Obsessed with October

Haskin Elementary School- October 2022

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A Message from Ms. Venetucci

Fall is in the air! Chilly mornings, tractors are back in the fields, and homecoming football games are upon us. It is hard to believe, but we are halfway through the first trimester. A lot has been happening within the brick walls of Haskin, and we are proud of how hard our students work each day.

Coming home today in your student's backpack will be a progress report. We have updated our process, which we feel will be helpful for parents/guardians. As you all know, at the beginning of the school year, much of our time is spent learning and practicing new classroom routines and reviewing/practicing skills learned in the previous school year. Therefore, the most accurate reflection of your student's progress thus far can be seen in the learner traits portion of our report card.

You are also receiving regular feedback on your student(s) progress as you look over the variety of artifacts that make their way home in their take-home folders. We encourage you to speak with your students about what they bring home. Question them about a specific activity, ask them to teach you what they learned in math, or inquire about their independent reading. These are valuable conversations that strengthen the home-to-school connection.

Next month, you will receive another copy of your student's report card, which will update your student(s) acquisition of essential learning standards. We encourage you to look over these standards on your progress report and become familiar with what your student(s) are working towards mastering.

Below is a description in our student handbook of the rating scale used on our progress reports and report cards.


Academic growth is the primary goal established for each student in our setting. Your child’s demonstrated efforts will be judged on established grade-level standards, using the following performance indicators:

  • SECURE: Student performance meets the demands of the task and demonstrates a firm grasp of the concepts and procedures involved. Students can independently apply understanding in different contexts.
  • PROGRESSING: Student accomplishes part of the task independently. Students can sometimes explain or demonstrate the process but may need prompting to complete it.
  • BEGINNING: Students seldom demonstrate an understanding of concepts and procedures, while requiring consistent support.
  • X: Not assessed this reporting period

Important Upcoming Dates

October 3, 2022 - H.O.P. Meeting 1:30 P.M.

October 6, 2022 - Character Counts Assembly-Wear Orange

October 7, 2022 - County Institute - No School

October 10, 2022 - Columbus Day - No School

October 13, 2022 - Cake Roll Fundraiser Starts

October 17-21, 2022 - Book Fair

October 18, 2022 - 1st Grade Honey Hill

October 18, 2022 - School Board Meeting

October 19, 2022 - Kindergarten Kuipers

October 20, 2022 - Haskin Literacy Night

October 24, 2022 - H.O.P. Haskin Helpers 4:30-6:30 P.M.

October 27, 2022 - Cake Roll Money and Orders Due

October 31, 2022 - Classroom Halloween Parties

New News

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Kiwanis Club Donation

Our local Kiwanis club donated $1,835.00 to our school! These funds will be used towards our student's social-emotional and physical well-being. Thank you very much to Mayor Latham and all of his fellow Kiwanis club members for their generosity.

Character Counts

Haskin Elementary School recognizes the importance of developing strong character within our students. Read more following the links below.

C.C. Parent Letter - English

C.C. Parent Letter - Spanish

Walk and Roll To School Day Wednesday, October 12th

Parents who normally drive their children to school are encouraged to find a place of their choice to walk from. Using crosswalks and crossing guards, we hope you enjoy a walk with your child to Haskin!

Students who ride the bus will be dropped off at Sandwich High School and will “walk” to school together. Our school resource officer and police, along with Haskin staff members, will assist students in utilizing crosswalks and sidewalks during their walk to Haskin.

Staff members will be positioned between the high school and Haskin to make sure all students are walking safely.

Walk and Roll - English

Walk and Roll - Spanish

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Fire Prevention Week - 100th Anniversary!

National Fire Prevention Week is the week of October 10th. The 2022 campaign is titled "Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape." For additional information, including documents you can use to reinforce fire safety in your household, please visit this site.

On Tuesday, October 11th, the Sandwich Fire Department will be visiting Haskin for an assembly to teach and reinforce fire safety with our students.

News from the nurse

  • All Kindergarteners and any student attending school in Illinois for the first time are required to submit a State of Illinois Eye Exam or Waiver by October 15, 2022.

  • Flu season is around the corner! Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone who is 6 months and older. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Visit www.flu.gov or talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

  • Some tips from the American Safety Council for a safe and fun Halloween:

Stay in groups

Costumes should be well-fitting and flame resistant

Always test makeup so it doesn’t irritate skin

Remember to look both ways before crossing the street

Examine all treats before eating

Stay on the sidewalk

Avoid dark houses

Flashlights and glow sticks for visibility

Enjoy with caution!

