Henry Hawk News

Week of November 14, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Henry Hawk Families,

Parent Teacher Conference information should have been shared by your child's homeroom teacher. Your child's teacher may have set up additional times outside of the school-wide times identified. Please set an appointment time with your child's teacher. As a school will will hold sessions the following days and times:

  • Wednesday, November 16th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 21st from 8:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and from 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

We will have our LSC Meeting and PAC Meeting this week. We hope you can join us.

Please remember that there will be no school November 21st - November 25th.

Have a great week!

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal



Upcoming Important Dates

LSC Meeting (NEW!)

PAC Meeting (NEW!)

School Counselor: I'll Be There For You (NEW!)

Parent Portal (Aspen)


Covid Protocol

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Upcoming Important Dates


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

Thursday, November 17th: PAC Meeting @ 9:30 a.m. (Auditorium)

Friday, November 18th: Turkey Trot

Monday: November 21st: Parent/Teacher Conferences (8:15-3:15) (No Classes)

Tuesday, November 22nd - Friday November 25th: 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

LSC Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 4:30pm

Henry Auditorium

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PAC Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 17th, 9:30am

Henry Auditorium

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Hello Henry Families,

Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away! It is important to take the time to think about what you are thankful for, whether it is big or small things. We are sharing a gratitude meditation that you can do, with or without your students.

Here is a gratitude activity you can do with your students too!


Brown, red, and orange construction paper

Colored paper (or any fun design)

Black marker

Glue stick or tape

Black marker


1. Cut out a round circle (about 6'' tall) from the brown construction paper for the turkey body. Cut out a smaller round circle for the head. Attach the circles together.

2. Cut out the beak and legs from the orange construction paper, and the wattles under its chin from the red construction paper.

3. Attach the beak, legs, and wattles to the body of the turkey.

4. Draw two eyes with the black marker.

5. Cut out several feathers (each about 4'' tall) from all different colors of paper.

6. Hang the Thanksgiving turkey up somewhere you will see it! Every day, you can write something you are thankful for on a feather. Then you can add it to your turkey with glue or tape and watch him grow!

Have a great week,

Mrs. Garfinkel & Mr. Renas

5 Minute Guided Meditation for Gratitude, Positivity & Abundance
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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.

New Feature on Aspen

An exciting new feature is coming to the Aspen Parent Portal on October 24, 2022. E-Absence will allow parents and guardians to submit and track your student’s absences online. That means no more making last-minute phone calls or completing paper forms.

E-Absence joins a lineup of features that are already available on the Aspen Parent Portal to manage your student’s school experience. Sign in to your account at ASPEN.CPS.EDU for features including:

  • Checking Assignments
  • Viewing Grades
  • Tracking Attendance
  • Paying Fees

To access Parent Portal, you must:

  • Be listed as a contact for your student in the Student Information System.
  • Have a valid email in the student’s contact records.
  • Request and submit the validation code sent via email.

Don’t have an account? Contact the main office to register for an account today. You can also learn more at cps.edu/pages/parentresources.aspx.



  • 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