Willow Parent Bulletin #10

October 22, 2021

We are in full fall mode...

Pumpkins, and spiders, and bats...oh my! Everywhere you turn at Willow, you'll find festive displays of the students' work. I asked one of our wildcats what he learned today, after watching him create fact families, and he told me that he just had fun all day.

Next Friday is an early release day (11:40 AM) as well as our Halloween parade. Weather permitting, we will be walking outside along the sidewalk. You are more than welcome to watch, but we ask that you stand away from the sidewalk, at a safe distance, and wear your mask. Remember that your child's costume should be warm enough for the weather, not be full of gore, and be weapon-free. Students will still need to keep their regular masks on at all times.

You should receive an email from your child's teacher later today that has a sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences. We are offering in-person and Zoom conferences this year to best accommodate your needs.

Our youngest wildcats had a Brain Builder activity today in our own "pumpkin patch." This included a story, picking out a pumpkin, decorating it, and some games and fun pictures.

I though you'd enjoy seeing some of the fantastic learning taking place.

Special Awards

At the last Board of Education meeting, we got the chance to celebrate some very special people! The first of those honorees was 2nd grade student Maximilian Escamilla. He received the Tom Dockweiler Award for his hard work and progress over the last year.

We were also able to honor two much deserving staff with Morin Awards of Academic Excellence: Enrichment Interventionist Lisa Rost and Nurse Gail Straney. They are two of the biggest team players when it comes to doing what's best for our students.

Congratulations to all!

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Book Blurb: "Gator, Gator, Gator"

Daniel Bernstrom has written a delightfully enticing book titled Gator, Gator, Gator! This follow up story to One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree asks you, the reader, to join in on the fun. Descriptive language, engaging illustrations by Frann Preston-Gannon have made this a must read to the students on my list this year. This story is available at the Crete Public Library.

Computers available

Please see the information from the Cook County Health Department on their computer give away.
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STEM Saturdays

STEM Saturdays at 18022 Dixie Highway

Drop in from 10am-1pm / FREE

NEW Activities!:

Nano / Early Math Counts Activities / Children's Book Inspired Making and Tinkering / Imagination Playground / Dinosaur Bones / LEGO / and MORE!


Oct 30/ Exploring Chemistry, Marker Chromatography, HF Science Ambassadors

Nov 13/ Acorn Hide & Seek: Red Headed Woodpeckers, Forest Preserves of Cook County

Nov 27/ Down to the Bone, HF Science Ambassadors

Support District programs and have dinner, too!

Both the Homewood PTA and PMA have opportunities for you to get dinner covered for the night and also support two of the programs that support your kids. Please see the link or flyer below:


Join us on Sunday, October 31st, at MOD Pizza for some delicious, custom-made pizza and to help raise funds for Homewood PTA!

The fundraiser takes place at the Homewood MOD Pizza, from 10:30 am until 10 pm. Grab some pizza and/or salads for the family before, or after, your day’s activities! Homewood PTA thanks you for your support!!

Please click the link below for all the information, and to RSVP for this event!


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Oct. 29: Halloween Parade outside at 8:30 AM

Oct 29: early release at 11:40 AM

November is KINDNESS month

Nov. 7: Daylight saving time ends- change your clocks back

Nov. 11: Veterans' Day- we do have school

Nov. 12: End of 1st trimester

Nov. 22: Parent-Teacher conferences- NO SCHOOL for students

Nov. 23: Parent-Teacher conferences- NO SCHOOL for students

Nov. 24-26: Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL for students

Dec. 17: 1:35 PM EARLY RELEASE

Dec. 20- Jan. 3: Winter break

Jan. 4: Students return to school