Hometown School Newsletter

August 23, 2022

Bencik's Buzz

Hometown Families:

Our students are off and running! We are busy learning new routines and procedures. Students meet with Mrs. Bencik this past week to review procedures and appropriate classroom/school behaviors. Students are excited to show their sparks and learn new things.

Hometown Staff Spotlight.

Every week I will be spotlighting a staff member or a team. This week I will begin by introducing our new first grade teacher Abbey Linnert.

How long and what grades have you taught?

I have been teaching for 4 years now. I graduated from Saint Xavier University in 2019, so I am a fairly new teacher. I actually completed my student teaching in District 123 with the grades 1st and 3rd, and I absolutely loved it! I started my teaching career at St. Linus School in Oak Lawn and taught there for the past 3 years. At St. Linus, I taught 3rd grade which was such a fun grade to grow with. I am really looking forward to a new experience with teaching 1st grade and teaching in a new school!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Somewhere that I would absolutely love to travel to is Hawaii! It looks breathtaking and like the perfect place to relax! I love the ocean and the beach, so I think this would be the perfect place for me to enjoy. I would be excited to see new wildlife and go sight seeing in the beautiful areas.

What are you most excited for this year?

I am most excited about creating new relationships and memories with my first grade class! I can't wait to help them learn and grow personally and academically!

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is tacos!

Who is someone you admire and why?

Someone that I admire is my mom because she is a kind, caring, and a down to earth individual. She always puts others before herself. She is someone you can easily talk with and get along with even if you just meet her. She is a hard worker and is a great listener. She encourages positivity and happiness wherever she goes! She's the best!

If you see Miss Linnert around Hometown, please welcome her and say hello!

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.

Picture Day

Picture day is set for September 2nd. Please see the attached document with all of the details.


Open House is scheduled for September 15th from 4:30-6:00pm. We look forward to seeing all of the families that evening. We will also have the an ice cream social until 6:30pm. More details will follow.

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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Please remember you may NOT park in the back lot when picking up students. You must park on the side streets and walk to the child's door.

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 sign up for SeeSaw using the information that was given to your family from the teacher.


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. Our first meeting is September 1st at 6pm.

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.