Beardsley News

November 1, 2021

In This Issue

Student-Led Conferences Information

Eligibility Explained

Community Harvest-Food Drive Challenge

PTO Fundraiser - Timeline Extended

8th Grade Expectations for End of Year Activities

Contact Information

Student Led Conferences- Important information!

As your child’s school year continues to progress we would like to invite you to our 2021-2022 Fall Student-Led Portfolio Conferences. All 6th through 8th grade students are being asked to attend. We would like to give all parents the opportunity to come and share your child’s learning and hear the amazing things they have been doing here at Hannah Beardsley Middle School.

You will need to schedule a time for an in-person conference.

Your student’s team will be sending an email with the Sign-Up Genius link for you to choose a 30 minute time slot for your family to participate.

  • The Sign-Up is open from November 3 - November 17th.

  • Parents should only choose ONE time slot for each student and if you have multiple children, parents must sign up for each child with their assigned grade level team using the email(s) sent by SignUp Genius.

  • When you sign up, enter your child(s) name, but with your email address.

  • November 22: 8AM - 12PM

  • November 22: 1PM - 4PM

  • November 22: 5PM - 8 PM

  • November 23: 8AM - 11AM

Please be sure your student brings his/her Chromebook. A lot of the work contained in the portfolio will be found in Google Drive, accessed through their Chromebook.

We would like to meet with ALL 6th-8th grade students and their parents

All current mitigation guidelines will be adhered to, including masking and social distancing.

We look forward to seeing you!

Clubs and Sports

Be sure to visit our website for information about clubs and athletics and so much more!

Academic Eligibility

Please refer to the Student Handbook under the Student tab on the web page for more details.

Academic Eligibility

Selection of members or participants in extracurricular and athletic activities is at the discretion of the designated teachers, sponsors, and coaches.

In order to be eligible to participate in extracurricular and athletic activities, a student must be passing all classes. Any student failing to meet academic requirements will be suspended from the sport or activity until the grade is improved.

Community Harvest- Food Drive

Community Harvest Food Drive

Community Harvest Food Drive

District 47 is proud to support the Crystal Lake Food Pantry and looks forward to participating in the 31st annual Community Harvest Food Drive from October 15-November 25. Last fall, the Crystal Lake community donated over 107,000 pounds of food and over $100,000 during the Community Harvest. See this year’s flyer for most wanted food and household items. Monetary donations are also appreciated; checks can be made payable to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Donations will be accepted at all D47 schools, Wehde Early Childhood Center and the CORE Center through Friday, November 12th. D47 schools appreciate any and all donations and are excited to be involved in this annual tradition and important community event!

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 27-Nov. 15th HBMS will begin our annual food drive classroom competition! The CORE 1 class that collects the most will win a special donut treat/mask break on the playground. The donations will be delivered to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry by our PE classes.

Cosecha comunitaria para la colecta de comida

El Distrito 47 se enorgullece de apoyar a la Despensa de alimentos de Crystal Lake y espera participar en la 31ª edición de la Cosecha comunitaria para la colecta de comida de octubre 15-noviembre 25. El otoño pasado, la comunidad de Crystal Lake donó más de 107,000 libras de comida y más de $100,000 durante la Cosecha comunitaria. Vea el folleto de este año para la comida y los artículos para el hogar más necesarios. Las donaciones monetarias también son apreciadas; los cheques pueden hacerse a nombre del Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Las donaciones serán aceptadas en todas las escuelas de D47, en el Centro de aprendizaje temprano Wehde y en el CORE Center hasta el viernes, 12 de noviembre. ¡Las escuelas de D47


We have extended the deadline for ordering to Friday, November 5th! Please help us reach our goal!

Fall Fundraiser – Charleston Wrap

By now everyone should be aware of the Fall Fundraiser with Charleston Wrap. Our school fundraising goal for this on-line effort is $7,000! In addition to exceptional quality gift wrap, Charleston Wrap has more than 2,500 unique gift items to choose from. Please be sure to register your student and email, text and post to social media to earn redeemable points. In addition, there will be weekly announcements and awards for student sellers, gift card awards for the top seller in each grade, and a raffle for all those that participated in the sale at the end of the campaign. Have your students checkout the goal thermometer in the cafeteria to keep track of our progress! We are currently at the $1,000 mark!! Great work!!

Here’s how to help:
1) Visit to register today! Use our ORGANIZATION ID 22447 to register! One registration per family.
2) Send 10 unique and valid shopping email invites to your friends & family using our invite tool at registration.
3) Shop! With over 2,500 gift ideas, you can check-off your holiday gift-list and support our important cause, too.

