Winston Campus Elementary
August 15, 2021
**Please Note** Much of this is repeated information for families that did not receive this communication on August 5th. We have added information regarding our PTA Back to School Bash and Picture Day! Please see below.
Dear Winston Campus Elementary Families:
I hope that you and your family were able to relax and have some fun this summer vacation! My family and I stayed in town but we got to take advantage of the wonderful weather and spent as much time in the water as we could! My puppy Maui, our pug, has turned 2 and has just loved having some extra time with me!
The Winston Campus Elementary staff and I are so excited for the 21-22 school year and can’t wait to welcome students back to school! The first day of school is quickly approaching! Students in grades 1-6 will return to school on Wednesday, August 18. Kindergarten and preschool classes will begin Thursday, August 19. The countdown is on!
The Winston Campus Elementary staff has been working very hard to prepare for another amazing school year! We are committed to providing the best possible educational experiences for your child. We are college bound at Winston Campus Elementary and we can’t wait to get started. Feel free to contact our office at 963-7500 if you have any questions.
Winston Campus Elementary School Principal
We are Home of the Eagles! Our school colors are Blue and White. Our main office phone number is 847-963-7500. Winston Campus Elementary School.
Gr 1-6 - 7:50 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.
AM ECDEC- 7:50 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
PM ECDEC- 12:25 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch- 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Gr 1-6—7:50 a.m.– 1:40 p.m.
AM ECDEC—7:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
PM ECDEC- 11:30 a.m - 1:40 a.m.
Lunch—11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Principal: Ms. Marilynn Smith, 847-963-7505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal: Mr. Michael Coleman, 847-963-7504, email@example.com
Student Services Coordinator: Ms. Abigail Hansell, 847-963-7472, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elementary Secretary: Ms. Judy Martinez, 847-963-7580, email@example.com
School Nurse: Sandy Conrath, 847-963-7502, firstname.lastname@example.org
PTA President: Mrs. Victoria West, email@example.com
We will have a few new faces at Winston Campus Elementary this year. I would like to welcome the following staff members to the 2021-2022 Winston Campus Elementary teaching staff.
Brenda Galarza - Dual Language 1st Grade
Viviana Reyes - Dual Language 3rd Grade
Diana Ortega - 4th Grade w/BIL
Andrew Feigenbauym - 6th Grade
Kevin Holt - Music
Anthony Prochenski - Academic Interventionist
Magdalena Adriana Lopez-Landa - Bilingual Academic Interventionist
David Wojtalewicz - Part Timer Resource
Lisa Henkemeyer - Part Time Psychologist
Mary Olson - Part Time Psychologist
Don Sommerville - Social Worker
Melissa Forde - Occupational Therapist
Devonna Condon - LRC
Abbie Hansell - Student Service Coordinator
We also had a few additional changes in grade level teaching assignments:
Jenny Irwin - 1st Grade
Kristina Orseno - 2nd Grade
Nadya Santiago - 2nd Grade Dual Language
Kaity Drahos - 3rd Grade Dual Language
Tracy O’Malley - 5th Grade
Faith Fiorito - Leap Grades 5-6
Jessica Hennelly - Building Permanent Sub
Alohna Ridler - Building Permanent Sub
Your child's classroom teacher assignment has been available to view by logging into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal since Thursday, Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. A free mobile app for Infinite Campus is also available to download. If you are unable to see this information, please call our main office, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Your Infinite Campus login is your email address. If you forgot your password, click "forgot my password" and a new one will be emailed to you.
** If you have not completed online registration for your child, or have not provided 3 proofs of residency verification, you will not be able to see your child's teacher assignment. Please call our main office, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
School Supply Lists
One of our Winston Campus rules is to Be Responsible. It is important that students are at school, on time, prepared, and ready to learn each day. Academic success is directly correlated to attendance and tardies. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and willingness to work together to help your child succeed.
Our first bell rings at 7:35 a.m. Students who wish to eat breakfast may go down to our cafeteria at this time. Please help our students arrive at school in time to be seated at their desk and ready to learn each day. Classroom instruction and the Tardy Bell rings at 7:50 a.m.
If your child will not be in school due to illness or other circumstances, please call the attendance line at 847-963-7501 before the start of the school day. When reporting an absence, please make sure to include your child’s full name, teacher, date of absence, and reason for absence.
If a student is to be absent because of a family vacation, parents should notify the school office in writing at least one week before the planned absence.
Any unverified absence will generate an attendance call home.
School Nutrition Services
District 15 offers healthy breakfast and lunch options for students each school day.
