CCES Parent Newsletter

For the week of November 28th

Hello December!

I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday.

We welcome the month of December this week. We have 3 and a half weeks before we dismiss for our winter break. This is always a great time in the Elementary School. We will have some fun dress up days and even some treats to hand out to the students and staff.

We appreciate you letting the teachers know when your child is going to be absent. However, it is also very helpful if you let the office know as well.

See you on Monday, November 28th.

Weekly Happenings

Monday, November 28th

  • B Day

Tuesday, November 29th

  • C Day

Wednesday, November 30th

  • D Day

Thursday, December 1st

  • E Day

Friday, December 2nd

  • A Day


~If it is snowing or there is snow on the ground, students need winter coats, hats, gloves, snow pants and snow boots to play in the yard at recess

~Birthday invitations should only be passed out at school as long as every student in the class (or all the boys/or all the girls) are invited

Thank you!

~Please remember to continue to move forward in the pick up line at the end of the day. It helps to move cars along. Again, thank you for your help with this.

~Please contact the office: 815/634-2334 if your child is going to be absent from school

~Please escort your student(s) to the front door and sign them in if they arrive after 8:10 AM

~Students can bring water bottles to use throughout the day, including lunchtime

December Calendar

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Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures



  • Remember W. Second Street is a one way street going east.
  • Drop off and pickup will be on the south side of the building on W. Second Street. For the safety of all of the children that are being dropped off and picked up, please pull into the no parking zone (parallel to the road) and let your child exit the vehicle. We ask that you then exit the spot and pull forward onto the street again. Parents should not be exiting their vehicle this year, as it will be a continuous drop and go lane.


  • Pickup will also be along W. Second Street. It will be a pick up and go as well. There will be no parking, so the first several cars will be pulling into the no parking zone and waiting until dismissal. We ask that the cars fill in and pull all the way up to the parking lot. From there, cars will fill in as cars leave. Teachers will be out with their classrooms making sure that students are getting into their parents vehicle in a safe manner.

School Buses

Students riding a bus to school get dropped off on the North side of the building. Staff is always visible when students enter and leave the building. If you need assistance with bussing, please contact the bus company: 815/634-0333.

When Do I Need To Keep My Child Home From School?

If your student as any of the following symptoms, please keep him or her home and report the symptom(s) to the school:
  • Fever - 100.4 or higher
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Muscle Aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny nose/Congestion
  • Loss of taste and/or smell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Your child needs to remain home until they are fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea free for 24 hours.

*Please remember to call the school and report your child's absence(s) at 815-634-2334

Lockers and Cubbies

Students in the gold hallway (Friddle, Hamilton, Skubic, Smith, Smolik, Vironda, Watson, Watters)) will have lockers. Students in the green hallway (Bormet, Foley, Forkal, Hanley, Petersen, Terrel) will have cubbies in their classroom.

Water Bottles

Please have your child bring a full, labeled water bottle with them to school each day or to leave at school. We have two water bottle filling stations that will be utilized for refilling when necessary.


This year we will again be offering Music and Art all year long. The students will follow an ABCDE schedule with Physical Education every day and Art once a week for an hour and Music twice a week. Specials classes do not switch at the trimester.


Breakfast and Lunch information may be found at the following link:

Backpack Program

The Coal City Backpack Program, a non-for-profit organization, is pleased to offer a food Backpack Program to area students in need. The Backpack Program will drop off a specific number of bags of food to the school, which will then be distributed once a week to children enrolled in the program. The bags will contain a variety of nutritious, non-perishable food items such as macaroni and cheese, fruit cups, granola bars, raisins, juice boxes, crackers, oatmeal, and applesauce. The bags may include products containing peanuts, wheat, milk, or other common food allergens. It is your responsibility to ensure the items are appropriate for your child to consume. The food will be in nondescript plastic bags, which can then be put in your child’s backpack. The Backpack Program is voluntary and is offered at no cost to participants. We request that you complete the online form below as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact our school counselor, Cristina Schultz, at 815-634-2334 ext. 4004 or

Here is the link for the Backpack Program Letter: