The Hoffman Hum

Our Official Newsletter

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

Dear Hoffman Families,

This weekend gave us a real Chicago winter snow! I hope you all successfully dug out from under it!

With the winter weather here, we came up with a new solution for students scanning in as they enter the school. Each student now has a tag attached to his/her backpack that we can scan at arrival. So, kids no longer need to take out their iPads to enter the building! This will hopefully keep those important learning tools out of the snow, rain, and cold this season!

We still have students arriving to school without masks - please double-check that your child is wearing a mask when you say goodbye to him/her before school each day.

A second reminder about Valentine's Day:

  • We will not be having students exchange Valentines this year.
  • We will not be having classroom "parties" with parent visitors and food/drink.
  • Teachers may be having their class do a craft or activity in lieu of a "party".

I hope it will still be a fun day for all!

Finally, some parents have already reached out to me about class placement for next year. I wanted to let you know that the class placement process will begin in late March/early April, and you will receive a letter from me about it at that time! The team here will work very hard on behalf of your child to make the best possible grouping and placement for him/her next year, taking into account input from all sources. Keep an eye out for my letter in the first week of April!

That's all for now,

Take care and stay safe,


Upcoming Dates

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January 29-Virtual KIDS HEART CHALLENGE kick-off event (More details below)

February 3-Join the free Virtual Author Visit at 3:15pm (more details below)

Feb 4th- Picture Retakes (More details below)

February 5th-National Wear Red Day (to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives! )

February 1- February 12-Trimester 3 Placement Change (Hybrid <--> GOAL) Window Open

February 10-HE/HO PTA Meeting- 9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

February 15-Presidents Day (District Closed)

View the full calendar at the District website

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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

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Parenting through Challenging Times Free Workshop, sign up by clicking the link below

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Kids Heart Challengeâ„¢ is here!

Hoffman is getting ready to kick-off KIDS HEART CHALLENGE! We are so excited to participate in this service-learning program from the American Heart Association. Kids Heart Challenge will teach your student(s) how to care for their hearts physically and emotionally while raising lifesaving donations (optionally).

Throughout the month of February in PE, your students will be participating in the VIRTUAL Kids Heart Challenge program in remote PE.

Get a jump start today by registering at and choosing a heart healthy pledge: (OR Click on the image below)

If 266 students take the challenge (for free) or we raise $5,000 Mr. Russell will get SLIMED!!!

Thank you!

PE Team

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This Friday 2/5/21 is National Wear Red Day. Plan to wear RED to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives!

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THANK YOU to Hoffman students and staff for all of your support for the Kids Heart Challenge this year as we have already raised $5,863.46!!! Mr. Russell is SO EXCITED to get slimed at the end of the month. We have since raised the goal to $8,000.00, adding a second goal for Hoffman students to work towards. If they reach this goal, Mrs. Verachtert and Mrs. Bosco will get a pie in the face! We will share more details of what this will look like as we near the end of the event which will conclude at the end of the month. THANK YOU! PE Team

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**Virtual Author Visit**

Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue - "Katie the Catsitter"

Wednesday, February 3rd @ 3:15pm

Join National Book Award nominated graphic novelist Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue, acclaimed colorist to Raina Telgmeier’s "Smile," as they celebrate the release of their first collaboration, "Katie the Catsitter."

The authors will discuss the writing and illustrating process, how they became authors, and explore some of the themes of the book: growing up, friendship, heroes, and animal rights.

We will be providing a link for students to purchase books next week, as well as a link for the Zoom Webinar when we get closer to February 3rd.

*Students can preview the book by using this link, courtesy of The Book Stall and Random House.

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Picture Retake's are scheduled for February 4th from 7:45am-1:30pm. Please follow the instructions listed below to order your pictures.

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