Beardsley News

May 13, 2022

Plant Sale Tomorrow! 5/14

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Principal's Message

HBMS Families,

I want to sincerely thank you for all you have done to support our efforts through this trying year. We have heard from so many of you that you truly appreciate the HBMS staff as we take each day at a time through education in year 2 of Covid 19. Last week we were showered with this appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week. We also felt the support of your school when you attended Hannah Palooza. The turnout for this event was tremendous and meant so much to us to be able to share the past 25 years of HBMS with you. Thank you!


Mrs. Alberth

8th Grade Events

As we prepare to celebrate the Class of 2022 with some special events, we want to answer a few of the frequently asked questions:

  • Students must be eligible to attend the field trip, the dance, and Honor's Night ceremony based on the 8th Grade Expectations (grades, behavior, and attendance) that were shared earlier in the year. Students who are not eligible have been notified and had discussions with the assistant principal, Mr. Gschwend.
  • The dress code for both the dance and the Honors Ceremony is school-appropriate clothing that honors the student and celebrates the event.
  • Students must attend the full day of school to be eligible for any evening events.

8th Grade Dance Information - NOTE TIME CHANGE

Mark your calendars for this year's 8th-grade celebration. It will be held in the gymnasium:

Friday, May 20th

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tickets are $10.00 per student and will go on sale NEXT WEEK! Students will be able to purchase tickets during their lunch period every day next week!

Rules of the dance:

  • No tuxes, strapless dresses, jeans, t-shirts, cut-offs or limousines.
  • Only 8th-grade students from Hannah Beardsley can attend
  • Students are not allowed to leave early unless they are checked out by a parent
  • Students must attend the entire day of school in order to attend the dance.

8th Grade Honors Night - May 23rd

We are planning to hold the ceremony outside if the weather cooperates. No tickets will be required if we can be outside. HOWEVER, if it is determined that we must hold the ceremony inside, the limited capacity of the gym will require each person to have a ticket. 4 tickets will be issued per family and handed out to the students on May 20th. We will determine if we are going to be outside or inside 24 hours in advance of the event and notify families.

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Today is the last day to enroll for next school year!

As in past years, confirming enrollment for the upcoming school year is required for all District 47 current students in grades 1 - 7 . You will need to access this process in ParentVue. If you do not have a login for ParentVue, please contact If you need to reset your login, please call Hannah Beardsley, and they can assist you with that.

If you have been recently contacted about your Proof of Residency needing to be updating, this is required before you can complete Online Enrollment for next year.

Returning student enrollment needs to be completed in order for your child to see their class schedule in August before the first day of school.

Please check your ParentVue for any outstanding fees - thank you.


Online yearbook ordering is now closed.

There will be a limited number of yearbooks for sale, cash only $25, during Yearbook handout days next week.

Illness - When to keep your child at home

Over the past several weeks, District 47 has also seen an increase in the number of positive COVID cases, influenza, RSV and other cold-like illnesses among both staff and students. To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses during these last few weeks of school, we ask that you please keep your children at home if they are ill or experiencing any COVID-like symptoms. We ask that you please follow the guidelines for keeping your child at home posted on the district’s website.

Enfermedad: Cuándo mantener a su hijo en casa

Durante las últimas semanas, el Distrito 47 también ha visto un aumento en el número de casos positivos de COVID, influenza, RSV y otras enfermedades similares al resfriado entre el personal y los estudiantes. Para minimizar la posible propagación de COVID-19 y otras enfermedades durante estas últimas semanas de la escuela, le pedimos que por favor mantenga a sus hijos en casa si están enfermos o experimentan cualquier síntoma similar a los de COVID. Le pedimos que por favor siga las normas para mantener a su hijo en casa publicadas en el sitio web del distrito.

Incoming 6th Graders and Students New to HBMS

Bear Camp Dates - for 6th Grade students only - 9 am to 11 am
  • August 8 & 9 - Last name A - L
  • August 10 & 11 - Last name M - Z

Orientation - Night All New Families to HBMS welcome - 6 pm to 7:30 pm

  • August 9 - Last name A - L
  • August 11 - Last name M - Z

Locker Set Up Day for Everyone (If you cannot make it, just bring items the first day of school.)
  • August 12 - Noon to 4 pm

PTO News

Happy last weeks of the 2021-22 HBMS School Year!

I can’t believe how quickly the year sailed by. This is my last post, as the Palmers are moving onto high school days. The HBMS PTO had a fantastic year. We raised almost $10,000 through fundraisers, including Charleston Wrap, Butter Braid, Spirit Wear, Concessions, Dining for Dollar$, and Saver’s FUNDrive. This enabled the PTO to bring some spirit and ambiance into our school hallways for the students to enjoy all year long. We sponsored season-end awards events for our cross country, volleyball and basketball teams, treated our awesome faculty and staff to a Taco Bar luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week; sponsored HBMS families in need through the Giving Tree; celebrated our HBMS Honor Roll students by providing Dunkin’ Donuts; provided incentives during our fund drives to help meet sales goals, funded year-end outings for our 6th and 8th graders, and so many other behind the scenes efforts. A huge thank you to all the HBMS families, faculty, staff and volunteers who helped to make this possible. On behalf of the PTO, we are truly grateful to all of you for your support. None of this could have been accomplished without a great leadership team. My heartfelt thanks to Natalie Butler (Vice President), Erin Kaye (Treasurer) and Tracy Vander Mey (Secretary) for always stepping up to help and making my year as President so much fun! I will miss you guys!

HBMS PTO 2022-23 Leadership

This year’s PTO worked hard to find a team to lead the HBMS PTO 2022-23 school year. We are excited to announce next year’s slate:

President: Kristin Kohlhase

Vice President: Kim Mazur

Treasurer: Sharon Snow

Secretary: Tracy Vander Mey

Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to fill vacant committee leadership positions for next year! We are still in need of the following chairs/co-chairs:

HBMS School Spirit: (1) Co-Chair

Concessions Sales: Co-Chairs

Activity Nights: (1) Co-Chair

We are really hoping for an energetic team to lead our concession sales for next year. This is one of our highest earning fundraisers! This year we made close to $2500! HBMS is the only school in our district conference that provides concessions during home games. We made a name for ourselves this year…especially during the 85-degree Track ‘n Field Home Games!

Upcoming Dates:

May 14th - Annual Countryside Flower Sale

May 16th - 8th Grade Dance Tickets Go On Sale ($10/student; sold during lunch period)

May 20th - 8th Grade Dance & 8th Grade Honors Night Tickets Sent Home (check backpacks!!)

May 23rd - 8th Grade Honors (Graduation) Night

May 25th - Last Day of School for 6th & 7th Grades … 9:10am dismissal

Finally, a great big thank you to our HBMS office staff, Stephanie Alters, Kathleen Gluck and DeeDee Freemire, and our own Mrs. Alberth, Mr. Skarr, Mr. G, and Mrs. Heckman! We have had so much fun working with all of you this year! It has been a privilege to work alongside of you!

Thanks so much for a great year!

Margie Palmer, HBMS PTO President

Upcoming Events


19- Last Day for Activity Buses

20 - 8th Grade Dance 6:00-8:00pm

23 - 8th Grade Honors Night (Promotion to High School - last day for 8th graders)

25 - Last Day for 6th and 7th graders- 9:10 am dismissal

28 - FINAL grades posted in ParentVue


2- Office closes for the summer (see Website for information throughout summer)

Contact Information

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

Main School Line (815)788-5750

Fax number (815)479-5119

Laurie Kaiser - Nurse (

Stephanie Alters - Admin Assistant (

Kathleen Gluck - Admin Assistant (

Deedee Freemire - Admin Assistant (

Cathy Alberth, Principal (

Shannon Heckman, Assistant Principal (

Josh Gschwend, Assistant Principal (

Todd Skarr, Dean of Students (

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