TJ Family News Patriot Press
Thank you for an awesome 22-23 School Year!
The last day of school is Friday, May 26th. Students will have an early dismissal on Friday at 12:45. Our students and staff have worked hard this year, and we are proud of the progress and growth our students have made. We set expectations for our students and ourselves and our proud of our success this year.
Again, we want to take this time to thank all of our families for their continued support. We are fortunate to be part of such a dedicated and caring community. We also want to thank the PTO for all of the events and activities that were offered to our students, families, and staff.
Wishing everyone a fun and safe summer!
Field Day Information
We are excited to be celebrating Field Day this week tomorrow Monday, 5/22, and on Tuesday, May 23rd. Here are a few reminders for our students. If students are wearing sunscreen, it should be applied at home. Students can wear a hat and sunglasses. Also, students should wear gym shoes for their safety. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle with their name on it.
Below, you will find the schedule for TJ’s Field Day.
Monday, May 22nd
9:25 am-11:35 am
· 3rd grade (Michalisko. Punter, Zak)
· 4th grade
12:55 pm-3:05 pm
· 1st and 2nd grade
· 3rd grade (Faber, Faragoi, Killian)
· 5th grade
Tuesday, May 23
12:00 pm-3:30 pm
· FBI Banda, George
Specific questions can be directed to the Physical Education team.
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5th Grade Clap Out May 26th 11:45 (Weather Permitting)
TJ Fifth-Grade Families,
We are excited to share that on Friday, May 26th, our last day of school, weather permitting, we have organized an event to celebrate our 5th-grade students. If we have inclement weather, the event will be canceled. We are sad to see our students leaving TJ, but we are excited for them to start middle school next year. We have organized a “Clap Out Parade” to recognize their accomplishments and wish them all the best in middle school.
Our staff and students will form a line on both sides of the sidewalk around the building for our 5th graders to walk through as we clap and cheer for them to celebrate all of their accomplishments.
Families are also invited to attend. Any families joining us for the event can also join us in this celebration. If you are interested in joining us on May 26th, we ask parents to park in the back of the building. Families should park in the lanes on the blacktop the same way we organize car riders to park for dismissal. Families should plan on arriving at 11:40. The “Clap Out Parade” for our 5th-grade students will begin at about 11:45. The fifth-grade students will exit out the main door and walk around the building on the sidewalk and re-enter through the main doors.
After the parade, all 5th-grade students will return to their classrooms. If parents/guardians want to sign out their fifth-grade student after the event, families should come to the main office with their identification to sign out their child. Students will then be called to the office for an early dismissal.
If you have an incoming kindergartener or know of families with incoming kindergarten students, please have them call the office at (815) 577-2021 to schedule a time to register as soon as possible.
Arrival & Dismissal Safety Reminders
D. 202 launches Safe2Help Illinois crisis reporting system
District 202 is participating in a new statewide school safety program called Safe2Help Illinois.
This 24/7 helpline will offer students a safe, confidential way to share information on school safety issues.
Safe2Help Illinois was launched by the State of Illinois in December 2020 and aims to help prevent suicide, bullying, school violence and other threats to student safety.
“These are real concerns with our students and to have one place to seek help will be a great benefit,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Glenn Wood. “The safety of our staff and students will always be our top priority.”
With Safe2Help Illinois, students can connect with a trained crisis professional during their own crisis or report a potential threat.
Students can share an alert via the following ways:
- Website: www.Safe2Helpil.com
- Text: SAFE2 (72332)
- Phone: 844-4-SAFEIL (844-472-3345)
- App: Download App in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
- Email: HELP@Safe2HelpIL.com
Once vetted, the information will be immediately shared with District 202 school officials, mental health professionals, and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip.
The program is not intended to punish, suspend, or expel students. Rather, the goal is to encourage students to “Seek Help Before Harm.”
District 202 staff and students will receive information about the Safe2Help Illinois program in January.
Students will view Safe2Help Illinois videos that are customized to their age level.
- Primary Video: The Difference Between Reporting and Tattling
- Intermediate Video Grades 4-5: Let’s Give it a Try
- Teen Videos:
Learn more about District 202 school safety resources at https://www.psd202.org/page/school-safety.
Visit the Safe2Help Illinois website at www.Safe2Helpil.com.
