January News & Notes

Meadowview's Monthly Newsletter

Principal's Message

Happy New Year to all! I hope all of you have had a wonderful winter break! Hard to believe it's already time to get back to the business of learning! This time of year brings us lots of time to learn as we don't have many long breaks between now and spring break.

To learn the most they can, please be sure to send your child to school on time. Our doors open at 8:05 and we begin learning at 8:20. If your child arrives after 8:20, we ask that you please come into the office and sign in your child.

Our fifth graders will be learning about themselves with Robert Crown this February. There is a parent night on Wednesday, January 10, 6:30 pm at Edgewood School. They will be discussing the programming and answer any questions you may have.

Winter has arrived! Please remember to send your child to school with warm winter outerwear. We go outside most days in the winter for recess! Students need boots, hat, gloves/mittens & warm coats. If they want to play in the snow, they will need snow pants, too.

We do not have the staffing to allow students to remain indoor for recess when everyone else goes outside. All of the adults in the building are either at lunch or at recess duty. Please do not request your child be allowed to stay inside for recess, unless it is a medical necessity. In that case, please send a doctor's note. We just don't have the supervision available for indoor recess. I appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Our PTO has a great family event scheduled for Friday, January 26th. Please check out the information in our PTO section of this newsletter.

It may seem far away right now, however, I wanted you to get the date on your calendars-- Meadowview's annual Open House is Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 6:30-8:00pm. This is a time where the students share some of what they have learned so far in the year. We will also be hosting our spring book fair.

As always, please feel free to call, email me or stop in with questions, comments and suggestions! Your feedback helps to make our school a better place!

PTO News

Please join us for our next PTO Meeting on Thursday, January 11th at 6:30pm in the LRC. Childcare will be provided. And save-the-date for our Winter Family Event on Friday, January 26th from 6:30-8pm. We will be hosting a Game Night that will be fun and exciting for all ages! More information to come.

Please Join Us!

Meadowview will host a Parent Night with Officer Dan McIntyre from the Woodridge Police Department. Officer McIntyre completed the Grit program with our 6th graders before winter break. He also visited our 4th grade classes several times.

Officer McIntyre will be talking about bullying, including cyber bullying. He'll discuss what bullying is, and what it is not. The event is for parents and we will have childcare available.

Thursday, January 18th 6:30 at Meadowview.

PTO Assembly

Our first PTO assembly was a huge hit! Staley, the Chicago Bears mascot, was on hand to help the kids remember what to do to combat bullies! Thanks, PTO for this great event!

Staley gave us great language to use with the students about bullying. We are using this language at school when we discuss bullying with the students. You may want to ask your child about this language and use it yourself!

Types of Bullies:

  • Big Mouth Bully
  • Hands-on Bully
  • Butt-out Bully
  • Cyber Bully
  • All Around Bully

Ways to Combat Bullies

  • Stop and Walk
  • Stick Up for What’s Right
  • Include Don’t Exclude
  • Adults Can Help

Benchmark & ACCESS Testing

January brings benchmark testing and ACCESS testing for our students.

Benchmark testing helps us see if we are on track to meet our goals of individual student growth and preparing students to be college and career ready. Students will take the STAR Reading and STAR Math tests as well as the FastBridge fluency assessment. These assessments will take place January 16th thu January 26th.

Our English language learners (ELLs) will be taking the ACCESS test beginning January 29th. The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is an English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards and assesses each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. More information about ACCESS can be found on the WIDA website.

Health Services Update

In an ongoing effort to improve our processes and procedures here in Woodridge 68, we recently reviewed and revised our procedures and protocols for responding to reports of head lice in our schools. These updated procedures can be found in the Health Services section of the district website for your reference.

Congratulations to Mrs. Jenny Bell!

Mrs. Bell, one of our 6th grade teachers, has recently received National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

All of us at Meadowview are extremely proud of all Mrs. Bell has done to attain this certification. We know our students and staff will benefit from having a National Board certified teacher in our school.

Check out the entire story on our website, the link is below.