Henking Family Newsletter
January 21, 2022
5 Essentials Survey
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, UChicago Impact administers the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is based on the Five Essentials for School Success, an evidence-based framework developed by the University of Chicago. This framework identifies how school performance on five factors or “essentials” can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Prior research has shown that schools strong on three or more of the 5Essentials were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains than schools weak on three or more of the Essentials. Those 5Essentials are:
- Effective Leaders
- Collaborative Teachers
- Involved Families
- Supportive Environment
- Ambitious Instruction
Link for parents to take the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
The survey window will close on March 11, 2022.
Message from Physical Education
Happy New Year from the Henking gym! The enthusiasm and willingness of students to give their best effort each day while learning new skills and games has been outstanding! Students have been working hard to improve their overhand throwing. When throwing, we focus on turning (side to target), arm back, stepping with the opposite foot, and following through. Students did an amazing job practicing their form while participating in throwing games and challenges. During our basketball unit, students worked on dribbling, passing and shooting. During dribbling challenges, we focused on using our finger pads to make contact with the ball, keeping the ball below our waist, and looking up instead of at the ball. This winter, we look forward to continuing to work on fundamental skills during our bowling, volleyball, and badminton units. Overall, students have been doing a great job being prepared for PE by either wearing gym shoes to school or bringing their gym shoes in their backpack. Thank you for your continued support!
All the best,
Julie Hock, Kate Grubba and Talia Evans
Life Skills Update
Henking Hawks did a super job on their Character Counts unit this past fall. They explored books and skill building activities that targeted the six pillars:
After we finished our unit on character we proceeded to nutrition. We talked about eating healthy so that we can have the energy we need to play and learn.
We also learned about:
- The five food groups - include all 5 every day if you can!
- Try to limit added sugar when possible
- Use My Plate to get the right portion
- Go, Slow and Whoa! foods.
We ended our nutrition unit by learning about how the body digests food.
Next we will move into fitness in life skills.
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Reminder - Proof of Vaccination Process
In order to facilitate contact tracing and reduce any unnecessary long-term absences, District 34 requests that families of students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 provide proof of vaccination. There is no need to submit paperwork; simply log into PowerSchool and enter the dates your child received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and upload an image of your child's vaccine card. The District will verify this information through the state's I-CARE system.
Here's how it works:
After you log into the Parent Portal, click on COVID19 (21-22) on the left.
2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration is Open
Online kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open! District 34 will launch full-day kindergarten (FDK) at all of our primary schools. A half-day option remains available.
Thanks to the successful referendum, there is space for all families who wish to select FDK! To learn more about kindergarten in District 34, visit glenview34.org/fdk and watch this video at tinyurl.com/FDKinD34.
At the November 15 meeting, the D34 Board of Education approved the FDK fee for the 2022-2023 school year. If you register before March 31, 2022, the fee is $3,300; it will automatically be set in 10 equal installments. When you register, you will be asked to make an initial payment of $330; then, nine monthly payments will be set in e~Funds for Schools, the District’s payment processor. The first monthly payment after the deposit will be due by September 1, 2022. You will have the option of making those monthly payments, or you can pay multiple installments at any time. For registrations after March 31, 2022, the FDK fee is $3,600. The early registration rate for half-day kindergarten is $127.
Fee Waivers & Reduced Fees
Families who need financial assistance can apply for an income-based fee waiver. Those who apply must provide proof of income to be considered for free or reduced FDK fees. The reduced fee is $580. The criteria for receiving a fee waiver are the same as the National School Lunch Program.
Full Day or Half Day?
We know that you have questions about what FDK and the half-day experience will look like for your children. The website shares information about FDK, and highlights that FDK includes more time for:
- Learning through play
- Relationships and community building
- Standards-based curriculum
- Family partnerships
The structure of half-day kindergarten will depend on the number of students enrolled. (That is a big reason that we are opening up registration for kindergarten earlier than in previous years.) If enough families wish to enroll their child in half-day kindergarten, the District will offer a dedicated half-day program (either at each school or at one location, depending on the numbers of students enrolled). If there are very few students whose families choose the half-day option, students will attend at their home school, but attend for a half day in the same classroom with full-day classmates.
We encourage families to enroll as soon as possible, so we can begin planning for both full- and half-day kindergarten.
Online registration is quick and easy. In-person help will be available at the D34 Admin Building (1401 Greenwood Rd., next to Westbrook) on January 26, February 24 and March 29 from 4:30pm-7:00pm. You also can call 847-998-5063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.