Hometown School Newsletter

September 21, 2021

Bencik's Buzz

Sequencing is an important reading strategy to teach students. I was able to be a special guest reader in some first grade classes this week to practice this strategy. Have your children tell you what happened in order of events for the book they are reading. Where will I pop up next week? It is great to read to the students and listen to the imaginations.

We met with the student focus group for the library renovations this week. Their library wish list has many great additions to the space. We look forward to engaging parents and staff members within the next few weeks. More information about dates will be coming out. If you are still interested please reach out to abencik@d123.org. Thank you to the families that have already volunteered.

Hometown is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Our students are completing different activities that highlight the Hispanic culture. Students will continue to listen to facts of the day during announcements, understand their classmates perspective of the culture, and read about the culture through picture books.

We are also looking forward to seeing all of the fathers and their daughters at the Masquerade Ball on Friday evening in our gym from 6-8pm.


Please make sure your students are bringing their masks to school everyday and there is an extra one in the student's backpack in case theirs gets dirty or needs to be changed.

MAP Scores

NWEA MAP score reports have been posted to your Skyward Family Access account. Please take some time to celebrate your child’s accomplishments and encourage them to keep working hard!

You can find an official copy of your child’s MAP Growth Report under the “Portfolio” tab. Simply LOGIN to SkywardFamily Access, then click PORTFOLIO > LATEST NWEA MAP REPORT

If you have any questions, please contact your school’s main office for additional assistance.

Title One Parent Compact

Below is the Title One Parent Compact, which is our commitment to each family. We will be sending a paper copy home for your family to review, sign, and return to your homeroom teacher. If you have questions, please reach out.

Cheesecake orders

Students will be coming home with a fundraiser for cheesecakes. Orders are due to the office on Wednesday, October 5th. Orders will be picked up on Wednesday, October 26th. If you have questions, please call the office.

Quarantining Students

If your child has any signs or symptoms of not feeling well, we encourage you to keep them home and monitor the case. As students are testing positive for covid please notify the school, we are looking at cases individually and contact tracing accordingly. In the event your child will need to quarantine, the school will reach out. Per the guidelines, students will need to quarantine if they are directly exposed without a mask, for more than fifteen minutes within a six foot distance.

SEL Parent University

Please view the attached flyer for a parent university that will be held at Hometown to give parents strategies to help their children during emotional situations.

Party Money

Please submit your party money to the homeroom teacher for our three parties for the year. Please see the flyer below.

Spirit Wear

Spirit wear is here! Select the different styles for spirt wear days. The flyer is attached. Orders are due September 26th.

Spooktacular Event

This event was a hit last year! We will hosting the event again this year. Please read the flyers for the spooktacular event taking place on October 23rd. Sign up links are noted or donate candy. Check out some of last year's displays.

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Loretta Kelly

Meet Our Staff

Every week we will shine a spotlight on one of our own amazing staff members. Meet Mrs. Loretta Kelly, our new CASE teacher.

Welcome to Hometown, Mrs. Kelly!

How long and what grades have you taught?

have taught for 12 years total. My first year, I taught 7th grade Language Arts and Science at AAA Academy in Posen, IL.

For the last 11 years, I taught at Seal School in Romeoville, Il. The first three years, I was the lead teacher for the Guided and Assisted Middle School classroom.

For the last eight years, I was the Reading Specialist for grades K-12.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

If I could travel anywhere, I would go to Ireland because my ancestors emigrated from there. Additionally, I have heard a multitude of great stories from many who have travelled there. Finally, my in-laws originated from Ireland and emigrated from there to the United States in the late 1950s.

What is the best thing about working at Hometown?

There are so many great things that I love about working at Hometown Elementary! However, the first thing that came to mind is the continued support from all staff at Hometown. It is truly appreciated!

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is anything sweet! I love to bake.

Who is someone you admire and why?

I admire Dr. Meg Carroll, who is a professor at Saint Xavier University. Dr.Carroll served as my professor for several of the special education courses I took while studying for my LBS1 and Master of Arts in Reading. Additionally, she was my unofficial advisor and I am most grateful to her for her advice and wisdom, as well as her amazing teaching strategies.

If you see Mrs. Kelly around our school make sure you say hello!!!

Run for 6K

This past Saturday, Oak Lawn Hometown School District participated in their 5th World VIsion 6K walk/run. This event raises money for children in third world countries. It provides them with things like access to clean water, nutritious food, basic medical care and the chance to go to school. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible.