August 29, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Phew, it has been a much busier start this year as we've worked around on-going projects at our school. Despite some of those challenges, I think it has been a great start to the year. Our students have been flexible as we try to manage using fewer doors for arrival and dismissal. I appreciate that our parents have also been flexible as we work with Lakeview to get bus routes running safely and smoothly and as we navigate four grade levels exiting near the southeast corner of the building.
This is also a good time to remind everyone about the rules for arrival and dismissal. With nice weather, many students and families walk or bike to school. This is encouraged by District 64. For those who walk, please make sure to cross only at crosswalks for your safety. It's also fun to ride a bike to school. Families can ride together at any age as long as everyone wears helmets. Starting in 3rd grade, students wearing helmets can bike to school independently. Please do not allow students younger than 3rd grade to bike independently. I also know that our bicycling students who enter on the Elmore side of the building cannot reach the bike racks at this time. It is OK to lock your bike to the fence that protects you from falling down the ramp to the garage door. Everyone who rides a bike should lock it for safety.
Lakeview is continuing to review bus routes and other information. Route times for drop offs will more closely match what parents were told as the routes become more routine. We continue to take attendance before students board the bus to go home, in order to make sure we carry our focus on student safety all the way until they reach home.
Depending on the weather and the day, we also have varying numbers of parents who drive their student to school. There are some rules for the sides of the street that touch the school. On Wisner from Cuttriss to the northern edge of the building is Attended Parking on the school side of the street. This is the same on the Elmore side of the school from the south edge of the staff parking lot to Cuttriss. Attended parking means that you cannot leave the vehicle. I know some parents would like to watch their child go to their line up location. The attended parking area is not meant for that. These areas are meant for families to drop off students who can gather their belongings and exit the vehicle independently. This is especially important when we have inclement weather since that increases the number of car riders. We need to keep this traffic moving, so please make sure you follow the signs. If you want to walk your student to the line up area, you need to park in areas other than the school sides of the street on Elmore and Wisner. Many parents do this already and park south of Cuttriss on Elmore or Wisner, east of Elmore on Cuttriss, or west of Wisner on Cuttriss. Because we have no staff lot currently, you may need to look as far as Sibley or Washington or Merrill. If you are driving anywhere, please make sure to observe the staff members who are directing traffic at Cuttriss/Elmore and Cuttriss/Wisner. They have the difficult task of trying to keep traffic moving safely and smoothly while also getting buses to their drop off locations. Your assistance with traffic safety is very important for all of our students. I appreciate your help with showing our students how to be safe traveling to or from school.
Let's all work together to make sure our students are safe no matter how they come to school or go home. Thank you.
Dr. Jason Bednar
Principal, Field School
IMPORTANT HEALTH REMINDER FOR PARENTS OF CURRENT KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS:
Deadline for Health documents for entering Kindergarten
If you have not already done so, this is a reminder that October 15, 2019, is the State of Illinois and District 64 deadline for submitting proof of health requirements for entry into kindergarten. Failure to comply with the October 15th deadline will result in your child’s exclusion from school beginning on October 16, 2019.
In addition, students entering kindergarten must also undergo a complete vision examination performed by a physician or licensed optometrist. A Snellen chart vision check completed in a pediatrician’s office does not meet the requirement for a “complete eye examination.” The completed report must be submitted by October 15, 2019. Failure to present proof by this date requires written proof of an appointment for a scheduled eye examination within the next 60 days following October 15th.
If you have questions or concerns regarding these requirements, please contact your school’s Building Nurse directly.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Margaret Temari, RN, M.Ed., PEL-CSN
Facilitator, School Health Services
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