HMS Headlines

April 29, 2022

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A Message from the Administrative Team

Dear HMS Families,

We are looking forward to tonight's Aloha Spring celebration! Please see this information that was sent yesterday. This information has important instruction about arrival and dismissal. Please note that fifth graders should arrive and be picked up in the parking lot on the south side of the building (the bus lot) closest to the playground. Sixth graders will be dropped off in the front of the building and will proceed to the bike path on the north side of the school.


  • WEAR YOUR BRACELET: Students will receive bracelets in school today, and should wear them to the event tonight. We will have them put them on before the end of the day so they do not get lost.
  • NO BIKES: We do not have access to bike racks to lock bikes
  • ONLY HMS STUDENTS: Students/friends/family from other schools may not attend this event. It is strictly for HMS students.
  • STAY IN THE DESIGNATED AREAS: Please remind your child to stay in the areas designated for the party. We do not have access to the entire fields.
  • DRESS FOR THE WEATHER: It will be chilly and the event is entirely outside. Make sure you are prepared. ALSO PLEASE WEAR APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR FOR THE FIELDS.
  • HAVE FUN! Have fun, be safe, and enjoy this amazing opportunity... THANKS TO THE PTO!

We'll see you tonight for a lot of fun!

Have a great weekend!

Kelly, Linda, and Susie

6th Grade Dental forms DUE

Please be sure to turn in your 6th grade dental exam forms to the health office by May 15. Here is a copy of the form in case you need it.


We have had a lot of students wearing slippers to school for their school day. Please make sure your child comes to school with hard soled shoes, appropriate for outdoor recess as well as PE classes. This is important as we have more outdoor time in the spring, and there is a lot of mud around our school building. Thanks for your help!


That mid-week warm-up has us all ready for D39’s Summer Enrichment Programs 2022! This year we are very excited to welcome back some of our summer camp options for our kindergarten through seventh grade students. We intend to open our online registration process on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Be sure to browse our Summer Enrichment Programs website for our new online Summer Enrichment Programs 2022 brochure. We hope to see you with us for some summer fun!


Registration remains open for the 2022-23 academic year. For returning students, visit the PowerSchool parent portal, click on the registration link and follow the instructions. For new students to D39, visit for instructions on the four-part registration process. We encourage parents with new kindergarten students to enroll as quickly as possible. Additionally, D39 is offering its KEEP39 afternoon enrichment program for kindergarten students. Click here for more information. You can register your child for KEEP39 at the same time that you register for kindergarten.


Read for Refugees

A special thank you to all for your participation and generosity in support of our Read for Refugees project. It was a great learning initiative for our students and staff and, as a District, we raised just under $6,500 for Ukrainian humanitarian aid for the Red Cross. Thank you for making this a success!

Board Meeting

On Monday evening, the Board of Education hosted its regular monthly meeting. In addition to liaison reports and administrative updates, the Board review and approved a bid for flooring work at Highcrest Middle School and student transportation fees as well as several recommendations for updated Board Policies. The Board also adopted the Fiscal Year 2022 Amended Budget. Here you can find links to the complete meeting agenda and materials and Board Briefs of meeting highlights.

COVID-19 Reminders

We continue to closely monitor case counts at the local and regional level as well as reported within our schools and remain in daily communication with the CCDPH. These metrics are updated daily on our D39 COVID metrics page.

As a reminder, anyone experiencing symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate at home and seek a COVID-19 test. It is important that we continue to monitor symptoms daily and take even mild symptoms seriously. Those who have been exposed to a positive individual should also seek testing. Additionally, we are encouraging you to consider having your child(ren) wear masks in indoor spaces as we navigate this increase in COVID-19 cases being reported throughout our community. We remind everyone of the importance of being kind, supportive and respectful of one another. Thank you for helping us keep our schools and community healthy and safe.



The Wilmette Historical Museum and the Wilmette Police Departments host Joint Open Houses on Sunday, May 1st from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.

New Trier Dance Division hosts Summer Dance Camps for children age 4 through the 9th grade June 20-24.

Buddy Baseball Registration is open to special needs children 7 - 22 years old throughout New Trier Township at no cost. Buddy Players are paired with Buddy Volunteers and games last approximately 75 minutes. Register at

The Village of Wilmette’s Sesquicentennial Celebration includes many fun activities and projects. Donations of $25 and up will receive recognition in the Commemorative 150th Edition of the Wilmette Communicator. See flyer for details or go to

The Village of Wilmette & 'Ready Set Wilmette' Comprehensive Planning Team want to hear from Wilmette residents. Help ensure Wilmette is welcoming, thriving and vibrant for years to come. A series of polls focused on plan themes, an online comment map, and ideas wall. Provide input at your leisure and as ideas come up: feedback shared to date is highlighted in this recent online post.Check out the Facebook Page

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) is hosting Campyardigan Summer Camp options for students ages 5-13 with disabilities. The Spring Guide lists summer recreation programs.

The Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding 8-10 year olds to their spring and summer teams. Contact Kelsey Farmer for more information.

Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.

"Best Step Tutoring” offers free online tutoring for PreK-12 grades.

Loyola Academy offers Junior High Enrichment Summer Programs. For more information contact or

Cub Scout Pack 8 is welcoming Harper and Highcrest students (K-5 graders) to join the pack. Contact for more information.

BSA Troops 5G (girls) & 5B (boys) are looking for interested kids in grades 5-12 to join. Contact for more information.

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The HMS PTO Needs YOU!

The HMS PTO is looking for volunteers for next year - there are so many great ways to get involved at the school to fit your schedule. We are looking for people for the following roles: several executive board positions, book fair, environmental awareness, parent connections, yearbook, hospitality, teacher appreciation - incoming 5th grade volunteer, civics & safety, school store & after school clubs liaison. Please reach out to Megan Gemp at to learn more - we would love to have you.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 2nd-May 6th

Help us celebrate your students' teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2nd - May 6th! The PTO will be providing meals and snacks for teachers throughout the week. We will be having a raffle for the teachers and giving gift cards to show our appreciation. We would love any donations you are able to give. CLICK HERE to contribute! Many thanks from the Highcrest PTO!

Highcrest Student Variety Show & Talent Show

Attention Parents, we need your help! The HMS Variety Show is coming up fast and we need volunteers to assist with rehearsals, tech week and the night of the show (May 13). From the front of the house to back stage, we have many fun opportunities to be filled. This show is entirely run by the PTO and a small but mighty crew of parent volunteers. Please consider signing up for a slot! Click HERE

Save the date! The HMS Student Variety and Talent Show will be Friday May 13th. There will be two shows at 4:30pm and 6:30pm (time subject to change).

Students, families and friends will be able purchase tickets soon. Stay tuned for more information. You won’t want to miss it!

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Aloha Spring is Tonight!

HAWKS!! Your futures are so bright, you gotta wear 🕶!!

Every 🌺Aloha Spring🌺 attendee will receive this awesome custom swag 😎

🌴See you TONIGHT! Friday, April 29th, 5:00 to 6:30 pm🌴

🎟Tickets $15:

🎶DJ🍧Kona Ice🎯Carnival Games🎟Inflatables🎞Photo Booth🎨Collaborative Art Project

And....these Highcrest sunnies! 🕶

🌴Parent volunteers, dig out your Hawaiian shirts and sign up here:!/showSignUp/409094DAAAF2CA0FE3-aloha
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See you TONIGHT!! Live Music, Silent Auction, Great Prizes at D39 Foundation Spring Party on April 29th.

Join your friends and neighbors at D39 Educational Foundation’s springtime party, Cheers & Beers, at Double Clutch Brewery on Friday April 29th at 7pm. Enjoy live music from local bands, JuiceBox and Antler Chandelier! Check out the silent auction with fantastic prizes: Disney World passes, Drive a Porsche for the weekend, Ride a Firetruck to school, and many more! Purchase raffle tickets HERE.

Appreciation Certificates Available

Looking for a way to say thank you to a special teacher, staff member or administrator? For your $39 donation, the staff member(s) of your choice will be honored with a personalized certificate sent via email and their name posted on our website's virtual Wall of Honor. All donations will benefit our schools by funding the D39 Educational Foundation's Gripp Grant program. Purchase your Appreciation Certificate here.

Connections for the Homeless Donations

Did you travel over spring break? Highcrest student council is hosting a toiletry drive for Connections for the Homeless. Please bring any unopened toiletry items- shampoo, conditioner, lotion etc. collected during your travels to school upon your return. There are collection boxes both inside the front office and the lobby of HMS. Student Council will sort and have the items delivered to those in need. Thank you for thinking of others!

Wilmette Baseball Association Buddy Baseball

Wilmette Baseball Association Buddy Baseball is seeking players ages 7-22 with special needs to play baseball! The program is open to all residents throughout New Trier Township (non-residents based on 45 total). Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10 & 17 (Fall season Sept 11, 18, 25 & Oct 2). Time: 1:00 First Pitch. Games @ West Park in Wilmette, all turf field. Must register @ Yes Fee. More info about game play at Questions: email: Jeff Kost@

The D39 Educational Foundation is seeking General Board candidates for the 2022-23 year and beyond (3 year commitment required)

Interested in volunteering to support the entire District, working with a smart, creative, passionate group of D39 parents and teachers, and have expertise in marketing, event planning, enrichment, finance? We’d love to hear from you! Monthly evening meetings (a good fit for working parents). Contact Rebecca Lieber

Spirit wear is now online and ordering is super easy!

Show your Hawks pride with a variety of spiritwear options!

CLICK HERE to get your orders in! Please contact Jen at with questions!

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