January 7, 2022
As I reflect back to the day we opened our doors in August to now, I see so much for us to celebrate. We have welcomed our students back into a school learning environment where they are able to interact with one another to develop thinking skills, problem-solve collaboratively, and build friendships. This is what middle school is about. Students have had opportunities for inquiry-based learning, developing arguments supported by solid research, and honing basic skills. I couldn't be more proud of the efforts everyone is making to ensure that our kids at HBMS are able to move forward in their learning.
Resilience in the face of adversity is also what we are all learning. With Covid positive cases rising and the mitigation measures and protocols to be followed, it isn't easy to stay positive sometimes. It is important for us to keep the focus on safety as well as teaching and learning. So I want to say THANK YOU to all who have contributed to ensuring that our resilience is strong and our school remains a wonderful place to be each day. Stay positive!
Happy New Year!
Weather Guidelines for Outside Student Activities
During the cold winter weather, be sure that your child comes to school with appropriate winter coats, hats, gloves, etc. Students go outside daily for lunch recess and need to be dressed for the weather. The guidelines established by District 47 during cold weather are as follows:
Temperature/Wind Chill of 15 degrees or warmer = unlimited time outside
Temperature/Wind Chill of 0 to 15 degrees = 20 minutes outside
Below 0 degrees = Students remain indoors
HAPPY NEW YEAR HBMS FAMILIES! The HBMS PTO hopes your holidays were joyous and that winter break was relaxing. The PTO is ramping up the new year and planning two fundraisers this spring, Butter Braid Sale and Saver’s FunDrive! The Spirit Wear and Concessions committees will be back in full swing for the HBMS Girls Conference Basketball games and boy’s Wrestling matches. Looking for spirit wear? Check us out in the hallway during games. It is great to be back!
January Happenings and Save the Dates
The PTO will hold its first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, January 11 at 6:30pm. Join us in the LMC to hear more about the events and activities being planned for the rest of the year. We will also host our first Dining for Dollar$ event with Chipotle on Saturday, January 15th from 4-8pm.
PTO Meeting: January 11th 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Chipotle Dining for Dollar$: January 15th 4:00pm-8:00pm
Butter Braid Sale / Co-Chairs Needed
The PTO is excited to introduce our families to the Butter Braid sale coming in March. Purchases will be delivered right before the Easter holiday!
Spring Saver’s FunDrive / Co-Chairs Needed
Looking ahead to spring days and spring cleaning, HBMS will once again partner with Saver’s and their FunDrive. This year’s event will coincide with Earth Day, and will feature a two week collection period. We are in need of a chair or co-chair to coordinate the effort among our families. Please contact Margie Palmer at email@example.com with any interest…before she reaches out to you first!
2022-23 PTO Leadership
It is time to begin looking for new leadership for the coming school year. Sadly, Natalie Butler and I will be moving on to high school days, which means we are looking for a new President, Vice President, as well as Treasurer. Please reach out if you are interested in learning more!
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Margie Palmer, HBMS PTO
Dual Language Informational Meetings for Incoming Kindergarteners 2022-2023
Informational meetings about District 47's Dual Language program will be held for parents who have an incoming kindergarten student for the 2022-2023 school year. Information regarding the program, as well as the Lottery Selection Process will be shared. If you are interested in placing your child into the program, attendance is required at one of these meetings. The meetings will be held virtually, on the following dates:
Thursday, February 3, 2022
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (English & Spanish) & 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (English & Spanish)
Tuesday, February 8th, 2022
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (English & Spanish)
For more information about D47's Dual Language program and to access the meeting link, please visit the District 47 website at www.d47.org
Reuniones informativas del lenguaje dual para los estudiantes nuevos de kindergarten 2022-2023
El Distrito 47 tendrá reuniones informativas acerca del programa dual del Distrito 47 para los padres de los estudiantes entrando a kinder en el año escolar 2022-2023. Presentaremos información sobre el programa y el proceso nuevo de selección para el programa. Si está interesado en este programa es necesario que asista a una de estas reuniones. Las reuniones se realizarán virtualmente en las siguientes fechas:
Jueves, 3 de febrero, 2022
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (Inglés y Español)
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Inglés y Español)
Martes, 8 de febrero, 2022
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Inglés y Español)
Para más información acerca del programa dual del Distrito 47 y para acceder al enlace de la reunión, por favor visite el sitio web www.d47.org
New Year- New Supplies!
Additionally, please send your student to school with properly fitting masks and a water bottle. Masks are worn 100% of the time while in the building and we still have the water fountains shut down. Water bottle filling stations are available though.
If a student needs supplies and you are unable to provide them, please let us know and we will work with you to get the necessary items with the help of our community and church partners.
Thanks for your help.
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Fax number (815)479-5119
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Kathleen Gluck - Admin Assistant (email@example.com)
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Cathy Alberth, Principal (email@example.com)
Shannon Heckman, Assistant Principal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Josh Gschwend, Assistant Principal (email@example.com)
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