Henry Hawk News

Week of March 22, 2021

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A Message From The Principal

Dear Henry Families,

We finally made it to the last week prior to spring break. We are sure everyone is excited to take a break and relax after these last few weeks and months. The safety committee had their first meeting this week and they will meet frequently to help us address any concerns to ensure the district routines and protocols are being implemented as policy dictates.

This past Friday was originally the last day for the opt-in window for students to return to school on Monday, April 19 — the first day of the 4th-quarter. CPS has extended it to Tuesday, March 23rd. As soon as we have final figures, we will work on the schedules for the 4th quarter.

Please continue to make sure to wear your mask on the school grounds properly at all times, maintain social distance and clean/wash your hands frequently. We can’t guarantee that the school will remain free of covid cases but we can minimize exposure by following protocols.

Remember to complete the screener for your child when they come to school.

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!

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal


Lora Abraham, Assistant Principal


What's New?

Spring Break and Travel Order (NEW!)

BAC Meeting Presentation: Pandemic SNAP Benefits (P-EBT) (NEW!)

Google 101 Workshop Part 2 (NEW!)

March Madness College SWAG (NEW!)

Henry Hawk Weekly Update (NEW!)

Counselor's Corner (NEW!)

Henry Preschool Leprechauns (NEW!)

Preschool Application Opens April 21, 2021 (NEW!)

CPS Health Screener Information (same information as last week)

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.

BAC Meeting Presentation: Pandemic SNAP Benefits (P-EBT)

Wednesday, March 24th, 3:30pm

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‪(US) +1 435-731-4362‬ PIN: ‪962 540 972‬#

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Google 101 Workshop (Part 2)

Monday, March 22nd, 4pm

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Phone (US). + 1 405-353-1438 PIN: 594 626 479#

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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March Madness College SWAG

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Check out our Henry Teachers in their College SWAG!

Henry Hawk Weekly Update

Check out our Henry Hawk Weekly Update shared with students last Monday, March 15, 2021. Thank you Ms. Reynolds for being our host this past week.
Henry Hawk Weekly Update 3-15-21

Counselor's Corner

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Hello Everyone,

This past week was March Madness. All homerooms chose a college or university to learn more about and researched information about the school like the school’s colors, where the school was located, how many students attend the school, and how to pay for college. Be sure to ask your student which college they researched and start the discussion about the importance of higher education. You can also can virtual college tours with your student at: youvisit.com

It’s never too early to start thinking about paying for college! If you have any questions about how you can start saving money now or names of scholarships you can apply to, please reach out to me.

Career Day is coming to Henry on April 20th! We would love to have our parents participate in this amazing event and share about their careers. Career Day will be virtual and even if you can only commit to an hour, that’s fine! If you’re interested in participating, please email me at mgarfinkel@cps.edu.

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 week,

Mrs. Garfinkel

Henry Preschool Leprechauns

Check out the adorable Leprechauns from Room 109.

Preschool Application Opens April 21, 2021

The application for Pre-K for the 2021-2022 school year will open on April 21st. Below is a flyer with information for what you will do and when so you can apply for Pre-K for the coming year. When the application window opens, families will be able to apply for Pre-K and choose Henry Elementary and any other schools. CPS then looks at all the applications and assigns schools to applicants. Please contact the school if you have any questions.

CPS Health Screener Information

Health Screener: Now is the time to set up a new morning schedule that includes completing the health screener by 8 am each morning your child is scheduled to enter the building. We all need to answer the screener truthfully to help keep students, staff, and families safe.

Below are ways that you can access the Health Screener.

  • Option 1: Click the button "CPS Health Screener". This will take you to the direct link.
  • Option 2: Log into Parent Portal to receive your child's personalized Health Screener Link via text message (See directions in the diagram below.)
CPS Health Screener

Daily Health Screenings Chicago Public Schools is requiring all students, employees, and visitors to complete a daily COVID-19 health screener prior to arriving at any CPS school or facility. Must be completed daily when students return.

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Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

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