Principal Post- September 2023

The monthly Hammerschmidt family newsletter

Coming in September:

Below you will find some highlights for the weeks ahead.

September 1: Early Dismissal | 1:15pm

September 4: No School- Labor Day

September 7: WHS - Parent Curriculum Night-- OPTIONAL | 6:30pm

September 8: WHS PTA Movie night | 6:15-8:15

September 13: Picture Day

September 14: WHS PTA Dine & Donate | Fuei & Creme

September 18: WHS PTA Meeting | 7pm (LRC)

September 25-29: Walk/Roll To School

Dear WHS Families,

Fall Curriculum Information: OPTIONAL Parent Night

By now you should have received some grade level content information in video format from your child(ren)'s teacher. Sending this information in video format was our attempt to provide everyone access to this important information without the burden of securing childcare.

Using this delivery model last year was met with positive feedback.

On Thursday, September 7th, from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. we will host an OPTIONAL “Open House” drop-in style visitation for parents only. The purpose of this session is to provide parents interested in getting in the building an opportunity to do so. Teachers will be in their classrooms for any individual questions you may have. There will be NO FORMAL PRESENTATION given during the session. All the grade level curriculum and classroom based information will be provided in the videos sent to you prior to this date.

Your attendance at the evening visitation is not expected and is entirely optional.


Save the date: Wednesday, September 13th is fall picture day! Lifetouch envelopes will come home in the backpack today, but you can order pictures anytime by visiting

Picture Day ID: EVT8NV99G

School Safety Information

The safety of our students is our highest priority! Drop off and Pick Up time are critical times for focussed and communal effort. Please take a few minutes to view the video below. Thank you being a trusted partner in providing safety for our youngest and most vulnerable school community members.
Drop off & Pick Up Safety at Hammerschmidt
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The PTA is gearing up for the 2023/2024 school year and is starting to look for parents to help out with various committees! We are in need of new faces to out with many committees this year.

Please click here to volunteer!


The District 44 PTA Council is looking for a Secretary for a 1 year term and a Reflections (Art) representative. The Council meets with the other schools in the district, along with Dr. Stec every other month. First meeting is 9/21/23 at 7pm. It would be great to have WHS represented on the District 44 Council.

Please reach out to Julia Slaby for more information.

MOVIE NIGHT: 9/8 | 6:15-8:15 PM

Mark your calendars for the first movie night of the year! We will be playing the Super Mario Bros Movie. Prepaid admission is $5 and pay at the door is $8. Concessions will be sold (each item is only $1). Remember to bring a blanket, pillow and water bottle! Online registration is open!

Click here for flyer.

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Help WHS PTA fill the Star “Bucks” reward closet for the year! Students earn Star “Bucks” throughout the year and can buy a prize from the reward closet. We are seeking donations for new/unused toys, games, sports gear, electronics etc. The teachers have some small trinkets, toys, pencils but are looking for help with the big ticket items. If you would like to donate, please contact Mandi Jennings to arrange drop-off/pick-up.


We want your photos for the yearbook! The Yearbook Committee created a google photos drive this year to make it easier to get as many photos as we can this year.

Please add a description of the event, the grade and the teacher (if applicable) so it will help the committee figure out where to put the pictures in the yearbook. The committee will go through all the photos to select which ones will be included in the yearbook later this year!

If you have pictures from the end of last year (field day or class parties) feel free to include them! There will be reminders throughout the year to upload your photos.

If you have trouble or any concerns, contact Samantha Baker.

Click here to upload photos: Yearbook Photos


We are seeking volunteers to help on Wednesday, September 13 for picture day. Please sign up here if you are interested.

WHS PTA DINE & DONATE: 9/14 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, September 14 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm for WHS PTA Dine & Donate at Fuel and Creme. Fuel and Creme is located at 324 E. Central Blvd. in Villa Park (right off the Prairie Path). They will be generously donating 20% of all proceeds on food, ice cream and alcohol that evening. Please be sure to mention WHS PTA or bring a hard/digital copy of the flyer.

Click here for flyer

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WHS PTA MEETING: 9/18 | 7:00 PM

All are welcome to join the WHS PTA meeting on Monday, September 18th at 7:00pm. We will be meeting in the LRC.


Join us for our first Pack Meeting on Friday, September 15 at 6:30pm in the Hammerschmidt gym. Kids from all grades are welcome! Pack 42 is a wonderful way for your kids to learn about service & responsibility, the outdoors, hiking, camping, and so much more. We have Pack Meetings once a month, and each grade level (Den) has a Den Meeting once a month. Come check it out on September 15! Email with any questions.


Let’s get ready for our first major fundraiser of the school year - WHS TRACK-A-THON on Thursday, October 19!! All proceeds go to WHS to help fund assemblies, field trips and more!

Track-a-thon is a great fundraiser for Hammerschmidt that occurs during your child(s) P.E. class. More detailed information is coming soon!

This year’s theme is LET’S GLOW CRAZY! The Track-a-thon committee is currently seeking BLACK LIGHTS to borrow. If you have any that you are willing to let WHS PTA borrow for the day, please contact Michelle Greco!

Got black lights to lend, glow sticks/necklaces/bracelets etc to donate or want to volunteer your time for that day? Please contact Michelle Greco or click here to volunteer for set up and day of help.


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Please support WHS PTA by signing up for Givebacks here. You securely link your credit/debit cards under the Hammerschmidt PTA and then every time you use that card at a participating business in-store or online, you earn cashback and Givebacks will also automatically give a percentage back to WHS PTA. SO EASY!! Plus, the first time you spend at a participating business they give WHS PTA $5. For more details click here.


The WHS PTA is an annual membership and all parents, grandparents, teachers/faculty, relatives and friends of the family are ALL welcome to join!

Become a Member. Donate. Advocate. Volunteer. Be a Resource.

We are planning fun and exciting things for this school year and we need your help! Choose to become a member of an organization that benefits your children. Dues are $15.00 per adult or $20 per family of which $9.50 goes to the Illinois/National PTA & the remaining portion helps fund our activities and programs at WHS.

We encourage at least one parent to join and/or you (or grandparents, family members etc.) can donate which 100% goes directly to WHS PTA to help support the many amazing programs and clubs, field trips and teacher/staff appreciation efforts that WHS PTA offers throughout the school year. You will receive a copy of the WHS school directory as a benefit of your WHS PTA membership. The school directory comes in handy for play dates, car pools, homework help, group projects and more! Join here today! Donate here today!

How Can I Get Involved in WHS PTA.


Did you know you can Subscribe to the digital PTA and school calendar? Visit Events and then click subscribe. You can choose iCal, outlook or Google calendar and it will automatically add the events to your calendar.


Please join the WHS PTA Facebook Page so you will always have the most up-to-date information for all the PTA events happening throughout the school year!

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