Hometown School Newsletter

August 6, 2021


Welcome to the 21-22 School Year

I hope this letter finds that your family has taken some time to enjoy summer break and focus on celebrating each other. I am Amanda Bencik, the new, proud principal of Hometown School. I could not be more excited to begin celebrating the journey of education. The Hometown staff has been working hard to prepare for all of our scholars to return to the building in person for learning. We want to ensure that all feel safe and guidelines are in place to continue the educational journey with all students and families.

Skyward & Classroom Assignments

Skyward, District 123’s Student Information System, allows families to access all of your student’s profile including: registration, attendance, family conference scheduling, grades, food service, fee management, and health records. Please make sure all contact information is up to date in the system and all emergency contact information reflects current information. Families will be able to access classroom assignments and schedules beginning on August 11th , 2021 at 12:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 708-423-7360.

Kindergarten Screening

Kindergarten students will be screened the first two days of school. All registered kindergarten students have been registered for a screening on either Wednesday, August 18th or Thursday, August 19th The screening results will be analyzed, and students will be placed in classes heterogeneously. Families will be notified of their child’s teacher Thursday, August 19th afternoon via phone call, so please make sure your contact information is current in Skyward. Kindergarten students’ first day of school will be Friday, August 20th from 8:30am-3:20pm.

Supply Drop off/ Open House/Ice Cream Social

Families will have the opportunity to drop off supplies to their child’s classroom beginning on Tuesday, August 17th between 12:30pm-2:00pm or 6:00pm- 7:30pm. Please join us for our beginning of the year celebration(open house) on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 4:30-6:00 to meet teachers and listen to a presentation about the year.

The PTA ice cream social will follow from 5:30-6:30 by the playground in the back of the school. This social event will allow families to join the PTA, catch up with old friends and meet new ones! We hope to see you there.

School Fees

Please be sure that your registration fees are paid to start the school year. Fees are $217.00 for registering families. Families are able to pay online through Skyward or at the school office. If you need further assistance with this please call our office at 708-423-7360.

First Day Logistics

This year’s first day of school will be Wednesday, August 18th and it is a half day of school ~ for students in grades 1st through 5th. The school day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 11:30 am. We are looking forward to seeing all of the smiling faces coming back to in person learning. The earliest students can line up is Students can start arriving at 8:10am. Upon their arrival, scholars should line up with their grade level peers at the appropriate door. Students will be escorted into the building by staff at 8:25 am.

Pre-K- Door 20

Kindergarten- Enter door 1, exit door 8

1st grade- Door 6

2nd grade- Door 7

3rd grade- Door 19

4th grade- Door 17

5th grade- Door 15

Map of the School showing door entrances for each grade level.


In an effort to maximize the safest traffic pattern possible, we will continue with the traffic pattern exercised for the past several years. In the morning, families / caregivers who drive their students to school may choose to either pull up to the designated “car drop off zone”, which is located on the “school side” of Duffy (southbound) and let their child exit the car on the passenger side or park on Kildare or Kolin and walk their child to their designated arrival spot. NO CARS will be allowed in the school parking lots during arrival and dismissal times. Students are expected to report to their designated doors as seen on the map above.

Dismissal Procedures

When school is dismissed at 3:20 pm, students are able to walk home, line up in the gym for their bus, or meet their parent/ caregiver outside of the school. Older children who walk younger siblings or neighbors should meet them in a prearranged location outside of the building and will be dismissed first in order to pick up their sibling or relative.

New Family Celebration

Families new to Hometown School are invited to join us on Friday, August 20th at 8:45 am in the Multi-Purpose Room. This informal breakfast celebration will include a brief introduction to Hometown School and discussion topics including: attendance and lunch procedures, Skyward, Take Home Tuesday, and the Late Start Schedule, followed by a brief Q & A session. We hope to see you there!

Health and Safety


Governor Pritzker announced through an executive order that masks are now required for students, teachers, and staff at pre-kindergarten - 12th grade public and nonpublic schools throughout the state. The new measure is part of the state’s ongoing effort to combat the surge of the Delta variant. Hometown school will follow the mandate.


Starting the school year, self-certification will not be required to be turned in at the school. Please take time each morning to ensure your child is healthy and ready to learn.

Temperature Checks

All students will be temperature checked as they enter the building daily.

Breakfast and Lunch

Students will be able to take part in breakfast and lunch everyday at NO charge. Breakfast will be given to students at the end of each day for the following morning to be eaten at home. There will be NO in person breakfast option this school year. Students will be able to chose from two hot choices for lunch daily with lunch counts taking place with their teacher in the morning

Early Childhood

Please see that attached letter from our Early Childhood Supervisor to start the school year.

Take Home Tuesdays

Students will bring home all pertinent school information and classroom work on Tuesdays. Some of this information will also be sent home electronically through our School Messenger Communication System. Information used to send home the information will be used from Skyward. Please look for important information, resources to use at home, as well as celebrations of students throughout each week.

Back Parking Lot

We are very excited about our back parking lot. We still have some construction taking place and are hopeful that it will be complete to start school. In the event that it is not ready, we ask you do not park in the back or in Our Lady of Loretto parking lot. We ask that you use community street parking until the project is finished.

Chromebook Insurance

Families will have to sign up for Chromebook Insurance by September 30, 2021 at the cost of $25.00 per child. Insurance will not be offered to registered families after this date. Please log on to Skyward to purchase.
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