WHS Principal Post - March 2021

The Monthly Family Newsletter from Dave Danielski

Big picture

Dear WHS Families,


Happy March! This week closes out Trimester 2 at Hammerschmidt. Beginning next week, the school day will be extended by one hour for Grade 1- 5 students. This will include "Specials" teachers (Art, Music, and PE) pushing into each classroom during the week. Each grade level will have their Specials block for 30 minutes each day. This will be in addition to the whole grade level Specials sessions on Wednesdays.

The Specials block for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays is listed for each grade level below:

  • Grade 1- 1:00- 1:30 p.m.
  • Grade 2 - 1:45- 2:15 p.m.
  • Grade 3- 9:45- 10:15 a.m.
  • Grade 4- 10:30- 11:00 a.m.
  • Grade 5- 9:00- 9:30 a.m.

In addition to the already existing specials session on Wednesdays, each classroom will have an additional 30- minute art period, an additional 30- minute music period, and two additional 30- minute PE/Health periods during their weekly Specials Block.

The School Day will now end at 2:30 p.m. for Grade 1-5 Students. (The Kindergarten Schedule does NOT change.)

The Wednesday Remote Schedule has also been extended to 2:30 p.m. This will include a 30 minute check in with classroom teachers at the following times for Grades 1-5:

  • Morning Check In/ Morning Meeting. 8:30- 9:00 a.m.
  • Daily Debrief 2:00- 2:30 p.m.

Don't hesitate to connect with your child's classroom teacher if you have any additional questions about the schedule change!

Big picture


Dear District 44 Families

Please choose your family’s preferred learning model for the final portion of the school year.

Please click here to complete the survey via Skyward Family Access (should the link not work, please visit sd44.org and select "Skyward Family Access".) The survey will be open until 5 pm on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Directions on how to complete the survey via Skyward can be found by clicking here. Those who do not complete the survey by 5 pm on March 8 will be automatically enrolled in remote-only.

Please know your requested learning model (hybrid/in-person or remote only) will not take effect until Tuesday, April 6, 2021. This means if your child is currently in-person or remote only, they will remain as such until April 6. To better understand current and anticipated changes to our instructional schedule please review the embedded graphic.

Please understand the following before making your selection:

  • All families are required to complete the survey. Those who do not complete the survey by the deadline will be automatically enrolled in the remote-only option.
  • All students -- whether they continue with their current learning model or not -- will remain in the same homeroom.
  • Due to health and safety concerns, general education transportation (grades K-8 only) will be very limited; not all families will be guaranteed. If your selection is contingent upon transportation being provided, please indicate so in the survey.
  • We advise you to make your selection based on our current schedule model. We will be evaluating our schedule over the next few weeks to see if we can make additional adjustments (i.e. adding more onsite days), but our ability to do so will be contingent upon how many students select hybrid learning.
  • Your requested learning model (in-person or remote only) will not take effect until April 6.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Big picture
Big picture

School/ Yearbook Photo Procedures

School/Yearbook Photo Procedures - Spring 2021

Para la versión en español haga clic aquí

We are excited to safely welcome our students to Glenn Westlake Middle School to have their school/yearbook pictures taken for the 2020-2021 school year. HR Imaging will be photographing our students this year. We are confident in our safety procedures, as well as those of HR Imaging, to allow our students to be safely photographed. You can view HR Imaging’s Picture Day Safety video by clicking here.

Families must sign up for one time slot per child over the course of two Saturdays. The two dates are Saturday, March 6, and Saturday, March 13. No more than 50 students will be scheduled per 15-minute time slot. You can arrive at any time in that 15-minute slot. In order to register for your time slot, please click here. Please register using your student’s name. HR Imaging will be sending an email to parents with order information. Please watch for this in the coming days. We will also have forms at picture day for students to pick up.

Please read the following notes prior to coming to Glenn Westlake.

  • Families should enter GWMS from the north drive and drop their students off at Door #13 which is on the north side of the building. Parents will then move forward with their vehicle and park/wait for their student to exit the building from Door #1. There will be signage to guide you.

  • From there, the student will be greeted by a volunteer/staff member who will confirm their covid self-certification was received and give them a photo card to help identify them. In-Person Learners will have already completed the Self-Certification.

  • FOR REMOTE LEARNERS ONLY: If you have not filled out the covid self-certification form please have that done prior to arriving at the school. Click here for a copy of the Self-Certification form.

  • After entering Door #13, the student will proceed into the cafeteria to the designated HR Imaging photography area and have their photo taken. There will be staff/parent volunteers to guide them.

  • Once the photograph is taken, all students will be directed to exit Door #1 (front entrance to GWMS).

  • A mask must be worn at all times while in the building. The only exception is while the photograph is being taken.

WHS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at GWMS to help with the PICTURE DAYS. Please consider helping out!

If you are able to volunteer to help with the picture day opportunities, please sign up using the link below!

Some of the tasks needing parent support include:

  • Working outside directing students into the building at Door 13 and telling parents to move forward to park or wait at Door #1.
  • Checking in students (inside Door #13) and handing them their "photo card" for the photographer.
  • Guiding them to the cafeteria for their pictures.
  • Guiding them from the cafeteria to Door #1.
  • Outside directing traffic.

Use the link below to sign up to volunteer for a shift!


WHS PTA Sponsored Virtual All School Assembly- Friday March 5th

This coming Friday, March 5th is the last day of the second trimester. We have all been through a lot. In the spirit of celebration, we will have an all-school virtual assembly. This virtual assembly includes questions submitted from our own WHS Stars. This video of the performance will be made available to families afterwards! Parents and younger siblings can enjoy the experience as well!


Our student talent show is going Virtual! This year may look a little different but our PTA is committed to making sure our incredible students have their time to shine! Save the date: Friday March 12. For details and more info, view the event flyer here. Questions? Contact the committee co-chairs, Cari Dinglasan or Kate Temple.

WHS Spring Food Drive

Donate items to support some of our own WHS Families

We will be collecting food Monday, March 15 - the morning of Friday March 19.

ALL GRADES: Gift cards to Jewel or Mariano’s for families to purchase fresh items

(Put in an envelope labeled food drive)

How to turn in your donation:

  • If your child comes to school, they can give their classroom teacher their donation. Their teacher will bring the item to the office.

  • Drop off before or after school outside the main office. Look for 5th graders and the donation box from 8:20-8:30 or 2:30-2:40.

Assigned Items by Grade/ Class

Kindergarten: Mariano’s or Jewel Gift Cards for $5, $10, or more.

(Please put in an envelope labeled food drive)

1st Grade: “Individual Snacks” (apple sauce, fruit snacks, goldfish, etc.)

2nd: Modrowski/ Wickler: Boxed Potatoes

Meath: Bread Mix

3rd: Flaishaker/ Waldbusser: Soup, Canned Tomatoes, or Beans (refried, pinto, navy, etc)

Wiedemann: Canned Vegetables

4th: Summers/ Steder: Canned/ bagged Tuna or Chicken

Jost: Fruit Cups

5th: Brown/Loane Pasta Sauce in a plastic jar or Noodles

Gunsteen: Rice



If you have any questions, please contact

Miss Brown at albrown@sd44.org or Mrs. Loane at cloane@sd44.org

Girl Scout Diaper Drive for Outreach House

5th Grade Junior Troop 55355 is hosting a Diaper Drive for the Outreach House of Lombard from 3/1-3/12. Drop off new packages of diapers, any size, in the drop box in the lobby of WHS or you can use the Amazon Wish List link for contactless participation. Most needed items are diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6. Collections of wipes, diaper cream, baby wash and lotion will also be accepted. Thank you from Girl Scout Troop 55355!

Big picture

From our WHS PTA

PTA MEETING: Tuesday, March 16th, 7:00 p.m.

Our next WHS PTA Meeting is Tuesday, March 16th at 7pm via Google Meets. We invite everyone to attend and learn more about the PTA and what is happening at school. We have a very strong parent community and there are many opportunities to get involved for those who wish to volunteer. The Google Meet code will be posted on Facebook and included in next week's Weekly News.

D44 Virtual Science Fair


The WHS Science Fair is going virtual this year! Everyone is welcome to visit the virtual fair on Saturday, March 20, and see what our amazing student scientists and engineers have learned and discovered.


Did you know you can Subscribe to the digital PTA and school calendar? Visit https://wh.sd44.org/apps/events/ and then click subscribe. You can choose iCal, outlook or Google calendar and it will automatically add the events to your calendar.


Join the WHS PTA Facebook Page so you will always have the most up-to-date information for all the PTA events happening throughout the school year.

Big picture
Click on the links below for assistance with your D44 technology devices:

D44 Tech Resource Hub

Direct Link for a "Help Ticket"

Big picture
Big picture

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Home Resources

Here are seven resources that may help guide social-emotional learning efforts at home. From free apps, to videos, to games, these expert-designed materials are perfect for helping parents and caregivers turn everyday moments and interactions into “SEL moments.”

CLICK HERE for 7 Great SEL Resources for HOME

Parents of all D44 schools are welcome to attend these FREE events! Take a look at the brochure linked below. There are some phenomenal speakers covering a wide-variety of parent-interest topics!


The button below will also take you directly to the Glenbard Parent Series Website.

Big picture

Early Childhood Program Screenings

Screenings are ongoing! If you have a child under 5, see the information below!
Big picture