Friday, May 6
Notes and Reminders
- May 9-20: Spring MAP testing window
- Tuesday, May 10 Spring Sing (6:00 pm 3rd grade; 6:30 4th grade; 7:00 pm Beg. Band and Chorus)
- Tuesday, May 10: 6:00 pm Beye Intermediate Orchestra at Brooks
- Thursday, May 12 Spring Sing ( 6:00 pm Kindergarten; 6:30 1st grade; 7:00 pm 2nd grade)
- Thursday, May 19 Rescheduled Bobcat Bolt Fun Run
- Friday, May 27 Olympic Day (Details will be coming)
- Friday, June 3: All School Picnic Celebration (Details will be coming)
***See the homeroom teacher newsletters with information about the Spring Sings this week. Two adult family members may attend as well as siblings. While we will work to have the air conditioning on, I would recommend dressing lightly due to the weather forecasts and many people in the auditorium.
Plant Sale and Pick-up Friday, May 13: 1-5:30pm - See Details Below
Plant Sale and Pick-up Friday, May 13: 1-5:30pm
- Plants for sale! The PTO will have a variety of extra herbs/veggies, hanging plants, flats and pollinator kits for sale on Friday 5/13 from 1-5:30pm. Stop by and see what is available! Cash and checks only please.
- Volunteer to help with the plant sale here.
- Pick-up your pre-ordered plants from 1-5:30pm. Please choose a pick-up window here.
- Thank you to Molly Greenwood-Whalen for organizing the fabulous lunch for staff Friday! The lunch, sweets and amazing cake were wonderful.
- Thank you to Michele Jurewicz for organizing parents to help supervise at lunch and lunch recess Friday to allow the staff to take a break. Staff loved this!
- That was so thoughtful of you to give each of us a Starbuck's Gift Card. Thank you!
- Thank you everyone who read Wishtree at home or supported your students in reading it. Thank you again PTO for the generous purchase of the books.
Bobcat Bolt Fun Run - Help us Achieve our Goal
There’s still time to register your Bobcat for the Bobcat Bolt Fun Run! This fun event will now be held during school hours on Thursday, May 19. We’ll be promoting exercise and fun while also raising money for the Beye School PTO.
So far, we’re about 20% of the way to our goal of $15,000. The PTO uses these funds to benefit every single Beye student. Here are some ways we plan to use these funds:
$2,900 for new gym equipment that is safer and more easily adaptable for all students, as well as being quieter and less disruptive to nearby classrooms.
$2,600 to update the nonfiction section of the school library. The library renovation resulted in many outdated and damaged books being discarded from the library, and now many nonfiction books must be borrowed from other D97 schools.
$4,000 to pay for buses for student field trips.
$3,000 for our One Book, One School program, providing every family in the school with a copy of Wishtree.
Additional funds can be used to fill teacher requests for classroom supplies like: online subscriptions; owl pellets for dissection; classroom rugs large enough for social distancing; Magnatiles and other manipulatives; student incentives; and many other things.
To learn more, including signup information, take a look at the flyer attached to this email. Signup is at getmovinfundhub.com; school Identifier: 6231cfe597ac7
We look forward to a fun event!
(See below for more details.)
SURVEY - Resources to Support COVID-19 Recovery in D97 Schools
District 97 anticipates receiving approximately $2.9 million in ESSER III funds, of which 20% must be spent on learning loss. Funds may be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, when the national emergency was declared; they are available for obligation through September 30, 2024.
We are seeking feedback from all district and community stakeholders to help determine how we should best utilize these resources to address ongoing COVID-19 recovery in our schools. Please take time to let us know your opinion by completing a brief survey by Friday, May 13: https://forms.gle/yuhUAfyanHape3LK6
"Mindful Middle-Schoolers and Mindfulness Matters" Community Talks - Spring 2022
DePaul University, in partnership with the Oak Park Township Community Mental Health Board and District 97, plan to offer a series of community talks to the District 97 community as part of the Mindful Middle Schoolers and Mindfulness Matters Program.
Below is a list of upcoming VIRTUAL talks, which will be held via Zoom. Registration via the Eventbrite links below is requested. Once you register, a link will be emailed to you prior to the start of each event.
Upcoming Virtual Community Talks (Open to All)
- May 12 (6 p.m. - 7 p.m.): Strategies to support executive functioning and self-regulation https://www.eventbrite.com/e/328920168077
- May 17 (6 p.m. - 7 p.m.): Understanding depression in youth and strategies for treatment and support https://www.eventbrite.com/e/329134148097
- May 25 (6 p.m. - 7 p.m.): Understanding anxiety in youth and strategies for treatment and support https://www.eventbrite.com/e/329137498117
- June 7 (6 p.m. - 7 p.m.): Mindfulness-based strategies and their applications in academic environments https://www.eventbrite.com/e/256953403547
- June 15 (6 p.m. - 7 p.m.): Summer’s here! Promoting social-emotional wellness in out-of-school time https://www.eventbrite.com/e/329142513117
Registration Information for 2022-23
Registration Information for 2022-23 School Year in D97
Online registration for the 2022-23 school year in District 97 will officially launch for all students on Monday, May 2!
