Hometown School Newsletter

November 16th, 2021

Bencik's Buzz

I would like to take this time to wish all of our Hometown families a Happy Thanksgiving. We do not have any classes next week. Enjoy the time with family and friends. I know that I am thankful for all of the support each family has given the school and our staff.

Each family that has turned in their turkey project has gone above and beyond! I am not sure how we will vote on the best one! I have placed a few in the newsletter for all to see.

As the weather is changing, please remember to send your children with coats and hats. We will be going out for recess if the weather is 32 degrees or above.

Canned Food Drive

Student Council will be collected canned food the rest of the week for Veterans for the holidays. Please have your child bring in donations to their teachers.

Veterans Day Thank you!

Thank you to all of the families and Veterans that attended the "Invite a Veteran to Lunch." Each grade level presented a thank you to the Veterans and then enjoyed lunch with the special guests. We wanted to share some pictures with each of you.


Helping others is what Hometown loves to do! If you are interested, please fill out the form and submit it to the office.

Holiday Shop

Please join us for the holiday shop at the beginning of December. Envelopes will be coming home with students for them to mark who to purchase for. We are also looking for volunteers to help work. Please see the attached flyer.

Holiday Craft Night

Come make holiday crafts with your family. Please see the attached flyer and RSVP for the event.

Metra Drawing Contest

Any school age child may enter the contest for Metra. The flyer is attached with details. Please submit the entries to Mrs. Bencik and she will send them to the location.

Lost and Found

As we see students bringing extra clothes with them to stay warm, we are also seeing our lost and found grow. If your child has lost a jacket or sweatshirt, please reach out to have us check the lost and found. We do have some lunch bags that are in the lost and found. Adding your child's name to the bag can help it be returned to the individual.

SAVE THE DATE- Holiday Concert

We will host our holiday concert for K-1 and Chorus students on December 14th at 1:30pm in the gym. We will be limiting families to two guests for safety precautions.


Please make sure your child has extra masks with them for the day. We ask that each family pack their child's backpack with additional mask in case theirs breaks or gets dirty.

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Amy Gomez

Meet Our Staff

Every week we will shine a spotlight on one of our own amazing staff members. Meet Ms. Amy Gomez

How long and what grades have you taught?

I have been teaching for 23 years. I have taught 3rd grade, preschool, and kindergarten.
Kindergarten is my favorite!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would love to travel to Italy to see the beautiful scenery and eat the delicious food!

What is the best thing about working at Hometown?

I actually did my student teaching at Hometown School 23 years ago and loved it here because of the families and students. Mrs. McCormick retired 5 years ago and it was an honor to replace her and return to the place where my first teaching experience started.

What is your favorite food?

Of course, pasta! The first thing I would order after arriving in Italy!

Who is someone you admire and why?

I admire my parents. They raised my siblings and I and always put us first. They continue to love and support me and are the best grandparents to my two daughters, Ava and Mia. I don't know what I would do without them!

If you see Ms. Gomez around our school ,make sure you say hello!!!

Oak Lawn Library News

Sunday, Nov. 21, the library will be hosting the first of two free speech screenings for children ages 2 -11. The second screening will take place in January; both will be offered by MidWest Children's Therapy, a full-service pediatric therapy provider that is found in many Chicago suburbs and is new to Oak Lawn. The screening is an assessment for common developmental milestones rather than a diagnostic session; caregivers can be given next steps after they receive results, if they so desire.