Time change! Hopefully, you will be able to adjust quickly. It usually takes me a few days to fully adjust to the clock changing. The time change also means the warmer weather is right around the corner. This week we should be able to have outdoor recess most of the week. This winter season may finally be coming to an end.
The IAR assessment testing week. It was formerly known as the PARCC. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. IAR assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English Language Arts and Mathematics. It’s important that our students do their very best because there is accountability attached to the assessment.
While students can’t study for a standardized assessment like they would for a regular classroom assessment, there are ways you can help your child prepare to do their best:
● Ensure your student attends school regularly so that they don’t miss out on important instruction
● Talk to your child about testing so that they understand why they are being tested
● Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before the exam
● Ensure your child arrives to school on time
● Remind your student to take their time, listen to and read all directions, and tackle one question at a time
● Help your child maintain a positive mindset by reminding them of their strengths and accomplishments
All progress reports have been sent home on Friday. Before you know it, the 3rd Quarter Parent Teacher Conferences will be here! Let's keep working together to support our students and your child to have a successful rest of the year.
Dear CPS Families and Friends,
Along with our partners at the City of Chicago, we are closely monitoring the weather to ensure that classes can safely resume tomorrow, Monday, January 28, 2019. Based on the current forecast, school will be in session tomorrow.
To ensure schools are ready for the arrival of students in the morning, school staff will continue to monitor and clear sidewalks and entryways prior to the start of school. All transportation and Safe Passage services will be deployed as usual.
The district will continue to monitor the weather through the week and will work to ensure schools are prepared for a safe and successful week. We are closely tracking the weather forecast for Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and an update on the district’s plans will be provided on Tuesday afternoon when we have greater certainty about Wednesday’s anticipated temperatures.
You can also find updated information on the CPS website, on the Chicago Public Schools Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and through recorded updates at (773) 553-1000.
Please help ensure this important information is seen by passing it on to your friends and family with children in CPS schools.
LaTanya D. McDade Arnaldo Rivera
Chief Education Officer Chief Operating Officer
Chicago Public Schools Chicago Public Schools
Estimados familiares y amigos de CPS,
Junto con nuestros socios en la Ciudad de Chicago, estamos monitoreando de cerca el clima para garantizar que las clases puedan reanudarse de manera segura mañana, lunes 28 de enero. Según el pronóstico actual, la escuela estará en sesión mañana.
Continuaremos monitoreando la situación y trabajaremos para asegurar que las escuelas estén preparadas para un día escolar seguro y exitoso. Si la situación cambia, le proporcionaremos una actualización.
Para asegurarse de que las escuelas estén listas para la llegada de los estudiantes en la mañana, CPS estará limpiando y salando las calles de la escuela durante toda la noche y temprano en la mañana, y todo el transporte y los servicios de Safe Passage se implementarán como de costumbre.
También puede encontrar información actualizada en el sitio web de CPS, en las páginas de Facebook, Twitter e Instagram de las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago, y en las actualizaciones registradas al (773) 553-1000.
Ayude a garantizar que se vea esta información importante pasándola a sus amigos y familiares con niños en las escuelas de CPS.
CPD Community Alert – Attempt Child Abduction/ Child Luring 17th District (Albany Park)
I hope you enjoyed Veterans Day weekend. I’m sure none of us were expecting to see snow on the ground so soon. The chilly weather is definitely here to stay. This is the earliest date we are going to have Thanksgiving in a number of years. It’s hard to imagine it will be next week.
This upcoming week is an important one for all us because we get an opportunity to share with you how your child/children are progressing so far this year during Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Teachers will communicate progress or status in the following 4 areas when conferencing with each of you.. 1. Attendance 2. Grades 3. Benchmark Scores 4. Student Goal Setting - Spring.
We know how busy it gets once you start your conferences with parents so write these items on a visible location and/or make yourself a note to share the following information with each of your parents.
Please remember to turn in the following to your classroom teacher:
Attendance is a huge factor in student performance. Teachers and administration will be reaching out to parents regarding attendance below 90%.
We will be conducting our annual ‘State of the School Address’ on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend. The topics covered will be SQRP, school programs/initiatives and goals for the year. We will have refreshments! Also we will raffle off a $25 gift card to Target!
Community Schools Initiative:
We are looking for a parents to support our next phase of our after school programing to be a part of a committee to gather feedback from parents and our school community. We will have a committee that will be meeting after the Thanksgiving Break. Interested, please reach out to the main office or feel free to email Ms. Valente at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our goal is to have no more than 20 students absent a day. This will help us be sure that we are above our 96% weekly goal.
