Henry Hawk News
Week of May 3, 2021: Teacher Appreciation Week!
A Message From The Principal
Dear Henry Families,
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! We appreciate all of our staff members and will celebrate them all week. Be sure to thank your child's teacher this week as a token of our Henry community appreciation. One simple way to show appreciation is to send an email to your child's teacher thanking them for all they do to educate our school community.
Spring testing continues with ACCESS. 5th and 4th grade students who are remote will be coming into the building during their designated times. When coming to Henry please be sure to complete the health screener. Here is the link for the health screener:
Have a great week!
Juan Gutierrez, Principal
Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal
Lora Abraham, Assistant Principal
PAC Meeting: Monday, May 3rd @ 5:00 pm (NEW!)
Class of 2021 Parent Meeting: Thursday, May 6th @ 6:00 pm (NEW!)
Preschool Registration Open
State Assessments: Testing Schedule This Week (NEW!)
Title IX Training for Students (NEW!)
Henry Hawks Weekly Update (NEW!)
Counselor's Corner (NEW!)
Preschool Applications Open
CPS Pre-K Applications Now Open for the 2021–22 School Year
The pre-k application for the 2021–22 school year is open now. There are more than 600 CPS and community-based preschool programs located throughout the city; choose the program that is best for your family. To learn more about applying for pre-k, visit chicagoearlylearning.org, call (312) 229-1690, or make an appointment with one of the city’s family resource centers.
State Assessments: Testing Schedule This Week
Title IX Training for Students
Message from CPS: With an ever changing education landscape, the safety of our Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students continues to be of the utmost importance. Earlier this year, our staff completed compliance training “Protecting Chicago’s Children”. These training sessions further ensure our staff remain vigilant about addressing any issues that could compromise the health and safety of your students. The next phase of the Office of Student Protection and Title IX’s commitment to this endeavor is providing training on preventing and reporting abuse to all K-12 CPS students.
The Office of Student Protection and Title IX (OSP) Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Student Training covers the following 5 learning objectives in developmentally appropriate language:
- Students will understand CPS Title IX Policy and Discrimination Statement
- Students will know who the Title IX Coordinator is, what OSP does, and how to get in touch with OSP
- Students will understand what constitutes sexual harassment
- Students will be aware of the resources available to students who report sexual harassment or retaliation, including interim measures pending an investigation
- Students will know what to do if they believe they or other students have been subjected to sexual harassment
- As a district OSP has collaborated across a number of departments to create developmentally appropriate sessions that will allow students to identify abuse and empower them to report any wrong doing that may have occurred. The sessions have been broken down by PreK-3rd Grade, 4th-8th Grade, and 9th-12th Grade and are all around 30-45 minutes.
Training for Henry Students will be with Ms. Reynolds or Mrs. Abraham for thirty minutes on Wednesday, May 6th throughout the day. Teachers will communicate with students the time they need to login to attend the training.
Parents have the right to opt-out of the the Office of Student Protection and Title IX Student Training. If you choose to opt your child out please email Ms. Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mrs. Abraham (email@example.com).
If you wish to teach your child this material yourself, you can access the videos to the sessions on the OSP website at www.cps.edu/osp.
Henry Hawks Weekly Update
Here is the Henry Hawks Weekly Update from this past week.
It's hard to believe that we've been in this pandemic for over a year. At this point you may be feeling stuck or overwhelmed or just need some reassurance. Here are some podcasts to help you get you through this challenging time:
1. Good Inside: Clinical psychologist and mom of three Becky Kennedy, Ph.D.—aka Dr. Becky—is out with a new weekly podcast to help give expert tips to parents everywhere. Good Inside, available on Apple and Spotify, dives into the questions parents have today on parenting, forming stronger relationships with their kids, and helping their children grow—all in under 30 minutes.
2. Motherhood in Black and White: Every week, co-hosts Kaanji Irby and Tara Campbell cover topics such as motherhood, race, and pop culture on a podcast that's more important now than ever: Motherhood in Black & White. Exploring every person's unique parenthood journey, diversity is the name of the game with this podcast—plus it hones in on raising race-conscious children. Free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google.
3. The Mom Hour: A weekly parenting podcast with nearly 250 episodes, The Mom Hour creates a supportive community for mothers everywhere. It's co-hosted by Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers, who have eight kids between them. They discuss every parenting-related topic you can think of: mom shaming, sleep deprivation, potty training, puberty, and so much more. Free at Apple Podcasts.
4. Awesome with Allison: "This cheerful, upbeat podcast makes me excited about the day ahead! It tackles everyday decision making and dilemmas like overcoming self-doubt, becoming more motivated, and living your life fully," says Joy Cho, founder of Oh Joy! Free at Apple Podcasts.
5. Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting: Lisa Damour, Ph.D., a New York Times Adolescence columnist and author of bestsellers Untangled and Under Pressure, and Reena Nina, a world-class journalist, co-host the new podcast, Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting, all about family mental health—and your top parenting questions—amid COVID-19.
Hopefully these podcasts will help you feel reinvigorated!
If you ever need anything else, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I am here for you and your students.
Also, as a reminder, you are all amazing!
Have a great weekend,