Weekly Update

Cowlishaw News-11.20.2020

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We are Thankful!

We are thankful for the entire Cowlishaw community for all of the support this school year. This has been a challenging school year for our students, families and staff. Through this challenging time, we are grateful for the partnerships that have been forged with families. We wish the Cowlishaw community a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving break.

The week we also celebrated our Education Support Professionals. All of our Assistants work so hard to support the teachers and students. We appeciate their dedication!

Looking ahead...

11/23-Parent Teacher Conferences-No School

11/24-11/27-No School-Thanksgiving Break

11/30-12/13- Online Book Fair

Holiday Giving Program

Help make a difference this holiday season for our families experiencing hardships or homelessness. The Indian Prairie Parents’ Council (IPPC) is partnering with District 204 for the IPPC Holiday Giving Program. This program directly supports under-resourced families through collecting donations of select gift-cards to help families enjoy the holiday season. The program runs now through November 30. Community members who would like to participate can use the online store to purchase gift-cards or make a donation that will be used to serve the greatest needs of our families this holiday season. All donations will directly help District 204 families.

Coronavirus Relief Funds

Coronavirus Relief Funds are available to eligible DuPage County residents to avoid eviction, foreclosure, or homelessness. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and demonstrate a housing crisis resulting from an adverse COVID19 impact.

Services offered may include:

  • Rent
  • Association Fees
  • Security deposit
  • Mortgage

Requests for assistance are being accepted starting Wed., 11/18 through Wed., 11/25 or until maximum capacity has been reached. Apply online at:

Households requesting assistance will need to complete a full application via a network of community agencies to be considered for assistance.
Funds are limited so do not delay.

Curbside LMC Book Check out

Students can put a book(s) on hold through the Destiny app on the SSO for pick up

on Mondays from 12:00pm-3:00pm or Thursdays from 12:00pm-3:00pm

Mondays 11/30, 12/7 and 12/14

Thursday 12/3, 12/10 and 12/17

Mrs. Fernandez or Mrs. Chmielecki will email parents/guardians when the book(s) are available for pick up.

Click on the button below for more details

Save the Date-Online Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the Fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids.

The Online book fair starts on Monday, November 30th and ends on Sunday, December 13th. There are tons of books to choose from and all books will be delivered to your house!

Fair Dates: November 30th – Decmber 13th

Book Fair Website: Cowlishaw Book Fair

We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair!


The Holidays are Here!!! and We Hope You will Have a Safe and Fun Time during these unusual days!

Below are your PTA Activities this coming week…


November 20 – FINAL DAY to Shop the Charleston Winter Fundraiser

November 23 – Penguin Patch Online Fundraiser … Begins

December 4 – Spirit Wear Friday

December 16 – Dinner Order-Night Out … Chipotle, near Meijer (4p-8p)

February 3 – PTA General Zoom Meeting Wednesday 6:30pm


Do your holiday shopping early and order some unique & personalized items from Charleston Wrap®. There are over 2,500 gift ideas including gift wrap, gourmet kitchen essentials, personalized gifts - all with a wide range of pricing options, so there’s something for everyone. Every purchase you make earns much needed money for our school and students. This year everything will be online and delivered right to your door! Visit www.charlestonwrapstore.com to register your student with our ORGANIZATION ID 20969. Orders are Extended to Today Friday, November 20th. Questions: Contact Bianca Ballard at 630.399.5858 or biancaLballard@aol.com

Penguin Patch Holiday Shop Returning Next week!

The holidays are around the corner, and the Penguin Patch Holiday Shop

is going online this year.

With a little online help, children can shop secretly for their loved ones and have them shipped right to your home. The gifts are fairly inexpensive, ranging from $0.50 to $12. Items will even come with gift bags! The students love this program and we are excited to be bringing it back again this year. Online ordering dates are November 23rd - December 4th. https://shop.penguinpatch.com/


You SHOP…Amazon GIVES…Cowlishaw WINS! Use the link below for all your Amazon shopping needs and 0.5% will automatically come back to the PTA! Be sure to select Cowlishaw as your chosen charity in your Amazon smile account. Bookmark the site on your web browser for easy access. This is a simple way to give back to the school at no additional cost to you! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4165360


Our Next General Meeting will be Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30pm via Zoom. Additional details to follow.


Additional details to follow.


Show your KOALA PRIDE! Every Friday in December, we encourage all students to take part. Make sure to rock your Cowlishaw apparel/accessories or our school colors (blue and green) on SPIRIT FRIDAYS all year long!


We are Currently Working on New Designs, additional details to follow.


Visit our redesigned website for more information:


The website can also be accessed via the Cowlishaw homepage under “PTA.”

Find us on Facebook!


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During remote learning parents/guardians need to report student absences if they are unable to participate in virtual class. Please follow the instructions below to report any absences during remote learning.

Remote Learning Absence Instructions:

  • In ParentVUE please select the day(s) for which the student will be absent – full day, half day, or a schedule period of time.

  • Enter a reason for the absence,

  • Enter in any addition information in the note section - ie; time of arrival or dismissal, if your student is leaving for an appointment and returning, please indicate the time your student will be absent.

  • Click submit.

If you are unable to access your ParentVUE to report your student absences, call the attendance line @ 1-630-428-6114 and leave a message.

Creativity Feature

We want to see what creative work your students are doing while learning remotely!

Send in a picture and brief description to the email below and your student can be featured on our morning announcements. We are so excited with the number of submissions we have received! Please know that we will display all of the creative work, but it may take a couple of weeks. We plan to continue the koala creativity feature when we transition to Hybrid Learning.


Chromebook Support

Please use the link below to report if your Chromebook is not working. A Cowlishaw staff member will contact you to assist with repairing and/or replacing the Chromebook.

Broken Chromebook Form