TJ's January Newsletter

Thomas Jefferson School-The Tie That Binds

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Principal's Message

TJ Community:

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.


Dr. Sasso

COVID Vaccination Information

Parents: If you choose to have your child vaccinated, you can submit a copy of the vaccination card to our school nurse. Please click on this link for more important information about vaccinations.
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SHIELD Testing

Parents: There is a revised permission form with a new expiration date for SHIELD testing. In addition, if you wish to enroll your student in our weekly SHIELD testing, you can also use THIS FORM to provide your consent.

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)

Hopefully you saw in the District's communication that we will no longer be checking student's lanyards as they enter the school. if a parent/guardian sends their child to school, we are making the assumption that the parent is indicating that their child is healthy and is not exhibiting any COVID-like symptoms We still expect students to stay masked at all times while in the building and will send students home if they exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms while at school.
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Thanks For Making the End Of 2021 Special

If you recall, we asked families and staff members to send in Holiday cards or make a card for us to display on our bulletin board. We had so much fun hanging up these cards and show our students how we are all in this together.


Mental Health Awareness Program

Community Consolidated School District 15 is committed to supporting every student’s academic growth as well as their social, emotional and behavioral growth. In our continuing efforts to support the well-being of our students, District 15 is implementing a comprehensive mental health screening process this school year to identify students who may benefit from additional support.

The Mental Health Awareness (MHA) Program will be implemented for students in grades 4, 5, and 6 within a window from January - March.

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TJ Spelling Bee Champion

Congratulations to Sumayah who won our school Spelling Bee and Sahil who was our runner up!

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.


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.

Summer Reading Flyer

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Winter Weather

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

District's Health and COVID webpage

Get the most up to date information about the District's procedures and guidelines.