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H-F FYI Sept. 1, 2021

Online program from H-F Guidance Office

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Area parents & guardians are invited to join H-F's Guidance Department and the Anxiety & Stress Center of Homewood for:

Real Parents, Real Kids, Real Talk — Anxiety and the Start of the School Year

Learn what to expect, what to do, and how to move forward — Mental health matters! Online presentation will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 1).


Dr. Holly Houston, Ph.D.,

Bill Knor, LCPC

Sandy Esparza, LCSW

Click here to join the presentation with a Google account...

Homecoming Dance Tickets: Now on sale

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It's time to start getting ready for H-F Homecoming 2021! This week-long celebration will be held Sept. 7-11, featuring athletic contests, spirit days and more, concluding with the annual Homecoming Dance on Saturday, Sept. 11, 7:30-11 p.m. at H-F Stadium. This year's dance will be held outdoors* to allow students to gather safely with friends. All students are encouraged to wear a mask during the dance and to maintain social distancing. Tickets ($20/person) are now on sale at the Campus Store in the South Building Cafeteria through Thursday, Sept. 9. Nominations for dance royalty will open today — Wednesday, Sept. 1 — at 6 p.m. at the E Building Parking Lot. Voting will take place through Sept. 10 via the H-F student webpage (click here). Questions? Call Ms. Smith, Director of Activities, at 708-335-5525.



Contact Mrs. Pesha at 708-799-3000, ext. 5227,

Registration for Little Vikings Preschool opening this week!

Do you have a Little Viking in your home or on your block? Tell them about H-F's Little Vikings Preschool, offered both semesters this school year for ages 3-5 in the North Building from Oct. 19-May 17. Class will be offered most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:50-11:20 a.m. Children must be 3 years of age by Sept. 1, 2021, and they must be toilet trained. Fee is $360 for the year, and it includes the child's daily supplies, snack, special occasion crafts/celebrations and a t-shirt.


Reminder: Attendance Procedures

For the benefit of our new families — and as a refresher for returning families — below are the procedures for what to do regarding school attendance. 

Missing a School Day — If your student will be missing a school day, parents/guardians are required to report the absence as “excused” by calling the H-F Attendance Line at 708-335-5602 or by dialing 708-799-3000 then pressing 2 when prompted or by sending in a signed note to the Deans’ Office. If you are connected to the attendance voicemail, please include the following information in your message: student’s name, student’s ID number, reason & length of absence (i.e. “all day” “Periods 1 & 2”), as well as your name, relationship to the student and your phone number. Absences must be excused within 48 hours via a voicemail or signed note or they will become “unexcused.”Please note: In PowerSchool, the absence may initially show as “UNV” or "UNX" (unexcused) until staff has retrieved the voicemail message and input the absence. This may take up to 24 hours. Important: If your student is missing school due to having suspected COVID-19 symptoms, exposure or a positive test, please complete the D233 COVID-19 Family Reporting Form: 

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Arriving Late — (Note: Students who are arriving late due to a school bus issue will be marked "excused." Please contact the Deans' Office with questions regarding school bus tardies.) Students arriving late to school (more than 5 minutes after the start of class or missing a full first period) need to sign into school in the Deans’ Office of either building. To be excused from the absence, parents/guardians must report the absence using the process above under “Missing a School Day.” If the absence was due to an appointment, please provide the appointment card, if available.

Leaving Early — If you must pick up your student early from school for an appointment, please report the early dismissal using the process above under “Missing a School Day” and include the time the student is leaving and which periods will be missed. The student must sign out of the Deans’ Office in either building before leaving campus. If your student does not know about the early dismissal and you need her called down to the office to leave, please contact either the South Deans’ Office at 708-335-5030 or North Deans’ Office at 708-335-5309 directly and a Deans’ Assistant will escort your student to the office for dismissal.

Questions about attendance? You can view the full attendance policy in the Parent-Student Handbook; click here... Or contact your student's dean:

Important Reminder: COVID-19 Dashboard & Reporting Form

Vikings: Thank you for doing your part to keep our school safe by properly wearing a mask indoors, watching your distance and washing your hands frequently. Most importantly, thank you for staying home when you are feeling ill.

Parents & guardians: Please remember to complete the D233 COVID Family Reporting Form to report positive COVID-19 cases in your household, close-contact COVID-19 exposures and if your student is experiencing suspected COVID-19 symptoms. The form is available by clicking here... A Student COVID Flow Chart is shown below to help guide you this year.

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Also, remember that you can track COVID-19 cases and quarantines at H-F, as well as see community data at the D233 COVID-19 Dashboard — click here...

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Tutoring Now Available

For more information, please contact Mrs. Lessentine, Tutoring Coordinator, at or 708-799-3000, ext. 5044. To join in evening tutoring:

1. Go to your home page for Google Classroom (

2. Click + (Plus on Upper Right Side)

3. Enter Classroom Code (clefz72 for Science; ohxuilz for Math)

4. Join Room 

5. Click "Meeting Link" and "Join Meeting"


  • M-F 7:30-8:15 a.m. in South G12
  • M-F 3:15-4 p.m. in South G9
  • Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & Sundays 2-5 p.m. in TLC (Enter Door 26)
  • Updated! Google Classroom: M, Tu, W & Th 7-8 p.m. — click here to join


  • M-F 7:30-8:15 a.m. in South G12
  • M-F 3:15-4 p.m. in South G11
  • Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & Sundays 2-5 p.m. in TLC (Enter Door 26)
  • Updated! Google Classroom: M, Tu, W & Th 7-8 p.m. — click here to join


  • M-F 7:30-8:15 a.m. in South B23
  • M-F 3:15-4 p.m. in South B6
  • Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & Sundays 2-5 p.m. in TLC (Enter Door 26)
  • Updated! Google Classroom: M, Tu, W & Th 7-8 p.m. — click here to join


  • M-F 7:30-8:15 a.m. in South B23
  • M-F 3:15-4 p.m. in South B19
  • Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & Sundays 2-5 p.m. in TLC (Enter Door 26)
  • Updated! Google Classroom: M, Tu, W & Th 7-8 p.m. — click here to join


  • M-F 7:30-8:15 a.m. in South B23
  • M-F 3:15-4 p.m. in South B15


  • M-F 7:30-8:15 a.m. & 3:15-4 p.m. in South A6
  • Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & Sundays 2-5 p.m. in TLC (Enter Door 26)



  • SPANISH: Thursdays 3:15-4 p.m. in North 224
  • FRENCH: M, Tu & Th 3:15-3:45 p.m. in North 225
  • CHINESE: Tuesdays 3:15-4 p.m. in North 205
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The Viking Online Spiritwear Shop is now open through Thursday, Sept. 16!

Campus Store is now open!

Mondays-Fridays (regular school days)

7:30-8:30 a.m. • 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. • 3-3:30 p.m.


Our Campus Store is located in the South Building Cafeteria. At the store, you may:

  • Buy gym suits and H-F spirit wear.
  • Sign up for fieldtrips and pay those costs.
  • Buy tickets for school events (plays, dances, football games).
  • Pick up or buy The Odin school yearbooks.
  • Pay for replacement workbooks.

You can reach the Campus Store directly at 708-335-5570.



Students in Mrs. Marks' Advanced Culinary classes last week participated in a special fresh fruit lab project. See the results of one student's work above.


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Alumnus on Record

Congratulations to Carlton McDowell, H-F '18, who is featured on guitar on the song, Don't Go, recorded by Justin Bieber/Skrillex/Don Tolliver. The song was released last week with Carlton receiving a performance credit.


Superintendent on Talk Show

Congratulations to Superintendent Dr. Von Mansfield for being featured as a guest speaker last week on Thriving Women Talk — a streaming show that is broadcast on On the show, he talked about the challenges of bringing students back to school this year during a pandemic.

Click here to view the broadcast...


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Note: Only home games & playoffs are shown below. For complete athletic schedules, click here...

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1 - Late-Start Day/Block 2 Day (Periods 7, 6, 5 & 4)

Registration opens for Little Vikings Preschool!

4 p.m. — Girls' Golf (JV & V) vs. Sandburg @ Coyote Run

7 p.m. — Presentation: Anxiety & the Start of the School Year (online)


THURSDAY, SEPT. 2 — Block 3 Day (Periods 1, 2, 3, 6 & 7)

3:15 p.m. — Auditions: Speech Team @ South A21

4 p.m. — Boys' Golf (JV & V) vs. LW East @ Ravisloe

4:30 p.m. — Girls' Tennis (JV) vs. LW West @ North Courts


FRIDAY, SEPT. 3 — Viking Day (Periods 1-7)



8 a.m.

  • Girls' Tennis (V) Quad Tournament @ Tennis Courts
  • Girls' Volleyball (F) Invitational @ Fieldhouse





School will be closed




TUESDAY, SEPT. 7 - Viking Day (Periods 1-7)

4 p.m. — Boys' Golf (JV & V) vs. Bolingbrook @ Coyote Run

4:30 p.m. — Girls' Tennis (V) vs. Bradley-Bourbonnais @ South Courts


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8 - Viking Day (Periods 1-7)

4:30 p.m. — Home Opener: Girls' Volleyball vs. Oak Forest @ South Gym & Fieldhouse

5 p.m. — Home Opener: Boys' Soccer (JV & V) vs. Richards @ H-F Stadium

7 p.m. — Homecoming Powder Puff Game @ North Turf Field


THURSDAY, SEPT. 9 — Viking Day (Periods 1-7)

Last day to purchase Homecoming Dance tickets!

4:30 p.m. — Girls' Tennis (JV) vs. Stagg @ North Courts

5 p.m. — Home Opener: Field Hockey (JV & V) vs. Lakes Community @ JV & North Fields


FRIDAY, SEPT. 10 — Viking Day (Periods 1-7)

4:30 p.m. — Boys' Soccer (JV) vs. Mt. Carmel @ JV Field

6 p.m. — Viking Fest & Homecoming Game: Football (V) vs. LW Central @ H-F Stadium


SATURDAY, SEPT. 11 - Patriot Day

7 a.m. — Boys' Golf Invitational @ Lincoln Oaks

11 a.m. — Football (F & S) vs. LW Central @ H-F Stadium

1 p.m. — Marching Band opens Flossmoor Fest @ Downtown Flossmoor

7:30-11 p.m. — Homecoming Dance @ H-F Stadium (weather permitting)




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Village of Flossmoor Flossmoor Fest: Saturday, Sept. 11

1 p.m. - H-F Marching Band

4:30 p.m. - Not My Dad, featuring Mr. Elfner & Mr. Venegas

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Hidden Gem Half Marathon: Saturday, Sept. 11


Village of Homewood 19th Annual Fall Fest

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