October 8,2021

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Progress Reports will be available on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on Friday, October 8th. You will need your username and password. If you need assistance, please call the office at 847-888-5195


FRIDAY, OCT. 8TH - Progress Reports available on the IC Parent Portal

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11TH- Columbus Day Holiday-No School

TUESDAY, OCT. 11 & 12th -Vision/Hearing Screening for Kdg-3rd Grade and new to District




Picture Re-Take Day will be Thursday, Oct. 28th. Students will take their masks off for pictures. Social distancing will be enforced. All picture orders will be prepaid. New Flyers will be sent home with students who did not order pictures from the Sept. 10th Picture Day or who were absent. We are using a new Picture company this year, Color Portraits.

HAPPY HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH! (September 15- October 15)

Join the Celebración! | Hispanic Heritage Month Original Song | Animated Music Video

FALL FUNDRAISER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your child should have brought home a packet with order forms for the PIC Fall Fundraiser. This year we are encouraging our students to sell Terri Lynn nuts and candies.

For every 5 items a student sells, they will be entered into a raffle for an Amazon Gift Card. Top seller in each grade will ALSO receive an Amazon Gift Card. ALL ORDERS ARE DUE OCTOBER 18th. MOENY MUST BE TURNED IN WITH ORDERS. Pick up date will be Friday, November 19th.

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On Friday , October 29th, from 5-6 PM, the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) will host "Trunk or Treat".

Decorate your vehicle for Halloween and come to HG with candy to hand out to the students, who will be "Trick or Treating" to all the cars.

We have approximately 400 students.

Social Media Challenges

Social Media Challenges

We know social media influences our students’ thinking and their behavior. This year we have already seen the impact in our schools of trending social media video challenges that encourage students to steal or deface school property. In many cases, the student vandals in U-46 have been caught, and we’ve implemented consequences according to our Student Code of Conduct. While some of these challenges have been removed from host platforms, we know that such challenges are far from over. We hope that our administration and faculty can continue to collaborate with parents and that together we can encourage students to be good digital citizens and to avoid participating in such social media challenges and any harmful behavior. We would also remind staff, parents, and students to report to administration any risky or dangerous behavior or plans.

In addition to immediate consequences within our school, these decisions could lead to notifying police and criminal charges, potentially impacting parents’ time and resources, as well as students’ learning time and their future. Students could face an Out of School Suspension, a recommendation for expulsion, and/or felony criminal charges of aggravated battery, depending on the circumstances of each incident.

Please speak with your students about the importance of setting high standards for how they conduct themselves, and treating themselves, their peers, staff, and our facilities with respect. We want to maintain a safe, healthy, and welcoming school environment for everyone.

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Los retos que presentan las redes sociales

Sabemos que las redes sociales tienen una influencia en el modo de pensar y el comportamiento de nuestros estudiantes. Este año ya hemos visto el efecto que han tenido en nuestras escuelas la tendencia de los retos que presentan los vídeos en las redes sociales y que motivan a los estudiantes a robar o dañar la propiedad escolar. En algunos casos, los estudiantes del Distrito U-46 que han cometido actos de vandalismo han sido detenidos, y hemos aplicado las consecuencias de acuerdo a nuestro Código de Conducta Estudiantil. Aunque algunos de estos retos se han eliminado de las redes sociales, sabemos que estos retos están lejos de desaparecer. Esperamos que nuestra administración y el personal sigan colaborando con los padres y que juntos podamos animar a los estudiantes a ser buenos ciudadanos digitales y a no participar en estos retos de las redes sociales y en cualquier comportamiento negativo. También le recordamos al personal, a los padres y estudiantes que deben reportarle a la administración cualquier comportamiento o plan peligroso.

Además de las consecuencias inmediatas dentro de nuestra escuela, estas decisiones podrían llevar a notificar a la policía y a presentar cargos penales, lo que podría afectar el tiempo y los recursos de los padres, así como el tiempo de aprendizaje de los estudiantes y su futuro. Los estudiantes podrían enfrentarse a una suspensión fuera de la escuela, a una expulsión, y/o a cargos criminales de agresión agravada, dependiendo de las circunstancias de cada incidente.

Por favor, hable con sus estudiantes sobre la importancia de establecer altos valores para ellos mismos y de tratarse a sí mismos, a sus compañeros, al personal y a nuestras instalaciones con respeto. Queremos mantener un ambiente escolar seguro, sano y agradable para todos.


If you'd like to order HG SPIRIT WEAR, please go here https://stores.inksoft.com/HG/shop/home or click on the picture.

Orders will be delivered to your child at school. Students are encouraged to wear their HG SPIRIT WEAR on Fridays.



It was wonderful to welcome back all the students into the library. We are also working on library skills and behavior. I want to encourage students to love reading and feel a sense of responsibility when checking out books. Books are checked out for one week and must be returned on their library day. If a student would like to renew their book it must be rescanned each week. Here is a link to the library schedule.


Birthday Treats will not be Permitted at School This Year

Parents please note that food treats for birthday celebrations are not allowed. Please check with your child's teacher for acceptable substitutes for birthday celebrations

Masks and appointments needed to enter the school building

Parents if you need to come inside the building, you must have an appointment. Please call the school office at (847) 888-5195 to make an appointment. All visitors entering the school must be wearing a mask and you will need stop at the office window.

Reporting Student Absences (847) 888-5195

Any time your child is going to be absent from school, parents must call them in. You may leave a message on our answering machine. Please leave your child's name, grade and reason for absence. If they are ill, please leave what their symptoms are. We appreciate your help and support.


PLEASE CONSIDER GETTING INVOLVED THIS YEAR. WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR PARENTS TO VOLUNTEER AT EVENTS AND LEND YOUR OPINIONS ON FUNDRAISING IDEAS. We have a parent Involvement goal of 3 For Me. That is every parent in the school volunteer a minimum of 3 hours at some point during the school year. Become a 3 For Me Hero.
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About Our School/Referente a Nuestra Escuela

Harriet Gifford Elementary opened in 1949 and is named after Elgin's first school teacher, Miss Harriet Gifford. Harriet Gifford se inaguró en 1949 y lleva el nombre de la primera maestra de Elgin,la Señorita Harriet Gifford.

Principal/Director: Joe Corcoran

Assistant Principal: Geynell Lawrence-Tabb

School Secretary/Secretaria: Liz Mari

Attendance Secretary/Clerical: Natalie Edwards

Home School Liaison/Enlce (Español) Sonia Mahecha

Family Ourtreach/SEL Coordinator /Trabajadora de Alcance Familiar Latanya Lugo

Parent Involvement Committee/Comité de Padres-President-Natalie Edwards harrietgiffordpthg@gmail.com