Paw Paw School
Friday, March 1 2024
Below is our Weekly Update
The 5Essentials Survey for the State of Illinois is active now through March 29. We encourage all parents to complete this survey as it provides valuable information that we can use here at Paw Paw to make future planning decisions. We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey and value your input.
Click here to access the survey.
Paw Paw PTO Update
Thank you to everyone who attended Family Bingo Night. Our next event, Donuts with Grownups, will take place in April. Please watch for a flyer in your student's backpack. PTO meeting minutes have been updated. Our next meeting dates are scheduled for March 6th, April 3rd, and May 1st. We would love to have our parent/guardian voices well-represented so if you have any ideas for school activities or events please join us for the next meeting from 6:30-7:30 in the cafeteria. All are welcome! If you would like to volunteer or donate to support an upcoming event, please contact one of our members or message us in our Facebook Group.
Paw Paw School Board Community Forum
The School Board will be hosting a Community Forum on March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Junior High Library. Winter assessment data will be presented and the Board will be available to answer questions of the community.
If your child's afternoon transportation arrangements change please let the office and their classroom teacher know.
No pets are allowed on school property during morning drop off or afternoon pick up.
It is important that students arrive to school before 8:00. Teachers begin their days at 8:00 and when students are late they are missing valuable information for the day. If your child arrives after 8:00 they will have to check in at the main office. Please accompany your child to the office to provide a reason for the tardy.
If your child is going to be absent for the day please call the office before 10:00 to avoid an unexcused absence for your child.
If you have any questions please contact Ms. Warrenfeltz at email@example.com
As a friendly reminder, per our Student Handbook:
Excessive tardies or absences may be referred to the Lee/Ogle/Whiteside Regional Office of Education’s Attendance Support Program for assistance. A student may be referred to the Attendance Support Program after four (4) unexcused and nine (9) excused absences during the previous 180 days of school attendance. If a student misses three (3) consecutive days, they must bring in a physician’s note for the absences to be considered excused. Also, after nine (9) absences per school year, to excuse each absence thereafter, a physician’s note will be required within 72 hours of the student’s return to school. While seeking a medical excuse, the student’s parent or guardian must still comply with absence notification procedures. Students are permitted to return to school while a physician’s note is being obtained, assuming the student has been fever, vomit, and diarrhea free for 24 hours (fever must be below 100.4 without fever-reducing medications).
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Family Needs Assessment
Dear Parents and Guardians,
At Paw Paw, we are committed to enhancing the wellbeing of families within our community. To better understand the needs and challenges faced by families here, we are sending out a quick Family Needs Questionnaire. Your participation is highly encouraged, as it will help us improve our ability to provide services and support to address the issues that matter most to you and your family. The answers you provide will be kept confidential and be used only for the purpose of providing you with information and resources regarding your families needs. To participate in the Family Needs Questionnaire, please click here.
We understand that your time is important, and we genuinely appreciate your willingness to participate. In the coming weeks, our team will be reaching out to those who requested it.
Thank you for your help in building a stronger, more supportive community for all. Together, we can make a difference. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Warrenfeltz at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Dismissal Days
Paw Paw School Board
The next School Board meeting is March 18, 2024. Enter the building at the south end by the playground.
The Paw Paw School Board usually meets on the third Monday of the month. Closed session will now be the first part of the meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m. Open session will begin at 6:30. The public is invited to attend meetings.
Upcoming School & District Events
March 6: Paw Paw School Board Community Forum 7:00 p.m.
March 8: End of 3rd Quarter
March 12: Preschool Screening 8:30-11:30
March 13: 12:30 Dismissal School Improvement
March 14: Blood Drive 1:00-6:00
March 18: School Board Meeting 6:00 closed session, 6:30 open session
March 21: Science Fair for 3rd-8th grade 5:00-7:00
March 25-April 1: Spring Break
February 20: GBB @ Leland 4:30
February 21: GBB vs. Newark 4:30
February 23 & 24: GBB 7th Grade Jr. 10 Tournament @ HBR
February 26: GBB @ Somonauk 4:30
February 27: GBB vs. Earlville 4:30
March 4-6: GBB 8th Grade Jr. 10 Tournament @ Newark
Community Closet Donations
Available to all students and staff members
The Community Closet was created in 2022 as a resource for the students and staff members of Paw Paw School. It provides personal health products for those in need. We also keep spare clothes on hand in case of accidents, spillings, dirt/mud, etc. All of our resources are donated by the Lee County Health Department and members of the community. We are always accepting donations and are currently in need of the following items:
Travel size personal care items: Deodorant, lotion, mouth wash, toothpaste, lip balm, etc.
Feminine hygiene products
New or gently used shirts and pants with sizes ranging from child 4/5 to adult 3XL.
New or gently used gender neutral socks: all sizes.
Underwear: all sizes (never been worn)
Any donations are greatly appreciated! If you are able to contribute or have any questions, please contact:
- There are pedestrian crossing signs in our parking lot drive this year during the school day. Please be cautious as you drive through the lot dropping off or picking up your child. There is also a stop sign at the north end of the drive. Please stop before proceeding into the drive.
- If you are driving in the front parking lot or behind the building be mindful of the school buses. If their arms are out and lights on you must stop and wait.
- When traveling through the parking lot please watch your speed especially during drop off and pick up to help keep our students safe.
- Dogs are not allowed on school property during the school day when students are in attendance including during drop off and pick up times.
- If your child will be absent from school please call the office by 10:00 a.m. of the day they are absent or you can call the night before and leave a message.
If you have any questions please contact Ms. Warrenfeltz
Paw Paw Families:
Our school district has partnered with the Regional Office of Education (ROE) #47 to offer a support system for students and families that need support and basic assistance. The ROE staff will work closely with families who need additional support in accessing community resources, providing family education on various topics, and family goal-setting.
Basic Needs Assistance Not Limited To:
• Food Assistance
• Clothing Assistance
• Housing Assistance
• Utility Assistance
• Community Resources
• Medical/ Dental
• Medicaid/SNAP Application Assistance
• Mental Health/Substance Use Services
• Finding Childcare
Family Education Not Limited To:
• Born Learning in Partnership with Whiteside County United Way
• Parental Strategies While Coping With Your Own Mental Health Challenges
• The IEP Process Prep Series
• Family Goal Setting
• Financial Planning-What Families Learned During a Pandemic.
• Understanding My Medicaid Benefits
• And so much more!!!
This support will be confidential and respectful. There are no fees for families to participate in this program. If you have any questions about this program or need additional support, please contact our Nexus coordinator, Caitlin Irvin, at 815-627-2841 ext 222 or at email@example.com
If you prefer to contact the ROE directly, please call Diana at 815-625-1945.
School Calendar 2023-2024
Paw Paw Student Handbook 2023-2024.docx
PAW PAW SCHOOL DISTRICT #271STUDENT HANDBOOK 2023-2024 Board Approved: July 17, 2023 SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS This handbook is provided for each member of the student body and his/her parents/guardian, and for the faculty and staff of Paw Paw Community Unit School Distric...
Pesticide Application Notification
Pesticide Application Policy 4:160 Letter to Parents August 2023.docx
August 4, 2023 Re: Pesticide Application on School Grounds Dear Parents: Paw Paw School District contracts with Pest Control Consultants to manage our Pest Control Applications. Pesticide applications take place before or after school while no students are in attendance. The dates for the 20...
Board Policy 7:15 (Student Survey Participation Letter)
Policy 7:15 Letter to Parents August 2023.docx
August 4, 2023 Re: Student Survey Participation Dear Parents: Your child will be asked to complete two surveys this year as described below: Survey description: The Illinois State Board of Education's 5Essentials Survey Survey grade/participants: 4th-8th Grade Students Anticipated Sur...