IG PARENT NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2020

Indian Grove Elementary School

Principal: Mrs. Lynn Fisher

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Amy Veytsman


School Hours:

All days but Thursday 8:35 - 3:30

Thursday school hours 9:25 - 3:30

Our Life Rules: Be respectful, Be responsible and Be ready to learn!

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We all know that spring is right around the corner. We "spring ahead" with our clocks in just a few days. Indian Grove students know spring is coming because we have had some sunny days outside during lunch recess! We are all glad that the days of cold winds and indoor recesses are hopefully behind us.


While the hard, cold winter weather may be a thing of the past, there is much to look forward to other than warmer temperatures. March is a shortened school month due to the Spring Break beginning at the conclusion of the school day on Friday, March 20. Some of the events prior to our break include the 2nd-grade musical, the annual PTC Fun Fair, a visit from Officer Friendly and ongoing clubs and groups meeting before and after school. The second trimester ended on February 28 and report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, March 13. March is also the time when our staff and administration start planning for the 2020-21 school year.


The third trimester of school tends to be the most challenging, academically, for students. There is a great deal of new material being investigated in the classroom. Students are engaging in lessons that they have never imagined. As an educator, I am always so proud of how well your sons and daughters take on new assignments and activities with their teachers.


Please take the time to read through this newsletter. It contains important information and is one way of finding out what is happening at school as we bid farewell to winter!


Respectfully,

Mrs. L. Fisher

Principal

MARCH EVENTS


Monday - March 2

- 4th Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

- Read Across America Week through Friday


Tuesday - March 3

- 5th Grade Girls Volleyball Club - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

- IG Dancers - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53


Wednesday - March 4

- IG Singers - 7:50AM in RM 53 (4th Grade Orchestra Only)

- 4th Grade Art Club - CANCELLED

- 3rd Grade Boys After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

- PTC Meeting - 7PM


Thursday - March 5 - Late Arrival 9:25AM

- 3rd Grade to see Dogman at Center East

- Parent - Teacher Conferences 4:30PM to 8:30PM


Monday - March 9

- 3rd Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Tuesday - March 10

- Rhythm Ensemble - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53

- 3rd,4th & 5th Grade Boys Volleyball Club- 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Wednesday - March 11

- ACE Science Fair - 2:15PM - 3:00PM in RM 16

- Parent - Teacher Conferences 4:30PM to 8:30PM


Thursday - March 12 - Late Arrival 9:25AM

- ACE Science Fair - 2:15PM - 3:00PM in RM 16

- GCSG Meeting - 3:30PM - 4:14PM

- 2nd Grade Musical - 6:30PM in the Gym


Friday - March 13

- IG Singers - 7:50AM in RM 53

- 1st Grade Purple Asparagus Program

- Annual PI Recitation Competition - 12:55PM - 1:45PM in RM 16

- PTC Fun Fair - 5:30PM - 8:00PM

- Report Card Day


Monday - March 16

--5th Grade field Trip to RTMS for Band Concert

- 1st Grade Field Trip to the Mt Prospect Library

- 2nd Grade Officer Friendly

- 5th Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Tuesday - March 17

- IG Dancers - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53

- 3rd,4th & 5th Grade Boys Volleyball Club- 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

- Board Meeting- 7PM at Euclid School


Wednesday - March 18

- IG Singers - 7:50 am in RM 53

- 5th Grade Art Club - CANCELLED

- 4th Grade girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

- 2020/2021 Registration Assistance - 4:30PM to 8PM at Euclid School


Thursday - March 19 - Late Arrival 9:25AM

- 5th Grade Boys After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Monday - March 23 - Friday, March 27 - NO SCHOOL- SPRING BREAK


Monday - March 30

- 4th Grade Boys After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Tuesday - March 31

- Rhythm Ensemble - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53

- 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Boys Volleyball Club- 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

Registration for 2020-21 School Year

Currently enrolled families should be getting an email soon about registering for the 2020-21 school year. In this letter is a code which is used online to register your child. All of the information we need to re-register your student can be entered online. There is no need to come into the school office or the school to register for the 2020-21 school year. NEW kindergarten students and students NEW to Indian Grove must come into the office to complete the registration process. Our office is open 8:00 - 4:00 every school day. If you need assistance with your registration, please attend the Registration Help Night at Euclid School on March 18th. We will have computers available for all families who need some help getting their child registered. Please contact our school office if you have further questions.

