From the Lion's Den

York Center Family Newsletter 1/7

Happy New Year York Center Families!

I hope that you were able to enjoy a restful break and some quality time with those that you love!

As we head into 2019 we are excited to jump back into learning at York Center. It's hard to believe that Friday marks the end of half of the school year. Our teachers have exciting adventures in language arts, science, social studies, math, physical education, art and music planned to get us started!

I've included a couple of reminders and information on attendance and tardy policies as we gear up for the New Year!

Winter Celebrations

Thank you so much to those who helped to make our Winter Celebrations a success! We truly appreciate your time and efforts in ensuring our students have opportunities to celebrate with each other.

Kids Heart Challenge

We will have a kick-off assembly for the Kids Heart Challenge on Monday, January 7th. Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart) is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association. This program helps kids learn the value of community service and become empowered to contribute to their community's welfare. Students learn how to develop heart-healthy habits while being physically active, they learn jump rope skills they can use for the rest of their lives, and help our school earn gift certificates for free P.E. equipment! More information will go home after the assembly on Monday, January 7th.


Please be sure to call us at 630-516-6540 by 8:00 am if your child will be absent.

If you do not call and they are not here, we will need to mark your child as having an unexcused absence.


We strongly believe that one of the keys to success is making sure our children are at school so they can learn. For this reason, are working to communicate regularly with our families regarding the attendance of our students. The DuPage County Regional Office of Education has outlined a policy for attendance as follows:

●As students accumulate unexcused absences, a letter will be sent home to let families know

that their child is in danger of being truant.

● After 9 unexcused absences, which exceeds DuPage County guidelines, we will need to make a referral to a truancy officer to help ensure the child's attendance.

●If your child is chronically called in sick and accumulates more than 9 total absences, we will ask for a doctor’s note.

We believe that it is extremely valuable to have your children in school each and every day.

Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

On-Time to School is the Rule!

Our bell rings at 8:05 for students to enter the building. Children need to be in their seats and ready to learn at 8:15. We truly appreciate your help in ensuring all students are here on time!

It is very disruptive to the learning of other students when children arrive late and very unsettling for the student that is late as they hurry to settle in and catch up on what they've missed.

DuPage County has instituted policies on tardies as well. After 9 tardies, families will receive a letter. After 18, we will need to have a meeting and consult with the truancy officer to help ensure students are on time and ready to learn.

Again, thank you for your help in this! We can't do it without you!

The 5 Essentials Parent Survey is still OPEN!

We need your help and input. All parents are invited to provide us with valuable feedback. In order to have results sent to us, we need to have enough parents participate in the survey. The parent survey is to be completed by parents, guardians, or other caregivers with a child in grades prekindergarten through 12. The parent survey is available in English and Spanish and takes approximately 10 -20 minutes to complete. If parents have more than one (1) child that attends the same school, parents may elect to participate multiple times. For parents with children enrolled in multiple schools, we recommend that parents participate in the survey for each school. Only one parent per household may participate in the survey.

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Important Dates

1/7 Back to School!

1/7 Kids Heart Challenge Assembly

1/11 End of Quarter

1/16 6:00 pm PTA Meeting @ Stevenson

1/17 Family Reading Night for York Center and Stevenson Families @ Stevenson

1/18 Institute Day- No School

1/21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School

1/23 Report Card Day

1/30 Early Dismissal

1/31 6 pm York Center/Stevenson Science Night

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