Henry Hawk News

Week of March 6. 2023

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Principal's Message

Dear Henry Families,

We have 2 more weeks before the end of the 3rd Quarter. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on March 29th. Further information will be will provided in the coming weeks.

Upcoming February Dates:

28~ Election Day

Upcoming March Dates:

7 ~ White Sox Southpaw Strikes Out Bullying Presentation (Grades K-5)

8 ~ Holocaust Museum Field Trip (7th/8th Grade)

10 ~ PAC Meeting @ 8:30 a.m.

14 ~ LCS Meeting @ 4:30 p.m.

16 ~ Last Day of 3rd Quarter

17 ~ School Improvement Day. (No Classes)

20 ~ Start of 4th Quarter

27-31 ~ Scholastic Book Fair

29 ~ Parent Teacher Conferences/Report Card Pickup

Have a great week!

Mr. Gutierrez and Ms. Reynolds

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal



School Counselor: I'll be there for you (NEW!)

Skills Trade Field Trip Pictures (NEW!)

Community Resources

Covid Testing Signup

Parent Portal (Aspen)


Covid Protocol

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

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Career Day is coming to Henry on May 11th! We would love to have our parents participate in this amazing event and share about their careers. Career Day even if you can only commit to an hour, that’s fine! If you’re interested in participating, please email Mrs. Garfinkel at mgarfinkel@cps.edu.

Skills Trade Field Trip

Some of our 8th grade students were able to attend the Skills Trade field trip at McCormick Place on Friday, March 3rd. The students were able to explore careers in the construction trades, architecture, STEM, engineering and related fields through this innovative trades expo designed for youth engagement. Check out some of the pics below!
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Community Resources

North River Commission

SAVE THE DATE • Public Health and Safety Meeting // Junta Comunitaria Sobre Salud & Seguridad

Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00pm
Haugan Elementary, 4540 N Hamlin Ave
Doors open at 5:30 pm

Join North River Commission and your neighbors to discuss health and public safety in our communities. Learn about NRC's Health Equity and Violence Prevention initiatives and work. Discuss action steps and upcoming opportunities to engage and volunteer so that together we can help create safer and healthier communities. We want to hear from you! All are welcome, tell your friends and neighbors. Spanish translation and child care will be provided.
Martes 21 de marzo
Puertas habren a las 5:30 pm- la junta empieza a las 6 pm

Únase a North River Commission y a sus vecinos para hablar sobre la salud y la seguridad pública en nuestras comunidades. Conozca las iniciativas y el trabajo de Equidad en Salud y Prevención de la Violencia de NRC. Discuta los pasos de acción y las próximas oportunidades para participar y ser voluntario para que juntos podamos ayudar a crear comunidades más seguras y saludables. ¡Queremos escuchar de ti! Todos son bienvenidos, cuéntaselo a tus amigos y vecinos. Se proporcionará traducción y cuidado de niños.

Immigrant Tenant Protections Workshop - Thursday, March 9 at 6 pm

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Join North River Commission and Latino Policy Forum for an Immigrant Tenant Protections Workshop on Thursday, March 9th from 6 PM. You can participate on Zoom or in person at 3403 W Lawrence Ave, Suite 201.

Learn about:

  • The Immigrant Tenant Protection Act
  • Accessible housing resources and how to access them
  • Housing rights and protections
RSVP to Erika Geraldino at erika@northrivercommission.org or 872-257-8773

¡Únase a North River Commission y el Latino Policy Forum para un Taller de Protección de Inquilinos Inmigrantes! Acompáñanos el 9 de marzo a las 6 pm a través de Zoom o en persona en el 3403 W Lawrence ave, para obtener información sobre la ley de protección de inquilinos inmigrantes, como encontrar recursos de vivienda accesibles y sus derechos y protecciones de vivienda.

Registrese con Erika Geraldino por correo electronico: erika@northrivercommission.org o 872-257-8773

COVID Testing Signup

CPS offers free weekly COVID-19 testing for students and staff in all District-run schools. Sign up for weekly testing for the 2022-23 school year through the ReadyCheckGo Testing Program.

IMPORTANT: Every CPS student or staff member who wants to enroll in weekly COVID-19 testing for the 2022-23 school year MUST complete a new consent form. Consents from last school year or this summer WILL NOT be valid for the 2022-23 school year.

To sign up for COVID testing, please go the following link: https://www.color.com/cust/readycheckgo-cps

You will need to search "Henry" for the school.

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Use the Parent Portal to easily and conveniently check grades, attendance, and other information about your student's progress. Need to learn how to set up Parent Portal? Contact the Main Office at 773-534-5060 or click on the link above.

New Feature on Aspen

An exciting new feature is coming to the Aspen Parent Portal on October 24, 2022. E-Absence will allow parents and guardians to submit and track your student’s absences online. That means no more making last-minute phone calls or completing paper forms.

E-Absence joins a lineup of features that are already available on the Aspen Parent Portal to manage your student’s school experience. Sign in to your account at ASPEN.CPS.EDU for features including:

  • Checking Assignments
  • Viewing Grades
  • Tracking Attendance
  • Paying Fees

To access Parent Portal, you must:

  • Be listed as a contact for your student in the Student Information System.
  • Have a valid email in the student’s contact records.
  • Request and submit the validation code sent via email.

Don’t have an account? Contact the main office to register for an account today. You can also learn more at cps.edu/pages/parentresources.aspx.


Covid Protocols:

  • Close contacts will no longer be excluded from school. Any student or staff member who is exposed to COVID-19 in school — regardless of vaccination status — will no longer be required to learn or work from home for five days, but will be required to wear a mask in school for 10 days following exposure, and will be strongly encouraged to test three and five days after exposure. CPS will provide schools with rapid take-home tests to distribute to families and staff members if they are exposed, and we will strongly encourage families to use them in order to prevent spread and ensure a safe in-person learning environment.

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days. Cases should continue to be reported to cps.edu/covidresults

  • Wearing a mask is still an important way to prevent spreading the virus to others. CPS will continue to strongly recommend masking in school, and masks will continue to be required in the following situations:

    • On days 6-10 after testing positive for COVID-19

    • If someone is exposed to COVID-19

    • If there is a positive case identified in an elementary school classroom

    • At the direction of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

  • CPS will continue to offer free, weekly in-school COVID-19 testing to students and staff who are interested. Importantly, anyone who wants to enroll in testing this year will need to fill out an updated consent form — regardless of whether or not individuals participated in weekly testing last year. That updated consent form can be accessed here. Parents or guardians must register on behalf of a student under 18 years old. When you’re asked to enter an Organization ID, use your child’s 8 digit CPS Student ID which can be found on Aspen's parent portal or ask your child's teacher.


  • All visitors, including parents, visiting a school must behave appropriately and adhere to school rules and visitor protocol while on CPS property. Every visitor must check in at the security check-point at the main entrance (Door #2). The security officer will ask for a valid state ID or driver's license from the visitor. If a state ID or driver's license is not available, the security officer will check in the visitor by manually typing their information into the Visitor Management System (VMS). Visitors who fail or refuse to provide valid identification or other identifying information will not be allowed entry into the building.
  • Once a visitor has been checked into the VMS, the visitor will receive a badge that must be visibly worn and escorted throughout the building during their visit. Visitors who do not wear their badge must be redirected to the security check-point. If a parent seeks to visit a classroom to observe their child, the parent should request permission from the teacher and/or school staff to discuss appropriate times and days. This notification must be done at least 24 hours prior to their visit.

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Principal Juan Gutierrez

A.P. Mary Ann Reynolds