Ferson Creek eNews

February 19, 2021

From the Principal...Kristy McKnight

It was a busy week of kindness and fun here at Ferson! With an author visit for two of our grade levels and many opportunities to share kindness, there was a positive energy throughout the building. There are many pictures shared below so you can get a glimpse of all the fun that was had!


Thank you to all of the parents who have already completed the 5Essentials survey. Log-in details are below. If you could please take a few minutes to complete, it would be much appreciated. As a building, we review these results in order to continue to improve our practice as a learning community. As a principal, I also set action plans based off the feedback received. We greatly value your input!


Monday, from open to close, is a fundraising opportunity at Panera. A portion of all purchases made, while showing this flyer, will go directly to our Ferson PTO. Thanks in advance for your support!


Have a wonderful weekend,

Kristy McKnight

Ferson Creek Kindness Week

Kindness was flowing this week at Ferson Creek! Take a look at some of our pictures from the week below.

A Thank You Banner for Our Custodians!

Here are 4th graders Hailey and Hayden from 4LW signing the banner!
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Author Visit with Nick Bruel

1st and 2nd grade students experienced a Zoom Author Visit with Nick Bruel. Mr. Bruel is well known for his Bad Kitty books. Thanks so much to Mr. Bruel for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students!

5Essentials Survey

District 303 participates in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey that collects feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. The responses will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide our improvement efforts. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Parent Survey is currently open and will remain so through April 2 2021. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey. As part of this communication, we have included graphics of the login page with additional information about how to access the survey. Most notably, make sure you enter Kane County in the box for county even if your home or your child’s school is in DuPage County. This will allow you to correctly select your child’s school.

All District 303 teachers, as well as students in 4th through 12th grades, are being asked to complete this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. Teachers will work with students to assist them with logging in and taking the student survey.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction

We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your input.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

Yearbook Photos

We still need Yearbook photos!! Students and families, though this year may look different than previous years, we still want to put together a great yearbook for your family and we need your help!! Please send us any photos you would like to be included. They could be of your child working on a school project, reading their favorite book, artwork, at home during remote school, having fun during an activity or practicing an instrument. Did they make a giant snowman over winter break and want to share it? Send it to us!


Our goal is to collect as many memories as we can for our 2020-2021 yearbook and remember we are still Better Together, even if we are not all under one roof. Additionally, if your children are remote and didn't get their picture taken for the yearbook, we would love to still include them! Please submit your own headshot to our yearbook coordinators.

Please email any photos or questions to Kristi Bruns and Ashley Holdsworth at aholdswo@gmail.com or via wetransfer.com using aholdswo@gmail.com.

*Remember to include the name of your student and grade level.

We appreciate your support!

Kindergarten Registration

The District 303 Kindergarten enrollment process for the 2021-2022 school year will be virtual! Between January 19 and March 12, families will be able to enroll their kindergarten-age children by visiting the Kindergarten Registration & Information page of the District 303 website. On the District 303 website you will find:


  • The New Student Intake Form (coming January 19, 2021)

  • The Kindergarten Step-by-Step Guide for registration

  • Health and Dental exams and immunization information

  • Contact information for all elementary schools

  • Information about Full Day and Half Day Kindergarten


Please direct any friends or neighbors with incoming kindergarteners to the D303 website to get all necessary information.

Middle School Transfer Requests


REQUEST PERIOD OPEN FROM FEB. 1 - FEB. 26


Families who wish to submit a Middle School Transfer request may do so beginning February 1, 2021. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want to be transferred. Requests are granted based on space available. This means that siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.


Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.



Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation.


Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.


The Middle School Transfer request window will close at 4:00pm on February 26, 2021.

If you have questions, please contact Tammy Marsan at: 331-228-2397.


haga clic aquí para descargar el formulario de solicitud de transferencia para la escuela secundaria.

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UPCOMING DATES


  • Thursday, February 25th - End of 2nd Trimester
  • Friday, February 26th - School Improvement Day, No School for Students
  • Thursday, March 25th - Regular attendance day for students (8:00 am -1:40 pm)
  • Friday, March 26th - School Improvement Day, No School for Students
  • Monday, March 29th - Friday, April 2nd - Spring Break
Across the Board Newsletter

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