Ridge Circle Family Newsletter

September 2, 2022

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Happy Labor Day to all! See you on Tuesday!

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Attendance winners

This is a picture of our Ridge Circle Mascot. He visits the classroom with the best attendance every month. Our August winning class is.....


Congratulations to Mrs. Rodriguez's Class. Their attendance for August was 99%!


Runners up with 98% attendance include:


Mrs. Popovic's class

Mrs. McNally's class

Mrs. Alvarado's class

Ms. Redondo's class

Miss Sitko's class

Mrs. DeBoer's class

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Safety Drills

Our students and staff will practice 3 safety drills: Fire, Disaster and Run/Hide/Fight. We practice so that we can be prepare in the case of emergencies. Many parents have questions about the Run, Hide, Fight Drill. Click here for more information.


Below are the dates of our practice safety drills.


Fire Drill:

  • September 8th at 9:30 am

Disaster Drill(Tornado or weather related)

  • TBD

Run/Hide/Fight--(For Active Threats)

  • September 12 at 9am

Bus Drill:

  • September 27 morning

Fall MAP testing

Dual Language Students in grades 2-6 will be given the NWEA MAP Spanish Reading Assessement from August 29 to September 16. This data is used as baseline information for our teachers to design lessons to meet the needs of our students.


For parents, this test allows you to see your child's progress in Spanish from year to year. It also gives you an idea of how the student scores compared to other students at the same age and grade level. Parents will receive the results by the end of September.

F & P assessment

All students will be assessed for their levels in Literacy by September 9, 2022

Here is the data we are collecting:


  • Kindergarten--Letter Identification and Letter Sounds-Students are asked to identify how many letters they recognize by name, sound or word.


  • 1st grade - 6th grade-- Text Level --Students will be asked to read a short passage or book. Teachers will be listening for accuracy, fluency, and comprehension.


  • All students will be asked to write a sample. Teachers will used this as a starting place to create their writing lessons.


These results will be available to parents on Infinite Campus under grades. Our teachers will also share this information with you at Student Led Conferences October 20 and 21.

Notes from the Nurse

Dear Parents & Guardians,


Spills, muddy puddles & accidents can occur during school & recess. Please place a complete

change of clothing in a bag inside your student’s backpack. Their clothing will remain in

their bag. I recommend this FOR ALL GRADES K-6th: a t-shirt, light weight shorts/leggings, socks & underwear. This way they can change quickly & return to class!


Kindly,

Nurse Caren

U-46 Health Services

  • School District U-46 Exclusion Policies as of 08/08/2022:

    • Individuals who test positive will be excluded for 10 complete days from the date of symptom onset, or the date of a positive test (whichever was first).
      • Individuals may return as early as day 6 (a 5 day exclusion) if they can wear a well fitting mask while at school until the 10 full days have been completed.
    • Individuals who have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 will be excluded for 10 complete days from the date of symptom onset.
      • Individuals may return immediately if they can provide a negative COVID-19 test (at-home, rapid, or PCR are acceptable) and have been fever, vomit, and diarrhea free for the 24 hours prior to return.
      • Individuals may return on day 6 (a 5 day exclusion) if they can wear a well fitting mask while at school until the 10 full days have been completed.
    • All excluded individuals must be fever, vomit, and diarrhea free (without the use of fever-reducing medication) for the 24 hours prior to returning to school regardless of their timeline.


  • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.

    Possible symptoms include:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

Health Guidelines for NON-COVID concerns can be found here: https://www.u-46.org/Page/13368

Please contact our Nurse Caren Tillrock at carentillrock@u-46.org if you have any questions regarding when to keep your student home!

Title I Updates

We were so glad many of our parents were able to join us for the Title I presentation at Curriculum Night. If you missed us, click here for the slide deck.


Our next step is share our Parent Involvement Plan for 22/23--Click here to check it out. Here are the many ways you can be involved.


Title I is always looking for parent input. Please feel free to call or email Mrs. Raine your thoughts.

U-46 is serving Pork

U-46 has brought back pork to the district school lunch menus. If you have a health or religious reason your child cannot eat pork, we have alternative meals. In order to have this option, please send Mrs. Raine a letter stating your child's name and reason for the request.

Visitors to Ridge Circle

  • All visitors to Ridge Circle (during school hours) must have an appointment scheduled. Please call or email us to set up an appointment. Appointment enter RC at door 1.
  • Parents picking up a child during the school day is required to provide a valid ID. We check your ID to be sure you have permission to pick up the child.

Thank you for helping to keep our building safe.