Students who are here everyday for the month of November will be able to join us for a staff against students Tug-of-War!
School-Wide Attendance As of 11/13/18
Week of November 5th
Grade Levels Above 96%
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 7th Grade
Week of November 5th Classrooms at 100%
Classrooms above 96%
112, 111, 115, 101, 102, 202, 203, 302
Picture Retakes: Tuesday, November 13th.
Scholastic Book Fair: (Auditorium)
Looking forward to seeing everyone during parent teacher conferences!
~Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Reynolds & Ms. Abraham
Dear Henry Families,
The end of the first quarter is today. We will be starting our emails blasts again to continue our communication efforts.
Tomorrow, November 2, 2018 there is no school. Teachers will be planning during the day and continuing to work on our instructional practices to best support your child.
Teachers either today or next week will be distributing the parent teacher conference appointment letters. Once they finalize the appointments, they will provide you with the time to meet with them during Parent Teacher Conferences on November 14th.
We also hope everyone had a safe Halloween yesterday.
Have a great weekend and we wish everyone a great start to the 2nd Quarter.
Mr. Juan Gutierrez, Principal
Ms. Mary Ann Reynolds, Assistant Principal
Ms. Lora Abraham, Instructional A.P.
Dear Patrick Henry Parents and Families,
As the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke nears completion, we will take every appropriate precaution to ensure the safety of our entire school community. Your child’s safety is our top priority and the city has a multi-agency interdisciplinary plan in place to ensure that Chicagoans can express themselves peacefully about the verdict.
We have also been working with the Office of Safety and Security to review our school’s safety plans should we need to utilize them.
We also expect that students will want to discuss the issues connected to the trial. We value student voice and believe that it is important for students to have opportunities to share their perspectives and engage in meaningful inquiry with their peers. Our educators hold a special position in the classroom and will create a safe space for students to consider, analyze, and discuss the trial. They will ensure that sensitive issues and different points of view are handled with a high level of professionalism and thoughtfulness to support students through the discussion.
I recognize that you may have questions or concerns about how we plan to discuss the trial. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Estimados Patrick Henry Padres y Familias,
A medida que se acerca el juicio del oficial de policía de Chicago Jason Van Dyke, tomaremos todas las precauciones adecuadas para garantizar la seguridad de toda nuestra comunidad escolar. La seguridad de su hijo es nuestra máxima prioridad y la ciudad cuenta con un plan interdisciplinario de múltiples agencias para garantizar que los residentes de Chicago puedan expresarse pacíficamente sobre el veredicto.
También hemos estado trabajando con la Oficina de Seguridad y Protección para revisar los planes de seguridad de nuestra escuela en caso de que necesitemos utilizarlos.
También esperamos que los estudiantes quieran discutir los problemas relacionados con la prueba. Valoramos la voz de los estudiantes y creemos que es importante que los estudiantes tengan la oportunidad de compartir sus perspectivas y participar en una conversación significativa con sus compañeros. Nuestros educadores ocupan un puesto especial en el aula y crearán un espacio seguro para que los estudiantes consideren, analicen y discutan la prueba. Se asegurarán de que los temas delicados y los diferentes puntos de vista se manejen con un alto nivel de profesionalismo y consideración para apoyar a los estudiantes a través de la discusión.
Reconozco que puede tener preguntas o inquietudes sobre cómo planeamos discutir el juicio. Por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo si tiene alguna pregunta.
September 4, 2018
Dear Patrick Henry Families,
Welcome Back! We are excited to start another academically challenging, enjoyable, and safe school year. At Patrick Henry School, it is our goal to maximize the learning potential of each and every child. We are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment where all students are on the path to be college and career ready and to pursue their dreams. We are able to achieve our goals through the support of the dynamic partnerships with students, parents, staff and community. Below are some updates and information that will help all of us start the year off on the right path to success.
School Hours - Our school hours for students are 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Universal Breakfast is served to students starting at 8:15 a.m. As a safety precaution, do not drop your child off before 8:00 a.m., as there is no one on duty to supervise children prior to that time. Please have your children dressed in the school uniform which consists of blue pants, skirts or jumpers and plain white shirts. Uniforms are to be worn every day.
Visitors - All visitors are required to report to the main office and sign-in for both buildings. It’s a safety precaution to ensure all children are safe and secure at all times of the day.
