Henry Hawk News

Week of March 27, 2023

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Principal's Message

Dear Henry Families,

Welcome to the 4th Quarter! Parent Teacher Conferences will be held this Wednesday, March 29th. Please be sure to reach out to your child's teacher if you don't have a time slot yet. Conferences will be held between 12:00-3:00 and 4:00-6:00. During Parent Teacher Conferences, we will have our lunchroom set up with any lost and found items to be picked up.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held this week. It will also. be open during Parent Teacher Conferences for any parents that would like to make purchases.

We will also be continuing our IAR Testing this week as well. It is important to be sure that your child goes to bed early and gets a good night rest to be fresh in the morning for the state assessment.

Please remember that the week of April 3rd - 7th we will be on Spring Break!

Upcoming March Dates:

20-28 IAR Testing

27-31 ~ Scholastic Book Fair

29 ~ Parent Teacher Conferences/Report Card Pickup

Spring Break ~ April 3rd - April 7th.

Have a great week!

Mr. Gutierrez and Ms. Reynolds

Juan Gutierrez, Principal


Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal



IAR Testing Schedule

School Counselor: I'll be there for you (NEW!)

Covid Testing Signup

Parent Portal (Aspen)


Covid Protocol

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

IAR Testing Schedule

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Hello Everyone,

This past week was March Madness. All homerooms chose a college or university to learn more about and researched information about the school like the school’s colors, where the school was located, how many students attend the school, and how to pay for college. Be sure to ask your student which college they researched and start the discussion about the importance of higher education. You can also can virtual college tours with your student at: youvisit.com

It’s never too early to start thinking about paying for college! If you have any questions about how you can start saving money now or names of scholarships you can apply to, please reach out to us.

Career Day is coming to Henry on May 11th! We would love to have our parents participate in this amazing event and share about their careers. Even if you can only commit to an hour, that’s fine! If you’re interested in participating, please email me at mgarfinkel@cps.edu.

8th Grade Parents: High school decisions were released this Friday! Let us know if you cannot log into your account. There is no rush to make decisions! Decisions are not due until April 14th. For help making a decision, we will available to meet during conferences, on Thursday March 30th from 9:30-11am, and on Thursday April 13th from 1:30-3pm

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Garfinkel and Mr. Renas

COVID Testing Signup

CPS offers free weekly COVID-19 testing for students and staff in all District-run schools. Sign up for weekly testing for the 2022-23 school year through the ReadyCheckGo Testing Program.

IMPORTANT: Every CPS student or staff member who wants to enroll in weekly COVID-19 testing for the 2022-23 school year MUST complete a new consent form. Consents from last school year or this summer WILL NOT be valid for the 2022-23 school year.

To sign up for COVID testing, please go the following link: https://www.color.com/cust/readycheckgo-cps

You will need to search "Henry" for the school.

Parent Portal (Aspen)

Use the Parent Portal to easily and conveniently check grades, attendance, and other information about your student's progress. Need to learn how to set up Parent Portal? Contact the Main Office at 773-534-5060 or click on the link above.

New Feature on Aspen

An exciting new feature is coming to the Aspen Parent Portal on October 24, 2022. E-Absence will allow parents and guardians to submit and track your student’s absences online. That means no more making last-minute phone calls or completing paper forms.

E-Absence joins a lineup of features that are already available on the Aspen Parent Portal to manage your student’s school experience. Sign in to your account at ASPEN.CPS.EDU for features including:

  • Checking Assignments
  • Viewing Grades
  • Tracking Attendance
  • Paying Fees

To access Parent Portal, you must:

  • Be listed as a contact for your student in the Student Information System.
  • Have a valid email in the student’s contact records.
  • Request and submit the validation code sent via email.

Don’t have an account? Contact the main office to register for an account today. You can also learn more at cps.edu/pages/parentresources.aspx.


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.


  • 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.

Henry Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Patrick Henry School

Stay Well,

Principal Juan Gutierrez

A.P. Mary Ann Reynolds