Week at Windsor 11.17.19

Looking back and ahead at Windsor news and happenings...

Dear Windsor Families,

Here is our Week at Windsor.


Progress Reports

All families should have received first trimester progress reports via email on Friday 11/15. Please feel free to email Ms. Boston or call the front office at 847.398.4297 on Monday, if you did not receive your child's progress report. We are in our second year of implementing new standards based progress reports at the elementary level. Here is a link with more information for those interested.


Winter Weather

Please keep sending children to school with the appropriate winter gear: coats, hats, mittens/or gloves, snow pants, and boots so they can be safe and enjoy outdoor recess. Don't forget to always label your child's personal belongings. We have lots of donated winter gear thanks to Windsor staff, PTA volunteers, and families. If you still need something for your child, please feel free to contact Mrs. Swanson nswanson@sd25.org or Mrs. Impastato jimpastato@sd25.org.


Thanksgiving Break

This is our last week before all students and staff have the week of Thanksgiving 11/25 to 11/29 off of school. We are looking forward to a great week ahead and wish all our families a wonderful holiday week with one another.


Warmest regards,


Piper Boston, Principal @PrincipalBoston

Lindsay Anastacio, Assistant Principal @lindzana

Windsor - Veterans Day, 2019

Be a Part of Something Great! ABC/25

Ever wonder where those Coding Dash and Dots, BeeBots and Portable STEM Carts came from...grants made possible by the ABC/25 Foundation! The ABC/25 Foundation is a non-for-profit organization founded by a group of caring parents to give A Better Community for District 25 by fostering innovation, creativity and excellence in our schools. Over the past 24 years, the Foundation has raised and contributed over one million dollars to fund numerous projects and grants for District 25 which directly impact students and teachers!


Are you a member of the ABC/25 Foundation? If not, you're missing out on an amazing way to support the D25 schools! Proceeds from the $40 family memberships go directly to fund grants that allow D25 teachers and staff to access tools and resources that aren't available through curriculum budgets. Learn more about the wonderful things ABC/25 is doing in our community at www.abc25.org and become a member here! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to ABC/25 Windsor Liaison, Elyse Coval at elysecoval@hotmail.com.

ABC/25 Get Burbed! Challenge

Do you love to draw and flex those creative muscles? Enter the t-shirt and poster design contest for the 9th annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! Any District 25 student can participate! The winning design will be featured on the promo posters and race day t-shirt!

Click here for the official rules and entry form. All entries are due by December 18, 2019. We can't wait to see your creative designs! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent race updates.
Students have the opportunity to submit drawings through December 18th, so is it possible to include this email in future weekly email correspondence until that time? I'm happy to send this email to you on a weekly basis as a reminder for the next few weeks. Please let me know.

PTA Fifth Grade Memory Slideshow

Fifth grade families, here is a flyer regarding the end-of-year fifth grade memory slideshow. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HamZ0TLuPFZS8vjnudK0V6MRbAOxEJxknH8PVVWnRGI/edit?usp=sharing

Windsor PTA

Thank you all for celebrating Veterans! It was a snowy and spectacular Veterans Day Breakfast and Celebration! https://windsorpta.org/2019/11/11/vets-day-breakfast-2019/


MON (11.18) – Green Team Meeting – in the LMC, during lunch recess.


LOOKING AHEAD - IN DECEMBER… See website for flyers!

  • THU (12.5) – Eat @ McAlister’s Deli – from 5-10 pm, Make sure to show your flyer when ordering.

  • THU (12.5) – 2nd & 3rd Grade Movie Night – proceeds will benefit Adopt a Windosr Family.

  • FRI (12.6) – Chess Club Session II 3:35-4:35 pm in the LMC.

  • THU (12.12) – PTA Holiday Gathering - 6-9 pm, all are welcome so stop by and say hello at the Arlington Ale House, Downtown Arlington Heights.

  • FRI (12.13) – Chess Club Session II 3:35-4:35 pm in the LMC. No Chess Club on 12/20.

