WHS Principal Post- February 2020

The Monthly Hammerschmidt Family Newsletter

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Dear WHS Families,

February 2020 is packed with lots of WHS family action! Check out the highlights below!
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Thursday, 2/6

  • PTA Talent Show Dress Rehearsal, 3:30- 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/7
  • PTA Talent Show, 7:00 p.m, Gym
Tuesday, 2/11
  • Bring a Parent to P.E. - Day 1 (See detailed schedule below)
Thursday 2/13
  • Bring a Parent to P.E. - Day 2 (See detailed schedule below)
Friday, 2/14
  • Crazy Hat & Hair Day!
  • 1/2 HALF DAY - Student dismissal 11:40 a.m.
Monday, 2/17
  • President's Day, No School
Tuesday, 2/18
  • PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., LRC
Wednesday 2/19
  • D44 GRADE 5 Parent Presentation at WHS (Puberty 1), 6:00 p.m., LRC

Thursday, 2/20

  • Feed My Starving Children - WHS Family Community Service Night, 6:00- 7:30, Schaumburg location.
Friday, 2/21
  • PTA Trivia Night at Pinstripes, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/22
  • D44 Science Fair at GWMS
Thursday 2/27
  • Early Release Day, Dismissal at 1:15 p.m.
  • Kdg. Pre- registration, 5:00- 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/28
  • D44 Institute Day-- No School
  • Kdg. Pre- registration, 7:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Latest WHS News... Starcast Episode 2

Click on the video below to see Hammerschmidt's latest news!
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School Wide Morning Meeting w/ Grade 2 Leaders

On Friday, 1/31, grade 2 student leaders facilitated our monthly School Wide Morning Meeting (SWMM).

You can click on the link below to view the presentation. Check it out!

Grade 2 Student Led SWMM presentation 1/31/20

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Habit #3- First Things First - Award Winners

At the SWMM students who demonstrated Habit #3 were recognized by their teachers. The students at each grade level who earned this award are pictured below.

WHS Media Day Photo Gallery 1/31/20

Many pictures were taken during our WHS Media Day last Friday, 1/31. Below you will find the link to view the gallery.

The actual ABC- Channel 7 News story can be found our school website for repeated viewing!

From the WHS LRC:

Parents - The Six Flags Read to Succeed program deadline is swiftly approaching. Please have your student's reading log fully entered online no later than Friday, February 14. Mrs. Elliott will send home the Great America tickets earned in mid May. Thanks for your participation!

From the WHS Physical Education Dept. (P.E.)

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The Kid's Heart Challenge in PE at WHS

-The Kid's Heart Challenge will take place during P.E. classes the week of 2/10 - 2/14.

-All donations are due on Friday 2/14.

-Kid's Heart Challenge website for WHS http://www2.heart.org/goto/Hammerschmidt or download the free Kids Heart Challenge app

-Bring Your Parent to P.E. Days: Tuesday 2/11 K, 2nd, 4th and Thursday 2/13 1st, 3rd, 5th

-WHS Incentives:

-$50 or more in donations = sign P.E. Teacher's Kid's Heart Challenge Shirt

-$100 or more in donations = entered in a drawing to be 1 of 6 students selected to "Pie in the Face" a P.E. Teacher

-Top fundraiser in each class = sign the 2020 Kid's Heart Challenge Banner

Bring a Parent to P.E. Details:

We have another great opportunity for you to join your child in P.E. during our Kid’s Heart Challenge Week. We are hosting 2 “Bring Your Parent to P.E. Days.” This time, grade levels will be split into 2 days (see below).

We are hoping that some of you are able and interested in joining us next week when we offer our first Bring Your Parent to P.E. event. If you are interested, please check in with the office a few minutes before your child’s P.E. class time and head to the gym. We ask that you wear gym shoes and comfortable athletic clothes if you plan on participating with your child. You are also welcome to join us to observe your child as they participate in the activities.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Heather Isler at hisler@sd44.org or Kurt Frazier at kfrazier@sd44.org.

