WHS Principal Post - September 2021

The Monthly Family Newsletter from Mr. Danielski

Dear WHS Families,

Fall Curriculum Night - Principal Welcome Video

Please take a few minutes to watch the video below. It provides an introduction to this year's school theme, introduces the PTA Board, PTA functions, offers some context for the coming year and introduces the WHS Staff.

Fall Curriculum Night - Principal Welcome Video 2021- 2022

WHS Picture Day- Wednesday, Sept. 8th


Bring your best smile on Wednesday, Sept. 8th for WHS Picture Day! Lifetouch Envelope Flyers were sent home in your students’ backpack last week for paper orders, or you can click on the PICTURE DAY FLYER to order portraits online. Picture makeup day has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 20th.

Optional- Parent Visitation- Wed. Sept. 8th, 6:30- 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 8th, from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. we will host an OPTIONAL “Open House” drop-in style visitation for parents only. The purpose of this session is to provide parents interested in getting in the building an opportunity to do so. Teachers will be in their classrooms for any individual questions you may have. There will be NO FORMAL PRESENTATION given during the session. All the grade level curriculum and classroom based information will be provided in the videos sent to you prior to this date.

Your attendance at the evening visitation is not expected and is entirely optional.

Be Seen, Be Heard Grade Level Presentations This Friday!

Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193 was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, 2013. This law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades pre-K through 12. It is recommended that four communications a year on Erin’s Law be made available to all students.

Victor Pacini, a survivor of sexual abuse, author and motivational speaker, will be assisting our schools in implementing this mandate. Mr. Pacini’s program is developmentally appropriate, interactive, and aligned with learning standards. The focus of his presentation is to teach children basic skills to keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. The concepts that will be discussed are:

• Distinguishing safe from unsafe touches

• Safety rules at home and school

• Saying “NO”

• Safe/Unsafe Secrets

• It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her

• Telling a trusted adult

Mr. Pacini will be presenting this important information to our students through an online video presentation at our K - 8 schools. There will be a presentation and several follow up videos starting in September through the end of this school year.

Please take the time to watch this 20-minute Be Seen and Heard 2.0 informational video here. Victor also includes his contact information in case parents have questions, he is able to address them personally.

Grade level presentations will take place on Friday, Sept. 10th at Hammerschmidt!

1:1 Technology Information:

All students will be issued a tech device from their classroom teacher once school begins. Students are free to bring their device to and from school. See the links below for additional information.

District 44 School Calendar

The D44 school calendar for 2021-2022 has now been updated on our school and district websites. Click on the link below to access printable versions:

2021-2022 D44 School Calendar

Upcoming Dates to Note:

September 7: Deadline for Spiritwear Order

September 8: PICTURE DAY!

September 8: OPTIONAL Parent Open House, 6:30-7:30pm

September 10: Movie Night

September 16: Coffee Talk

September 20: Early Release Day, 1:15pm dismissal

September 27: PTA Meeting, 7:00pm


October 6: Dine out at Rosemary & Jeans

October 8: No School - Institute Day

October 11: No School - Columbus Day Holiday

October 12: No School - School Improvement Day

October 18: PTA Meeting, 7pm

October 20: Picture Makeup Day

October 23: Hammerween

October 29: Halloween Party / Trunk or Treat

October 29: Deadline to turn in artwork for Reflections

WHS Parking Reminders:

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At the back of the school, please do not drop off students between the two signs. This area is reserved EXCLUSIVELY for student crossing at the crosswalk. Cars that drop off students here block the view for students, crossing guards, and jeopardize the safety of our kids! Thank you for your support with this request!

Please, no pick-up or dropping off of students in the Staff Parking Lot.

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The PTA is planning a socially distanced outdoor Family Movie Night on Friday, September 10th featuring Sonic the Hedgehog! All WHS students and their families are welcome to attend. This is NOT a drop off event (students must have an adult (18+) chaperone who will stay for the entire event). Payment can be made at the event or on our Member Hub website. See link to the flyer for more details. Questions? Contact Kim Duffy.

Reflections Program and Start Your Art Sessions!


Calling All Artists! Reflect on the theme. Create art. Be Recognized. Reflections is a FREE art contest open to all students. Start thinking of how you will artistically interpret this year’s theme, “I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD BY…” Students can create works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. For more information about this National PTA program, visit PTA.org/Reflection.


WHS PTA is once again hosting the Start Your Art Workshops! They will be held on Tuesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 23 from 3:15 - 4:30pm in the LRC. Students are invited to attend one of the after school workshops. Registration for these workshops is required and space is limited. Follow this link for the Registration Form. Volunteers wanted! If you would like to assist at one of the workshops, please contact Tricia Nelson at pnelson7979@gmail.com. No art experience necessary!

WHS Spirit Wear:


Order your WHS Spirit Wear today! This year we are selling red short sleeve shirts in either COTTON or SPORT material featuring the 2021-2022 Hammerschmidt theme. Orders are due Tuesday, September 7th. Check out the spiritwear flyer for information, and visit the WHS Memberhub store to place your order. (You can also pay for PTA membership at the memberhub store. A small service fee applies). Questions? Contact Heather Knight.

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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We are passionate about serving our whole community and want to ensure that all patients in our community have all the blood they need.

Please sign up to donate at our blood drive sponsored by:

Friday, 9/17/2021 (9:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Click on the drive name above to get to the sign-up link.

Appointments are preferred; walk-ins welcome! Photo ID and masks are required for ALL donors and VERSITI staff.


Vaccinated donors need to wait TWO FULL days to donate from time of vaccine. Donors do NOT need to be vaccinated to give!

Camille Piazza - Account Representative - 847-305-9998

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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

Follow our WHS Facebook and Twitter Accounts:

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

Lombard District 44 Update