Beardsley News

March 4, 2022

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Spring Assessment Season is Here

We will be conducting our Spring assessments in the coming month.

  • Illinois Assessment for Readiness- Our state-mandated tests are given in a specific time window once per year measuring growth toward learning standards in math and reading. We will be administering these assessments on March 15, 16, 17 and March 22, 23.
  • Illinois Science Assessment- This assessment is given only to our 8th graders in science and will be administered after spring break.


Students will need earbuds or headphones to take these assessments! The assessments are computer-based with information delivered via videos or recordings. Please make sure your students have these and a FULLY CHARGED Chromebook on testing days. Thank you.

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McHelp App

This week on Beardsley Live Mrs. Alberth (Principal) and Mrs. Covganka (social worker) reminded students that we have a resource available to us in McHenry County to support mental health needs. MCHELP is a free anonymous app that allows you to confidentially text or talk to a licensed mental health counselor. Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the MCHELP App available in Google Play or the Apple Store. Often we receive emails late at night or on weekends that express a need for support and we are not able to address them until school starts the next day. Also sometimes the concern is greater than the scope of what is doable from a school perspective. So we encourage the use of this app or other resources (Crisis line/911) as another layer of support for our kids and families. Check it out! McHelp App- McHenry County Mental Health Board

PTO Happenings

The HBMS PTO was busy during the month of February, as some of our major committees launched their efforts for Honor Roll Breakfasts, Butter Braid Sales, Saver’s FUNDrive and last, but not least, the 8th Grade Dance! Be on the lookout for more details and information on all of these initiatives and more.

The PTO helped students spread the love to HBMS faculty in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Students were invited to leave notes on paper hearts to teachers, custodians, and staff. The hearts were used to decorate the faculty lounge. Thanks to the Staff Appreciation Committee for making this happen!

Join us for our next PTO meeting on March 8th at 6:30pm in the LMC. After this, we only have one more meeting before the end of the year!

March Happenings & Save the Dates

March 8th PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm in the LMC

March 7th Butter Braid Sales Begin

March 14th Saver’s FUNDrive Kick-Off

March 28th Spring Break Begins

Butter Braid Sale

The Butter Braid fundraiser is fast approaching, so be on the lookout for your students to bring home their order forms. The sale begins March 7th with delivery scheduled for April 14th …. Just in time for your Easter festivities! Thanks to Tanya Jindrich and Lori Wolfberg for stepping up to chair the Butter Braid sale.

Spring Saver’s FunDrive

I am so happy to announce that U-Haul very generously donated a U-Pack storage container to HBMS to be used for collecting our donations to Saver’s. Be on the lookout for the U-Haul container in the parking lot. Becky Fitch will be in touch with drop off dates. The PTO is so pleased to be partnering with the HBMS National Junior Honors Society students, Student Council and Dual Language Ambassador students in this effort. Remember to save your spring cleaning discards to donate to the FUNDrive! This year’s event will coincide with Earth Day, with collections ending on April 5th.

Honor Roll Breakfast

Every year the PTO sponsors a breakfast for students who have been on the Honor Roll for at least one of the first two trimesters of the school year. Each student who is invited to attend receives a big breakfast and a chance to win prizes. Thanks to Kelli Wegener and Edie Rudolf for co-chairing this event to recognize our Beardsley Bears! The PTO needs volunteers to help set-up/serve/clean-up on the day of the event, food donations, gift cards and prizes so we can honor these hard-working students.

The dates of the breakfasts are: 6th Grade Wednesday April 20th

7th Grade Thursday, April 21st

8th Grade Friday, April 22nd

Please click below to sign up!

If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Wegener at or 847-997-4994.

** The PTO can also use your help in collecting Prizes for the Raffle! Clothing/gear from their future high school, college gear, sports gear, tickets to a game, or gift cards to their favorite store or food/coffee/ice cream destination. Any amount would be wonderful!

8th Grade Dance – May 20th: LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Light up the Night is the winning theme (Glow Sticks, Neon, Laser Lights and all the colors). The sub-committees are in full swing and are gearing up for a night to remember! HBMS families of 8th graders, this night will only be a success with your help. The celebration includes a top notch DJ, decorations, favors, food and refreshments, etc. A SignUp Genius will be available shortly with a wide range of wish list items that we could use to complete our theme. There will also be opportunities for those that prefer to donate time, with decorating and clean-up. If you have any questions, please email co-chairs Tracy Vander Mey and Colleen Bailey at: and

2022-23 PTO Leadership

It is time to begin looking for new leadership for the coming school year. Sadly, Natalie Butler and I will be moving on to high school days, which means we are looking for a new President, Vice President, as well as Treasurer. The opportunity to be the HBMS PTO President has really been a tremendous experience for me. I have been able to work so closely with faculty members, staff and, not to mention, our students. Our leadership team really built some amazing initiatives this year, that will hopefully make the next term for PTO leaders a breeze! Please reach out if you are interested in learning more!

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Thanks much,

Margie Palmer, HBMS PTO President

Upcoming Events


7---11 - National School Social Worker Week

9 - Progress Reports and Fastbridge Reports posted in ParentVue

15, 16, & 17 - IAR Assessments

16 - Early Release

17- Spirit Day- St. Patrick's Day

22 & 23 - IAR Assessments

26 - Spring Break begins

Contact Information

Attendance Line (English and Spanish) (815)788-5758

Main School Line (815)788-5750

Fax number (815)479-5119

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