Attendance - Attendance is very important and we need your child present, on time, and ready to learn every day. If your child is absent make sure you send a written note the following day to his/her classroom teacher describing the reason for the absence. Please call the school if your child is going to be absent and provide written documentation in order to excuse the absence. The tardy bell is 8:20. All students coming into the school after 8:20 will be marked tardy.
Supply lists and School Fees- Please make sure your child brings their supplies to school this week. The school fee for this year will be $30. We will send another letter with directions for submitting the school fee. All the materials sent home this week contain valuable information that will help you understand all the rules and procedures for the new school year. Money will be collected by classroom teachers only and no money will be accepted by the main office.
Curriculum Night - Our ‘Curriculum Night’ will be held on Wednesday, September 12th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teacher(s) and to learn about our academic and enrichment programs. Further information, will be forthcoming in the next couple of days.
We would like to thank all the parents and guardians for their continued support. We certainly expect to continue our positive momentum as we strive to make Henry School one of the best neighborhood schools in Chicago.
Juan Gutierrez -Principal
4 de septiembre de 2018
Estamos muy contentos de comenzar otro año escolar académicamente más riguroso, agradable y seguro. En La Escuela Patrick Henry, es nuestro objetivo maximizar el potencial de aprendizaje de cada niño. Estamos comprometidos a proporcionar un ambiente seguro y acogedor donde todos los estudiantes están en la vía para llegar a la universidad y a una carrera que les ayudará a conseguir sus aspiraciones futuras. A continuación se presentan algunas actualizaciones y la información que nos ayudará a todos empezar el año en el camino correcto para el éxito.
Horario Escolar - Nuestras horas de escuela para los estudiantes son de 8:15 am a 3:15 pm. El desayuno se sirve a los estudiantes a las 8:15 am. Como medida de seguridad, por favor no deje a su hijo antes de las 8:00 am, ya que no hay nadie supervisando a los niños antes de esa hora. Por favor, mande a sus hijos vestidos con el uniforme escolar que consiste en un pantalón o, falda o, jumpers azul y una camisa/polo blanca sin diseños. Los uniformes se deben usar todos los días.
Asistencia - La asistencia es muy importante y necesitamos que su hijo esté presente, a tiempo, y listo para trabajar todos los días. Si su hijo está ausente asegúrese de enviar una nota por escrito al día siguiente a su maestro y describa el motivo de la ausencia. Por favor llame a la escuela si su hijo va a estar ausente. Necesitamos documentación escrita para excusar la ausencia. La campana final es a las 8:20 am. Todos los estudiantes que llegan a la escuela después de las 8:20 am serán marcados como tarde.
Visitantes - Se requiere que todos los visitantes se reporten a la oficina principal y se registren. Es una medida de seguridad para asegurar que todos los niños estén seguros en todo momento del día. El dinero será recaudado solo por los maestros del salón de clase. La oficina no aceptará dinero.
Listas de útiles y Cuotas - La cuota de la escuela para este año será de $30. Le enviaremos otra carta con instrucciones en cómo pagar la cuota a la escuela. Todos los materiales enviados a casa esta semana contienen información valiosa que le ayudará a comprender todas las normas y procedimientos para el nuevo año escolar.
Noche de Currículo - Me gustaría invitar a todas nuestras familias a nuestra ‘Noche de Currículo’ el martes, 19 de septiembre de 2017. Será de 5:00-7:00 pm. Esta es una gran oportunidad de conocer al maestro de su hijo y aprender acerca de nuestros programas académicos y de enriquecimiento.
Nos gustaría agradecer a todos los padres y tutores por su continuo apoyo. Esperamos continuar este trabajo positivo para seguir esforzándonos para que La Escuela Patrick Henry sea una de las mejores escuelas de la ciudad de Chicago.
Juan Gutiérrez - Director
Week of April 23, 2018
We hope you were able to enjoy the weekend though it was a bit chilly. The weather will be similar all week so the students should be able to go to recess unless it’s raining. The fresh air and running around really helps release the excess energy. Many classrooms already implement a routine in the classroom to calm students after lunch and recess to refocus.
On Tuesday, April 24th, the Chief of Network One and her team will be here after 11:00 a.m. for the rest of the day. The team is here to discuss Literacy school improvement and our transition plans for 7th and 8th grade.
Thank you to all of our parents for attending Parent Teacher Conferences. Please let us know if you have any concerns or questions regarding your child's progress.
