News from Jane Addams School

October 6, 2021

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Jane Addams Events and PTA News

It is hard to believe we are already well into October!

We are so proud of our students and thankful for our staff who support us all everyday.

We want to let you know about some exciting events as we welcome in fall at Jane Addams School!

At Jane Addams we will be sharing a week long week of fall-themed celebrations with your family during the week of October 25- October 29th. Each day, your child's teacher will be providing you a focus for your student to either dress as, or describe an activity to you that Jane Addams' students will be participating in school-wide. Of course, all events are optional, but are meant to bring a flavor of fall family fun to our learning community.

In culmination of these events, we will have two highlights to end the week. The first is a Trunk and Treat, sponsored by JA PTA. We will welcome families in the back lot of JA from 5-9pm on Thursday, October 28th. Your family may visit the trunk of PTA members and JA Staff for a small gift or treat. Please note, only students with guardians may attend.

Finally, on October 29th we are altering our normal fall parties to accommodate our COVID restrictions, while still allowing some traditions to continue. On the morning of October 29th, students may wear a costume to school, but will not be allowed to change through the day. At 9:00, a parade around the school (starting at door #1 and traveling in order around the school parameter, #2 next, etc. and re-entering Door #1) will allow parents to observe their students.

As a reminder, there will be no visitors inside on October 29th. If raining, we will move our parade to Monday, November 1st at 9:00 a.m. beginning at Door #1. The parade will start with our kindergarten classes and end at 6th grade.

We are happy to celebrate with your student and family and thank the PTA for our Trunk and Treat on Thursday, October 28th from 5-7 p.m.

As a gentle reminder, the PTA accepts you membership all year long:

Please use this live link to JOIN the JA PTA:

Reflections Returns to Jane Addams

Reflections 2021-22

I Will Change The World By...

Reflections is a theme-based art contest. Students are encouraged to create art that reflects the theme. "I will change the world by..." Explain your ideas and how it connects to the theme in an artist's statement.

Consider creating entries for the following categories:

  • Dance Choreography, Film Production, and Music Composition
  • Literature Entries
  • Photography Entries
  • Visual Arts


Please have your entries to Ms. Valdez by October 29th

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D15 Job Fair Coming Soon

Job Fair

Please share with your staff and families that District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates: Come apply onsite!


Monday, November 1, 2021

Monday, December 13, 2021

Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday, March 7, 2022


Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

We are looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at with any questions.

Additional Safety Drill Notification and Reminder

District 15 is strongly committed to school safety. Each year, school are required by by Illinois School Code to conduct the following drills:

  • Three evacuation drills. One of the three evacuation drills must be supervised by the fire department. (Two of these have been completed. Last tentatively Scheduled for October 13th)

  • One bus evacuation drill. (Scheduled for October 21st)

  • One severe weather/shelter-in-place drill. (Scheduled for November 9th)

  • Two law enforcement (lockdown) drills. Scheduled for October 19th and October 26th.

  • One of these two law enforcement drills must be a staff initiated lock-down. The schools also conduct an annual drill review meeting with principals and representatives from police and fire departments to continuously improve each school’s readiness to respond to an emergency and/or crisis situation.

House Bill 2400 (The School Safety Drill Act) states:

  • All lockdown drills will be announced to all school personnel and students prior to the commencement of the drill.

  • Schools will provide sufficient information and notification to parents and guardians in advance of any lockdown drill that involves the participation of students.

  • Schools will provide parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill.

  • Schools will provide alternative safety education and instruction related to an active threat or active shooter event to students who do not participate in a walk-through lockdown drill to provide them with essential information, training, and instruction through less sensorial safety training methods.

Building administrators will notify families of upcoming drills at least one week in advance of the drill. If you prefer your child does NOT participate in the yearly required lockdown drills, please complete this form. Please submit one form for each of your children you are opting out.

Our upcoming walk-through Lockdown Drills are scheduled for October 19th and October 26th.

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Health, Immunization, Dental, and Eye Exams

For the purpose of safeguarding the health of children, District 15 enforces Illinois student health requirements. These requirements consist of health, dental, and eye exams and immunizations specific to grade and age.

HEALTH EXAMS are required for students entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, and those who are new to the school. The Certificate of Child Health Examination form is available online and in the school office.

Join Us in D15

District 15 is hiring for a variety of positions that would be a great fit for many of our parents and community members! Application information is linked below.

Bus Drivers (
Classroom Assistants (
Nutrition Services Staff (
Substitutes (

SPARK: Executive Function Skills

When Oct 25, 2021 7:00 pm - Oct 25, 2021 8:30 pm


Don Kush, LCSW, CADC, from Behavioral Health & Wellness (offices in Barrington, Palatine, & Lake Zurich) will be presenting. Executive function refers to the operations of the brain that control and facilitate the execution of the skills and behaviors required to achieve chosen goals. This set of processes neurologically assists with the management of resources to complete predetermined tasks. Mr. Kush will present an overview of what Executive Functioning is and what it looks like when there is a deficit in these skills. He will also be providing resources and ideas for parents who think their child has deficits in these skills. Join here: or type in this code: dkh-xafa-uuo to join.