Hometown School Newsletter

January 25, 2022

Bencik's Buzz

Hometown Families:

We hope everyone is staying warm and healthy. If your family is experiencing any symptoms please reach out to the school so we can document the illness. the 5Essentials Survey is up and running. Please take a few minutes to fill it out to let us know how we are doing and where we can make improvements. Your feedback is very important to us.

The vaccination clinic will take place this weekend at the middle school. There is a link below to sign up.

5Essentials Parent Survey

Students and teachers across Illinois now have the opportunity to participate in the ninth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. Additionally, your 4th-8th grade student will be asked about their experiences in school to help give school leaders critical student input and help develop future school improvement plans. If you would like to view the student survey questions or opt-out your student please complete the form found at: d123.org/five. You and your student's identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and anonymous. To get started with the survey head to d123.org/five.

Vaccination Clinic- This Saturday

THIS SATURDAY - District 123 & IDPH Vaccination Clinic

  • Jan 29 & Feb 19, 2022
  • 10am - 4pm
  • OLHMS - 5345 West 99th St

The vaccination clinic is open to any community member and all vaccination types (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) will be available. This will include 1st dose, 2nd dose, and booster doses if applicable.

BOOK APPOINTMENT - d123.org/vaxclinic2022

Shield Testing

Shield Testing will resume tomorrow for students who are testing. If you would like to add your child to be tested every week, please fill out the form on Skyward. If you were previously testing and would like to opt out, please call the office. If you have questions about what this entails reach out to sbaker@d123.org.

Calling all Careers!!

We are looking for volunteers who would like to share their career with our students in grades 3-5. If you are interested in presenting about your profession, please send the flyer back with your child. The flyer is attached. I am looking for at least two more volunteers to share their professions!

Parent University Rescheduled

Our Parent University on vaccinations has been rescheduled. January 27th will be the new date virtually. Please see the attached flyer for details.

Jump Rope for Heart

We have about one more week left for our Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser. Please see the attached flyer.

Shield Parent Portal

If you would like to be able to view Shield Covid results, the attached flyer gives directions on how to set up the parent portal. Please follow directions in the flyer.


Thank you for all of the families that attended Bingo. Everyone had a great time. Thank you also to the anonymous donor of the $25.00 gift card for the end game! A great time was had by all! We cannot wait for the next one!

Goodies with Grandparents

PTA will be hosting a Goodies with Grandparents event on February 2nd. Please see the attached flyer to sign up. This is an RSVP event. The last day to RSVP is Friday. NO late RSVPs will be excepted.

100 Day

We will be celebrating 100 Day on February 2nd. Our students are going to be celebrating all of their learning they have completed this year. Students are invited to dress up as if they were 100 years old. Ideas include: suspenders, bow ties, gray hair, old glasses, ect. This is not a complete list, but suggestions.


If you bring your child late to school, (after 9am) you must provide a lunch for your child. Our orders are sent over at 9am. We do not have any extra ordered.

Vaccination Cards

If you child is vaccinated, please call the office if you have not uploaded you vaccine card. We can assist with making sure the nurse has the correct information. Directions are also attached. This does allow students not have to quarantine if they are two weeks past the second vaccine.

Teacher Spotlight: Meet Ms.Caitlyn Glynn

How long and what grades have you taught?

I’ve always been a 4th grade teacher! I taught in CPS right out of college for one school year before coming to Hometown. I’ve been teaching at Hometown for the last 6 years.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

This question is so hard since I am the type of person that would jump on a plane to anywhere. However, I’d love to go to Ireland to spend the time with my family and see all the castles. I’d also love to see the small farm town that my grandmother grew up in.

What is the best thing about working at Hometown?

The best thing about working at Hometown is the family culture created between staff, students, and families. The relationships are strong. I feel that everyone truly cares for each other. The respect and teamwork between everyone is what makes this place different from anywhere else.

What is your favorite food?

Anything Greek! Put lemon and oregano on something and I’m sold!

Who is someone you admire and why

The person I look up to the most is my mom. My mom is that soft spoken, kind person that never complains about anything! She has taught my brothers and I to always work hard, be independent, and the importance for family. Her sacrifices for her children have always motivated me to work hard to make her proud.

February Menus

You will find that attached breakfast and lunch menu for February listed below. Please let us know if you have questions.

Ice Skating

PTA will be hosting a skating event in February. Please see the attached flyer for information.