Beardsley News

December 3, 2021

Principal's Message

As we prepare to step away for the holidays, it is a good time to make your reading list and get a few good books to settle in and read over the holidays. Reading can take you on a trip without leaving your house! So cuddle up with some hot cocoa and your favorite pet, get a good book, and enjoy reading over the upcoming Winter Break! #Readersareleaders #BeardsleyReads

Mrs. Tamms, our Library Information Specialist, has put together an exciting December lineup for our kids. Check out the attachment!

I wish you a joyous and hygge filled holiday season.


Mrs. Alberth


At Hannah Beardsley, we will complete our second Fastbridge screening round on December 7th and 8th. We will assess ELA on Tuesday the 7th and Math on Wednesday 8th. Students need to have updated their Chromebooks and bring their headphones.

These assessments are used by the district and your student's teacher team to see academic growth and assist with intervention placements during XLT. District 155 will also use these scores as a reference for high school placements for our 8th-grade students.

December Spirit Week 12/13-12/17

Monday, December 13 - Polar Express

Come aboard the Polar Express! Wear your holiday pajamas, robes, and cozy slippers as you take an exciting ride through your Monday!

Tuesday, December 14 - Busy Elves at the North Pole day

The elves are busy this time of year! Support their efforts by wearing your grade-level holiday colors AND elf-themed accessories.

6th grade -green

7th grade- white

8th grade- blue

Wednesday, December 15 - Santa and Rudolph Red day

Wear as much RED as you can to support Santa and Rudolph in their holiday journey!

Thursday, December 16 - Fuzzy Festive Sock Thursday

Wear your fuzzy and/or holiday-themed socks for all to see.

Friday, December 17 - Holi-YAY Friday!

Yay! The holidays are here and it’s the last day before winter break!

Wear ALL your festive attire (as much as you can!).

(Ugly holiday sweaters, reindeer antlers, Santa hats, elf ears.. you name it..Wear it!)

HBMS PTO Happenings

The month of November flew by! We wrapped up the Fall Fundraiser with Charleston Wrap, ending the campaign with a total of $5887 in sales towards our goal of $7,000. This translates to $2245 profit to HBMS. Not bad ending for the first year. Thanks to all the students and families who participated, and most of all to the faculty who supported our effort in getting the word out. The Staff Appreciation Committee hosted a faculty dinner during conferences in partnership with Café Olympic. Thanks to the many families who contributed to the effort. The PTO continues to be a presence at the Boys Conference Basketball games thru concessions and spirit wear sales. There are still many slots needing parent volunteers, so please take a look at the SignUp Genius link and consider volunteering to work a shift. We especially need parent volunteers during the December basketball tournament. We are looking forward to the winter season of wrestling and Girls Conference Basketball! We can’t make all of this happen without our parent volunteers, so thanks to all who have volunteered!

December Happenings and Save the Dates

The PTO was busy creating a winter wonderland atmosphere in the school hallways to create a little holiday cheer for students and faculty. As you know, the holiday season isn't always easy for many, some of those among our own HBMS families. Visit the Giving Tree the next time you are in school, and take a tag off the tree to help an HBMS family who could use some extra support during the holidays. Bring your unwrapped gift, along with the tag, back to school by December 15th, and know that you made a tremendous impact and someone's holiday a bit brighter.

Staff Appreciation – Holiday Cookie Table and Hot Cocoa and Cookies for the Bus Drivers

On December 15th, the Staff Appreciation Committee will be hard at work, once again. They have planned a festive Holiday Cookie Table for faculty and staff on December 15h, along with a hot cocoa booth on December 16th for our bus driver heroes. We need baking elves to bring their favorite holiday cookies in batches of three dozen. Gluten-free cookies would be a great addition! Faculty and staff will fill their plates to bring cookies home to savor over the holidays. Visit the SignUp Genius link and share your baking talents! We could also use a volunteer or two to help us serve hot cocoa on Thursday.

PTO Meeting Schedule Reminder

A reminder that the December PTO meeting has been cancelled. Please mark your calendars and join us after the first of the year on January 11th!

Dining for Dollar$

Mark your calendars! The next Dining for Dollars event will be hosted by Freddy’s in Crystal Lake on Tuesday, December 14th! Be on the look for the flyer coming soon!

Holiday Gifting to Faculty

Not sure what to give your favorite teachers? In addition to the school PBIS and Bear Bucks Store, many teachers also maintain their own classroom stores to reward students throughout the week. This can get costly, as those costs come out of the teachers’ own pockets. Consider making a gift(s) of bubble gum, jolly ranchers, small bags of gummy bears, fruit snacks, bite size candy bars, or any other little trinkets you can find in bulk. Feel free to reach out and inquire directly.

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 with any interest…before she reaches out to you first!

Happy Holidays!

Wrestling Informational Meeting - Dec. 7

All students interested in joining the HBMS Wrestling team are invited to an informational meeting on Tuesday, December 7th in the cafeteria from 2:15-3:00. Practices will start on Thursday. All athletes must have a current physical on file and be registered in 8 to 18 (found on the school's website-

Girl's Conference Basketball Tryouts

Tryouts for Girl's Conference Basketball are 12/14, 12/15, 12/16th from 2:30-3:30. There are no activity buses on Wednesday.

Tryouts are open to all 7th and 8th grade girls.

Students must have a current physical on file in the health office and be registered on 8 to 18 in order to participate in tryouts. You can find all of the information on our website at

Covid Testing

In addition to the testing option at our district office, we wanted to make you aware of some “pop-up” locations in the area. These locations offer rapid and PCR Covid testing, no appointment necessary. Typically, rapid results will be texted/emailed to you within 24 hours, with your PCR result a day or two later.

District 47 currently accepts negative rapid test results to clear your student for returning to school. When you receive your results, please email them as soon as possible to:

If you are unable to send an email, a printed copy of test results MUST be provided to the health office upon your student’s return. Please send printed results with your student and instruct them to bring them to the nurse's office when they arrive at school.

Drive-up location

203 S Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102

Hours: 7 days/week 9:00am to 7:00pm

Drive-up location

4504 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Hours: 7 days/week 9:00am to 7:00pm

Drive-up location

3815 W Elm St, McHenry, IL 60050

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 7:00pm, Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm

Drive-up location

824 S Main St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00am to 7:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm

Walk-in location

6215 Northwest Highway Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Hours: 7 days/week 9:00am to 7:00pm

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

Upcoming Events


7th and 8th - Fastbridge Assessments administered

7 - Wrestling Meeting

13 --17 Spirit Week!

14, 15, 16 - Girl's Conference Basketball tryouts

15 - PTO Cookie Holiday Table

18 -- January 2 - Winter Break


3 - Classes resume

14 - Term 3 ends

14 - No School for Students (Teacher Institute Day)

17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

Contact Information

Attendance Line (English and Spanish) (815)788-5758

Main School Line (815)788-5750

Fax number (815)479-5119

Laurie Kaiser - Nurse (

Tina Gonzalez - Admin Assistant (

Kathleen Gluck - Admin Assistant (

Deedee Freemire - Admin Assistant (

Cathy Alberth, Principal (

Shannon Heckman, Assistant Principal (

Josh Gschwend, Assistant Principal (

Todd Skarr, Dean of Students (

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