WHS Principal Post: May 2022

The Monthly Family Newsletter from Mr. Danielski

Dear WHS Families,

We have reached the final Principal Post Family newsletter for the 2021-2022 School Year. We are ending our year in full force as we take advantage of the loosened safety restrictions that we lived under for most of the year. We hope to see you at some of the many remaining school community events that round out this year.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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PTA Assembly Highlights

The WHS PTA Supported our Jesse White Tumblers on the last day prior to our Spring Break. Despite having only half the students attend at one time, the screaming enthusiasm from the gym was at an all time high. See the highlights below!

CLICK HERE for some video highlights of the PTA Assembly

Save the Date: Spring Open House & WHS Food Fest:


Our next WHS Food Fest will be on Thursday, May 12 from 5:30-7pm! WHS Spring Open House will also be held that same night. Come on out and meet the teachers, see your child’s projects and grab dinner/dessert with the family! All are welcome!

We have the following vendors lined up to participate:

  • Rosemary & Jeans

  • El Famous Burrito

  • Lord of the Fryz

  • Righteous Kitchen

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes

  • Kona Ice

  • Extract Juicery

Hope to see you there!

BOOK FAIR, MAY 12th - 19th:

WHS Book Fair coming soon and WE NEED YOU! Come volunteer May 12 through May 19. Sign up and more information found here Please contact Kristy with any questions: 708-285-4849

WHS Spring Musicals at GWMS -- Save the Dates!

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Logistics for the Spring Musical

Our WHS Spring Musicals are right around the corner. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with details regarding our performances.

Like in “Pre- COVID” times, we will be having our performances at Glenn Westlake Middle School. (GWMS is located behind Manor Hill School, on Main St. south of Roosevelt Rd.) This allows us more space to safely enjoy the show. Listed below are some important details regarding our musicals:

  • Students are asked to wear school colors (red, white or black) or WHS Spirit Wear.

  • All families will enter GWMS at the Main Entrance, Door #1.

  • Doors will open at 6:40 p.m.

  • One adult will be asked to drop off your child, and then pick them up after the show at their assigned classroom.

  • Classroom teachers will supervise students during the time the students are not on stage.

  • Classroom assignments are as follows:

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Dear Hammerschmidt Parents,

Planning is underway for the next school year. If you are anticipating a change of schools for your child(ren) for next year, please let us know! The office will provide you with additional information.

If your child attends Hammerschmidt due to open enrollment, you have received an email from Jenn Nimke with the online form request for open enrollment. We are only accepting requests through this online form. Please complete prior to June 30. Open enrollment requests are approved annually depending on class size.

Class lists for the 2022-2023 school year will be developed in the coming weeks. A student’s placement for next year is based on several considerations including the following:

  • Heterogeneous groups of students in each class in terms of developmental levels, academic performance, gender, etc.

  • Student social/emotional

  • Special program needs such as Differentiation, Resource, EL

  • Personalities that may benefit from being together or separated

  • Behavioral needs

  • Matching student-learning styles with teaching styles

I rely heavily on the judgment of classroom teachers and support personnel in determining a child’s classroom assignment. The process involves many professionals, not just your child’s current teacher, with me having the final approval. A parent request for a particular teacher will not be given general consideration. Some parents have made specific requests in the past, so I am asking that you do not approach this year’s teacher with a request. If you have pertinent information that relates to peer relationships, please put it in writing and send it to me no later than Friday, May 13th.

Families will be notified by mail of their child’s classroom placement in August.

We continually make every effort to optimize the use of collaborative practices to best serve each of our Hammerschmidt students. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at 630-827-4200 or ddanielski@sd44.org.


David Danielski



Please email Liz Valdivia (evaldivia@sd44.org) in the WHS office, if your students will not be returning to Hammerschmidt School (or GWMS for current 5th graders) for the 2022-23 school year. Thank you!

Student Goal Reflection

WHS Spring Tree

There is a large tree painted on the wall in the LRC. For trimester 3, students had the opportunity to fill out a "flower" decorated with with goals they have met and goals we are still working towards. The picture below is in full bloom!

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Stars & Spikes Participants,

First, thank you so much for registering and helping us bring our Stars & Spikes 5k event back to what it was prior to the pandemic. We are so excited for race day and to see our over 700 participants at Madison Elementary on May 7th. We wanted to share some information regarding the race prior to race week. We will be sending out a second email a few days before race day with more detailed information about race day.

Registration: Online registration closed this Friday, April 29 (if you have friends/family interested), but our race shirt/swag order has been submitted. Extra race shirts were ordered for late registrations, but those are only as supplies last. Anyone interested in registering after this Friday can register on race day on site beginning at 7:30.

Race Gear: All of our race gear will be distributed when it arrives next week to the student that you listed on your registration. Included in your bag will be your race shirt, race bib (with safety pins) and any swag that you ordered.

Race Parking: Parking will be extremely limited and tough to access on race day and we strongly suggest walking or biking to the event if possible. If you do choose to drive, we suggest you park south of Madison Street as our race course covers most of the streets North of Madison and enclose the Madison campus as well.

Race Day Schedule:

7:30 Race Day Registration Opens

9:00 Stars & Spikes: Back in Black 5k

10:00 1 Mile Run (start time approximate depending on the conclusion of the 5k race)

10:45 100 Yard Dash (children 5 and under)

11:00 Post-Race Party

We are counting down the days until we get to bring this amazing Madison & Hammerschmidt event back to life and we are so excited that you are going to be a part of it!


Stars & Spikes Race Committee

Registration Links:

Below you fill find links for all the official Stars and Spikes 2022 Information:

5k Home Page


Registration Page https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Lombard/StarsSpikesBackinBlack5k

Grade 1 Student Showcase Entries

Grade 1 Students had the opportunity to showcase items that were special to them in our main hallway display case. Here are their entries:
Grade 1 Student Showcase

Spring Garden Cleanup

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The Band and Orchestra Recruitment process has begun! Over the next couple weeks your child will have the opportunity to listen to all instruments and decide which one is best for them, and then you can sign your child up for Band or Orchestra at one of the Open House/Registration Dates. Tuesday, May 10th from 4-7:30pm, or Saturday, May 14th from 10am-noon. Both events will be at GWMS in the Big Gym and Small Gym. Want to learn more about the D44 Instrumental Music Program? Click HERE.

Kane County Cougars Game with Cub Scout Pack 42

Kane County Cougars Game with Cub Scout Pack 42

Pack 42 invites Hammerschmidt families to join us on August 6 for a social outing to the Kane County Cougars game. This is a great opportunity to meet other Hammerschmidt families, learn about Scouting and enjoy an evening at the ballpark. Read on for the game details. If interested, please sign up via this Google form (payment due June 1) https://forms.gle/m3rkqEqdmDinR31UA

What: Kane County Cougars Baseball Game

When: Saturday, Aug 6th. 6:30PM game time. Current Scouts that want to participate in the flag ceremony must be there by 6pm.

Cost: $18 per ticket. Ticket price includes a $10 food and drink voucher. Parking is additional and offered at a discounted price of $6.

Payment is due June 1 to Margot McNulty. Payment options include cash drop-off, Venmo, or Zelle. See the Google Form for specifics on payment.

Game Theme/Entertainment: The game night theme is "tie-dye night," Tyler's Amazing Balancing Act is performing, there will be a hat giveaway, a concert by The Wayouts before the game, and fireworks after the game!

More about Pack 42: Pack 42 is open to girls and boys in grades K-5. Many of the Pack 42 scouts are Hammerschmidt students. While Scouting provides opportunities for service, outdoor activities and developing leadership skills, this is done through many fun activities that allow Scouts to have fun with their buddies, learn something new or show off a skill they already have. Recent activities include an Egg Drop, Build Your Own Rocket, obstacle course, Movie Making, and more. There will be a separate, official membership recruitment event in the fall. If you have questions about Scouting in general, please contact Kristin Hartsaw at khartsaw@gmail.com or Molly Victor at mollyerinvictor@gmail.com.

This baseball game outing is an opportunity to expand the Scout connection with the Hammerschmidt community. We hope to see you there!

