Weekly Update

Cowlishaw News-4.23.2021

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Another week in the books. Thanks families for your continued support! This week we celebrated Administrative Professionals Day and showed our appreciation for our office staff-Mrs. Shutz, Mrs. Bergquist and Nurse Jill Zaucha. Their hardwork and dediction make Cowlishaw a wonderful place to be!
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A shout out to the PTA for their fundraising efforts with collecting items in the Fundrive. A picture below of the PTA and Mrs. Long-Lewis at the collection!
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In person indoor recess looked a little different this week as kids played physically distanced games in the gym!
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Dental Exams

REMINDER for Kindergarten Parents: Health Requirements

If you have not yet turned in your Kindergarten student's Vision Exam and/or Dental Exam for this school year, please do so as soon as possible.

Vision exams dated on or after 8/20/2019 will be accepted.

Dental exams dated on or after 11/15/2019 will be accepted.

Completed exam forms can be uploaded to ParentVUE or e-mailed directly to the building nurse at jillian_zaucha@ipsd.org.

REMINDER for 2nd Grade Parents: Health Requirements

If you have not yet turned in your 2nd grade student's Dental Exam for this school year, please do so as soon as possible.

Dental exams dated on or after 11/15/2019 will be accepted.

Completed exam forms can be uploaded to ParentVUE or e-mailed directly to the building nurse at jillian_zaucha@ipsd.org.

School Supplies

Please check out the flyer below for information regarding school supply kits for next year!

Safety Drills

The students and staff at Cowlishaw practice 4 primary emergency drills each year. They are “LAW ENFORCEMENT DRILLS”, “SHELTER-IN-PLACE”, “FIRE DRILLS”, and “BUS EVACUATION DRILLS.” Tentative dates and a summary of each drill are listed below.

Law enforcement drill was held before spring break. Students and teacher did a great job practicing!

SHELTER-IN-PLACE DRILL: Date to be determined

The “Shelter-in-Place” drill will be conducted each school year. The purpose of this drill is to be prepared to move to a safe location within the building in case of severe weather or tornados.


Bus Evacuation Drills are only for students who ride the bus to and from school since we will not be having any field trips for the remainder of the year. During an “Bus Evacuation Drill”, students will be safely escorted along a designated evacuation route to one of our predetermined evacuation sites. At the conclusion of the drill, all students will be escorted back to the school.

For the safety of everyone involved and to maintain order, we respectfully ask that you would abide by the following during these drills:

• Do not come to the school campus

• Do not call the school offices (as they will be busy with the drill or actual emergency)

• Do not contact students or staff members via cell phone or social media (as they will be busy with the drill or actual emergency)

• In the event of an actual emergency, avoid social media posts. Correct information will be disseminated through our automated system as soon as possible.

• Please make sure that your contact information is current at all times so that you can be reached without delay in the event of an emergency. You will receive notification where to pick up your child as soon as practicable.

Please remember that these safety practice drills are done to help maintain our schools as a safe place to learn and work.

If you have any questions regarding any of these safety drills or other safety concerns, please contact the Title 1 School Wide Facilitator, Cole Jordan at (630) 428- 6160.

REMINDER for In Person Families

Families need to use ParentVUE to self-certify that students coming on campus are free of COVID-like symptoms. Each school day families login to ParentVUE, you will see a screen asking you to self-certify that your child is symptom free. This must be done each day by 8:15 am prior to your child arriving at school. If this step is not completed and your child is at school, a health services staff member will call you to discuss your child’s health status. We ask that you please monitor your child’s health closely and keep them home if they aren’t feeling well. You can report your child’s absence using ParentVUE after completing the self-certification process.

LMC Book Check Out

Curbside LMC Book Check out

Students can put a book(s) on hold through the Destiny app on the SSO.

Please note we have a new self-service procedure for our remote students. Students and parents can now collect requested LMC books from the red cart outside the main door ANYTIME during school hours Monday-Friday.Students and parents still need to wait for an email notification before coming to pick up requested books.

LMC books may be returned ANYTIME during school hours to the blue bin by the main door.

If your child is in person learning, requested books will be delivered directly to the classroom. The hybrid learners can return their LMC books when in school.

