Milne Grove Messenger

October 2018

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Highlighted Dates to Remember (see linked calendar for full schedule of events)

October 5th: Fall Picture Retake

PTO Affy Tapple Orders Due

October 8th: No School Columbus Day

October 15th-20th: Bucket Filling Week--See The October Calendar For Special Days

Celebrating This Week

October 19th: 11:30 Early Dismissal

PTO's Family Fun Event At Konows 3:00-7:00

October 22nd-26th: Red Ribbon Week--See The October Calendar For Special Days Celebrating This Week

October 22nd-26th: Book Fair In The Kelvin Grove LRC--See Calendar For Times

October 31st: Halloween Parade AM Kindergarten At 10:00am. All Other Classes at 2:00pm.

Halloween Parties To Follow The Parade

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Print the form above or use the online link below to sign up TODAY!

PTO News

October PTO Events:

October 5th: Affy Tapples Money Due

October 15th: PTO Meeting At 6:00pm in MG LRC

October 16th: Affy Tapple Pick UP At MG 3:10 pm-5:00 pm

October 19th: PTO Night At Konow’s Farm 3:00 pm-7:00 pm

Email with questions!

Principal's Page

Through the month of September, our teachers have worked hard to develop solid routines and procedures to support student learning. The students have done a wonderful job adapting to their new grade levels and learning expectations. I am excited to watch each and every student at Milne Grove grow in the academic, social, and emotional realms. We have programs in place to support the whole child and I encourage you to reach out to me if you feel your child needs more support in any of these areas.

Every fall, we seek parent volunteers to engage with the school. This year, we still have openings for lunchroom helpers , crossing guards, and bucket filler planners. If you have a gift or talent that you would like to share with the students in our school, please contact Mrs. Koziol.

We are also preparing for the first classroom parties of the school year, our Halloween celebrations. Please keep in mind that our wellness plan, adopted several years ago, requires that all edibles be healthier choices. Your classroom teacher and/or parent party coordinator will be planning the celebration; he or she will provide more details about what items are allowed. Edible treats are not allowed at any other time, including on student birthdays. Thank you for your cooperation, I appreciate all of the ways our community supports the health of our students!

In October, we will also be celebrating good character and making good choices through Character Counts & Red Ribbon Weeks. Please see the monthly calendar for details.

Have a wonderful fall!

Call me at 815-838-0542x2104 or email

Jaime Koziol

Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Cindy Dragosh, Secretary


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Halloween happenings @ MG

Our annual Halloween parade and classroom parties for all grades 1-3 will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. The AM kindergarten students will have their own parade which will start at 10am; the classroom party will follow immediately after. Grades 1-3 as well as afternoon preschool and kindergarten will begin their parade at 2pm with classroom parties to follow.

No sooner than 15 minutes before each parade begins, parents, grandparents, etc. are invited to congregate in the rear of the building on the playground blacktop to view the short parade. The children will exit through the rear southeast doors, parade across the blacktop one time, and then reenter the building through the rear southwest doors. Pictures and videos are allowed. If the weather is inclement, we will parade through the gym and observers will enter through door E or F.

Once the parade is finished, parents will leave and the children will go to their classrooms for their parties. Due to limited classroom space, only designated room parents may enter the building after the parade concludes. All volunteers will need an approved background check and visitor's pass.

Students in Grades 1-3 MAY NOT wear their costumes to school. All costumes should be brought to school in the student’s backpack or in a separate bag. If a costume is unwieldy or cannot easily be worn while seated, please help your child practice.

Due to their half day schedule and their developmental level, students in Pre-K and K MAY wear their costumes to school and home.

Students in ALL grades must adhere to these costume rules:

Handheld costume accessories may not be brought to school due to the risk of loss, breakage and injury. This includes wands, weapons, look-alike weapons, baskets, and any other item a child might carry to enhance his or her costume. Costumes that promote violence and/or frighten other people (or younger children) are not permitted at school. Please remember that children should bring modified versions of their costumes to school. Masks, makeup and hair dyes are not allowed at this age level.



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Notes From the Nurse

Please make sure all health related documents are turned in to the health office by October 15th. This is the deadline per the State of Illinois for all physicals and eye exams for all Kindergarten students and any student new to the Illinois school system. Any student who is not compliant with the required health examination may be excluded from school following the October 15th deadline if the physical with up-to-date immunizations is not turned in. Any student without an eye examination on file by the October 15th deadline will have his/her report card held until the required exam is turned in. If your child’s health file is missing any information I will have sent home a notice stating the deficiency so that you may return it to avoid any exclusion from school or report card hold.

State of Illinois law requires all Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 6th grade students, as well as any student entering an Illinois school for the first time, to have a dental exam by May 15th of the current school year. Any student not in compliance will have their report card held until the required exam is turned in.

Reminder: If your child needs to have medication during the school day, please send it to the health office with a completed medication authorization form. DO NOT allow children to carry it to school in lunchboxes or backpacks. An adult should bring the medication to the office to be turned in with the medication authorization form.

Mrs. Shannon Gilkerson RN


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The Latest from the LRC

Book Notes

Please be aware of your child’s library day and remind him or her to bring all books back every week!!

  • Monday: Adams AM, Stuchly, Georgopulos

  • Tuesday: Preboy

  • Wednesday: McGreevy, Steed, Torkelson

  • Thursday: Stanly, Adams PM

  • Friday: Podwika, Bolte, O’Halloran

It helps to keep library books either in the child’s backpack, or in a safe but obvious location in the house. Second and Third Graders have special library book bags for carrying their books to and from school in their backpacks. If a book ever gets lost, damaged, or WET, please be sure to let me know! Wet books take weeks to dry thoroughly and grow MOLD if we don’t take that time.

Library Events

Thank you for your support at our Culver’s fundraiser! We will host another on May 15th.

Pumpkinpalooza is coming!! A pumpkin decorating contest and food drive to benefit the Lockport FISH Pantry and Bags of Hope will begin on Oct. 29. Flyer coming soon.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held after school at Kelvin Grove Oct. 22-26. It’s a great chance to get some Christmas shopping out of the way early and to help the D91 Libraries earn free books! Flyer coming soon.

PTO Connection

Please support the D91 PTO so they can continue to support us! JOIN and volunteer! Our PTO generously pays for our subscription to More Starfall, a great website your kids use at school, our Britannica Online subscription (which may be accessed at home as well), as well as many, many other things to benefit our students.

Volunteer Corner

I’d like to thank Cara Tumino, Heather Jerz, Peter Klauser, Jaime Dixon, Laura Perry, Heather Hayford, Chrissy Rekart, Jodie Lindstrom, Ginnette Espino and Michelle Morrison for all their help getting the library ready for students and/or assisting with the kindergarten classes. ~ 815-838-0542, x2122 Follow me on Twitter!

Physical Education Feats

Welcome Back All! Hope everyone is having a smooth transition into this school year!

My name is Jessica Maloney and I am thrilled to be guest teacher for Mrs. Draper during her maternity leave.

There will be many exciting things happening in PE this year. We will be working on hand-eye coordination, team building, muscle control, movement patterns, games, sports, and much more.

Back by popular demand we will have Workout Wednesdays and Fun Fridays! Games like Sink the Spaceship, Angry Birds, and Cheesy Mouse will be on Fridays. Superheros Workout and Exercise Bingo on Wednesdays. Of course we will get those fan favorite scooters out too!

Remember our PE Rules at all times: Stay Safe & Have Fun, Try Your Best & Encourage Others, Follow Your Teacher's Directions & Rules, Respect Others & Equipment, and Show Good Sportsmanship!

Be sure to be on the lookout for the return of Mrs. Draper.

Go Hornets!

Mrs. Maloney & Mrs. Draper or

3rd Grade


Please make sure your child is reading 20 minutes every day. Reading for 20 minutes a day can help increase your child’s fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.


Please be working with your student on fact fluency for multiplication each night. If you would like additional resources for fact practice, please visit the third grade page under math.

Science/Social Studies:

We recently sent our Flat Stanleys out on their adventure! We can’t wait to locate on our map all the places they have visited and learn about the locations they experienced.

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Thank you,

The Third Grade Team

Mrs. McGreevy, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Stanly, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Steed, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

2nd Grade

Language Arts: Please continue to review assignments and study vocabulary with your child to assist in their language development.



*Parts of speech (nouns, verbs, and adjectives)

Reading: While reading at home with your child it is important to ask your child questions. Below are some examples.

*Who are the characters?

*Where does the story take place? (Setting)

* When does the story take place? (Setting)

* What are the characters doing?

Math: Please continue to practice addition facts. During the month of October we will continue to study numbers to 1,000 including:

*modeling place value

*representing numbers in different ways

*counting on and back by 10s and 1s

*comparing numbers

Science: We will continue with our Physical Science Unit. We will explore many properties of materials.

Social Studies: We will continue our unit, Working to Meet Our Needs. Students will learn about needs and wants, goods and services, and consumers and producers.

The Second Grade Team

Mrs. Bolte, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Georgopulos, 2nd grade teacher,

Miss Podwika, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

1st Grade

Superkids Reading Program:

  • Spelling and reading words with the consonant diagraphs -- “th” and “wh”

  • Read and spell memory words -- who, which, where, what, why and when

  • Understand and identify onomatopoeia in stories

  • Understand characters in a story

  • Determine important ideas in a story

  • Observe punctuation and read with expression

Language and Writing:

  • Recognize and understand questions and question marks

  • Writing question sentences

  • Understand the many uses of punctuation marks

  • Discover that certain words need to be written with a capital letter

GO Math:

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction

  • Add and subtract within 20

  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction

  • Continuing to practice addition flashcards within 10

  • Addition of Doubles and Doubles +1

Social Studies

  • October is Fire Prevention Month

  • Celebrate and learn about Columbus Day


  • Learning about animals and their boy parts help them survive

  • Hands on activities and lessons animals will happen in the classroom to help students get a better idea of what it’s like to have animal body parts.

The First Grade Team

Mrs. O'Halloran, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Preboy, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,


The Kindergarten class is using the Jolly Phonics curriculum to explore all about the letters and their sounds . Each letter has a motion and song to go along with it. To listen to the songs at home
There are also some great phonics and letter songs at:
In Math continue to practice naming shapes, writing numbers 0-10, matching numbers to sets and counting to 25. For number writing practice:
The students have become very good bucket fillers and are clipping up on the behavior chart more and more...way to go!

The Kindergarten Team

Mrs. Adams -

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

Early Learners Preschool

Upcoming Events:

Week of October 1 - The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “I”. The theme of the week will be insects. The Early Learners will also be introduced to the color black and the number 5.

Week of October 8 – The Early Learners will review the letter “F” and the theme of the week will be fire and fire trucks. They will also learn about fire safety and review the numbers 0 to 5.

Week of October 15 – The Early Learners will continue to review the letter “F” and the theme of the week will be fairy tales and folk tales. They will also continue to review numbers 0 to 5.

Week of October 22 – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “L”. The theme of the week will be leaves. The Early Learners will also be introduced to the color brown. They will also try and create their own patterns with leaves and continue to review numbers 0 to 5.

Week of October 29 – The Early Learners will work on the skills of writing their names, verbally counting, identifying shapes, colors, and numbers 0 to 5. They will also practice tracing shapes.

Dates to Remember:

Friday, October 5th, Picture Retakes

Monday, October 8th, NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 9th, Field Trip to Konow’s Corn Maze in Homer Glen. Bus will leave at 12:40p.m. and will return around 3:00p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 16th & 17th, DIAL Screenings

Thursday, October 18th, Parent Workshop at Milne Grove School at 6:45p.m.

Friday, October 19th, NO CLASS, School Improvement Day

Friday, October 31st, Halloween Party and Parade. Please have your child come to school dressed in their costume.

The PK Team

Mrs. Torkelson, PK Teacher,

Ms. Jonikas, PK Aide,

Mrs. Pederson, Bilingual Liaison,

The Speech Spot with Mrs. Barker

What is a Speech/Language Screener?

When a student is struggling either academically or socially at school, teachers try to determine possible contributing factors. Sometimes teachers suspect that their student might have difficulties in the areas of speech or language development. Teachers can refer their student for a Speech/Language Screener. A speech/language screening is a a quick check to see if a student’s skills might be delayed and require further in-depth evaluation. Screenings can include some or all of the following areas.

  • Speech (articulation and phonology) - A speech screening might reveal if a student has difficulty producing specific sounds (articulation) or uses inappropriate sound patterns (phonology)

  • Language (receptive and expressive) - A language screening can uncover delays in what a student is able to hear and understand (receptive language) and how well a student is able to communicate his/her wants and needs (expressive language).

  • Voice - A voice screening allows an SLP to judge whether or not the student’s vocal quality (pitch, hoarseness, loudness) or rate is appropriate

  • Fluency - A fluency screening might show that a student has disruptions in speech (disfluencies/stuttering) that are not typical of his/her same-age peers.

If your child is experiencing difficulties communicating his/her ideas clearly or is struggling with comprehension tasks please feel free to contact Mrs. Barker, at 815 838-0542 Ext. 2107 or email at

From Super Duper Handy Handouts # 442

By Rynette R. Kjesbo, M.S., CCC-SLP

Savvy Solutions with Mrs. DeSandre

October’s Topic: The Importance of Sleep

Getting your child to bed early has more benefits than just a few hours of quiet time at night. New research explains how SLEEP can help children succeed in school, build their immunity, and even fight obesity.

Children aged 6 to 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep each night. We all understand there is an increasing demand on their time from school, sports, and other extracurricular and social activities. In addition, school-aged children become more interested in TV, tablets, and the media. In particular, using technology close to bedtime has been associated with bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep, and sleeping fewer hours. Even sugary or caffeinated products have become popular among children – all of which can lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares, and disruptions to their sleep.

Sleep Tips for School-aged Children

  • Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits.

  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine. Example: Bath time, brush teeth, read books, calming activity, etc. This is the best time for family interaction.

  • Make child's bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool, cozy, and quiet.

  • Keep TV and electronics out of the bedroom.

  • Avoid caffeine.

How sleep helps your children

Their brain needs sleep, so they can:

  • Remember what they learn

  • Pay attention and concentrate

  • Solve problems and think of new ideas

  • Keep a more positive mindset

Their body needs sleep, so their:

  • Body can stay healthy and fight sickness

  • Muscles, bones, and skin can grow

  • Energy levels are more consistent throughout the day


*If you have any recommendations for topics, please contact me!*

Contact Mrs. DeSandre at

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Welcome Back!

Thank you to all parents for attending Milne Grove Expectation Night this year. If any questions remain unanswered, please feel free to contact me anytime.

To start the year, each Milne Grove artist has created their own personal sketchbook for all pre planning, practicing, and brainstorming prior to projects assigned. All students will have an ongoing book of their art journey in the 2018/2019 school year!

All kindergarten through third grade students have started their first projects of the year – focusing on both drawing and design. Kindergarten students will be working with line, shape, and color by creating an original watercolor painting resist in the spirit of Wassily Kandinsky. First grade students will use Pablo Picasso to motivate their own unique self portraits, and the second grade will use the stained glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany to inspire their own interesting stained glass name design. Third grade students will use the portraiture of Amedeo Modigliani to spark interest in their own realistic self portrait sculpture. It is exciting to see all the personality, individuality, and creativity Milne Grove students bring to each and every project.

The art program at Milne Grove integrates many important components. Please feel free to view the art website to gain more information. On my site, you can find projects details, student and teacher expectations, and general information about your child's’ art education.

Thank you in advance for your support in this current school year. Please let me know if I can be of assistance in any way. Have a great year!

Mrs. Cravens

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Welcome back to school! Students in Kindergarten through third grade at Milne Grove are now going to technology class once a week. Kindergarten and first grade have been working very hard at logging into the Chromebooks using a QR code, plugging in headphones, and clicking and dragging with a mouse. Second grade has been working hard at logging into the Chromebooks with their usernames and passwords and navigating to Mrs. Lakics website. Third grade has focused on using the correct typing technique and learning what the home row is while typing on:
Below, I have included an activity for the whole family to work on together during October. Make sure to contact me with any questions.

Mrs. Lakics

Digital Citizenship Family Activity

Topic: Staying Safe Online
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Music Notes

To Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director

Email: PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140

We want to get all D91 Families Singing and Making Music Together.

Check Music Web Pages for links to songs to sing together.

To Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director Email: PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM (Grades K-5 & KG Chorus): T. Dec. 18 (10am & 1:15 pm)

Please Check Music Web Page daily: – Under Contact Staff - select Mrs. Randolph

1 - Start with Music Home Page and scroll down for D91 Music Information.

2 – MG Music Information: Click on the Milne Grove tab then scroll down and read

3 –ASSIGNMENTS under Milne Grove Tab: Click on the Grade for homework & study

4 –HOMEWORK HELP: click on Music Resources for Worksheet help and other web sites

5 –STUDENTS who are Music_Stars will be posted by Grade Level

6 –Music Calendar on the Music Home page

OCTOBER: students will be learning about Major Keys (happy sounding) and minor keys (mysterious, spooky, sad sounding) modes in music and instruments (tone colors) used to produce certain sounds. We will “travel” to Germany to learn about JS Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in d minor and Italy to learn about the Cantata (from Italian word cantare which means sung or singing - this musical work has singers and instruments).


Kindergarten – move and clap basic rhythm, identify tone colors & instrument families when heard

1st Grade – learning to read rhythm notation and identify specific tone colors when heard

2nd Grade – learning to read and write Treble Clef notation with music worksheets due each week

3rd Grade – learning to read, write, and play Treble Clef notation with music worksheets due each week and starting to play the recorder (make sure the student’s name is on everything they own with a label or tape: recorder, bag, book, etc. and leave in their backpack so they don’t forget recorder on days they have music)

2nd and 3rd Grade Music students: Music portfolios (3-ring binders with 5 tab dividers) are to be kept at home and filled for use in grades 4-8. Students will receive music worksheets to complete at home and return to music class the following week to be graded. All worksheets are to be completed in pencil with student’s first and last name, class and student number on both sides of each paper. After worksheets are graded, they are to be taken home and kept in their portfolio (binder) until 8th grade. Most worksheets will go behind the tab labeled Theory. If the worksheet is about a composer, it would go behind the history tab.

Students who are absent will be given missed worksheets to complete by the next music class time in addition to the new assignment. Students who lose or do not do worksheets will not be allowed to play instruments or other activities until worksheet is completed during music class.

MUSIC ASSIGNMENT & HELP: found at click on Music Resources


F. Dec.14 3pm (Old Gym closed to 10pm Dec.19)(Parents & Friends help decorate program)

M.Dec. 17 During school morning Christmas Program practice

T. Dec. 18 10am & 1:15pm Christmas Program (Grades K-5 & Chorus) KG old gym


HORNET MAGNETS & FATHEAD STICKERS: $5 Each (See Music Web page for pictures)

METAL TABS off cans. Please send tabs in a ziplock bag or WIDE Mouthed container, then have students empty it into the Music Tab buckets at school

AD BOOK (Chorus/Band Fundraiser deadline T. Oct. 23) –Ads OPEN TO EVERYONE (Businesses/services) in the Community to market to our parents and community. Ad Books are given at every concert (c. 1500 + books - including the Christmas program).

Family/friends may purchase ads honoring child(ren) - wishing them best wishes in school in a personal ad or place a business ad. Contact places you do business with and ask them to purchase an ad – $10 for 10 words, $25 for 25 words, $50 for business card size, $75 (quarter page), $100 (half a page), $200 (full page), $250 (inside front/back cover), $300 (front or back cover). See Mrs. Randolph or a Chorus or Band Member to purchase an ad in our souvenir ad booklet.

NOTE: KG Chorus parents continue to purchase equipment that is used not only for chorus, but also for every student in District 91. In past years, they have purchased choral risers for the Christmas and Spring Concerts, sound system for the music and chorus rooms, computer for music and chorus, electric piano, and many other things ALL of our D91 students use.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me as we explore the many areas of Music. Musically Yours, Mrs. Randolph

Notes From The Registrar’s Office

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National School Lunch Program

Our District Office has mailed out letters to all households that are direct certified to receive school lunches at no cost. Be sure you are completing and submitting the monthly lunch order forms on time in order for our lunch coordinators to have the correct lunch for your child/children each day.

