Henry Hawk News

Week of August 29, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Henry Hawk Families,

We hope everyone had a great 1st week of school. This week, we are excited to meet with all of our Henry families for Curriculum Night. We are super excited to be back in person for this annual event. This year, we will have two separate days for Curriculum Night. We will begin at 5:00 p.m. both days in the auditorium. Here is the agenda:

Wednesday, August 31, 2022: Grades 5-8

  • 5:00-5:25 ~ Auditorium:
    • Admin: Welcome, Teacher Introductions, School-Wide Expectations (Parent Handbook)
    • Ms. Kim and Ms. Cantu: Summit Overview
    • Mr. Renas and Ms. Garfinkel: Counseling Department Supports and High School
  • 5:30-5:55 ~.Homeroom:
    • 6-8 Homeroom teachers will review grade level curriculum and expectations and learn who their child's mentor is. (You can pair up as grade levels.)
    • 5th Grade teachers will review the Summit Platform.
    • All 5th-8th grade teachers will provide parent ID for platform access
    • Gather parent information
  • 6:00-6:30 ~ Meet your child's mentor
    • Families will get a chance to meet their child's mentor for the school year and learn about the mentoring process within Summit

Thursday, September 1, 2022: Grades PreK-4

  • 5:00-5:25 ~ Auditorium:
    • Admin: Welcome, Teacher Introductions, School-Wide Expectations (Parent Handbook)
    • Mr. Renas: Counseling Department Supports
  • 5:30-5:55 ~ Homeroom Session 1
    • Review grade level curriculum and expectations
    • Gather parent information
  • 6:00-6:25.~ Homeroom Session 2
    • Review grade level curriculum and expectations
    • Gather parent information

We look forward to seeing everyone during Curriculum Night this week!


Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal



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Covid Protocol

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Counselor's Corner

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  • All visitors, including parents, visiting a school must behave appropriately and adhere to school rules and visitor protocol while on CPS property. Every visitor must check in at the security check-point at the main entrance (Door #2). The security officer will ask for a valid state ID or driver's license from the visitor. If a state ID or driver's license is not available, the security officer will check in the visitor by manually typing their information into the Visitor Management System (VMS). Visitors who fail or refuse to provide valid identification or other identifying information will not be allowed entry into the building.
  • Once a visitor has been checked into the VMS, the visitor will receive a badge that must be visibly worn and escorted throughout the building during their visit. Visitors who do not wear their badge must be redirected to the security check-point. If a parent seeks to visit a classroom to observe their child, the parent should request permission from the teacher and/or school staff to discuss appropriate times and days. This notification must be done at least 24 hours prior to their visit.

Covid Protocols

Covid Protocols:

  • Close contacts will no longer be excluded from school. Any student or staff member who is exposed to COVID-19 in school — regardless of vaccination status — will no longer be required to learn or work from home for five days, but will be required to wear a mask in school for 10 days following exposure, and will be strongly encouraged to test three and five days after exposure. CPS will provide schools with rapid take-home tests to distribute to families and staff members if they are exposed, and we will strongly encourage families to use them in order to prevent spread and ensure a safe in-person learning environment.

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days. Cases should continue to be reported to cps.edu/covidresults

  • Wearing a mask is still an important way to prevent spreading the virus to others. CPS will continue to strongly recommend masking in school, and masks will continue to be required in the following situations:

    • On days 6-10 after testing positive for COVID-19

    • If someone is exposed to COVID-19

    • If there is a positive case identified in an elementary school classroom

    • At the direction of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

  • CPS will continue to offer free, weekly in-school COVID-19 testing to students and staff who are interested. Importantly, anyone who wants to enroll in testing this year will need to fill out an updated consent form — regardless of whether or not individuals participated in weekly testing last year. That updated consent form can be accessed here. Parents or guardians must register on behalf of a student under 18 years old. When you’re asked to enter an Organization ID, use your child’s 8 digit CPS Student ID which can be found on Aspen's parent portal or ask your child's teacher.

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Counselor's Corner

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We hope everyone had a smooth first week of school!

Starting the school year can be challenging, and we just want to remind you that the school counselors are here to help! If you or your child need anything, please let us know. We are here to help you if your student needs someone to talk to about school or home, is having problems with friends, has difficulty managing their feelings, needs help planning for their futures, and more. The best way is to contact us by email: Mr. Renas-mrenas@cps.edu and Mrs. Garfinkel-mgarfinkel@cps.edu.

We know that by working together we will have a successful year!

Have a great week,

Mrs. Garfinkel and Mr. Renas

Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Principal Juan Gutierrez

A.P. Mary Ann Reynolds