Weekly Update

Paw Paw School

Friday May 27, 2022

This will be our last Weekly Update for the school year!

Tuesday, May 31 is our last day of school with an 11:45 dismissal.

We hope everyone has a wonderful summer and we will see you all in August!

School Office Summer Hours: 10:00-2:00

8th Grade Promotion

8th grade promotion is scheduled for this evening, May 27th at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00. 8th graders need to be at the school by 6:30.

2022-2023 Student Registration Information

Next school years registration information went home with students on Thursday this week.

Completed registration forms can be returned to school in one of the three following ways:

1. Send back to school with your child by the last day of school, May 31, 2022.

2. Drop off in the drop box located outside the main office entrance (to the left of the doors).

3. Mail to: Paw Paw School, P.O. Box 37, Paw Paw IL 61353

If you would prefer to register In-Person, registration dates will be Tuesday, August 2nd from 2:00-6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 3rd from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

If you have any questions please feel free to call the school office at 815-627-2671.

Summer Camps: June 20-24 from 9:00-11:00

Families who signed up for summer camps will receive an email the week of June 6 with information related to the camp they signed up for.

School Lunch Information for Next Year

Dear Paw Paw CUSD #271 Families,

The federal program that has allowed school districts across the country to offer free lunch to all students regardless of income will expire on June 30, 2022. Since 2020, this program has eliminated the need to collect payments for school meals for any student.

At this time, the federal government has not extended the waivers for next school year to allow free meals for all students. As a result, schools across the nation will be reverting back to free and reduced-price meals based on income eligibility guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

During the 2022-23 school year, families who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will have to pay for school meals. Students whose families are eligible for a free or reduced price lunch will be able to access meals next school year at no cost or a discounted rate. The cost for school meals next year will be determined at the July Board meeting and information will be shared with parents after the meeting.

Since this adjustment may create a financial burden on some of our families, we are writing to give you advance notice of this change. Between now and the start of next school year, our Board of Education, district administration and Director of Food Services will continue to explore ways we can help families with this adjustment. At no point would we ever want any child to go hungry at school.

At this time, we do not need any information from families. As we have done in the past, we will collect documentation at the time of registration to determine who qualifies for free or reduced meals. We will be in contact closer to the start of the school year with information on what documentation will be needed.

Thank you for all of your support this school year. I hope everyone has a great summer! If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Warrenfeltz, jwarrenfeltz@2paws.net, 1-815-627-2671.


Jennifer Warrnefeltz

Principal/Intern Superintendent

Message from the Paw Paw school board

The Paw Paw School Board is looking for community members who would like to be part of a committee to explore metrics for future high school planning. The Committee will meet with Board representatives to create recommendations that will be shared with the whole Board, for use by the Board when considering future high school programming.

Please use this link if you are interested in being a part of this committee: https://forms.gle/QfosCwoGEat2hzGy7

This form will close this evening, May 27, 2022 at 9:00 p.m.

Thank you for your time,

The Paw Paw School Board

Class of 2026 Freshman Orientation

Parents of 8th graders, please use the link below for information on Freshman Orientation at Indian Creek in August. If you have questions please contact Indian Creek High School at 815-824-2197


Volleyball Coaching Positions Available

Paw Paw CUSD #271 is currently accepting applications for the opening of Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant Volleyball Coach for the fall 2022 season. Preferably applicants would have previous coaching experience, as well as have or be willing to get CPR/AED certification. Interested applicants may submit a letter of interest and resume to: Paw Paw CUSD #271 Attn: Jennifer Warrenfeltz, PO Box 508, Paw Paw, IL 61353 or email: jwarrenfeltz@2paws.net

Kindergarten Registration

If you haven't registered your child for kindergarten for next year please stop in the office to pick up a registration packet during school hours. The office is open from 7:00-3:30 through June 1.

Upcoming Dates

    May 27: 8th Grade Graduation 7:00 p.m.
    May 30: No school in observance of Memorial Day
    May 31: Last day of school 11:45 dismissal

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, Lacy Hansen, at 815-627-2841 ext 222 or at lhansen@2paws.net.

If you prefer to contact the ROE directly, please call Diana at 815-625-1945.

COVID-19 Cases

There were no positive COVID-19 cases this week.

Thank you

Paw Paw Bulldog Spirit Wear

    We have connected with Jostens to create a Paw Paw spirit wear website. Please check out the link below to see what is available to purchase.

Paw Paw CUSD #271 Mission:

The members of the entire school community are committed to collaborating with each other so that all students are provided with high quality, rigorous educational experiences to ensure students have the academic, social, and emotional skills necessary to be successful in a diverse, global environment.