Menus are available to view by using MealViewer and selecting "Conyers Learning Academy" as your school choice.
Lunch fees can be paid online using MealTime.
More information about the elementary meal program can be found on our website.
Students may qualify for free or reduced priced meals. An application for this program can be filled out online. More information on eligibility can be found here.
For the purpose of safeguarding the health of children, District 15 enforces Illinois student health requirements. These requirements consist of health, dental, and eye exams and immunizations specific to grade and age.
Health exams are required for students entering pre-school, kindergarten, sixth grade, and those who are new to the school. The Certificate of Child Health Examination form is available online and in the school office.
The exam form, completed and signed by a licensed healthcare provider, must be dated within one year prior to the first day of school and must include lead screening for children who are six years or younger and diabetes screening.
Health forms can be brought to the school office at any time.
On October 15, students who have not provided a health exam or required immunizations will be excluded from school. Students new to Illinois schools, who register mid-term, have 30 days following registration to comply with the health requirements.
For more information on specific health forms needed, visit the Health Services website.
Tour of Winston Campus Elementary School!
Winston Campus Elementary Arrival and Dismissal Procedures!
You may click here to view a short video on the arrival and dismissal procedures for Winston Campus Elementary School.
Main(Visitor) Entrance (Palatine Road) - In an effort to maintain a safe school environment, all visitors must check in and sign out at the front office. Visitors are required to provide a government issued photo ID to enter the building. All ID’s will be scanned using our Raptor System and visitors must wear a visitor’s sticker. The school office is located just inside the main entrance off of Door 1. All visitors must enter and exit through the main entrance, as you will not be allowed in or out of the school at any other door. This parking area will be completely closed off during bus arrival times from 7:15 a.m-8:00 a.m. and school dismissal from 2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. or until all buses have departed.
Students may be dropped off at this entrance if they are tardy to school after all buses have departed.
Palatine Road Driveway - The driveway which enters off Palatine Road and exits onto Rohlwing, is designated for bus traffic only from 7:15 p.m.-8:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.-2:35 p.m. All grade 4-6, and Ms. Meyer and Ms. Abdnor's students who ride a bus to school will be dropped off in the bus loading zones and should walk around the north side of the building to the B-Wing doors.
Rohlwing Road Entrance and West Parking Lot - All students in grades K-3 who get off a bus or walk to school will enter the building using the C Wing doors. Door supervisors will greet students at this entrance each morning. All students in grades K-3 will be dismissed from this exit at 2:30 p.m. Intermediate siblings may also line-up, enter and exit the building from the C Wing doors. Please enter from the west lot off of Rohlwing Road. Cars must not pull in line with bus traffic or enter from the Palatine Road entrance. Please park your car and walk your child to the crosswalk. You may pull up to the “Pedestrian Passage” near the south end of the lot in the second row of parking. Teachers on duty at the “Pedestrian Passage” will ensure safe crossing to the sidewalk. Upon dismissal, please get out of your car and meet your child by his or her exit door. Please cross at the designated crosswalk avoiding the bus traffic. Please do not park in the designated church parking spots, violators are subject to ticketing.
Babcock Drive - All grade 4-6 students, Ms. Meyer, and Ms. Abdnor's students will enter the building at the B Wing doors off Babcock Drive. Door supervisors will greet students at this entrance each morning. These students will also be dismissed from this exit at 2:30 p.m. Intermediate students may be dropped off at this location on the south or school side of the street only. Upon dismissal, intermediate students may be picked up at this location on the south or school side of the street only.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Car Traffic—Safety is a primary concern when dropping off or picking up children from school. Please observe all directional site signs and stay within the 20-mph speed limit around the school streets. We ask parents of our primary students to park in the church parking lot and walk your child to the C wing doors. Parents of our primary students are also strongly encouraged to park in the church parking lot and wait at the C wing doors for pick up. Parking in the coned-off church parking spots is strictly prohibited.
Students are not authorized to leave school property while school is in session unless they are signed out by a parent, legal guardian, or other authorized person. If a parent plans to take a child out of school before dismissal time, he/she should submit a note to the teacher. Children will be dismissed from the office and the parent or guardian must sign the student out. For student safety, a picture ID is required before the child is released.
Bus Safety During Covid-19
WCE Meet the Teacher and Parent Orientation!
The Winston Elementary teachers would like to invite all of our students to Meet the Teacher Day on Tuesday, August 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. We ask students to bring all their school supplies to Meet the Teacher Day.
