Principal Post -November 2018

The WHS Monthly Family Newsletter

Dear WHS Families,

Welcome to November at Hammerschmidt. This is an action packet month as we gear up for Parent- Teacher Conferences and Thanksgiving. Please see the importants date to note below.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Tuesday, 11/6- D44 After School Program Begins (for identified and invited students)

Friday, 11/9

  • End of Trimester 1
  • WHS PTA Movie Night 6:15 -8:15 p.m.

Tuesday, 11/13 WHS PTA Mtg., 7 p.m., LRC

Friday, 11/16-

  • PTA Book Fair Begins
  • Report Cards Come Home
  • PTA Dine Out Fundraiser- Noodles and Company

Monday , 11/19-
  • No School - Parent Teacher Conference Sessions
  • Book Fair

Tuesday, 11/20-

  • No School - Parent Teacher Conference Sessions
  • Book Fair

Wednesday, 11/21- No School, Non-attendance day

Thursday, 11/22- Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, 11/23- No School- Non-attendance day

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is around the corner! The Book Fair dates are November 16 (3:15-5pm) and November 19 & 20 during Conferences (1-8pm). We are currently looking for volunteers to help with various shifts throughout the event. Perhaps you might be interested in Book Fair set-up (November 15), working with the students to create wish lists (November 16), helping out during the fair (November 16, 19, or 20), or even clean-up afterwards?? Please let Karen Michelon at for more information and a link to sign-up!

WHS Winter Clothing Drive:

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The School Store is Opening!

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Leadership in the Luchroom!

Starting this month we will have new leadership roles for students in the lunchroom. The application process in underway! Our hope is that this process helps us to provide a cleaner, safer and more enjoyable lunchtime environment for all of our students. Below you will find some details!

  • Students Apply for Lunchroom Leadership roles
  • Jobs include: 1)Table Captains, 2) Sweeper, 3) Playground Pit Crew, 4) Table Wipers
  • All students will receive assigned seats
  • Each table can earn "free choice" seating as a reward
  • Other rewards specific to lunchtime behavior can be earned by each class. These include eating with a teacher at your table, movie in the Library during recess, and other various incentives

NEW Cough Drop Policy

Cough drops will no longer be allowed at school with a parent/guardian note. Under directive from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), cough drops are now considered an over-the-counter medication and require a District 44 Medication Permission Form to be completed by the child’s parent/guardian and physician. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Help us Prevent and Fight the Flu at WHS

Please see the resource linked below to help us fight and prevent the flu here at WHS. Please remember the following:


  • Fever is 100 degrees or higher
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • white patches in the throat or tonsils
  • Difficulty swallowing or talking
  • persistent cough/ extreme congestion (nose or chest)
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Red or irritated eyes which may be Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)


  • Temperature is normal without medication for 24 hours
  • No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • Breathing comfortably without medication
  • On antibiotics for 24 hours for Pink Eye or Impetigo
  • On antibiotics for 24 hours and temperature has returned to normal for Strep Throat


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Too Much Halloween Candy???? Give to our Soldiers!

In November, the First Graders in Room 208 and their Fourth Grade Buddies in Room 305 will be participating in a service project to send donated Halloween candy to our brave troops. Each student will be able to fold a small flag, add some candy and write a handwritten note. Everything goes into a small baggie, which is then mailed overseas to those who protect us! What a great way for your child to say thank you. From November 1-5, please have your child bring in any wrapped candy from their “Halloween Loot” and we will put it to good use!

Do You Know A Veteran That We Can "Sweetly" Salute?

If you are aware of any family or friends who are connected to a US Service Member, we may be able to send them a sweet salute from Hammerschmidt. Please click on the link below to provide us with their contact information. Thank you for your help and support with this!

CLICK HERE to share a Veteran's contact information

Parent Teacher Conferences Online Sign Up!

Don't forget to sign up for your student's conference. Parent/ Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, Nov. 19th and Tuesday Nov. 20th. The deadline for conference registration is Friday, Nov. 9th.

Student Council & PTA Helping Hands FOOD DRIVE

Please see the information below regarding our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
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The "7 Habits" of Happy Kids

Last week, all WHS students were introduced to Habit #3- Put First Things First. Click on the link below to learn more about Habit #3:

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WHS PTA Movie Night-- November 9th

Movie Night is November 9th from 6:15pm – 8:15pm and will feature The Incredibles 2!!! Look for flyers in today’s Friday envelopes. Completed forms and payment are due back to the office by Wednesday, November 7th.

CLICK HERE for the Movie Night Flyer


Thank You Art Life Studio!

A special THANK YOU goes out to Emily Saurino who graciously showcased the over 70 WHS student PTA Reflections projects at the Art Life Studio in Lombard. It was great to see all these masterpieces prominently displayed and celebrated!
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The PTA "Buzz" Newsletter

Click on the link below to access the latest publication from out PTA:

The November- December PTA Newsletter

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Have you considered becoming a substitute teacher in D44? Click on the link below to find out how to make this a reality.

CLICK HERE to find out more about becoming a substitute teacher in D44!

Spelling Bee Opportunity for 4th and 5th Grade Students

See below for details on this Kiwanis Spelling Bee opportunity for our 4th and 5th grade Hammerschmidt students.

Connect 44- Strategic Planning Updates

Team members from every D44 and the community are engaged in a strategic planning process to shape our district's future. If you are interested in learning more, check out the link below. Updates to this website will be made after every meeting!

Become a WHS PTA Member!

Parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends of the family are welcome to join. PTA membership supports many student programs. As a PTA member, your family will also receive a copy of the the WHS PTA Phone Directory. Thank you for your consideration!

CLICK HERE for the WHS PTA Membership Form.

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Fantastic FREE Parent Resources

The Glenbard Parent Series is a series of FREE speakers designed to support families of school age children in our immediate area. Every event is free, and does NOT require registration. Check out the link below to see if any of these opportunities interest you!

Glenbard Parent Series Website

CLICK HERE to download the 2018-19 Brochure