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Ridgeview Monthly Parent Bulletin January 2019

Upcoming January Events

December 22 through January 6 - Winter Break No School

January 7 - Students Return to School

January 7-25 - Star Winter Benchmark Window

January 11 - Report Cards Issued

January 17 - Ridgeview Parents Night 6:00 p.m.

January 18 - School Improvement Day 11:15 a.m. Dismissal

January 18 - School Spelling Bee Final (8:00 a.m.)

January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. - No School

January 25 - Family Movie Night

January 30 - 100th Day of School

February 5 - DHS Pathways Cookie Sales 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.

February 7 - Pack the Place Night at DHS (JV Game at 5 and Varsity Game at 6:30 p.m.)

February 7-8 - SEAPCO Vision and Hearing Screenings

Star Winter Benchmark Assessments

The window for administering the Star Math, Reading, and Early Literacy (K only) assessments is January 7-25. All Ridgeview students complete these assessments in the fall, winter, and spring. The winter benchmark period will be the first measure we use to monitor growth from the beginning of the year until the midpoint of the year. Student results will be sent home with progress reports on Friday, February 8th. You can click on the link below for a parent's guide to the Star assessments.

Ridgeview Parents Night

I would like to thank all of our families who attended the BIST / Internet Safety presentations in October. We are hosting another BIST Parent Night on Thursday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m. This event is for parents only, however, we are working on child care options at the school for this event.

The BIST Model is based upon grace and accountability and is founded on the pillars of 1) early intervention, 2) caring confrontation, 3) protective planning, and 4) outlasting the acting out. We accept children for who they are and work to provide the supports needed to meet high expectations. The BIST Model promotes accountability in children to accept responsibility for their behavior and consequences that are intended to promote behavioral change.

Regardless of your child's behavioral disposition, this is an opportunity to learn more about the philosophy and gain some new perspectives and strategies for your own use. An RSVP will be sent out via email in early January.

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Report Cards

Report cards for the second quarter will be distributed to students on Friday, January 11th. Please take time to review these reports with your child, sign the report card envelope, and return the signed envelope with your child to give to his/her teacher. Report cards are valuable in the sense that it provides a snapshot of a student's overall learning over the course of the past 9 weeks. It provides opportunities for celebrations as well as goal setting for students. If you have any concerns regarding your child's performance, please contact your child's teacher to arrange a time to discuss.

ACCESS Assessments for English Language Learners

School districts must annually assess the English language proficiency, including aural comprehension (listening), speaking, reading, and writing skills, of ALL children of limited English-speaking ability in kindergarten and any of grades 1 through 12 (Section 14C-3 of the School Code) using the English language proficiency assessment prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education.

Why is an annual assessment of English Language Proficiency required?

An annual English Language Proficiency test is required under No Child Left Behind legislation passed in 2001. NCLB indicates that all K-12 English Language Learners must be assessed annually for English proficiency growth (Title III)and academic progress (Title I). School districts receiving Title III grant resources will be held accountable under theAnnual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) provision of NCLB. In addition, the Illinois Administrative Code,Part 228, Section 228.15(e) and 228.25(c) outlines detailed information regarding the English language proficiency required in Illinois.

What is ACCESS for ELLs?

ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners' social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains. The secure full-scale ACCESS for ELLs is an annual assessment will be distributed at no cost to public schools.

Who needs to take ACCESS for ELLs? All public school districts are required to assess annually all identified English Language Learners (ELLs)/Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in grades K-12 using the ACCESS for ELLs assessment until the students test as English language proficient. This includes all identified students whose parents have refused language support services. All LEP students must be tested until they achieve the state prescribed minimum score to be considered English language proficient.

Outdoor Recess Information

As stated in the elementary handbook since recess usually will be held outdoors, students must dress appropriately for these play periods. As a rule, students will go outside for recess when the temperature is 15 degrees or above (this includes wind chill temperatures). We also look at the conditions on the playground when making decisions. Students must have snow boots and snow pants to play in the snow. If not, students must remain on the blacktop. Decisions are typically made mid mornings.

