WHS Principal Post - October 2021

The Monthly Family Newsletter from Mr. Danielski

Dear WHS Families,

There are a few very important dates coming in the next few days! Please note.... There is NO SCHOOL for students Tomorrow, October 8th (D44 Institute Day), Monday, October 11th (Columbus Day Holiday), and Tuesday October 12th (WHS School Improvement Day).

We hope you enjoy the extended weekend! See the full list of upcoming events below!

Upcoming Dates to Note:


Oct 8: No School - Institute Day

Oct 11: No School - Columbus Day

Oct 12: No School - School Improvement Day

Oct 15 Sprit Day- Wear you WHS Colors!

Oct 18: Talent Show Video and Picture Submission Due

Oct 18: PTA Meeting 7pm

Oct. 20 Lifetouch Candid/ Group Picture Day

Oct. 22 Spirit Day- Crazy Sock Day!

Oct 23: Hammerween

Oct 29: Trunk or Treat

Oct 29: Deadline to turn in artwork for Reflections


Nov 2: Early Release Day 1:15pm

Nov 5: Spirit Day- Wear you WHS Colors

Nov 3: Dine Out at Brooks Kitchen and Tap

Nov 6: PTA Chicago Wolves Game

Nov 12: Virtual Twisted Talent Show 2.0 7pm

Nov 12: End of Trimester 1

Nov 15: PTA Meeting 7pm

Nov 15 - 28: Virtual Book Fair

Nov 17: Lifetouch PICTURE RETAKE Day

Nov 19: Report Card Distribution

Nov 19: Spirit Day- CRAZY HAIR DAY!

Nov 22 & 23: No School, Parent-Teacher Conferences

Nov 24 - 26: No School, Thanksgiving Break

Nov 29: Classes Resume

Hammerschmidt Highlights:

In the sections below you will find some of the activities, actions and strategies centered around our 5 School Improvement Areas:

  • Student Leadership
  • Student Voice & Collaborative Decision Making
  • Student, Staff and Family Engagement
  • Student Growth and Goals
  • Star Constellations

Student Voice and Collaborative Decision Making

This staff team has designed and rolled out a "Student Star Showcase". Students will be invited to showcase an item of their choosing. Each month a different grade level will be featured. The display case has been repurposed and is now spotlighting our "Rising and Shining" 5th Graders!
The committee met with student representatives to get their ideas on how to celebrate our rising and shining students! They helped our WHS staff with the process for rotating months and brainstormed the type of items that could be brought in.
This staff team will also be help helping to organize a Principal Advisory Council. Each grade level will have an opportunity to offer feedback about how to improve the school!

Student Leadership

This staff team has developed a process to sponsor student suggested clubs each trimester!

The Student Leadership Team has also been working on producing videos featuring students modeling the WHS behavior expectations for each of the areas throughout the building!

The WHS student produced "Starcast" is also being produced with the support of this staff team. Look for the first episode soon!

Student Growth and Goals

This staff team has been developing ways to engage students in goal setting related to academic and social emotional data points.

To help students understand their scores from recent academic and SEL screening and set goals for future assessments, the committee has created resources for teacher and student use in the classroom. The idea is for students to be a part of the goal setting process. When the students see their score, they can help determine a plan that is best for them, and see their scores grow over the course of the year!

Student, Staff, and Family Engagement

This staff team has been planning events and engagement opportunities for our school community. In addition to planning community service type events, they are helping to organize Veteran's Day assembly, installed the "WHS Little Library", and continue to explore ways to connect our school with the greater community!

Star Constellations

First, all our students watched this video to learn what "Star Constellations" is all about. Click on video below if you want to learn more!

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This staff team launched our first meeting for the year. All students were broken up into their assigned groups outside under the tents. From there we participated in some "Getting to Know You" activities, came up with a team name, took a group selfie, and even designed our own "Star constellations. These blue posters are displayed on the doors of each Star Constellation Group Leader!

We are busy planning our next lesson which will take place on our next Early Release Day, November 2nd!

WHS Student Council

The Grade 5 Student Council Executive Board Elections were held on Sept. 29th. We had many candidates for each of the four cabinet positions. Congratulations to our winning candidates:

This year’s Treasurer is Emily Reichert.

This year’s Secretary is Ryan Johnson.

This year’s Vice President is Maria Puckett.

And this year’s Student Council President is Caleb Knight.

Each classroom has elected two representatives to attend and participate in Student Council Meetings this year. Grade 5 Executive Board members will also be facilitating separate student council meetings for grades 1 and 2 throughout the year!. Kindergarten will be included after winter break!

This Executive Board met and have planned the WHS Spirit Day calendar for the year. This can be found below!

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Hammerween- Coming Soon!

HAMMER'WEEN: Saturday, October 23rd 8pm

Come on out to Hammer'ween on Saturday, October 23rd at 8:00 p.m. at O'Neill's Pub in downtown Lombard. This is an adult only event. Costumes are optional, but always fun! $10 cover at the door. All proceeds support the amazing WHS PTA. Flyer with more details coming soon!

TRUNK OR TREAT: Friday, October 29th 5pm - 7pm

Check out this FLYER for event information.

Details about how to donate candy and baked goods will be coming soon. Right now, we are in need of trunks and volunteers! If you are interested, please fill out this FORM

Decorating a trunk can be a great opportunity for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other student groups. Spread the word!

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CHICAGO WOLVES GAME: Saturday, November 6th at 7pm

Tickets are $20/each ($8 from every ticket sold through our link/promotion gets donated back to our PTA!!!)

Anyone that attends through our link/promotion receives a free Chicago Wolves hat

WHS will be recognized on the LED board

Should be a super fun event!

The Flyer has all of the information on purchasing tickets online or through email or via phone.

WHS Twisted Talent Show 2.0 – Friday, November 12th! (NEW DATE)

Due to a scheduling conflict, the PTA Twisted Talent Show 2.0 has been pushed back a week. The NEW DATE is Friday, November 12th!

Parents of Participants – Thanks for submitting your commitment forms! Submissions are due 10/18 and instructions will be emailed to you directly. Questions? Please contact Talent Show Committee Chairs Cari Dinglasan or Kate Temple


Coming soon: WHS Scholastic Book fair

Virtual book fair will take place 11/15 to 11/28. Stay tuned for sneak peaks of all the popular titles offered this year online.


Thank you to all the student artists and parent volunteers who came out to our PTA Start Your Art Workshops! Keep working on those entries! Remember you can enter multiple entries and in multiple art categories! Final deadline for submitting entries to the office is Friday, October 29.

Missed out on the workshop or are you interested in creating art in another art category? You can still participate in the annual Reflections Art Contest at home. Information on how to enter and rules specific to each of the art categories can be found at the link below. Questions? Contact Tricia Nelson.

Official Rules, Student Entry Form, & Art Category Rules

Join the WHS PTA!

Click on the link below for the WHS PTA Membership Form! Thank you for supporting Hammerschmidt School!

CLICK HERE for the WHS PTA Membership Form

PTA Facebook Page


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

Support the PTA by Shopping on Amazon!

Supporting Hammerschmidt is easy, simply by shopping at amazon. Go to smile.amazon.com and search for Hammerschmidt PTA. Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchases to our school!

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Interested in Being a Lunch/ Recess Supervisor at Hammerschmidt?


Are you interested in being a Hammerschmidt Lunch/Recess Supervisor? If so, APPLY ONLINE! Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Danielski with any questions! Become a part of our WHS or D44 team! Click here to learn more!

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Glenbard Parent Series

Check out these FREE informational sessions for parents! Click on the link below for a complete lineup of speakers for the year!

Glenbard Parent Series Information

Follow our WHS Facebook and Twitter Accounts:

Click on the link below to get the most recent news from District 44:

Lombard District 44 Update

In Case You Missed It!!!

Below you will find a link to Mr. Danielski's Fall Curriculum NIght Video. In case you missed it, click on the link below!

Mr. D.'s Fall Curriculum Night Welcome Video


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At the back of the school, please do not drop off students between the two signs. This area is reserved EXCLUSIVELY for student crossing at the crosswalk. Cars that drop off students here block the view for students, crossing guards, and jeopardize the safety of our kids! Thank you for your support with this request!

Please, no pick-up or dropping off of students in the Staff Parking Lot.