In conformance with the State of Illinois Compulsory Attendance Law, parents/guardians are responsible for having his/her child in school when classes are in session. School attendance is not optional. Daily attendance and timeliness will increase the student’s probability for successful performance and foster the development of self-discipline and responsibility. Conversely, absences, repeated tardiness, and other truancies will have a negative effect on the student’s overall classroom experience and academic grade. Time missed from school can never truly be made up; the interaction in the classroom cannot be replicated by doing make-up work. If a student is not in attendance at school due to illness, he/she may not participate in performances or attend special events(such as book fairs or classroom parties) during or after school on that day, unless they have a medical note from a doctor or a dentist.
E-Learning Days are used when all students in the district are in a remote learning setting because of an emergency (Snow Day/Emergency Weather Closure Day).
The schedule for each level will be synchronous learning.
- Assignments for the day will be posted to the Google Classroom by the end of the school day by the teacher.
- The remainder of the 5-hour instructional day will be asynchronous student learning.
- High School students will log into their first period at 7:05 and follow their daily schedule.
- Plainfield Academy, TAP, Turnabout, and PSTEP will log into their teacher's Google Classroom according to the attached schedule found on the high school document
- Middle School students will log into their first period at 7:55 and follow their daily schedule.
- Plainfield Academy and TAP Middle School will log into their first period at 7:45 and follow their daily schedule in the Middle School Document
- Elementary Students will log into their teacher’s Google Classroom at 9:05 am
Students should be taking their laptops home daily.
Students should know how to access their Google Classroom. If you or your child is having difficulty accessing their Google Classroom, please contact your child's teacher.
Social and Emotional Learning
Our focus for May is friendship skills:
Week 1 - Inviting to Play
At TJ, it’s important to notice and have empathy when other kids are being left out. Inviting other students to play is a caring thing to do. When we invite others to play, we will get to know them. At recess, this week, notice if anyone is being left out, and be sure to ask that person to join in and play!
Week 2 - Playing Fairly
At TJ, we play in fair ways. Being able to play fairly with others will help you make and keep friends. When you can’t agree on how to play together, it’s a problem. Finding a respectful way to agree on rules during a game helps you get along better with others. Sharing, trading, and taking turns are also fair and fun ways to play together. Think about how you can play fairly with your friends this week.
Week 3 - Making Amends
Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. When you hurt someone’s feelings, it’s important to take responsibility. Taking responsibility means admitting what you did, apologizing, and offering to make the situation better. This is called making amends. It can be hard to take responsibility, but it’s the right thing to do, and it helps everyone feel better. This week, if you make a mistake, remember to find a way to make amends.
Week 4 - Handling Name Calling
In our school, we have a rule about being respectful. It’s not respectful to call people names that hurt their feelings. If someone calls you a name, you can ignore the person or speak to him or her assertively. You can tell the person it’s not okay to call you names. If the person doesn’t stop calling you names, you should tell an adult. Saying kind words to others helps you make and keep friends!
Arrival and Dismissal
We are asking for your cooperation and patience with arrival and dismissal to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and families. If your child is a car rider, please place a nameplate in the front window of your car that is visible to staff. Your child's teacher can provide you with a nameplate or you can get one from the office.
If you and your child are walkers, we are asking everyone to cross using the designated crosswalks in the parking lot and in front of the school for your safety.
We are asking all families who are picking up their children as walkers to remain on the sidewalk and out of the grass. Please stay behind the bike racks to allow students room to dismiss safely.
Please know the safety of our students is first and foremost, they will not be able to change their dismissal arrangements unless the office has been notified. Please contact the office prior to 3:00 with any dismissal changes.
Thank you to everyone for your cooperation!
Please have your child charge their computer nightly and bring their charger to school with them daily. Also, all students and parents/guardians are required to complete the District 202 Acceptable Use Policy each year. Please click on the link below:
22 - Field Day K- 5
23 - FBI Field Day
24 - Rain Day Field Day K- 5
25 - FBI Rain Day Field Day
5/26 Fifth Grade Clap Out 11:45
26 - School Improvement Day - Last Day of School Early Release 12:45
Angela Roman -Vice President
Misty Dawn Yau - Secretary
Samantha Navarro -Treasurer
23 - PTO Meeting