Beardsley News

March 15, 2022

Spring Assessment Season is Here

We will be conducting our Spring assessments in the coming month.

  • Illinois Assessment for Readiness- Our state-mandated tests are given in a specific time window once per year measuring growth toward learning standards in math and reading. We will be administering these assessments on March 15, 16, 17 and March 22, 23.
  • Illinois Science Assessment- This assessment is given only to our 8th graders in science and will be administered after spring break.


Students will need earbuds or headphones to take these assessments! The assessments are computer-based with information delivered via videos or recordings. Please make sure your students have these and a FULLY CHARGED Chromebook on testing days. Thank you.

DC Trip Opportunity for current 7th Grade Students

I have spoken to many parents/guardians about signing up and still have some room left. Trip dates are October 7, 2022 -- October 10, 2022.

Every traveler will be eligible for Risk-Free Enrollment. These benefits are all included in the price you will see on the website. We do anticipate that our trip will be filled before the end of the month, and we currently have 15 more spots available. Washington, D.C. has lifted ALL vaccination requirements to travel. If you are interested in signing up, or in just reading about the trip, the details, the cost, etc., you can view all that information at the link below:

All you need to do is put down your deposit and choose a payment plan to secure your students' spot. I look forward to having these spots filled and get as many people to experience Washington, D.C. with us as possible!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at

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Track & Field Registration for All Grades!

Track & field registration is now open. Participation is open to all grade levels.

The first date of the season will be Monday, March 21st. On this date, there will be a grade level practice after school from 2:30 - 4:00 PM. Students will receive practice/meet schedule on this day.

  • Must be registered in 8to18 for Track & Field. Make sure to register for the correct grade and gender. Please visit our school website and click Athletics - 8to18
  • Updated physical must be on file in the health office

You will not be able to participate without the above being completed.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jackson via email:

Cost -- $70, will be billed to your ParentVue account once rosters are set.

PTO Happenings

Checkout updates on current happenings in the HBMS PTO.


The Butter Braid Sale is underway! Order forms were sent home with students this week, so if you haven’t received anything, please check backpacks! The order deadline is March 25th, and pastries will be available for drive thru pick-up on April 14th from 3:30 – 6:30pm at HBMS. To make it even easier, you can use this link to order online:

For each Butter Braid pastry sold, HBMS receives $5.60! Our school goal is to sell 750 or more Butter Braid pastries. The profits from this fundraiser will enable the PTO to continue supporting our students through funded field trips, special end of season surprises like the Kona Ice Truck and pizza parties, purchasing year books for students in need, and other student activities and programs.

We have great student incentives to help all of us reach our goals.

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card for highest seller in each of three grades;

  • Donut Party for top selling classroom in each of three grades;

Quick Facts to Know for Your Student Sales:

  • HBMS Receives $5.60 for each pastry sold;

  • HBMS School Goal: 750 pastries sold;

  • HBMS $$ Goal: $4200;

  • Order Deadline: March 25th

  • Order Pick-Up Date: Thursday, April 14th 3:30pm – 6:30pm (we cannot store unclaimed pastries)

  • Order Pick-Up Location: HBMS Drive Thru

Thanks for helping us to reach our goal and supporting the HBMS PTO! For questions, please contact Tanya Jindrich Email: and Lori Wolfberg Email:

Spring Saver’s FUNDrive

Starting Monday, March 14th, you will notice the U-Haul U-Box in the HBMS parking lot! The HBMS National Junior Honors Society, Student Council and Dual Language Ambassador students have been busy making and hanging posters, rolling up plastic bags and making the progress thermometer for the FUNDrive! There will be a friendly classroom rivalry going to see who can fill and collect the most 13 gallon bags. The top collector in each of the three grades will be treated to a donut party!

You can help us out by separating your soft goods (clothing, shoes, jewelry, bedding) from hard goods, which need to be boxed. Homeroom teachers will collect items brought to school in smaller bags and place in the larger 13 gallon bags that Home Depot generously donated to us.

We are happy to offer the convenience of drive up collection dates on:

  • March 17th 3:30pm – 6:00pm
  • March 19th 10am – 12noon & 2pm – 4pm
  • March 22nd 3:30pm – 6:00pm
  • April 2nd 10am – 12noon & 2pm – 4pm
  • April 5th 3:30pm – 6pm

If you choose to drive up, please make sure you have your student’s classroom information printed on the bags so you get credit!

Quick Facts to Know For Your Spring Cleaning Donations:

HBMS School Goal: $1000

HBMS School Collection Goal: 400 13 Gallon Bags

13 Gallon Bags = $.22/lb

Boxes = $.02/lb

Honor Roll Breakfast

There are still many open slots for supporting the Honor Roll B’fasts. Please take a moment and consider how you might help us celebrate our hard working students! Visit the SignUp Genius to see what we have outstanding.

The dates of the breakfasts are:

  • 6th Grade Wednesday April 20th
  • 7th Grade Thursday, April 21st
  • 8th Grade Friday, April 22nd

If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Wegener at or 847-997-4994.

8th Grade Dance – May 20th: LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

The 8th Grade Dance subcommittees are in full swing! Planning is underway as we build a night our 8th graders won’t forget! While the planning has been largely completed, thanks to the brilliant and creative minds of our parent volunteers, to pull our visions off will require many, many, many hands! If you are able to pitch in an help us to decorate on Thursday, May 19th between 2:30pm and 11pm (yes, you read that correctly), or on Friday, May 20th from 12:30pm to the start of the dance, we would be so grateful for the help. Remember, this is all for the kids! If you are interested in volunteering to decorate and set-up, please contact co-chairs Tracy Vander Mey and Colleen Bailey at: and to get your names added to the list.

If you are unable to donate your time, please consider a gift card donation, or monetary gift, to help us offset the costs associated with geniuses at work. So much goes into the planning! Visit the SignUp Genius to see the options available.

2022-23 PTO Leadership

It is time to begin looking for new leadership for the coming school year. Sadly, Natalie Butler and I will be moving on to high school days, which means we are looking for a new President, Vice President, as well as Treasurer. The opportunity to be the HBMS PTO President has really been a tremendous experience for me. I have been able to work so closely with faculty members, staff and, not to mention, our students. Our leadership team really built some amazing initiatives this year, that will hopefully make the next term for PTO leaders a breeze! Please reach out if you are interested in learning more!

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Thanks much,

Margie Palmer, HBMS PTO President

Upcoming Events


15, 16, & 17 - IAR Assessments

16 - Early Release

17- Spirit Day- St. Patrick's Day

22 & 23 - IAR Assessments

26 - Spring Break begins

Contact Information

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

Main School Line (815)788-5750

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