Friday Focus

September 16, 2022

In This Issue...

  • A Message from Marcie
  • Veteran's Day Honorees
  • Destination Imagination Begins Soon!
  • And More...


Don't miss the PTO Spotlight

  • Noodles & Company Fundraiser - 9/21
  • Gift Wrap Sale
  • Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Opportunity - 10/15
  • Discount Cards
  • Birthday Signs
  • And much more…!

A Message from Marcie

Greetings, South Park Families!


We had a wonderful week at South Park and wrapped up the majority of our MAP testing for the fall administration. Our testing window will remain open through most of September to accommodate all students, and MAP reports will be shared with families at the very beginning of October.


I also want to take a moment to thank you our incredible PTO for hosting the South Park Bike Rally last Saturday morning. We had a fantastic turnout and the weather could not have been more beautiful. To all of the families who joined us at the rally, thank you for coming out and getting active with us!


Because it is still bike-riding weather, we have reviewed bike safety with all of the South Park students several times to help keep our South Park students safe while riding to and from school. If your child rides a bike or scooter to school, please review the following safety reminders with them:


  • Wear protective gear such as helmets

  • Use sidewalks whenever possible

  • Stop and look both ways before crossing a street or a driveway

  • Walk bikes across the street or crosswalks


Thank you for partnering with us to keep our students safe!


Have a wonderful weekend!


-Marcie

Thanks to our Parent Volunteers for Making the Annual 1st Grade Planting Project Possible!

What's Good in 109: 1st Grade Planting Project!

Veteran's Day Honorees πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

We are still looking to honor some veterans at South Park during a Veteran's Day Celebration! If you know a veteran or are a veteran and are available the morning of November 11 to visit South Park, please let us know using the form below. We will use this information to share more details as the date approaches!


Veteran's Day Honorees Interest Form

Destination Imagination Begins Soon! πŸ†

4th and 5th Grade Parents-


If you missed the informational meeting help this past Tuesday, click here to learn more about Destination Imagination.


D.I. is a project-based STEAM learning program where students work in teams to complete both long-range and fast-paced challenges. Contact Kelly Jahng kjahng@dps109.org with any questions.

Other Important Information ⚠️

  • All visitors to South Park School MUST bring a valid driver's license or state ID card to the main office before entering into the building. Beginning this year, we will collect IDs during your visit and return it to you as you leave.
  • If your child is going to be absent from school, you need to call or email us by 9:00 that morning. ** Call 847-945-5895, ext. 2103 and leave a message OR ** Email Nurse Nora Moskos.
  • When parking in our Birchwood parking lot, please remember that our preschoolers are dropped off and picked up by the west end (closest to the school). Sometimes, their parents' cars can block a parked car from exiting for a few minutes. To avoid that, we suggest that you park closer to Birchwood Avenue.
  • Please follow our morning procedures, and drop your children off at their regular grade level doors. If you choose to drive through the front circle at arrival, kindly stay in your car when you drop off to help us reduce morning congestion.
  • Drop-off is between 8:35-8:45 a.m. Students who arrive after 8:45 a.m. will need to enter through the front door of the school, as all other doors will be locked.
  • Dismissal for all Kindy and 1st-grade walkers and car riders will take place at their grade level door. Parents who park in the front circle should wait until 3:10 p.m. to do so.
  • Dismissal is at 3:25 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We dismiss at 2:25 on Wednesdays.

Important Dates πŸ“…

Monday, September 26

  • Students not in attendance
Wednesday, September 28
  • K/1 Math Night 6:00-7:00

Wednesday, October 5

  • Students not in attendance
Monday, October 10
  • Students not in attendance
Thursday, October 13
  • Picture Retakes


Music Concerts:

  • 5th Grade - Wednesday, January 25 @ 6:30
  • 4th Grade - Wednesday, February 15th @ 6:30
  • 3rd Grade - Wednesday, March 8th @ 6:30
  • 2nd Grade - Wednesday, February 15th @ 5:30
  • 1st Grade - Wednesday, March 8th @ 5:30
  • Kindergarten - Wednesday, April 26 @ 6:30

UPCOMING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

PPS 109 EVENT ON 10/25

We are excited this school year to return to offering in-person parent/guardian networking and educational opportunities for our community in collaboration with PPS109.


PPS109 is a partnership of DPS 109 administrators, teachers and parents/guardians who provide education and support to families of children with a wide range of needs. Our first event of the β€˜22-’23 school year will be An Overview of District 109 Student Services. This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 pm at the District Office.


We are also asking for your help! Please click here to help us prioritize the next community event that will be offered during this school year. There is also an option on the form to let us know if you are interested in participating in PPS109 parent/guardian networking opportunities.