Ferson Creek eNews

March 4, 2022

Panorama SEL Survey for Grades 3-5

In the fall of this school year students in grades 3-12 completed a universal screening tool to assess their social and emotional learning skills. In the spring students in grades 3-12 will complete a follow up survey. The use of universal screening allows us to refine and strengthen our efforts to help all students achieve success by taking positive and preventative measures as early as possible. This also provides us with the opportunity to assist students who may need additional support with social and emotional learning.

The Panorama SEL Survey for students will be completed between March 14th to 25th. Please view this letter for additional details regarding the Panorama survey.

IAR & 5th Grade Science Assessment

During the week of March 14th, 5th grade students will take the Illinois Science Assessment. Classroom teachers will share the specifics regarding the testing schedule.

Additionally, students in grades 3-5 participate in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) beginning the Wednesday week after spring break. Students will not take more than one test per day. Regular testing will be completed on Thursday, April 14th. Specific testing times will be shared by classroom teachers. Please find a letter from our assessment department regarding both state assessments here.

March Book Madness

D303 elementary schools are participating in March Book Madness! As part of Division 2, Ferson students read and voted on four books. Two of these books, Hamsters Make Terrible Roommates and Negative Cat have moved on to the next round!
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After School Enrichment -Registration Closes Tonight!

The Ferson Creek PTO is pleased to bring back another year of exciting After School Enrichment (ASE) classes! We hope these classes give our students an opportunity to try something new, to improve a skill, or simply to have a little fun!

Most classes are 1 day long, though a few are 2 day workshops. Classes run from 3:20 PM to 4:20 PM:

  • Monday, March 7, 2022 to Thursday, March 10, 2022, and
  • Monday, March 14, 2022 to Thursday, March 17, 2022.

While some classes are free, others do have a cost for materials. There is also an opportunity to make a donation to the Ferson Creek PTO, so that we can continue providing programs and support for our students, staff, and school.


Registration for classes will run from Friday, February 25, 2022, at 7:00 PM until Friday, March 4, 2022, at 11:59 PM. Register early – classes fill very quickly!


ASE Registration: https://fersoncreekpto.tiny.us/2022FersonASERegistration

Please register one child at a time.

NOTE: all parents/guardians are encouraged to volunteer in order to make ASE a fun, safe, and efficient program. Volunteers will be needed from 2:30-4:30 pm on March 7-10 & 14-17. While we will need help each day, we understand it may not be possible for volunteers to be available all 8 days - that's ok! We'd love to have your help on any day that you are able.

Volunteer Sign up : https://fersoncreekpto.tiny.us/2022FersonASEVolunteers

At the end of the registration process, you will be prompted to pay via credit card for any classes that have fees. Payment is required to ensure your child's participation in those ASE classes. If you prefer not to pay online, please contact Shannon Puri (630-209-9908, ShannonPuri@hotmail.com ). Please note that classes are filled on a first come, first served basis and opting not to use the online payment system may delay the process.

Additional information:

  • If a student is absent from school or becomes ill during the school day, they are not to attend ASE classes.
  • Please remind your child(ren) when they are scheduled to stay after school for an ASE class.
  • Please send a healthy, dry snack from home (no nut products), as students will have time prior to the start of ASE to eat.
  • Students are to be picked up by an adult inside the front lobby no later than 4:25 PM.
  • If D303 cancels school and/or after-school activities due to inclement weather or other causes, there will be no ASE classes. The PTO will make every effort to reschedule the classes, however, there is no guarantee as this is dependent on the availability of the instructors. The PTO will refund money if they are unable to reschedule a class.

By completing the online registration process via SignUpGenius, you recognize and acknowledge that there are certain risks of physical injury to participants in this program/activity, and you voluntarily agree to assume the full risk of any and all injuries, damages or loss, that your minor child/ward or you may sustain as a result of said participation. You further agree to waive and relinquish all claims your minor child/ward or you may have as a result of participating in this program/activity against Ferson Creek School, including its officials, agents, volunteers, and employees.

Important Dates

Wednesday, March 23rd - Early Release - 2:10 PM Dismissal

Monday, March 28th - Friday, April 1st - Spring Break - No School for Students

Friday, April 15th - Institute Day - No School for Students

Wednesday, April 27th - Early Release - 2:10 PM Dismissal

5th Grade Transition to Middle School Opportunities

Parents of 5th graders - there are multiple transition opportunities offered at both middle schools this spring and summer. Click here Thompson and here Wredling dates and information.

5th Grade Families - Order your Clap-Out T-shirts!

Both Thompson and Wredling are have opened their online spiritwear store for incoming 6th graders. 5th grade students are encouraged to wear their middle school shirts on the last day of school. If you are interested in ordering, t-shirts are delivered to Ferson in early May. Please click the links for ordering information. Both online stores are open until March 25th.

Thompson SpiritWear

Wredling SpiritWear

5th Grade Human Growth and Development Presentation

Fifth-grade classes will be attending the Human Growth and development presentation on Friday, March, 11. The presentation consists of a narrated PowerPoint, including a short video, and time to submit questions. The school nurses will review the questions and return answers to students within the week. Boys and girls programs are similar in content but will be presented and facilitated separately within your student's classroom. A letter will be sent to 5th-grade parents with more details via their classroom e-news. As a parent, you have the right to request that your child not participate in this presentation. If after reviewing the information you would prefer your child not participate, please submit a written letter to the principal by March 4, 2022. If you have any questions about the presentation you may contact your building Certified School Nurse, Wendy Landers at 331-228-6068.

5Essentials Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to provide us feedback regarding your educational experience within D303.

District Calendar Update

Next year's calendar was revised and the 2022-2023 calendar was approved at a previous board meeting. Below are the changes for next year:
  • Friday, November 4th SIP day moved to Monday, November 7th

  • Tuesday, November 8th - Election Day Holiday

  • Friday, May 26, 2023 - last day of school (one day added due to 11/8 holiday)

Click here to view all of the calendars.

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5 Essentials Survey

Each year D303 participates in the 5Essentials Survey. This survey is completed by parents, staff and students in grades 4-11. You can find information regarding the survey here , including the link to complete the survey. We strive for as much participation as possible, so if you can take a few minutes to complete the survey, it would be greatly appreciated. Our 4th and 5th grade students will complete their survey during the day with their classroom teacher.
Across the Board Newsletter

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