WHS Principal Post- October 2023

The monthly Hammerschmidt family newsletter

Dear WHS Families,

The highlights and important information for the coming weeks are detailed below. October brings a few non-student attendance days, our PTA "Track-a-Thon", and Halloween events for our students and parents!

LONG WEEKEND AHEAD-- No School Frday 10/6, Monday 10/9 or Tuesday 10/10!

We have a long Columbus Day holiday ahead. Distictrict Institute Day is attached on the front end (Friday 10/6), and our WHS School Improvement Day is attached on the back end (10/10). Enjoy the long weekend!

Coming this month:

Below you will find some highlights for the weeks ahead.

October 6: No School-Institute Day

October 9 & 10: No School- Columbus Day

October 19: Track-a-Thon

October 21: Hammer’ween (Adults Only Event)

October 23: PTA Meeting - WHS LRC at 7pm

October 25: Picture Re-Take Day

October 27: WHS PTA Trunk or Treat 5:30-7pm

October 31: Early Release - 1:15

November 8: WHS PTA Dine & Donate - Portillo’s

November 15-17: Book Fair (Held After School in LRC)

November 20 and 21: Book Fair (Held During Conferences)

December 6: WHS PTA Dine & Donate - Chipotle


Our WHS Picture Re-take day is scheduled for Wednesday, 10/25. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to this date.

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IMPORTANT Health Office Note:

We have seen an increase in the number of reported cases of Hand, Foot, and Mouth and Strep Throat. Please see the attached information sheets.

Your child should be kept home from school if they are displaying any of the symptoms:

Student should be kept home if:

  • · Fever – 100 degrees or higher
  • · Vomiting or diarrhea
  • · White patches in the throat or tonsils
  • · Difficulty swallowing or talking
  • · Persistent cough/extreme congestion
  • · Rash
  • · Red or irritated eyes which may be pink eye

Please do not send a child back to school until:

  • · Temperature is normal without medication for 24 hours
  • · No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • · Breathing comfortably without medication
  • · On antibiotics for 24 hours for pink eye
  • · On antibiotics for 24 hours and temperature has returned to normal for strep throat
  • · Rash is identified and note from doctor that it is okay to return

Please notify the Health Office if your child has any contagious condition or illness.

Student Council Sponsored SPIRT DAYS for 2023-2024

Our WHS Student Council officers have been elected and school spirit decisions have been made. Below is is a listing of the planned WHS Spirit Days for this year. If you click on the link below, you can download and print a copy for the fridge!

Click HERE to download the flyer pictured below

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School Safety Information

The safety of our students is our highest priority! Drop off and Pick Up time are critical times for focussed and communal effort. Please take a few minutes to view the video below. Thank you being a trusted partner in providing safety for our youngest and most vulnerable school community members.
Drop off & Pick Up Safety at Hammerschmidt
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This year’s PTA School Directory is ready to be distributed to all WHS PTA members. All members of the PTA, be sure to check your emails this week for your digital copy.

The school directory comes in handy for play dates, car pools, homework help, group projects and more!

If you haven’t signed up yet but would like the School Directory, you can Join here today!

Signing up for a PTA membership does not obligate you to volunteer or commit time (unless you are compelled to do so). Dues are $15.00 per adult or $20 per family.


Spirit wear sales are now closed. Thanks to those of you that ordered! Orders will be processed promptly and products should be ready within three weeks. The products will then be distributed at school and your child will bring them home. Any questions? Please contact Erin McCoy or Christina Pacini.



We celebrated our amazing custodians (Jose’, Alison and Mark) this week! Thank you so much for all your help with contributing and making the custodians feel APPRECIATED!


Way to go this past week, students and families!! We loved seeing all those bikes, scooters, and kids walking to and from school. What an awesome turnout!!

Please fill out this attached google form by Friday 10/13 to be included in the raffle drawings and classroom participation prize. If you have multiple students, please fill a form out for each.

One student from each grade level will win a Smoothie King gift card! A HUGE “thank you” goes to the Lombard Smoothie King for donating our tasty raffle prizes for the event. Make sure to head over for a delicious treat! The class(es) with the highest participation will earn an extra recess 🎉

Click here for the flyer and contact co-chairs with any questions: Natalie Durec Jacqui Trcka Sara Amara

WHS PTA HAMMER’WEEN: 10/21 | 8:00 PM - ???

Join us For Some Haunting Spirits and Wicked Brews

WHS PTA is hosting their annual ADULT ONLY Halloween Party on 10/21 at O’Neill’s Pub at 236 E. St. Charles Road in Lombard. There will be a costume contest, food and a DJ! Great time to meet and hang out with the Hammerschmidt Community! BRING CASH to buy tickets for all the amazing raffle prizes and liquor pull that will be held!

Here are ways you can help with this event:

  • Raffles/Prize Donations - We are seeking raffle donations. Gift cards or gift baskets (ideas are tickets to games, museums and other events/restaurant gift cards/gift baskets…)

  • Liquor Pull - Donations of unopened bottles of wine/liquor (must value over $20)

  • Volunteer the night of the event! We are looking for a few more volunteers to help out during the event.

  • Promote and come join us! Fun time to have with all the Hammerschmidt parents! This is a bring cash event!