As you may have heard, the school budgets were made available to schools. We are currently in the process of preparing the budget and the CIWP to present to the school community and the LSC for approval. Then it will be sent to the Network Chief and the District for final approval. We highly encourage everyone to attend the presentation so they you know how the budget will be allocated for next school year. Thank you to those of you that have taken advantage of the opportunities to be engaged in the CIWP process this cycle. Our LSC meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24th at 4:30 p.m. in the teachers' lounge.
We may sound like a broken record by now but thank you for continued efforts in attendance. Thank you for doing your part to get your students to school every day.
Updates for this week:
Teacher Flex PD: Wednesday, April 26th 3:30-4:30: Focus Topic ~ CIWP (No After School)
Student Emails: ITS is excited to announce that a new password self service feature will be available for students in grades 4-12 starting on April 23, 2018. This enhancement will give CPS students the same flexibility as staff by allowing them to reset their own password using three challenge questions.
Attendance Rocks! 102, 103, and 301 were at 100%.
94.42% (We are currently in the yellow) (Slight increase from last week by 0. 03%) (Please promote attendance) (We are seeing an upward trend.)
Week of April 16th:
Soccer Penalty Shootout against Mr. G. and Ms. M.
Classrooms Above 97% (changed from 96% to above 97%)
109 p.m., 113, 116, 111, 108, 104, 101, 307, 303
Classrooms with 100%
102, 103, 301
Incentives to Increase Attendance: We need your help! Please promote attendance to ensure we are above 95% at the end of the year!
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.
23-25 Scholastic Book Fair
23 - Parent Nutrition Class (3:30-5:00) Lunchroom
23-30 Parent Computer Classes @ 8:30-10:30 (Computer Lab)
24 - LSC @ 4:30 Teachers’ Lounge
25 - Teacher Flex PD (No Afterschool Program)
Have a wonderful week!
Mr. Gutierrez & Ms. Munozmaciel-Reynolds
April 17, 2018
Dear Parents / LSC members,
Today, we are excited to announce that we have provided principals with their school budgets for the 2018-19 school
year. To build on the record-seIng educaJonal progress that has earned CPS schools naJonal recogniJon, the
District is invesJng $3.1 billion in school funding, an increase of more than $60 million compared to the current
Thanks to the parents, educators, and courageous elected officials who worked to pass historic educaJon funding
reform passed last August, we have stabilized our finances and are able to make significant investments that will
conJnue to raise the bar for academic excellence.
Here’s what that means for our schools:
First, the funding principals receive for each student in their school will increase by 2.5 percent so that schools can
support high quality academic programming and higher teacher salaries.
Second, we are invesJng in neighborhood schools by expanding access to InternaJonal Baccalaureate, STEM, Magnet
and Classical schools for more than 5,000 students. Specifically:
● Over 1,800 addiJonal students will have access to proven IB programs, on top of the more than 16,000
students who already make CPS the naJon’s largest IB network;
● Nearly 2,100 addiJonal students will be able to engage with the advanced coursework and professional
exposure provided through new Early College STEM programs, building on the five current Early College
STEM schools that serve over 3,800 students;
● Nearly 1,000 addiJonal students will have access to STEM Magnet programming, building on the over 6,600
students who currently benefit from these programs; and
● To meet demand for rigorous Classical elementary schools, we are creaJng two new Classical schools. With
the addiJon of these schools, CPS will be able to provide more than 2,600 students with access to a Classical
school in 2018-19.
Third, in addiJon to invesJng in high-quality academics throughout Chicago, school budgets for the upcoming school
year include expanded supports for our at-risk students. An addiJonal $14 million is being provided to support
students from low-income households, and $10 million will be used to ensure schools with low enrollment can offer
students a rich academic experience. Plus, we are creaJng a team of postsecondary counselors to support 7,000 high
school students in high needs schools as they plan for a successful life following graduaJon.
And finally, for the first Jme in recent memory, we can guarantee that the funding your principal receives today will
not decrease in the fall — even if enrollment declines. This means they can plan with confidence and families can
take comfort in knowing who will be teaching their children next year.
While the key investments announced today will accelerate the district’s unprecedented academic success, they only
represent the first part of the FY19 budget process. We look forward to releasing a full operaJng budget in the
coming months that not only outlines all of our funding prioriJes for the coming school year, but also promotes
long-term financial stability for the district.
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief ExecuJve Officer
Chicago Public Schools