TJ's January Newsletter
Thomas Jefferson School-The Tie That Binds
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I hope everyone had a restful break and that you and your family are healthy as we begin 2022. Your child may have come home yesterday from school and mentioned something about our PBIS "stations" and reteaching. What they were referring to was our reteaching of our behavioral expectations. The entire school participated in this reteaching and we explained to all students how we expect them to behave while walking in the halls, eating lunch, at recess, arriving to school etc. We wanted everyone to know what it looks like to be respectful, responsible and safe at various times of the day and various places within the school.
In addition, over the next two weeks, your child's teacher will be taking a few minutes each day as part of their morning meetings to go over the classroom expectations again as well. At TJ, we believe students learn best when they feel safe and know what is expected of them.
If you have any questions, about the start of 2022 or any other questions about TJ do not hesitate to call the school. 847.963.5400.
COVID Vaccination Information
Our testing day is every Tuesday and positive test results are typically shared with us by Thursday of each week. The SHIELD test is a PCR saliva test.
New Arrival Procedures (No more lanyards)
Thanks For Making the End Of 2021 Special
WE ARE THE TIE THAT BINDS
Mental Health Awareness Program
The Mental Health Awareness (MHA) Program will be implemented for students in grades 4, 5, and 6 within a window from January - March.
TJ Spelling Bee Champion
Sumayah will represent us at the District's Spelling Bee on February 1st. All of the students who represented the 4th-6th grade classrooms did a great job. It was a great contest with our students spelling some very difficult words.
SUMMER READING OPPORTUNITY!
The Center for Literacy at National Louis University is offering a Summer Reading Program to help students who are experiencing reading and/or writing difficulties.
Tutors are licensed teachers who are earning their graduate degree as a Reading Specialist.
Students receive one-to-one tutoring in reading and writing one hour per day, four mornings per week, for five weeks.
The program will run from June 27-July 28, and daily attendance (virtual or in person) is mandatory.
Services will be available in English and Spanish.
D15 students can register for a discounted rate of $100!
The Multilingual Department will cover this cost with grant funding for any EL student. Parents can fill out the application online (link in the flyer) and do not need to pay anything. Our Department will collaborate with NLU to provide payment on behalf of our EL families.
General education students experiencing reading/writing difficulties can also sign up for the discounted rate. Parents can sign up directly with NLU using the link on the attached flyers.
This program will fill quickly! Please help us fill the spots with D15 students who would benefit from this valuable opportunity.
I wanted to share with you are guidelines for recess when the weather is cold. We will continue with the established routines in school. This will include going outside for recess. Students generally go outside for recess every day, so they should be dressed appropriately. Exceptions are made only when a child brings a doctor's note excusing him/her from outdoor recess.
If it is too cold outside, we will keep the students inside the classroom for recess. Below are the guidelines our school district uses to determine if we will send the students outside.
- If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is below 0°F, all students will remain inside for the entire lunch hour.
- If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is between 0°-10°F, the preferred procedure is a rotation of 20 minutes for lunch, a 20-minute outdoor recess, and a 20-minute indoor recess. However, at the principal's discretion, students may be kept inside for the entire lunch hour.
- If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is above 10°F, students will have regular outdoor recess.
- Other considerations in which indoor recess is allowed include the condition of the playground and the presence of precipitation.
For indoor recess, students are supervised in their classrooms.
Upcoming Calendar Dates
January 11--Virtual PTA Meeting@7:15 Virtual link
January 17--Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday - District Closed
January 18--Teacher Institute Day-NO STUDENTS
January 19--CCSD15 Board of Education Meeting 7pm @ Walter R. Sundling Jr. High
February 1--District Spelling Bee @6:30
Please Click on the Links Below for Other Important Information
Get the most up to date information about the District's procedures and guidelines.