Hiawatha Elementary

Week of November 15th

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Hello Husky Families-

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already next week. We hope you have time to spend with your family and friends and remember everything you have to be thankful for. On behalf of Mr. Gonzalez and the Hiawatha staff we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and are so thankful for all of our families. A year ago we were remote learning and reaching everyone through zoom. We are beyond thankful we are all able to be in the building this year and see our students in person each day.

With winter weather approaching we wanted to give a few reminders for student arrival. All Kindergarten-5th grade students enter the building at 8:25 a.m. from the playground. Due to supervision and COVID-19 guidelines we cannot allow students to enter the building before 8:25 a.m. We are finding many students arriving at school around 8:00, please make sure your child is coming around 8:20 a.m. to enter at 8:25 a.m. Supervision begins at 8:25 and we appreciate your help with this to ensure arrival is smooth and safe for everyone. On extremely cold and rainy days we will allow students to begin to enter the building after 8:20 a.m.

We are very excited that the COVID-19 vaccination has been approved for students 5-11. District 100 will be hosting a vaccination clinic on Monday, November 22nd for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please see below for more information and to access the registration link.

Please make sure your child has an extra mask in their backpack. Many students are needing to change their mask throughout the day for various reasons and would be helpful if they have an additional mask with them.

Please remember to complete the RAPTOR screening every morning before 8:15 a.m. This needs to be completed each day for every student. We appreciate you helping us to keep everyone safe and healthy. All students should be lined up on the playground by 8:20, entrance to the building begins at 8:25.

If your child is exhibiting any symptoms on the RAPTOR screener or has been a close contact to a COVID-19 positive case, your child should stay home. Nurse Cindy will call and follow up with you regarding your child’s illness and when they can return to school.

Stay safe and healthy Huskies!

Jodi Meyer jmeyer@bsd100.org

Justin Gonzalez jgonzalez1@bsd100.org

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After School Clubs

OAV with Mrs. Ivnik

Tuesday, 11/16 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Game Board Club with Ms. Gillespie and Mrs. Lampere

Tuesday, 11/16 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Thursday, 11/18 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Make a Mess Club with Mrs. Dortch

Tuesday, 11/6 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Thursday, 11/18 3:00-4:00 p.m.

iSWAT with Mrs. Lukasiewicz

Wednesday, 11/17 3:00-4:00 p.m..

Chorus with Mr. Kimmel

Thursday, 11/18 7:30 a.m.

News from Nurse Cindy

Children who come to school with symptoms of illness are not in the best frame of mind for learning. Please do not send your child to school if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • “Runny” nose, especially with green mucous

  • Rashes or any scratching for unknown reasons, with or without fever

  • Red, watery, itchy eyes that were crusted shut upon awakening

COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • Sore throat

  • Chills or fever of 100.4 or higher

  • Diarrhea or vomiting

  • Coughing (new, constant)

  • Headache

  • Muscle aches or body aches

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Difficulty breathing or faster than normal breathing

If your child shows any signs of COVID, please keep home and consult with your Doctor or school nurse about testing. Continue to keep your child home until instructed by your doctor/medical professional that it is safe to return to school. All elevated temperatures must return to a normal temperature for 24 hours without the use of anti-fever medicine (i.e. Tylenol, Motrin, Advil). Please call the school each day your child is sick to report their absence.

Every time your child misses school to see a doctor, have the doctor write a note. Bring the note to school when the child returns.

Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter. Together we can keep all of the Staff and students healthy and ready to participate in school feeling their very best! If you have any questions please call me at any time.


District 100 is proud to announce our partnership with PAPER, a tutoring program available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all 3rd through 8th grade students. PAPER is a chat-based, on-line tutoring program that provides opportunities for students to receive feedback and support in multiple languages from highly-trained tutors in a variety of content areas. Beginning today, all students in grades 3-8 will have access to PAPER on their iPads and throughout the week, teachers will introduce students to the program and teach them how to access a live tutor. The attachments below provide some information for families about PAPER and you can also visit our website for additional information on the program.

District 100’s partnership with PAPER provides a valuable tool to support continuous learning and growth, and we encourage our 3rd through 8th grade students and families to take advantage of all the program has to offer.

Information Page

Online Learning Guide

Safety Guidelines

Here are a few of the guidelines that D100 will be following for the school year:

  • Per the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) proclamation, all schools will resume regular, full in-person schedules for all students.

  • District 100 will work closely with the families of students who are home bound and/or have significant health conditions, as we do in any school year, to determine the best instructional forum to meet individual student needs.

  • We will begin the year with multiple mitigation strategies in place to ensure a safe return for students and staff. Below is a summary of the mitigation strategies being implemented in District 100 and you can find more detailed information on the CDC website.

    • District 100 will continue to encourage and provide opportunities for all eligible students and staff to receive vaccinations.

    • Masks will be required for all students and staff while indoors and on buses.

    • Masks may be removed outdoors, if physical distancing can be maintained.

    • Parents will be asked (not mandated) to share if their child has been vaccinated. This will help with determining quarantine.

    • Three-foot social distancing will be maintained, to the greatest extent possible.

    • Remote instruction will be made available to students if they need to quarantine during the school year due to exposure.

    • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine if they are asymptomatic.

    • Regular breakfast and lunch service will resume and additional spaces for meal service will be utilized, when necessary.

    • Daily self-certification and BINAX-NOW testing for symptomatic students and staff will continue. At this time, we plan to provide optional saliva screening for unvaccinated students and staff.

    • The cleaning, hygiene, and ventilation protocols that were in place last year will continue.

    • School-specific procedures will be provided as the school year approaches.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

District 100 is partnering with Positive Health Services to host a Pfizer vaccination clinic for students ages 5 to 11 on Monday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Middle School. This clinic is only open to children ages 5 to 11 – no vaccines will be available for 12+. Parents must accompany their child to the vaccine clinic and sign a consent form. Second dose appointments will be scheduled at Heritage Middle School for Monday, December 13th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. or you can make an appointment at an alternate location.

This is a free clinic and you do not need insurance to register. Please click on the registration link and follow the registration instructions below to schedule an appointment for your child.

Registration link

Vaccination Registration Instructions

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