HMS Headlines

December 3, 2021


Dear HMS Families,

WOW! Our students are amazing!

We have been overwhelmed by the creativity with which our students have worked together to raise funds for the Jesse Brown VA Hospital and homeless Veterans. We had students who hosted bake sales, organized caroling in their neighborhoods, and who raked leaves all to help in this effort. It is truly heartwarming to know how committed HMS is to serving others. Representatives from the hospital have expressed their immense gratitude at all of the efforts of our students to help support the homeless Veterans during this holiday season and beyond. Thank you for your support of this special project...we have far surpassed our goal, and will have final numbers next week of how many gift cards we were able to purchase.

In keeping with the theme of Service, we celebrated our Highcrest students of the month this week for demonstrating the trait of Service throughout their experience at HMS. These students were recognized for helping others, being ready to assist in any situation, and generally showing HAWKS qualities on a daily basis. Way to go!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kelly, Linda, and Susie

November Students of the Month: SERVICE

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It's Getting Cold Out There!

Please remind your child to dress for the weather on a daily basis, as the weather is getting colder! Students will be going outside for PE and recess as long as the temperature and weather is agreeable, and we would like them to have coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and anything that they need to keep warm! Thanks for helping to keep them bundled!


If you are picking up your child and are waiting in line on the street, please remember that DRIVEWAYS must remain clear of cars. Even if you are in your car, if you are blocking a driveway, you could potentially receive a citation. Thank you for your help in making sure our neighbors and surrounding homes are well-cared for during our busiest time of day!


If your child is riding his or her bike to and from school, and crosses through the Hunter and Illinois intersection, or rides on the path next to school, please have a conversation with them about riding safely, and being aware of their surroundings. We are seeing students rush across the street on their bikes and take up most of the path and sidewalks as they ride. Unfortunately this has caused situations where walking students have been hit or nearly hit by their peers who are riding bikes. In order to keep all of our HMS HAWKS safe, please have an important conversation with your bike rider today about sharing the road with our walkers and ensuring they have the right of way on the sidewalks. Thanks for your help in this effort!


Our math teachers have developed a list of resources that your child can use at home to practice their learning in math. These are great for additional support, extra practice on night when there is no homework, or over winter break when they need something to do to engage!



Our next parent education event is Wednesday, December 15th at 11am. It is titled Making Room for Ambivalence/Sadness and Silver Linings of COVID. Please Register Here.

**NEW**There are multiple ways to participate - onsite at the district office, live over Zoom, or watch the recording on our YouTube channel. We look forward to seeing you next month!


COVID Safety Precautions

New Trier Township, like much of the rest of the country, has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. We encourage all students and families to continue to carefully monitor symptoms and to take advantage of free COVID testing options. For additional information, families are encouraged to review our updated D39 Response to Illness Booklet, the CCDPH list of COVID-19 symptoms, and the D39 COVID-19 Testing Page. Travel guidelines for Suburban Cook County are provided by the CCDPH.

SHIELD Testing Continues

District 39’s continues to offer free COVID-19 PCR testing. SHIELD testing is available at Wilmette Junior High School on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:30-6:30 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00-11:00 am. Anyone who has registered is welcome to access testing on a weekly or intermittent basis.

Student Vaccination Information

As children in the 5-11 age group have been receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage families to upload their child(ren)’s vaccination card via PowerSchool. Instructions were sent out in an email titled “Student COVID Vaccine Information” on Monday, Nov. 29.



DCFS Foster Child Gift Drive: Families wishing to participate in agift drive for foster children this December should contact Amy Bowen or DanaDrummer. See flyer for details.

PICKLES EMPOWER is hosting a virtual event on December 12th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Kids supporting kids through their parent/guardian cancer journeys. for more information.

The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Thanksgiving Morning “Share Your Bounty” Event Thursday, November 25th. Donate a prescribed list of groceries to families at the Good News Partners low-income and subsidized housing in Rogers Park.

The Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding 8-10 year olds to their spring and summer teams. Contact Kelsey Farmer for more information.

Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.

"Best Step Tutoring” offers free online tutoring for PreK-12 grades.

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Please contribute to the holiday teacher gift fund!

Show our wonderful teachers how much we appreciate all they do for our kids every single day with a one-time suggested donation is $25 per student. Click here to donate to teacher gifts through the Membership Toolkit store. Contributions are welcome through this Sunday 12/5. Right now, we are short on our goal and every contribution makes a difference! Thank you!

Highcrest Spiritwear Makes the PERFECT Holiday Gift for your Hawk!

Show your Hawks pride with a variety of spiritwear options! Please contact Jen at to get your holiday orders in!

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Highcrest PTO General Board Meeting

All welcome to join the December 10th General PTO Meeting via zoom from 9:15-10:15am! Dr. Cremascoli will be presenting a “state of the district” presentation. Join by clicking HERE!

Highcrest After School Clubs

⏰ After School Clubs at Highcrest: MARK YOUR CALENDARS… Registration opens on Monday, December 6!

The Highcrest PTO has worked with several vendors to offer a variety of fun and educational clubs. Registration for Winter Session for the following clubs will open on the Highcrest PTO site on Monday, December 6th at 9am:

• Aces Debate Club

• Chess-Ed

• High Five Junior Choir Club

• Skyline Theater

• Yearbook

PASS39 Upcoming Events!

Pass39 is hosting an evening to connect parents and to provide support for one another. This social gathering is for any parent of a child who has an IEP, 504 plan or is concerned your child may need one.

Thursday, December 16th at 7:30pm

The Shack Indoor Golf Golf

1717 Chestnut Avenue

Glenview, IL 60025


If interested in reserving a tee time, please reserve here:

Hope to see you there!

Trex Plastic Bag Challenge

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The Trex Plastic Bag Challenge is happening from November 15, 2021-April 15, 2022. Students, teachers and families (and the community at large) are asked to dispose of their plastic bags at conveniently located bins by the front office. Collections will be weighed and logged each week and will help HMS to compete against other middle schools nationwide. Plastic MUST be clean and dry. Questions? Please contact

Order your 2021-22 HMS Yearbook!

CLICK HERE to order today!

Membership Toolkit

AtoZ Connect is now powered by Membership Toolkit to bring you the best directory experience available. PTO memberships, directories, communications, online store, and more will all run through the newly improved online software. Click here if you haven’t already signed up!

To access the new 2021-2022 Highcrest PTO Directory, please visit Bookmark this site now!

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