Henry Hawk News

Week of January 4, 2021: HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Principal Gutierrez's Message

Dear Henry Families,


Happy New Year Henry Hawks! We know that 2020 was a year like no other for a number of reasons, but we remain optimistic for 2021 and are look forward to continue supporting our Henry students and community. We are grateful for all of you and wish you a healthy and happy 2021.


Here are some important upcoming dates:


Monday, January 4, 2021:


  • Remote Learning Continues for K-8
  • Preschool Staff Return to work in preparation for January 11th return date for students


Friday, January 8, 2021:


  • Preschool teachers will share with family the overview of student daily schedules and communication plan


Monday, January 11, 2021:


  • Current Return Date for Preschool Hybrid Students


Monday, January 18, 2021:


  • No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Share homeroom assignments and in-person instruction days with families


Monday, January 25, 2021:


  • K-8 Staff Return to work in preparation for February 1st return date for students


Friday, January 29, 2021:


  • K-8 teachers share with families: an introductory letter, overview of student daily schedules, and communication plan for in-person and remote students



February 1, 2021: Current Return Date for K-8 Hybrid Students


Please note that January 25th through the 29th will have shortened remote learning hours. This was put in place by CPS to facilitate staff planning for students returning on February 1st.



Stay Well,

Principal Gutierrez

What's In This Week's Henry Hawk News?

New Year Self-Care Tips and Ideas for Parents


Henry Attendance Update


Go CPS Application: Deadline January 8, 2021


Henry Hawk Weekly Update Video


Family Remote Learning Support

New Year Self-Care Tips and Ideas for Parents

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What Is Self-Care, Anyway?

Resource from https://www.waterford.org/education/self-care-for-parents



Many people treat self-care as a synonym of self-indulgence. Images of eating bonbons in a bubble bath or taking walks on the beach might float through your head. But not only is this inaccurate, such assumptions can turn selfless or practical people away from practicing the self-care that could improve their physical and emotional well-being.


The difference between self-indulgence and self-care, essentially, is the outcome. Self-care habits help us stay healthy and at the top of our game. Self-indulgent habits, like binge watching TV or avoiding important responsibilities, tend to be short-term fixes rather than real solutions to health needs. Self-care also tends to feel good over time, whereas self-indulgence is fun at first but can eat at our health.


The true definition of self-care is actually very broad. Self-care is any action that you do to improve your health. According to the National Institute of Mental Illness (NAMI), all self-care habits fall under the following six umbrella categories:

  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual
  • Social
  • Professional


A few examples of self-care that you might not have considered are brushing your teeth, eating balanced meals, getting regular exercise, or taking medication for a physical or mental illness. All of these practices fall under one of the above categories and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. These and other self-care activities can help you feel your best so you can accomplish everything you need to do.


Parents often focus so much on their children that they have no time for themselves.[10] Sometimes, it might be hard to carve in time for something as simple as getting dressed—let alone anything that improves social or professional health. But when you take time to care for yourself every day, you’re looking out for your loved ones just as much as you are caring for yourself.

Why Self-Care Is important For Everyone, Including (and Especially) Parents

If you broke your leg or came down with the flu, would you try to brush it off and deny yourself treatment? Of course not! Most of us would go to the doctor or treat minor injuries as they happen. Emotional and mental health, as well as everyday physical health practices, are just as important. Self-care is a great way for caregivers to make sure their own needs are being met.


Any type of illness—physical or psychological—inhibits not only our well-being, but also the ability to take care of our responsibilities. That’s why practicing self-care techniques is as important to family’s needs as it is to your own. By eating well, sleeping enough, and find ways to meet your personal needs, you’ll be better able to care for your children and fulfill other personal duties.


Because self-care and mental health are connected, neglecting one can have a negative impact on the other. Sometimes, parental stress or burnout may become severe enough that you can’t overcome it on your own. In this case, one of the best self-care steps you can take is seek counseling or another form of professional help. A professional can help you figure out how to practice self-care in manageable ways.

How to Teach Self-Care to Your Children (and Why It's Important)

Did you know that the best way to teach your children about self-care is to model it yourself?[8] Self-care can have the same effects in maintaining your child’s mental and physical health as it does for you. Additionally, self-care can teach kids how to react to challenging situations and is shown to improve empathy development.


Set self-care goals with your child to practice habits that cover all six elements of self-care outlined by NAMI. If you have the time, practice these habits alongside your child so that both of you maintain the benefits. If your child practices their chosen habits for a month (or other chosen amount of time), reward them with a larger self-care activity like a trip to the park or a family game night.


Try to incorporate activities into your everyday schedule that teach your child self-care, too. For example, you could make a healthy dinner as a family or encourage your child to take a nap after school.

5 Self-Care Tips and Ideas for Parents

Now that you’re aware of the benefits that self-care can bring to your life, it’s time to make a game plan! Try these five self-care tips and activities for adults so you don’t have to sacrifice your health to maintain your busy parenting schedule:


  • Sleep is a key component of both emotional and physical self-care, yet so many parents neglect it. Aim to get at least seven hours of sleep every night, if possible.[11]
  • Use this self-care assessment from NAMI to help you discover which elements of self-care you’re lacking and pinpoint how to improve.[6]
  • Try to do one thing every day that improves your mental or physical health in some way. You could, for example, go on a walk after dinner or call a loved one you haven’t seen in a while.
  • Check out this list of the best self-care apps that make a few minutes of well-being just a tap away.
  • Self-reflection is also a crucial part of self-care, so brainstorm what you’re currently missing and how to best take care of yourself.[8] Put together a self-care journal and reflect every day on how you took care of your health.

Henry Attendance Update

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Henry School Overall Attendance: 94.14%. (Goal is to be above 95%)


Attendance by Grades as of 12/19/20

Kindergarten: 91.96%

1st Grade: 93.67%

2nd Grade: 93.99%

3rd Grade: 95.61%

4th Grade: 96.63%

5th Grade: 91.01%

6th Grade: 96.20%

7th Grade: 93.77%

8th Grade: 93.43%



Congratulations to our 4th Grade Students who have the highest attendance percentage to date!


Attendance for the Week 14: Overall 93.35%

Kindergarten: 93.40%

1st Grade: 90.67%

2nd Grade: 92.50%

3rd Grade: 95.47%

4th Grade: 96.51%

5th Grade: 90.00%

6th Grade: 98.18%

7th Grade: 91.18%

8th Grade: 91.40%


Congratulations to our 6th Grade Students who have the highest attendance percentage for week 14!


Please remember to be online everyday during Remote Learning.

Go CPS Application: Deadline January 8, 2021

CPS has extended this year’s GoCPS application deadline to January 8, 2021. This extension will help ensure that families have more time to submit their applications, participate in virtual open house events and admissions screenings, and complete testing for selective enrollment schools. Guidance will be forthcoming with any updates to the NWEA MAP winter assessment administration plan.


With this extension, online GoCPS applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on January 8 and paper applications must be postmarked no later than January 8. In addition, we are also reopening the process for requesting a CPS ID number until December 21, which families use to create an online GoCPS account for designated students. The specific notification date for elementary and high school results will be announced later this winter after the testing and admissions screening process concludes.


If you have questions or need assistance with the GoCPS application process, please contact the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment at gocps@cps.edu or 773-553-2060 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Henry Hawk Weekly Update Videos

Each week we are broadcasting to our students on Monday mornings our Henry Hawk Weekly Update Video. Check out the Henry Hawk Weekly Update from the week before break.
Henry Hawk Weekly Update December 14, 2020
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Family Remote Learning Support

Remote Learning Page on Henry Website

Learn how to get on Parent Portal, Google Email, Google Meets, Google Classroom. Click the link above.

CPS Family Tech Support Link

Need Technology support? CPS’ Information Technology Services team has created a single source online system for parents and students to get support for their technology devices or other technology related questions. Click the button above.

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Stay Well,

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