Meadowview News and Notes

March 2014

Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, March 3rd - Friday, March 14th - ISAT Testing

Tuesday, March 11th - Market Day Pick Up - 5:00-6:00 PM

Thursday, March 13th - PTO Meeting - 7:00 PM Meadowview LRC

Monday, March 17th - St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 18th - Meadowview Science Fair

Monday, March 24th - Friday, April 11th - PARCC Testing for Select Grades

Monday, March 24th - School Board Meeting, JJH 7:30 PM

Wednesday, March 26th - Spring Pictures

Thursday, March 27th - Meadowview Battle of the Books

Thursday, March 27th - Band trip to Downers Grove North High School

Thursday, March 27th - Music Field Trip to Downers Grove North High School

Thursday, March 27th - Second Grade Field Trip

Friday, March 28th - End of 3rd Quarter

Monday, March 31st - Friday, April 4th - Spring Break

ISAT Testing Begins!

Our students in grades 3 – 6 will begin the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) during the week of March 3rd. It is important that students get a good night sleep, eat a good breakfast, and arrive to school on time. Students arriving late may miss portions of the test and may not be allowed into the classroom until a test session is complete. Good luck to all of our third through sixth grade students!

Meadowview Students Present Pledge of Allegiance at School Board Meeting

Meadowview Student Council Representatives did a great job presenting the Pledge of Allegiance at the last School Board Meeting. After thanking members of the School Board for their support, Cheyenne Melton, Student Council President, introduced the following Student Council Reps:


Joey Rodriguez

Breanna Kinney

Jackie Garro

Doug Westberg

Olivia Caruso

Lilly Ford

Jackie Barba

Lestin Kandakudy

Madalyn Hyer

Samantha Hinckley

Tyler Perkins

Joshua Kinney

Michael Brouwer

Elektra Mezes

Hailey Rojo

Iris Petrova

Claire Gustis

Sam Sullivan

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February 28 All-County Institute Day

On Friday, February 28th, the students had the day off, but the teachers were hard at work! We worked on refining our Common Core aligned math units, and Stephanie Delgrosso, Instructional Coach, presented the instructional changes required by the Common Core English Language Arts Standards. It was a fun, productive day!

District 68 Kindergarten Pre-Registration!

Pre-registration for all children who will be eligible for entrance to Woodridge School District 68 kindergarten classes for the 2014-15 school year will be held at the school your child(ren) will attend on the dates and times shown below:


Wednesday, April 9th

4:00-7:00 PM


Thursday, April 10th

1:00-6:00 PM


To be eligible for kindergarten attendance for the 2014-15 school year, children must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2014. Anyone seeking to enroll a student must present the following:


Student’s Birth Certificate (Original or certified copy issued by the County – Hospital copy not accepted)


At this time, you will be given a Registration Form, Home Language Survey, Parent Permission for Field Trips and Photographs and Videos, and Physical Examination Forms. Physical examinations, dated within one year prior to entrance, by a licensed physician, are necessary for entry into kindergarten. Documentation of all immunizations, with exact dates must be provided. Proof of the above requirement must be presented before the first day of school. A dental exam by a licensed dentist, as well as a vision examination by a licensed eye doctor, is also required.


Additional information can be found on the Woodridge School District website (www.woodridge68.org) under >Departments >Health Services.


Toward the end of this school year, you will receive via postal mail, a registration packet with instructions on completing the registration process. Complete registration information will also be posted on the district website.

Family Fun Fair

Thank you to the PTO for sponsoring our Meadowview Family Fun Fair! The students had a great time!!!

Physical Education News

In Physical Education class, students recently completed an eight week alternating hybrid of dance and basketball. To wind down each of the units, students created a 24 count dance in groups for those in grades 3-6, while K-2 learned and became quite proficient at line dances, such as the Macarena and the Cupid Shuffle! Basketball was a comprehensive unit that involved all skills and concluded with small team games that involved dribbling, passing, and shooting. Students also partook in the Hoops for Heart activity in late February where they engaged in scooter basketball! What a workout!


