Antioch Upper Grade School Warriors

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Student and Family Newsletter: October 23, 2020

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Message from AUGS

Hello AUGS Students and Families,

This addition of the AUGS newsletter includes celebrations highlighting student work, social emotional support for students and families, the virtual pumpkin decorating contest, Red Ribbon Week, and other updates from the district.

Remote Planning Day

On November 2, Antioch CCSD 34 will take its third of five Remote Learning Planning Days. On this day, staff will be developing, collaborating, and planning; therefore, there will be no new work assigned to students. Families and students may take the day to complete outstanding assignments, review previous activities, or unplug from the screen for the day. The timing of this day is in conjunction with the conclusion of the first trimester and is an opportunity for our team to reflect, prepare, and transition to the next trimester. Our staff will be meeting in teams, completing report cards, preparing for conferences, participating in professional development, and planning for continued instruction. Important note: Tuesday, November 3 is also a state-wide non-attendance day due to Election Day.

As a reminder, trimester 1 ends on Friday, October 30th and trimester 2 classes start Monday, November 2nd (classes officially start November 4th).

Message from Dr. Hubbard regarding remote learning on October 26, 2020.

Thank you for your continued support.


Joe Koeune

Principal - AUGS

Remote Learning 2.0 information

Student artwork created by Johanna from 6th grade Art.


6th Grade SPED Team School Store

Over the last few years, the 6th grade special education team has been running a school “store” where students can use tickets that they’ve earned to buy items ranging from small fidgets to board games. The tickets we use are made just for our students and it’s been incredible to watch unmotivated students suddenly turn things around to buy a present for a family member during the holidays, or to watch a student read their first book for pleasure to get some extra tickets towards a football they’ve been eyeing. Motivation can be hard to come by with remote learning, but thanks to the hard work of our team and the help of one of our wonderful paraprofessionals, Julie Vermeyen, we were able to revive the school store! Our first round of the school store ended just before parent pick-up. For the past month, students have been earning points and we have tracked them on a spreadsheet. We set up the school store in one of our rooms and took photos of all of the prizes and posted them with “prices” for students to peruse. On a Thursday during office hours, students were able to hop on Mrs. Sammons’ zoom link to place their bids. It was so exciting to see student smiles and excitement as they bought their prizes that they earned. In the classroom, we’ve enjoyed seeing increased motivation and pride in student work. It’s been a great way for us teachers to tangibly show them that we are proud. We can’t wait for the next school store to be open for business!

Student Email

Student Email - student email accounts are active for grades 3-8. For instructions, please see the Antioch CCSD 34 Student Email Basic User's Guide.

Student Services Spotlight

Life at AUGS

Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The rules are simple:

  • Your Pumpkin must represent a book in some way
  • Pumpkin can be carved, painted or glued on, be creative
  • This can be an individual project or a family one

Email a Photo to Mrs. Nottingham by Thurs. Oct. 29th, please include your full name and grade.

Winners will be notified on Friday October 30th via email and/or phone call.

Winners will be posted in the school newsletter and on our Website, prizes to be determined at a later date.

Virtual Veteran's Day Reception

Each year, Antioch Upper Grade School hosts a reception where we honor the Veterans of our student and staff families. This year, we are not able to be together, but we are no less grateful for their service. So we are going to do our best to create a virtual way of sharing our thanks to our Veterans for their service. Please provide us with information below if you know of a Veteran that we can celebrate. If you have more than one Veteran, please fill out this form for each one. The deadline is NOVEMBER 1. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Strathman at

Click here to submit a photo and information for a Veteran.

Red Ribbon Week

Celebrate being drug free during Red Ribbon Week by dressing up on each spirit day.


Do you know LEAD? We’d like to know you. Our programs and events are designed to support parents and teens build healthy relationships and find alternatives to using drugs and alcohol. As our kids get older, we stop talking to them about actions that can harm them. We at LEAD are asking you to #DiveIn. It’s time for all of us to be part of the solution.

CYN - Community Youth Network

CYN Counseling Center is a non-profit comprehensive community based counseling center that serves children, adolescents, and adults who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues. CYN offers general and specialized counseling and psychotherapy, case management, crisis intervention, and community education.

Library Media Center

BookHub Reminder: Families can check out Antioch CCSD 34 library books! Click here for details.

Set Up PowerSchool Email Notifications For Parents

PowerSchool’s Parent Portal provides real-time access for parents to their child’s grades, attendance, and more. PowerSchool also offers parents the opportunity to have daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly emails sent to their email accounts.

