Corron Mission Statement
From the Principal
The end of every school year brings a lot of different emotions - for students, for staff and for parents. The emotions for the end of this year will definitely be a different mix than the usual ones. Next Friday will bring the normal sadness and joy of every year in addition to exhaustion (for parents as well as teachers this year!) and a lot of uncertainty.
Throughout the summer, I will continue to communicate to keep families updated as plans are made regarding next year. These will include the typical communications regarding staffing changes for the upcoming year. Some of those changes have already been announced, while others are in progress. Once we have all of these officially in place, I will send out a staffing update to all families.
One thing that has come through loud and clear over these past two months is the need for connections. While we’ve only been able to connect remotely during this time, the feedback from our entire community has been that this is what we all need. Teachers need to see students’ faces and hear their stories. Students and parents need to see the joy on teachers’ faces when they see the children. Students need to be able to see other children from our Corron community in order to feel a connection with peers.
We will continue to connect in different ways throughout the summer. The use of FlipGrid has been a huge hit, so we will be sending out a new topic every week during the summer. Facebook posts have helped our families engage with each other, so we will continue those throughout the summer as parents send in photos of the fun things students are doing. We will offer more One School, One Book activities for families to engage in. I will continue to send out weekly announcements with encouraging words for students and families. All of these activities are optional - I know many families need to just walk away from school for a few months, as do our teachers and other staff members. But for those that still need to feel that connection in what could be a long summer, we will do our best to be a presence in their lives.
Enjoy this next week of school. Students can use this time to complete assignments so that teachers can finish their report cards, or they can engage in the fun activities provided by the district. Each class has a scheduled time to touch base as a group one last time, and we have some interactive field day events scheduled for Tuesday (the schedule will be shared on Monday with families).
As always, continue to reach out throughout the summer. I am always available to communicate via email or phone. If your child needs someone to talk to or needs a Corron fix, I’d be happy to talk to them through Google Meets or send them a personal video (and I can always have Josie join in if they want to see her and her favorite zebra!).
Enjoy your time as a family this summer. Catch fireflies, play ball, read some books together, and most importantly, find opportunities to laugh together!
Tuesday, May 19
Materials Pick Up:
Family name T-Z pick up between 8:00-11:00 am
Family name O-S pick up between 12:00-3:00 pm
Wednesday, May 20
Corron Virtual Field Day - rescheduled date
Materials Pick Up:
Family name J-N pick up between 8:00-11:00 am
Family name E-I pick up between 12:00-3:00 pm
Families not available during the day between 6:00-7:00 pm
Thursday, May 21
Materials Pick Up:
Family name A-D pick up between 8:00-11:00 am
Open to anyone who hasn't picked up between 12:00-3:00 pm
Friday, May 22
Last day of Remote Learning for 19-20 School Year
Materials Pick Up Procedures
● CAR SIGN
#1 Student Last name, First Name & Teacher
#2 Student Last name, First Name & Teacher
#3 Student Last name, First Name & Teacher
● Place in the car window for staff to view.
● Please stay in your vehicle. Staff members will place items in your trunk for curbside pick-up.
Dropping off school borrowed items (example: books)
● Please put items in a disposable bag.
● Label the bag with the student name and classroom teacher or LRC if it is a library book. You might have multiple bags for multiple students or building locations.
● Bins will be available and labeled to drop off at the end of the curbside pick-up.
● Please drop from your car window.
TECHNOLOGY AND DISTRICT BAND/ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENTS WILL BE KEPT AT HOME THROUGH THE SUMMER FOR ALL STUDENTS (INCLUDING 5TH GRADE).
Third Trimester Report Cards
Third Trimester report cards will be available on Home Access Center on the morning of May 28th. Please be aware that all schools are in uncharted territory when it comes to 3rd trimester report cards. Being that all but three weeks of the final trimester took place in a remote learning platform, proficiency markings and standards reported on will simply look different. Throughout remote learning, all grade levels have focused on essential standards. Therefore, fewer standards may have been assessed in the third trimester, leading to an increase in the number of standards with a marking of “N/A”.
Online Returning Student Registration deadline is June 5th.
