Ridge Circle Family Newsletter

October 7, 2022

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RC is Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Sept 15 to Oct 15

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National School Lunch Week

This week we will be celebrating National School Lunch Week. There will be fun and games and lunch each day.

RC celebrated School Custodian Day! Thank you, Mr. Tillis and Mr. DeKnight

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School Pictures

Picture Day is coming up on 10/20/22! Order before Picture Day to receive free shipping to the school. Order online at https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/72018VF.

Ridge Circle Book Fair

Thank you to all our families who supported reading and our RC book fair.

Chronic Absenteeism

Illinois law defines “chronic absentee” as a student who misses 10 percent of school days within an academic year with or without a valid excuse.

13% of Ridge Circle students are currently considered Chronic Abseeteeism. We will be working to improve this number.

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CogAT screening

Between October 24 and November 4, student in grade 6 will be taking the CogAT assessment as part of the gifted identification process. We will also be testing any 3rd grade student who was not assessed last spring.

Letters were sent home on Friday.

LAS Links Assessment

Dual Language students in grade 5 will be taking the LAS Links assessment between October 31 and November 14. LAS Links consists of 4 Spanish tests. (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) It assesses our students growth on their way to the Seal of Biliteracy at high school graduation. Student will be recognized for their Spanish Skills in the spring. Parents will receive the scores once they arrive.

Winter Coats

Ridge Circle has coats, hats and gloves donated by our community. If your child is in need of a new coat, please contact the main office.
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Fall Parade

Dear Ridge Circle Parents,

Halloween is Monday, October 31. In the morning, we hold our classes as normal. Students may bring costumes to school in the backpack or a bag. We will put them on in the afternoon. To help us with costumes, please send items that your child can put on and take off by themselves inside the classroom. Please note: weapons, blood, gore, masks, makeup or clown attire will not be allowed with your child’s costume. Our annual Halloween parade will start at 1:30 pm (outside weather permitting). Parents are welcome to come and see our parade outside in the turn-around from 1:30-1:45 PM. We look forward to fun fall activities/crafts/curriculum after the parade. Food is not permitted.

Thank you!


We have a few yearbooks left from last year..... If you are interested, please send $25 to the main office with your child.

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.

Nurse notes for kindergarten parents

Kindergarten Vision exams, required by the State of Illinois, are due October 15th, please send in completed forms with your student, email to carentillrock@u-46.org or have faxed to 630-213-9407 as soon as possible.

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. **

Food for reward or celebrations...

Ridge Circle has many students that are affected by food allergies. Due to this health concern, we do not allow food celebrations for student birthdays. We would love to celebrate your child's special day with items that all students will be able to enjoy. Individual items - such as pencils, erasers, stickers, or small toys - make perfect gifts. Another way to celebrate your child is by purchasing a whole class gift, such as a new book for the library or fun new game to use at indoor recess during those chilly winter months. We will continue to celebrate birthdays, however, we want to do this in a way all students can participate. Thank you for understanding.

Holiday Celebrations

As a District, we encourage students to make good choices around healthy eating and physical activity to promote positive outcomes. With the holidays around the corner, U-46 will continue this practice by promoting holiday celebrations with non-food items. To stay aligned with the USDA's Smart Snacks requirements, food-related celebrations or distribution of snacks to students to eat in the classroom during the school day will not be allowed. The USDA-defined school day hours are from midnight to 30 minutes after the end of the school day.

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!

Unite 46

Since last spring, the Unite U-46 community engagement initiative has been seeking feedback on the District's facility and educational program needs through a series of meetings, an open house, and a building tour. We are now asking all members of the U-46 community to take a survey that will gauge opinions on the type of improvements being considered, how they should be funded, and how important investments in school districts are for the future. That survey, open until Oct. 21, can be found in English here and in Spanish here. (Links are also available on u-46.org home page.) It will only take about 10 minutes to complete. Please help us spread the word. Highlight the importance of participating in this #UniteU46 survey with your friends, neighbors, and social network - whether they have students or not in U-46. For more information about Unite U-46, visit uniteu46.org.

Parents Please Save the Date: October 13th

African American Advisory Council

On Thursday, October 13th, we will host our 2nd African American Advisory Council meeting. During this 2nd meeting, families will receive an update on our U-46 Rising work led by Mrs. Majstorovic. Also, for the very first time, we are launching One Book, One Community. The text we will use for our book study is entitled, Fugitive Pedagogy. You can read more about the book by clicking here.

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting by clicking the below button!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Teresa A. Lance, Ed.D

Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Innovation

AAAC Oct 13th Meeting Registration (Zoom) ~ CLICK Here

Click the above button to register for the Oct 13th AAAC meeting 6pm-7:30pm via Zoom!

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The Specialized Student Services Committee of the Community Advisory Council (CAC) will host a virtual presentation this month for parents of children with special needs. The program is entitled “SSI, SSDI, HFS, DHS, PUNS Understanding the Alphabet Soup,” and it will help families navigate the four major government benefits. The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, via a Zoom meeting available at info.u-46.org/CACSpedOct.

Dual Language Parent Support Group

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Upcoming Events

10/20 School Pictures

10/20 & 10/21 Conferences

10/24 - 10/28 Red Ribbon Week

10/24 - 11/4 CogAT assessment (6th grade and some of 3rd)

10/31 - 11/14 LAS Links (5th grade Dual Language Assessment)

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.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Click here for Tutoring Opportunities

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

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