Letters have also gone out to households that have applied for the National School Lunch Program via the 18-19 application form. Be sure to check your letter to find out if your child is qualified to receive free or reduced lunches. If your application letter indicates your application has been denied and you do not understand why, please contact Mrs. Krumlinde at or (815)838-0737 ext 1104. If your letter indicates your application has been approved, it will show either for free or reduced lunches. Free lunches are at no cost, reduced lunches are 40 cents per day. Be sure you are completing and submitting the monthly lunch order forms on time in order for our lunch coordinators to have the correct lunch for your child/children each day.

Our District Office is awaiting new applications for some children that qualified for a 30 day carryover period. Letters and applications were mailed out to these families. If you have not already submitted your new application, please be sure to do so by September 28 to avoid any break in lunches. Applications were sent home the first day of school, are available to print from our website, or can be picked up at either school office.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW; Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Registration Fee Waiver Applications

Over the next few weeks, the District Office will be evaluating requests for fee waivers that have been submitted. Letters will be mailed once a determination has been made. If your fee waiver is not approved, you may need to provide more information (such as proof of income). If your letter from the District Office indicates that your income exceeds the guidelines, be sure to contact Mrs. Krumlinde to set up a payment plan if you are unable to pay in full by the due date. Be advised the District has now instituted a carryover fee per child for any family that carries a balance from one school year to the next.

Attendance Reminders

As a protection to the children, the District requires parents/guardians to contact the Attendance Office at (815)838-0737 ext 1 PRIOR TO 9AM whenever a child will be late to school or will be absent. The message must contain the following information:

· Student first and last name, their grade or teacher name

· Detailed reason for the absence/tardy (students that are not called in or are called in without a reason are considered TRUANT and will be reported as such)

An automated call is sent out to parents/guardians who have not called in their child by 9AM and have not signed in by 9AM, and to parents/guardians that merely indicate their child “will not be in school” or are “out due to a family emergency” requesting the parent/guardian contact the attendance office immediately to advise the details for the absence. Family emergencies may be considered an excused absence depending on the details provided.

If you fail to contact the attendance after the automated call has gone out, staff members will call you for the details of the absence. If no contact is made, you will receive a letter as a last resort and the child is placed on the Truancy List.

When is a student considered tardy?

· Any student who is not in their classroom when the tardy bell rings is considered tardy to school (8:35 on regular days, 9:30 on late start days, or 12:25 for afternoon PK & K students)

· Students tardy to morning band are considered tardy to school

· Junior High students are also considered tardy to class if they are not in their respective class at the start of said class, unless a staff member has issued a pass.

Whenever a child is tardy to school, they must sign in at the office. Failure to sign in will result in a truancy call being placed to the parent/guardian. A reason for all tardies must be entered. Entering “tardy or late” is not a reason for the tardy.

Student attendance is crucial to student success. Appointments during the school day are discouraged. If you child needs to be dismissed any time during the school day (e.g., dental or doctor appointment), please notify the attendance office prior to the absence. See student/parent handbook on our website regarding make up work. All students leaving school prior to regular dismissal time is required to be signed out by a designated responsible adult in the office.

Any student reported as ill for four consecutive days is required to provide a signed and dated doctor’s note in order to return to school.

When is a child Truant?

· Any child that accrues nine or more absences for any reason during the school year is considered truant.

· Any child not called in for an absence.

· Any child called in but no reason provided for the absence.

With excessive absences:

· Student is placed on truancy watch list

· Parent Notification Letter is sent

· Principal will contact the parent/guardian

· Meeting is required to create an attendance improvement plan

· Home visit by the Truancy Officer

· Final Notice of Truancy Letter

· Truancy Hearing at the Will County Regional Office of Education

· Court Hearing on Truancy

Vacations During the School Year

Vacations during the school year are discouraged and are considered unexcused absences. Valuable educational experiences are lost and grades can be affected. If a family vacation is unavoidable during the school year, the parents are responsible to complete and submit the “Pre-Arranged Absence Form” to the attendance office at least one week before the planned absence in order to give teachers time to assign homework. All work provided is due upon the student’s first day back. This includes taking any tests. Up to one week of missing work will be provided and the last school day prior to the pre-arranged absence.
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Substitutes Needed!!

If you like interacting with the kids, and can be flexible. If you enjoy different settings, and different age groups of kids. This is what you have been looking Contact Athena Dingels for details (must possess a bachelor's degree and be willing to obtain the sub teacher credential through ISBE).