Principal Post -February 2019

The WHS Monthly Family Newsletter

Dear WHS Families,

Hopefully February is kinder to us than January was with respect to winter weather. We will try and get the kids outside whenever possible. The cutoff temperature is 10 degrees, which includes the windchill. If it is 10 degrees or higher, we will send them out. Please continue to send your WHS student with hats, gloves, boots and snow pants!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Friday, 2/8

  • The Smile Squad Dental Van will be here to provide dental services to students who are signed up.

Wednesday, 2/13

  • WHS Parent Night-- "Put Yourself in Someone Else's Shoes" (see details below)

Friday, 2/15

  • Imagination Theater Presents, "Someone Else's Shoes" Student Assembly
  • HALF DAY OF SCHOOL- Students are dismissed at 11:40 a.m.

Monday, 2/18

  • NO SCHOOL- President's Day holiday

Tuesday, 2/19

  • WHS PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m, LRC

Friday, 2/22

  • WHS PTA Trivia Night- Adults Only, Pinstripes, Oak Brook

Saturday, 2/23

  • D44 Science Fair
Wednesday 2/27

  • Early Release Day, Students dismissed at 1:15 p.m.
Thursday 2/28
  • Kindergarten Pre- Registration 5:00- 8:00 p.m.
  • Trimester 2 ends
Friday 3/1
  • NO SCHOOL- D44 Institute Day
  • Kindergarten Pre- Registration 7:30- 11:30 a.m.

Smile Squad Dental Van- Friday February 8th

The DuPage County Health Department Dental Program will be coming to your school to do dental exams for all children who return a completed signed consent form.

• This dental exam will meet the state mandated requirement for Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th graders.

• If the child meets the necessary requirements they will receive a dental cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants.

• A letter will be sent home with the exam results and what services were done.

WHS "Starcast"- Episode 2

Below you will find the latest installment of our student news broadcast. Enjoy!

Share Your News With Us!

The Star Cast crew would like to know what is happening with WHS students outside of school hours! If you have a news story or event that you would like WHS to know about, please fill in the following link. Please keep in mind that the StarCast Productions come out once they are complete (without a set timeline). If you know of an event date ahead of time, please give adequate time to get it into the Starcast.

Share you news with us by clicking on the link below.

CLICK HERE- To share your student news with us!

WHS Parent Night on Empathy

SPECIAL WHS Parent Education Night

This a great opportunity to bring our WHS Families together in support of our students. Please review the information below and please consider joining us!

Parent Education Night at WHS- "Walking in Someone's Shoes" Empathy Skill Development

Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 7pm

617 Hammerschmidt Avenue

Lombard, IL

WHS Parents, please consider joining us for a special presentation from Judy S. Freedman, MSW, LCSW about the importance of empathy skill development in our kids! This special Parent Night will be followed up with a student assembly on Friday, Feb. 15th.

More information about the WHS Parent Night on Empathy can be found below!

Please RSVP below to let us know if you are coming!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

7:00 p.m., in the WHS LRC

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Save the Date- Stars and Spikes 5K Fun Run- Saturday, May 4th

More information about this year's race will be coming very soon! For now, just save the date. The 2nd Annual Stars and Spikes 5K Fun Run will be on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Check out the highlight video from last year's race below! It is a bit heavy on pictures of Madison families. . . however WHS students, staff, and families are represented. We'll have to do a better job of capturing WHS pictures this year!

Warning- The video is 12 minutes long.
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Congratulations - PTA Reflections STATE QUALIFIERS!

The following students are invited to an awards celebration where their projects will be displayed during the 5th annual Illinois PTA SPOTLIGHT event on Sunday, May 5 at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. In addition to the awards ceremony, there will be the opportunity to participate in various art workshops presented by students and faculty of the arts programs at Millikin. Congratulations to the following PTA Reflections State Qualifiers:

Film Production

Saajan Ray

Lucas Maida


Tommy Lynch

Ava Mihelich


Michele Roberto

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Habit # 5- "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Undersood

Recently WHS students and staff were engaged in lessons centered around Habit #5. Below you will find the monthly Parent Newsletter explaining Habit 5!

PARENT NEWSLETTER: Habit #5- Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

EXTENDED- Coin Drive EXTENDED - 1 more week!

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Science Fair Information

The D44 Science Fair is Coming Soon!

Important date to remember:

Science Fair Date: Saturday, February 23rd

Click on the link below to access all the information regarding the D44 Science Fair

D44 Science Fair Website Link-- Click Here

Save the Date- WHS Community Service Night at FMSC!


6:00- 7:30 p.m.

1072 National Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Part of being an "All-Star Learner and Leader" is helping others. This year instead of hosting a WHS Family Fun Night at the school, we decided to coordinate a WHS School Community Service Night at Feed My Starving Children. Check out the Flyer below! Toward the bottom of the flyer you will find a direct link to register for this event.

Please consider joining the WHS Staff and Families in what promises to be a fun and rewarding night of community service. See details below!

Winter Reminders

Hammerschmidt’s Winter

Playground Rules:

Before School, Recess, and After School!

Students will have OUTDOOR recess unless the temperature (including the wind-chill) is below 10 degrees. The temperature is monitored each morning and before lunch from multiple data points. Children will go out if the temperature is above zero. Please send appropriate outdoor clothing including hats and mittens with your child to school.

  • If students wish to play in the snow, they must wear BOTH snow pants and boots. If students are not wearing snow pants and boots, they are required to stay on our blacktop surface of playground for the lunchtime and classroom recess periods.

  • Students are not allowed to throw snowballs, slide on ice, or play other games where student safety may be compromised.

  • Snow forts are shared by ALL students regardless of age or grade. Children may add to them, but not destroy.

It is a great idea to keep an extra pair of socks, gloves or mittens in your child’s backpack. Students have a great time playing in the snow when appropriately dressed and following these guidelines.

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News from D44:

Click on the link below to access the latest news from District 44!

D44's Monthly Parent Newsletter

Connect 44- Strategic Planning Updates

Team members from every D44 and the community are engaged in a strategic planning process to shape our district's future. If you are interested in learning more, check out the link below. Updates to this website will be made after every meeting!

LAST CALL-- Parent Survey Closes on Feb. 15th

Have you shared your feedback about Hammerschmidt yet? If you have, THANK YOU very much. If not, please consider taking just a few minutes to share your perceptions of our school. This feedback will be used to help us continually improve! We are most appreciative for your input.

Five Essentials Survey Link

Become a WHS PTA Member!

Parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends of the family are welcome to join. PTA membership supports many student programs. As a PTA member, your family will also receive a copy of the the WHS PTA Phone Directory. Thank you for your consideration!

CLICK HERE for the WHS PTA Membership Form.

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Coming Soon- A Day with Katie Hurley- FREE PRESENTATIONS

Glenbard Parent Series will present a day with Katie Hurley author of “The Happy Kid Handbook: Joyful Teens in Stressful Times “and “No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls” on Wednesday, March 13 with three presentations by Katie Hurley.

CLICK HERE for more information

Fantastic FREE Parent Resources

The Glenbard Parent Series is a series of FREE speakers designed to support families of school age children in our immediate area. Every event is free, and does NOT require registration. Check out the link below to see if any of these opportunities interest you!

Glenbard Parent Series Website

CLICK HERE to download the 2018-19 Brochure