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Return to In-Person Learning Tuesday, January 18th.

January 12, 2022

Dear Parents: I hope this letter continues to find you and your family safe and well. Thank you for all the hard work that has made the past week of remote learning a success. Thanks to your efforts, we have experienced the highest percentage of student attendance this past week of the 2021-22 School Year. I am happy to report, that although we have technically not hit the peak of the Covid-19 Omicron wave, new case numbers in Summit are trending downward. Given that new Covid-19 case numbers are declining I have made the decision, with input from district stakeholders, to end the “adaptive pause” on Friday, January 14th. As initially planned, we will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 18th. Please note that on any given day, particular schools may shift to a one-day adaptive pause if there is a severe shortage of staff at that building. Parents will be informed of this decision in as timely a manner as possible. Please note that on any given day, particular schools may shift to a one-day eLearning Day if there is a severe shortage of staff at that building. Parents will be informed of this decision in as timely a manner as possible. You can view the District 104 eLearning Plan by visiting our website at


As we return to in-person instruction, it is imperative that we all work together to keep our students and staff well. The most important action we can take as a school community is to keep our children home when they are not well. Parents are asked to do their part and monitor the health of their children on a daily basis. Please do not send your child to school if they are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms. Please stay well and continue to wear face coverings and follow social distance guidelines.

Sincerely, Dr. Troy Whalen, Superintendent

12 de enero 2022

Queridos padres: Espero que esta carta continúe encontrándolo a usted y a su familia sanos y salvos. Gracias por todo el arduo trabajo que hizo que la última semana de aprendizaje remoto fuera un éxito. Gracias a sus esfuerzos, hemos experimentado el porcentaje más alto de asistencia estudiantil la semana pasada del año escolar 2021-22. Me complace informar que, aunque técnicamente no hemos alcanzado el pico de la ola de Covid-19 Omicron, los números de casos nuevos en Summit está disminuyendo. Dado que el número de casos nuevos de Covid-19 está disminuyendo, he tomado la decisión, con el aporte de las partes interesadas del distrito, de finalizar la "pausa adaptativa" el viernes 14 de enero. Como se planeó inicialmente, volveremos al aprendizaje en persona el martes 18 de enero. Tenga en cuenta que en un día determinado, las escuelas en particular pueden cambiar a una pausa adaptativa de un día si hay una gran escasez de personal en ese edificio. Los padres serán informados de esta decisión tan pronto como sea posible. Tenga en cuenta que en un día determinado, las escuelas en particular pueden cambiar a un día de aprendizaje remoto de un día si hay una grave escasez de personal en ese edificio. Los padres serán informados de esta decisión tan pronto como sea posible. Puede ver el Plan de aprendizaje electrónico del Distrito 104 visitando nuestro sitio web en:


A medida que volvemos a la instrucción en persona, es imperativo que todos trabajemos juntos para mantener bien a nuestros estudiantes y al personal. La acción más importante que podemos tomar como comunidad escolar es mantener a nuestros hijos en casa cuando no se encuentran bien. Se pide a los padres que hagan su parte y controlen la salud de sus hijos a diario. No envíe a su hijo a la escuela si tiene algún síntoma de Covid-19.


Dr. Troy Whalen, Superintendent

December Student of the Month

Remote Learning Update

Dear Wharton Families,

Please remember that remote learning begins for all students tomorrow, Friday 1/7/22. All students should log into their homeroom teacher's Zoom link by 7:50 am. At this time all after-school clubs are canceled until further notice. Lunch and breakfast will be available for pickup at each school from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.

1st -8th Grade students’ instructional day will be split into two sections. The first session will begin at 7:50 AM and dismiss at 10:20 AM. The second session will begin at 11:20 PM and dismiss at 1:50 PM. The school day will be 5 hours in length. Students Log in to the specific lesson to participate in teacher-led learning 5 days a week. Facilitated instruction will be provided by teachers on Zoom.

