WHS Principal Post- January 2020

The Monthly Hammerschmidt Family Newsletter

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Dear WHS Families,

Happy New Year! This new year is filled with numerous opportunities to connect and engage with our Hammerschmidt School community. Together, let's make 2020 a year we'll never forget!


Below you will find some of the upcoming dates to note as we kickoff the new year!

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Monday, 1/6

  • No School for students, D44 Institute Day
Tuesday, 1/7
  • Classes Resume
Tuesday, 1/14
  • PTA Talent Show Auditions, 3:15 p.m.
Monday, 1/20
  • NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
Tuesday, 1/21
  • PTA Mtg., 7:00 p.m., LRC
Thursday, 1/23
  • PTA Talent Show Rehearsal- 3:30 p.m.
Friday, 1/24
  • Student Council sponsored- "Superhero Day"
  • PTA Movie Night, 6:15 p.m- 8:15 p.m., GYM
Tuesday, 1/28
  • PTA Talent Show Rehearsal, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, 1/31
  • Early Release Day, student dismissal 1:15 p.m.

Winter Weather Reminders

Students will have OUTDOOR recess unless the temperature (including 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 10 degrees. 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 the 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.


  • ALL students regardless of age or grade share snow forts. Children may add to the fort, but not destroy the fort.


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


School Wide Morning Meeting w/ Grade 3 Leaders

On Friday, 12/20, the last day before break, grade 3 student leaders facilitated our monthly School Wide Morning Meeting (SWMM).


You can click on the link below to view the presentation. Check it out!


Grade 3 Student Led SWMM presentation 12/20/19

Habit #2- Begin With the End in Mind - Award Winners

At the SWMM students who demonstrated Habit #2 were recognized by their teachers. The students at each grade level who earned this award are pictured below.

Put First Things First

Part of the Grade 3 Presentation included a video about what Habit #3 means- "Put First Things First!" Check it out below:
First Things First

Family Picture to Share?

Did you take a family photo during the holidays?


Our WHS Family Tree is still growing! If you haven't yet uploaded one, please consider sharing one. Submitted photos will be displayed in our LRC as a way to celebrate all the members that make up our Hammerschmidt School Community. Click on the link below to upload a family photo.


If you have a split or blended family, please feel free to submit more than one, or share in whatever way you are comfortable with!


CLICK HERE to upload a family photo

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Share Your News With Us!

The Star Cast crew would like to know what is happening with WHS students outside of school hours! If you have a news story or event that you would like WHS to know about, please fill in the following link. Please keep in mind that the StarCast Productions come out once they are complete (without a set timeline). If you know of an event date ahead of time, please give adequate time to get it into the Starcast.



Share your news with us by clicking on the link below.


CLICK HERE- To share your student news with us!

WHS Student Council Coin Drive Coming Soon!

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WHS Holiday Greeting Card Award Winners:

Congratulations to Jenna Pope and Maria Puckett for winning the WHS winter greeting card design contest. These designs were included with winners from other schools on the D44 Holiday cards given to staff members.
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From our WHS Health Office

We have recently had several reported cases of strep throat within the school. Please click HERE to see the information sheet from the DuPage County Health Department. Your child should be kept home from school if they are displaying any symptoms of strep throat, until they have seen a physician. Please contact the Health Office with any questions.

Glenbard Parent Series

Join other parents, high school and middle school students, and professionals to learn about issues facing today’s youth. The Glenbard Parent Series engages top experts, parents and school staff to become proactive and informed in pursuit of the mutual goal to strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public. Click on the button below to see the 2019-2020 lineup of speakers.

These events are FREE and do not require advanced registration!

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D44 Science Fair Information

The D44 Science Fair will be on Saturday February 22, 2020


Click on the link below for detailed information!


D44 Science Fair Information

Join the WHS PTA Facebook Group

WHS PTA FACEBOOK PAGE:

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

A Parent's Guide to TikTok

Have you heard of TikTok? If you have an older elementary-aged child, it is very likely they know about TikTok and have engaged with it in some capacity. Below is a link to a nice summary of everything a parent might want to know about it!


Parent Guide to TikTok

Click on the button below to see the latest from D44's Virtual Backpack!
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