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3rd Grade Spotlight

Character Traits: After reading, Ruby the Copycat, students in Mrs. Dougherty’s class worked in pairs to analyze the two characters’ feelings, words, and actions to learn more about the importance of character traits to help define an individual character.

What's Your Favorite Apple: Students were learning in science about plant life cycle and heredity using apples. Students were given four apples to look at and taste to decide which one was their favorite.

Yeast Experiment: Students read the story The Case of the Gasping Garbage where there was a garbage can making odd noises. To help the students make a connection to this story, the class did a science experiment where we mixed yeast and sugar into warm water then put a balloon on top of the bottle opening. As the yeast produces carbon dioxide, the gasses fill the bottle and then inflate the balloon.

substitute teachers needed

Did you know you can make $120 a day as a substitute teacher?

The Sandwich School District needs your help! Please consider joining us as a substitute teacher. You can create a work schedule that fits your availability through the use of our Frontline app. Earn $120 a day and work WHEN YOU WANT.

Please click here for more information.



-The parade will be at about 1:00. Add information about where to stand.

-The parade will be indoor if the weather is poor. We will record and share the video in the event that this occurs.


-The parties will start following the parade.

-Please look for more information soon regarding how you can volunteer to help for this event.


-Students will change into costumes after lunch and must be able to put on independently over their clothes.

-If a student's costume includes a mask it will not be able to be worn while at school except for a picture and the parade.

-Please limit costume accessories, as these can potentially serve as a distraction to our daily learning. Weapons (play swords, knives, guns, etc.) are not allowed.


-No treats may be given out at school for Halloween.

-Please refer to the Treat Policy information in this newsletter.

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News On Repeat

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Free and Reduced Breakfast/Lunch

The carry over period for students who were receiving free/reduced lunch for the 2021-2022 school year will end on October 3, 2022. If a new 2022-2023 application has not been submitted by that date your child will automatically be put on paid breakfast and lunch beginning October 4, 2022.

Please click on the link below to apply for free/reduced breakfast and lunch:

2022-2023 Free/Reduced Application

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, and Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


We are excited to welcome volunteers back into the building this school year. If you are interested in helping out in your student(s) classroom, you must first complete the district Volunteer Packet. You may access this document by clicking here. If you would like a paper copy of the Volunteer Packet to fill out, please get in touch with our main office at 815-786-8812, and we will send a copy home with your student!


Our first newsletter included a link to access the student handbook for the 2022-2023 school year. We encourage you to read through the document and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. It is a lengthy document that covers a wide variety of topics. Therefore, I wanted to highlight a significant change from previous school years related to our "treat policy." We are no longer allowing food treats to be sent to school. Please read the updated policy below.

Celebrations and positive reinforcement are an important part of our district’s culture of supporting students. Often students bring treats or snacks to school to share on special occasions. Due to food allergies and other health concerns, we do not permit students to bring in food items or treats to school to share. We would like to encourage healthy eating habits and promote non-food items such as pencils, stickers, bookmarks, or other small items in place of food treats. Curricular activities involving food will be dealt with individually. Safety provisions will be set up for food or environmental allergies on an individual basis.


On November 2nd and 4th Haskin will host professionals from Safe Passage into our classrooms to speak with our students about Erin's Law. Please read over the information below. After reviewing the provided information, if you would like your student(s) removed from the classroom during Erin's Law presentations, please let your student(s) teacher know.

What is Erin’s Law?

Erin’s Law, or Illinois Public Act 097-1147, requires public schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education for children in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades.

How is Erin’s Law taught at Haskin?

In order to meet the requirements of Illinois Public Act 097-1147, Haskin utilizes a local community resource called Safe Passage. Safe Passage social workers provide age-appropriate instruction that will help students recognize unsafe situations, keep themselves safe, and how to respond to unsafe situations. This year, Safe Passage's staff will visit each classroom and deliver an in-person presentation. Common themes instructed at all grade levels include:

  • Identifying safe versus unsafe or unwanted touching
  • The Safety Rule About Touching (The Touching Rule): Private areas are not for others to touch, except to keep a child clean and healthy
  • Understanding the difference between good and bad secrets

Any further questions regarding Erin's Law?

If you have further questions regarding Erin's Law, please click here to view additional information provided by Safe Passage. Once you've reviewed the information provided by Safe Passage, if you have additional questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the main office at 815-786-8812. If you'd like to opt your student from Safe Passage's Erin's law presentation, please contact your student(s) teacher and let them know.


Now that lunches are no longer free for everyone, the balance can add up quickly. Please check your students account balance on the Tyler Parent Portal to make sure your student has a positive balance under Meal Service Balance.
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