Principal Berry's Corner

Howe Elementary School December 2022

Happy December!

Winter is coming. The weather is starting to get very chilly. Please make sure that students have warm clothes, winter coat, hats and gloves. When snow is on the ground, they will need their winter boats, too. They will be going out for recess, weather/wind chill permitting. Book Fair was a huge success! Students and parents loved finally having the fair back in the building. It will be back in the Spring! If you want to get involved planning events like the book fair, come join PTO! We are always looking for volunteers and fresh ideas for the students and the school. Some fun events are planned for the upcoming months. We have just 16 more school days until the winter break. Don't forget to read below for the Winter Break Countdown! The kids are going to enjoy it! I love working with all the students, families and staff this school year to continue to have the best year yet. Please reach out by phone or email if you need anything.

SIP Day- 2 Hour Early Release

Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 1:45pm

10271 West Beach Road

Beach Park, IL

12/6/2022 is a 2 Hour Early Release Day.

December School Dates to Remember

12/1- Chorus/ 4th and 5th grade Holiday Concert at 6:30pm

12/6- SIP Day- 1:45pm Early Release

12/9- Beginner Band Bash at BPMS

12/12- Board Meeting at Kenneth Murphy at 6:30pm

12/13- 5th grade Beginner Band Concert at BPMS at 6:30pm

12/15- PTO Meeting at 6pm

12/21- Holiday Parties starting at 1:30pm

12/22-1/2- Winter Break for all students

December Winter Break Countdown

Monday- December 12th

  • Holiday Shirt Day
  • Wear your favorite Holiday Shirt

Tuesday- December 13th

  • Candy Cane Day
  • Wear red and white

Wednesday- December 14th

  • Rudolph Day
  • Wear your favorite reindeer gear

Thursday- December 15th

  • Ugly Sweater
  • Wear your ugliest sweater

Friday- December 16th

  • Holiday Hat
  • Wear your favorite holiday hat

Monday- December 19th

  • Pajama Day
  • Wear your favorite holiday pajamas

Tuesday- December 20th

  • Green/Grinch Day
  • Wear all green or grinch wear

Wednesday- December 21st

  • Light Day
  • Wear something with lights


Enjoy your holiday break starting 12/22!

Drop off/Pick up Reminders

  • If you arrive to school later than 9:05am, you will need to park and bring your child(ren) into the office to sign them into school.
  • When picking up your child(ren) you will need to present an ID at the office at the time of pick up.
  • Early pick ups need to be called into the office and arrive before 3:15pm in order to not interfere with the end of the day dismissal of all students.
  • If you arrive later than 3:55pm, you will have to enter the office with a photo ID in order to pick up your child(ren). You can present your Driveline number in place of your ID at this time as well. We will dispatch the students as soon as we see the number or ID.

Driveline Pick up Update

If you have not received a number and you are a frequent pick up, please contact the office to get your child(ren) matching numbers to help make the pick up process run smoothly. If you are picking up your child(ren) some of the time, please reach out to the office to still get a number assigned. It is important to have a number assigned to you as soon as possible in those instances. If you do not have your number in your car or on you when walking, you will be asked to park/leave line and enter the office with a photo id in order to get a temporary number for that day only! We are trying to keep every child safe at all times. We are loving this new system and the efficiency. Please let us know your thoughts about it. We value your feedback.

November's PBIS Assembly

PBIS November Students of the Month

These are the students that were recognized in the month of November by their teachers. We are so proud of them!

New School Hours

Student Beginning and Ending Times (2022-2023):

Beach Park Middle School: 7:25 AM to 2:35 PM

Newport: 8:30 AM to 3:10 PM

Kenneth Murphy: 8:30 AM to 3:10 PM

Howe: 9:05 AM to 3:45 PM

Oak Crest: 9:05 AM to 3:45 PM

PTO Meeting Dates to Remember

All PTO Meetings are in-person at Howe Elementary School. They begin at 6:00 PM. Check the PTO Website for Previous Agendas and Minutes.

  • December 15, 2022

  • January 19, 2023

  • February 16, 2023

  • March 16, 2023

  • April 20, 2023

  • May 18, 2023

PTO Fundraiser

World's Finest Chocolate sales have begun. Prepay $60 for a box of chocolates to sell on your own. The money goes back to PTO to fundraise for events and gifts back to the students. They even raise money to offset the cost of the field trips the students take or need busing for.