WHS Principal Post - January 2021

The Monthly Family Newsletter from Dave Danielski

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Dear WHS Families,

Happy New Year Hammerschmidt Families!

I hope you all had a great holiday break! On behalf of our WHS Staff, I want to wish you a happy, safe, and healthy 2021!

WHS PTA Fundraiser at Bricks TONIGHT!

Our next PTA dine-out is tonight, Wednesday, January 6 at Billy Bricks Pizza, 132 W St. Charles Rd, Lombard. Order all day and mention WHS PTA, and we will receive 20% of sales as a donation to our school. For more info, view the flyer.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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Annual PTA Reflections Contest-- 14 Regional Hammerschmidt Finalists!

We have exciting news! 14 of our WHS student artists have advanced to the Regional Level of the Annual PTA Reflections Contest. See the list of Hammerschmidt students moving on below!

Hammerschmidt had a strong showing in the contest this year despite the constraints of COVID.

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Partnership with Illinois State University

District 44 partnered with Illinois State University in a mutually beneficial relationship! D44 accepted a large amount of ISU student teaching placements providing multiple support teachers to every school.

At Hammerschmidt, we have 6 Illinois State University Student Teachers. Instead of being placed with a single teacher, these students will be used as grade level support teachers benefitting the students of every classroom. Each student was assigned to a grade level. The student teachers along with their grade level assignment are pictured below.

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Hammerschmidt Grateful!

We would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU for the many many families who donated to the PTA Giving Tree to support our local families! The generosity shown for the holidays is truly humbling. I couldn't be more proud to be a part of such a warm, loving, and caring community!

Donations totaled nearly $1000 and we were able to brighten the holidays for 17 of our very own Hammerschmidt families!

Reminders about Hybrid Learning at WHS:

WHS School Procedures for In- Person Learning

The three "W's" will be very important for everyone's safety.
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Healthy = Hybrid

We've recently expanded our "Healthy=Hybrid" document to include several pieces of critical information as it relates to our response and processes to COVID-19. We ask that our families please take a moment to read these. In this document you will find expansive information about quarantine expectations, requirements for families when their child is returning to school after known or possible exposure, and more.

Please see below to view the document.

Attached Files

A Message to Hammerschmidt From Greenland!

Below you will find the messages and pictures sent to us from Air Force Flight Commander Brienna Herdrich stationed in Greenland. They recently received a care package which included art sent last year! Special thanks to Jana Long, Kelly Summers and Michelle Hoganson for coordinating this effort!

All of your candy donations after Halloween were so appreciated!

I’m stationed at Thule AB in northern Greenland and just received a care package with letters from both of you.

I just wanted to take some time to say thank you and that we appreciate it!! There were 5 stockings, enough for me and my troops that I directly supervise. It is so great to get some holiday cheer up here? When it’s dark 24/7 and negative degree weather for 6 months out of the year.

Please see some pictures below and know that we really appreciate people and organizations like yourselves that support and care about the troops abroad, especially when we can’t make it home for the holidays. It’s support like that that keeps us going. Thank you and happy holidays!!

Flight Commander, 821 Logistics Flight
Thule Air Base, Greenland
Comm: (719) 474-3840
DSN: 612-3840 ext. 2716
Cell: (262) 339-9896
NIPR: brienna.herdrich.1@us.af.mil
SIPR: brienna.n.herdrich@mail.smil.mil

”Logistics...we got this ship!!”

Winter Weather -- Our Plan for Snow Days:

Winter Weather Day Expectations for Families

In the event of an inclement weather day or days, District 44 intends to utilize a remote learning day instead of an emergency day. This means all students will be provided remote lessons for that day or days.

The district will continue to follow its emergency notification procedures, meaning families will be notified as soon as possible of our need to utilize a remote learning day. We will try, to the best we are able, to provide as much notice as possible. However, families should be aware that in some circumstances this decision may not be communicated until the morning of, no later than 6 a.m.

Families will receive this notification in the form of a phone call to all contacts on file, an e-mail, text message, alert on the school and district websites and an alert via the local news stations. We also will post to our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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From our WHS PTA

PTA MEETING: Tuesday, January 19th, 7:00 p.m.

Our next WHS PTA Meeting is Tuesday, January 19th at 7pm via Google Meets. We invite everyone to attend and learn more about the PTA and what is happening at school. We have a very strong parent community and there are many opportunities to get involved for those who wish to volunteer. The Google Meet code will be posted on Facebook and included in next week's Weekly News.


The PTA Chess Club will be virtual this year and will start at the end of the month. Students in Grades 3-5 can learn chess and play against others at their skill level. Click here to view a flyer with details. This is limited to 30 students with priority given to the oldest grades. Registration deadline is January 20. Click here to sign up. Please contact Jen Maercklein with any questions, jmaercklein@gmail.com.


Calling all Scientists! We are pleased to announce there will be a *virtual* science fair this year. Details are being worked out but we expect to have info to share later this month.


Did you know you can Subscribe to the digital PTA and school calendar? Visit https://wh.sd44.org/apps/events/ and then click subscribe. You can choose iCal, outlook or Google calendar and it will automatically add the events to your calendar.


Join the WHS PTA Facebook Page so you will always have the most up-to-date information for all the PTA events happening throughout the school year.

Reminder: Appointments and Self Certification Required To Access Buildings

In an effort to keep our buildings as safe as possible, we do require that all visitors make an appointment prior to coming in. You may do so by contacting the building secretary via e-mail (evaldivia@sd44.org). When e-mailing her, please let us know the nature of your visit and time/date when you would like to come to the school. We will then respond with a confirmation or alternative times and dates. They will also send you a self-certification request, which you will be required to provide in advance of your visit to ensure you do not currently have COVID-19-like symptoms.

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Click on the links below for assistance with your D44 technology devices:

D44 Tech Resource Hub

Direct Link for a "Help Ticket"

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Parents of all D44 schools are welcome to attend these FREE events! Take a look at the brochure linked below. There are some phenomenal speakers covering a wide-variety of parent-interest topics!


The button below will also take you directly to the Glenbard Parent Series Website.

Early Childhood Program Screenings

Screenings are ongoing! If you have a child under 5, see the information below!
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