Washington School: March Issue 2017
From the Desk of the Principal, Mrs. Daly
Happy March to you! As spring is going to be approaching us rather fast, this seems like an appropriate time to include some information about tardiness and possible impacts habitual tardiness can have on your child’s educational experience.
Our morning announcements start promptly at 8:50 AM. Students walking in after that time miss important information relayed during these daily announcements. They also miss participating in the important communal experiences of saying the Pledge of Allegiance or acknowledging birthdays together. Instruction at Washington begins promptly at 8:55 AM. Students arriving after this time miss out on valuable instructional time. They may miss a set of directions, review items, or an important explanation of a concept or skill; all of which support and enhance the learning process for our students. When students are late for school, they start their day rushed and hurried. This may make them feel a sense of anxiety and would not be the calmest or most effective way to begin a day. Besides its impact on your child’s educational experience, consider, also, that consistently being tardy may contribute to habits that become hard to break and can hinder children in other areas of their lives. We live in a society that values punctuality as a sign of reliability and dependability, and punctuality shows others courtesy and respect. Students benefit from consistently coming to school on time during his or her years at Washington and beyond. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions. If you are bringing your child after 9:30 AM, please make sure you bring them into the office to sign them in. At this time, students cannot come into school without a parent signing them in. During lunch hours, please remember you need to sign your child in and out for the lunch hour. This helps us know what students are in the building and who isn’t for safety reasons.
Kindergarten Registration Continues
Kindergarten registration continues. If you have a child, or know of a child living in the Washington area who will be five before September 1st they are eligible for kindergarten in the 2017 -18 school year. Please come in and register ASAP so we can include you and your child in the kindergarten orientation in on April 20th.
Planning for the 2017-2018 School Year
After spring break, the Washington faculty works together on a very difficult but important process. At this time, we begin to create class lists for the next school year. It is a very long process that has many stages.
Because the placing of students in classrooms for next year is such an important decision, we use a very specific and detailed process for all children. We consider six criteria in making our decisions, with no one being more important than another. The following criteria are considered together as a whole before placements are made:
• The total number of children in all grade level classes needs to be equal.
• The ratio of girls and boys should be balanced in each grade level class.
• Ability levels of students need to be balanced in each grade level class.
• Leadership skills and other affective characteristics need to be balanced.
• Students’ learning styles should be matched appropriately with teachers’ instructional styles.
• Some student combinations should be split for social or academic reasons.
Next year, we will continuing to coordinate co-teaching opportunities that may dictate how we group and cluster groups of students in all grade levels.
If you would like to provide specific information about your child to assist in the homeroom placement selection, please submit a letter by Friday, March 17, 2017. If you submitted a letter last year and nothing has changed, please don’t submit another letter. I have kept all of that information on file and will refer to that. That information might include the parents’ view of how the child learns best, the environment that seems to suit him or her best, and any other pertinent details. Such information will be considered as one component of our process, but the final decision about class assignments rests with the principal and the teachers.
Due to the nature and complexity of this task, we cannot reduce the process to simply accepting requests for specific teachers. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT LETTERS THAT CONTAIN TEACHERS’ NAMES WILL NOT BE GIVEN CONSIDERATION IN THE PROCESS.
Any letters received after Friday, March 17th will not be considered in the process.
Please note that the teachers and I spend an inordinate amount of time on this particular process. I will keep track of letters that I receive throughout your child's career at Washington. I will keep these letters for the future years.
Spring Conference Information
Spring conferences are right around the corner and will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 4pm to 7pm.
Please note that spring conferences are scheduled differently than fall conferences. Your child’s teacher will contact you if a conference is required. That said, if you have a concern about your child’s performance or if you or if you want an update on your child’s progress, you may contact your child’s teacher. We welcome the opportunity to communicate with you about your child at any time.
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Important message from school health services - Winter 2017 update
District 64 school health offices are always busy, but we tend to see an increase in illness-related visits at this time of year. Please review these important updates about what we are experiencing:
- Temperature guideline: To ensure that students recuperate adequately at home, and to minimize the spread of infection to others, students with an oral temperature of 100 degrees or above will be sent home, and will not be allowed to return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. In addition, students who feel ill but who do not have a fever may be sent home from the health office, based on presenting symptoms. In these cases, students should remain home until it is determined by the parents and students that they have sufficiently recovered to return to school.
- Influenza, or the “flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses. Illness can range from mild to severe, infecting the nose, throat, and lungs. Winter is generally the time for influenza, with activity peaking in January or later, but outbreaks can occur as early as October or as late as May. General signs and symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. The flu can be spread to others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop to 5-7 days after becoming sick. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting an influenza vaccine each season. Vaccines don’t completely guarantee against getting sick, but those who have been vaccinated and get the flu will have milder symptoms. Please consult with your primary care provider regarding whether the vaccines are appropriate for you and your family members. For more information on seasonal influenza visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/index.htm
- We typically also notice an increase in other illnesses such as upper respiratory infections (“common cold”) and strep throat. To learn more about the differences between the flu and colds, click here. For information about strep throat and sore throats, visit the Kidshealth website.
GOOD HEALTH HABITS offer other ways to help prevent illness:
- Wash hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth
- Cover mouth and nose with tissue while coughing or sneezing, or cough/sneeze into inner elbow
- Avoid close contact with those who are ill; avoid sharing cups, utensils
- Stay home when sick
- Get plenty of rest, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods, and remain physically active
The best place to start your child’s District 64 education….is right here in District 64.
Jefferson School is currently accepting registration for 3 and 4 year olds for the 2017-18 school year. The District 64 preschool program welcomes children of all abilities, as the classrooms are designed to educate children with a variety of abilities, interests, and needs within a play based preschool environment. The teachers are highly qualified and certified through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in early childhood, special education and teaching English Language Learners. In addition to the preschool teachers, the classrooms are supported by a speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and social worker. Therefore, a low student to teacher ratio (1:5) is maintained with class sizes as low as 15 students.
The curriculum, Creative Curriculum, is a research-based and developmentally appropriate curriculum that is aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Development (IELDS) and Common Core Standards. The program focuses on the four domain areas of development: cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional so students are well prepared for kindergarten in District 64. For additional information about the program visit the Jefferson website. If you would like a tour of the program contact the Jefferson principal, Lisa Halverson, at 847-318-4249.
Click here to complete the preschool application for the 2017-18 school year. On the District website go to Step 1 to complete the pre-enrollment form. After your residency documents are reviewed for accuracy and completeness you will be notified if your child has a spot or will be on the waitlist.