WHS Principal Post: Nov - Dec 2021

The Monthly Family Newsletter from Mr. Danielski

Dear WHS Families,

This stretch of time prior to winter break is action packed with the WHS PTA Talent Show, the end of Trimester 1, Report Cards, and Parent Teacher Conferences. See the information below.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

November 2021

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December 2021

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WHS Veteran's Day Tribute

Click on the short video below honoring the men and women in our Hammerschmidt School community who have served our country.
WHS Veterans Day Tribute - November 2021

Supply Drive for Homeless Veterans

CUB SCOUT PACK 42 DONATION DRIVE:

Cub Scout Pack 42 is collecting donations for Midwest Shelter Homeless Veterans in recognition of Veterans Day. Pack 42 invites Hammerschmidt families to join in this donation drive. Students may bring donations to school the week of November 8 or order directly from the Shelter’s Amazon Wish List. A collection bin will be placed outside of the Hammerschmidt Office that week. See the attached flyer for the overall shelter wish list. However, the shelter is currently in most need of the following items:

  1. Paper Towels

  2. Toilet Paper

  3. Laundry Detergent (pods)

  4. Shampoo

  5. Body Wash

Any questions, please contact Kristin Hartsaw at khartsaw@gmail.com. Thank you. CLICK HERE for the shelter wish list!

WHS Twisted Talent Show 2.0 – Virtual Watch Party THIS FRIDAY, 11/12 at 7:00 p.m.

The Virtual WHS PTA Talent Show will be released this Friday, 11/12. A virtual watch party will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.


Click here for the official program for this year's event!


You can join the virtual watch party by clicking on this link!

(We'll also include this link in the Friday afternoon email blast!)

Click on the video below to see a preview of the WHS Stars who will be rising and shining!
WHS Rising and Shining Student Stars- Talent Show Performers 2021

PARENT - TEACHER CONFERENCES SIGN UP WINDOW CLOSING ON FRIDAY 11/12


Our Virtual Parent - Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd.

The scheduling window in Skyward opens on MONDAY, November 1st and will remain open until Friday, November 12th. Detailed directions on how to schedule your conference can be found by CLICKING HERE! These conferences will be virtual and the Google Meeting Link will be shared with you prior to the conference dates. If you would like to have your parent/teacher conference “in-person”, please email your child’s teacher directly. You will sign up for your conference in Skyward using the same process linked above.

Picture Re-Take Day is November 17th!

LIFETOUCH RETAKE PICTURE DAY - NOVEMBER 17th:

Save the date! The Lifetouch Retake Picture Day has been scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, November 17th. More information will be available closer to the retake picture date.

FALL ASSESSMENTS:


Click on the link below to learn more about the FastBridge assessments that students in D44 took this fall.

FastBridge Assessments - Parent Letter - Oct. 2021

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Share Your Gratitude With Us!

GRATITUDE TREE IN THE LRC:

There is a large tree painted on the wall in the LRC. For trimester 1, we are going to hang fall leaves on the tree with thoughts about why we feel grateful. Students will have the opportunity to fill out a “leaf” when they visit the LRC. Families can also submit ideas using this form. Your entry will be written on a leaf and added to our Gratitude Tree. Thank you for your contribution: CLICK HERE to share your gratitude!

Grade 5 Student Showcase Entries

In October, our Grade 5 students had the opportunity to showcase items that they are proud of. Below you will find a short video featuring each of the student entries.
Grade 5 Student Showcase- October 2021

Grade 4 Student Showcase Participants

The month of November features our 4th Grade Stars! Click on the short video below featuring the items our grade 4 students chose to share!
Grade 4 Shining Star Showcase - Nov. 2021

Crazy Hair Day coming November 19th!

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WHS School Store:

COME SHOP AT THE WHS SCHOOL STORE:

You can come shop at the WHS School Store before school on your assigned day. All items are $1, $0.75, $0.50 or $0.25 ($2 maximum).

