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Half Day School Weekly Newsletter - August 27, 2021

Avid Readers

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Half Day students spend some quiet time following lunch reading their favorite book before heading into English Language Arts. In ELA students build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
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More Busing Changes

Transportation has had to make changes to some routes, which may affect the pick up and drop off times for buses. Please check your child's Unified Classroom account after 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, for changes that will take place on Monday. Buses may run late picking up and dropping off students as we navigate routes the first few weeks of school. Please be patient with us.


Please watch this 90-second important video produced by the Lake County Sheriff's Office reminding drivers to take precautions near school buses.

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School Read Aloud

Half Day is excited for its first full school read aloud featuring the Wishtree book by Katherine Applegate. Enjoy a chapter by Principal Jill Mau. The books is about an oak tree and a crow who help their neighbors embrace their differences.
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Picture Day

Half Day’s Picture Day is on Thursday, Sept. 2. The picture order form will not be sent home with students.

  • All students will be photographed.

  • You will receive a proof order form or an email with a link to your online gallery two- to three weeks after picture day.

  • At that time you will log in to the Stuart-Rodgers Photography website and choose your picture package.

  • Pictures will be mailed to your home free of shipping charges.

  • Please review the e-notice for detailed information.

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Fifth-Grade Band

Parents are invited to an informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 2 about fifth-grade band.
  • 6:00-6:45 p.m.: Parents of students in Dwyer, Friend, La Roi, Logan, and McCafferty should attend
  • 7:00-7:45 p.m.: Parents of students in Nach, Pardini, Surin, and White should attend
  • Join the Zoom Meeting (ID: 853 9269 0122) and (Passcode: HD5thBand)
  • The meeting will be recorded so those who are unable to attend can watch later.
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MAP Testing

Students at Half Day School will be taking the Fall MAP assessment on Tuesday, Aug. 31, and Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. You will receive the results of the fall assessment in October. For more information about MAP, including how you can help support your child, please read the news bulletin.

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District 103 News

Automated Attendance Calling

The 2021-2022 school year automated attendance calling will begin Monday, August 30.


Automated messaging will be sent to parents via phone call, text, and email from our messaging service, BlackBoard.


If your child will be absent or tardy, please contact the appropriate school by the following time so that you will NOT receive an automated message of your child’s absence.

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Lunch Opt In Program

Please complete the “Lunch Opt-In Form” in your Unified Classroom account by Friday, Aug. 27 at 12:00 p.m. If you have questions, please email Vicky Shargo at vshargo@questfms.com or Rebecca Cohen at rebecca.cohen@questfms.com. Please review the e-notice for details.
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COVID Alert

For information about COVID prevention and COVID cases across D103 schools, please see the following web pages:


You may still sign your child up for free weekly testing. Please review the news bulletin for more information.

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BOE Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.
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Community News

Math Tutoring

Math-Aid provides students in grades 5-8 with tutoring services.

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