Principal Post -March 2019

The WHS Monthly Family Newsletter

Dear WHS Families,

The arrival of March means warmer weather, state testing, spring musicals and Spring Break. Please see the list of important dates below.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Tuesday 3/12

  • Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing (I.A.R.) testing begins for Gr. 3,4,5- Day 1
  • WHS PTA Mtg., 7pm, LRC

Wednesday, 3/13

  • Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing (I.A.R.) testing continues for Gr. 3,4,5- Day 2

Friday, 3/15

  • Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing (I.A.R.) testing continues for Gr. 3,4,5- Day 3
  • Trimester 2 Report Cards come home
  • WHS PTA Movie Night, 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, 3/19

  • Spring Musical, Gr. 3-5, 7pm, at GWMS

Thursday, 3/21

  • PTA "Dine-Out" at Buona Beef
  • Spring Musical, Gr. Kdg- 2, 7pm, at GWMS

Friday, 3/22

  • Last day of school before Spring Break

Monday 3/25- Friday, 3/29-- Spring Break

Monday, 4/1

  • Classes resume

WHS "Starcast"- Episode 3

Below you will find the latest installment of our student news broadcast. Enjoy!

Share Your News With Us!

The Star Cast crew would like to know what is happening with WHS students outside of school hours! If you have a news story or event that you would like WHS to know about, please fill in the following link. Please keep in mind that the StarCast Productions come out once they are complete (without a set timeline). If you know of an event date ahead of time, please give adequate time to get it into the Starcast.

Share you news with us by clicking on the link below.

CLICK HERE- To share your student news with us!

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (Formerly known as PARCC)

State Testing takes place in March and April for all Grade 3, 4, & 5 students. This test very closely resembles the PARCC Test that we have had for the last several years.

At Hammerschmidt, our READING Testing will take place next week. All of our grade 3-5 students will be tested on the same days(Tues. 3/12, Wed. 3/13, and Friday 3/15.) MATH Testing will take place after Spring Break.

Click on the link below to learn more about the IAR Testing this year:

Grade 3-5 Testing Schedule

Below you will find a link to the WHS IAR Testing Schedule for grades 3-5:

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Save the Date- Stars and Spikes 5K Fun Run- Saturday, May 4th

The registration website is now LIVE! Click on the link below to register for the big event!

WHS Spring Musical Information:

Our WHS Winter Musicals are right around the corner. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with details regarding our performances.

Like last year, we will be having our performances at Glenn Westlake Middle School. (GWMS is located behind Manor Hill School, on Main St. south of Roosevelt Rd. This should allow us more space to safely enjoy the show. Listed below are some important details regarding our musicals:

  • Students are asked to wear dress clothes for their performance

  • All families will enter GWMS at the Main Entrance, Door #1.

  • Doors will open at 6:40 p.m.

  • One adult will be asked to drop off your child, and then pick them up after the show at their assigned classroom.

  • Classroom teachers will supervise students during the time the students are not on stage.

  • Classroom assignments are as follows:

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Habit # 6 "Synergize"

Recently WHS students and staff were engaged in lessons centered around Habit #6. Below you will find the monthly Parent Newsletter explaining Habit 6!

PARENT NEWSLETTER: Habit #6- Synergize

Star Constellations Update

Last week we met with our Star Constellations groups to "synergize" and do some community service. In our groups we watched a short video about the local "Meals on Wheels" program serving our senior citizens. Then, each of our 31 groups did 3 projects to support clients of the Meals on Wheels program. Each of of groups did the following:

  • Made a "Tie- Blanket"
  • Decorated meal bags
  • Created greeting cards

Our goal was to create something together that could bring a smile to some of our seniors in need. Our Meals on Wheels contact selected 31 special recipients to receive our gifts. See a few pictures below!

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Save the Date- WHS Community Service Night at FMSC!


6:00- 7:30 p.m.

1072 National Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Part of being an "All-Star Learner and Leader" is helping others. This year instead of hosting a WHS Family Fun Night at the school, we decided to coordinate a WHS School Community Service Night at Feed My Starving Children. Check out the Flyer below! Toward the bottom of the flyer you will find a direct link to register for this event.

Please consider joining the WHS Staff and Families in what promises to be a fun and rewarding night of community service. See details below!

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WHS Parent Education Night - Empathy Skills -Handouts

Thank you to the many WHS families who joined us for our WHS Parent Education Night. If you were unable to make it, but are interested in learning more about empathy, see the handouts that are linked below.
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Connect 44- Strategic Planning Updates

Team members from every D44 and the community are engaged in a strategic planning process to shape our district's future. The most recent draft is attached below. Check it out!

Become a WHS PTA Member!

Parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends of the family are welcome to join. PTA membership supports many student programs. As a PTA member, your family will also receive a copy of the the WHS PTA Phone Directory. Thank you for your consideration!

CLICK HERE for the WHS PTA Membership Form.

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Coming Soon- A Day with Katie Hurley- FREE PRESENTATIONS

Glenbard Parent Series will present a day with Katie Hurley author of “The Happy Kid Handbook: Joyful Teens in Stressful Times “and “No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls” on Wednesday, March 13 with three presentations by Katie Hurley.

CLICK HERE for more information

Fantastic FREE Parent Resources

The Glenbard Parent Series is a series of FREE speakers designed to support families of school age children in our immediate area. Every event is free, and does NOT require registration. Check out the link below to see if any of these opportunities interest you!

Glenbard Parent Series Website

CLICK HERE to download the 2018-19 Brochure