Morning Traffic Pattern

Please remember to park in the front parking lot or the side parking lot of the school and walk your child across the lot to the front sidewalk to ensure a safe arrival to school. The lane in front of the school is a bus drop off and pick up lane only. When picking your child up at the end of the day, please follow the same procedures. Park in either the front or side parking lot and walk up to the front doors of the school to pick up your child. Students may not be dropped off before 7:25 a.m. Thank you for helping us ensure safety for all students.

SEAPCO Vision and Hearing Screenings

SEAPCO technicians will be at Ridgeview on Thursday, February 7th and Friday, February 8th to conduct hearing and vision screenings. Hearing and vision screenings will be administered to all special education students, 504 students, transfer students who are new to the district, foster children and all Kindergarten and 2nd Grade students. 1st grade and 3rd grade students receive hearing screenings. Although it is not mandated, it is recommended that 5th grade students receive a vision screening. As mandated by Senate Bill 0805, PA 93054, effective January 1, 2004, this serves as written notification of the upcoming hearing and vision screening date. Parents, please note that vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. After screening takes place, SEAPCO will notify parents of any concerns.

When to Keep Your Child Home From School

FEVER-A temperature of 100 or over is a sure sign to keep your child home. The child must be 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medication before returning to school. Giving a fever reducer and sending them to school will almost guarantee a call from school when the medicine wears off, as well as exposing other students to your child’s illness.

VOMITING/DIARRHEA-If your child has been vomiting or having diarrhea during the previous evening, please keep them home. Consult your doctor if symptoms continue more than 48 hours or worsen instead of improving.

CONTAGIOUS DISEASE-If your child is diagnosed with a contagious disease, such as strep, impetigo or pink eye they should be on prescribed antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.

RASH- A rash is a characteristic symptom of infectious diseases. If your child has a rapidly spreading rash or any rash with fever, signs of other illness or behavioral change they need to be evaluated by a physician.

NASAL DISCHARGE/COUGH-Keep your child home if they have heavy nasal congestion and/or frequent cough. They probably feel miserable and will not be focused on school work, as well as sharing their illness with others.

RED, RUNNY EYES-If your child has crusty, red or weepy eyes with thick or sticky eye drainage please keep home until evaluated by a medical provider. Prescription medication may be needed depending on the diagnosis.

LICE-We have a “No Live Lice” policy. Keep your child home until after the first treatment is administered.

MALAISE-Any illness that prevents your child from participating comfortably in class or school activities.

Student Absences and Student Illness

If your child will need to leave school early due to an appointment or any other reason, please notify both the teacher and the office. Advanced notification will allow the teacher time to prepare for your child’s departure from the class. If your child will not be in attendance due to illness or any other reason, please email your child’s teacher as well as the office. If the office has not received notification of your child’s absence, a call will be placed to parents/guardians to confirm the absence. Any unconfirmed absence will remain unexcused.

Birthday / Classroom Party Treats

We want to make parents aware that there are peanut and tree nut allergy children in the building. Avoidance of all foods with nuts is the safest for these students. Reading ingredient labels will help everyone know what is in the foods brought in for class parties or birthday celebrations. Schools now require treats and snacks to follow the following guidelines:

● Only individually wrapped, store bought items are permitted in the classrooms during the school day when students are in attendance (i.e. room parties, birthday treats, etc.).

● Any baked goods from home or from a bakery will be sent home.

● All snacks and treats intended to be shared with classmates must be nut free.

