The Hoffman Hum

Our Official Newsletter

...from the principal's desk...

Dear Hoffman Families,

It has been an exciting start to Adapted In-person so far! We are all celebrating being back together and learning new routines for lunch, recess, Fine Arts, and PE at school!

We still have long lines of students at check-in, partly because many students are arriving to school with no self-assessment. When this happens, we must take the student's temperature and have him or her fill out a hand-written sheet for the self-assessment questions. This is a very slow process when we are trying to scan 100+ kids in at a particular door! Please help us all by completing your self-assessment at home every day.

I hope you saw our fun flags planted in front of the building from our celebration last week! Check it out if you get a chance!

There's lots of important information below - I hope you'll take a minute to check through it all!

Happy 2nd week of in-person,


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  • Be your child's best example. Please be courteous and follow all safety guidelines at all times.
  • Please drive slowly and watch for children.
  • Note that traffic through campus is ONEWAY, so it is important that you always enter and exit correctly and carefully.
  • Do not use your cell phone while driving in the drop-off and pick-up lane.
  • Pull as far forward as possible before dropping - off and loading your children.
  • Children should exit and enter on the driver's side only.
  • Do not pass other vehicles to pull in front of them to pick up your child.
  • Once your child is in the vehicle, you may pull carefully out when directed by Staff.
  • Please recognize that teachers, and staff are working quickly to unload and load students safely into cars and to keep traffic moving.

Adapted In-person Information


M, T, Th, F

Doors open 7:35

Class begins 7:45

Dismissal is at 2:40


Doors open 8:35

Class begins 8:45

Dismissal is at 2:40

Arrival and Dismissal

Bus information will be sent by the Transportation Department today.

Our procedures remain the same - busses drop off and pick up in the east driveway in front of the school, cars drop off and pick up in the west driveway in front of the school.


Students will be sitting at their own desks with a tri-fold partition.

Students will remain 6 feet apart while eating.

Health Office

Continue to complete self-assessments daily.

Continue to keep sick kids home.

Students complaining of a COVID symptom will be sent home and expected to follow guidelines.

Please make sure your child has a mask.


Please remember to call 847-998-5040 or email for all student absences.

Please leave a detailed message as to why they aren't attending school.

  • If sick, please explain symptoms
  • If travel, we need to know if it is to an orange state, yellow state, or international destination.
  • Please don't be offended if we call you to ask more questions.
  • There is a COVID testing site at Flick Park.
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Complete health certification before arrival to school every day/ Certificación de salud completa antes de la escuela todos los días

Log in to District 34's PowerSchool web portal before leaving for school, to complete the self-certification tool for each student who is attending school in person. Click on the SUBMIT SELF-ASSESSMENT link on the home page to submit your child’s temperature and answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Click submit.

Inicie sesión en el portal web PowerSchool del Distrito 34 antes de irse a la escuela, para completar la herramienta de autocertificación para cada estudiante que asiste a la escuela en persona. Haga clic en el enlace ENVIAR AUTOEVALUACIÓN en la página de inicio para enviar la temperatura de su hijo y responder preguntas sobre los síntomas y la exposición al COVID-19. Haga clic en enviar.

Please note that the question about domestic travel has changed.
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When students arrive at school, a staff member will scan their ipad barcode or bus pass barcode to confirm completion of the self-certification process.
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If it has not been completed, a staff member will conduct a temperature check and screening. If the screening indicates COVID-19 symptoms, the health office will immediately send the student to the infirmary and contact the parent or guardian to pick up the student.

Please be sure to send your child to school with their iPad, water bottle and mask.

Masks are required at all times when students are in our buildings. Disposable masks will be available in our buildings for those who need them.

If your child rides the bus, they must wear their mask and remain in their assigned seat.

Thank you for helping to keep our school safe!

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Upcoming Dates

Monday, April 12-25

Virtual Book Fair

Monday, May 31

No School - Memorial Day

View the full calendar at the District website

Virtual Book Fair starting Monday 4/12/2021-4/25/2021

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"The 2021 Memory Book is now available for purchase! The Memory Book editors will be working hard to pull together as many pictures as possible to create a book that highlights this unique year. Due to the pandemic, the individual school pictures were delayed by about 6 months. Because of these delays, the books will not be developed and shipped back to the school prior to the last day. As such, we appreciate your patience as we work to develop the book this Spring.

We will need to work through options for distribution, so there will be more information forthcoming. In the meantime, please watch for some requests for pictures and quotes coming out from the Room parents to help us fill the pages with special memories."

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Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year Opened on April 1

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened up for new and returning students on April 1. So, whether you're enrolling your youngest for 8th grade, or have an incoming kindergartener, look for registration information just after spring break. The district will offer an early bird discount for those who register by May 31, 2021. Click HERE to start the registration process on April 1.

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Parents, as we move into adapted in-person, please remind your students to always sit in their assigned seats on the bus. If there were a positive case of COVID-19 on the bus, we would rely on seat assignments to determine who was a close contact (within 6 feet) of that positive case.

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For the duration of 2021 school year there will be no fees for lunch. Parents are welcomed to send lunches from home. All students are entitled to one free lunch each school day. Every meal includes milk. If a child brings their own lunch and would like milk only, the milk by itself will cost .60 cents. The state has only approved complete meals as free. The few items that must be charged are listed below: Milk only: $0.60

Friday Lunch Specials

4/23/2021 Cheesy Bites

4/30/2021 Bosco Sticks

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Ms. Guinan and Ms Schmidt are holding office hours for parents/guardians of students in order to problem solve student concerns. The tentative dates are every Tuesday from 1:15 - 2:15pm based on who signs up (through SignUp Genius).

All links to the above resources are listed below

For option 2 Resources Click here Link to scripts to express Empathy

For option 4 Resources Click here #BeWell34

For option 7 Resources Click here Sign up Sheet

Additional link to a Google Form for parents to complete before the meeting Click here

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