Henry Hawk News
Week of October 31, 2022
Dear Henry Hawk Families,
Thank you to all of our families who donated candy, decorated their cars, and volunteered their time to support our 3rd annual Trunk or Treat last Thursday. It was such a great success! Check out the photos in the newsletter below.
Parent Teacher Conference Information will be shared later this week. Please be on the look out for information shared by your child's teacher.
It's hard to believe it is already Halloween time! Given that Halloween falls on a Monday, students may wear their costumes to school tomorrow. However, please keep in mind that students' costumes may NOT contain any weapons, masks or bloody/gruesome imagery (please keep in mind we are a pk - 8 school) and please also remember that students will need to be able to participate in the full school day, including recess/PE. Classrooms are allowed to have 2 parties a year where they can have festivities that include items such as candy. Your child's teacher will inform you if Halloween will be one of the 2 events for the school year.
Have a great week!
Juan Gutierrez, Principal
Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal
IN THE HENRY HAWK NEWS THIS WEEK
Upcoming Important Dates
Trunk or Treat Photos and Hawk of the Month photo (NEW!)
Counselor's Corner (New!)
Parent Portal (Aspen) (Check out the NEW UPDATE!)
Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023
Upcoming Important Dates
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 (Time TBD) (No Classes)
Tuesday, November 22nd - Friday November 25th: 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
Trunk or Treat Photos and Henry Hawk of the Month Photo
Hello Henry Families,
Thank you for supporting our students during the month of October for Anti-bullying Month. Check out the pictures below on the orange paper chains students have made as a reminder to stop bullying.
If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Have a great week,
Mrs. Garfinkel & Mr. Renas
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.
New Feature on Aspen
An exciting new feature is coming to the Aspen Parent Portal on October 24, 2022. E-Absence will allow parents and guardians to submit and track your student’s absences online. That means no more making last-minute phone calls or completing paper forms.
E-Absence joins a lineup of features that are already available on the Aspen Parent Portal to manage your student’s school experience. Sign in to your account at ASPEN.CPS.EDU for features including:
- Checking Assignments
- Viewing Grades
- Tracking Attendance
- Paying Fees
To access Parent Portal, you must:
- Be listed as a contact for your student in the Student Information System.
- Have a valid email in the student’s contact records.
- Request and submit the validation code sent via email.
Don’t have an account? Contact the main office to register for an account today. You can also learn more at cps.edu/pages/parentresources.aspx.
- 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.
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.