Henry Hawk News

Week of October 19, 2020

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Principal Gutierrez's Message

Dear Henry Families,

We know there are a lot of questions regarding the the email sent last Friday from the district indicating plans for second quarter. The plan laid out a return on November 16th for Pre-K students and students in special education cluster programs. Please note, Henry does not have a special education cluster program so this does not impact any of our students with IEPs or 504s. As of now, all K-8th grade students will be beginning 2nd Quarter in remote learning. We do not have any further information or any specifics beyond this news and encourage you to review the CPS Reopening website linked below in our newsletter. We will be holding sessions specifically for our Pre-K families in the coming weeks to prepare for the transition back to in-person learning and will communicate further with those families about specific dates and times.

Stay well.

Principal Gutierrez

What's In This Week's Henry Hawk News?

CPS Second Quarter Reopening Plan

Family Income Forms

Virtual Haunted Halloween Assembly

GoCPS Support

Student Access to YouTube

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Maggie Garfinkel

Family Remote Learning Support

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While we will begin the second quarter learning at home, our goal is to reopen school buildings for pre-k and students enrolled in moderate and intensive cluster programs later in the second quarter.

The availability of safe, in-person instruction for our most vulnerable students is an issue of equity, and that means we must address the challenges of COVID-19 head-on and provide our highest-need students with a safe and supportive learning environment. Read the full letter from the district to understand what this means for your family.

Please click on the CPS Reopening Plan here for further information.

Please complete the intent form (which will be emailed) by October 28 if you have a child in pre-k at Henry.

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Family Income Forms

Parents, please turn in your Family Income Form by November 18th. Ms. Vanessa Ortega will reach out regarding any forms that still need to be returned.

Family Income and Information Form [ ENGLISH/SPANISH ]

Virtual Haunted Halloween Assembly

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Go CPS Support

Counselor Help with GoCPS for 8th grade students: Ms. Garfinkel will be on campus October 20th, 26th and November 5th from 8:15am to 3:15pm to assist parents in logging into their students’ GoCPS accounts.
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Student Access to YouTube

ITS has updated the district’s YouTube security settings enabling students to access YouTube as of Friday, September 25. This means that students will have the ability to view safe, CPS approved YouTube videos intended to enhance their education, particularly during remote learning. Access will be limited (i.e., Restricted Access) with additional layers of security in place to safeguard students from harmful content.

In order to access videos on YouTube on a CPS-issued device or while on the CPS network, students must be logged in to their CPS account. To quickly access YouTube as well as other CPS apps, including G Suite, students should go to cps.edu/portal and log in using their CPS username and password. Check out the How to Log in to Your CPS Account (Please note students with a CPS email can access this document) document for student-friendly step-by-step instructions on how to log in and access their apps. Please note, if students receive an error message when attempting to access YouTube videos on their CPS device or while on the network, it is likely because they are not logged in to their CPS account.

For additional questions, please call the IT Service Desk at (773) 553-3925.

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Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Garfinkel

Hello Henry Families,

October is Bullying Awareness Month. To help commemorate this, I wanted to share some warning signs if your child is bullied and what you can do as a parent to help them. Next week I will share some more resources. Bullying is still an issue even during remote learning.

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Here are 8 steps you can take when your child is being bullied.

1. Listen to What Your Child Has to Say

2. Don’t Retaliate Against the Bully or His Family

3. Coach Your Child on How to React

4. Find a Teacher or Administrator at Your Child’s School Who Will Help

5. Take Your Child’s Side

6. Get Support

7. Teach Your Child to Name What’s Happening

8. Find Something Your Child Is Really Good at Doing

As a reminder, I want to make sure this information is meeting your needs, so please complete this survey as soon as you can:


If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. The best way to reach me is by email: mgarfinkel@cps.edu

I look forward to working with you all this year,

Maggie Garfinkel, LPC, NCC

School Counselor

Henry Elementary School

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Family Remote Learning Support

Remote Learning Page on Henry Website

Learn how to get on Parent Portal, Google Email, Google Meets, Google Classroom. Click the link above.

CPS Family Tech Support Link

Need Technology support? CPS’ Information Technology Services team has created a single source online system for parents and students to get support for their technology devices or other technology related questions. Click the button above.

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Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Reynolds, and Mrs. Abraham