This year, the registration window will be open May 2 through July 1 for ALL students—returning, new and kindergarten.
The parent/guardian listed as PG1 in PowerSchool will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with their student’s snapcode and instructions to register. Emails will be sent on Monday, May 2, 2022.
Complete details can be found at https://www.op97.org/hr/returning-student-registration.
New Students and Kindergarteners
This year, we have streamlined the process for registering kindergarteners and new students to make it easier for families. Registration can be completed entirely online—no appointments necessary!
- First, gather all required documents. Click here for the list >
- Next, you will need to create an account in InfoSnap.
- Continue in InfoSnap by completing the online registration forms and uploading all your documents. Once you’re finished just click submit.
Please click the links below to learn more about the registration process for kindergarteners and new students.
Remember that the "ABCs" of registration are "D-E-F."
- D - Documents: All required documents must be scanned and ready to upload before starting registration.
- E - Early: Registration is a detailed process and we ask that families register early!
- F - Finish: Registration is finished once you receive a confirmation email from the district.
CLICK HERE for a brief video that outlines the District 97 registration process!
Detailed information about the registration process is available on the district website at https://www.op97.org/hr/student-registration. If you are in need of translation or interpretation services, please email email@example.com or call 708-524-3000.
In Case you Missed It
West Cook YMCA Offering Complimentary Sessions for Access to Swim Program
OPRF Summer Sports Camps - Registration Opens April 25
District 97 students are invited to participate in Huskie Sports Camps this summer! Registration opens Monday, April 25, at 10 a.m. CLICK HERE for the program flyer >
Support the Oak Park Education Foundation
Calling all Beye students! Sign up today for the Bobcat Bolt Fun Run!
Through this fun run, to be held during school hours on Thursday, May 19 we will promote exercise and fun while raising money for our school.
See full flyer that was included in the email highlighting the Bobcat Blog last week.
· Our goal is to have 100% of all students registered online! It’s easy, FREE, and takes few quick minutes!
· Each student is encouraged to raise $50, but there is no fundraising requirement and registration is free.
· There will be AWESOME & FUN INCENTIVES for the grade with the most participation!!
OUR TOTAL SCHOOL GOAL is $15,000.00
Your donation to Beye School PTO, as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is 100% tax deductible and will only be used for activities that further the charitable mission of the PTO.
Calling all Beye students! Sign up today for the Bobcat Bolt Fun Run!
A fun and healthy way to raise money for the students of
William Beye Elementary
· Event Date: Friday, 05/19/2022
- Final Donation due date: 05/12/2022 11:59 PM
o Donations in the form of cash & checks (in-school donations), should be turned in to the school.
o Please make checks payable to: Beye School PTO
Through this fun run, to be held during school hours on Friday, May 6, we will promote exercise and fun while raising money for our school. Please help us reach our fundraising goal by supporting the Bobcat Bolt 2022. We have teamed up with Get Movin’© to make this event fun and profitable with online mobile friendly technology!
William Beye Elementary is raising money to support student field trips, teacher resources, classroom
enhancements and technology upgrades in the coming year. Signing up is easy—just scan the QR code below, or visit getmovinfundhub.com today!
Follow these 3 Simple Steps to get to goal fast!
2. Make an online donation using the red Donate button right away
3. Share with friends and family, they want to help!
· Send 10-15 emails and/or text messages
· Post Facebook or Twitter
· Help your child reach their goal in 24/48 hours
District 97 Resumed Hot Lunch on April 11 - Menus Now Available
District 97 to Resume Hot Lunch on April 11 - Menus Now Available
Beginning Monday, April 11, all District 97 schools will resume serving hot lunch. The new menus and nutritional information are linked below.
- Breakfast Menu (Brooks, Irving, Julian, Lincoln, Longfellow)
- Breakfast Menu (Beye, Hatch, Holmes, Mann, Whittier)
- Hot Lunch Menu (3-Week Cycle)
- Hot Breakfast/Lunch Nutritional Information
- Meals brought from home must be nut-free.
- Lunch will continue to be served at no cost to families.
Information about Acceleration Opportunities in District 97
District 97 believes that all students should be challenged and supported to develop to their maximum potential. For students who demonstrate they may benefit from accelerated placement, we provide opportunities to participate in an instructional setting that is usually reserved for students who are older or in higher grades than the child. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Single subject acceleration
- Whole grade acceleration
In accordance with the Illinois Accelerated Placement Act, District 97 has continued to refine procedures to ensure equitable access to acceleration opportunities for all students. New this year: all students who are grade eligible to take the Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR) must participate in the assessment in order to be deemed eligible for acceleration. The IAR is a critically important measure in determining the mastery of grade level standards and must be considered by the school team along with other sources of data.
Referrals for single-subject and whole-grade acceleration will be accepted from March 1 to May 15 of each school year. The general process is outlined HERE.
Information about the District 97 Accelerated Placement Program, including definitions and timelines, can be found at http://www.op97.org/acceleration. We will send additional communication to families as we near the opening of our referral and application windows next year. This information session will provide an avenue for families to share questions as well as receive information about the acceleration process. Please find additional information in the information session flyer.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by visiting our Let’s Talk page (bit.ly/D97LetsTalk) and clicking the button labeled “Acceleration.”