Henry Hawk News

Week of December 7, 2020

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Principal Gutierrez's Message

Dear Henry Families,

Thank you to the families who were able to join us for our parent meeting regarding the reopening of schools. Please be sure to complete the opt-in/opt-out intent that has been sent to you from CPS on November 23, 2020. The deadline to submit is this Monday, December 7th. A recording of the meeting is in this current newsletter.

I want to say think you to the LSC members who have served and will finish their current term on January 10, 2021. Each member served and extra six months due to the postponement of the election.

Congratulations to the newly elected LSC candidates who will begin their term on January 11, 2021 through June 30, 2022. The new LSC will hold the organizational meeting betweenJanuary 11th and January 25th to set the remaining dates through June of 2021.

Principal Gutierrez

What's In This Week's Henry Hawk News?

Henry Attendance Update

Reopening Plan Parent Video

LSC Special Meeting: Election Results 12/7/20

LSC Meeting 12/8/20

Parent Workshop: Go CPS Application Process 12/7/20

Henry Hawk Weekly Update Video

Henry Holiday Spirit Week

Free Vision Exams at Ageless Eyecare: Week of December 7th

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Maggie Garfinkel

Family Remote Learning Support

Henry Attendance Update

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Henry School Overall Attendance: 94.14%. (Goal is to be above 95%) (We went down from last week

Attendance by Grades as of 12/4/20

Kindergarten: 91.85%

1st Grade: 94.05%

2nd Grade: 93.91%

3rd Grade: 95.45%

4th Grade: 96.71%

5th Grade: 91.09%

6th Grade: 95.87%

7th Grade: 94.11%

8th Grade: 93.65%

Congratulations to our 4th Grade Students who have the highest attendance percentage to date!

Attendance for the Week 13: Overall 93.50%

Kindergarten: 94.68%

1st Grade: 91.19%

2nd Grade: 92.19%

3rd Grade: 94.95%

4th Grade: 94.44%

5th Grade: 90.10%

6th Grade: 97.45%

7th Grade: 94.12%

8th Grade: 91.33%

Congratulations to our 6th Grade Students who have the highest attendance percentage for week 13!

Please remember to be online everyday during Remote Learning.

Response needed for opt-in/opt-out form

Please respond by Monday, December 7, 2020

  • Complete your child’s opt-in/opt-out form via the email you received on Monday, November 23, or reach out to your child’s school administrators to share your preference by Monday, December 7. You can call the school at 773-534-5060 between the hours of 9:00-3:00. Or you can email Ms. Reynolds at mamunozmaciel@cps.edu

  • Please note that families who selected in-person can switch to at-home learning at any time. After December 7, families who originally selected at-home learning cannot switch to in-person learning until the fourth quarter.

For more information please visit https://www.cps.edu/school-reopening-2020/

Letter from District English and Spanish

LSC Special Meeting: Election Results

Monday, Dec. 7th, 4:30pm

Google Meet

Join with Google Meet


Join by phone

‪(US) +1 760-503-4888‬ PIN: ‪169 913 099‬#

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

LSC Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 4:30pm

Google Meet

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Join by phone

‪(US) +1 662-502-2756‬ PIN: ‪709 728 748‬#

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Parent Workshop: Go CPS Application Process 12/7/20

CPS has extended this year’s GoCPS application deadline from December 11, 2020, to January 8, 2021. This extension will help ensure that families have more time to submit their applications, participate in virtual open house events and admissions screenings, and complete testing for selective enrollment schools. Guidance will be forthcoming with any updates to the NWEA MAP winter assessment administration plan.

With this extension, online GoCPS applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on January 8 and paper applications must be postmarked no later than January 8. In addition, we are also reopening the process for requesting a CPS ID number until December 21, which families use to create an online GoCPS account for designated students. The specific notification date for elementary and high school results will be announced later this winter after the testing and admissions screening process concludes.

If you have questions or need assistance with the GoCPS application process, please contact the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment at gocps@cps.edu or 773-553-2060 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Henry Hawk Weekly Update Videos

Each week we are broadcasting to our students on Monday mornings our Henry Hawk Weekly Update Video. Check out the Henry Hawk Weekly Update from last week.

Henry Holiday Spirit Week December 14th-18th

Henry Hawk News November 30
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Free Eye Exams Week of December 7, 2020

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Ageless Eyecare & The CPS Vision Program will be opening their Pilsen location (329 W. 18th St. Chicago, IL 60616) the week of December 7th to provide no-cost eye exams to students who have not had their vision evaluated in over a year.

We encourage parents and families to contact Ageless Eyecare as soon as possible to schedule an appointment; there are no walk-in hours.

If your student has not had a vision exam in over a year, please call 312-929-3340 to schedule an appointment. These services will continue to be provided to CPS students at no cost to the student or family.

Right now, the week of 12/7 is the only week available so call to get scheduled now. Note that the office is only open M-F but they will return messages if you have to leave one.

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Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Garfinkel

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Hello Henry Families,

Waiting for the holidays can be hard for anyone, but especially for little kids who don’t have a good concept of time and how long they need to wait. Here’s a project to help your kids keep track of how many days are until the holidays (or a birthday or any event) and spread some kindness too.

Materials for our Kindness Chain:

· Construction Paper

· Scissors

· Stapler


1. Cut out strips of paper for every day leading up to the holiday or event

2. Write one kind thing your child can do on the strips (like helping take out the trash, give a compliment, take our garbage, etc.)

3. Make a chain by stapling the ends of the strip together and add additional strips (see picture)

4. Hang the chain in a communal space

5. Every day the child removes a strip and read the kind act. Have the child complete the act that day. If you have more than one child, have children take turns removing a strip.

As a reminder, I want to make sure this information is meeting your needs, so please complete this survey as soon as you can:


If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. The best way to reach me is by email: mgarfinkel@cps.edu

Happy Holidays!

Mrs. Garfinkel

Maggie Garfinkel, LPC, NCC

School Counselor

Henry Elementary School

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Family Remote Learning Support

Illinois State University College of Education: Remote Learning Resources for Families and Educators

Remote Learning Resources for Families and Educators

Illinois State University's College of Education has put together a series of resources and webinars to support educators, parents, and caregivers in remote learning. Their site is broken down into 10 considerations:

  1. Learning at Home
  2. Fostering Relationships
  3. Care & Caring Remotely
  4. Collaborating Online
  5. Supporting Emergent Bilinguals
  6. Grading Remotely
  7. Accessibly Learning
  8. Teaching Anti-Racist Pedagogy
  9. Leadership for Equity
  10. Students as Creators & Contributors

Check out their website for their schedule of webinars and to learn more: https://experienceliteracy.wixsite.com/remotelearning
Remote Learning Page on Henry Website

Learn how to get on Parent Portal, Google Email, Google Meets, Google Classroom. Click the link above.

CPS Family Tech Support Link

Need Technology support? CPS’ Information Technology Services team has created a single source online system for parents and students to get support for their technology devices or other technology related questions. Click the button above.

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Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Reynolds, and Mrs. Abraham