September 4, 2020
Dear Henking families!
We hope your children have enjoyed the start of the school year, we definitely have enjoyed seeing our Kindergarteners during their in-person transition week and our first and second graders this week!. Thank you, families, for your wonderful support and feedback as we work together to provide our students with some in-person learning opportunities during these unusual times. We look forward to our next in-person days and for our Kindergarteners to come back the week of September 14 (more information to come!).
Curriculum Night *change in time*
Join your classroom teacher on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00 pm to learn more about the curriculum your child will be immersed in this year! Please note, we have adjusted the time to 6:00 pm so that our Curriculum Night does not overlap with GBS’s Parent Night.
Introducing Parent/Guardian SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) Office Hours: Our Henking Psychologist, Chantal Diaz, and Social Worker, Mallory Dahlquist, will be hosting office hours for parents twice a month with a lunch and evening option to support families who may be experiencing difficulty with behaviors, engagement, executive functioning skills or more during remote learning. Please follow the process below for how to sign up.
The dates for this month are as follow:
Wednesday September 9th from 11:45-12:45pm
Wednesday September 16th from 7:00-8:00pm
Greetings from the Health Office
Although the start to our year is different from previous years, attendance is not. I still need you to let us know when your child will not be in attendance, whether in person or remotely. Please call (847-657-2694) or email (email@example.com) when your child will not be present. This means sickness, vacations, appointments, family emergencies etc.
This year we need you to be more specific about your absences too. If your child is sick, please let us know their symptoms. If any of the symptoms are Covid-19 symptoms you may receive a call for further details. If you are going out of town we would need to know where you will be traveling to. If it is international or to a state that Cook County has on the quarantine list, your child can not join us for in-person learning for 14 days after your return. If it’s an appointment, we don’t need anything more.
PTA Room Parent Information
Are you interested in becoming a Room Parent for the 2020-2021 school year?!?! Please read below for more information as the role looks different this year!
What will the role of Room Parent involve this year?
The priority this year is to boost morale for our dedicated teachers and assist them with any tasks they may need extra help with (sending emails, organizing Mystery Readers or read alouds over Zoom, etc).
What are the required responsibilities of a Room Parent this year?
- collect funds from classmates for teacher gifts
- organize two outdoor social events for the class (more details to come!)
- provide classroom teacher with any assistance she or he may need throughout the year
- use classroom donations to purchase small tokens of appreciation for the teacher throughout the school year
- communicate with families about PTA events and school happenings
How can I become a Room Parent?!
Please fill out the attached Google Form by Friday Sept 4 to be considered for the role. A randomized lottery system will be used to select from the list of volunteers. Room Parents will be limited to TWO per homeroom class.
Please contact Gillian Mathews at firstname.lastname@example.org