Panther News

December 5th, 2021

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A Note From Mr. Christ

Dear Paddock Families,

In the spirit of thinking about others, our Holiday Shop event, which allows students an opportunity to purchase gifts for families members and loved ones, will be starting tomorrow. We hope this event will remind our students of the importance and joy of giving to others, especially during this time of year. Your student's classroom teacher will be providing the day/time their class will be shopping. Please reach out to your child's teacher with any questions and have a great rest of your weekend.


Jason Christ


Car Pickup Changes - No More Google Form

Starting Monday, December 6th, we will no longer be requiring people picking up a student in the car loop to enter the student's name into a Google Form. In evaluating this system, we have determined it is not as effective as we would like in making the pick up process faster and easier. As a result, moving forward, all car riders will be dismissed from their classrooms at 2:25, and sent to the car loop outside door 12. We hope this will speed up the process of getting students to their cars. Thank you for your understanding as we work through making our systems as efficient as possible.

Holiday Shop

The Holiday Shop is an annual event at Paddock that allows students an opportunity to purchase gifts for parent, family members, and friends. This program makes it possible for children to experience the joy of choosing their own special gift for a loved one or friend. During their scheduled time, students will be able to go to the shop and buy these gifts. PTA volunteers will be present to support the students with picking items, counting money, etc.

On the day your student is scheduled to shop, you can send them to school with money to make these purchases. The Holiday Treasures website has the list of items that are for sale for anyone who would like to preview them before your student shops. Please reach out to your student's classroom teacher with any questions.

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Virtual Fall Show - Voltron: Defender of the Universe

In lieu of an in-person play this fall, Mr. Zielinski and his student cast have put together a virtual show/movie for the Paddock community to enjoy! Information on how to access the show, a description of it, and times for viewing can all be found at The show is free of charge, but you can donate to help ensure Paddock Arts is on stable ground for 2022-2023.

Winter Wishes

Winter Wishes is a program that, in the past, has shown the unbelievable generosity from our community to make sure all our Paddock students have clothing, books, toys and winter outwear. Given these uncertain times, this program is as important as it has ever been.

This year, we are asking for hats, gloves, shorts, leggings, masks, snacks and gift cards (NO ELECTRONIC CARDS) to Walmart, Jewel and Target. For gift cards, any amount is welcome but denominations of $25 and under are most helpful. Gift cards can be brought to or mailed to the main office or turned into your student's teacher. Items will also be collected at Paddock School. There is a labeled bin in the vestibule at the main door.

Please see this sign up sheet to view what items still need to be collected. The deadline for accepting donations in 12/8/21.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Worst

Toys For Tots

The Palatine Police and Fire Benevolent Association is proud to bring back their annual Toys For Tots holiday toy drive. Collection boxes will be located in the main vestibule at Paddock School starting November 8th.

Parent Night: Supporting Our Children Through Stressful Times

On Monday, December 6, starting at 7:00pm, District 15 is hosting a free, virtual workshop for parents. Dr. Meghan Meyer will share information on how to support our children through stressful and adverse experiences. Please see the Parent Night flyer for additional information and the Google Meet link to access the presentation.

CCSD15 Code Along

Celebrate the 2021 Computer Science Education Week with a coding event for your family! On Tuesday, December 7th at 6:30pm, join this Facebook Live event sponsored by the CCSD15 Department of Teaching and Learning and Instructional Technology Team. See the flyer for additional details.

Mini-Grant Fund-A-Thon

The one-five Foundation is once again offering an annual mini-grant program for staff members of Community Consolidated School District 15. These proposed projects support a wide range of opportunities for the students of the District with a focus on programs or technology.

This year, 13 grant applications have been preliminarily approved by the Foundation for funding. While the one-five Foundation Teacher Mini-Grant Committee has preliminarily approved these projects, additional funds are needed to make them a reality. These amazing projects could have an impact on thousands of students across all grade levels in 12 different school locations throughout the district.

You can help! Please consider making a donation to the one-five Foundation Teacher Mini-Grant program to help our teachers help our children. Project details can be found on the one-five website along with options for online donations.

Thank you in advance for your support of our teachers and staff members and their proposed projects!

D15 Mobile App

The District 15 mobile app is available on the App Store and Google Play! To download the free app, search for "CCSD15".

This communication tool allows parents and students quick access to important school and district information, including Campus Parent, the D15 Bullying Tip Line, a quick link to MyStop (bus stop location and pick-up times), lunch menus, schedules, parent/student handbook, directory information, school news, and more.

  • To see integrated student information on the app, click the "student information" button and log-in using your email address and your Campus Parent password. If you are unsure of your password, please visit Infinite Campus and click "forgot password." If you are still having trouble, please contact your school's main office for assistance.
  • To make sure you aren’t missing any notices, make sure you turn notifications ON for the mobile app.

If you are not a D15 parent or staff member and would like to receive District updates, download the free mobile app to receive push notifications. Go to notifications, settings, and choose the schools you wish to receive push notifications from.


Please make sure you are sending at least 1-2 additional clean masks with your child each day. These masks should be well fitting and cover both the student's nose and mouth without the student needing to continually pull the mask up. Having a well fitting mask is imperative to keeping our students safe and limiting close contacts, should a positive case arise. Thank you for your help in this.

Health Office

As a reminder, if you student is showing any signs of COVID-19, please keep them home from school. Additionally, if they awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, we encourage you to have them stay home until those results come in. Being able to certify that your student is healthy and able to come to school will be extremely beneficial as we move into the colder months of the year.

If your child has a Health Care plan for asthma or an allergy OR has medication they need to take at school, please make sure you read the linked documents and get in contact with Mrs. Pool, our Paddock nurse. You can reach her at 847-963-5802 or

Calling All Student Artists

Show us your creative talents! We are looking for student artwork to showcase at the District 15 central office for 2022.

Theme: Our School, Our District, Our Community

The submission deadline is Friday, December 10, 2021. See the flyer for more information (English & Spanish).

For questions, contact Katie Dengler at or 847-963-3133

Please include these images in your upcoming newsletters:

D15 Artist Showcase (English)

D15 Artist Showcase (Spanish)

District 15 Job Fairs

District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates. Come apply onsite and Be a Part of Our Team!


  • Monday, December 13, 2021
  • Monday, January 24, 2022
  • Monday, March 7, 2022

Location: Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067

Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

We are looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at in the Human Resources department with any questions.

Paddock Spirit Wear

Fridays will be Panther Spirit day at Paddock. To show school spirit, every Friday we encourage students to wear blue, yellow, or their favorite Paddock shirt. Additional Paddock Spirit Wear is available for sale at I can't wait to see everyone's school spirit!

Join The Paddock PTA!!

Paddock's PTA is an organization of families and teachers working together to provide an enriching learning environment for our students and a welcoming community for our families. Your PTA membership is used to host school activities, student programs, and school assemblies. It helps our families connect with each other, know what’s happening at Paddock, give parents opportunities to volunteer and provide support to our teachers. The more members our PTA has, the more good we can do.

To join the PTA please visit the Paddock PTA website.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • December 6th - Holiday Shop
  • December 15th - School Spelling Bee
  • December 23rd - January 7th - No School (Winter Break)
  • January 10th - School Resumes