James Hart School Update

October 29, 2021

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, November 12, 2021

End of 1st Trimester

Monday, November 22, 2021

No School for students

Parent-Teacher conferences

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

No School for students

Parent-Teacher conferences

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

No School for Students

Thursday, November 24, 2021

No School for Students-Thanksgiving

Friday, November 25, 2021

No School for Students

Veterans Day 2021-submissions due Wednesday, November 3rd

Panther TV is looking to honor our veterans, once again, by way of a photo montage. If you or a loved one has served in a branch of the armed forces, we ask that you please submit a photograph of this individual along with the following information:
  • Veteran's full name
  • Branch of the military
  • Relation to student
  • Student's full name
Example: Benigno Pesina, Army, Grandfather of Cherylyn Cieplucha
All pictures and information must be emailed to Mrs. Cieplucha at cherylyn.cieplucha@hsd153.org. Submissions are due by Wednesday, November 3rd.

Interact Club-Jeans for Troops

The Interact Club works on community service projects that benefit our school, community, and the world. For the last few years (except last year) we celebrated Veteran's Day by holding a Jeans For Troops Fundraiser.

The Interact Club will be running announcements asking students to donate $1 and staff to donate $5 on November 11th to receive a sticker to show they contributed. We appreciate your support!


Culver's and Walgreens will be limiting the number of students allowed in their establishments after school hours (including early dismissal days) without a parent/guardian or adult.


There will be a limit of 15 students allowed in the restaurant at a time and there will be a twenty-minute time limit in the dining area.


There will be a limit of 2 students allowed in the store at one time. No bookbags will be allowed in the store. If there are more than 2 students, a parent/guardian must be with the students.

Shield Testing 10-26-21

James Hart School tested 697 students and staff through Shield on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, and there was one positive case. The positive case and the close contacts have been personally notified about quarantine procedures. Classroom notifications have been emailed. The final results will be posted to the COVID dashboard on the HSD 153 web page.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Illinois Department of Public Health mandates hearing and vision screening for all Illinois students at specific ages and grade levels, and these screenings will begin soon at James Hart.

School screenings are not a substitute for a complete physical by a pediatrician or eye/vision examination by an eye doctor. Your student is not required to undergo the vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report indicating that an eye examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.

You will be notified if your student does not pass these screenings and if a follow-up is recommended. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our School Nurse, Jessica Kors, if you have any questions.

PE Uniforms

Students will dress for PE starting the week of Monday, November 8th. PE uniforms can be purchased in the main office. The cost is $20 (the shirt is $10 and the shorts are $10).

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 22nd, and Tuesday, November 23rd. The majority of the conferences will be virtual. Please look for more information during the week of November 1st with information on how to sign up for conferences with teachers.

Gold Panther Paws

This week, great hallway behavior was rewarded with a treat at lunch! We gave out over 500 Gold Panther Paws which were exchanged for a treat at lunch this week! Keep up the great work Panthers!
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