Henry Hawk News

Week of December 12, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Henry Hawk Families,

Two more weeks before the end our the quarter and our winter break. Below are a few updates:

This week we will have our LSC Meeting virtually on Tuesday,

We would like to thank Ms. Baldoky, Ms. Estrada, and Ms. Velasquez for volunteering to support our Scholastic Book Fair.

Every Tuesday we have our weekly Covid Testing (PCR Test) at Henry. If you have not signed up your child, please do so using the link in the newsletter.

Have a great week!

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal



Upcoming Important Dates

Holiday Spirit Week (NEW!)

LSC Meeting (NEW!)

Winter Sing (NEW!)

Counselor's Corner (NEW!)

Covid Testing Signup

Parent Portal (Aspen)


Covid Protocol

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Upcoming Important Dates


Tuesday, December 13th: Local School Council Meeting @ 4:30 p.m. (Virtual)

Friday, December 16th: Disney II High School Band Performance

Wednesday, December 21st: Winter Sing

Thursday, December 22nd: End of 2nd Quarter

Friday, December 23rd: No Classes School Improvement Day

Monday, December 26th - Friday January 6th: No Classes Winter Break

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LSC Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 13th, 4:30pm

This is an online event.


Join by phone

‪(US) +1 252-656-5284‬ PIN: ‪738 259 413‬#

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Winter Sing

Please join us for our Winter Sing, which will be held on Wednesday, December 21st at 2:00 p.m. The following classrooms will be performing: 103, 104, 107, 109, 110, 112, 113, 116.
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Counselor's Corner

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Hello Henry Families,

Waiting for the holidays can be hard for anyone, but especially for little kids who don’t have a good concept of time and how long they need to wait. Here’s a project to help your kids keep track of how many days are until the holidays (or a birthday or any event) and spread some kindness too.

Materials for our Kindness Chain:

· Construction Paper

· Scissors

· Stapler


1. Cut out strips of paper for every day leading up to the holiday or event

2. Write one kind thing your child can do on the strips (like helping take out the trash, give a compliment, take our garbage, etc.)

3. Make a chain by stapling the ends of the strip together and add additional strips (see picture)

4. Hang the chain in a communal space

5. Every day the child removes a strip and read the kind act. Have the child complete the act that day. If you have more than one child, have children take turns removing a strip.

As a reminder, if you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Garfinkel and Mr. Renas

COVID Testing Signup

CPS offers free weekly COVID-19 testing for students and staff in all District-run schools. Sign up for weekly testing for the 2022-23 school year through the ReadyCheckGo Testing Program.

IMPORTANT: Every CPS student or staff member who wants to enroll in weekly COVID-19 testing for the 2022-23 school year MUST complete a new consent form. Consents from last school year or this summer WILL NOT be valid for the 2022-23 school year.

To sign up for COVID testing, please go the following link: https://www.color.com/cust/readycheckgo-cps

You will need to search "Henry" for the school.

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Use the Parent Portal to easily and conveniently check grades, attendance, and other information about your student's progress. Need to learn how to set up Parent Portal? Contact the Main Office at 773-534-5060 or click on the link above.

New Feature on Aspen

An exciting new feature is coming to the Aspen Parent Portal on October 24, 2022. E-Absence will allow parents and guardians to submit and track your student’s absences online. That means no more making last-minute phone calls or completing paper forms.

E-Absence joins a lineup of features that are already available on the Aspen Parent Portal to manage your student’s school experience. Sign in to your account at ASPEN.CPS.EDU for features including:

  • Checking Assignments
  • Viewing Grades
  • Tracking Attendance
  • Paying Fees

To access Parent Portal, you must:

  • Be listed as a contact for your student in the Student Information System.
  • Have a valid email in the student’s contact records.
  • Request and submit the validation code sent via email.

Don’t have an account? Contact the main office to register for an account today. You can also learn more at cps.edu/pages/parentresources.aspx.



  • All visitors, including parents, visiting a school must behave appropriately and adhere to school rules and visitor protocol while on CPS property. Every visitor must check in at the security check-point at the main entrance (Door #2). The security officer will ask for a valid state ID or driver's license from the visitor. If a state ID or driver's license is not available, the security officer will check in the visitor by manually typing their information into the Visitor Management System (VMS). Visitors who fail or refuse to provide valid identification or other identifying information will not be allowed entry into the building.
  • Once a visitor has been checked into the VMS, the visitor will receive a badge that must be visibly worn and escorted throughout the building during their visit. Visitors who do not wear their badge must be redirected to the security check-point. If a parent seeks to visit a classroom to observe their child, the parent should request permission from the teacher and/or school staff to discuss appropriate times and days. This notification must be done at least 24 hours prior to their visit.

Covid Protocols

Covid Protocols:

  • Close contacts will no longer be excluded from school. Any student or staff member who is exposed to COVID-19 in school — regardless of vaccination status — will no longer be required to learn or work from home for five days, but will be required to wear a mask in school for 10 days following exposure, and will be strongly encouraged to test three and five days after exposure. CPS will provide schools with rapid take-home tests to distribute to families and staff members if they are exposed, and we will strongly encourage families to use them in order to prevent spread and ensure a safe in-person learning environment.

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days. Cases should continue to be reported to cps.edu/covidresults

  • Wearing a mask is still an important way to prevent spreading the virus to others. CPS will continue to strongly recommend masking in school, and masks will continue to be required in the following situations:

    • On days 6-10 after testing positive for COVID-19

    • If someone is exposed to COVID-19

    • If there is a positive case identified in an elementary school classroom

    • At the direction of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

  • CPS will continue to offer free, weekly in-school COVID-19 testing to students and staff who are interested. Importantly, anyone who wants to enroll in testing this year will need to fill out an updated consent form — regardless of whether or not individuals participated in weekly testing last year. That updated consent form can be accessed here. Parents or guardians must register on behalf of a student under 18 years old. When you’re asked to enter an Organization ID, use your child’s 8 digit CPS Student ID which can be found on Aspen's parent portal or ask your child's teacher.

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Principal Juan Gutierrez

A.P. Mary Ann Reynolds