Questions and Donations - reach out to Kristin Kennedy or Katelyn Kennedy or Allison DeCicco for more information.

Click here to view the flyer!

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WHS PTA TRUNK OR TREAT: FRIDAY, 10/27 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Join us for the 4th Annual WHS Trunk or Treat

All WHS students and their families are invited to wear your favorite costume and join us for this family event! Trunks will be set up in and around WHS Circle Drive! If you are interested in volunteering a trunk please complete this form by Friday, October 13th so that we can better plan this great event for WHS families!

We are asking for candy donations! Feel free to drop at the WHS office anytime before the event or direct message Allison or Stephanie to drop off candy!

Pumpkin Carving Contest! Carve or decorate one pumpkin at home, and bring it to WHS the day of the party. Your family pumpkin will be on display during the event. The top 3 pumpkins win a prize.

The concessions committee will be selling hotdogs, chips, and drinks. Be sure to bring cash !

We will also be partnering with the Student Council Food Drive to support local families. Stay tuned for more food drive information!

Questions/Donations: Contact Stephanie Crawford or Allison DeCicco.Click here to view the flyer!

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WHS TALENT SHOW: 11/9 | 6:00 PM

The WHS Talent Show is back on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 6pm in the WHS gym. We can't wait to see our talented kiddos shine on stage and behind the scenes. Click on the Registration Form to read more about how your student can get involved and important required dates. There is a role for everyone! Talent and Crew must be registered by Friday, October 6. QUESTIONS? Please email Michelle Greco.

Click here for flyer.

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Reflections is back this year! Keep an eye out in the newsletter and on social media for more information and updates coming soon! Have your students start thinking about what makes them hopeful and how they can show that through their creative talents.

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There are still opportunities to get involved in the PTA this year. We are always looking for parents to help out with various committees!

Please click here to volunteer!


The District 44 PTA Council is looking for a Secretary for a 1 year term and a Reflections (Art) representative. The Council meets with the other schools in the district, along with Dr. Stec every other month. First meeting is 9/21/23 at 7pm. It would be great to have WHS represented on the District 44 Council.

Please reach out to Julia Slaby for more information.


Help WHS PTA fill the Star “Bucks” reward closet for the year! Students earn Star “Bucks” throughout the year and can buy a prize from the reward closet. We are seeking donations for new/unused toys, games, sports gear, electronics etc. The teachers have some small trinkets, toys, pencils but are looking for help with the big ticket items. If you would like to donate, please contact Mandi Jennings to arrange drop-off/pick-up.


We want your photos for the yearbook! The Yearbook Committee created a google photos drive this year to make it easier to get as many photos as we can this year.

Please add a description of the event, the grade and the teacher (if applicable) so it will help the committee figure out where to put the pictures in the yearbook. The committee will go through all the photos to select which ones will be included in the yearbook later this year!

If you have pictures from the end of last year (field day or class parties) feel free to include them! There will be reminders throughout the year to upload your photos.

If you have trouble or any concerns, contact Samantha Baker.

Click here to upload photos: Yearbook Photos

WHS PTA MEETING: 9/18 | 7:00 PM

All are welcome to join the WHS PTA meeting on Monday, September 18th at 7:00pm. We will be meeting in the LRC.



Let’s get ready for our first major fundraiser of the school year - WHS TRACK-A-THON on Thursday, October 19!! All proceeds go to WHS to help fund assemblies, field trips and more!

Track-a-thon is a great fundraiser for Hammerschmidt that occurs during your child(s) P.E. class.

Information is coming home today in your child(s) backpack! If you need a replacement copy, please contact Michelle Greco.

There will be a grade level prize for the grade level that brings in the most money!!!!

Any questions or concerns please contact Michelle Greco at soccer24chelle@gmail.com

This year’s theme is LET’S GLOW CRAZY! We are in search of glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces for the day of the event. Please consider donating…click on the link below to do so! Sign Up Here to Donate Glow Sticks!

Click here for flyer.

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Please support WHS PTA by signing up for Givebacks here. You securely link your credit/debit cards under the Hammerschmidt PTA and then every time you use that card at a participating business in-store or online, you earn cashback and Givebacks will also automatically give a percentage back to WHS PTA. SO EASY!! Plus, the first time you spend at a participating business they give WHS PTA $5. For more details click here.



Have you joined the WHS PTA yet? What are you waiting for? Now is the time to join the wonderful organization. You will receive a copy of the WHS school directory as a benefit of your WHS PTA membership. The school directory comes in handy for play dates, car pools, homework help, group projects and more!

Signing up for a PTA membership does not obligate you to volunteer or commit time (unless you are compelled to do so).

Dues are $15.00 per adult or $20 per family. A portion goes to the Illinois/National PTA & the remaining portion helps fund our activities and programs at WHS. Join here today! Donate here today!

How Can I Get Involved in WHS PTA.

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Did you know you can Subscribe to the digital PTA and school calendar? Visit Events and then click subscribe. You can choose iCal, outlook or Google calendar and it will automatically add the events to your calendar.


Please join the WHS PTA Facebook Page so you will always have the most up-to-date information for all the PTA events happening throughout the school year!

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