Hometown School Newsletter

March 29, 2022

Bencik's Buzz

Hometown Families:

We hope you had a great spring break. It is great that the students are back and recharged to finish the 44 days left of school. In the newsletter today is the information for summer school. Please take some time to review it. Our district is offering a number of exciting classes. There will be two locations this year. Our special education population will remain at Hometown while our Launch and Discovery will be going to Covington.


We will have no school on April 5th. It is an institute day for teachers.

Spring Pictures

The form went home today regardingSpring picture day.

Siblings can have their photo taken together but we have to receive the sheet back with the names on it. If they take sibling pictures, they will not have individual photos taken.

Everyone will be photographed. Two poses will be taken and you will receive one set of proofs. All orders will be placed online and shipped to the home.

*Avoid wearing Green.

If PM preK is having sibling photos, they will have to come at 8:45am.

SAVE THE DATE- Kindergarten Orientation

Thursday, May 19th will be our orientation for our new incoming kindergarten students. More details will follow as the time gets closer.

TPS and Kindergarten Registration- NOW OPEN

If your student is already registered with district in EC or preschool, you will just register with the backpack registration in April. If you would like to register your children for Tuition Preschool please use the link below. Kindergarten registration is also open. Please use the second link to register your child for the next school year. We can't wait to meet all of our new learners.

TPS registration:




Virtual Afterschool Homework Help

If you student needs some extra help, please join our teachers for extra homework help

3:30 to 4:30

Google Meet Link: https://meet.google.com/iwv-pueu-emc

Monday: Mrs. Finnegan

Tuesday: Mrs. Malone

Wednesday: Mr. Carson

Thursday: Mr. Carson

Helen Whalen Scholarship

  • Graduating high school senior
  • Ranks in the upper 50% of their graduating class at the end of the first semester of senior year
  • Plans to attend a community college, university or trade school
  • Has attended at least four school years in the District 123 school system.


Spring Craft Night- April 14th

We will be hosting the April Spring Craft Night. Please see the flyer that is attached for RSVP.

PTA Meeting- State of the District

Our last PTA meeting will take place on April 7th. During the meeting our district office team will present the State of the District information. Please plan on attending, we start at 6pm.

Mother/Son Bowling

We are excited to offer the event for our boys and favorite lady. Please see the attached flyer for the event. This is an RSVP event. All responses are due by April 14th.

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Virginia Lazinek

Every week we will shine a spotlight on one of our very own Hometown Staff members. This week we will meet Mrs. Virginia Lazinek.

How long and what grades have you taught?

I have taught for 19 years in District 123. I have taught 6th grade, 2nd grade, 1st grade, and now I am the Library Media Specialist at both Hometown School and Hannum School.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

If I could travel ANYWHERE it would definitely be to Europe. I would love to make an entire Euro trip out of a month-long journey and visit Czechoslovakia, Germany, Croatia, because those are the countries where I get my Baltic routes from. However, I would LOVE to also visit France, Italy and Spain as well to be able to study the different cultures there!

What is the best thing about working at Hometown?

The best thing about working at Hometown School is the students of course!! Hometown School has such sweet and respectful students who love to learn! I love to be able to help them quench their hunger for the books they're interested in and also teach them how to research topics they want to learn more about!

What is your favorite food?

I absolutely LOOOOOVE food, so this one is a hard one! LOL! I l also love trying new dishes from many cultures. However, I would HAVE to say that the one food I can NEVER seem to walk away from without having a slice, is good old fashioned Chicago style pizza. I love it all ; deep dish, stuffed, thin crust...you name it! Veggie pizza is my absolute fav!

Who is someone you admire and why?

Someone whom I admire greatly is my husband Mr. Lazinek! Together we have four children (two girls and two boys) and have been married for 25 years! He is also a police officer, which is a very difficult, but important job that requires lots of patience and tact. He has always done his best to make his family and his community feel safe and protected.

If you see Mrs. Lazinek around the school make sure you say hello!!