Northside Elementary Newsletter
Teach Learn Care
A note from Mr. Mowen
Dear Parents & Caregivers:
As we continue to make progress in the 4th Quarter, I wanted to give you an update on a couple of upcoming events. The State of Illinois is still requiring students complete the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (3rd-5th Grade) and Illinois Science Assessment (5th Grade). The dates for those assessments are listed below. During testing weeks it is critical that students are eating a good breakfast and getting plenty of sleep. Helping with these two things can really make a difference for students' confidence and performance.
March was a great month for Northside and our students. We were excited to see our students more consistently. The classrooms were filled with laughter and learning and it was terrific. We look forward to a great 4th quarter.
Northside Elementary School
April Calendar Items
March 29th - April 5th - No School - Spring Break
April 4th - Easter
Tuesday, April 6th - School Resumes - In-Person Day
April 6-30 - Virtual Kindergarten Registration Window Opens
April 6th-9th - Illinois Science Assessment (5th Grade)
Apr. 7th - Remote Learning Day
Apr. 8th - In-Person Day
Apr. 9th - In-Person Day
April 12th -14th - Preschool Screening - At Northside
Wednesday, April 14th - District Wide Professional Development Day - No Remote Learning
Wednesday, April 14th - 3rd-5th Remote Students ONLY IAR/ISA Testing @ Millikin, 7:50 AM
Apr. 19th-23rd - IAR Testing - Grades 3-5
April 20th - In person Kindergarten Registration - 5-7 pm @ Northside
Wednesday, April 21 - 3rd-5th Remote Students IAR/ISA Testing @ Millikin, 7:50 AM
May 3rd-7th - MAP Testing - Grades K-5
May 4th - PTA Meeting @ 6:00 PM - Virtual
May 21st- Last Day of School
Northside Academic Challenge
Remember the goal is 1 hour a week (4 hours a month) on Reflex/Map Accelerator outside of school. For preschool and kindergarten the goal is to read 30 books for the month.
Thank you for your support with this initiative.
Math and Reading Club Starting 4th Quarter
Wednesday Educational Opportunities
April 7th - Link
April 21st - Link will be sent the Monday, April 19th
April 28th - Link will be sent the Monday, April 26th
Reading Corner - Five-Finger Rule
The “Five-Finger Rule” is a simple technique for checking if a book is at the right book level for your child to read independently. Follow these steps with your child:
Have your child read one page from anywhere in the book.
Each time they come to a word they don't know, hold up a finger.
If you’re holding up three or fewer fingers when they're finished reading the page, the book should be at the right book level for them to read independently.
If you’re holding up four or five fingers, this book may be too difficult for your child to read on their own. Either read this book with your child or encourage them to select another book.
If you’re holding up six or more fingers, this book is too difficult. Help your child select another more appropriate book.
Teach your child to use the “Five-Finger Rule” when self-selecting books.
Mrs. Amy Medley
Northside Reading Specialist