HMS Headlines

November 19, 2021

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Dear HMS Families,

In this season of gratitude, we want to share a big thank you for all that you have done to help get this school year off to a great start, and for supporting us through the many new processes and changes that have occurred through the last few months. We are so thankful to have such a wonderful parent and student community, and wish you the best over the next week as you hopefully find time to celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Take a look below at how some of our students expressed their gratitude this week!

In gratitude,

Kelly, Linda, and Susie

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Homework Club has started at HMS!

HMS Homework Club will be available to all students on a drop-in basis on Mondays through Thursdays from 3:45 - 4:45 in the Learning Commons. The Homework Club is supervised by two Highcrest staff members, and is an opportunity for students to work in a quiet place with their materials available at school so they can complete their homework. If staying for Homework Club, students will need to have transportation home, whether that is a ride home, their bike, or the HMS late bus (which takes them to their home elementary school). Come and get your homework done in the LC!

It's Getting Cold Out There!

Please remind your child to dress for the weather on a daily basis, as the weather is getting colder! Students will be going outside for PE and recess as long as the temperature and weather is agreeable, and we would like them to have coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and anything that they need to keep warm! Thanks for helping to keep them bundled!

Jesse Brown VA Holiday Sharing Drive and HMS Student Council

As you may be aware, students at HMS made cards for the Veterans at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital in Chicago. This past Monday, we had the opportunity to connect with Debra Denhart, a Veteran and the Officer of Public Affairs at the Jesse Brown VA. This was such a great learning experience for our students!

As we enter the season of giving, the Student Council is excited to support a continued partnership with the VA Hospital by supporting their Holiday Sharing program. Our HMS Student Council has challenged each of our homerooms to raise money for a gift card (one per homeroom) to contribute to the VA's Program and support the families of Veterans in our area. See more information about this program HERE.

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Wilmette Wolves Wrestling begins Monday, November 29. See the link for more information.


Thanks to those who attended Wednesday's presentation, Supporting Friendship Development and Connection. In case you missed it, the presentation recording can be found here.

Our next parent education event is Wednesday, December 15th at 11am. It is titled Making Room for Ambivalence/Sadness and Silver Linings of COVID. Please Register Here.

**NEW**There are multiple ways to participate - onsite at the district office, live over Zoom, or watch the recording on our YouTube channel. We look forward to seeing you next month!


District 39 wishes all of our families abundant joy and good health throughout Thanksgiving break!

SHIELD Illinois Schedule for Upcoming Breaks

Thank you to all who are participating in the SHIELD Illinois testing program. It has been a great resource for us as a District as we continue to navigate the fall. We are grateful to be able to continue to offer COVID-19 testing through SHIELD on a limited basis during Thanksgiving and Winter break. SHIELD testing will be available on Tuesday, Nov. 23, Tuesday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 28 from 3:30-6:30 pm at Wilmette Junior High School. Anyone who is registered is welcome to access testing on these days. SHIELD testing will NOT be offered on Thursday and Saturday of those weeks. Please note that processing times may be impacted by the holidays.

Board Meeting Update

The Board of Education held its regular meeting this past Monday and unanimously approved the 2021 tax levy. The Board also heard presentations on our District 39 assessment data as well as social emotional learning. Highlights from the Board meeting are available online along with meeting materials and a recording of the meeting.

Strategic Plan Update

We are continuing to work hard to set the foundation and put our strategic plan into action and we are pleased to report the creation of our District Strategic Advisory Team! This group’s duty is to help guide, inform, and evaluate progress of our Strategic Plan: Engage, Empower, and Inspire. The team, comprised of representatives from all stakeholder groups, had its first meeting yesterday and we are excited to move forward with this important work. We will be sharing information from DSAT meetings on our strategic plan webpage.



DCFS Foster Child Gift Drive: Families wishing to participate in agift drive for foster children this December should contact Amy Bowen or DanaDrummer. See flyer for details.

PICKLES EMPOWER is hosting a virtual event on December 12th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Kids supporting kids through their parent/guardian cancer journeys. for more information.

The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Thanksgiving Morning “Share Your Bounty” Event Thursday, November 25th. Donate a prescribed list of groceries to families at the Good News Partners low-income and subsidized housing in Rogers Park.

The Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding 8-10 year olds to their spring and summer teams. Contact Kelsey Farmer for more information.

Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.

"Best Step Tutoring” offers free online tutoring for PreK-12 grades.

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Contribute to the holiday teacher gift fund!

Suggested donation is $25 per student. Click here to donate to teacher gifts through the Membership Toolkit store. Thank you!

Highcrest After School Clubs


⏰ Mark your calendars - HMS Winter After School Club Registration will go live on the PTO website on Monday, December 6th at 9am. The Winter Session of After School Clubs will begin the week of January 10, 2022, ending in late March.

Keep an eye out for information on our Winter Programming - coming soon!

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Trex Challenge

The Trex Plastic Bag Challenge is happening from November 15, 2021-April 15, 2022. Students, teachers and families (and the community at large) are asked to dispose of their plastic bags at conveniently located bins by the front office. Collectoons will be weighed and logged each week and will help HMS to compete against other middle schools nationwide. Plastic MUST be clean and dry. Questions? Please contact

Order your 2021-22 HMS Yearbook!

CLICK HERE to order today!

Order your 2021-22 HMS Yearbook!

CLICK HERE to order today!

Welcome Back from PASS39!

CLICK HERE to read the PASS39 November Newsletter

Membership Toolkit

AtoZ Connect is now powered by Membership Toolkit to bring you the best directory experience available. PTO memberships, directories, communications, online store, and more will all run through the newly improved online software. Click here if you haven’t already signed up!

To access the new 2021-2022 Highcrest PTO Directory, please visit Bookmark this site now!


Show your Hawks pride with a variety of spiritwear options! Please contact Jen at if you would like to make a purchase.

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