Morning Drop Off / Afternoon Pick Up

Drop off begins at 8:15am. (There is no supervision prior to 8:15am)


Before School Line Up Locations


Grade Kindergarten, 1st , 2nd by door 6 and 7 and enter door 5

Grade 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th on the basketball courts and enter door 4

**Bus Riders will line up by Door 1.


After School Pick Up

Students will exit the door they enter.


Critical Information

Our teachers need your child's pick up information. Please share with them whether your child is a parent pick up, walker, turnabout pick up, Boys & Girls club or older sibling picking up.


If you are driving your child to or from school, you must use the turnabout on Streamwood Boulevard. Drivers must stay in their cars. Staff will escort your child to their line up location. There is no parking in the turnabout.


Reminder--The staff parking lot is for staff. No parent parking or drop off is allowed.


We encourage all our parents to walk their child to school on the first days to see the traffic and better understand how drop off and pick up work.


** In order for our process to work, it takes patience. **

New breakfast times!

This year breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:25 am in the cafeteria. It is free to all our students. If you would like to have your child participate, please drop them off at door 1 (front door) from 8 to 8:15am. Please do not park in our bus lane while dropping off. Thank you!


Our breakfast supervisors start at 8am. If you need child care prior to 8am, consider joining our Boys & Girls Club.

Computer and Ipad

U-46 provides all students with computers. Grade 1-12 have Chromebooks and kindergarten have Ipads.


If you are a previous student, remember to bring your computer to school.

Kindergarten, first grade and new students computers have arrived. We are waiting patiently for the last few.


Computers that are not working can be switched out through the main office.


Please be sure to send your child to school everyday with a charged computer.

Run for U-46

The U-46 Educational Foundation’s Run for U-46 is returning on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Bartlett High School. The Run for U-46 is a 5-kilometer run/walk fundraiser with a certified course and chip-timing. All participants receive a medal and a tech t-shirt. Fundraise for the Run and you can also earn the exclusive Run hoodie! Be a part of this annual tradition by signing up today or contact Foundation Coordinator Dawn Curran to volunteer or with any questions. Be sure to encourage your neighbors and friends to walk, run, or help out, too!

#UniteU-46

The next #UniteU46 community engagement session is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and it will focus on how school buildings are funded and the District’s options for moving forward.


The Sept. 14 session will be held in-person at the U-46 Welcome Center, 1019 E. Chicago St., Elgin. There will be light refreshments. Please register here to help with planning.


If you cannot make it to the Welcome Center, a virtual option via Zoom is also available. Click here to register, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you. More information on this initiative - which seeks to provide equitable access to 21st century learning environments that support academic success for all - can also be found at UniteU46.org, including videos of sessions held in the spring.

Advisory Councils

U-46 has a number of advisory councils that provide important input, and they will begin meeting regularly with the 2022-23 school year now underway.


The first meeting of the Community Advisory Council (CAC) is Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at the U-46 Welcome Center, 1019 E. Chicago St. in Elgin. The meeting will offer a virtual option via Zoom for those not able to join in person. No registration is required to attend in person. To join via Zoom, register here to receive a unique link. The CAC has been in existence for more than half a century, and the community and parent volunteers who serve on the CAC act as liaisons between their schools, the CAC, and the school district.


Each U-46 school can have up to five registered representatives on the CAC. If you would like to volunteer as a CAC representative, please contact the principal at your child’s school. Community members who reside within U-46 boundaries and do not have a U-46 student can seek an “at-large-membership” to represent one of the schools in your attendance zone. For questions or additional information, please call the District’s School and Community Relations Office at (847) 888-5000 ext. 5300. Learn more at u46cac.org.


The African American Advisory Council will hold its first meeting of the school year on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. The council aims to help U-46 students become more competitive in a global society by informing parents of U-46 services and assisting them with their questions and concerns. All are invited to attend this group’s meetings. More info can be found here.

Upcoming Events

9/5 No School Labor Day

10/20 School Pictures

10/20 & 10/21 Conferences

Positions available in U-46

U-46 is looking for Para Educators, Noon Hour Supervisors and Substitute Teachers. Please go to U-46.org and click on CAREERS. Mrs. Raine is also available to talk to you about these amazing opportunities.
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Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Looking for Child Care Before and After School?

Ridge Circle is a Boys & Girls Club outside of school hours. If you are looking for excellent child care with academic support, recreation, daily meals, enrichment programs, and friendship, B & G is the place for you child. Most families qualify for free programing. Visit the website for more information www.bgcelgin.org
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Ridge Circle Administrative Team

Please contact us if you need anything.


Janelle Raine, principal janelleraine@u-46.org

Anissa Lanotte, assistant principal anissaupshaw@u-46.org

Sarah Hansen, resident administrator sarahhansen@u-46.org