What's Up Winnebago?

February 2019

From the office

BREAKFAST: If your child is getting breakfast they need to be in line and ready to go at door 1S at 8:30am. Breakfast is served until 8:45am, finished or not, all students are required to be in their seats in class at 8:50am. If your child is not getting breakfast, please do not allow them to come to school before 8:30am. There is no staff on duty until 8:30am.

ABSENCE: This year when your child is marked absent and we have not heard from a parent, we will be sending out a Robo text stating that your child is absent and to call the school. Please make sure that if you call or email your child's teacher, that you also call the office before 9:30am to report your child's absence.

PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION: Please remember if at any time throughout the school year you change your phone number to let the office know. It is very important that the nurse and office have a working phone number to reach you. Our District sends out calls and texts about any changes to our daily schedule (school closures or after school programs cancelled). Please contact the office to make any necessary changes.

DAY TIME PICK-UP: If you are having someone that is not a parent pick up your child during school hours please email the office or send a letter with your child stating who is picking them up, the date and time and sign the note. Remind the person picking up that they need to come into the office to sign them out. They must be over the age of 18 and show their ID.

LOST & FOUND: Our small lost & found in the main hallway is starting to overflow with students clothing. Please remind your child to check there if they are missing any clothing items. There will a table setup for conferences.

VALUABLES & CELL PHONES: Please make sure that your child is not bringing anything valuable to school. The school is not responsible if something is lost or broken during school hours. We also do not allow cellphones or electronics in the school. If they are seen they will be sent to the office and an adult will have to come to the school to pick it up from the office.

VOLUNTEERS: In an ongoing effort to improve the safety and security of our students, we please ask that if any adults are planning to help out at school in a classroom or go on a field trip, to bring your photo ID into the office to be copied. It needs to be handed in at least 2 days before the day you are going to be volunteering.

PICK-UP & DROP-OFF : Thank you for your continued help and patience with the morning and after school pick-up and drop-off procedures. Please be aware of the new street signs that line Greenway Drive for "bus only" areas and please remember that there are no U-Turns allowed and that there is a State law that prohibits the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving in a school zone. Please remember that it is our teachers and staff outside helping with drop off and dismissal. They are working hard to keep your children safe. Part of their role is ensuring all parents and visitors are following Winnebago procedures. If you need another copy of the rules, feel free to ask a staff member or the office. Teachers and staff will be asking you and guiding you to follow the rules. We ask that you continue to treat them with respect and understand they are just doing their job. Thank you for your help and support as we continue to navigate the safest way to get your children to and from school.
We want to remind you that the procedures and practices for parent drop off and pick up remain the same each day. While we understand your desire to drop your student off at the doors, the procedure was established to ensure everyone’s safety. We have staff outside reminding students to walk and helping them get into the building. We need your help to follow the procedures and only drop them off at the drop off point. Parents and guardians who are dropping off or picking up their children who are not following procedures will be reminded by our staff as they are encouraged to help keep everyone safe.


Parent Survey

PARENT SURVEY : If you have not completed our Parent Survey, please click on link and complete this short survey. http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

One Book, One Winnebago ~ Charlotte's Web ~

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Classroom Fun

Thank you Winnebago staff for chaperoning our Valentine's Day dance!

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Note from the Nurse


Vision and Hearing Screening

If you received a notice from us that your child did not pass their hearing or vision screen and an eye/ear exam by a doctor was recommended, please have your child complete the exam with a doctor, and send in the doctor's report as soon as you have it completed.

If you do not plan to see a doctor or if you need assistance finding an eye or ear doctor, please call the school health office.

When to Keep Your Child Home

Keep your child home if they have:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours.
  • Vomiting and diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
  • White patches on the tonsils.
  • Red or irritated eye(s), especially if drainage is present, which may be pink eye
  • Severe cold with sneezing, coughing, running nose
  • Persistent cough/extreme congestion.
  • Any rash not diagnosed by a physician.

Do not send your child back to school until:

  • Temperature is normal without Tylenol/Ibuprofen for 24 hours.
  • No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.
  • On antibiotics for 24 hours for strep throat, pink eye, or impetigo.
  • Breathing is comfortable without medication.
  • A note is received from the doctor stating that your child’s rash is not contagious.
  • Cough does not interfere with school functioning and your child is able to cover his/her mouth and nose when coughing.


On February 19th at 9:30am, we will be kicking off the Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart). Students have been learning about the functions of the heart during PE class. We have also been talking about ways to keep your heart healthy and steps you can take to prevent heart disease. Please make sure to get 60 minutes of physical activity a day, drink water, minimize sodium in your diet, eat fruits and vegetables, and stay away from tobacco products.

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Important Dates from our PTO

Our Spring Book Fair will be open after school 2/26 & 27th from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm and

2/28 Parent teacher conferences Book Fair will be open 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

*All students that enter Book Fair must be accompanied by an adult.

Anyone interested in helping out with Book Fair please email Charlene at cepikul@hotmail.com

Coin War for Spring Book Fair 2019 has been rescheduled for our Fall Book Fair of 2020.

Please Consider Donating to The Gentle Barn, which is the corresponding coin collection with One Book, Charlotte's Web.
For more information visit http://www.gentlebarn.org

Spirit wear order forms will be coming home in the next few weeks!

Thank you,

The Winnebago PTO

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Staff Member of the Month

We would like to celebrate our Winnebago staff members and share their successes with everyone!

Congratulations Ms. Reece on being the January Staff Member of the Month!
She is always a team player - from helping gather donations for our One Book and volunteering to take a spot in the assembly (and was FABULOUS as Mr. Sloan's team player!). She is such a team player!

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