Upcoming Events


Now through Nov. 15 Community Harvest Food Drive (class competition)

5 - No School - Institute Day

10 - Early Release, 1 pm

11 - Veteran's Day (at school)

12 - End of Term 2 / Trimester 1

20 --- 28- Thanksgiving Break

22 - 23 Student-Led Conferences (no classes for students)

2 9- Classes resume

8th Grade Expectations for Participation in Year-End Activities

8th grade is an exciting year for our students! It is a time of learning, celebration, and transition. In efforts to support our students in becoming the best citizens they can be we would like to make you aware of our expectations throughout the year. The Administrator team has talked with all of the 8th graders about these expectations and now we would like to share them with you.

There are many possible 8th grade celebrations (8th Grade Dance, field trips, team activities, and much more). As we get closer to these events we will monitor grades, student behavior and school attendance. We are asking for your help in supporting these expectations with our 8th grade students. Students who meet these expectations will be invited to participate in all of the exciting celebrations at the end of the year. Students who do NOT meet these expectations will be notified that they will be missing some or all of the end of year events. Each case will be reviewed by the teacher teams and the principal, who will make the final determination on participation. The purpose of high expectations is that all students continue to learn and perform at their best the entire year.


  • Grades - Students will maintain a cumulative passing grade in each of his or her classes including ENCORE and PE, for the remainder of the school year. After term 5 (April 15th), we will be communicating with students and families whose student is not meeting this expectation.

  • Student Behavior - Students will not have been suspended after Term 2.

  • School Attendance - Students will have 5 or fewer truant absences. On the day of the activity (Dance, Honor’s Night, etc.), student attendance throughout the entire school day (7:40-2:14) is required.

We are confident that our students will be able to exceed these expectations and appreciate your support in ensuring his or her success. Our team of teachers and staff will be in contact with you as situations arise that may deter participation in these events. If you have any questions, please contact your building’s Administrative Team. Thank you again for your support!

PTO News

HBMS PTO Happenings

October was a busy month for the HBMS PTO. We wrapped up the Spirit Wear sale and launched our Fall Fundraiser with Charleston Wrap. The PTO sponsored the HBMS Cross Country team’s end of season celebration with the Kona Ice Truck and provided pizzas for the entire girls conference volleyball teams for their celebration. The PTO was a presence at all the home games for the Girls Conference Volleyball teams with spirit wear and concessions sales. Thanks to the volunteers for coming out to support these efforts with the NJHS students. Look for us at the first Boys Conference Basketball Game on October 28th and all other home games. In attending conference volleyball games, I noticed we are the only school in our division that offers spirit wear and concession sales during games. We are definitely setting ourselves apart from the rest. Interested in volunteering during the games? Visit the SignUp Genius link for a list of our available shifts:

Fall Fundraiser – Charleston Wrap – DEADLINE EXTENDED

By now everyone should be aware of the Fall Fundraiser with Charleston Wrap. We are currently at $4703 towards our goal of $7,000. If you haven’t had the chance to register or shop yet, good news! We have extended the sale to Friday, November 5th!

Here are some interesting stats:

Total HBMS Student Body: 832

Total Students Registered to Sell: 100

Total Students with Sales: 38

Considering our participation percentages, we are doing remarkably well. The students with sales have been getting special recognition weekly during the Morning TV Show, as well as getting special treats from Mrs. Alberth for reaching benchmarks. We are looking forward to the Fall Fundraiser Closeout raffle for students and teachers! We are in need of donations to make the raffle as widespread as possible. Visit the Fall Fundraiser Closeout Raffle SignUp Genius link for some ideas:

Have your students checkout the goal thermometer in the cafeteria to keep track of our progress! So you still have time to get your student registered to sell!

Here’s how to help:
1) Visit to register! Use our ORGANIZATION ID 22447 to register! One registration per family.
2) Send 10 unique and valid shopping email invites to friends & family using the invite tool at registration.
3) Shop! With over 2,500 gift ideas, you can check-off your holiday gift-list and support HBMS, too.

Staff Appreciation – November Student-Led Conferences

On November 22nd during Student-Led Conferences, the Staff Appreciation Committee is planning to have dinner served for our HBMS faculty, courtesy of Café Olympic! To make it successful, the Committee needs your help with helping to fund the tasty dinner! The SignUp Genius link below outlines our needs. We so appreciate the generosity of our HBMS families!

PTO Meeting Schedule Change

The HBMS PTO has made a significant change in our meeting schedule. With so many demands on our family calendars and more and more committee business being conducted electronically, we have made the decision to reduce the number of meetings. We looked at other area PTO group calendars and discovered many have reverted to quarterly meetings, so we are hopping onboard. Please note the revised meeting schedule:

November & December: Cancelled

January 11, 2022 As Scheduled

February: Cancelled

March 8, 2022 As Scheduled

April 12: Cancelled

May 10, 2022 As Scheduled

Dining for Dollars!

Mark your calendars! The next Dining for Dollars event will be hosted by Culver’s in Crystal Lake on November 18th! Be on the look for the flyer coming soon!

Contact Information

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

Main School Line (815)788-5750

Fax number (815)479-5119

Laurie Kaiser - Nurse (

Tina Gonzalez - 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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