Ferson Creek eNews

March 25, 2022

From the Principal, Kristy McKnight

It's hard to believe that we are already at Spring Break! I hope you have a wonderful, restful, much needed week. This week's eNews is full of many new things as we begin the final 8 weeks of the school year when we return. There are lots of upcoming events as well as summer opportunities!

Additionally, it's the time of year where we start making plans for next school year. With that, if you would like to provide feedback on your child's learning environment for the 2022-2023 school year, now is the time. Please see this letter which outlines the framework for this feedback. Please note that the deadline to submit feedback is Friday, April 15th.

Breakfast Update

When we return from spring break, breakfast will be served to students in the morning when they arrive at school. We will no longer be sending a breakfast home with students at the end of the day for the following morning. Breakfast will still be free to all students for the remainder of this school year. Students do not need to order breakfast ahead of time. We encourage students to arrive at school by 7:45 am if they will be eating breakfast on that day. Students will pick up breakfast in the cafeteria and take to the classroom to eat. The last day we will send breakfast home at the end of the day is Thursday, March 24.

D303 Summer Camp Information

D303 will once again host summer camps, including Camp Firefly at Ferson! You can find all summer camp fliers and information here.
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Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band students, come join in the music-making fun this summer!

Important Dates

Monday, March 28th - Friday, April 1st - Spring Break - No School for Students

Wednesday, April 6th - Thursday, April 14th - IAR testing for 3rd-5th Grade Students

Friday, April 15th - Institute Day - No School for Students

Wednesday, April 27th - Early Release - 2:10 PM Dismissal

Cal's Angels - Just Shave It!

For many years, we have participated in the Cal's Angels "Just Shave It" event to honor Ferson student Jimmy Schafer.

To support this event, you can cut your hair to donate, shave your head, or just donate to our team, Team Jimmy.

If you would like to join our team, please use this link and select "Team Jimmy" from the fundraiser drop down.

If you would like to make a donation, please use this link and select "Team Jimmy" from the fundraiser drop down.

We will also have some fun ways at school to raise money for our team. More information will come out about that after Spring Break.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Stephanie Turner


Equity Audit Parent Focus Groups

As part of the district’s equity audit, parent 1 hour focus groups will be held across the district via Zoom during the month of April to give families an opportunity to share their thoughts on our district’s strengths, areas of need, and long-term opportunities for providing the best educational experience for all students. Focus groups will be constructed and led by our partners in the equity audit process- the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC). There will be morning and evening focus groups available for parents. Every school’s goal is to have 15 families agree to participate in a focus group. During the week of March 21st, a member of our school staff will begin calling parents from a document with families’ names listed in random order to invite prospective participants to be part of a focus group and at that time will share specific dates and times. All parents are welcome to email your own written responses to the focus group questions to CEC should you not be selected to participate in a focus group but desire to share your opinions (A list of the focus group questions and a place for submitting your answers to them will be posted on the district website beginning April 4th). We thank you for your commitment to equity in education, and we are excited about this next step in gathering the voices of our district so that we can create a comprehensive plan for moving forward. If you have any questions regarding the focus group process, please contact our Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Dr. Tracy Taylor, at tracy.taylor@d303.org.

Ferson Creek Talent Show

We are excited to be planning for our Spring Talent Show which will be held on Friday, April 29th at St. Charles North High School. Here you will find a Google Form permission slip that includes specific information regarding the Talent Show. If you already turned in your paper permission slip, there is no need to complete this one. Our event will follow all current mitigation strategies and may need to be adjusted if current guidelines change.
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Students in grades 3-5 participate in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) beginning the Wednesday week after spring break. Students will not take more than one test per day. Regular testing will be completed on Thursday, April 14th. Specific testing times will be shared by classroom teachers. Please find a letter from our assessment department regarding both state assessments here.

5th Grade Transition to Middle School Opportunities

Parents of 5th graders - there are multiple transition opportunities offered at both middle schools this spring and summer. Click here Thompson and here Wredling dates and information.

Both Thompson and Wredling are have opened their online spiritwear store for incoming 6th graders. 5th grade students are encouraged to wear their middle school shirts on the last day of school. If you are interested in ordering, t-shirts are delivered to Ferson in early May. Please click the links for ordering information. Both online stores are open until March 25th.

Thompson SpiritWear

Wredling SpiritWear

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Across the Board Newsletter

Interested in finding out details from the school board meeting? View the Across the Board newsletter!