Panther News

October 3rd, 2021

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A Note From Mr. Christ

Dear Paddock Families,

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. I am extremely grateful for the generous donations the Paddock community has gathered as a part of the PTA's Fun Run fundraising event. The students have been extremely excited hearing the daily updates and getting their bracelets and raffle tickets. In the classrooms, hallways, and recess, they are frequently heard talking about the event...although usually they are happiest about the idea of Mr. Christ getting slimed. Thank you to everyone for your efforts in supporting this event.


Jason Christ


SHIELD Testing

SHIELD testing for kindergarten students will begin this week. Additional staff will be present to support the students as they learn the routines of how to do this testing. The schedule for kindergarten students will be:

AM Kindergarten - Tuesday @ 8:30am

Bilingual and PM Kindergarten - Tuesday @ 12:05pm

Safety Drills

Our first fire drill of the year went extremely well this past week. I was very impressed and how all of the students were calm, quiet and followed their teachers directions perfectly.

Additionally, on Friday, October 15th we will be having our first lockdown drill of the school year. House Bill 2400 (The School Safety Drill Act) states:

  • All lockdown drills will be announced to all school personnel and students prior to the commencement of the drill.

  • Schools will provide sufficient information and notification to parents and guardians in advance of any lockdown drill that involves the participation of students.

  • Schools will provide parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill.

  • Schools will provide alternative safety education and instruction related to an active threat or active shooter event to students who do not participate in a walk-through lockdown drill to provide them with essential information, training, and instruction through less sensorial safety training methods.

Building administrators will notify families of upcoming drills at least one week in advance of the drill. If you prefer your child does NOT participate in the yearly required lockdown drills, please complete this form. Please submit one form for each of your children you are opting out.

If you have any questions regarding this, please reach out to Mr. Christ or Ms. Walsh.


Please make sure you are sending at least 1-2 additional clean masks with your child each day. These masks should be well fitting and cover both the student's nose and mouth without the student needing to continually pull the mask up. Having a well fitting mask is imperative to keeping our students safe and limiting close contacts, should a positive case arise. Thank you for help in this.

Fun Run

Paddock Fun Run 2021 is in full swing. Thank you for everyone's support and generosity.

Funds raised through the Fun Run will help the PTA pay for:

- Assemblies and programs for students during the school day

- Evening events for the whole family, including the Back to School Picnic, Family Reading Night, Pantherfest, STEAM Fair, Multicultural Night, etc.

- Teacher Appreciation Week

- And more*!!

*Our goal is to raise enough money through the Fun Run to support all the above events and activities AND purchase new playground equipment for Paddock School!

The Fun Run event will be held outdoors on Thursday, October 7th. All students will participate, regardless of donations received.

District 15 Job Fairs

District 15 will be hosting job fairs looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays
  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!
  • Full time Program Assistants
  • Office and Library Clericals
  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians
  • And more!

Job fairs will be held on:

  • Monday, November 1, 2021
  • Monday, December 13, 2021
  • Monday, January 24, 2022
  • Monday, March 7, 2022


  • Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067
  • Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at with any questions.

Code Ninjas

Please see the attached flyer for the Code Ninjas program. The Paddock PTA will receive $25 for first month a student is signed up for the Create Program and another $25 dollar for second month if a student chooses to continue.


We are happy to announce that students will again be able to participate in a Halloween parade and classroom parties this year. There will be more details on this to come as we finalize plans.

Free Developmental Screenings

Please see the linked letter regarding free developmental screenings for students under three years old.

Health Office

The Paddock Health Office is collecting the required Health, Dental, and Vision forms for students. The Health form is required for students entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, and those who are new to the school. The Health exam form, completed and signed by a licensed healthcare provider, must be dated within one year prior to the first day of school. The Health forms are due on October 15th to the Paddock Health Office. Please make sure you've completed the parent portion of this form as well. For more information about these requirements, please visit the district website.

If your child has a Health Care plan for asthma or an allergy OR has medication they need to take at school, please make sure you read the linked documents and get in contact with Mrs. Pool, our Paddock nurse. You can reach her at 847-963-5802 or

Paddock Spirit Wear

Fridays will be Panther Spirit day at Paddock. To show school spirit, every Friday we encourage students to wear blue, yellow, or their favorite Paddock shirt. Additional Paddock Spirit Wear is available for sale at I can't wait to see everyone's school spirit!

Join The Paddock PTA!!

Paddock's PTA is an organization of families and teachers working together to provide an enriching learning environment for our students and a welcoming community for our families. Your PTA membership is used to host school activities, student programs, and school assemblies. It helps our families connect with each other, know what’s happening at Paddock, give parents opportunities to volunteer and provide support to our teachers. The more members our PTA has, the more good we can do.

To join the PTA please visit the Paddock PTA website.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • October 6th - PTA Meeting - 7:00pm @ Paddock
  • October 11th - No School
  • October 12th - Student Non-Attendance Day
  • October 26th - Picture Retake Day
  • October 29th - Halloween Parade and Parties