If you are not able to pick up these books, do not want them, or have any questions, please send us an email at felica_fernandez@ipsd.org or marzenna_chmielecki@ipsd.org

Happy Reading Koalas!

Click on the link below for more details

LMC Curbside Books Pick Up Instructions

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Free Meals During Remote Learning

Organic Life and District 204 will continue serving free meals to all children to help ensure children have access to nutritious food as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Students that are attending in person will receive their meals at lunchtime. Organic Life will continue to provide curbside pick-up at elementary schools of grab and go meals to remote learners at the following times:

  • 10 AM – 11 AM: First Remote Learner Meal Service Time
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Second Remote Learner Meal Service Time


Teacher Appreciation Week is Coming!!!
PTA Needs YOUR Donations....
***PTA Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 4th***

Cowlishaw PTA will host a Luncheon for Our Teachers on this day and are requesting donations to help make this a Great Occasion for Our Staff.


Donations can be dropped at the School, Labeled PTA; Single Serve Items, such as Drinks (can or bottled soft drinks, can or bottled juice, and bottled water), Chips and or Pretzles, Sweets (individually wrapped cookies, brownies, etc), Any Monetary Amount (checks payable to Cowlishaw PTA).

All Donations are Due By Friday, April 30th


April 26 - Spring Plant Sale
Extended - Final Day to Order

April 30 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Donations are Due

& Kane County Cougars Reading.


May 6 - Plant Order Pickup 4p-7p
& Dinner Night Out - All Day 11a-9p
Little Pops Pizzeria

Cowlishaw PTA General Meeting - TBA

Thank You Everyone!!! We had a Full Truck and Raised $343.41

Dinner Night Out - Little Pops Pizzeria
Thursday, May 6, 11am - 9pm, 3015 E New York St. A-13, Aurora... Mention Mary Lou Cowlishaw Elementary when placing your Orders in-person or Delivery (14 minute radius) or if online (type in notes) and Pops will Donate 20% of Sales. Please spread the word to make this a great fundraising event for us!

Kane County Cougars Reading Incentive Program

It's not too late to collect on your student's Kane County Cougar reading incentive!!! Due to the limited number of games (while school is still in session this year), the Cougars will be providing your child with a 1 free student voucher to attend a game of their choice during the summer with their families - instead of having to select one specific game for our school. The Cougars expect to be operating at reduced capacity this year so please redeem your tickets in advance to the game you would like to attend. If your student completed the reading log, please email/scan a picture of their reading log to taigrrrl@yahoo.com by April 30. PLEASE WRITE YOUR CHILD'S NAME LEGIBLY and TEACHER'S NAME/GRADE. Questions: email Hyeon Tai.

PTA General Meeting - TBA

Please Note PTA Open Board Positions for the 2021-2022 School Year...
• Vice President CoChair
• Treasurer
• Secretary


Show your KOALA PRIDE! Every Friday. We encourage all students to take part. Make sure to rock your Cowlishaw apparel/accessories or our school colors (blue and green) on SPIRIT FRIDAYS all year long!

SPIRIT WEAR AND ACCESSORIES AVAILABLE - https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http://napervillespiritwear.com/COWLISHAW-KOALAS_c774.htm&c=E,1,6hQcFA-PEGVHq91HfBbQleg8sx8yBQwLDBFP0AvoLOrLeVSmKxlf0aNOpw8wfbDRMfamlli6KfHcsQVJksylvyBFTZjduC9oRgAwpLU1vkF3&typo=1


You SHOP…Amazon GIVES…Cowlishaw WINS! Use the link below for all your Amazon shopping needs and 0.5% will automatically come back to the PTA! Be sure to select Cowlishaw as your chosen charity in your Amazon smile account. Bookmark the site on your web browser for easy access. This is a simple way to give back to the school at no additional cost to you! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4165360


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The website can also be accessed via the Cowlishaw homepage under “PTA.”

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Koala Creativity

On our morning announcements we want to highligh talent/creative work your students are doing while learning remotely!

Send in a picture and brief description to the email below and your student can be featured on our morning announcements.


Chromebook Support

Please use the link below to report if your Chromebook is not working. A Cowlishaw staff member will contact you to assist with repairing and/or replacing the Chromebook.

Broken Chromebook Form