Henry Hawk News

Week of April 17, 2023

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Principal's Message

Dear Henry Families,

We want to spread the word that the Preschool application process is open and everyday the week of April 24th through April 28th, our preschool team will be at Henry after school from 3:30-4:30 to provide a tour as well as support with the application process. Please share with any families you know who will have a 4 year old starting next school year!

April Upcoming Dates

24th-28th ~Henry Preschool tour and application support 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

28th ~ Medical Caravan

Have a great week!

Mr. Gutierrez and Ms. Reynolds

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal



Preschool Applications for 2023-2024 Is Open! Henry PreK Open House and Application Support April 24th-28th! (NEW!)

Chicago Public Schools Announces Virtual FY24 Capital Budget Community Meetings to Gather Input and Identify Project Priorities (NEW!)

Update Your Medicaid Contact Information

School Counselor: I'll be there for you (NEW!)

Covid Testing Signup

Parent Portal (Aspen)


Covid Protocol

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Preschool Applications for 2023-2024 Is Open! Henry PreK Open House and Application Support April 24th-28th!

Preschool applications are open! When children attend quality Pre-K programs they:

  • Experience greater brain development
  • Gain a better grasp on language and math
  • Develop their social-emotional skills to reduce behavioral problems and improve relationships
  • Establish strong attendance patters for future success
  • Achieve future school readiness

Questions? Please call the main office a 773-534-5060.

Please join us after school the week of April 24th - April 28th from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. to learn about our PreK program here at Henry and get support in applying.

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Chicago Public Schools Announces Virtual FY24 Capital Budget Community Meetings to Gather Input and Identify Project Priorities

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that it will host five virtual meetings next week to engage communities on capital priorities as the District works to develop its Fiscal Year 2024 Capital Plan. The capital plan is a part of the District’s overall budget that will be presented to the Board of Education later this summer. The meetings — which will be led by the CPS Capital Department, Office of Equity, and Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) — are intended to provide communities with an understanding of the District’s capital planning process and help the District prioritize critical capital needs.

“We look forward to another year of our families and community members participating in the capital investment process,” said CPS CEO Pedro Martinez. “Community engagement is a critical piece in moving forward together to ensure we provide the best facilities and resources for more than 322,000 students.”

Feedback collected through previous engagement sessions led to the prioritization of several capital initiatives, including restroom upgrades and parking lot refurbishment, over the past three years. The District has continued to prioritize investments that promote equitable access to high-quality learning environments. The District allocated $644.5 million in FY23 for capital projects that included roof and mechanical projects, upgrades to expand preschool programming, and continued updates to ensure schools are accessible to students and staff with physical disabilities.

Three of the citywide meetings will be held in English with real-time Spanish translation and ASL interpretation. New this year, CPS is hosting one meeting with real-time translation in additional languages, including Arabic, Urdu, Polish and Chinese, and one citywide meeting will be held entirely in Spanish to create an improved community engagement experience for Spanish-speaking families. The meetings will be live-streamed on CPS’ YouTube Channel, and the presentation materials as well as the video recordings will be posted on the Capital Plan Community Meetings website in English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Polish, Urdu and Arabic.

Information on the Virtual Capital Meetings:

Participants for any of the meetings listed below should register online or tune in to the live-stream on CPS’ YouTube Channel.

  • Tuesday, April 18: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (English, Spanish)

  • Wednesday, April 19: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (English, Spanish)

  • Wednesday, April 19: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (English, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Polish, Chinese)

  • Friday, April 21: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (English, Spanish)

  • Friday, April 21: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Spanish)

Consistent with prior years, the District will also hold public hearings to discuss the FY24 capital plan after the District’s budget proposal is developed and released this summer. The CPS facility portfolio includes 522 campuses and 803 buildings. The average CPS facility is over 80 years old. Since FY2016, CPS has invested approximately $3.5 billion into capital improvements across the District and there is more than $3 billion of additional critical facility needs.

These projects include major renovations to ensure schools stay warm and dry, relieve overcrowding, and remain safe learning environments, among other priorities. Additionally, CPS is in its fourth year of investing $100 million over five years (to Fiscal Year 2025) to ensure all District campuses are more accessible.

Update Your Medicaid Contact Information

Do you have a Medicaid plan? Some big changes are coming to Medicaid this spring, as Illinois resumes annual eligibility checks in May.

Making sure your family’s contact information is up-to-date in the Medicaid system is an important step to ensure a seamless transition back to eligibility checks.

To update your Medicaid contact information, complete the following steps:

● Visit abe.illinois.gov.

● Click “Manage My Case” to log in to your account.

● Verify and update your mailing address under “Contact Us.”

OR, use the Report Medicaid Change of Address Form to quickly update your address.

Updating your address will ensure that you receive your renewal information on time.

To learn more about renewing your Medicaid plan or additional services offered through the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness, please visit cps.edu/medicaid or call the Healthy CPS Hotline at (773) 553-KIDS (5437).

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WE NEED YOUR HELP: For our career day to be most successful and meaningful we want to encourage members from our Henry community to speak about their careers to the students. This is a unique opportunity to share your knowledge and make an impact on our students. We are still looking for speakers! We are happy for any profession to come and for any amount of time. If you or someone else from your family would like to participate email Mrs. Garfinkel at mgarfinkel@cps.edu or complete this Google form: https://forms.gle/pt9wBTsdupFz4Dto9

NECESITAMOS SU AYUDA: Para que nuestro día profesional sea más exitoso y significativo, queremos alentar a los miembros de nuestra comunidad de Henry a hablar sobre sus carreras a los estudiantes. Esta es una oportunidad única para compartir su conocimiento y hacer un impacto en nuestros estudiantes. ¡Seguimos buscando ponentes! Estamos felices de cualquier profesión por venir y por cualquier cantidad de tiempo. Si usted o alguien más de su familia desea participar, envíe un correo electrónico a la Sra. Garfinkel a mgarfinkel@cps.edu o completar este formulario de Google: https://forms.gle/pt9wBTsdupFz4Dto9

Summer is approaching! If you are in need of any summer programs, please reach out to Ms. Garfinkel for suggestions or available opportunities. Also, we have attached summer opportunities for students who have experienced the loss of a parent.

COVID Testing Signup

CPS offers free weekly COVID-19 testing for students and staff in all District-run schools. Sign up for weekly testing for the 2022-23 school year through the ReadyCheckGo Testing Program.

IMPORTANT: Every CPS student or staff member who wants to enroll in weekly COVID-19 testing for the 2022-23 school year MUST complete a new consent form. Consents from last school year or this summer WILL NOT be valid for the 2022-23 school year.

To sign up for COVID testing, please go the following link: https://www.color.com/cust/readycheckgo-cps

You will need to search "Henry" for the school.

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.


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.


  • 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.

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Principal Juan Gutierrez

A.P. Mary Ann Reynolds