Henry Hawk News

Week of October 17, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Henry Hawk Families,

Parent involvement is vital for the success of our students and our community. We have a couple of opportunities for you to get involved.

1. We will be hosting our PAC Annual Title I Principal's Meeting and PAC Title I Organizational Meeting. What is the PAC? PAC stands for Parent Advisory Council. Within the PAC, parents have a voice and work together to provide workshops and other needs for our parents. Please join us on Tuesday, October 18th at 8:30 a.m. We will have refreshments and raffle out gift cards!

2. Want to participate in our Trunk or Treat event on Thursday, October 27th? Please see the form below or complete the form sent home. We are in need of more decorated cars to pass out candy. If you are interested, this is a fun way to volunteer your time to support our Henry community.

On Friday around 2:15 p.m., we had our annual Lockdown Drill led by CPS Safety and Security Team. Students and teachers practiced what they will need to do in case of an immediate threat within the school.

A friendly reminder, the end of the quarter is this Thursday, October 20th. There is no school on Friday, October 21st as it is a School Improvement Day and teachers will be in professional development.

Have a great week!

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal



Upcoming Important Dates

Trunk or Treat

LSC Special Meeting (New!)

PAC Title I Annual Information and Organization Meeting (New!)

Counselor's Corner (New!)

Parent Portal (Aspen)


Covid Protocol

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Upcoming Important Dates


Tuesday, October 18th: Parent Advisory Committee CIWP Presentation and Parent Advisory Committee Organization Meeting @ 8:30 a.m. (Auditorium)

Tuesday, October 18th: Local School Council Special Budget Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Thursday, October 20th: Last Day of Quarter 1

Friday, October 21st: No Classes School Improvement Day

Thursday, October 27th: Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 30th: Hawk of the Month @ 2:30 p.m.


Friday, November 4th: Q1 Honors Assembly

Sunday, November 6th: Daylight Savings Time Ends (Fall 1 hour behind)

Tuesday, November 8th: No Classes Election Day

Friday, November 11th: Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 15th: Local School Council Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Friday, November 18th: Turkey Trot

Monday: November 21st: Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 22nd - Friday November 15th: Thanksgiving Break


Friday, December 2nd: Progress Reports

Monday, December 5th - Friday December 9th: Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, December 13th: Local School Council Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Auditorium)

Wednesday, December 21st: PreK-4 Winter Sing

Thursday, December 22nd: End of 2nd Quarter

Friday, December 23rd: No Classes School Improvement Day

Monday, December 26th - Friday January 6th: No Classes Winter Break

Trunk or Treat (Thursday, October 27, 2022)

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What is Trunk or Treat? It’s a community event where parents/guardians will park their cars in between Henry’s main building and the annex and decorate their trunks. Children “trick or treat” by going from car trunk to car trunk rather than going door to door at homes.

When? Thursday, October 27th.

Where? Patrick Henry School (between the main building and the annex)

Time? 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

We need community participation in order to make our third Trunk or Treat a success! Please read through the different ways you can help listed in the form below.

LSC Special Budget Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 4:30pm

This is an online event.

Virtual Event

Google Meet


Join by phone

‪(US) +1 252-656-5284‬ PIN: ‪738 259 413‬#

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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PAC Annual Title I Information and Organization Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 8:30am

Henry Auditorium

Please join me for my Annual Title I Informational /Organizational Meeting

This meeting will be hosted by: Mr. Gutierrez

Date: 10-18-22 Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Henry Cross Country

Thank you Mr. Renas and the Henry Hawk Cross County Team for taking part in the CPS Score race on Saturday, October 15th.

Counselor's Corner

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Hello Henry Families,

October is Bullying Awareness Month. To help commemorate this, we wanted to share some resources to use if your child is being bullied or to help them be an upstander and stand up to bullying:

For education:


A great resource for parents to learn about bullying signs and ways they can help prevent or help their child if they are being bullied. This website also looks at each type of bullying individually.

A creative, innovative and educational website designed for elementary school students to learn about bullying prevention, engage in activities and be inspired to take action.

Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause
For standing up against bullying:
This website will help you stand up against bullying and be an upstander.

About one in five teens reports being bullied, which is harmful but preventable. Anyone can stand up and speak out and be someone’s hero by safely intervening to stop bullying.

Enjoy the fall weather,

Mrs. Garfinkel and Mr. Renas

Parent Portal (Aspen)

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.



  • 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.

Covid Protocols

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.

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Principal Juan Gutierrez

A.P. Mary Ann Reynolds