Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center

Dierzen Digest - February 2020

Letter from the Principal

Families of VDELC,

As I walk through the building, I notice students working in collaborative small groups. Small groups ensure your individual child is receiving the instruction that meets their specific needs. If you would like to see all the exciting things happening in your child’s classroom and/or in our school, please contact your child’s teacher. As a school community, we always welcome parent volunteers and want to share with you what we see with the students on a daily basis.

Additionally, you may notice when you are in our school, we are taking an active role in conserving energy at VDELC. We have a weekly scheduled “Power Hour” during the hour of 11:00 am - 12:00 pm on Thursdays. So, if you are in our school and wonder why the lights are dimmed or simply turned off, now you know!

As a reminder, if you are currently enrolled in D200, online registration will being on March 2, 2020. We will be holding Kindergarten pre-registration meetings on Tuesday, February 25 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm or Thursday, February 27 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Families need to attend for the following reasons:

  • their student is new to D200
  • they are interested in the Dual Language program

To be eligible to attend Kindergarten during the 2020-2021 school year, children must be (5) years old on or before September 1, 2020.

If new to D200 please bring the following:

  • State law requires an original or certified copy of the birth certificate at the time of registration; your child will not be registered without one. Hospital certificates are not acceptable.

  • Parents must also provide proof of residency in order to register their child.

Mandatory Dual Language Meetings

Parents interested in the Kindergarten Dual Language program MUST attend an informational meeting to learn about the available class options. Both presentations will be in English and Spanish held on Tuesday, February 25 at 4:30 pm or Thursday, February 27 at 6:00 pm. If you have a current student in the D200 Dual Language program you do not need to attend.


Preschool for School Year 2020

In addition to the long-standing grant-funded preschool program that is open to 3-5-year-olds who qualify through a pre-screening process, two other program options are available to interested parents.

  • Dual Language program for D200 four-year-olds is offered to both grant and tuition students.
  • Tuition-based preschool program, D200 residency is not required.

Details about the programs can be found on the Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center website:

Kindergarten -

Preschool -


Dr. Tricia Bogott

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District 200 Education Foundation's Groundhog Dinner/Auction

Saturday, Feb. 8th, 6pm

2235 Eastwood Drive

Woodstock, IL

This is the 26th year that the foundation has been providing grants to District 200 teachers, funding grants and ideas that would otherwise not take place. These impact grant projects benefit the children of our district through enhanced programs and services offered by the awesome teachers and staff of the district. We will also be honoring former D200 staff member, Robert Hackbart, as the recipient of the Sue Palmore Award. Please join us on February 8 at the Woodstock Harley Davidson for a night of great food, great music and fun which will benefit all our children.

For more information:

An Important Reminder about Drop Offs

Line up for drop off starts at 8:25. We are so happy to be able to offer this as an option for parents, especially on those rainy, snowy or cold days. There are signs out there stating the start time. We are unable to accommodate line up prior to 8:25, as we have no staff available until 8:30 to take children out of cars. When line up starts earlier that 8:25, traffic backs up onto Route 47 and it doesn't move until after 8:30. We, unfortunately, cannot allow line up to start prior to 8:25. Unfortunately, we will be forced to enforce rule and you will be required to move if you get in line prior to 8:25. We would appreciate your assistance.

School Improvement Plan 19-20

Did you know...?

Our School Improvement Plan is focused on:

* Increasing Reading and Writing Skills

* Increasing Math Skills

* Social Emotional Development

GETTING PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER!!! Or, what is a delayed start??

What will happen this winter when the weather is bad. Click here to read in English and haga clic aquí para español.

Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning is also a part of our School Improvement Plan. Click here to read more about our Social Emotional Curriculum - Second Step in English. Click here to read in Spanish.

Do you Have a Question about Your Child? Need Someone to Help?

Need some assistance, but don't know who to ask??? Click here for a listing of support personnel in the building and how they can help you.

How Can I Help My Child at Home

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When parents and families are involved in their children's schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school. In fact, many studies show that what the family does is more important to a child's school success than how much money the family makes or how much education the parents have. There are many ways that parents can support their children's learning at home and throughout the school year.

Here is how:

1. Meet your child's teacher.

2. Get to know who's who at your child's school.

3. Attend parent-teacher conferences and keep in touch with your child's teacher.

4. Get connected to your child’s classroom through ClassDojo.


Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center


We are very excited to announce the opening of the KINDNESS CLOSET! Inside the Kindness Closet are all kinds of items for families in need. We have some toiletries, clothing, and shoes for the entire family. Please feel free to stop by anytime school is in session. All are welcome.


2045 N. Seminary Avenue Hours: 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

Woodstock, IL 60098 Phone: 815-338-8883

Please stop in or contact Cristina Mazzanti, Parent Educator, if you have any questions.

815-338-8883, Ext. 7965

Other Kindness Closets in District 200:

Woodstock High School

Woodstock North High School

Northwood Middle School

Mary Endres Elementary School

Looking for a Way to be Productive While You Are Waiting?

Here are some quick and easy suggestions for making kits to keep with you for those times that you end up with extra time to spare (waiting for the doctor, standing in a long line, waiting for a movie to start, etc.)

While You Are Waiting Kits

Food and Nutrition Services

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

Click here for more information about Nutrition and Wellness

Click here for this month's menus.

Kindergarten - Hot Lunches / Kindergarten - Almuerzos escolares

We welcome Kindergarten parents. A new component of Kindergarten is that the students have the ability to have a hot lunch. If you intend for your child to bring a lunch every day or you are capable of paying for their hot lunch, you need read no further. If you believe that you would qualify for hot lunch, please see below to access the Free and Reduced Application for you to fill out. Please fill it out promptly and return in your child's folder. If you are not able to print it out, please let us know and we will send a form home with your child.

*** Please note that if your application is accepted, your status will change on that day. It is NOT retroactive. Any charges that you incur prior to receiving your acceptance will remain your responsibility and will carry on your account throughout your child's career.

Click here for the form in English

Kindergarten - Almuerzos escolares

Bienvenidos padres de Kindergarten. Un nuevo componente de Kindergarten es que los estudiantes tienen la posibilidad de comer un almuerzo caliente aquí en la escuela. Si tiene la intención de que su hijo/a traiga un almuerzo desde su casa todos los días o si tiene los medios para pagar su almuerzo caliente, no necesita seguir leyendo esta notificación. Si cree que puede calificar para obtener asistencia en el pago de los almuerzo calientes, haga clic en el enlace que le proveeremos a continuación para acceder y completar la solicitud para almuerzos gratuitos y reducidos escolares. Por favor complételo de inmediato y envíelo de regreso en la carpeta de su hijo/a. Si no puede imprimirlo, háganoslo saber y le enviaremos un formulario con su hijo/a.

*** Tenga en cuenta que si su solicitud es aceptada, su estado cambiará ese día. NO es retroactivo. Cualquier cargo en el que incurra antes de recibir su aceptación seguirá siendo su responsabilidad y continuará en su cuenta durante toda la carrera escolar de su hijo/a.

Haga clic aquí para acceder al formulario en español


Verda Dierzen is a BucketFilling School. Student fill each other's buckets all the time at Dierzen. Here's one example.

For more information about BucketFilling.

Be the "I" in Kindness

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