Items for sale include:

Folders Pencils & Sharpeners Erasers

Glue Sticks Highlighters Rulers


WHEN CAN I SHOP??

(3rd Grade/Door #7, 8:10am - 8:25am)

Nov. 9th: Last Names A-F

Nov. 11th: Last Names G-M

Nov. 16th: Last Names N-R

Nov. 18th: Last Names S-Z

Onsite COVID Testing Now Available

The Lombard District 44 Newsletter is now available and contains important messaging about onsite testing beginning tomorrow, Thursday, November 4, 2021. All staff, students and their families are eligible to utilize this onsite testing service. Please click here to learn more.

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FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER:

Click on THIS FLYER to see details about a Free Thanksgiving Dinner provided by St. Andrew’s in Downers Grove.

FREE FLU VACCINE INFORMATION:

Click HERE to view information about a free flu vaccine voucher.

Student Council Spirit Days:

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SAVE THE DATE: VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR November 15 - 28

VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR, NOV. 15-28:

Get ready for the WHS Scholastic book fair. Virtual book fair begins November 15, but you can start your wish list, watch book trailer videos and even do a scavenger hunt on our home website, click HERE. Don’t forget to check out the teacher wish lists.

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Trunk or Treat THANK YOU!!!!

TRUNK OR TREAT SUCCESS!

Friday, October 29th was a wet beautiful mess at WHS Trunk or Treat 2021. From set up to tear down, there was a steady drizzle and the turnout of WHS families was HUGE!

Thank you to:

  • The Trunks. You brought joy to so many and were so creative.

  • The Volunteers. We couldn't have done it without you. For those that worry about the youth of today, a special shout out to the GWMS and GE students that volunteered. You were awesome and we'll take your help anytime.

  • Rett, WHS Custodian. You definitely surpassed your step goal last night and got a workout in.

  • The staff. You worked, after hours, to collect even more food items for families in need.

  • Mr. Danielski. Always willing to work with the PTA and are open to any idea. You rocked the behind the scenes with this event.

  • The Dads. You know who you are. Thank you for running out to buy more candy for our kids.

  • The families. You came out in hundreds (literally) to soak up the joy and get a little soaked too.

  • The pumpkins. So creative. We will contact the top 3 vote earners next week to claim your prize. If you didn't pick up your pumpkin yesterday, you can grab it in the office next week.

  • The generous WHS families/businesses and alumni family that contributed to the event - Red Brick Property Management, Rosemary and Jeans Public House, Righteous Kitchen, Tastefully Simple (Denise Dabisch), Cordell Family and Little Love Bakery.

  • The T o T Committee. This is soooo not a committee of one. It's a beautiful web of moms working to get it done. Shameless plug for the PTA - Parents, join us! We are awesome.


Winning Pumpkins:

1st Place - Erazmus (Gold Snake)

2nd Place - S.Jackson (Minnie Mouse)


3rd Place - Smith Family (Blippi)

Join the WHS PTA!

Click on the link below for the WHS PTA Membership Form! Thank you for supporting Hammerschmidt School!


CLICK HERE for the WHS PTA Membership Form

PTA Facebook Page

WHS PTA FACEBOOK PAGE:

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.


Support the PTA by Shopping on Amazon!


Supporting Hammerschmidt is easy, simply by shopping at amazon. Go to smile.amazon.com and search for Hammerschmidt PTA. Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchases to our school!

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Interested in Being a Lunch/ Recess Supervisor at Hammerschmidt?

LUNCH SUPERVISORS NEEDED:

Are you interested in being a Hammerschmidt Lunch/Recess Supervisor? If so, APPLY ONLINE! Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Danielski with any questions! Become a part of our WHS or D44 team! Click here to learn more!


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Glenbard Parent Series

Check out these FREE informational sessions for parents! Click on the link below for a complete lineup of speakers for the year!


Glenbard Parent Series Information

Follow our WHS Facebook and Twitter Accounts:

Click on the link below to get the most recent news from District 44:


Lombard District 44 Update