Friday Focus

October 29, 2021

In this Issue:

  • A Message from Marcie
  • Indoor "Parade" Video
  • Wrapping Up Red Ribbon Week
  • Conference Sign-Ups are Coming
  • Vaccine Status for Volunteers
  • 109 Gives Back - Food and Supply Drive
  • Dogs at South Park
  • Opting Out of SHIELD Testing

Don't miss the PTO Spotlight!

  • Pumpkin Contest - A Spooktacular Success!
  • Donate Extra Halloween Candy - Nov. 1st - Nov. 8th
  • Yearbook Cover Contest - due by Nov. 16th
  • Winter Gear Drive - Bring items now until winter break
  • Lunch Volunteers Needed
  • Cute pictures? Send to the Yearbook!

A Message from Marcie

Hello, South Park!

Though the weather was too wet for us to enjoy an outdoor Halloween parade, that did not dampen our spirits as we moved our "parade" indoors. We had so much fun running around the school to visit all of the students in our classrooms. If you were not able to tune in live, please enjoy the video below. Though the audio is not great, the enthusiasm of our students certainly was!

We understand that some viewers were disappointed that you could not see your child/grandchild during our indoor "parade." Due to social distancing measures, we were unable to safely host a traditional parade indoors as we would in an ordinary year. We did our best to find a creative solution that allowed our students to enjoy the livestream from their classrooms while also providing our parent community with a glimpse into our festivities.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween! Enjoy the weekend!


South Park Indoor Parade

Wrapping Up Red Ribbon Week

This week, our students participated in various age-appropriate Red Ribbon Week activities that reinforce the importance of making healthy choices and staying drug-free. Our school resource officer in District 109, Lauren Maldonado, prepared a brief video explaining the Red Ribbon campaign and ways that families can support their child's understanding of drugs. Please take a moment to watch Officer Maldonado's video for some suggested language to use at home when talking with your children about staying healthy and drug-free.

Conference Sign-Ups are Coming

Fall progress reports and parent-teacher conferences coincide with the end of the first trimester of school. Progress reports will be posted in Family Access on Friday, November 19. Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23.

We will send an email with sign-up links so that you can sign up for parent-teacher conferences on Monday, November 1 at 5:00 pm.

While conferences are a good time to receive an update on your child’s progress in school, there are other ways to gain information about their school lives. Here are some things you can do at home:

  • Talk to your child about his or her experiences on a daily basis.

  • Asking, “How was your day?” is a good, open-ended conversation starter. However, you also need to ask specific questions about aspects of school, ranging from your child’s social life (“Who did you play with at recess?”) to academics (“What did you learn in reading workshop today?”).

  • Ask what your child likes and doesn’t like about school, and what is and what isn’t challenging. Parents who understand school as their child experiences it are in a much better position to coach, encourage, or intervene properly.

  • Check your child’s Seesaw page or Google Classroom as well as other websites that we are using in school. Kids love it when their parents reply with a comment!

  • Look through your child’s browser history on their school device.

  • Ask your child nightly what the best part of his/her day was and why.

Vaccine Status for Volunteers

All volunteers or individuals spending prolonged time in one of our buildings are required to be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID test.

If you are coming to our building to volunteer, please remember these things:

-Wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status

-Bring a photo ID to check-in at the front office

-Bring your proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (not self-administered) from within the last week

-Complete a COVID self-certification prior to coming to school Guest of South Park Elementary School Self-Certification for COVID-19


Monday kicks off our 2nd annual 109 Gives Back Food & Supply Drive benefiting the West Deerfield Township Food Pantry! All six schools are working together to collect 5,000 items to help ensure everyone has a great Thanksgiving and holiday season. Donations can be placed in a bin inside the front entrance of our school from November 1-5 and from November 8-10. If you have any questions, visit
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Dogs at South Park - 2nd Posting

While some students love seeing furry friends at South Park, we want to remind families that there are other students who are deeply afraid of dogs or allergic to them.

When you drop off or pick your child up from school or Park District after-care, unless your pet is a service animal, please be mindful of our students and keep pets to the perimeter of the campus.

Thank you for your cooperation.


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