IG PARENT NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2020

Indian Grove Elementary School

Principal: Mrs. Lynn Fisher

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Amy Veytsman


School Hours:

All days but Thursday 8:35 - 3:30

Thursday school hours 9:25 - 3:30

Our Life Rules: Be respectful, Be responsible and Be ready to learn!

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,


I hope all of you had a wonderful winter break. I am looking forward to returning to school on January 6th. It will be exciting to see our students and staff and share stories of vacation happenings. Hopefully, your child​ ​read​ ​some​ ​great​ ​books​ ​these​ ​past​ ​two​ ​weeks​ ​and​ ​will​ ​be​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​some​ ​new​ ​learning​ ​experiences.


We still have quite a few weeks until the end of our second trimester. The second trimester doesn’t end until February 28. Students will be continuing their mid-year assessments during January and some students will have state ACCESS (Second Language) assessments into February. I am aware many parents and students become stressed and frustrated with all the assessments done in elementary school. While many of these are mandated by the State of Illinois, these assessments are only a​part of your student’s learning profile. Your child’s future does not rest on the MAP, ACCESS, AIMSWEB, CogAT, and PARCC testing. There is so much more to your child than how well he/she does on these assessments. Teachers are assessing your child, informally, every day. This is how we know children are learning and growing. Respect and responsibility are not measured on these assessments but are very important to your child’s growth from Kindergarten through 5th grade​ ​at​ ​Indian​ ​Grove​ ​(and​ ​beyond)!


Our staff is ready to begin 2020 with learning in the classroom that will help build their stamina throughout the year. We will continue to encourage students to read as many books as they can while digging deeper to understand what type of reader each child truly is. Please help your child turn off screens and get turned on to books! Daily reading improves a child's ability is so many areas and brings him/her to a new level of learning. As always, if there are any questions you have about our curriculum, Life Rules, procedures and policies please reach out to the teachers and administration.


Best wishes for a happy, healthy and educational 2020!


Respectfully yours,


Mrs. L. Fisher Principal

JANUARY EVENTS

Monday Dec 23rd - Friday Jan 3rd - WINTER BREAK


Monday - Jan 6 - Classes Resume


Tuesday - Jan 7 - 5th Grade Girls Volleyball Club - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Wednesday - Jan 8 - 4th Grade Officer Friendly

- 4th Grade Art Club - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 21


Thursday - Jan 9 - Late Arrival


Monday - Jan 13 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Mt Prospect Library (Drennen/Herrick/Stringer)


Tuesday - Jan 14 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Mt Prospect Library (Satovitz/Till)

- Board Meeting - 7pm at RTMS


Thursday - Jan 16 - Late Arrival

- GCSG Meeting - 3:30PM - 4:14PM in Room 53


Friday - Jan 17 - 1st Grade Purple Asparagus


Monday - Jan 20 - NO SCHOOL - Holiday - Martin Luther King Day


Tuesday - Jan 21 - Institute Day - No School for Students


Thursday - Jan 23 - Late Arrival


Wednesday - Jan 29 - 5th Grade Art Club - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 21


Thursday - Jan 30 - Late Arrival

- GCSG Meeting - 3:30PM - 4:14PM in Room 53

OUR OWN SHINING STAR!

Our school social worker, Sandy Levy, has been awarded a Shining Star from the Village of Mt. Prospect. Mrs. Levy will be recognized as a CHAMPION FOR YOUTH at a ceremony being held on February 1st at Cotillion Banquets. She has been in District 26 for over three decades and contributes daily to the emotional and social health of all our students. Her efforts at Indian Grove and within the community go above and beyond what is expected of a school social worker. We are very proud of Mrs. Levy and wish her the best as she will be retiring from her position in June 2020.

PARENT EDUCATION SEMINAR

In an effort to provide impactful, pertinent Parent Education, we are offering a parent education seminar on childhood and adolescent anxiety.


Please consider joining us for a private viewing of "Angst: raising awareness around anxiety". The Angst project is an IndieFlix Original documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety, with an emphasis on youth and families. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, experts, and parents. Our goal is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. The film and corresponding materials provide tools, resources, and hope. For more information, visit AngstMovie.com.


We hope to see you there. Details to follow:


Audience: D26 Parents and Students (ages 10+)

When: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Where: River Trails Middle School - 1000 N. Wolf Road, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056



Sign up using the link below

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDJu_55ILu4sYfBKC_AZsGm_OLXKFXFfr1zb8s9frtrhkLUw/viewform

AMAZON SMILE

Support the River Trails Education Foundation through Amazon Smile - This is the group that provides every student a professional fine arts experience!


What is AmazonSmile?

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How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

LOST & FOUND ITEMS BEING DONATED TO CHARITY!

Last day to visit our Lost & Found before all items are donated! You can come to the office and sign in during school hours. We will be donating all items on January 6th at the end of the school day.

Wintertime Recess and School Closing Information

Recess


As the weather becomes colder, let me remind all parents that our students DO go outdoors for a 25-minute recess every day. Students remain indoors only if:


● Air temperature is below 15 degrees (street patrols stay indoors)


● And/or the "real feel" temperature is below 15 degrees (street patrols stay indoors)


● There is heavy rain or snow coming down


● Shortened recess (10 min) may occur if the temperature is just below 15 degrees


If the weather gets really inclement, the CLOSING OF SCHOOL will be announced during the early morning hours. The district has an automated calling system for the cancellation of school. Parents/guardians of District 26 students will receive an early morning call announcing the closing of school Our school office doesn’t open until 8:00 AM and our phone system can’t always accommodate the volume of calls on bad-weather days! Thanks for your cooperation.


