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Weekly Update: November 19, 2021


We have only 17 days left in the first semester! It is hard to believe that we have made it through another year and nearly halfway through a school year.

As we reflect on this first semester back to fully in-person learning for the first time in two school years, we recognize that our students have unfinished learning from the last two years of school that included enduring different modes of instruction, missed days of school, masks, COVID testing, social-distancing...just to name a few. We have also seen a rise in the social-emotional issues that many of our students and their families are facing daily. We want to partner with you as you work through these issues, please be sure you are in communication with your child's teacher if you need to share any information that might help us work with your child.

Thank you for partnering with us as we work together to help all of our students reach their fullest potential.


  • November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 20-31: Winter Break


Small Group Reading

As a part of our current reading program, K-5 students have the opportunity to participate in small group reading instruction in their classrooms. Small Group reading is where the teacher works with groups of 2-6 students in order to differentiate instruction, increase collaboration, and provide meaningful feedback. This also allows the teacher to better target individual students’ reading strengths and areas of need. Our teachers use current and ongoing assessment data to determine instructional needs. Students work at their individual level to develop foundational skills and learn strategies that will help them become more successful readers. Our small groups address phonemic awareness, phonics and decoding skills, and comprehension. Small groups also build community in our classrooms because students are working together on similar goals and have the opportunity to learn from each other. It truly is a beneficial learning experience for all involved!


CMHS Drama Club presents Radium Girls

The CMHS Drama Club has been working hard to put on the Fall Production "Radium Girls". This is two years in the making, as it was originally the selection for Fall 2020. We're excited to share this beautiful story of determination, friendship, and empowerment with the community!

The production will be live-streamed on November 19 & 20 at 7:00 p.m. To purchase live stream tickets, please visit the link provided. Tickets are $5.00.


Vaccination Clinic

A vaccination clinic will be held at Parkside Primary for students aged 5-11 and will also be open to the public for those in other age groups.

November 30th from 3:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. (1st Dose)

December 22nd from 9:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. (2nd Dose)

A form is linked here for your use as well to be prepared for the clinic.

If you have any questions regarding the clinic, you are welcome to email us at return@bethalto.org.

Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccine?

· The Science Behind COVID-19: Parent FAQs (American Academy of Pediatrics)

· The Conversation: Healthcare Workers On the COVID-19 Vaccines (Greater than COVID)

· COVID-19 Vaccine Checklist for Kids Age 5 and Up (American Academy of Pediatrics)

· Ask the Pediatrician COVID-19 Roundup (American Academy of Pediatrics)

· Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines (Center for Disease Control)

· Illinois’ Coronavirus website, which includes a comprehensive list of state vaccine locations.

We appreciate you doing your part to keep our children, schools, and communities safe.

Thank you.

Adopt-A-Family Program

Adopt-A-Family Program is a community effort to make everyone’s holiday a special time. If you could benefit from additional assistance this year, we would like to provide your name along with ages, sizes, and any special needs of your family to the program. We cannot guarantee assistance or the purchase of certain items, but this does allow us to better match families’ needs with what agencies/community members have to offer.

Permission from a parent or guardian is required before the name of any student or family is released for assistance. Please submit only one (1) form per family including all children, birth through high school only, who are living full-time in the home and attend school in the Bethalto school district.



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