Hometown School Newsletter

January 11, 2022

Bencik's Buzz

Hometown Families:

Please be reminded there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 17th. It is a holiday.

We have moved to the new five day quarantine guidelines adopted by the IDPH and CDC. Students who test positive will quarantine for five days and may return on day six if they are symptom free. Students will be expected to continue to wear their masks during the day. At lunch, students will eat at a separate table to finish the 10 day quarantine. Students who are not regular mask wearers will need to quarantine for the 10 total days. If you have questions about the new guidelines please email abencik@d123.org.


Breakfast will be served starting at 8:10am in the MPR room. If you would like your children to have breakfast, please send then to the main entrance for breakfast by 8:10am.

Shield Testing

Shield Testing will resume tomorrow for students who are testing. If you would like to add your child to be tested every week, please fill out the form on Skyward. If you have questions about what this entails reach out to sbaker@d123.org.

Calling all Careers!!

We are looking for volunteers who would like to share their career with our students in grades 3-5. If you are interested in presenting about your profession, please send the flyer back with your child. The flyer is attached.

Jump Rope for Heart

We have kicked off our Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser. Please see the attached flyer.

Family Bingo

We are hosting Family Bingo on Friday, January 21st. Come play a few rounds of bingo with your family! Please see the attached flyer.

Morning drop off

Please be cautious as you are dropping off your students in the morning. We have cars coming through the parking lot. Please have your child walk on the sidewalk the entire way and DO NOT cut through the parking lot.

Shield Parent Portal

If you would like to be able to view Shield Covid results, the attached flyer gives directions on how to set up the parent portal. Please follow directions in the flyer.

5Essentials Parent Survey

Students and teachers across Illinois now have the opportunity to participate in the ninth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. Additionally, your 4th-8th grade student will be asked about their experiences in school to help give school leaders critical student input and help develop future school improvement plans. If you would like to view the student survey questions or opt-out your student please complete the form found at: d123.org/five. You and your student's identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and anonymous. To get started with the survey head to d123.org/five.


If you bring your child late to school, (after 9am) you must provide a lunch for your child. Our orders are sent over at 9am. We do not have any extra ordered.

Vaccination Cards

We recommend that each family begin to upload their child's vaccination card to Skyward. We have provided directions for doing so. If you have questions, please email or call the office.

Special Olympics

The special olympics will be held at the middle school on January 22nd. The flyer is attached. This is a great event. Please consider attending.

Winter MAP Testing

MAP testing has begun. The majority of the classrooms will be testing on Thursday and Friday of this week. Please remind them of the importance of trying their best and getting. a good night's rest.

Teacher Spotlight: Meet Mrs. Jennifer Sieracki

How long and what grades have you taught?

I have been teaching for 19 years! I was at Kolmar as an instructional aide in preschool for 2 years before coming to Hometown. I taught 4th grade for 7 years and have been in 3rd grade for the last 10 years!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would love to take my family to Hawaii and hopefully to Europe someday. I would love to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris! I took French in middle school and high school and absolutely loved learning the language.

What is the best thing about working at Hometown?

The best thing about Hometown is the amazing staff I have been lucky to teach with. I have met some of my closest friends here and am always amazed at how dedicated everyone is to the wonderful students we see everyday!

What is your favorite food?

I do not have a favorite food, but I prefer salty over sweet! Chips and dip, pretzels, cheese and crackers are always my go to snacks!

Who is someone you admire and why?

I admire my parents of course for setting such a good work ethic in my brother and I. But my children I also admire! They are extremely understanding, patient, supportive and go with the flow of our crazy, busy lives! I love when I get compliments on them, it makes my husband and I beam with pride!