Hometown School Newsletter

April 26th, 2022

Bencik's Buzz

Hometown Families:

We have reached the end of April. We are down to 27 school days left. These days will be filled with many activities to build your child's knowledge and get them ready for the next grade level they will be attending. Please check the newsletter out for important dates. We have provided some "Save the Date" reminders.

Tomorrow is Administrative Professional's Day. We cannot thank Mrs. Boetscher and Mrs. Blazina enough for all of their hard work in our office. Next week we will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. Please take some time to send a note to your child's teacher to thank them for their work to educate your children.

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Returning Registration

Returning families in the district should have received an email with registration for the 2022-2023 school year. Please follow the directions listed in the email.

PTA Bowling Event was a SMASHING good time

First Grade Door Movement- Sweetser and Szkarlat

In an effort to maintain safety of students and families, we will be moving the entrance and dismissal from door 6 to door 9 starting on Wednesday, April 27th. Both Mrs. Sweetser and Mrs. Szkarlat will be coming to the door to walk the students to their classroom. Please reach out to the classroom teachers if you have any questions.

Yearbook Purchases

It is time to purchase the yearbook. Please use the following link to purchase.


Special Person's Day

We will be hosting Special Person's Day on April 28th. RSVP's have ended. Please enter door 19 and go in the gym for some brief instructions.

Chalk the Walk

Please see the flyer for Chalk the walk. All proceeds will go for the fifth grade celebration at the end of the year.


There is a late start next week Wednesday, May 4th.

Save the Dates

May 17th- Second Grade Wizard of Oz Play

May 18th- Fourth and Fifth grade Concert

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Summer School

Classes are filling up fast. Please register for the classes as soon as possible.

Fifth Grade Students

Our fifth grade students will be attending the middle school tomorrow to get the feel for the environment as they move over to the building for the 2022-2023 school year. The student will take a tour, ask questions, practice locks, and learn about the different offerings the middle school will provide them next year. The parents will have an opportunity to visit May 10th. Please let us know if you have follow up questions.

Math Carnival Night

Carnival Math Night is coming! Families are invited to join us on Thursday April 28 from 5:00-6:30pm in the school gym for an evening of carnival style math games, carnival treat goodie bags, a photo station and raffles! Every student participant will receive a set of dice, deck of cards, booklet of at home math games and a chance to win a family board game. Mrs. Guzman will be available that night to work with any of our Spanish speaking families wishing to attend. Please send your RSVP slips back to school no later than Wednesday April 20. Hope to see you there!

¡Se acerca la Noche de Carnaval de Matemáticas! ¡Todas las familias están invitadas a unirse a nosotros el jueves 28 de abril de 5:00 p. m. a 6:30 p. m. en el gimnasio de la escuela! Será una noche de juegos matemáticos al estilo carnaval, habrá bolsas de golosinas, una estación de fotos y rifas. Cada estudiante recibirá un juego de dados, una baraja de cartas, un folleto de juegos de matemáticas en casa y la oportunidad de ganar un juego de mesa familiar. La Sra. Guzmán estará disponible esa noche para trabajar con cualquiera de nuestras familias de habla hispana que deseen asistir. Envíe sus comprobantes de confirmación de asistencia a la escuela a más tardar el miércoles 20 de abril. ¡Espero verlos allí!

Muffins With Misses

Please see the attached flyer to register for the event.


PTA is looking for any dads that would be interested in helping out with Muffins with Misses so our moms can enjoy time with their child for the event. If you are interested, please reach out to Kari Devine at 708-691-3003.

Beginning Band Registration

Any fourth grade student who would like to join band, please mark your calendar.

2022-23 Beginning Band Registration (for current 4th grade students)

All meetings listed are at OLHMS:

Tuesday, May 17: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Wednesday, May 18: 9am

SAVE THE DATE- Kindergarten Orientation

Thursday, May 19th will be our orientation for our new incoming kindergarten students. More details will follow as the time gets closer.

TPS and Kindergarten Registration- OPEN

If your student is already registered with district in EC or preschool, you will just register with the backpack registration in April. If you would like to register your children for Tuition Preschool please use the link below. Kindergarten registration is also open. Please use the second link to register your child for the next school year. We can't wait to meet all of our new learners.

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Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Dave Dare

Every week we will shine a spotlight on one of our very own Hometown Staff members. This week we will meet Mr. Dave Dare

How long and what grades have you taught?

I have taught for 18 years. All of my teaching has been in D123. 14 here at Hometown teaching PE.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Ireland. My mother was Irish and that country is beautiful.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite thing to eat is STEAK!!

Who is someone you admire and why?

My dad. He has always been someone that I can talk to at any time and him being in education for 42 years he has a really good perspective and shares great advice if needed.

If you see Mr, Dare around the school make sure you say hello!!

STEM Camps

See the attached flyers for our students to be able to attend the STEM camps at the different schools. This is another great opportunity for our children to use their knowledge.