WHS Principal Post - April 2021

The Monthly Family Newsletter from Dave Danielski

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Dear WHS Families,

4 Day Schedule Starts Tuesday, April 6th


With Spring Break behind us, we have reached the home-stretch of the 2020- 2021 School Year. Eight weeks remain.


As D44 slowly, steadily, and safely brought more kids back to school for more days of the week, we have reached is what is likely the last major schedule change for the year. While some things remain beyond our control, we have made every effort to keep our 4 day a week onsite schedule intact, while hosting some grade levels onsite for specific purposes on Wednesdays.

Safety Protocols

Below you will find some of our health and safety protocols as Hammerschmidt welcomes more kids back for more days:


  • Safety will remain our top priority. Mask wearing, social distancing, hand sanitization, and building cleaning will remain constant.
  • We will continue to stagger our morning arrival by allowing students to enter the building as they arrive.
  • Students will use their assigned doorways for entrance and exiting the building. (Please see the exception below for voting day, Tuesday, April 6th.)
  • During lunchtime, students will be spread out a minimum of 6tf. while their masks are off.
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Circle Drive Reminders-- DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR, and PULL FORWARD PLEASE

With more kids onsite, the line of cars at pickup time will be significant. Please help us by always staying in your car while in the circle drive and pulling forward when you can! This helps us to get all students loaded the most efficiently. It also allows our large busses to enter more quickly. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.


Please have your children enter your vehicle along the PASSENGER SIDE along the sidewalk.

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IMPORTANT CHANGES For Tuesday- April 6th:

Hammerschmidt Will be a VOTING LOCATION on Tuesday, April 6th. The WHS All Purpose Room (APR- Cafeteria) will be used by the election officials and the voting public on this day. Door #3 and the APR will be used by them exclusively this day and there will be no student interaction with the voting public. Important changes need to be made to our procedures for ONE DAY ONLY to accommodate our community and honor student safety.


Important changes with arrival, dismissal, and lunch are outlined below. Please note:


  • Door #3 (The APR Entrance) currently used by Grade 2 will not be used by students on Tuesday, April 6th. Instead, all Grade 2 students will enter the main entrance, Door #1. This will be for Tuesday, April 6th ONLY. Grade 2 students will continue to use Door #3 as their entrance and exit from school after Tuesday’s Election Day.

  • Lunch will NOT take place in the APR for Grade 1 and Grade 2 students. Instead, Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3 students will have a picnic-style lunch outdoors on TUESDAY, April 6th ONLY. Students are welcome to bring a towel or a small blanket to sit on outside as they eat lunch for the day.

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Tents Will be Used for Lunch at WHS

Four commercial-grade tents have been installed on the Hammerschmidt blacktop at the rear of the school. Each tent can accommodate 25 students spread 6ft. apart. These will be primarily used for lunch purposes for our older students during the final 8 weeks of school.

  • Grade 4 and Grade 5 students to eat lunch under the outdoor tents starting on Thursday, April 8th. Grade 4 and 5 students will eat lunch picnic style in the GYM on Tuesday, April 6th.

  • Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3 students will eat outdoors on Tuesday, April 6th ONLY. This is because the APR will be used for voting purposes.

  • Grade 3 students will eat lunch in the GYM starting on Thursday, April 8th. This will be their regular lunch location for the final 8 weeks of school.

  • Grade 1 and Grade 2 students will return to the APR lunch starting on Thursday, April 8th. This will remain their constant lunch location for the remaining 8 weeks of school.

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Wednesday Onsite Schedule (For SOME Students)

Click on the link below for a general plan for onsite attendance for the eight remaining Wednesdays of the school year. Please note, some students will be on site SOME of the days for specific periods of time. The very first Wednesday, April 7, will only be for Grades 3-5 to begin the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) assessment.


Additional details will be added after Spring Break. More opportunities may be added as our plans develop!


WHS Schedule for WEDNESDAYS after Spring Break

S&S Rise Up 5k Promo 1

STARS AND SPIKES “RISE UP” VIRTUAL 5K:



By now you have probably heard that we are once again partnering with Madison School to host a VIRTUAL 5K Event this year.


We are excited to announce that this year we have an official “Rise Up” 5K race shirt and hoodie that families have the opportunity to order. (shirts not required to participate)


Ordering Information:

Use this form below to place your order. A confirmation of your order will be delivered to the email address you provide.


CLICK HERE TO ORDER


Payment Information:

ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE IN BY MONDAY, APRIL 12TH OR YOUR ORDER WILL NOT BE SUBMITTED

SIZES CANNOT BE CHANGED AFTER APRIL 12TH.


Cash

Please place cash for the total amount due in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and grade and “Stars and Spikes T-Shirt Order” and turn in to the Hammerschmidt School Office. Payment due no later than Mon. April 12th.


Check

Please make out a check for the total amount due payable to “Hammerschmidt School”. Place your check in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your child’s name, grade, and “Stars and Spikes T-Shirt Order”and turn in to the Madison School Office. Payment due no later than Mon. April 12th.


Credit Card

New this year, you can order using a credit card using “My School Bucks” in Skyward. See the links below for detailed information”. Payment due no later than Mon. April 12th.

MySchoolBucks - New Account Creation

MySchoolBucks - Add a Student

MySchoolBucks - Order Stars and Spikes Race Apparel

ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE IN BY MONDAY, APRIL 12TH OR YOUR ORDER WILL NOT BE SUBMITTED


SIZES CANNOT BE CHANGED AFTER APRIL 12TH.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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Book Check Out for REMOTE STUDENTS

LRC BOOK CHECK-OUT FOR REMOTE ONLY STUDENTS:

If your remote students would like to check out books from the Hammerschmidt LRC, we will be open the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00-3:00 pm. Please click on the link below to sign up for a timeslot for Wednesday, April 7th. The open slots are green: once a slot is taken it will turn blue. You can bring all the WHS students in your household, and STUDENTS ONLY will be allowed to use the LRC for a 20-minute time slot to select books. When you come on Wednesday, pull up to the circle drive, and a staff member will greet your students and walk them to the LRC. You can wait in the car while they use the LRC.

All in-person students will have a chance to use the LRC with their classes during the school day every-other week. Wednesday check-out is for remote students only. Any questions, please contact Tracie Elliott at telliott@sd44.org or 630-827-4208.


Sign Up using the link below!

WHS LRC Book Check Out for REMOTE ONLY students - Wednesday April 7th

Diaper Drive --- THANK YOU!!!!

Thanks for supporting the Diaper Drive at WHS! In total Junior Girl Scout Troop 55355 collected 3,000 diapers, 1,392 wipes, 7 baby washes and lotions, and 1 diaper cream for The Outreach House in Lombard.

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That many diapers can diaper at least 1 baby for a year.
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Girls pictured: Arianna Crockett, Hannah Winborn, Hannah Plesic, Allie Walden, Elena Lee, Brooke Holtquist, and Alyssa Bereta
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From our WHS PTA

PTA DINE-OUT - APRIL 7, GREEK ISLANDS:

The PTA April Dine-Out will be April 7, all day long, at Greek Islands Restaurant, 300 E 22nd St., Lombard. If you haven’t tried their amazing Greek food, now’s your chance! And if you’ve frequented before, you know how good it is. We are the first dining fundraiser they have hosted; let’s make it a success! Support this local gem and they will support the WHS PTA in return. Just mention WHS PTA when placing your order.


SD44 2021 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY:

The Chelseth Music Scholarship is a PTA Council awarded scholarship that grants partial funding to summer music programs for students in the musical arts. Musical arts include instruments and voice. All students are welcome to apply. Each student may be awarded the C. Robert Chelseth Scholarship only once.

Application deadline: Friday, April 9, 2021. Below is a link that can be used to apply for this scholarship.

https://forms.gle/WUnHFH5SBotjPiUN9


PTA MEETING: Tuesday, April 20th, 7:00 p.m.

Our next WHS PTA Meeting is Tuesday, April 20th at 7pm via Google Meets. We invite everyone to attend and learn more about the PTA and what is happening at school. We have a very strong parent community and there are many opportunities to get involved for those who wish to volunteer. The Google Meet code will be posted on Facebook and included in next week's Weekly News.

PTA WALKING CLUB: APRIL 19 - MAY 7:

Walking Club is coming! April 19 - May 7. We are re-imagining the popular spring club for the times we are living in. So, we will not meet in a large group for weekly club walks, but we will still have fun! Registering gives you access to the Google Classroom where you can find routes, challenges and perhaps clues to help find a missing principal - all on your own time. Join the fun! Get moving! Be Hammerschmidt Strong!


Watch for registration info after Spring Break. Questions? Want to volunteer to help out? Contact PTA Walking Club Chair Kate Cross

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WHS PTA FAMILY FITNESS FAIR - APRIL 30:


Calling all fitness enthusiasts! The WHS PTA Family Fitness Fair is coming on April 30 and we need YOUR help! If you are interested in helping to plan the event and/or volunteering on the day of the event, add your information here. We are also looking to partner with local fitness businesses (personal trainers, fitness centers, gyms). Do you or someone you know own a fitness business in or around Lombard? Send an email to Molly Victor at mollyerinvictor@gmail.com with business names. Not able to volunteer but interested in participating in the event? Stay tuned for an interest survey soon!

SUBSCRIBE TO DIGITAL PTA CALENDAR


Did you know you can Subscribe to the digital PTA and school calendar? Visit https://wh.sd44.org/apps/events/ and then click subscribe. You can choose iCal, outlook or Google calendar and it will automatically add the events to your calendar.

WHS 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.

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Click on the links below for assistance with your D44 technology devices:


D44 Tech Resource Hub


Direct Link for a "Help Ticket"

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Home Resources

Here are seven resources that may help guide social-emotional learning efforts at home. From free apps, to videos, to games, these expert-designed materials are perfect for helping parents and caregivers turn everyday moments and interactions into “SEL moments.”


CLICK HERE for 7 Great SEL Resources for HOME

Parents of all D44 schools are welcome to attend these FREE events! Take a look at the brochure linked below. There are some phenomenal speakers covering a wide-variety of parent-interest topics!



CLICK HERE FOR THE GPS BROCHURE




The button below will also take you directly to the Glenbard Parent Series Website.

Early Childhood Program Screenings

Screenings are ongoing! If you have a child under 5, see the information below!
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