WHS Principal Post- May 2020
The Monthly Hammerschmidt Family Newsletter
Dear WHS Families,
While this year has taken an unexpected detour, we remain committed to providing as much fun, recognition, and closure as possible given the reality we are living in.
You can find some of our initial plans below:
WHS "Reverse" Parade - Friday May 29th- Save the Date!
Essentially, each family will have an opportunity to come to Hammerschmidt and cruise the parade route in your cars during a specified period of time. The WHS Staff will be on hand to cheer and congratulate you on the completion of this crazy school year.
More details including the parade route and specific grade level times will be coming in next week's Friday email blast! (Friday 5/15) Stay tuned!
The tentative date for this parade will be Friday, May 29th. (Rain Date- June 1st)
Access to Buildings: Students Obtaining Personal Belongings, Including Medication
In order to honor social distancing guidelines, as well as abide by the “stay at home” order, we will not be allowing students into the buildings. Instead, our staff will gather all students’ belongings, including medications, into a labeled bag. At the middle school, this will include student hall and P.E. lockers. Families will have an opportunity to pick-up their items on Wednesday, June 3rd. Based on last name, families will be provided a specific day and time which will be communicated closer to June 3. If your family needs access to your child’s medication prior to June 3, please contact your child’s principal.
Library Books and District-Issued Devices
Grades K-8 Device Collection
Families will turn-in their child’s device while picking-up their items on June 3. Families should be prepared to turn in all district-issued devices and equipment, including chargers and styluses along with any LRC books or other district materials
WHS PTA News:
VIRTUAL PTA Meeting - Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm
We will be voting in our new Executive Board and invite all current PTA members to join this meeting and vote. Voting will be the first item on the agenda, so please join at the start even if you can't stay on for the entire meeting. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the RAISE YOUR HAND option as that's how we will conduct the vote.
Time: May 12, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 931 9766 5298
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The Nominating Committee has worked hard to put together the following slate of nominees. A huge thank you goes out to each of these women for dedicating themselves to continuing the mission of the PTA to provide support to WHS and all of our children. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julie Settles before Tuesday's meeting.
President: Lisa Greenfield
1st VP: Jennifer Maercklein & Amanda Shafer
2nd VP: Heather Villardito
Treasurer: Jean McCahill
Secretary: Amanda Perryman
Council Rep: Holly Forsyth
Stars and Spikes "Virtual 5K" Event- May 2020
Share Your Pictures and Videos with Us!
Do You Like Harry Potter?
Here you will find all sorts of great activities and challenges for the book in addition to guest readers reading aloud each chapter!
THANK YOU WHS FAMILIES! -- AMAZING VIDEO!
D44 Communications Hub
Communications: Where to Find Information You Need During This Challenging Time
We understand that our families are being inundated with information about all aspects of their lives during this challenging time. Therefore, we are committed to making sure you know where to go to find all the important communications related to your child's e-learning experience.
Our Remote Learning website now includes the "Communications Hub." Here you will find all district communications, listed in timeline format. We also continue to post to our own school websites.
What to Do if Your Device Breaks
What to Do if Your Device Breaks
If your device breaks or malfunctions….
Moving forward, should your device break, we ask that you visit the "Technology Support" button of the Remote Learning website. Here you will find helpful information to troubleshoot issues you may be experiencing. Additionally, you may complete a form if you are in need of more specific support.
Food Distribution in D44
Food Distribution: We Are Here to Serve You
Every Monday, from 9-11 am, food will be provided to any family in need at Glenn Westlake Middle School. During your visit, you will be provided a week's worth of food, which include breakfast and lunch options. No questions asked.
Want to learn more about our efforts to serve you? Click here for a short video, highlighting the efforts of our community to ensure our families have access to what they need.
Information about the Northern Illinois Food Bank is also provided below:
Need Help Buying Food for Your School Age Children?
Apply for P-EBT SNAP Benefits. This is a special benefit that can help you buy food for your school age children 3 to 17 years
old and 18 to 22 years old (in high school), who would receive National School Lunch Program free or reduced-priced meals
when schools are in session.
Additional Resources from the Northern Illinois Food Bank
Share Your News With Us!
The Star Cast crew would like to know what is happening with WHS students outside of school hours! If you have a news story or event that you would like WHS to know about, please fill in the following link. Please keep in mind that the StarCast Productions come out once they are complete (without a set timeline). If you know of an event date ahead of time, please give adequate time to get it into the Starcast.
Share your news with us by clicking on the link below.
Take 5 Resource Videos for Parents!
The Glenbard Parent Series has established a GPS Take 5 video library highlighting presentations of their most recent speakers with bite-size videos for both students and families. A new thread to the video library is the Take 5 PREVIEW series videos from speakers to be hosted in the 2020-21 school year. The videos are filled with insights to assist families at this most challenging time. Posted today, find videos of Phylis Fagel author of Middle School Matters and Dr Tina Payne Bryson the author of the YES Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity and Resilience In Your Child. New videos will be added regularly.
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