Henry Hawk News

Week of March 29th: Spring Break

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A Message From The Principal

Dear Henry Families,

Spring Break will begin on Saturday March 26th through Sunday April 4th. Students will return to school on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Have a wonderful week and a restful spring break! Stay Safe!

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal


Lora Abraham, Assistant Principal


What's New?

Spring Break and Travel Order (Same information as last week.)


Henry Hawk Weekly Update (NEW!)

Counselor's Corner (NEW!)

Spring Break and Travel Order

Spring Break: Saturday March 27, 2021 - Sunday April 4, 2021

Travel Reminder --UPDATED --

We want to remind families who are planning to return in-person of CPS' policy on travel. If you travel internationally or to a state with widespread COVID transmission as indicated in the Chicago Emergency Travel Order (which has been revised with states such as Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan no longer requiring a quarantine) you are required to quarantine for 10 days or the parent needs to provide a negative COVID test within 72 hours of returning. We appreciate every family's commitment to these guidelines to keep our learning community safe.


Please see the linked information from the Illinois Department of Human Services on P-EBT benefits. All CPS students are eligible.

A P-EBT change of address should be made using the Illinois Department of Human Services P-EBT Change of Address Form. Should families have questions regarding the P-EBT benefits and issuances, review the P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). They can also contact our Healthy CPS Hotline at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or complete a Healthy CPS Assistance Request Form.


Consulte la información adjunta del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois sobre los beneficios de P-EBT. Todos los estudiantes de CPS son elegibles.

Se debe realizar un cambio de dirección P-EBT utilizando el formulario de cambio de dirección P-EBT del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois. Si las familias tienen preguntas sobre los beneficios y las emisiones de P-EBT, revisen las Preguntas frecuentes (FAQ) de P-EBT. También pueden comunicarse con nuestra línea directa de Healthy CPS al 773-553-KIDS (5437) o completar un formulario de solicitud de asistencia de Healthy CPS.


Frequently Asked Questions - P-EBT

  • What should a family do if they haven't received their P-EBT card in the mail?

    • There is a known delivery delay due to a delay with the P-EBT card manufacturer.

    • The last batch of PEBT cards were scheduled to be printed and mailed on March 14th. Due to the manufacturing delay, there is an estimated two week delay.

    • Neither the DHS P-EBT Hotline or the Healthy CPS Hotline have or can provide estimates on delivery timelines.

  • Where would my card have been mailed?

  • When to call your school:

    • If a change of address needs to be made in ASPEN.

    • If the P-EBT card has been sent to the school, due to the mailing address being listed as the school, and the family needs to coordinate a pick-up time. The family must sign for the PEBT card.

  • By what date should I have received my card? Will this be the only card I receive?

    • There is a known delay in P-EBT card delivery.

    • Families will receive one card per qualifying student

    • Once a family receives their P-EBT card, this will be the only card they will need to receive their P-EBT benefits. Future deposits will be made to the same card

  • By what date will my card be loaded with funds? How frequently should funds be loaded on to my card?

    • Benefits will load on to the card monthly.

    • In March 2021,, the card will be loaded with a distribution from September 2020 to December 2020.

    • In April, the card will be loaded with a distribution for January 2021 through March 2021.

    • Beginning in May, the card will be loaded monthly with the benefit for the remainder of the school year.

Henry Hawk Weekly Update

Check out our Henry Hawk Weekly Update shared with students last Monday, March 22, 2021. Thank you Ms. Abraham for being our host this past week.
Henry Hawks Week of March 22, 2021

Counselor's Corner

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Hello Everyone,

This past few weeks our nation experienced more tragedy with the shootings in Atlanta and Colorado. While much from these events is still unknown, the pain is still very real. As adults, we are still trying to comprehend and understand what happened. Our children may be asking questions about these events too. These tragedies are so hard for everyone and talking to your children may be challenging, even though it is necessary. Here are some resources you can use to help have these difficult conversations with your children:




If you need any additional support, please let me know.

As we go into spring break, hopefully this new season is a time for new beginnings. Hoping you and children have a relaxing break and come back renewed and recharged.

As a reminder, I want to make sure this information is meeting your needs, so please complete this survey as soon as you can:


If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. The best way to reach me is by email: mgarfinkel@cps.edu

Have a great break,

Mrs. Garfinkel

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Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Reynolds, and Mrs. Abraham