Henry Hawk News

Week of October 24, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Henry Hawk Families,

We hope you enjoyed the great weather this weekend. We will be starting the 2nd Quarter tomorrow. Report Cards will be sent home on Wednesday, October 26th. More information regarding conferences will be shared later this week.

Please remember that our Trunk or Treat event is this Thursday from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This is a family friendly event.

It's hard to believe it is already Halloween time! Given that Halloween falls on a Monday, students may wear their costumes to school on 10/31. However, please keep in mind that students' costumes may NOT contain any weapons, masks or bloody/gruesome imagery (please keep in mind we are a pk - 8 school) and please also remember that students will need to be able to participate in the full school day, including recess/PE. Classrooms are allowed to have 2 parties a year where they can have festivities that include items such as candy. Your child's teacher will inform you if Halloween will be one of the 2 events for the school year.

Have a great week!

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal



Upcoming Important Dates

Trunk or Treat

Counselor's Corner (New!)

Parent Portal (Aspen) (NEW UPDATE!)


Covid Protocol

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Upcoming Important Dates


Monday, October 24th: 2nd Quarter Begins

Wednesday, October 26th: Report Cards Sent Home

Thursday, October 27th: Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 30th: Hawk of the Month @ 2:30 p.m.


Friday, November 4th: Q1 Honors Assembly

Sunday, November 6th: Daylight Savings Time Ends (Fall 1 hour behind)

Tuesday, November 8th: No Classes Election Day

Friday, November 11th: Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 15th: Local School Council Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Friday, November 18th: Turkey Trot

Monday: November 21st: Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 22nd - Friday November 15th: Thanksgiving Break


Friday, December 2nd: Progress Reports

Monday, December 5th - Friday December 9th: Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, December 13th: Local School Council Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Wednesday, December 21st: PreK-4 Winter Sing

Thursday, December 22nd: End of 2nd Quarter

Friday, December 23rd: No Classes School Improvement Day

Monday, December 26th - Friday January 6th: No Classes Winter Break

Trunk or Treat (Thursday, October 27, 2022)

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What is Trunk or Treat? It’s a community event where parents/guardians will park their cars in between Henry’s main building and the annex and decorate their trunks. Children “trick or treat” by going from car trunk to car trunk rather than going door to door at homes.

When? Thursday, October 27th.

Where? Patrick Henry School (Parking Lot and between the main building and the annex)

Time? 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

Counselor's Corner

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Hello Henry Families,

October is Bullying Awareness Month. We wanted to share information about cyberbullying this week since our students are spending more time on the computer lately.

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.

The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:

  • Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok
  • Text messaging and messaging apps on mobile or tablet devices
  • Instant messaging, direct messaging, and online chatting over the internet
  • Online forums, chat rooms, and message boards, such as Reddit
  • Email
  • Online gaming communities

Cyberbullying has some special concerns:

With the prevalence of social media and digital forums, comments, photos, posts, and content shared by individuals can often be viewed by strangers as well as acquaintances. The content an individual shares online – both their personal content as well as any negative, mean, or hurtful content – creates a kind of permanent public record of their views, activities, and behavior. This public record can be thought of as an online reputation, which may be accessible to schools, employers, colleges, clubs, and others who may be researching an individual now or in the future. Cyberbullying can harm the online reputations of everyone involved – not just the person being bullied, but those doing the bullying or participating in it. Cyberbullying has unique concerns in that it can be:

PersistentDigital devices offer an ability to immediately and continuously communicate 24 hours a day, so it can be difficult for children experiencing cyberbullying to find relief.

Permanent Most information communicated electronically is permanent and public, if not reported and removed. A negative online reputation, including for those who bully, can impact college admissions, employment, and other areas of life.

Hard to Notice Because teachers and parents may not overhear or see cyberbullying taking place, it is harder to recognize.

Adapted from https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it

Ways to help prevent cyberbullying:

· Talk with your child about what cyberbullying is.

· Discuss with her what to do if she experiences cyberbullying.

· Practice real-world social skills with your child, which can help her online.

· Keep lines of communication open with your child.

· Teach your child respect and empathy for others online.

· Understand what devices, apps and technology your child is using.

· Keep technology out of your child’s bedroom where it can be used without supervision.

· Use a cell phone contract to help manage your child’s technology use.

If you suspect your child is being bullied at school, whether in-person or virtually, please report incidents to the school.

Adapted from https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/child-social-situations/online-activities-social-media/cyberbullying-what-you-need-to-know

If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Garfinkel & Mr. Renas

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Use the Parent Portal to easily and conveniently check grades, attendance, and other information about your student's progress. Need to learn how to set up Parent Portal? Contact the Main Office at 773-534-5060 or click on the link above.

New Feature on Aspen

An exciting new feature is coming to the Aspen Parent Portal on October 24, 2022. E-Absence will allow parents and guardians to submit and track your student’s absences online. That means no more making last-minute phone calls or completing paper forms.

E-Absence joins a lineup of features that are already available on the Aspen Parent Portal to manage your student’s school experience. Sign in to your account at ASPEN.CPS.EDU for features including:

  • Checking Assignments
  • Viewing Grades
  • Tracking Attendance
  • Paying Fees

To access Parent Portal, you must:

  • Be listed as a contact for your student in the Student Information System.
  • Have a valid email in the student’s contact records.
  • Request and submit the validation code sent via email.

Don’t have an account? Contact the main office to register for an account today. You can also learn more at cps.edu/pages/parentresources.aspx.



  • All visitors, including parents, visiting a school must behave appropriately and adhere to school rules and visitor protocol while on CPS property. Every visitor must check in at the security check-point at the main entrance (Door #2). The security officer will ask for a valid state ID or driver's license from the visitor. If a state ID or driver's license is not available, the security officer will check in the visitor by manually typing their information into the Visitor Management System (VMS). Visitors who fail or refuse to provide valid identification or other identifying information will not be allowed entry into the building.
  • Once a visitor has been checked into the VMS, the visitor will receive a badge that must be visibly worn and escorted throughout the building during their visit. Visitors who do not wear their badge must be redirected to the security check-point. If a parent seeks to visit a classroom to observe their child, the parent should request permission from the teacher and/or school staff to discuss appropriate times and days. This notification must be done at least 24 hours prior to their visit.

Covid Protocols

Covid Protocols:

  • Close contacts will no longer be excluded from school. Any student or staff member who is exposed to COVID-19 in school — regardless of vaccination status — will no longer be required to learn or work from home for five days, but will be required to wear a mask in school for 10 days following exposure, and will be strongly encouraged to test three and five days after exposure. CPS will provide schools with rapid take-home tests to distribute to families and staff members if they are exposed, and we will strongly encourage families to use them in order to prevent spread and ensure a safe in-person learning environment.

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days. Cases should continue to be reported to cps.edu/covidresults

  • Wearing a mask is still an important way to prevent spreading the virus to others. CPS will continue to strongly recommend masking in school, and masks will continue to be required in the following situations:

    • On days 6-10 after testing positive for COVID-19

    • If someone is exposed to COVID-19

    • If there is a positive case identified in an elementary school classroom

    • At the direction of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

  • CPS will continue to offer free, weekly in-school COVID-19 testing to students and staff who are interested. Importantly, anyone who wants to enroll in testing this year will need to fill out an updated consent form — regardless of whether or not individuals participated in weekly testing last year. That updated consent form can be accessed here. Parents or guardians must register on behalf of a student under 18 years old. When you’re asked to enter an Organization ID, use your child’s 8 digit CPS Student ID which can be found on Aspen's parent portal or ask your child's teacher.

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Principal Juan Gutierrez

A.P. Mary Ann Reynolds