Henry Hawk News

Week of February 16, 2021

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A Message From The Principal

Dear Henry Families,

Monday, February 15th, we are off for President's Day. The three day weekend will be wonderful for us to take some time to relax and spend with our loved ones as it is also Valentine's Day on Sunday. We hope everyone will also stay warm this weekend with the below zero temperatures and windchills.

As you most likely heard, this past week CPS and CTU have reached an official agreement. We are very excited to welcome students back soon! It was so great to see our preschool students returning to Henry this past Thursday. We were also excited to get the first dose of the Covid Vaccine last week through CPS.

Here is the timeline for students returning below:

  • Kindergarten - 5th Grade: Teachers and staff return on February 22, 2021. Students return on March 1, 2021.
  • 6th - 8th Grade: Teaches and staff return on March 1, 2021. Students return on March 8, 2021.

We encourage you to review the Reopening Videos that were sent out last week.

Report cards will be coming in the mail from CPS. Our 2nd Quarter Awards Assembly will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021. Teachers will send the invitations.

  • 5th-8th Grade @ 11:30 am
  • K-4th Grade @ 1:30 pm

Please feel free to email us with any clarifications needed.

Stay Well,

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal


Lora Abraham, Assistant Principal


What's New?

Community Schools Initiative Fun Virtual Programs

Henry Attendance Update

Counselor's Corner

North River Commission Community Updates

Community Schools Initiative Fun Virtual Programs

Hello parents and students.

CSI will be hosting after school programs remotely this spring 2021 semester. All programs will be held virtually through Google Classroom. Programs schedule will be posted below. All programs will start the week of February 15th. Please choose from the options below, any questions and concerns please contact the resource coordinator at dvalentepadua@cps.edu

Hola padres y estudiantes, CSI organizará programas extracurriculares de forma remota este semestre de primavera de 2021. Todos los programas se llevarán a cabo virtualmente a través de google aula, el horario de los programas se publicará a continuación, los programas comenzarán la semana del 15 de febrero.

Elija entre las opciones a continuación, cualquier pregunta o inquietud comuníquese con el coordinador de recursos al correo electronico dvalentepadua@cps.edu

Please complete the form below to register.

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Henry Attendance Update

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Henry School Overall Attendance: 93.94%. (Goal is to be above 95%)

Attendance by Grades as of 2/12/21

Kindergarten: 92.10%

1st Grade: 93.00%

2nd Grade: 93.87%

3rd Grade: 95.57%

4th Grade: 96.26%

5th Grade: 90.74%

6th Grade: 95.88%

7th Grade: 93.89%

8th Grade: 93.02%

Congratulations to our 4th Grade Students who have the highest attendance percentage to date!

Attendance for the Week 21: Overall %

Kindergarten: 98.40%

1st Grade: 94.03%

2nd Grade: 95.91%

3rd Grade: 94.23%

4th Grade: 92.46%

5th Grade: 88.78%

6th Grade: 95.00%

7th Grade: 93.01%

8th Grade: 92.50%

Congratulations to our Kindergarten students who have the highest attendance percentage for week 21!

Please remember to be online everyday during Remote Learning.

Counselor's Corner

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Happy February!

Since February started on Monday, it means that Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Here’s an easy and fun activity that you can do with your family leading up to Valentine’s Day. Not only does it help get your children excited for the holiday, but this activity will also build your child’s self-esteem and they will hear why you love them. This activity will build trust in the family and show why each family member is valuable too. You can do this with the whole family, big and little kids and parents.

Love Posters

Take construction paper and at the top of each paper write a family member’s name (even mom/dad). Every day until Valentine’s Day you will build our Love Posters and fill them with things you love about each other. First, model it for them by saying, “Let’s talk about Daddy. What’s something we love about Daddy.” Talk out loud about the things you love about Daddy and maybe settle on “He makes good pancakes” as something I love about Daddy – make your example simple and concrete for my kids. Make sure they can totally grasp the concept. Your children will love hearing things our family loves about them and especially love sharing what they appreciate about each other. It’s a great act of kindness for them all! Each day, sit first and reread our “loves” from the previous days – which will make them so happy. Then add to the list every day. What a beautiful way to start the day with so many positive vibes and good feelings!

Random Acts of Kindness Week

Starting Sunday, February 14th, is Random Acts of Kindness Week. The week runs from February 14th to February 20th. Random Acts of Kindness Week is a great week because everyone can use more kindness in their lives. Scientific evidence shows the positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life.

