Henry Hawk News

Week of September 20, 2021

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A Message From The Principal

Dear Henry Families,

Wow! We’ve completed three weeks of school. Thank you to everyone for attending our Curriculum Night. If you were not able to attend Curriculum Night, please find the recording here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1uf7Tbq9ghoontnen3W4FrUl8l9yJyf8t?usp=sharing

We are working with the safety committee and our security team to continue to identify ways to improve in a variety of areas. We are working on refining arrival and dismissal procedures to avoid unnecessary bottlenecks and to have smoother exits in the main building. We will be sharing any changes as soon as we decide when to best implement these minor changes. We are also trying to identify more efficient ways to improve flow and transitions during our lunch room blocks. Lastly, we will continue to work with our recess staff to make sure our students are consistently following rules, especially masking and keeping a healthy distance.

This Friday administrators had an opportunity to hear from our new CEO, Pedro Martinez. While he doesn’t officially start until the end of the month, he wanted to speak to administrators to share with us that he is aware that schools have immediate concerns about a few major areas. The first one is Aramark which obviously doesn’t have a quick solution but he wanted to let us know that he is keenly aware that changes need to be made with the services provided. The other major concern is covid safety in schools. One of the main issues is for schools to receive timely information regarding positive covid cases by the contact tracing team so they can share timely information to prevent school-wide covid outbreaks. As of today, we still haven’t had any confirmed cases at Henry School as reported by the district. While we can take some comfort in knowing this information, we know the climate will be changing soon and flu season will be upon us so it’s very important that we encourage you to self-report at cps.edu/covidresults. If you are not sure how to do this, please contact any one of us and we will help. The district contract tracing team needs immediate reporting of results so they can do their job to communicate to any affected individuals depending on the circumstances of each reported case. Mask wearing and consistent hand washing will support our efforts to avoid a school-wide outbreak.

We appreciate you and thank you for supporting our efforts to have a safe and secure learning environment for everyone. Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. Have a great weekend!

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal


Lora Abraham, Assistant Principal


What's New?

Celebrating Our Henry Staff's Hispanic Heritage

A Note From CPS Leadership

Submit a Copy of Student Vaccination Records

Protocol For Suspected Illness

Student Covid Testing Registration

STAR 360 Testing 3rd and 4th Grades

SAVE THE DATE: Fall Fest at Henry

Celebrating our Henry Staff's Hispanic Heritage

A Note From CPS Leadership

Dear Colleagues, Families, and Supporters,

It’s amazing sometimes the road life takes you down. Back in 2006, we were both here, doing our best to support the students and educators of Chicago. Now 15 years later, here we are again, crossing paths because of a shared opportunity to serve.

We write to you today with one voice, united in our shared dedication to the future of Chicago Public Schools. The transition from one leader to the other will be seamless, because we share a common mission. That mission, of course, is to keep our students in the classroom where they belong while doing everything possible to make sure they stay healthy and safe.

We have a lot in common, including the Latino heritage of which we are both exceedingly proud. And while it goes without saying that we will serve all CPS students with equal passion and commitment, there is no denying the joy that comes from knowing that tens of thousands of Latino students - some of them immigrant or migrant children like the ones we were - will see us in this role and catch a glimpse of their future selves in our success.

The next few weeks will be critical, and we all have a role to play. For the two of us, it will be working together to usher in a new era of stability for the district. For you, our families and school communities, it will be doing everything possible to keep this school year on track, including getting vaccinated and opting into school-based testing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As one of us prepares to end our time as CEO, the other is just beginning. But for both of us, serving as the leader of Chicago Public Schools is, was, and always will be the honor of a lifetime.


José M. Torres, PhD

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Chicago Public Schools

Pedro Martinez

Incoming Chief Executive Officer

Chicago Public Schools

Submit a Copy of Student Vaccination Records

Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. It benefits not only the individual, but also schools and communities by reducing transmission of the virus.

Nearly 60% of young people in Chicago aged 12-17 years have received at least one dose of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective for children, and is offered at no cost. To find more information regarding vaccine opportunities please visit:

Parents/guardians of fully vaccinated students are urged to submit a copy of their child’s COVID-19 vaccination record to their child’s school. Student vaccination records will be entered into the student’s electronic record in ASPEN, where they can be stored safely and used to inform the contact tracing and quarantining process. School nurses are the only staff who are trained and qualified to enter student vaccination records, so forms that are given to teachers, school clerks, etc. will be routed to the school nurse.

Protocol For Suspected Illness

Many of you may ask what the protocol is when a student is suspected of illness.

  1. Students are seen by the nurse to determine if there is a suspected illness to be sent to the Care Room. If there is a suspected illness, parents are notified to pick up student
  2. Students wait in the Care Room until they are picked up. Ms. Reynolds or Ms. Abraham will speak to the parent regarding the "Referral For Suspected Illness". Parents are provided with the referral that also will need to be reviewed by a medical professional who will determine if a Covid Test is needed. Students may not return to school until there is clearance from the doctor.

  3. Negative Test and no fever - students can return to school

  4. Positive Test - parents have to call the school and self report on cps.edu/covidresults

  5. Administration will get notification of a positive case and will follow the steps with the support from the Network Chief.

  6. Administration will send information to parents if a classroom will have to flip to remote learning due to a positive case.

Please note that we are not allowed to disclose any medical information of any student or staff member due to HIPAA laws.

    Student Covid Testing Registration

    Dear Henry Parent/Guardian,

    Welcome back to an exciting and promising school year! As part of the district’s efforts to ensure the safety of our students, we are partnering with Thermo Fisher Scientific and Color Health to provide all students with COVID-19 testing beginning September 1, 2021 for the school year through the ReadyCheckGo™ testing program.

    If you are interested in having your child participate in testing, please follow this link https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=tf-hen-609988-students and complete the registration process. A parent or guardian must register any minor under 18 years old, and you’ll give a one-time consent and HIPAA authorization to share your child’s results with the school and district.

    Testing is optional for students, except for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated student athletes. Testing will take place during regular school hours and results will be available in 24 to 48 hours. Color Health will follow up with you directly if your child receives a positive result.

    For more information on testing with Thermo Fisher and Color, including self-swab testing and receiving results, head to their Support FAQs or call 888-603-1028. You may also email the CPS COVID-19 Testing Team at covidtestingcps@cps.edu.

    Thank you for your participation to keep our school community safe and healthy.

    -CPS COVID-19 Testing Team

    QR Code to Register for Student Covid Testing

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    STAR 360 Testing 3rd and 4th Grades

    Students in 3rd and 4th Grade will be taking the Star 360 beginning of the year assessment this week. If your child is in 3rd or 4th Grade, please be sure that they eat a good breakfast as well as sleep early to ensure that they are ready for the reading assessment.

    SAVE THE DATE: Fall Fest at Henry

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    Stay Well,

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