Students will now transition into short units on floor hockey and bowling before engaging in a much anticipated volleyball unit for several weeks. There will be a lot of discussion and learning about the fundamentals of volleyball, score keeping, and fair play. Students are also now gradually being reminded of spring fitness testing that will be taking place in May, so a heavy emphasis is being given on their cardiovascular endurance, upper body strength, and flexibility. Healthy bodies make healthy minds!

Art News

March is Youth Art Month!!! Celebrate by doing something creative, visiting an art museum, or an art exhibit. There is a special Youth Art Month exhibit at the Woodridge Public Library in the Children’s Department. All six elementary schools in District 68 have artwork on display.


The following Meadowview School students will have their artwork on display for the entire month of March:


1st grade: Jason Szymanski, Justin James

2nd grade: Leslie Maldonado –Martinez, Ethan Erpenbach

3rd grade: Jake Spisak, Levin Kandakudy

4th grade: Liveta Ezerskis, Lizzie Castro

5th grade: Alan Dorantes, Ramah Sarfraz

6th grade: Derek Ferraro, Victoria Levin, Mikaila Rainey, JalenWilkerson

Music Notes

Kindergarten is beginning their music and literature unit. We will be learning many songs that are also stories. We will be introduced to the books as we learn each song.


The first and second graders are gearing up for their musical. Please be on the lookout for a permission slip with all of the details.


After learning about the names of the line and space notes on the treble clef, the third graders are now applying this note reading to their bell set playing.


The fourth graders are playing the recorders. We are applying the following four playing techniques. 1. Left hand on top 2. Blow gently 3. Use tongue to divide the notes 4. Cover the holes completely.


The fifth graders continue to play the recorders. We are working on improving our playing technique as well as learning new notes and songs. We are currently on our third song, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”


The sixth graders are finishing the guitar unit. We are in the midst our chord progression and accompaniment playing tests.

Band Beats by Mr. Payne

Elementary Bands Shine at Winterfest

The elementary bands performed their second evening concert on February 19th to a full house in Jefferson’s gym. The evening began with food catered by Doggie Diner and live music from the John Kattke Quintet. (Brother John appeared on the Tonight Show some years ago with blues luminaries and is a regular performer throughout Chicagoland. He’s also a District 68 “Band Dad”.) The audience was also treated to pre-concert piano music by Maria D’Ambrose (a past elementary band student, now attending Downers Grove North High School). The elementary bands, led by District 68 elementary band director Brad Payne, played music to highlight their developing skills and talents. Each band performed a variety of short selections as well as a rousing encore. Thanks go out to Doggie Diner, Consolidated Distribution Corporation (for providing food and supplies), WOMP (Woodridge Organization of Music Parents), John Kattke and friends, Maria D’Ambrose, the many parent volunteers who helped set up, serve, and tear down, and the Jefferson custodians, staff and coaches for making the event possible.

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Paws Winners

The Meadowview staff is firmly committed to educating students to become self-directed learners, complex thinkers, quality work producers, collaborative team members, and community contributors. As such, we expect our students to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects our three expectations of being respectful, responsible, and safe. Positive reinforcement comes in many ways, and one of those ways is through offering students a ‘paw’ when they demonstrate evidence of being respectful, responsible, and safe. Congratulations to this month’s paw winners for being great models by meeting our building-wide expectations!


Gabriel P.-Townsley

Brook T.-Turley

Elena I.-Buchholz

Emily C.-White

Jacob I.-Turley

Sierra S.-Duffy

Samantha G.-Nickels

Alex V.-Nickels

Mihir S.-Wright

Emma J.-Buchholz

Moizz B.-Buchholz

Destiny G.-Valentour

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Breakfast and Lunch Menus for the Month of March

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