PowerSchool Email Alert Guide

Tech and iPad tips for students and families

How to hard reboot an iPad - Hard reboot your iPad if you are having trouble loading apps and/or other issues you are experiencing. Hold the home button and power button until you see the Apple logo.

iPad Prompting for Apple ID Password- if your child informs you that their iPad is asking for their Apple ID password, please do not have them cancel and ignore it. Instead, have your child communicate with one of their teachers about the issue.

Antioch CCSD 34 student emails are active: Student Emails - Refer to the email from Antioch CCSD 34 for an overview. Review the Email expectations with your child(ren).

Technology Resources and Support

Student Expectations for Remote Learning

Be Responsible - Be Respectful - Be Safe

PBIS - Student Expectations for Remote Learning

  • Students can and should reach out to their individual teachers to ask questions about class.
  • Students are able to attend office hours each day for individual teachers.

Students should not log into classes they do not belong in.

Parent Information

Student Fees - All fees are due. Families should login and make their payments through Rycor. For questions or concerns please email

Handbook Update

The Head Lice section in the 2020-2021 Family Handbook has been updated to reflect current practice as shown on the Health Services webpage. The policies reflected on the Health Services webpage and now the updated 2020-2021 Family Handbook have been in place for several years. We apologize for not catching the outdated information in the handbook prior to its release. You can view the 2020-2021 Family Handbook by clicking here.

Respiratory Medications in School During Pandemic

The current guidelines for schools advise the use of spacers with inhalers and to avoid the use of nebulized medications. Additionally, students who are self-carrying their inhalers will need to go to the health office to use their inhaler in order to prevent the potential spread of infectious disease. In an emergency situation students are encouraged to use their self-carry inhaler and then report to the nurses office. Please see our Use of Respiratory Medications During Pandemic guidance for additional details. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school’s health office.

Submit your child's medical records

This year, District 34 is requiring that the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination and all Immunizations required by the State of Illinois must be received before October 15th in order for your student to avoid exclusion. This paperwork is required for all sixth grade and new students to the district. Students will not be allowed in the building if their health files are not updated.

Note: Scheduled medical appointments are NOT acceptable in lieu of the required physical examination documentation.

Please contact your child’s school health office with any questions at 847-838-8301.

Health Forms

ComEd bill assistance

ComEd bill assistance options available to help those struggling with past-due balances. If you could benefit from additional support, we ask that you call ComEd immediately at 1-800- EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), M-F, 7am-7pm. Customers can also visit to learn more about the following payment assistance options and eligibility requirements:

  • CARE Customer Hardship Grants. Residential customers facing financial hardship may be eligible to receive one-time CARE grants from ComEd to help them get back on their feet.

  • COVID-19 Financial Bill Assistance. A one-time bill assistance credit of up to $500 is available this year for eligible, low-income households.

  • Flexible, Extended Payment Arrangements. For a limited time, low-income households and residential customers expressing financial hardship may be eligible for a flexible payment arrangement so they can spread balances over 24 payments, with 0% down. Residential customers who may not be facing financial hardship, but would like to spread balances, may be able to do so over 18 payments, with no more than 25% down.

  • Waiver of New Deposits and Fee Relief. ComEd is waiving any new deposit requirements for a limited time for customers expressing financial hardship and extending relief from various fees (such as reconnection fees) to help low-income residential customers.

  • State and Federal Financial Energy Assistance. Illinois’ Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) and the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) also provide valuable financial help to households that may be facing financial challenges.

Upcoming Events

  • Red Ribbon Week - October 26th-30th
  • End of Trimester 1 - Friday, October 30th
  • Remote Planning Day - November 2nd - No student attendance
  • Start of Trimester 2 - Monday, November 2nd (first day of classes 11/4)
  • No School - November 3rd - Election Day: State Mandate
  • Report cards - Should be emailed home on Friday, November 6th
  • Virtual Veteran's Day Reception - November 11, 2020
  • Parent/Teacher conferences - Tuesday, November 17th and Thursday, November 19th. More information to follow.

Academic Calendar

AUGS School Administration

Joe Koeune


Jodi Salata

6th Grade Assistant Principal

Josh Coon

7th Grade Assistant Principal

Eric Dohrmann

8th Grade Assistant Principal

Happy Birthday!

Birthdays for the Current Month

Remote Learning 2.0

Antioch CCSD 34 Remote 2.0 Learning Information