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Please fill out THIS RSVP FORM if you plan on attending our Bring Your Parent to P.E. Day by Friday, February 7th.

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WHS Community Service Night at FMSC- Please join us! -- February 20th

Our Hammerschmidt Family will have our Community Service Night on Wednesday, February 20th! Please consider joining us. Use the link to register below!
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Save the Date!!!! Stars and Spikes 2020 - Saturday May 9th!!!

Stay tuned for exciting news about this years "Stars and Spikes" event that partners Hammerschmidt School with Madison! We have a great new theme.


To get you in the spirit, check out highlights from last year's event!


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Share Your News With Us!

The Star Cast crew would like to know what is happening with WHS students outside of school hours! If you have a news story or event that you would like WHS to know about, please fill in the following link. Please keep in mind that the StarCast Productions come out once they are complete (without a set timeline). If you know of an event date ahead of time, please give adequate time to get it into the Starcast.

Share your news with us by clicking on the link below.

CLICK HERE- To share your student news with us!

WHS Student Council Coin Drive Results

This year we raised an incredible amount of money for our Student Council Coin Drive! This will allow us to give generous donations to the Medinah Shriners Children’s Hospital and The Chicago Humane Society. Every classroom and grade level did a great job bringing in their coins.

For the classroom rewards…

3rd Place

In third place with a total of $146.24, earning an extra class recess is Mrs. Long’s first grade classroom.

2nd Place

In second place earning 30 minutes of game time in your classroom with a total of $152.09 is kindergarten classroom is Ms Paasch’s classroom.

1st Place

The first place classroom, earning a movie and an extra recess time with an amazing total of $349 is third grade classroom… Mrs. Waldbusser!

Now, for the big announcement…. Will Mr. D dance in a costume along with Ms Paasch, Mrs. Long, and Mrs. Waldbusser at the end of the year assembly?

With the highest coin drive total in the past ten years at WHS, we collected a grand total of $1,906.73. So, the answer is YES! Mr. Danielski and the teachers will be dancing at the end of the year assembly.

Thank you again to everyone that contributed to our coin drive and for helping raise money for the Medinah Shriners Children’s Hospital and The Chicago Humane Society.

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5th Grade Parents--- PLEASE SEE BELOW!

Below you will find details about the GWMS Humanities Open House. This is a great event for both 5th Graders and their parents!
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Are You Interested in Becoming a Substitute Teacher in D44?

If you have ever thought about becoming a substitute teacher, it may be easier than you think! Check out the information below!
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Glenbard Parent Series

Join other parents, high school and middle school students, and professionals to learn about issues facing today’s youth. The Glenbard Parent Series engages top experts, parents and school staff to become proactive and informed in pursuit of the mutual goal to strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public. Click on the button below to see the 2019-2020 lineup of speakers.

These events are FREE and do not require advanced registration!

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D44 Science Fair Information

The D44 Science Fair will be on Saturday February 22, 2020

Click on the link below for detailed information!

D44 Science Fair Information

Join the WHS PTA Facebook Group


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

Click on the button below to see the latest from D44's Virtual Backpack!
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Winter Weather Reminders

Students will have OUTDOOR recess unless the temperature (including wind-chill) is below 10 degrees. The temperature is monitored each morning and before lunch from multiple data points. Children will go out if the temperature is above 10 degrees. Please send appropriate outdoor clothing including hats and mittens with your child to school.

  • If students wish to play in the snow, they must wear BOTH snow pants and boots. If students are not wearing snow pants and boots, they are required to stay on our blacktop surface of the playground for the lunchtime and classroom recess periods.

  • Students are not allowed to throw snowballs, slide on ice or play other games where student safety may be compromised.

  • ALL students regardless of age or grade share snow forts. Children may add to the fort, but not destroy the fort.

It is a great idea to keep an extra pair of socks, hat and gloves or mittens in your child’s backpack. Students have a great time playing in the snow when appropriately dressed and following these guidelines.