STAYING HEALTHY!

Just a reminder...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) always recommends the following preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

● If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

● Stay home when you are sick.

● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Please review these important things with your child while the cold and flu season is still with us.

The Census is Coming, The Census is Coming!

On April 1, 2020 the Census will officially open. This is an important time to make sure you and your family are counted. Your data is confidential and protected by federal law.

• A census is an official count or survey of a population.

• The decennial census—the U.S. Census Bureau’s most far-reaching questionnaire—is a count of every person living in the United States.

• The census occurs every 10 years, and the next one begins on April 1.

• Data from the decennial census is used to allocate $675 billion in federal funding among states and communities.

• Population data is also used to determine how seats in the House of Representatives are reapportioned among the states

Please make sure you are counted! Watch your mail for information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE

March is national nutrition month. Let's get into March “Madness” about nutrition by eating healthy snacks, fruits and vegetables.


HYDRATION is so important. Please make sure your child has a water bottle. There are so many complaints about headaches which could be a sign of dehydration. Did you know the “rule of thumb” is to drink ½ of your body weight in ounces? An example is if your child weighs 90 pounds, they should be drinking 45 ounces of water every day!


Good nutrition, proper rest and lots of fluids are important to stay healthy. Just a reminder that I can not dispense something as simple as a cough drop without all proper forms completed, signed and dated by your healthcare provider and parent/guardian.


5th graders it's time to think about what’s needed for 6th grade. All of the information is found on our website under health services.


Dental exams as required by the State of illinois for Kdg and 2nd graders are due by May 15.

AMAZON SMILE

Support the River Trails Education Foundation through Amazon Smile - This is the group that provides every student a professional fine arts experience!


What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.


How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

1st GRADE PROGRAM: PURPLE ASPARAGUS


Please mark your calendars for the monthly Purple Asparagus program. Once a month, the 1st graders will learn about nutrition and healthy eating. The dates and topics of each Purple Asparagus class during the year are:

· March 13 – Roots

· April 17 – Herbs

· May 15 – Berries

We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers on these Purple Asparagus days! Please call the school office for more information.

Preschool Screenings Information

RTSD26 will offer preschool screenings to all District 3 and 4 year olds suspected of having a developmental delay. In addition, we will also be screening students to see if they are eligible for the ECDEC preschool program and our Bilingual Spanish Preschool program. To be eligible for these programs, families must meet specific criteria, such as speaking a second language in the home, income level, or other criteria that can be explained to you at the screening.

If you are concerned that your child has a delay in vision, hearing, motor, speech, language, cognition and/or social functioning, call 224- 612-7308 to set up a screening time. All screenings are done by appointment only and take place at Parkview. Screenings are held on Thursdays and are once a month through April.

If you are unsure if your child is developing appropriately, please consult with your child's preschool teacher or pediatrician for advice. The Center for Disease Control offers the following information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

Your child must be at least 3 years old at the time of screening. Screenings are staffed by educational professionals and therapists who will make recommendations for further action to parents. All screenings are at Indian Grove and by appointment only. Translation services are available. To make an appointment in Spanish, please call Mrs. Perez or Mrs. Santiago at 224-612-7402

SCREENINGS DATES: (2019/2020): 3/12, 4/19 & 5/14

Board of Education

Your district’s Board of Education meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held at one of the schools, mostly River Trails Middle School. At one of the semi-monthly meetings, an education report is presented. These reports highlight something special happening in the district.

You are cordially invited to attend, ask questions, and learn about the district. Copies of the Board’s agendas and minutes are posted on the district’s web site at http://www.rtsd26.org. Please contact the Superintendent’s office (847) 297-4120 x 7301 for information concerning Board meetings.


If you want a Board member to contact you, please call the Superintendent’s office and leave your name and telephone number. A Board member will return your call.

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