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Half Day School Weekly Newsletter - October 8, 2021

Creative Games to Keep Kids Fit

District 103 provides students with a comprehensive physical education and Health curriculum. This curriculum reflects developmentally appropriate expectations for students in the areas of physical activity, movement, health-related fitness, sportsmanship and group cooperation in team and group activities. In addition to physical education classes, recess is offered to students on a daily basis.

Instruction in building habits for a healthy lifestyle is included in the physical education classes and the health classes. These habits for a healthy lifestyle focus on taking care of your body, both physically and emotionally, and on making safe choices in a variety of situations.

At Half Day the teachers provide students with creative game options to practice these lifestyle focuses. They play ‘Bowling with the Champs,’ a game of using a ball to knock over pins. ‘Blast the Basket’ is another game where students learn the fundamentals of throwing and catching a ball. ‘Soccer Dribble’ allows students to practice moving the ball while improving speed and agility.

“Physical activity has been very important during the pandemic,” said Physical Education Teacher Jeff Helstad. “Students have missed time away from each other and PE gives them the chance to interact, cooperate and problem solve,” he said.

To view pictures of the activity, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder.

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No School Monday or Tuesday

We would like to inform you of some upcoming changes to the school day. Please review the school calendar for other updates.

  • No School Monday, Oct. 11, due to the holiday, Indigenous Peoples’/ Columbus Day.

  • No School Tuesday, Oct. 12, due to a Teacher Institute Day.

  • Late Arrival Day Thursday, Oct. 21. Students in grades K-8 will start school 90 minutes later than their normal start time.

  • Thursday, Oct. 21, is a nonattendance day for students in early childhood classes.

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Student Council Gets Underway Soon

Half Day School Student Council is getting ready to start up again! As part of the Student Council, students will share ideas, organize school spirit days, and develop ways to give back to the community. Two students from each class will be selected from those students who apply using this Google Doc Application. Any student who is responsible, cooperative, fair, and committed to working hard would make a great representative. Meetings take place on scheduled Tuesdays after school from 3:40 to 4:30 p.m. Members who are chosen will need to pay the district activity fee of $25.

Interested? Here’s what you need to do: Have your child complete the online Google Form application by Wednesday, Oct. 13.

If your application is selected, you will be notified as soon as possible with further instructions. For questions, please reach out to Student Council Teachers Advisors Mrs. Gordon at tgordon@d103.org or Mrs. Powell at spowell@d103.org.

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Picture Retake Day

For students who were absent on picture day or students who wish to have their picture retaken, picture retake day will be Wednesday, Oct. 13. For more about ordering pictures, please review the e-notice that went out about picture day.

Parents may also arrange to have a photo taken with Stuart-Rodgers at their studio location. Please reach out to Kathy Onori at Kathy@srphoto.com who will email you proofs as well as submit the picture for the Half Day yearbook. There is an additional $10 sitting fee for this service.

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Fifth-Grade Health Nights

The D103 PTO sponsored Fifth-Grade Health Nights for students and their families are scheduled for in-person this month. Both nights are being held at Daniel Wright Junior High School, 1370 N. Riverwoods Road, Lincolnshire.

  • Girls Night is 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, Daniel Wright Cafeteria
  • Boys Night is 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Daniel Wright Cafeteria

This event is focused on educating students about their physical and emotional changes during puberty. The program develops students' skills to increase their comfort in discussing their changing bodies.

Please register for the event using the PTO Membership Toolkit platform. For questions about the event, please reach out to Tracie Conrad at hd@d103pto.org.

Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, we strongly encourage that your student attends with a trusted adult. Please discuss with your child in advance who that adult will be.

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District 103 News

Strategic Plan Feedback Requested

D103 would like your feedback on a new strategic plan that will guide the District for the next five years. Using the Portrait of a Graduate competencies as a guide, the Strategic Planning Committee created four main goal areas with a strategic goal for each area.Please take a few minutes to review the goals and submit your feedback to the District by Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

The Board will review the feedback at a future Board meeting, revise the goals as necessary, and then adopt the final plan. The plan will outline the work for the district for the next five years.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.
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Parent Education Event

Join award-winning author and curriculum creator Carrie Goldman at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, for a virtual presentation on how to help kids navigate sensitive social situations and resolve conflict using healthy relationship skills. When students exhibit unkind behaviors, it is because they haven’t developed core social competencies, such as empathy, compassion, and conflict resolution skills. As parents and educators, we can strive to teach those missing skills instead of shaming kids when they make mistakes. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual online presentation is now open.
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Community News

Vaccination Clinic

The Lake County Regional Office of Education is hosting a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination clinic for individuals 12 and older getting their first dose or third dose (if you qualify) at the Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville. People getting their first dose should sign up for Saturday, Oct. 9. People getting their third dose may sign up for Oct. 9 or Saturday, Oct. 30. The clinic is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please book an appointment today.

Food Pantry

Congregation Beth Am provides non-perishable food for the community. The congregation is also looking for non-perishable donations. Please visit the Congregation Beth Am website for more information on donating or picking up food items.

Metra Contest

Here's your chance to win a $500 gift card with Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest. For details about the contest rules, entry forms, and galleries featuring past winners visit our Metra website. You can also submit your entries electronically through the site or simply send them to us via email at metracontest@metrarr.com.

5K Run/Walk

Join the Community Christian Church as members participate in the Third Annual Community 5K Run/Walk with Virtual Option Saturday, Oct. 9. Please preregister for the 5K Run/Walk.

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Half Day Upcoming Events