Northside Elementary School

February Newsletter

Erin's Law

Dear District 228 Families:

The Comprehensive Health Education Act, often referred to as Erin’s Law, was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. This law requires all public schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for all students in grades PreK-12 and to provide training on sexual abuse prevention for all staff.

District 228 Social Workers and School Psychologists will be providing age-appropriate lessons on personal safety to all students in PreK-5th grade this year. Student lessons will begin in February and will incorporate concepts and skills that are developmentally appropriate based upon grade levels.

Lessons are adapted from the Second Step Committee for Children, Child Protection Unit that focuses on teaching students basic skills to help keep them safe from abusive or dangerous situations. Some concepts discussed during presentations will include:

  • Personal Safety. Students will learn important safety rules, such as safety with guns, sharp tools, and fire, and bike and car safety. They will also learn ways to help them decide if something is safe or not.
  • Touching Safety. Students will learn about safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, and rules about touching private body parts. They’ll also learn to say no to unsafe or unwanted touches, and to tell an adult if someone breaks rules about touching private body parts.
  • Assertiveness. These lessons will also give students a chance to practice asking an adult for help, telling an adult about an unsafe situation, and being assertive to get out of unsafe situations.

More information on lessons can be found by going to and using the following family access codes.

Kindergarten: CPUK FAMILY GK

1st Grade: CPU 1 FAMILY G1

2nd Grade: CPU2 FAMILY G2

3rd Grade: CPU3 FAMILY G3

4th Grade: CPU4 FAMILY G4

5th Grade: CPU5 FAMILY G5

If you do NOT wish your child to participate or if you have any questions, please contact your child’s building principal.

Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to provide learning opportunities to improve the safety and well-being of our children. A letter with this same information will be sent home as well.


Mrs. Boone, Mr. Hofer, and Mr. Kashner, Elementary Principals

Save the Date: Kindergarten Registration for current Ladder's, ECSE, and Leap-Ahead students

Thursday, April 5th, 5-7pm

415 North Russell Avenue

Geneseo, IL

Save the Date - Kindergarten Registration

Thursday, April 19th, 2-7pm

920 South Congress Street

Geneseo, IL

Registration for children planning to attend kindergarten in the Geneseo Community Unit School District #228 for the 2018-19 school year are invited to attend kindergarten registration on Thursday April 19th. Registration will be open from 2-7 pm and held at Millikin Elementary School. Be sure to look for complete information including what is needed to register coming soon.

Please note that incoming kindergarten students currently enrolled in Ladder's to Learning, ECSE, and Leap-Ahead preK programs will register on April 5th at Northside Elementary School.

Northside Upcoming Calendar

February 1st - 100th Day of School
February 6th - PTA Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
February 14th - Classroom Parties - Teacher's Choice

February 19th - No School (President's Day)

March 1st - Symphony Day: 4th Grade

March 5th-9th - Book Fair Week

March 6th - Book Fair Night 5:45-7:00 pm

March 5th, 6th, and 7th - PreK Screening

March 9th - End of 3rd Quarter

March 13th - Music in our School Concert 4th and 5th grades

March 13th - Fire Drill

March 14th - Picture re-takes

March 16th - Report Cards sent home

March 19th-23rd - PARCC Testing 3-5 Grade

March 23rd - Fine Arts Day

March 23rd - 2:10 Dismissal

March 26th-March 30th - No School (Spring Break)

KINDNESS Challenge Week

A big thank you to all of our students for a successful kindness challenge week. It was a great opportunity to show kindness and our students truly rose to the challenge as they always do. A reminder that our Humane Society Drive will continue until February 2nd. If interested, please continue to have your students bring in items.

Kindness Photos

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Students created Kindness banners to hang throughout the school.