Henry Puffer Post
February 19, 2023
Below are the topics in this week's Newsletter.
- Principal's Corner
- Celebrating Students & Staff
- Weekly Preview
- Looking Ahead
- 5Essentials Survey
- Grove Children's Preschool - Applications
- Arrival Procedures
- Summer Learning Dates
- Young Authors Competition
- Instrumental Musicians - Solo Festival
- Kids Heart Challenge Updates
- Superbowl Champion Visitor - David Edwards
- PTA Posts
- Below the Line
It was another fantastic week at Henry Puffer! Our Student Council and PTA did a fine job representing our school during the Flag Salute at the board meeting on Monday. Our students and staff also had a blast celebrating a spirit week. Thank you to our Student Council leaders for facilitating such fun themes each day!
We will have no school this Monday in observance of President's Day. Registration for Grove Preschool will open up on Wednesday. This Friday & Saturday, our PTA will be hosting the Daddy/Daughter & Mother/Son dances. Please click the link to complete the 5essentials survey for parents. It only takes a few minutes and provides us with great feedback.
As always, please reach out to me at email@example.com with any questions or feedback.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter @HenryPufferDG58.
Celebrating Students & Staff
We love celebrating our students & staff both in and out of the classroom. This section is dedicated to celebrating our students and members of our staff, as well as shining a spotlight on the learning taking place in our school!
3/11: PTA Spring Fundraiser (7:00-10:00 p.m.) - @ the American Legion
3/13: Board of Education Meeting (7:00-10:00 p.m.)
3/16: PTA Meeting (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
3/21: Kindergarten Round-Up (6:00-7:00 p.m.)
3/27-3/31: Spring Break!
4/4: Teacher's Inservice - No School
4/7: No School
4/10: Board of Education Meeting (7:00-10:00 p.m.)
4/17: Outdoor Education (6th Grade)
4/26: Author Visit (5th Grade)
4/28: Author Visit (1st & 3rd Grade)
5/2: Henry Puffer Open House (6:00-7:30 p.m.)
Dear Henry Puffer parents,
Please take a few minutes to complete the 5essentials Survey.
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at Henry Puffer and guide improvement. Please know that your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
To take the survey, please visit: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/ to begin.
Starting in January, we consolidated the number of entrance doors our students use. This has allowed us to provide more adult supervision at the entrances during arrival. As an unintended result, we are seeing an increase in the traffic flow in our Belmont lot. We are asking that if you have 4th-6th graders, please drop them off in the Haddow Circle. It will help reduce the traffic flow in the Belmont lot & is a shorter walk for our students to their entrance door #4. If you are dropping off in our Haddow Circle, please ensure that students exit the vehicle on the passenger side so that we do not have students walking through the parking lot area. We also ask that parents do not park in the Haddow Circle or Belmont drive up. We ask that you please find a marked parking spot if you wish to park and walk up.
We appreciate your continued support!
Summer Learning Dates
Young Authors Competition
Instrumental Musicians - Solo Festival
On Saturday, February 11th, many of our 5th-8th grade students performed in D58’s Solo & Ensemble Festival at Herrick Middle School. Students have been learning their solos in weekly lessons, practicing diligently at home, and even working with a private instructor and piano accompanist outside of school.
Please congratulate these band and orchestra students on their performances:
5th & 6th Gr. Orchestra
6th Gr. Band
Miss Madelyn Fiene
Orchestra Director (she/her)
Herrick Middle School, Henry Puffer School, Lester School
Kids Heart Challenge - Update
Henry Puffer Elementary!
Our school has done a wonderful job collecting lifesaving donations through the Kids Heart Challenge, but there’s still time left to raise that total! How many more lives can we save?!
These donations are instrumental in funding research that helps create new treatment and diagnostic tools for babies born with Brugata Syndrome, like Slade.
Please take a moment to MEET SLADE and to share your student’s Kids Heart Challenge page with friends and family one more time to collect a few more donations. Every dollar counts!
Now let’s celebrate your success by caring for our own heart! Grab some family members and get active for 60 seconds with one of our heart heroes!
Healthy hearts are happy hearts! Thank you for your family’s support!
Superbowl Champion Visitor, David Edwards (LA Rams 2022)
We are excited to welcome David Edwards to our school this Friday! He is a Downers Grove native & was a member of the 2022 Superbowl champion, LA Rams. We are excited for him to meet our students and provide an example of hard work & integrity.
Minutes from PTA Meeting: February 16, 2023
Linked below are the minutes from our most recent PTA meeting.
Our next meeting: Thursday, March 16th 7:00 p.m., Puffer Library
PIN: 101 853 065#
PTA Spring Fundraiser
Teacher Experience Winners Announced
Thank you to all of the parents and students for supporting this year's raffle and a HUGE thank you to the teachers for their generosity! We were able to raise over $1,500 to support our students. Winning students please work with the donating teacher/staff to redeem your experience!
Save the Date for the Spring Fundraiser
The annual PTA spring fundraiser is scheduled for March 11th! It is an evening adults-only event with casino games, raffles, an auction, and more! All proceeds go back to Puffer. Tickets are on sale now.
Henry Puffer Office Contact Information
Mark Leipart, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Srabian, Secretary email@example.com
Natalia Augustine, Part-Time Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 2220 Haddow Avenue, Downers Grove, IL, USA
2022-2023 Calendar Details
The Board of Education approved the 2022-23 school year calendar. Calendar highlights include:
- First Day of School: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022
- Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 23-25, 2022
- Winter Break: Dec. 19, 2022 -Jan. 2, 2023
- Spring Break: March 27-31, 2023
- Last Day of School: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 (if no emergency days are used)
District 58 has partnered with Safe2Help to give students a safe and confidential way to report potential threats or crises. Safe2Help was launched by the State of Illinois in December 2020 and aims to help prevent suicide, bullying, school violence and other threats to school safety.
With Safe2Help, students can connect with a trained crisis professional during their own crisis, or to report a potential threat. Students can submit a Safe2Help alert via the following ways:
Text: SAFE2 (72332)
Phone: 844-4-SAFEIL (844-472-3345)
App: "Safe2Help Illinois" app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
All alerts are responded to by a trained Safe2Help crisis professional. Safe2Help is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
District 58 staff are not the initial responders to the alert and will receive each alert after the Safe2Help professional provides support. District 58 staff will review alerts sent by Safe2Help during regular school hours, unless the nature of the alert necessitates immediate school action.
If you would like to volunteer to be a WatchDOG in your child's classroom, please click on the Google Form below & we will contact you to schedule a date for you to volunteer.
If you have already signed up & would like to purchase a shirt for yourself and/or your child, simply click the link below.
Below is a short video describing the WatchDOGS program
School Safety Message from Dr. Russell
Dear Staff and Families,
District 58’s number one priority is ensuring that all our students and staff are safe. Last December, I sent this letter to all families outlining how seriously we take threats to our schools. The purpose of this letter is to be proactive in terms of safety and ask for your assistance. Preventing school violence is the responsibility of the entire community and we need your help.
Last school year, the United States once again experienced senseless acts of school violence. School shootings in Oxford, Michigan, and Uvalde, Texas, underscore the urgent need for all of us to be vigilant. I am asking all families to once again speak with their child (ren) in an age-appropriate manner regarding school safety. Please emphasize with your child(ren) the following:
If you see something, say something.
Making any kind of joke about violence toward someone else or the school is not permitted.
Making a threat against someone else or a school (in-person or online) is not permitted.
Possessing a weapon or a look-alike weapon is not permitted.
Talking about a weapon or a look-alike weapon is not permitted.
Please remind your child(ren) that if he/she makes a threatening statement or brings a weapon or lookalike weapon to school, they will immediately be referred to the Downers Grove Police Department. Police consequences may include arrest, referral to the State’s Attorney, and the Juvenile Court System. Further, your child(ren) will receive significant consequences at school, which may include expulsion (see Board Policy 7:190). We will not take any chances when it comes to the safety of our students and staff. District 58 is also here to help any student or family that is struggling with mental health issues. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us right away.
I am once again asking for your assistance to help ensure the safety of our students and staff. Please speak with your children about the importance of being safe at school. As I shared last year, I view every student and staff member in our District as a part of my family. Let’s continue to be proactive and collaborate with one another, as the safety of our students and staff is the highest priority. If you see something, say something. District 58 staff are ready to assist anyone in need and we are grateful for your partnership.
Dr. Kevin Russell
District 58 Superintendent of Schools
Student Materials and Building Access
Important Note: Please know that students cannot return to the school after hours to pick up forgotten materials. Even though Champions (after care program) or park district leagues may be in the building, these groups are not able to let students in to access classrooms or cubbies. Additionally, if you are picking up your child from Champions or park district leagues, classrooms and other areas of the buildings should not be accessed after school hours.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our school building safe!
District 58 Family Handbook
District 58 has published the 2022-23 Schools of 58: A Handbook for Families. Please take time to review this important handbook with your child, as it offers an overview of the District’s policies, procedures, resources and student expectations. During the first full week of school, all families will receive a handbook receipt to sign, acknowledging that they and their child reviewed and understood the handbook. Please sign and return the handbook receipt at Curriculum Night or sooner. Here are the links to this year’s family handbook. If you need a print copy, please contact the school office at 630-968-0294, and we can print you a copy.
Students may arrive at Henry Puffer School beginning at 8:05 a.m. each day when adult supervision begins. In order to assist with a timely and safe arrival process, the school playground will be closed before school. Upon arrival, students should line up by their assigned door. Students will be directed to enter the building beginning at 8:15 am. Anyone arriving after 8:20 a.m. should enter through Door One for an office pass.
Following daily dismissal at Henry Puffer School (2:00 p.m. on Monday and 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday), all students who are not scheduled to remain in the building must leave the school grounds and check in at their destination as there is no supervision on school grounds. We want to ensure the safety of all students.
Students may return to the playground after school hours and/or on the weekends. This will be done at family discretion, as our district playgrounds also function as community parks outside of school hours.
*Please note that entrance times may change as students build routines. We have not used our normal entrance procedures in several years, and we recognize that it may take students longer at the start of the school year to be ready to start the school day. The District also recognizes that bus arrival times vary during the first few weeks of school as drivers learn new routes. As students build routines and bus arrival times become more consistent, student entry times may get pushed back. This will allow our teachers the necessary time to prepare for the day. Supervision times will remain the same and any changes will be communicated in advance.
Please Pack a Snack
Please make sure your child has a snack each day. Snack breaks should consist of nutritious food choices such as fruits, vegetables, and other portable snacks. This aligns with Policy 6:50. The health and safety of our students are our highest priorities. Therefore certain snacks or foods may be prohibited in your child’s classroom due to food allergies. A daily snack can be provided for students who qualify for free/ reduced lunch.
Phone/Wearable Technology Use
We wanted to remind everyone that while a student may bring their electronic device (including cell phones and AirPods) to school, all non-district-issued technologies are to be silenced and out of sight throughout the school day. Students may wear smartwatches, but they are to be silenced during the entire school day, including lunch & recess. The district-provided technology will be utilized for students to participate in lessons and complete assignments. Please be sure to go over the expectations with your student as the policy was recently amended by our school board.