Principal Post -January 2019

The WHS Monthly Family Newsletter

Dear WHS Families,

Happy New Year! January serves as our mid-point of this 2018-19 school year at Hammerschmidt. Please join us in making 2019 the best year yet at WHS!


Below you will find some important dates and highlights of the coming month!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Friday, 1/11

  • PTA Talent Show Auditions, 3:15- 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, 1/15

  • WHS PTA Talent Show Rehearsal 3:15- 5:15 p.m.
  • WHS PTA Meeting, 7 p.m., LRC


Thursday, 1/17

  • D44 Early Release Day, Students dismissed at 1:15 p.m.


Friday, 1/18

  • D44 Institute Day, No School


Monday, 1/21

  • No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday


Thursday 1/24

  • PTA Talent Show Rehearsal, 3:15- 5:30 p.m.


Friday, 1/25

  • PTA Talent Show, 7:00- 8:30 p.m.


Friday, 2/1

  • PTA Movie Night, 6:15- 8:15 p.m.

Winter Reminders

Hammerschmidt’s Winter

Playground Rules:

Before School, Recess, and After School!



Students will have OUTDOOR recess unless the temperature (including the wind-chill) is below 10 degrees. The temperature is monitored each morning and before lunch from multiple data points. Children will go out if the temperature is above zero. Please send appropriate outdoor clothing including hats and mittens with your child to school.


  • If students wish to play in the snow, they must wear BOTH snow pants and boots. If students are not wearing snow pants and boots, they are required to stay on our blacktop surface of playground for the lunchtime and classroom recess periods.


  • Students are not allowed to throw snowballs, slide on ice, or play other games where student safety may be compromised.


  • Snow forts are shared by ALL students regardless of age or grade. Children may add to them, but not destroy.



It is a great idea to keep an extra pair of socks, gloves or mittens in your child’s backpack. Students have a great time playing in the snow when appropriately dressed and following these guidelines.

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The WHS Talent Show is Coming Soon!

The WHS PTA Talent Show is on January 25, 2019! Important dates are listed below.


  • AUDITIONS: Friday January 11, 2019 (3:15-4:30 pm)
  • REHEARSAL: Tuesday January 15, 2019 (3:15-5:15 pm)
  • DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday January 24, 2019 (3:15-5:30 pm)
  • TALENT SHOW: Friday January 25, 2019


WHS and LFD Annual Toy Drive

Thank you for the piles of toy donations during our annual Student Council and LFD Toy Drive. The holidays were brighter for many local children!
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Habit # 4- "Think Win- Win"

Right before winter break, students were introduced to Habit #4 - Think Win Win. A school-wide story related to this habit was shared and an interactive game was played in each of the classrooms.


Click on the newsletter link below to learn more about Habit #4 and how you can practice this habit at home.



Habit #4- "Think Win- Win" Parent Newsletter

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Start Saving Your Coins! ---- Coin Drive Coming Soon!

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Science Fair Information

The D44 Science Fair is Coming Soon!


Important date to remember:

All Science Fair registrations are due on Friday, January 11th.

Science Fair Date: Saturday, February 23rd



Click on the link below to access all the information regarding the D44 Science Fair


D44 Science Fair Website Link-- Click Here

D44 Science Fair Kickoff Assembly

Below you will find some pics and clips from our D44 Science Fair Kickoff Assembly that occured prior to winter break.

WHS Assembly Clip

https://youtu.be/CYtIS9DPz10
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News from D44:

Click on the link below to access the latest news from District 44!


D44's Monthly Parent Newsletter

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!

Feedback Request -- Illinois 5 Essentials Survey

Have you shared your feedback about Hammerschmidt yet? If you have, THANK YOU very much. If not, please consider taking just a few minutes to share your perceptions of our school. This feedback will be used to help us continually improve! We are most appreciative for your input.


Five Essentials Survey Link

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