Principal Post -May 2019

The WHS Monthly Family Newsletter

Dear WHS Families,

We have now arrived to the last month of school at Hammerschmidt. We have lots of fun ahead. Please see a list of the important dates below!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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Wednesday, 5/1
  • D44 Spring Band Concert, Grades 4-8, GEHS, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, 5/2

  • PTA Book Fair (5/2- 5/3)
  • WHS Spring Open House, 6:30- 8:00 p.m.

Friday, 5/3

  • Grade 1 Field Trip- Willowbrook Wildlife Center
Saturday, 5/4
  • Stars and Spikes 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, 7:30- 11:00 a.m. (at Madison School)
Monday, 5/6
  • Grade 5 Parent Orientation at GWMS, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/7
  • PTA Walking Club- Session 3, 3:15- 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/8
  • D44 Spring Orchestra Concert, Grades 4-8, GEHS, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/10
  • Grade 2 Field Trip- Morton Arboretum
Tuesday 5/14
  • PTA Walking Club- Session 4, 3:15- 4:00 p.m.
  • WHS PTA Meeting, 7pm, LRC
Thursday 5/16
  • PTA Dine Out - Dairy Queen
  • Ms. Koch's Retirement Open House for WHS Families, 4:00- 5:30 p.m., LRC
Friday 5/17
  • Grade 3 Field Trip- Architectural Tour, Chicago
Tuesday, 5/21
  • All- School Field Trip- more info coming soon.
Monday, 5/27
  • Memorial Day Holiday- No School
Wednesday, 5/29
  • WHS Field Day
Thursday, 5/30
  • Last Day of School
  • Fifth Grade Farewell Party, 11:30 a.m., - 2:30 p.m.
  • Classroom End of Year Parties 1:30- 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:05- 3:15- Grade 5 "Clap Out"

Spring Open House- Thursday May 2nd

Please join us for the annual WHS Spring Open House! This will take place from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd. Highlights Include:

  • WHS PTA Book Fair, LRC
  • Art Fair in the GYM
  • Showcase of Student Work in Classrooms
  • Grade 4 State Fair in the GYM
  • Video Highlights from 2018-19, GYM


** There will NOT be a whole group presentation in the gym. Instead, highlights from the 18-19 School Year will be running on the screen in the GYM. Check it out! **


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SAVE THE DATE- Ms. Koch Retirement Open House- May 16th

We will be hosting an informal "Open House" to honor Ms. Koch and help her celebrate her retirement from Hammerschmidt School. WHS Families past and present are welcome to attend. This will take place on Thursday, May 16th from 4:00- 5:30 p.m. in the WHS LRC.
Next year's school calendar can be found on our D44 Website. Click on the link below to access!

2019-2020 School Calendar for Lombard SD 44

WHS Chorus Club- Finale Performance with D44 Schools and GEHS

On Monday, 4/29 D44 had its first Chorus Festival. This concert included all D44 schools including Glenn Westlake Middle School. The Choir from Glenbard East High School was also featured. Below you will find the finale performance of "This is Me". It includes all the schools. Enjoy!

Share Your News With Us!

The Star Cast crew would like to know what is happening with WHS students outside of school hours! If you have a news story or event that you would like WHS to know about, please fill in the following link. Please keep in mind that the StarCast Productions come out once they are complete (without a set timeline). If you know of an event date ahead of time, please give adequate time to get it into the Starcast.

Share you news with us by clicking on the link below.

CLICK HERE- To share your student news with us!

Save the Date- Stars and Spikes 5K Fun Run- Saturday, May 4th

Although online registration for the race is now closed, you can still sign up on to join the fun on the morning of the race. So far there are well over 600 runners signed up combined from both the Madison and Hammerschmidt School Communities.

Thank you for your support of this community event!

Swag Bags will be coming home with your students on Friday, May 3rd. Inside the bag you will find the following:

  • Race T- Shirt
  • Race "bib" with number
  • safety pins
  • Race "swag" - some freebies, coupons, and goodies

In the event you do not receive your swag bag on Friday, it will be available prior to race at the registration table.

Thank You WHS Families!

Thank you to all the WHS Families who joined us for our community service night. We had a great turnout and a fun night was had by all. Your support was greatly appreciated!
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Blue Point System at Hammerschmidt

New Security System Goes Live in District 44 Schools

District 44 has officially activated the Blue Point System, which was installed in all schools throughout the district earlier this year. In an effort to provide important information to our families prior to the system being live, we encourage you please take three minutes to watch the brief video included with this communication.

More About the System

Blue Point was created with a very specific goal – to provide our first responders with the information they need to make faster, more informed decisions in the event of a life-threatening emergency. We are hopeful we never have to use this system; however, if we do, this will ensure a more rapid and informed response by police and fire.

There are two types of pulls installed in every school: police and medical. The police pull station is blue and the medical pull station is green. Each school has several of each kind installed throughout the building.

Once activated, first responders are notified of the specific school as well as the exact location within the building where the emergency is occurring. Additionally, it provides police with access to live camera feeds to see into the building and a 2-way communications platform where building occupants can provide relevant information to the command group and the command group can provide updates and instructions.

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Connect 44- Strategic Planning Updates

Team members from every D44 and the community are engaged in a strategic planning process to shape our district's future. The most recent draft is attached below. Check it out!

Become a WHS PTA Member!

Parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends of the family are welcome to join. PTA membership supports many student programs. As a PTA member, your family will also receive a copy of the the WHS PTA Phone Directory. Thank you for your consideration!

CLICK HERE for the WHS PTA Membership Form.

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Fantastic FREE Parent Resources

The Glenbard Parent Series is a series of FREE speakers designed to support families of school age children in our immediate area. Every event is free, and does NOT require registration. Check out the link below to see if any of these opportunities interest you!

Glenbard Parent Series Website

CLICK HERE to download the 2018-19 Brochure