Here are some ways you can celebrate at home:

Kindness Jar

Start with an empty jar & decorate it however you'd like. Every time you witness an act of kindness, write it down and place the memory in the jar. Collect memories, observations and unexpected surprises of kindness throughout the week.

On the last day of kindness week, Saturday, February 20, 2021, empty the jar and reflect back on the kindness you experienced, witnessed, or perhaps performed yourself.

Keep the jar going and continue to Explore the Good throughout 2021 and help Make Kindness the Norm.

Love Note

Find your favorite pen and two nice pieces of paper.

Write a letter to someone who has changed your life for the better. Tell them how they have helped you. Then send it.

Next, write a letter to yourself. Describe all your strengths, skills, values, behaviors and actions that have gotten you to where you are. Seal it in an envelope and put it somewhere that you’ll find later when you really need to hear those words.

Blessing Bags

Gather items to create a blessing bag for a temporarily displaced resident. Once complete, put in a vehicle you often travel in or your backpack to hand out to the next person who could use a lift me up.

Items to include: Socks, to go wet wipes, travel size tissue, chapstick, face mask(s), travel toothbrush & toothpaste, pads/tampons, small first aid kit, hat, gloves, protein bars, instant oatmeal packets, ready-to-eat cans w/ tab open lids, cash (trust your gut). Place items in a large plastic gallon bag that zips closed or find a plastic water bottle to put items in.

When handing to the recipient don’t forget to make eye contact and smile as human connection helps us all remember to Explore the Good and help Make Kindness the Norm. A few things to consider: don’t include religious literature, please do not throw from your car, and always go with someone else when delivering.

We are also having a kindness challenge through school. Students who complete all the acts of kindness will be entered in a raffle. Have students share their completed forms with me. (See form in picture below.)

As a reminder, I want to make sure this information is meeting your needs, so please complete this survey as soon as you can:


If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. The best way to reach me is by email: mgarfinkel@cps.edu

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Garfinkel

Maggie Garfinkel, LPC, NCC

School Counselor

Henry Elementary School

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North River Commission Community Resources

Illinois Eviction Moratorium extended until March 6

Illinois Eviction Moratorium extended until March 6

On February 5th, the eviction moratorium was extended through March 6, 2021 (subject to further extension or amendment by the Governor). However, in order to benefit from this extension, renters must provide their landlords with a Tenant Declaration Form, which includes income restrictions, in order to be protected from evictions.

Learn about CHA Affordable Housing

Join Latin United Community Housing Alliance (LUCHA) for a series of workshops the entire month of February. These workshops will help you discover CHA’s housing options, learn more about admission, and income eligibility for site-based affordable housing. Workshop counselors can even help you complete your application!


Emergency Heating Repair (EHR) is a Department of Housing grant program available to income-eligible Chicago homeowners for service to repair or replace their furnace or boiler heating system. Limited funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is open to Chicagoans who own and occupy a 1-to-4 unit residential property within the city limits. The property must be inhabitable condition and not at risk of foreclosure. Commercial and mixed-use properties do not qualify.

Open Enrollment Period is Nov. 16, 2020, to April 1, 2021. Application packages are available by calling 311, by request through the CHI311 app, or visiting www.chicago.gov/housing. Call 312-744-3653 for more information.

Utility Billing Relief (UBR) Program

Utility Billing Relief (UBR) provides low-income City of Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax as well as debt relief for those who demonstrate they can manage the reduced rate bills for one year. Benefits for UBR participants include:

  • A reduced rate on water, sewer, and water-sewer tax.
  • No late payment penalties or debt collection activity including water shut-off.
  • Debt forgiveness after successfully completing one year with no past-due balance.
Learn more and verify eligibility at: https://chicago.docugateway.com/main/guest/billing_relief/

Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt

Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) helps residents resolve eviction, foreclosure, debt, and tax deed issues. Call the Early Resolution Program (ERP) to speak with a lawyer and get connected to other resources. This program is available to all residents of Cook County free of charge and provides free legal assistance, counseling, pre-court mediation, and case management for residents and landlords dealing with evictions or delinquent property taxes, and creditors and debtors with issues related to consumer debt.

The services are provided on a pro-bono basis for residents of Cook County without legal representation and are being offered to:

  • tenants facing eviction,
  • landlords dealing with an eviction,
  • debtors being sued for unpaid debts,
  • creditors wishing to sue on the basis of unpaid debts, and
  • residents who have defaulted on property tax payments or mortgage foreclosure payments.

