Weekly Update

Cowlishaw News-4.30.2021

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Hello families! We wrapped up this week finishing up our safety drills including a bus evacuation and a hold in place and teach (soft-lock down). The students did a wonderful job following the safety expectations. See you all in May!

Online Registration Starts May 3rd

Online registration for new and returning students for the upcoming school year will begin on May 3, 2021. Parents and guardians will use ParentVue’s online registration portal.

Complete registration information, including an FAQ, is available online.

If you have technical questions about how to complete your family's online registration, we invite you to reach out to our Student Information System support team by email at sis@ipsd.org. Please include your name, phone number, student name, student ID
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Spring Benchmark Assessments

Over the next two weeks we will be administering the Spring AimswebPlus benchmark assessments to students . These assessments may be delivered remotely or in person. These brief Illinois Learning Standards aligned assessments evaluate student academic performance and growth in the areas of reading and mathematics. Specifically, depending on grade level, literacy measures will assess vocabulary, phonological awareness, word recognition, reading comprehension and reading fluency. Additionally, depending on grade level, numeracy measures will assess number sense, operations, algebraic thinking, measurement/data, geometry, fractions and ratios/proportions. The assessment results are used by teachers and administrators to assist with instructional planning and differentiation at the grade, classroom and student level.
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Summer Meal Program

Meals free of charge will continue to be available for all students through the summer. Summer meal distribution will start on June 15th and run through August 5th. Meals will be distributed Monday-Thursday from 10:00-1:00.

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!

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).

Extended All Donations are Due Monday, May 3rd


May 3 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Donations are Due

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

May 19 - Cowlishaw PTA General Meeting

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 - Wednesday, May 19th

To Join Zoom Meeting....
Meeting ID: 917 7971 6205
Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

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