If you and your child are not able to attend our scheduled Meet the Teacher Day, your child may bring his/her supplies on Wednesday, August 18, the first full day of school for grades 1 – 6. The first day of school for kindergarten is Thursday, August 19.
We would also like to invite you to our Parent Orientation Night on Thursday, August 26.
· 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Grades 4-6 / Abdnor / Hunt / Baldus / Fiorito
· 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Grades K-3 / Endacott
Parent Orientation Norms
Please refrain from visiting a past teacher your child may have had. The purpose of this orientation is for you to get to know your child’s current teaching staff.
Please remember that this is a time to receive an overview of your child’s school day and curriculum. This is not a time for a 1:1 meeting.
We are Respectful. We are Responsible. We are Safe!
At Winston Campus Elementary, we teach our students how to be respectful, responsible and safe throughout the school year. We also teach our students strategies and help them learn to solve their own problems. Our PBIS handbook is available on our school website and is also linked into weekly newsletters sent home electronically. Included in our handbook is information about all of our PBIS systems. We ask every WCE parent to review the handbook with your child.
We have the highest expectations for all of our students and staff and we live by our core beliefs, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. Over the summer, Winston Campus Elementary received the highest recognition with the Midwest PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Network of schools. We have been recognized for our work toward fully implementing a framework that leads to improved student outcomes. The framework helps to increase consistency of instruction, enhances staff skills, proactively provides supports for learners, and builds stronger relationships with students across all levels of the school.
We will continue supporting students' Social Emotional Learning Needs and Peer Relationships with implementation of our Expect Respect Program and Second Step curriculum. This will teach students our stop sign and proactive measures to respond to disrespectful behaviors.
As we return to in-person learning, there are some very important health and safety protocols that students entering the buildings will need to remember. As parents/guardians, your full participation and adherence to all guidelines will help ensure everyone stays healthy!
Health and Safety
As you may have heard, earlier this week, Governor JB Pritzker issued an Executive Order that states that all students, teachers, and staff at pre-kindergarten - 12th grade schools and daycares will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status, effective immediately. Therefore, all students and staff in District 15 will be required to wear masks/face coverings when they are in any of our schools and on our buses. While we know families have various views on masks in school, we thank you for understanding that all schools must comply with this Executive Order.
On July 13, the Illinois State Board of Education stated, "If school administrators decide to remove any of the prevention strategies based on local conditions, you should remove them one at a time and monitor closely for any increases in COVID-19 cases." As we continue to make final plans for the successful opening of the 2021-22 school year and in our ongoing effort to provide the safest teaching and learning environment possible, we will also continue to provide layered safety mitigation methods.
A new safety measure we intend to add this year is optional SHIELD testing. As we shared on July 21, SHIELD will allow us to identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic staff and students who opt into this weekly non-invasive screening opportunity. If you have not already done so, please complete the opt-in/opt-out survey in Infinite Campus.
COVID symptom self-certification is required for all people entering the building each day. Student’s will need to bring their self-certification card daily. Lanyards will be distributed to students at the beginning of the school year and cards will need to be presented at the door upon entry to school. If a student does not have their lanyard, families may provide a written note stating that students are symptom free from COVID symptoms. Families may request an additional lanyard in the main office if theirs is lost for a fee of $1.
We will continue to enforce social distancing and encourage all students to maintain a 3-6 foot distance from others. The good news is, students WILL be allowed to share materials and playground equipment. Because of this, in order to support health and safety, we will be promoting and encouraging frequent and often hand-washing/sanitizing habits.
Snacks will not be permitted to be eaten in the classrooms and we encourage all students to bring a water bottle to school.
Winston Campus Elementary School PTA!
Our PTA provides vital support to our school, offering over 25 programs for our children and families. We are fortunate to have parent volunteers who can be seen each and every day working with students and supporting our school.
Please join the Winston Campus Elementary PTA! With your donation, you will become a part of an organization that helps support your child's school. Your PTA provides such programs as the Recreation Nights, the Science Fair, the Back to School Picnic, a Birthday Book for each child, the school calendar, and the monthly newsletter. Plus only PTA members will receive the school directory listing. Download and fill out the membership form, and get involved!
Families may join the PTA by turning in their BLUE membership form to the WCE office or online through MemberHub. Click here to be directed to the WCE PTA Membership Hub.
This site was created to reach out to all of my students, teachers, and families and provide a platform of awareness and support.
District 15 is "green" in its approach to distributing community flyers. Rather than sending flyers home with each student via backpack mail, flyers are posted on the D15 E-Flyers page for parents to view or print 24/7.