  • MON (12.16) – Green Team Meeting – in the LMC, during lunch recess. Click to learn more, https://windsorpta.org/programs/green-team/

December Assessments

When we return from the Thanksgiving break some grade levels will engage in Fastbridge Universal Screening and NWEA MAP testing. Here is a previously shared assessment overview letter. We will share general testing days for different grade levels in our next communication.

Wildcat Council Book Drive

Our Wildcat Council is collecting books to support the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Book Drive, which will go towards local area families in time for the holidays. If you are clearing your home shelves of well read and loved books, please feel free to have your children bring them in or drop them off in the office.

Morning Arrival/Drop & Go Reminders

As the weather is turning colder, we are seeing an increase in our morning drop off traffic. To make arrival time safe and efficient, we are re-sharing our procedures. (Please help make sure any family or friends helping for the first time understand them as well.) Here are some important reminders based on observations and concerns.

  • Cars may not park or stop in crosswalks. While a crossing guard is on duty, both pedestrians and cars need to follow his/or her direction. They serve an important role ensuring our children are safe on their way to and from school.
  • Please always pull all the way up in either Drop & Go line. For Windsor Drive, especially, please wait in cars until you are able to pull up past the first drop off sign (before the drive/bike rack door). We feel letting children out so near the Miner crosswalk is dangerous, as it can easily gets backed up.
  • If the weather is inclement, students can go in the closest door to their Drop & Go spot. Please do not try to stop perfectly at your child's entrance, as it can back up the Drop & Go line for all.
  • Finally, make sure your child is ready to depart the car quickly and independently each morning.

Again, we so appreciate your assistance in making our Drop & Go time as safe, efficient, and stress free as possible for all!

Coffee and Conversation with the Principal

During these opening days/months of school, I have prioritized getting to know staff, students, and the in's and out's of Windsor Elementary School. I haven't even begun to know everyone or everything...YET! Still, I have enjoyed the journey and continue to feel so fortunate to work each day with this fantastic team of educators and your amazing children.


At Curriculum Night, I shared a desire to set up a series of Principal Coffees and Conversation dates/times with parents/guardians. These first meetings are meant to help interested parents get to know me better and to help me get to know/hear from all of you. Below are three offerings for the month of November. Please only RSVP for one, as they will all be similar in format, and I would like to keep sizes conducive to conversation.


  • Tuesday 11.19.19 Coffee #3 at 9:15 AM
  • Wednesday 11.20.19 Rescheduled Coffee @ 6:30 PM

Coffee and Conversation with the Principal #3 (Choose one of the November dates to attend if interested.)

Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 9am

Windsor Commons

These first meetings are meant to help interested parents get to know me better and to help me get to know/hear from all of you. This is one of three offerings for the month of November. Please only RSVP here for one, as they will all be similar in format and I would like to keep sizes conducive to conversation.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Coffee and Conversation with the Principal Rescheduled Date (Choose one to attend)

Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 6:30pm

Windsor LMC

These first meetings are meant to help interested parents get to know me better and to help me get to know/hear from all of you. This is one of three offerings for the month of November. Please only RSVP here for one, as they will all be similar in format and I would like to keep sizes conducive to conversation.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

District E-Flyers

This link features different community information for all District 25 families. It is good to regularly check out this link for various events and activities.

District 25 Food Service

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor's Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

District 25 2019-2020 Calendar Dates

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor Twitter Feed

We will never only use Twitter to communicate happenings but this is another wonderful way to follow reminders and various Windsor happenings. We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor Website

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

District 25 Parent-Student Handbook

Our District 25 Parent-Student Handbook is always shared as part of each year's online registration process. Typically, we will highlight sections throughout the school year. Here is a link for families to reference anytime. https://www.sd25.org/cms/lib/IL01904427/Centricity/Domain/24/2019-2020%20-%20UPDATED%207-23%20936am.pdf

Wildcat Way and Mission

We value our Windsor community that is strengthened by diversity, inclusion, and a growth mindset.


  • We believe in a kind, safe and responsible community because our students are important.
  • We believe in designing lessons that promote inquiry, academic risk taking, and flexible thinking.
  • We believe in supporting cultural, emotional, social, and academic diversity.
  • We believe in working collaboratively as a school community for continuous improvement in a trusting environment.