Central Road Chronicles

Staff Communication: Please Review 8/13/2021

A Note from Joanna and Lauren: We are Stronger Together!

Here we go! We are excited to welcome both staff and students back next week! The building has come together nicely. Lauren and I walk the building often and it is clear each of you have been working on creating a welcoming, organized, and amazing environment for your students. Thank you for ALL your hard work! It has not gone unnoticed.

Please feel free to wear purple or Central Road spirit wear on Monday, August 16th. We have ordered additional purple Central Road polo shirts. If you do not have one, please stop by the office to pick one up for yourself.

Tentative Institute Agenda(s) are noted below. We look forward to welcoming you all back to school. Since we will be together in a large group, please plan to wear a mask during our time together.

Monday, August 16th

8:00-8:30 am Breakfast in MPR sponsored by our PTA

8:30-10:30 am Building based activities

10:30-12:00 pm Lunch and travel time to Willow Creek

12:00-1:00 pm Welcome and Introduction

1:00-2:30 pm Speaker Manny Scott

Tuesday, August 17th

8:00-8:30 am Prep for Meet the Teacher

8:30-9:30 am Meet the Teacher

9:45-11:30 am Building Based Activities

11:30-12:30 pm Lunch Provided

12:30-2:00 pm MTSS overview and application

Our PTA is holding a Back to School event on Monday, August 16th from 5:00-7:30 pm. They have secured a Funnel Truck and menu items will be available for purchase. Families will be able to 'grab and go' or stay to eat. Mask wearing is not required outside therefore optional at this time. Please feel free to stop by if you can but we understand this is a busy time of year as we prepare for the school year.

To limit exposure to both allergens and SARS-CoV-2, students will not eat snacks in the classrooms again this year. We will be offering both breakfast and lunch to our students again for free. If you feel your classroom really requires a snack, it must be eaten outside. I would ask that you tie a snack break into a read aloud or another activity that can be conducted outdoors to preserve student learning time. Currently, we are tentatively scheduled to conduct SHIELD covid testing on Fridays from 8:45-10:45 am. Students (who opt into the testing) would not be able to eat about 45 minutes prior to testing so please note this in your weekly schedules. Testing will be begin on August 27th and we plan to have more information as the date gets closer.

Students will be able to bring water bottles to school again this year. We will not be providing the little water bottes again like last year. The water fountains have been turned on for water bottle refilling.

Free, optional breakfast will be served in classrooms upon entry each day to students who would like to participate in breakfast. Unfortunately, we will not be able to send home breakfast for the week like last year. Breakfast will be served between 8:30-8:45 am and our school day will promptly begin at 8:45 am. Student supervision during breakfast will be conducted by our program assistants as teacher duties do not begin until 8:40 am. We continue to work out details with Megan, our lunch coordinator. More to come next week.

Our lunch hour this school year will take place daily from 11:50-12:50 pm. We hope the one hour noon hour will allow for our staff to have some common time together. Students in grades kindergarten (Mrs. Sarli)-3rd will eat for the first 30 minutes and then play outside from 12:20-12:50 pm. Students in grades 4th-6th will participate in recess first from 11:50-12:20 pm and then will eat their lunch from 12:20-12:50 pm. Students will begin the school year eating in their classrooms 3 feet apart. Starting in September, small groups of students will transition into eating in the cafeteria on a rotating basis while maintaining 3 feet of distance when doing so. Hand washing before and after eating will occur every day. This school year, lunch will remain free for all students. However, students are welcome to bring a cold lunch from home. Specific schedule is linked below for your review. If you have any questions, please contact Joanna/Lauren. We are happy to make any updated adjustments.

While outside during recess, students will not be expected to wear masks. Students will begin the school year playing in designated areas/zones with their classmates. We will offer each classroom an opportunity to play on the playground equipment throughout the week. Recess equipment (ex: jump ropes, balls) will be acceptable for use as well. Each classroom will have a bin of recess equipment they will be able to use each day. Please label your equipment with your room number if possible.

Our PBIS Boot Camp-review of expectations-will tentatively take place on Friday, August 20th. Schedule is forthcoming next week.

Please enjoy your official last weekend of summer. We look forward to a year filled of learning, growing, and being flexible together!

Certification-Staff and Students

Staff will self-certify themselves daily. Please pick up a new green card/lanyard holder on Monday during Institute Day. We have them in the MPR. We will not be completing the daily google form for staff self-certification this year.

Students will certify in the same way as they did last year. We are waiting on cards and lanyards for students. As soon as they arrive, we hope to pass them out at Meet the Teacher.

Important Links-Please click and review!

