Henry Hawk News

Week of September 26, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Henry Hawk Families,

This week marks the 6th week of the first quarter. Progress Reports were distributed last week. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Tomorrow, Monday, September 26th is Picture Day. Students can be out of uniform to dress for their school pictures. This year, all purchases must be completed online. Information can be seen in the newsletter below.

We will have our first Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) Meeting this Thursday, September 29th at 8:30 a.m. Please join us. This meeting will take place in the Annex building room 118. Please be sure to sign in using the main entrance to attend.

Have a great week!

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal



Upcoming Important Dates

Picture Day (Tomorrow!)

Trunk or Treat (New!)

Counselor's Corner (New!)

Important Forms

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Why Attendance Matters


Covid Protocol

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Upcoming Important Dates


Monday, September 26th: School Picture Day

Thursday, September 29th: BAC Meeting @ 8:30 a.m. Room 118

Friday, September 30th: Henry Hawk of the Month @ 2:30 p.m.


Monday, October 10th: No Classes Indigenous Peoples' Day

Tuesday, October 11th: Local School Council Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Thursday, October 20th: Last Day of Quarter 1

Friday, October 21st: No Classes School Improvement Day

Thursday, October 27th: Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 30th: Hawk of the Month @ 2:30 p.m.


Friday, November 4th: Q1 Honors Assembly

Sunday, November 6th: Daylight Savings Time Ends (Fall 1 hour behind)

Tuesday, November 8th: No Classes Election Day

Friday, November 11th: Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 15th: Local School Council Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Friday, November 18th: Turkey Trot

Monday: November 21st: Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 22nd - Friday November 15th: Thanksgiving Break


Friday, December 2nd: Progress Reports

Monday, December 5th - Friday December 9th: Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, December 13th: Local School Council Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Wednesday, December 21st: PreK-4 Winter Sing

Thursday, December 22nd: End of 2nd Quarter

Friday, December 23rd: No Classes School Improvement Day

Monday, December 26th - Friday January 6th: No Classes Winter Break

Picture Day! Monday, September 26th

All Fall School Picture purchases will be done online. Please use the order code below.

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Click button above for ordering and use code 69907NA

Trunk or Treat (Thursday, October 27, 2022)

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What is Trunk or Treat? It’s a community event where parents/guardians will park their cars in between Henry’s main building and the annex and decorate their trunks. Children “trick or treat” by going from car trunk to car trunk rather than going door to door at homes.

When? Thursday, October 27th.

Where? Patrick Henry School (between the main building and the annex)

Time? 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

We need community participation in order to make our third Trunk or Treat a success! Please read through the different ways you can help listed in the form below.

Counselor's Corner

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Hello Henry Families,

We hope the first half of the quarter has been going well for everyone and your students enjoyed the extra day off.

Do you struggle to get information about your student's day? Here are some better questions to ask:

1. Tell me about the best part of your day.

2. What was the hardest thing you had to do today?

3. Did any of your classmates do anything funny?

4. Tell me about what you read in class.

5. Who did you play with today? What did you play?

6. Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?

7. What's the biggest difference between this year and last year?

8. What rules are different at school than our rules at home? Do you think they're fair?

9. Who did you sit with at lunch?

10. Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?

As a reminder, the counselors are here to support you with whatever you and your family need. To help sure we are meeting your needs, to make sure this information is meeting your needs, so please complete this survey as soon as you can:


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us,

Mrs. Garfinkel and Mr. Renas

Important Forms

All Henry families need to complete and submit the attached forms for the start of the school year. This information is CRITICAL for us as a school. Thank you for completing all forms ASAP. Forms can be turned in person in the main office, to your child's teacher, or electronically to Ms. Barrera (abarrera1@cps.edu). Need forms in Spanish, please contact the main office.

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Use the Parent Portal to easily and conveniently check grades, attendance, and other information about your student's progress. Need to learn how to set up Parent Portal? Contact the Main Office at 773-534-5060 or click on the link above.

Why Attendance Matters



  • All visitors, including parents, visiting a school must behave appropriately and adhere to school rules and visitor protocol while on CPS property. Every visitor must check in at the security check-point at the main entrance (Door #2). The security officer will ask for a valid state ID or driver's license from the visitor. If a state ID or driver's license is not available, the security officer will check in the visitor by manually typing their information into the Visitor Management System (VMS). Visitors who fail or refuse to provide valid identification or other identifying information will not be allowed entry into the building.
  • Once a visitor has been checked into the VMS, the visitor will receive a badge that must be visibly worn and escorted throughout the building during their visit. Visitors who do not wear their badge must be redirected to the security check-point. If a parent seeks to visit a classroom to observe their child, the parent should request permission from the teacher and/or school staff to discuss appropriate times and days. This notification must be done at least 24 hours prior to their visit.

Covid Protocols

Covid Protocols:

  • Close contacts will no longer be excluded from school. Any student or staff member who is exposed to COVID-19 in school — regardless of vaccination status — will no longer be required to learn or work from home for five days, but will be required to wear a mask in school for 10 days following exposure, and will be strongly encouraged to test three and five days after exposure. CPS will provide schools with rapid take-home tests to distribute to families and staff members if they are exposed, and we will strongly encourage families to use them in order to prevent spread and ensure a safe in-person learning environment.

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days. Cases should continue to be reported to cps.edu/covidresults

  • Wearing a mask is still an important way to prevent spreading the virus to others. CPS will continue to strongly recommend masking in school, and masks will continue to be required in the following situations:

    • On days 6-10 after testing positive for COVID-19

    • If someone is exposed to COVID-19

    • If there is a positive case identified in an elementary school classroom

    • At the direction of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

  • CPS will continue to offer free, weekly in-school COVID-19 testing to students and staff who are interested. Importantly, anyone who wants to enroll in testing this year will need to fill out an updated consent form — regardless of whether or not individuals participated in weekly testing last year. That updated consent form can be accessed here. Parents or guardians must register on behalf of a student under 18 years old. When you’re asked to enter an Organization ID, use your child’s 8 digit CPS Student ID which can be found on Aspen's parent portal or ask your child's teacher.

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Principal Juan Gutierrez

A.P. Mary Ann Reynolds