February 19, 2021
Highlights you will find:
- First Grade Art highlighted above
- Upcoming Dates
- Principals desk-Safety in arrival and dismissal procedures
- Kindergarten registration-Happening NOW!
- PTO newsletter
- PTO Butterbraid Fundraiser
- Message to 5th Grade from Thompson Middle School
- 5 essentials survey-Please give feedback
- Middle school transfer request window
- Preschool information
- Food Service and Pick up-Breakfast added.
- Rent and Utility assistance-Info below
1/19/21 through 3/12/21
2021-2022 Online Kindergarten Registration opens (see information below)
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, Teacher Work Day
Middle School Transfer Request closes
All online Butterbraid orders are due
Full-Day Attendance for students
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, School Improvement Day
March 29 through April 2, 2021
Remember the 3 W's: Wear a Mask, Watch Your Distance, Wash Your Hands
From the Principal's Desk
Wow, this has been a February filled with snow, I heard it was the snowiest February in a long, long time. We experienced the cloudiest January and now this, my hope is that March will allow us a reprieve and some weather that we can enjoy--although I know some of our kids are enjoying the ice skating and sledding. So take advantage of that before it melts. Today we celebrated Lincoln students earning 100 PAWS with a dance party to wrap up the week of kindness and fun--check out my Twitter to see some great dancers!
A difficulty we have with all the snow is limited parking and street visibility. As you may have noticed Thursday we were able to have some support from our facilities department to clear out our corners and our drop-off section along Illinois.
We still need to make sure that everyone is following our drop-off and pick-up procedures. Due to our safety protocols, each grade level is entering a different entrance and we are staggering the dismissal still.
If you are picking up in our car line, please make sure that you are in the line that wraps around Illinois and 6th in front of the school heading north. The street is very tight, so please do not park or wait on 6th facing south. This causes a more dangerous situation especially with all of our snow piles blocking visibility and narrowing the road. We do not want our students to have to cross into traffic to access their cars.
If you are parking and walking up, I know the parking is limited. There are some spaces along 7th just south-east of our school that can be used at arrival and dismissal and you can escort your child. I appreciate your patience and keeping all of our kids safe. Thank you.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
District 303 participates in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey that collects feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. Your participation in the parent the portion of the survey will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. The responses will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide our improvement efforts. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
The Parent Survey is currently open and will remain so through April 2 2021. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey. As part of this communication, we have included graphics of the login page with additional information about how to access the survey. Most notably, make sure you enter Kane County in the box for county even if your home or your child’s school is in DuPage County. This will allow you to correctly select your child’s school.
All District 303 teachers, as well as students in 4th through 12th grades, are being asked to complete this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. Teachers will work with students to assist them with logging in and taking the student survey.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:
· Effective Leaders
· Collaborative Teachers
· Involved Families
· Supportive Environments
· Ambitious Instruction
We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your input.
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The District 303 Kindergarten enrollment process for the 2021-2022 school year will be virtual! Between January 19 and March 12, families will be able to enroll their kindergarten-age children by visiting the Kindergarten Registration & Information page of the District 303 website. On the site you will find:
The New Student Intake Form (coming January 19, 2021)
The Kindergarten Step-by-Step Guide for registration
Health and Dental exams and immunization information
Contact information for all elementary schools
Information about Full Day and Half Day Kindergarten
PTO ButterBraids Fundraiser
One more week to order!
The perfect addition to your spring brunches!
Click the link below.
See attached PDF for complete details.
Thanks for your support!
Wednesday, March 10, 2021; 4 - 6 pm
511 Post Rd
St. Charles, IL 60174
ATTENTION 5TH FAMILIES, From the Thompson PTO -
Dear 5th grade families,
The Thompson PTO president, Nicole Snopko reached out to our PTO to engage new, incoming families in the Thompson PTO. There are several committee positions open, as well as board positions. Schools and their activities/offerings are always changing, and Thompson is looking for new faces to help navigate those changes, as well as give a platform for families to voice their needs and interests. The president states the time demand is much less in middle school PTO as opposed to elementary PTO. This year, the Thompson PTO has raised money to supply books, microscopes, scholarships and more.
If you are interested in volunteering, please feel free to reach out to Nicole directly. Her e-mail is email@example.com.
FROM THE NURSE:
Happy New Year and thank you for all the little things you are reinforcing at home to keep our students and staff healthy. Along with Social Distancing and Frequent Handwashing, proper Mask Wearing is an essential component of our everyday COVID-19 precautions.
Easy Tips For Proper Mask Wearing
Be sure your child’s mask fits comfortably, covering their nose and mouth, and is secured on their face.
Provide your child with a clean mask and back up mask each day.
Remind your child to never share or swap masks.
Remind your child not to touch the mask while wearing it.
Tell your child if nasal drainage, blood or saliva makes their mask damp they need to change into a fresh mask.
Remind your child that their mask is not a napkin. They need to wipe their face after eating lunch, before putting their mask back in place.
Keeping Masks Clean
Masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you don’t wash or replace your mask regularly, however, bacteria can linger. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say masks should be washed after every use. If the mask is included in regular laundry loads, the CDC recommends using regular laundry detergent and the warmest water setting. To wash a mask by hand, the CDC website states an appropriate bleach solution can be prepared by mixing the following: 5 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or 4 teaspoons of household bleach per quart of room temperature water. Masks should be soaked in the bleach solution for 5 minutes before being rinsed with cool or room temperature water. If a mask will be air dried, the CDC recommends placing it in direct sunlight. If using a dryer, the CDC recommends using the highest appropriate heating setting.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSFERS - REQUEST PERIOD OPEN FROM FEB. 1 - FEB. 26
Double-check your address to know where your fifth-grade son or daughter are slotted to attend middle school, most Lincoln students attend Thompson but there is a small group of homes that attend Wredling. If you have a question please email us, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families who wish to submit a Middle School Transfer request may do so beginning February 1, 2021. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want to be transferred. Requests are granted based on space available. This means that siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.
Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.
Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation.
Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.
The Middle School Transfer request window will close at 4:00pm on February 26, 2021.
If you have questions, please contact Tammy Marsan at: 331-228-2397.