Compliance Training Slide Deck Review (August 18-New Staff, August 30th-Returning Staff)

School Personnel are required to complete a number of Mandated Trainings each year per Illinois School Code. Please see the link above outlining training topics and instructions for accessing those trainings.

SEL Scope and Sequence 21-22

Return to Learn 21-22 Plan

SPECIALS schedule 21-22

Lunch and Recess Schedule 21-22

CONCURRENT teaching information

Who Does What at ESC

Progress Report Schedule 21-22

Assessment Calendar (draft) 21-22

Parent Orientation & Open House Dates 21-22

Calendars 21-22

New staff resource PBIS

Friday Early Release Calendar (tentative)

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, September 1st Parent Orientation Night Grades K-6
  • Wednesday, September 1st Smile-It is Picture Day
  • Wednesday, September 8th-Board of Education Meeting @7 pm
  • Wednesday, September 15th-PTA Meeting @7 pm

Health and Safety (Subject to Change)

As we all know, COVID guidance is continually changing. Our District health department is monitoring the metrics and guidance from multiple agencies and will provide specific details regarding student expectations as we get closer to the start of the school year. Here is what we know as of now;

  • Good hand washing and using hand sanitizer during the school day will continue to be encouraged
  • Students are to be seated 3 feet apart from one another in the classroom (yard sticks are helpful for measuring)
  • Student will seat 3 feet feet apart when eating. We will use a combination of the classrooms and the cafeteria as we start off the school year. See specific scheduled linked above
  • Please remove any unnecessary furniture/materials from the classroom if needed to accommodate student desks and 3 feet of spacing
  • We will no longer be taking temperture checks each morning
  • Locker use is acceptable
  • Shield (Covid) testing will take place 1x a week (Fridays) for students whose families have opted into this opportunity. More to come on specific details

Welcome to New Staff to Central Road!

Thank you for welcoming our new staff to Central Road!

  • Wendy Walther, Social Worker (days a week)

  • Lynn Proska, Program Assistant

Openings to fill:

  • TBD, Program Assistant

  • TBD, Office Clerical

Monthly Committee Notes

More to come each month!

Technology Information

Instructional Tech Slides-Please Review

Chromebook Distribution and Information

Clever and Google Classroom Information

Chromebook Distribution

3rd and 4th grade students will receive 1:1 chromebooks that will go home nightly this year. These Chromebooks will be distributed on the first day of school by LITs, Instructional Technology Coordinators, and the technology department. Jean Sasaki will be working on the distribution of materials with some additional support. Distribution will be the first day of school.

K-2 chromebooks will remain at school. Students in grades 3-6 will be able to take their chromebooks to/from school as needed.

Clever Badges and Logging in

Students in grades k-2 will receive Clever Badges for logging into their Chromebook. Grades 3 and 4 will receive log in cards (not Clever) during distribution. Mrs. Rogers can run class Chromebook logins for classes in grades 3-8 if needed. Logins can be found in Infinite Campus as well.

K-2 Clever Badge Info

Teaching and Learning

Reading Support Information

Reading intervention will start on day FOUR of school! These groups will be based on the Spring data review. Reading intervention will take place 3 days a week and the other 2 days will be used for data collection on students that were virtual and/or we need more data to make a decision regarding intervention placement. On Day 21, September 16, 2021, intervention will take place 5 days a week, with 2 group slots held for kindergarten. Intervention with kindergarten will start after 8 weeks. Culleen Siebert has already been preparing to kick off reading support on day 4 of school.

Academic Interventionist(s)

We are excited to work with 2 interventionists in our building. Nicole Candela and Adriana Temple (bilingual) are excited to begin in their new roles. They will be supporting Tier 1+ in the classroom which will include reading and math support. They can also support low-level behavioral interventions.


Lori Schmidt will continue to be our coach. She too is very excited to begin working with staff regarding their teaching and learning this school year!

PE and Health teacher are able to review information from their department.


Please take a moment to review our SEL Scope and Sequence for the year.

Special Education

  • Our special education staff with be working with classroom teachers to ensure appropriate supports are in place for students with IEPs or 504 plans

ESPA-Program Assistants

  • Thank you for meeting virtually today!
  • Please ensure you pick up a fanny pack from Amita next week for noon duty
  • Please ensure you have a whistle and safety vest for next week
  • Once PAs begin their work on August 18th, please note that each ESPA member will have two-15 minute breaks and one 30 minute lunch each day.
  • Please review our D15 Active Recess Supervision Training Guidelines
  • POWERPOINT from PA Meeting 8-13-2021

Community Outreach and PTA

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