IG PARENT NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY 2019

INDIAN GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Principal: Mrs. Lynn Fisher

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Amy Veytsman

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

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,


I am hoping all of you are safe and warm while reading this February newsletter. Thank you for keeping students home and protected during the several days our schools were closed this past week. The weather at the end of January was brutal and it will be good to return to some more normal winter weather this coming month.


The district schools are hosting a second parent-teacher conference this month. A link was sent to all parents which enables choosing a conference date and time. Conferences will be held from 4:30 - 8:30 PM on either Thursday, February 7 or Wednesday, February 13. Each conference with a teacher is 15 minutes long. If you have not signed up for a conference, please do so by using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/1357fd602a0cee8c24-igspring


February also has many other events planned for students and parents/guardians. There is a PTC Movie Night, field trips to Metropolis, Officer Friendly visits, Share a Book Day with various community members and the first Grover Night for our 1st graders. We will also have our first event for the 2019-20 school year: kindergarten registration! This will take place on February 20th.


There are many, many things going on this month at Indian Grove. As always, please contact your child's teacher or me if you have any questions, concerns or comments pertaining to your child. In closing, I leave you with this thought:

"People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy."

- Anton Chekhov



Respectfully yours,


Mrs. Lynn Fisher

Principal

FEBRUARY EVENTS

Friday - Feb 1 - IG Singers - 7:50AM in RM 53


Monday - Feb 4 - Cubing Club - 8AM in RM 19A

4th Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Tuesday - Feb 5 - 3rd Grade STEAM Club - Herrick - 8AM in RM 44

-IG Dancers - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53

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

-Board Meeting at the Administration Center 7PM


Wednesday - Feb 6 - IG Singers - 7:50AM in RM 53

-4th Grade Art Club - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 38

-5th Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

-PTC Meeting 7PM


Thursday - Feb 7 - Late Arrival 9:25AM

-Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30PM - 8:30PM


Friday - Feb 8 - PTC Movie Night- 6:30 PM


Monday - Feb 11 - 4th Grade STEAM Club - Engle/Suchecki/Szwed - 8AM in the LRC

-Cubing Club - 8AM in RM 19A

-3rd Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Tuesday - Feb 12 - 5th Grade Steam Club - Surz/Szwed - 8AM n the LRC

-2nd Grade Steam Club - Robinson/Russo - 8AM in RM 44

-Rhythm Ensemble - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53

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


Wednesday - Feb 13 - 4th Grade Field Trip to the Metropolis

-1st Grade Purple Asparagus Program

-Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30PM to 8:30PM


Thursday - Feb 14 - Late Arrival 9:25AM

-5th Grade Boys After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

-Valentine's Day Homeroom Parties - 2:45 - 3:15PM


Friday - Feb 15- NON-ATTENDANCE DAY (All Buildings Closed)


Monday - Feb 18 - NO SCHOOL - HOLIDAY - PRESIDENT’S DAY


Tuesday - Feb 19 - IG Dancers - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53

-Board Meeting 7PM at the Administration Center

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


Wednesday - Feb 20 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Marriott Lincolnshire

-5th Grade Art Club - 3:30PM - 4:15 in RM 38

-5th Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

-Kindergarten Registration for 2019/2020 School Year 4:30PM to 8PM


Thursday - Feb 21 - Late Arrival 9:25AM

-1st Grade Officer Friendly

-GCSG Meeting - 3:30PM - 4:14PM

-3rd Grade Boys After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Friday - Feb 22 - IG Singers - 7:50 am in RM 53


Monday - Feb 25 - 4th Grade STEAM Club - Adams/Wille - 8AM in the LRC

-Cubing Club - 8AM in RM 19A

-4th Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Tuesday - Feb 26 - 5th Grade STEAM Club - Photopoulos/Brege - 8AM in the LRC

3rd Grade STEAM Club - Satovitz - 8AM in Rm 44

-Rhythm Ensemble - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53

- 3rd Grade Girls Volleyball Club - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

-1st Grade Grover Night - 6:30 PM


Wednesday - Feb 27 - Share a Book Day

-3rd Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

-Family Reading Night 7PM in the LRC


Thursday - Feb 28 - Late Arrival 9:25 AM

-Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off - Grades 3-5 in PE classes

-4th Grade Boys After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

Kindergarten Registration for the 2019/2020 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, 2019, can attend our full-day kindergarten in August.

Registration and information for Kindergarten will be done on Wednesday, February 20 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.


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

IG Student Creates a Title for Author's Book

Award-winning author Dan Gutman recently held a nationwide Facebook contest to come up with a new rhyming title for a new My Weird School book. Indian Grove fourth grader, Evan Belanger, and his mom, Angie, were the winners. Evan won an autographed copy of Dan's latest book, Dr. Snow has Got to Go! Congratulations to Evan and his mom for their creativity and the opportunity to be part of an author’s new book!

Snow Removal

In order to help our students get to school safely, we are asking all parents who live along a walking route to school to please make sure your sidewalks are cleared. This way, our students will be walking safely on the sidewalk and not in the street on their way to and from school.

Principal of the Day

When a student reaches 1000 points in Accelerated Reader, he/she becomes Principal for the Day. We have had several "principals" since the school year started. Below are the words our principal shared with students the day she was visiting all the classrooms in January.


Anjali Evani - Principal of the Day - January 14th, 2019


HI, my name is Anjali Evani. I am in 4th grade in Mrs. Wille’s Class. I am so excited to be Principal of the Day! My favorite type of books are mystery books. My favorite books are Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. The first book I ever read is The Very Boastful Kangaroo by Bernard Most. Some Good reader tips I have are : Read a lot, If you don't know a word always ask what it means, and always try your best when reading. Lastly, I would like to thank my mom and dad, Mrs. Creaser, Mrs. Wille, my previous teachers, and Mrs. Fisher for encouraging me to read and become Principal of the day.

DENTAL INFORMATION

Just a reminder that ALL current Kindergarten and 2nd graders need proof of a Dental Exam by May 15th, 2018. Dental exam forms can be found on the district website www.rtsd26.org or in the Indian Grove health office. If you have any questions please call our health office at (224) 612-7505

GCSC NEWS

The Grover Community Service Group will be once again leading the school in the Pennies for Patients campaign. This will start on Monday February 4th and run through February 22nd. Boxes will be placed in each student's classroom for all donations. All funds raised will benefit the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society. Please particupate and help us reach our school goal of $3,000.


The GCSG is still 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. We will be collecting these until the end of the school year. Last year, we did good, but this year we want to do even better. Step up and lend a hand. GO GROVERS!!!!

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:

· February 13 – Beans

· March 13 – Roots

· April 17 – Herbs

· May 15 – Berries

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: (2018/2019): 2/14, 3/14 & 4/18

ECDEC Pre-K Program

DID YOU KNOW

YOUR CHILD MIGHT BE ELIGIBLE FOR

FREE PRESCHOOL?

ECDEC (Early Childhood Developmental Enrichment Center) is a preschool program that serves at-risk children who live within the boundaries of School District 26. These may include children who are English Language Learners and/or need some extra support to be ready for success in kindergarten. To determine eligibility for the preschool program, parents need to schedule a screening appointment for their child. The ECDEC screening number is 224-612-7308. ECDEC uses Creative Curriculum, Project Approach, Scholastic and literacy-based additional curricula aligned with the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. ECDEC is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education.

If you qualify for this full-day program, the school day is 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

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 either at a school or the Education Service Center (ESC), 1900 East Kensington Road, Mount Prospect. The ESC is the administration center adjacent to Park View 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.

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