Physical Education Excuses

A parent/guardian may excuse a student from physical education for up to two days. Any long term physical education excuse must be requested in writing from the student’s health care provider, specifying the length of time your child is to be exempted. A written note from the health care provider should be submitted for the student to resume full activities. Any child who is exempt from physical education for medical reasons will not be allowed to participate in outdoor recess activities. Re-injury on the playground could occur, resulting in prolonging the child’s healing and recovery period. A student who is excused from PE may read a book on the Fox Bench in the Commons during outdoor recess. Any child who is exempt from physical education for medical reasons will not be permitted to participate in school sponsored sports.

From the PTO...

The next PTO meeting will be held on Monday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Ridgeview Commons. The PTO is planning a Family Movie Night for Friday, January 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Ridgeview Commons. Students will be voting on a movie when school resumes in January. Also, mark your calendars for Donuts with Dads on Friday, February 22 before school. More information on this event will be included in the February Parent Bulletin.

School Closings

School emergency closings could happen at any time of the year. Parents need to arrange plans with their children (a neighbor, child care, employer, etc.) on what is expected should an emergency closing occur. Decisions for closure, delayed start or to dismiss school early are always a judgment call; however, we do use some general criteria in making such decisions. School procedures call for an emergency school closing announcement to be given over local radio and television media. When listed, please look for Dunlap Community School District or Dunlap #323 in determining if your school is closed or delayed. Below are some of the criteria and examples of what would impact a decision to cancel school, delay start or dismiss school early.

Delayed Start: There may be times when the weather is such that delaying the start of school by two hours would provide for a safer environment for our students and staff. This decision will be announced no later than 6:30 a.m. on the day of the delayed start via the School Messenger system as well as local TV stations. On these days, buses will run, and morning pick up times will be two hours later than normal. Classes will begin two hours later than their regularly scheduled time. There will be no morning Early Childhood or Bright Futures classes, but the afternoon classes will run at the normal time. School will still dismiss at the regular time. If the District decides to implement a delayed start for the school day, all notifications will be sent in the same manner as the closing of school.

Weather Forecasts: Weather conditions and events are very unpredictable. We generally do not cancel school or dismiss school early solely on a weather forecast. Weather events must be occurring and deteriorating for school to be cancelled or for us to dismiss early.

Snow : Generally speaking, snow is not a primary reason for closing school. As long as roads are not drifting shut, it’s possible we would have school even with a sizable snowfall.

Road Conditions: As referenced above, road conditions dictate many of our decisions. Due to the fact the District is widely spread out, we have an early morning process (before 5:00 a.m.) of checking our rural and city roads.

Cold: We will look at wind chill and air temperature (also road conditions) when making a decision relating to cold weather. Please remember that we do live in central Illinois so below 0-degree weather is not uncommon.

When are decisions made? A decision to cancel school may occur between 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. the night before school. In most instances, no later than 6:30 a.m. the next day. In an extreme emergency, we may have to announce early dismissal during the school day.

School closings will be communicated in the following ways:

School Messenger Phone/Email System

TV Stations – Channels 19, 25, and 31

Local Radio Stations - All local stations

Dunlap School District Voicemail System

Notification on

Dunlap Facebook page -

Further information regarding our weather related procedures can be found at

Snow Days

Based off of our recent snow day, our current last day of school will be moved to Friday, May 24. This will also be the SIP day. Please note that if we have additional snow days this school year, we will continue to push back the SIP day so that it falls on the last day.

Ridgeview Spirit Days

Ridgeview Spirit Days are held on the first Friday of each month. The next Spirit Day will take place on Friday, January 11th. During RES Spirit Days, students are encouraged to wear Ridgeview logo clothing or our Ridgeview colors of green and orange. PTO volunteers pop popcorn for our students; which is distributed during lunch time. In addition, monetary donations are accepted on Spirit Days. Students are encouraged to bring in loose change to donate or to even work some extra chores around home to earn extra money. All monetary donations will be given to the Children's Home at the end of the school year. Our goal this year is to surpass $1,200!

Raptor Visitor Sign In Process

Dunlap CUSD #323 is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.

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