Henry Hawk News

Week of November 2, 2020

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Happy Halloween

Principal Gutierrez's Message

Dear Henry Families,

We are sending out our newsletter a bit early this week to remind everyone of a couple of upcoming important dates.

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020: Election Day. There will be no school this day. Please remember to vote if you have not mailed in your ballot or went to early voting.
  • Thursday, November 5, 2020 is the last day of the quarter. Please be sure your child has turned in all of the assignments needed for 1st quarter
  • Friday, November 6, 2020: Teacher Institute Day. No School
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020: Parent Teacher Conferences

We hope you enjoyed the Halloween Fall Assembly. Please remember to be safe if you do go out trick or treating.

Halloween Safety Information

Trick or treating? Must wear a mask!

Use hand sanitizer after touching door knobs, door bells, etc.

Keep it moving! Don’t stand in crowds of people.

Stay well.

Principal Gutierrez

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

Important Dates This Week! (Election Day: No School and Teacher Institute Day: No School)

Chat With The Principal: Video

Community Schools Initiative After School Programing Update

Chicago Public Schools Announces Updates to 2020 LSC Elections (November 18, 2020)

CPS Second Quarter Reopening Plan

Family Income Forms

GoCPS Support

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Maggie Garfinkel

Family Remote Learning Support

Election Day: No School

Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, 7am-7pm

4250 North Saint Louis Avenue

Chicago, IL

Henry School is a polling place. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Teacher Institute Day: No School

Friday, Nov. 6th, 8:15am-3:15pm

4250 North Saint Louis Avenue

Chicago, IL

Cleck out the Chat with the Principal video reviewing the information about 2nd quarter for our Preschool families.

Click for video here.

Community Schools Initiative Update

Summit Support and Physical Activity Video

Watch our video about Ms. Gasser explaining her class "Summit Support and Physical Activity". If you are interested in enrolling, be sure to contact Ms. Diana Padua at dvalentepadua@cps.edu

Chicago Public Schools Announces Updates to 2020 LSC Elections

LSC Elections

Please see the attached information below about upcoming LSC elections. The school building will be open on November 18th from 7am to 7pm to accommodate the voting options for various stakeholders below. Parent and Staff will receive a prepaid return envelope should they choose to mail in their vote. Staff and Parents may also drop off the ballot at school at any time once it is completed in our secure drop box or vote in-person.

Community Members Voting: In-Person

Parent Voting: Mail-In, Drop-Off, or In-Person

Staff: Mail-In, Drop-Off, or In-Person

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While we will begin the second quarter learning at home, our goal is to reopen school buildings for pre-k and students enrolled in moderate and intensive cluster programs later in the second quarter.

The availability of safe, in-person instruction for our most vulnerable students is an issue of equity, and that means we must address the challenges of COVID-19 head-on and provide our highest-need students with a safe and supportive learning environment. Read the full letter from the district to understand what this means for your family.

Please click on the CPS Reopening Plan here for further information.

Please complete the intent form (which will be emailed) by October 28 if you have a child in pre-k at Henry.

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Family Income Forms

Parents, please turn in your Family Income Form by November 18th. Ms. Vanessa Ortega will reach out regarding any forms that still need to be returned.

Family Income and Information Form [ ENGLISH/SPANISH ]

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Go CPS Support

Counselor Help with GoCPS for 8th grade students: Ms. Garfinkel will be on campus November 5th from 8:15am to 3:15pm to assist parents in logging into their students’ GoCPS accounts.
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Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Garfinkel

Hello Henry Families,

October is Bullying Awareness Month. I wanted to share information about cyberbullying this week since our students are spending more time on the computer lately.

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.

The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:

  • Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok
  • Text messaging and messaging apps on mobile or tablet devices
  • Instant messaging, direct messaging, and online chatting over the internet
  • Online forums, chat rooms, and message boards, such as Reddit
  • Email
  • Online gaming communities

Cyberbullying has some special concerns:

With the prevalence of social media and digital forums, comments, photos, posts, and content shared by individuals can often be viewed by strangers as well as acquaintances. The content an individual shares online – both their personal content as well as any negative, mean, or hurtful content – creates a kind of permanent public record of their views, activities, and behavior. This public record can be thought of as an online reputation, which may be accessible to schools, employers, colleges, clubs, and others who may be researching an individual now or in the future. Cyberbullying can harm the online reputations of everyone involved – not just the person being bullied, but those doing the bullying or participating in it. Cyberbullying has unique concerns in that it can be:

PersistentDigital devices offer an ability to immediately and continuously communicate 24 hours a day, so it can be difficult for children experiencing cyberbullying to find relief.

Permanent Most information communicated electronically is permanent and public, if not reported and removed. A negative online reputation, including for those who bully, can impact college admissions, employment, and other areas of life.

Hard to Notice Because teachers and parents may not overhear or see cyberbullying taking place, it is harder to recognize.

Adapted from https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it

Ways to help prevent cyberbullying:

· Talk with your child about what cyberbullying is.

· Discuss with her what to do if she experiences cyberbullying.

· Practice real-world social skills with your child, which can help her online.

· Keep lines of communication open with your child.

· Teach your child respect and empathy for others online.

· Understand what devices, apps and technology your child is using.

· Keep technology out of your child’s bedroom where it can be used without supervision.

· Use a cell phone contract to help manage your child’s technology use.

If you suspect your child is being bullied at school, whether in-person or virtually, please report incidents to the school.

Adapted from https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/child-social-situations/online-activities-social-media/cyberbullying-what-you-need-to-know

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

Maggie Garfinkel, LPC, NCC

School Counselor

Henry Elementary School

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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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Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

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