed at Door 15

  • CASE~ Arrive & Dismissed at Door 1

Outside Door 20 (Early Childhood Door)

  • Preschool Students

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CASE Families

As we start our school year, we will have the CASE students enter in the front of the building. The staff will be out at door 1 to assist your child into our building. If you feel your family needs a parking pass for arrival and dismissal, please work with your child's teacher on the first day. We will have a school representative maintaining access to the parking lot daily. Showing the pass or letting us know you are with the CASE program will grant you access to the lot the first few days.

Morning Traffic Patterns

In an effort to maximize the safest traffic pattern possible, we will continue with the traffic pattern exercised for the past several years. In the morning, families / caregivers who drive their students to school may choose to either pull up to the designated “car drop off zone”, which is located on the “school side” of Duffy (southbound) and let their child exit the car on the passenger side or park on Kildare or Kolin and walk their child to their designated arrival spot. Cars will not be able to park along Duffy or they will be ticketed. NO CARS will be allowed in the school parking lots during arrival and dismissal times. Students are expected to report to their designated line-up areas (see arrival procedures).


August 24th we will host our fall pictures. More information will be coming out.

Dismissal Procedures

When school is dismissed at 3:20 pm, students are able to walk home, line up in the gym for their bus, or meet their parent/ caregiver outside of the school. Older children who walk younger siblings or neighbors should meet them in a prearranged location outside of the building and will be dismissed first in order to pick up their sibling or relative. We ask that parent DO NOT park in the back lot to pick up children. Families should park on Kildare or Kolin.

School Bus Loading Zone

Our two school buses load and unload near Door 19 (gym doors) in the morning and in the afternoon. It is illegal to pass a school bus when the stop sign is out. Please remember our students’ safety is our number one priority! Please watch for the flashing lights and stop when appropriate.

New Family Welcome Celebration

Families new to Hometown School are invited to join us on Friday, August 19th at 8:45 am in the Multi-Purpose Room. This informal breakfast celebration will include a brief introduction to Hometown School and discussion topics including: attendance and lunch procedures, Skyward, Take Home Tuesday, and the Late Start Schedule, followed by a brief Q & A session. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday Take Home

Students will bring home all pertinent school information and classroom work on Tuesdays. Some of this information will also be sent home electronically through our School Messenger Communication System. Information used to send home the information will be used from Skyward. Please look for important information, resources to use at home, as well as celebrations of students throughout each week.

Teacher Communication

In order to mainstream communication from teachers this school year, we will be using SeeSaw as the main platform for teacher to parent communication. Please look to your child's teacher for information on how to sign up.


We strongly encourage you to join our PTA at Hometown. We work together to provide many different events throughout the school year for the students. We always work with our volunteers to set them up for success. Please consider joining this organization.

Preschool Information

The link below will give more information for our preschool families. Please review the information and reach out with any questions to the main office.

Arab American Family Services

We are happy to partner with the Arab American Services for the school year. Please see the attached flyer. We are looking for parent mentors to start the new year. If you are interested please reach out to the school.