Returning Student Registration for 2020-2021 has moved to an online format that has opened on April 27. In years past, parents completed the necessary paperwork in paper format. This year, all acknowledgments and authorizations are contained in a single electronic, online registration form that will be easily accessible from most electronic devices (computer, Chromebook, and Smartphones). D303 Parent Guide to Online Registration
Beginning April 27, parents can sign into the Returning Student Online Registration form using their Home Access Center (HAC) credentials, select individual students, and complete their registration. The form will be located in the Parents/Community menu of the District website.
Registration fees for elementary and middle school will be available in Pushcoin beginning April 27, and billed to reflect the early bird discount of $10.00 if paid by May 22. High School fees will be available in June. For families who may qualify for a fee waiver, and are not directly certified by the state, a 2020-2021 district fee waiver application will be available on the District 303 website in July, accessible from the Parent/Community menu.
Please pass this information on to newer families in our Corron community.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING HEALTH REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR
Currently, the State of Illinois has not issued any information regarding changes in the school health requirements or their due dates for the upcoming school year. St. Charles CUSD 303 will continue to monitor and report any changes as they become available from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health/State of Illinois. We recognize that medical, optical, and dental appointments may not be readily available and that specific medical conditions may affect the scheduling of appointments. We recommend that families work with their primary care providers as social distancing practices evolve.
Thank you for engaging in the weekly Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons. Across the past five weeks, parents and students have engaged in learning around each of the CASEL core competencies connected to SEL which are:
Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
Responsible decision-making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.
This has been a very different school year. The collaborative relationship between home and school, established and made stronger by this health crisis, has supported students' ability to continue to come together to learn and grow. Remote learning has taken a toll on students and adults. As you enter the summer months, know D303 staff continue to be accessible to you. Do not hesitate to reach out via Let’s Talk or by connecting with your building administration. All previous SEL lessons are available through the D303 Remote Learning for Students. We are hopeful the resources shared will be a continued support to parents/guardians and children across the summer months. If you have any questions on the information provided or are seeking additional support for yourself or child, please contact Patti Palagi, Director Instructional Interventions (email@example.com or (331-228-6457). Additional resources to support you over the summer months are included here:
Self Care is defined as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress (Additional resources: Self Care: CDC, 40 Things You Should Do for Yourself During Self-Quarantine, 25 Simple Self-Care Tools for Parents and Parents Self-Care: Prioritizing Your Own Well-Being Benefits your Whole Family
Students Who Need Meals
FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES
District 303 is expanding our meal services to include additional school and residential locations beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020. Any student in District 303 is eligible to pick up breakfast and lunch grab and go meals at any of the following locations throughout the week.
Thompson Middle School, 705 W. Main Street
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday through Friday
Anderson Elementary School, 35W071 Villa Marie Rd.
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday through Friday
Wasco Elementary School, 4N782 School Street, Wasco
10:00 - 10:45 a.m - Monday through Friday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the front of the school.
Cumberland Green Cooperative (1798 Cumberland Green-Office Lot near court #1)
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday
A District bus will deliver meals to office parking lot at 1798 Cumberland.
Prairie Point Apartments, 1820 Wessel Court
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.- Monday through Friday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the park facing the road at the front entrance (Entrance nearest to Randall Road).
The Crossings, 1690 Covington
10:40 - 11:10 a.m. - Monday through Friday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the area near the clubhouse.
St. Charles Place, 15th Street and Indiana
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to an area in front of the apartment complex.
Pandemic EBT Application Available
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic EBT application for families on May 1 at https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/. P-EBT is a new special benefit that can help families buy food for their school age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. All families with school age children who attend schools approved for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible for the benefits as they receive NSLP meals at no charge.
Families that currently receive SNAP benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families who do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive NSLP free or reduced-priced meals will need to apply directly with IDHS. The fastest way for families to receive benefits is to complete the application for P-EBT available online (Click “Apply for Benefits” at the link.) A paper application in English and Spanish is also available and can be submitted by email to DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov. IDHS created a flyer to help families with the application process. We are asking NSLP sponsors to share this flyer with their families.
ISBE is working in partnership with IDHS to ensure that this validation is available for all NSLP sponsors, both public and non-public. Thank you to all the schools that participate in the NSLP for submitting data by the April 17 deadline. We are asking that you please continue to verify that count, so that all families who are eligible can access the additional financial support provided by P-EBT. Instructions for this crucial verification can be found online.
If NSLP sponsors need assistance with the data submission/update, please email the ISBE Nutrition Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. If families need technical assistance with the application, please direct them to email IDHS at DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov.