Henry Hawk News

Week of June 1, 2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Henry Families,

I hope that everyone is safe during this uncertain time. It is with heavy heart to write to you today after the events that have occurred in our country. Our nation is aching and we need to remember that what our children learn from us during this time in history will shape their lives and choices in the future.

Please know that we as a Henry community are here to support each of you in building positive action towards awareness that leads to a more peaceful world.

Here are some helpful resources to support conversations on race, racism and resistance:

Have a safe week and remember, "Everything is Possible, Nothing is Unimaginable".

-Stay Safe and Well

Principal Gutierrez

Message from CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson: 2020

Dear Families,

Today, I’m writing to you as a mother of a black boy who is worried for him, and the millions of other black boys in our country. I worry that when he leaves our home to ride bikes with his friends, he will come back to me as a headline, a hashtag, a rallying cry—an Ahmaud, a Breonna, a George.

My mother raised me to never bring up a problem without a solution, but today, I can only share with you my hurt and sorrow for our community. Tomorrow and in the days and weeks to come, we will have to have some real and difficult conversations about the worth of a person—not only in death but also in life.

We must acknowledge that far too many of us have come to accept fear and pain as part of normal life. Fear should not be the first thing we feel in the morning and the last thing we feel at night but it is for many in the African American community. If we are going to progress as a society, this moment must lead us to confront racism — in all of its forms — on a daily basis.

Racism is all around us, but for too long, our nation has locked it away in the Civil Rights chapter of our history books. We taught and talked in terms of segregation, bus seating, and Bull Connor, while not giving enough attention and voice to what’s happening today. I’m challenging our community—parents, teachers, students—to call racist behavior out when we see it. We’ve tolerated intolerance for far too long, and the time has come for us to act.

This work is not easy but that cannot be an excuse to delay progress. Black lives matter, and it’s past due for us to prove it with action. Families of all backgrounds have a role to play, and it starts by speaking honestly with our children and our own respective communities. These will be undoubtedly difficult conversations and we will be sharing resources beginning Monday to help you begin these conversations.

We are here for you today, and we will be here for you tomorrow. Together we have a responsibility to ensure each day is safer, fairer and more just than the last.

Janice K. Jackson, EdD

Mother of CPS students

Updates for the Days Ahead

The safety of all our students and staff is top of mind, and the district will be monitoring the situation in the days ahead to determine if any modifications to planned activities are necessary. Please see below for updates on significant activities and resources.

  • Family Support: If your family is in need of assistance during this challenging time, please contact the CPS Command Center, which can help connect you to vital support services. The Command Center can be reached at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or familyservices@cps.edu.
  • Grab-and-go Meal Sites: CPS will continue to provide free grab-and-go meals for all students. For the current list of active meal sites, please visit cps.edu/mealsites.
  • Scheduled Item Retrieval: Earlier this month, we provided schools with guidance on how to distribute personal items that were left in schools at the end of in-person instruction. Schools will continue with item retrieval as scheduled and notify families of any changes.
  • End-of-Year Activities: Schools throughout the city have scheduled a variety of socially distanced end-of-year-activities, and CPS will continue to monitor the situation to determine if any changes to school plans are necessary. Please look out for updates from your school in the days ahead.

Chicago Curfew In Effect

Reminder: A curfew is in effect in the City of Chicago between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am until further notice. Please stay safe.

What's New?

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Class of 2020 Graduation Plan

Cap/Gown Pick Up AND Chromebook Return: 8th Grade

All graduates are asked to return their chromebook/charger to Henry school starting Tuesday, June 9th through Friday, June 12th. They will receive their cap/gown, diploma, and ribbon once their technology is returned. Graduation photos will also be handed out at this time.

Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Pre-recorded ceremony will be posted to the Henry Middle School Youtube channel on June 15th at 9am. Link forthcoming.

Drive-thru Graduation

On Monday, June 15th, Graduates and immediate family members are invited to drive to Henry and line up on Cullom avenue (west of drive way) to receive their diploma cover and take a picture with their cap and gown on. Time to arrive depends on their last name:

-A-G at 9:30am

- H-N at 10:15am

- O-R at 11:00am

- S-Z at 11:45am

Item Retrieval and Chromebooks

Student Item Retrieval

We are in the process of creating a plan for families to safely retrieve student items from Henry. A specific plan including dates and times for item retrieval will be shared in our next Henry Hawk News.

