Sheridan Newsletter 1.20.23
January 20, 2023
A Message from the Principal
Dear Sheridan Families,
There is something magical about children leading other children. The confidence on display, receptivity to ideas, and connection during an activity or presentation take on a special quality when adults take a step back and let the kids take the reins. We’ve had several opportunities to experience this magic this week, starting with the joy of seeing former Sheridan students showcase their Mandarin learning in celebration of Lunar New Year. The group from DPM performed a traditional lion parade through our hallway, complete with drums and twirling flags – it was quite a spectacle! The student-to-student connection continued with our Shark House family event, which is part of our Social-Emotional Learning initiative. Once again, our fourth grade Student Council took the lead, coaching the younger students on how to show their spark while interacting with each other… then our mixed-grade Shark families played games together to practice. We love these sweet moments of connection and togetherness – they go far to build our community here at Sheridan.
Thank you to all of the parents who attended this week’s SPARK Reader information sessions. What a great turnout! We are excited about this new opportunity to have parents read SEL-focused books and participate in class discussions on topics such as Being an Upstander vs. Bystander, Being Kind to Others, and Healthy Conflict vs Bullying. This program kicks off February 10. If you are still interested in getting involved, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The district will no longer send notifications about positive COVID-19 cases to staff or parents/guardians. The number of cases will be monitored, and procedures adjusted as needed.
Spring Break 2023 Calendar Reminder - March 27-31
You may recall that last year Districts 65, 67, and 115 assessed parent, guardian, and staff interest in moving Spring Break 2023 (previously scheduled for March 20-24) later by one week. The survey was done in response to community feedback that our Districts had fallen out of sync with the dates of Spring Break in most of our neighboring communities. Survey results for staff and families in Districts 65, 67, and 115 indicated a preference for moving Spring Break one week later this year.
With this in mind, each District’s Board of Education approved moving Spring Break 2023 to March 27-31. Students missing school before or after this window in March will be considered absent. We realize some families have made travel arrangements for the earlier week that they cannot change. We will try to work with those families. Parents and guardians whose children will be out the week before our scheduled Spring Break are asked to reach out directly to their students' homeroom teacher to make a plan for the week of school they will miss.
Attendance matters. Even when an absence is excused, it is still legally considered an absence by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). To move our ISBE summative designation from Commendable to Exemplary, we must continue to focus on academics - and make sure absenteeism stays low. Attendance directly before and after Spring Break is strongly encouraged.
Attention 4th Grade Parents/Guardians
Please Select a World Language for Your Student to Study in Grades 5-8
Students in 4th grade need to commit to studying a world language for 5th – 8th grade. That chosen language will become a key part of his/her overall Deer Path Middle School experience. This year, your child either studied Spanish or Mandarin (Cherokee only). You have the option of continuing in that language or selecting another language (current options are Spanish, French, Latin or Mandarin).
We are asking that you make your selection using the World Language Selection Form by Monday, January 30. If you do not respond, your child will be placed in a language based on availability. We truly believe all of our languages will provide a rich, valuable and intercultural learning experience. Please use this link for additional information.
District 67 Kindergarten Registration Parent Information Night
District 67 parents/guardians of incoming kindergarten students for the 2023-2024 school year are invited to attend a Kindergarten Information Night on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 6:30pm - 7:15pm at your neighborhood school.
Cherokee School, 475 E. Cherokee Road
Everett School, 1111 Everett School Road
Sheridan School, 1360 N. Sheridan Road
At the Kindergarten Information Night, you will meet the Kindergarten staff, learn more about programs and curriculum, and visit classrooms. Each school will also have computers set up for parents to complete online pre-registration, which is the first step in the enrollment process. If you cannot attend Parent Information Night, you can pre-register by visiting our website beginning 2/1/2023.
LET’S TALK | Resources for Struggling Learners
Please join us for our next LET’S TALK presentation on February 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm in the Board Room, hosted by Superintendent Dr. Matthew Montgomery.
All students have different strengths and areas for growth specific to learning styles and academic achievement. During our presentation, we will explain the available resources that all students can access through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support framework for times when they struggle to make friends, understand a new concept, have trouble concentrating, are unsure how to start a project, need help studying for an exam or lack organization and time management skills. A panel of various support personnel will be available from District 67, District 115 and our school communities to answer questions about resources to support your child. We will also explain the process if your child may need additional assistance through a 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Plan.
APT News and Events
Thank you to everyone who joined our evening virtual APT meeting on Wednesday! The next Sheridan APT meeting is Wednesday, April 19th at Sheridan with 9:00 am coffee and 9:15 am meeting. Thursday, March 9th at 9:00 am is the All District APT Meeting at CROYA and everyone is welcome!
Other Upcoming Dates:
Sheridan Winter Party
Friday, Feb 24th from 5:00pm - 7:00 pm @ Just for Fun Roller Rink, Mundelein. Watch for more info next week! Thank you to the Winter Party Committee: Noel Dolan, Jenny Akemann, Kaylan Kane, Heather Gaspar, Katie Ozog and Whitley Herbert for planning a fun evening!
Please reach out if you have any questions!
Sheridan APT President 2022-24
Follow Sheridan APT on Instagram & Facebook! Stay up-to-date on APT events and activities by following us on Instagram at @SheridanAPT67 and https://www.facebook.com/sheridanapt
Volunteer for the Spirit Board
“Serving on The Spirit of 67 Foundation Board has been the most rewarding volunteer role I’ve ever had!” said nearly every Spirit board member since its inception in 1985!
Would you like to help us make a difference in the lives of D67 Students? Volunteer now, while your kids are still young!
We are currently building our Board for next year and would love to have you join our team! Visit our website to complete a volunteer interest form: https://spirit67.wufoo.com/forms/z196qa0y1ex63x8/
SAVE THE DATE:
Name: Spirit of 67 Spring Event
When: Saturday, April 29, 7:00 PM
Where: Ferrari Lake Forest (990 N Shore Dr, Lake Bluff)
Community News & Events
The “CROYA Bowl” Fundraiser is Saturday, February 11 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm at the CROYA Student Union.
Scouts BSA Troop 48 "Mini-Klondike Derby"
Scouts BSA Troop 48 (follow us on FB) is hosting our 4th annual "Mini-Klondike Derby" event at Northcroft Park on Sunday 1/29 at 1PM. This is a fun, free outdoor event for community elementary and middle school youth with a parent (K-8)! RSVP is required. Please see the signup to register: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4FABAA2BAB9-2023
Wild Dust Tickets Are Available!
"Yee-Haw! Come to the wild west with your fellow pioneers to see Wild Dust! This comic romp is filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and one very dead body. Get your tickets soon! Performances are Thursday-Saturday 2/2-2/4. TICKETS
1360 N. Sheridan Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045