The Fairview Connection

FEBRUARY 11, 2022

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL OPHUS

Dear Fairview Families,


I am truly blown away by the generosity of the Fairview community! Our PTO Falcon Jump fundraiser has been a huge success due to the generosity and efforts of Fairview parents and students. Thank you for all you’ve done to make this such a big success. While I don’t have our official total yet, I do know we passed our goal of raising $20,000, which will help meet our PTO budget needs and will also be used in part to help fund a new projector for our gymnasium that will support physical education, future assemblies and performances for years to come. Thank you for your participation and to all of the PTO volunteers who have, and will continue to, put in hours of time organizing and implementing Falcon Jump! Students had a great time in PE today enjoying the Falcon Jump festivities Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Morrison had planned. It was a great day!


In addition to Falcon Jump, many students also enjoyed PTO Special Lunch today. Special thanks to Anna Gamberdino and Maria Michalakos for organizing Special Lunch this school year, and to the many volunteers who were there helping distribute food to the students who ordered. It was another successful and enjoyable experience for our students! Looking forward to next week, our students are excited about Monday’s Valentine’s Day parties as it is always a nice break to be able to engage in the activities and games our PTO volunteers have planned. Speaking of Valentine’s Day, our Fairview Student Council sponsored a Valentine’s Day drive where students were encouraged to make a handmade valentine for an elderly community member. These were delivered to residents at the Moorings as a way to spread kindness on Monday. Thanks to all the students who participated!


Over the past week, a few concerns have been raised regarding student pick up at the end of the day. First, please refrain from parking in handicap parking spaces unless you are eligible to do so. We have parents who need these spaces and have not been able to use them due to people parking there out of convenience. Thank you for keeping these spots cleared for those who need them. Second, we’ve seen an increase in parents double parking on Gregory. This creates a safety issue and creates traffic congestion for people trying to pass through. Finally, out of respect for our neighbors, be mindful to not block anyone’s driveway when parking on the streets in our neighborhood. We’ve been using the slogan, “Kindness Matters at Fairview School” with our students this year, and I thank you for showing kindness during student pick up times.


Just as a reminder, our next half-day institute is taking place one week from today on February 18th. Student dismissal will take place at 11:50am on Friday. Thank you for taking the time to read through the rest of today’s newsletter. Have a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,


Dan Ophus

Fairview Principal

DRESS FOR OUTDOOR RECESS

Please make sure your children are dressed to go out for recess. Unless it is raining or the temperature /wind chill is too cold (15 degrees or below, real-feel temperature) the students will go out every day for recess. Please write your student’s last name on a tag in their coat and snowpants so they don't end up in our Lost and Found. It would also be helpful to put their name on the bag that they bring their snow gear in every day.


All students will go out with their class unless we have a doctor’s note limiting their participation. If a student has been ill and he/she is not feeling well enough to participate in all the activities of the school day, perhaps another day at home will insure a healthy return to school.

STUDENT DROP-OFF ZONE

If the Fairview staff member directing traffic in the drop-off zone is not outside, it is necessary for you to come to the front of the school to drop off your student(s). The drop-off zone supervisor comes back into the building shortly after 8:45am when the first entry bell rings. We only have supervision in that area and our bus turnaround from 8:35am-8:45am. Students need to be in their classrooms at 8:50am which is when the school day starts.

PTO "READ-A-WAY" PROGRAM

Read-A-Way is a reading incentive program from the Fairview PTO partnership with Station 34 in Mount Prospect. Students have a chance to earn a free kids pizza every month by meeting their daily reading goals.


Click on the graphic for more information and February's reading log calendar.


REMEMBER, YOUR JANUARY CALENDAR WAS DUE FEBRUARY 7TH. PLEASE TURN IN YOUR COMPLETED CALENDAR MY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH TO RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE FOR A FREE PIZZA.

BIRTHDAYS

The Fairview PTO has a wonderful history of giving students a book for their birthday. For the 2021-2022 school year, they are continuing that tradition. If your child is celebrating a birthday this month or has celebrated a birthday since the beginning of this school year, please have them go onto ClassLink on their chrome book and go to the Birthday Book link or click on the graphic to access the link. They must choose a book that is on the Google document listing all the grade level books. Students who are learning from home can pick their birthday book up from the school.


Was you child's birthday in August, September, October, November, December or January and they haven't selected their birthday book yet? Make sure they go to ClassLink or click on the birthday cake to make their selection...don't forget to pick the tab for the appropriate grade level list.

BUS RIDERS

Is your child a bus rider? Are there times when they will be picked up instead of riding the bus home at the end of the day? If so, it is important that the school office is aware if a student will not be riding the bus home. Please click on the bus for a handy form that you can fill out and send to school with your student. You can always email the front office and the teacher to let us know of an alternative end of day transportation plan.

STUDENT SIGN-IN/SIGN-OUT PROCEDURE

The office's procedure for those times when you need to sign your child in or out of school has changed. We maintain an electronic sign-in/sign-out sheet in the office so all you have to do is drop your student off (if arriving late) and we will sign them in and get them down to their class. If you need to sign your child out, ring the doorbell, tell us who you are picking up, and we will send your student out the front door.

FROM NURSE BRUNNING

Please send a copy of your child's COVID vaccination card to the health office after your child receives dose #2 of the COVID vaccine. This information is important to have on file as students who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks post 2nd dose) do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact (per IDPH guidelines).
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NEWS FROM DISTRICT 57 PEPS ORGANIZATION

District 57 is proud to announce that D57 PEPS (Partnering with Educators and Parents to Support student needs) will host an in-person and on-demand screening of a powerful new documentary called "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety." All families are invited to attend the screening of this 56-minute film, which is appropriate for ages 10+, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Lincoln LRC. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by D57 social workers and psychologists. The film will also be available virtually starting at 6:30 on Feb. 24; it can be viewed through March 3 -- we will send a link to register the week of the screening.


"Angst" is intended to start a conversation around the growing problem of anxiety. It features world champion swimmer Michael Phelps, experts in the field and regular teens, who come together to explore the academic and social stress and pandemic fears and uncertainty that have increased mental health challenges among young people. The film breaks down what is currently going on and what young people can do to help themselves and others. It includes candid interviews and provides tips, tricks, strategies and resources to help reset thinking patterns, push back against anxiety and support others.


Learn more about the film here: https://www.indieflix.com/angst?hsLang=en

Watch a trailer here: https://www.indieflix.com/angst?hsLang=en


We hope you can join us in person or virtually for this important event!

D57 CITIZEN FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

CLICK ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS NEW COMMITTEE

PROSPECT BAND BOOSTERS MOTHER/SON KNIGHT OUT

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EVACUATION PROCEDURES

PLEASE READ THIS AS IT INFORMS YOU WHERE FAIRVIEW'S RELOCATION SITE IS IF WE NEEDED TO EVACUATE OUR BUILDING IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

KEEP THE FRONT OFFICE INFORMED

When emailing your student's teacher regarding vacation plans, illness, doctor appointments, etc., please include the front office staff in your communication.


Also, please contact Fairview School’s office if your home/cell phone number, emergency contact numbers, or email address have changed.


If you have moved, please immediately contact the front office so we can update your student's records.


Chris Trezise, 847-394-7320, ext. 4001 - ctrezise@d57.org

Carolyn Young, 847-394-7320, ext. 4000 - cyoung@d57.org

Contact Us

Dan Ophus, Principal / dophus@d57.org

Una Durkan, Assistant Principal / udurkan@d57.org


Office: 847-394-7320/Fax: 847-394-7328