Thank you for your patience.

Returning Chromebooks (Graduates and Transferring Students)

8th grade students and those students who will be transferring will need to return chromebooks. Students who will be attending Henry for the 2020-2021 school year will not need to return their Chromebooks until the next school year.

Applications for SY 20-21 are NOW OPEN! Families can apply at www.chicagoearlylearning.org/

Please see the flyer below from the Office of Early Childhood about the Pre-K Enrollment process in CPS. As a reminder, all Pre-K enrollment is handled by the Office of Early Childhood. Henry School does not have a say in who is admitted to our Pre-K program. That being said, we are happy to answer questions and provide support as much as we are able.

Applications for SY 20-21 are NOW OPEN! Families can apply at www.chicagoearlylearning.org/

LSC Election Update

New Election Date: Pending approval from Governor Pritzker, 2020 LSC Elections will be held during first semester report card pick up days this fall. The new dates are Nov. 18, 2020, for elementary schools, and Nov. 19, 2020, for high schools.

Current Terms Extended to 30 Months: To ensure LSCs are able to continue supporting our schools prior to the next election, the approved LSC Elections Package allows CPS to extend current member terms to 30 months as opposed to 24 months, meaning members’ terms will expire on January 10, 2021.

Future Terms Shortened to 18 Months: To allow the district to return to its usual spring election cycle in2022, LSC member terms for 2020-2022 will be shortened to 18 months and conclude on July 1, 2022.

Election Format: Until now, state law mandated that LSC elections be held in person. Under the new legislative change, the Office of Local School Council Relations will have the option to host electronic and mail-in ballots for this year’s election, should in-person elections not be possible. In the event that in-person elections will not be possible, we will introduce a plan to ensure widespread participation inour upcoming election.

Parent After School Survey

Please answer the parent survey below to help us learn more about the types of programs you would like for us to have as part of our Community Schools Initiative After School Programming.

Thank you.

~ Ms. Padua

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Henry Hawk Shout Outs!

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Room 107-2nd Grade

Juan Completed 31 lessons on DREaMBOX in 1 week!

~ Ms. Anaya

Room 103-3rd and Room 108 2nd

Stella Inali Taylor 103, third grade AND Cassandra Hernandez, 108 second grade

Stella and Cassandra both finished Lexia Core 5 this week! They finished all levels, all the way through level 21. They are now starting PowerUp! Great job, girls!

~ Ms. Nunn

Room 113 - Kindergarten

Congratulations to these Kindergarteners that completed their Read to Succeed goal and received a free ticket to Six Flags (hopefully opens soon fingers crossed)!!! (Hector, Dayton, Jackeline, and Ivan)

Room 113 Kindergarten was learning about making good choices. We don’t have to be perfect but we can try everyday to be a

little bit better.

We read The Bad Seed by: Jory John

~ Ms. Morales-Lopez

Chicago Help Initiative: Meal Sites Across the City


Henry Office Hours

Office Hours: 773-534-5060 (Spanish and English Available) We will have a staff member available by phone Monday through Friday during the hours of 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Students or parents can call the school number to ask any questions they have for the school staff.

Food Distribution

Henry School will continue being a food distribution site for our community.

Please see the list of other sites across the city in the link below.

This week Monday through Friday

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Main Door #2 on St. Louis Ave.

If you are unable to pick up food from your child's school, you can fill out the home delivery form here. Please note one form submission equals one delivery.

Remote Learning (Technology Support)

CPS Parent Tech Support Hotline
Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Support is available in English and Spanish.

Get Internet access

Your student may need Internet access to participate in remote learning classroom activities. For help on choosing an Internet service provider or using your mobile device as a hotspot, read Getting Connected to the Internet.

Chromebook Waitlist

Currently we have a Chromebook waitlist for students still in need of technology at home. Please call the office Monday through Friday between 9:00 am - 1:00 pm to get on the waitlist if you currently do not have a Chromebook for your child and are in need of one.

Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

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