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Calling all WHS Parents & current PTA members. We are looking forward to next school year and need some more volunteers. We have a number of Board and Committee Chair positions that will be available next year. This is a great way to get involved with the school and be part of the WHS community. If you're looking to get more involved in the PTA please contact our PTA President, Lisa Greenfield.

Family Fitness Fair

Thank you to all the families who participated in our annual PTA Family Fitness Fair. See some See the picture highlights below.
Congratulations to the raffle basket winners from this event. Here are a few of the big winners:
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Pop Tab Tabulation

From Student Council:

Thank you to everyone who delivered pop tabs to the collection bin. Overall, this year we gathered an estimate of around 51 pounds in pop tabs. This effort will help benefit the Ronald Mcdonald house of Chicagoland.


Thanks to those families who have completed WHS Walking Challenges! The challenges for this week are re-purposed from last year’s virtual Walking Club because they were such hits! The Prairie Path Puzzle is the same walking challenge, but with a new puzzle to solve. TheMissing Principal Mystery is fun and takes you around the Hammerschmidt School property to solve where Mr. Danielski is. Click here for the video solution. You can still complete theLombard Playground Bingo. : Walking Club Bingo and Walking Scavenger Hunt or *complete one of your own*! Don't forget...if you complete a challenge, fill out the Completed Walking Challenges Google form and submit it. Smoothie King gift cards will be raffled off to participants each week. Contact Kate Cross with any questions.


The purpose of Walk + Roll is to increase students’ physical activity on either end of the school day and perhaps create new habits for your family. For students who bike to and from school 3 or more days during Walk + Roll week will receive a $10 gift certificate to J&R Cycle in Villa Park. We thank J&R for their support. For students who walk to and from school 3 or more days during Walk + Roll week will be entered into a raffle for a fitness related prize.

You will show your activity by completing and submitting a Google form (to be provided later) at the end of Walk + Roll week.

There are bike racks in the back of the school near Stewart street for grades 1-5. There is another bike rack in front of the school near the kindergarten entrance for the kindergartners. Please remember to wear a helmet and lock up your bike! Please contact WHS PTA Wellness Chair Kate Cross with any questions.


Next Wednesday, May the 4th be with you at El Famous Lombard! This is it folks! Our last dine-out of the year. 20% of all proceeds from Wednesday, May 4th purchases at El Famous, will go to our children! Please make sure to mention Hammerschmidt PTA!

MOVIE NIGHT - FRIDAY, MAY 13th, 6:15 - 8:15pm:

Our next PTA Movie Night will be Friday, May 13th featuring “Sing 2”! This will be a Drop Off event held inside the Gym from 6:15pm – 8:15pm. All WHS students are welcome to attend. You can prepay online at the Member Hub Store HERE for $5.00 or pay at the Door for $8.00. See link to the FLYER for more details. Questions? Contact Kim Duffy.

PTA Meeting - Monday, 5/23

PTA MEETING - MONDAY, MARCH 23st at 7:00pm:

Please join us for the PTA Meeting in the LRC. This will be an "in-person" only event.

Join the WHS PTA!

Click on the link below for the WHS PTA Membership Form! Thank you for supporting Hammerschmidt School!

CLICK HERE for the WHS PTA Membership Form

PTA Facebook Page


Join the WHS PTA Facebook Page so you will always have the most up-to-date information for all the PTA events happening throughout the school year.

Support the PTA by Shopping on Amazon!

Supporting Hammerschmidt is easy, simply by shopping at amazon. Go to smile.amazon.com and search for Hammerschmidt PTA. Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchases to our school!

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Interested in Being a Lunch/ Recess Supervisor at Hammerschmidt?


Are you interested in being a Hammerschmidt Lunch/Recess Supervisor? If so, APPLY ONLINE! Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Danielski with any questions! Become a part of our WHS or D44 team! Click here to learn more!

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Glenbard Parent Series

Check out these FREE informational sessions for parents! Click on the link below for a complete lineup of speakers for the year!

Glenbard Parent Series Information

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Click on the link below to get the most recent news from District 44:

Lombard District 44 Update