Daily Instruction Remote Learning Schedule

Monday - Friday

7:50 - 10:20 Teacher-Led Instruction and Specials Classes

Lunch/Plan - 10:20 - 11:20

11:20 - 1:50 Teacher-Led Instruction and Specials Classes

1:50 - 3:00 Office Hours

Specials Classes include: Music/PE/Art/STEAM and Related Services

Staff Member Zoom Link

Ms. Calegan: https://zoom.us/j/93702229531?pwd=MDhUNkxTbFJkemZZY29uUkRiS3FsQT09

Ms. Kirscher: https://zoom.us/j/89770106732?pwd=bDhSQTZ4eHIvb084UFIvNTNaOHRrdz09

Mr. Murphy: https://zoom.us/j/8491058138pwd=ODVMb1JGNGNKSGJVUXNQd1M1Q2FDZz09

Ms. Penrod: https://zoom.us/j/88309281987?pwd=K2xIdUFQaS9NZURwQnl1bHRKaGVhQT09

Mrs. Reyes: https://zoom.us/j/96584826068?pwd=Z0VKWUtCcHRTNlNZb0IvUmJucjUwZz09

Mrs. Steele: https://zoom.us/j/85494022938?pwd=ZE1INDdnYnVUMDB1N3RSS3FFSHZ6Zz09

Mr. Tedeschi: https://zoom.us/j/7082860685?pwd=SlBxOVdBNG1aYkRsUVhiQVFLQkt3QT09

Ms. Vega: https://zoom.us/j/9861180217?pwd=WHYwWWtEOGJKanc1b0plWnRtV3B2UT09

Ms. Xheraj: https://zoom.us/j/85064537430?pwd=WmlFUitBdWhmcStiK204MHJTRTZ1Zz09

Please contact the office if you are unable to log into the Zoom link. 708-458-0640

Thank you,

5 Essential Survey

Dear Parent,

Beginning January 11, students and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the ninth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 4thth through 12th-grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in April 2022 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplement survey. If at least 20 percent of Wharton Elementary parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted from January 11, 2022, through March 11, 2022. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or impact-surveys@uchicago.edu.


Dr. Shestine Gesbocker

Estimados Padres,

Comenzando el 11 de enero, todos los maestros, padres y estudiantes en Illinois tendrán la oportunidad de participar en el décimo año de el Estudio 5Essentials. Este Estudio esta diseñado para generar información detallada del funcionamiento interno de la escuela de su hijo. Como un padre, esta oportunidad permitirá que usted comparta sus pensamientos sobre los elementos importantes de la eficacia de la escuela en una encuesta sobre la escuela de su hijo.

De parte de la Junta Estatal de Educación de Illinois, el Estudio 5Essentials se administrará en línea por UChicago Impact de la Universidad de Chicago. La encuesta recoge datos relacionados a los cinco indicadores que pueden predecir resultados importantes para estudiantes, incluyendo mejor asistencia y calificaciones en las pruebas. Estos cinco indicadores que afectan y predicen el éxito de las escuelas son:

  • Effective Leaders (Lideres Efectivos)
  • Collaborative Teachers (Maestros Colaborativos)
  • Involved Families (Familias Dedicados)
  • Supportive Environments (Ambiente Soportante)
  • Ambitious Instruction (Instrucción Ambicioso)

Investigaciones previas en mas de cuatrocientos escuelas, ha demostrado que las escuelas que eran fuertes en por lo menos tres de estos ‘5Essential’ indicadores fueron 10 veces mas que probables para mejorar la capacidad de aprendizaje de los alumnos en matemática y lectura.

Todos los maestros y todos los estudiantes en sexto a duodécimo grado, responderán a esta encuesta. Informes de los 5Essentials serán generados para las escuelas cuales tuvieron mas que cincuenta porciento de respondientes. Estos informes se enviaran a las escuelas y distritos en abril de 2022 y también se incluirán en el ‘Boletín de Notas de el Estados.’

Además, su distrito ha elegido a producir la encuesta opcional de 5Essentials para los padres. Si por lo menos 20 por ciento de los padres de Wharton Elementary completan esta encuesta, un reporte suplementario con esta información será generada. Los datos de la encuesta para los padres no será parte de el ‘Boletín de Notas de el Estados.’

Su participación en la encuesta para los padres nos ayudara a comprender las condiciones en las escuela de su hijo, y esa información se puede usar para mejorar la escuela. Su identidad y sus respuestas se guardaran en forma totalmente confidencial y nunca será conectado a usted o a su hijo.

El Estudio 5Essentials de Illinois, se conducirá el 11 de enero hasta el 11 de Marzo de 2022.

El suplemento de la encuesta para padres se llevará a cabo durante el mismo período de tiempo.. Para tomar la encuesta visite https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ y seleccione la encuesta propia para empezar.

Para mas información sobre el ‘Illinois Estudio 5Essentials’, o para ver los informes de pasado, visite https://5-essentials.org. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, por favor comuníquese con los Servicios Clientes de 5Essentials en 1-866-440-1874 o impact-surveys@uchicago.edu.


Dr. Shestine Gesbocker



01/06/2022 - Teacher Institute for Remote Learning

01/07/2022 - First day of Remote Learning

01/18/2022 Tentative re-opening (Week by week)

01/21/2022 – Progress reports sent home


  • Math - Monday & Wednesday
  • Art - Monday & Wednesday
  • Zumba - Monday and Wednesday
  • Tinkerworks - Tuesday & Thursday
  • Literature - Tuesday and Thursday
  • Mariachi - Tuesday and Thursday
  • Fitness - Tuesday and Thursday
  • Fusion - Tuesday and Thursday
  • Creative Writing - Wednesday
  • Spanish - Thursday

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