Visit www.cookcountylegalaid.org or call (855) 956-5763 to find out more information and get help.

Healing Illinois - Racial Healing Talks

Healing Illinois is a statewide initiative to address and heal the harms caused by racism. It is an urgent invitation to everyone to create community-centered, inclusive, and safe spaces to talk about racial disparities and design local solutions.

The Kedzie Center, in partnership with North River Commission and The Chicago Community Trust, will host the following Healing Illinois conversations:

Friday, February 19th - Youth Racial Healing Conversation
When: 4:30 - 6:00pm
Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/YouthRacialHealing
This conversation will be facilitated by June C. Parks, Ph.D & Angela Sedeño, Ph.D. This event is co-sponsored by the North River Youth Council.

Chicago Snow Removal Ordinance

From the City of Chicago:

Who is responsible for clearing the sidewalks of snow and ice?
EVERYONE! The city code states “every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground abutting upon any public way or public space shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk...”
If you do not own your residential or business property, check with your rental or lease agreement or management company to see what your sidewalk clearing responsibility is.
When do I have to clear the sidewalks?
Sidewalks need to be cleared 7 days a week. Clear sidewalks by 10:00am if the snow falls overnight, or 10:00pm if the snow falls during the day. Be sure to maintain a clear path if new snow falls.
More information: Sidewalk Snow Removal Requirements

Tuesday Food Pantry

Every Tuesday, New Life Community Church - Albany Park , in partnership with New Life Centers of Chicagoland and the Greater Chicago Food Depository offers groceries to families in need.

The food pantry is open on Tuesdays, from 4:00 - 6:00pm at 3729 W Leland Ave. For questions, contact Pastor Joshua Sharif at joshuas@newlifechicago.org.

Chicago Park District In-Person Programs Resume

In-person programming at the Chicago Park District resumed Monday, January 25th at parks across the city. Under the current guidelines, limited, socially distanced programming will be offered at parks across the city. Programs will run from January 25th through March 28th.

Virtual programs continue as originally scheduled running from January 4th through March 21. At this time, programming for seniors remains online only.

Important Information for Winter In-Person Programs
• Classes operate with static pods and stable cohorts. Class sizes are limited to 10 participants per instructor.
• Social distancing, physically keeping 6 feet apart from one another, is required at all times.
• All guests are required to wear their own face-covering/masks during programs.
• Guests must bring their own water, drinking fountains will not be available.


*Programs at McFetridge Sports Center, Morgan Park Sports Center, Gately & Addams Park follow a different schedule. Go here to view that schedule.

Large gatherings and close contact activities are still prohibited and social distancing must be observed at all times by visitors in the Parks.

Acceptable activities include walking, running, and hiking in our outdoor spaces alone or with members of the same household. Trail users are required to keep it moving. Masks are mandatory.


Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies (CAPS) Meetings

Join your community and local police officers for their monthly public safety CAPS meetings. North Park, Albany Park, and Irving Park is within the 17th Police District.

City of Chicago COVID-19 Vaccination Plan FAQ

When will vaccination phase 1b begin?

Beginning Monday, January 25th, Chicago will formally move into Vaccination Phase 1b—meaning vaccinations will ramp up for Chicago residents 65+ and specific groups of highest-risk or front-line essential workers. Please note that vaccine supply remains limited and we anticipate that most people in group 1b will have vaccination opportunities in February or March, and they will remain eligible for vaccine indefinitely. At the rate we are receiving vaccine right now—just 34,000 first doses this week to Chicago—each week we can only vaccinate about 5% (1 in 20) of the Chicago residents who are eligible for vaccine in 1b.

When will vaccination phase 1c begin?
While timing is highly dependent on vaccine availability, right now we predict that Chicago will tentatively begin Vaccination Phase 1c on Monday, March 29. Phase 1c includes Chicagoans age 16-64 with underlying medical conditions and all essential workers not included in phase 1b. Most people in phase 1c will be vaccinated in April or May, and they will remain eligible indefinitely.

When will vaccine be available for all Chicago residents?
With timing highly dependent on vaccine availability, right now we predict that Chicago will tentatively begin Vaccination Phase 2 on Monday, May 31. Phase 2 includes all Chicagoans age 16 and over. Children will be added as trials are completed and vaccine is authorized for use in individuals under age 16.

See more Frequently Asked Questions here.

For the latest on COVID-19 vaccination in Chicago, please visit www.chicago.gov/COVIDvax.
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Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Reynolds, and Mrs. Abraham