Hometown School Newsletter

April 19th, 2022

Bencik's Buzz

Hometown Families:

We hope everyone had a restful four day weekend. We look forward to finishing the year strong. It is hard to believe there are only 32 days left of school. Please remember there is no parking in the back lot for drop off or pick up. Also, the driveway has cars that can drive in to the back lot for staff parking. Please be cautious as students are walking to and from school. We want all of our families safe.

Returning Registration

Returning families in the district should have received an email with registration for the 2022-2023 school year. Please follow the directions listed in the email.

PTA Spring Craft NIght

Summer School

Classes are filling up fast. Please register for the classes as soon as possible.

Respect Week

District 123 will host respect week. Please see the calendar for details. We have different dress up days for the week.

Fifth Grade Students

Our fifth grade students will be attending the middle school next week to get the feel for the environment as they move over to the building for the 2022-2023 school year. The student will take a tour, ask questions, practice locks, and learn about the different offerings the middle school will provide them next year. The parents will have an opportunity to visit in the beginning of May. Please let us know if you have follow up questions.

Math Carnival Night

Carnival Math Night is coming! Families are invited to join us on Thursday April 28 from 5:00-6:30pm in the school gym for an evening of carnival style math games, carnival treat goodie bags, a photo station and raffles! Every student participant will receive a set of dice, deck of cards, booklet of at home math games and a chance to win a family board game. Mrs. Guzman will be available that night to work with any of our Spanish speaking families wishing to attend. Please send your RSVP slips back to school no later than Wednesday April 20. Hope to see you there!

¡Se acerca la Noche de Carnaval de Matemáticas! ¡Todas las familias están invitadas a unirse a nosotros el jueves 28 de abril de 5:00 p. m. a 6:30 p. m. en el gimnasio de la escuela! Será una noche de juegos matemáticos al estilo carnaval, habrá bolsas de golosinas, una estación de fotos y rifas. Cada estudiante recibirá un juego de dados, una baraja de cartas, un folleto de juegos de matemáticas en casa y la oportunidad de ganar un juego de mesa familiar. La Sra. Guzmán estará disponible esa noche para trabajar con cualquiera de nuestras familias de habla hispana que deseen asistir. Envíe sus comprobantes de confirmación de asistencia a la escuela a más tardar el miércoles 20 de abril. ¡Espero verlos allí!

Beginning Band Registration

Any fourth grade student who would like to join band, please mark your calendar.

2022-23 Beginning Band Registration (for current 4th grade students)

All meetings listed are at OLHMS:

Tuesday, May 17: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Wednesday, May 18: 9am

SAVE THE DATE- Kindergarten Orientation

Thursday, May 19th will be our orientation for our new incoming kindergarten students. More details will follow as the time gets closer.


PTA is looking for any dads that would be interested in helping out with Muffins with Misses so our moms can enjoy time with their child for the event. If you are interested, please reach out to Kari Devine at 708-691-3003.

TPS and Kindergarten Registration- OPEN

If your student is already registered with district in EC or preschool, you will just register with the backpack registration in April. If you would like to register your children for Tuition Preschool please use the link below. Kindergarten registration is also open. Please use the second link to register your child for the next school year. We can't wait to meet all of our new learners.

TPS registration:




Virtual Afterschool Homework Help

If you student needs some extra help, please join our teachers for extra homework help

3:30 to 4:30

Google Meet Link: https://meet.google.com/iwv-pueu-emc

Monday: Mrs. Finnegan

Tuesday: Mrs. Malone

Wednesday: Mr. Carson

Thursday: Mr. Carson

Mother/Son Bowling

We are excited to offer the event for our boys and favorite lady. The RSVP's were due on April 14th. We will NOT be excepting late registration. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Karyn Kicho

Every week we will shine a spotlight on one of our very own Hometown Staff members. This week we will meet Mrs. Karyn Kicho.

How long and what grades have you taught?

I have taught for 22 years. During that time I have had the opportunity to work with all grade levels K-12th. I have been a PE teacher, a Health teacher and a swimming instructor for schools in both Indiana and Illinois during my career.

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

If I could travel anywhere, I would choose to go back to the Greek islands. It was a place so picturesque, crystal clear water, houses built on cliffs, stunning sunsets, dramatic views and the best fresh seafood you could imagine.

What is the best thing about working at Hometown?

The best thing about working at Hometown are the students and staff. I love seeing the students' faces light up when they get to come to PE class. Hometown students and staff truly care about others and because of that it is a school like no other!

The best thing about working at Hometown is that I get to sing and make music with children every day! I love them so much!

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is sushi and any type of fresh seafood whether it's raw or cooked.

Who is someone you admire and why?

The person I admire the most is my dad. My dad is a strong but at the same time soft spoken person. He never complains about anything and puts others first. My dad was an educator/ principal and has taught me how to be successful and work hard at my job. My dad has supported me with everything I have done in my life. Most importantly my dad has taught me the meaning of family and has shown me how important it is to appreciate what you are given in life.

If you see Mrs. Kicho around the school make sure you say hello!!

Special Person's Day

We will be hosting Special Person's Day on April 28th. Please see the attached flyer for more details.