Welcome to WHS for 2017-2018!
The Official Back to School Letter from Principal Danielski
Dear Hammerschmidt Families,
The purpose of this letter is to guide your transition back to Hammerschmidt this school year, or if you are a brand new WHS Family, to welcome you here for the first time!
In the sections below you will find important dates and links to information I hope you find helpful as we draw nearer to the start of school this year.
The WHS School Theme for 2017-18:
At Hammerschmidt we are blessed with a fantastic school staff and a truly supportive school community. These things all promote academic and social emotional growth for our students. In reflection about what we can collaboratively do to take our great school to the next level, I realized we need to learn from the very best out there, the CHAMPIONS!
Throughout this school year our students will learn that champions are leaders who personify specific characteristics and maintain habits for success. With your help, we can utilize the frameworks below to prepare our students for a successful future where they are "Learning and Leading Like Champions!" This will be our school theme for 2017-18.
Hard copy letters with a class placement sticker will be mailed out on Tuesday, August 8th. Arrival to your home mailbox should be no later than Thursday, August 10th.
** New Kindergarten students will not be assigned a permanent classroom teacher until after the second week of school. Individual assessments will help our team balance the students into three heterogenous classrooms.***
Class lists will not be posted at the school for public viewing prior to the first day of school. Although the posting of class lists can be a positive experience for some, it can trigger an emotional response of either strong excitement or significant disappointment. Having these emotions displayed in a very public atmosphere is something that I try to minimize.
Another reason many schools have gone away from posting class lists are because of the public sharing of them on social media. Sharing pictures of class lists may violate HIPPA laws as often times members of that list and/or their parents do not give permission for their name to be shared publicly.
It is my hope that this explanation makes sense and you have the rationale for this decision.
Classroom "Sneak Peek" and Supply Drop- Off
Monday, Aug. 14th, 12:45-1:15pm
617 Hammerschmidt Avenue
For those who ordered school supply kits, these will be ready and waiting for you in your child's assigned classroom.
Staff Changes at Hammerschmidt:
This 2017-18 School Year, I am proud to announce our staff changes and welcome the following new staff members to our Hammerschmidt School Community:
Ms. Heather Gleason
New Grade 3 Teacher: Coming Soon!
The hiring process in now underway for a Grade 3 Teacher at Hammerschmidt. More information will be shared in August when our process is complete.
Ms. Lauren Corchin
Ms. Melanie Mory
Ms. Morgan Dowell
Important Dates to Guide Your Transition Back to WHS!
Monday, 8/14- Institute Day - No School for Students, Student and Family Sneak Peek- Classroom Visitation 12:45- 1:15 pm, WHS PTA Sponsored Ice- Cream Social, 1:15pm on Playground
Tuesday 8/15- Institute Day - No School for Students.
Wednesday 8/16- Institute Day- No School for Students.
Thursday 8/17- First Full Day of School (Except Kdg. students- the first 2 days of school will be 1/2 days for Kdg. students)
Wednesday, 8/23- Parent Orientation Night at WHS (6:30-8pm)
Friday 8/25- WHS PTA "Back to School Pool Party" at Paradise Bay Water Park (7-9pm)
WHS PTA "Back to School" Pool Party!
Friday, Aug. 25th, 7-9pm
437 East Saint Charles Road
New Approach to ART at Hammerschmidt:
WHS Art Class News
After a successful trial at other Lombard 44 schools, our WHS student artists' Art class will be part TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) learning experience! WHS student artists will be their own artistic "Leaders of Learning". Utilizing their unique and individual interests, WHS student artists will imagine, plan, sketch, create, reflect upon their choice of art projects. They''ll create an "Artist's Portfolio" of their artwork utilizing a variety of art materials will be available at rotating artistic centers that will change throughout the year. "Creative Concepts", "Skill Challenges", and "Artists' Avenue" will introduce and reinforce artistic concepts, skills, & art history while WHS student artists continue to create their own artistic creations. I'm excited to see what our WHS student artists will imagine!
Michelle Hoganson, WHS Art Teacher
I couldn't be more excited to come together in partnership this 2017-18 School Year at Hammerschmidt!