Emergency Closings


Schools will be closed if there is a forecasted sustained wind chill of -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, or when the actual temperature is a sustained -15 degrees Fahrenheit or colder between the travel times of 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and/or 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The District will use forecasts provided by the National Weather Service.

Though there are many questionable weather days ahead, we may need to make day-by-day decisions. Families will be notified via BrightArrow (calls, texts and emails), Facebook (www.facebook.com/IndianGroveSchool), Twitter (@Indiangrove.edu), and the District’s website if school is closed on a specific date. Please know that parents may keep their child home if you feel traveling to or from school is concerning. Please do call your school’s attendance line if your student is going to be absent on a day that school is in session.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE

Happy Healthy New Year 2020 is Here!!!


PLEASE review the "Absence and Return to School Guidelines" on our website under health services. We need to strictly follow these guidelines as we are in the sick season. It protects your child as well as the entire classroom.


Due to the cold weather I have many students coming to the health office with dry chapped lips. Chap stick is allowed so please send with your child. Remind them not to share. The health office cannot accommodate chapped lips.


Dental required exams for 2nd graders are due May 15!! The break may be a good time to get this done. The deadline approaches quickly and this is a state of Illinois requirement.

Please call the health Office 224-612-7505 for any questions and concerns

POP TABS

Starting in January, GCSG is collecting pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House. Our goal is to collect at least 1,000,000 pop tops! All pop tops collected are recycled and proceeds will help support families with sick children. Last year, we did good, but this year we want to do even better. Step up and lend a hand. GO GROVERS!!!!

Kindergarten Report Card

At the end of this month, kindergarten students will be bringing home a mid-year progress report. At the end of the first trimester, kindergarten students did not receive a report card due to their ever-changing developmental progress during the first three months of school. But now that January marks the halfway point of the school year, the kindergarten teachers will be informing you of your child’s progress thus far in the 2019-20 school year. While we do not have formal conference days in January, parents, and guardians are always encouraged to meet with their child’s teacher if there are concerns.

Kindergarten Registration for the 2020/2021 School Year

It is already time to start planning for next school year! Any child who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2020, can attend our full-day kindergarten in August.



Registration and information for Kindergarten will be done on Wednesday, February 19 at Indian Grove. This registration event goes from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. in our lunchroom. Parents/guardians may come anytime between 4:30 and 8:00 and should plan on being here for about 30-40 minutes.


Prospective kindergarten students DO NOT need to attend this event.


In order to register a child for school, we need a LEGAL (county) birth certificate and three proofs of residency. One of the three proofs MUST be a mortgage statement, real estate tax bill or a current lease.


District 26 residents should be receiving more information in the U.S. mail sometime soon. If you have questions, please call our school office.

1st GRADE PROGRAM: PURPLE ASPARAGUS


Please mark your calendars for the monthly Purple Asparagus program. Once a month, the 1st graders will learn about nutrition and healthy eating. The dates and topics of each Purple Asparagus class during the year are:

· January 17 - Chocolate

· February 14 – Beans

· March 13 – Roots

· April 17 – Herbs

· May 15 – Berries

Want to Work at IG?


Lunchroom- Playground Subs Needed!

If you are willing to work 3 hours a day as a lunchroom or playground sub for this position, please contact the principal at lfisher@rtsd26.com. We have employees who do this job daily and there are times when they are ill and cannot work. There is very little training, you must be firm but friendly and you must love working with children. Values of​ respect and responsibility​ are also a must for this position.

Interested applicants must go through our district hiring procedures including securing a physical, a background check, and online application. Feel free to apply online at ​www.rtsd26.org​ on the Human Resources page in the District Office category within the District Info tab. It’s a great way to be involved with the school and get paid for doing it!

Preschool Screenings Information

RTSD26 will offer preschool screenings to all District 3 and 4 year olds suspected of having a developmental delay. In addition, we will also be screening students to see if they are eligible for the ECDEC preschool program and our Bilingual Spanish Preschool program. To be eligible for these programs, families must meet specific criteria, such as speaking a second language in the home, income level, or other criteria that can be explained to you at the screening.

If you are concerned that your child has a delay in vision, hearing, motor, speech, language, cognition and/or social functioning, call 224- 612-7308 to set up a screening time. All screenings are done by appointment only and take place at Parkview. Screenings are held on Thursdays and are once a month through April.

If you are unsure if your child is developing appropriately, please consult with your child's preschool teacher or pediatrician for advice. The Center for Disease Control offers the following information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

Your child must be at least 3 years old at the time of screening. Screenings are staffed by educational professionals and therapists who will make recommendations for further action to parents. All screenings are at Indian Grove and by appointment only. Translation services are available. To make an appointment in Spanish, please call Mrs. Perez or Mrs. Santiago at 224-612-7402

SCREENINGS DATES: (2019/2020): 1/16, 2/13, 3/12, 4/19 & 5/14

Board of Education

Your district’s Board of Education meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held at one of the schools, mostly River Trails Middle School. At one of the semi-monthly meetings, an education report is presented. These reports highlight something special happening in the district.

You are cordially invited to attend, ask questions, and learn about the district. Copies of the Board’s agendas and minutes are posted on the district’s web site at http://www.rtsd26.org. Please contact the Superintendent’s office (847) 297-4120 x 7301 for information concerning Board meetings.


If you want a Board member to contact you, please call the Superintendent’s office and leave your name and telephone number. A Board member will return your call.