March 21, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is hard to believe Spring Break is nearly upon us. I know our students are looking excitedly toward the break and whatever plans they may have for the time off. Here at the school, we've started the very earliest parts of planning for next year. Any new family or incoming kindergarten family can register online now. That has been open since February 4th. The next part of this process is creating class lists for next year. The Field staff collaborates in this difficult and important job. It is a long process that has many stages and is not completed until late in the summer when we send you your child's classroom assignment. We would like to give parents the opportunity to provide specific input about their student to me for classroom placement. If you are interested in telling us a little about your student's personality or learning style, any peers with whom you would like them paired or not paired, or any other learning factors you would like us to know, please send that to me at email@example.com. This information will be kept confidential. Your information will be part of the gathered information when we create classes. Because of the complexity of this process, we cannot reduce the process to one where we accept parent requests for specific teachers. Letters that include requests for specific teachers will not be given consideration. The deadline for submitting this information is Friday, April 26, 2019. Please send that email no later than April 26th. If you have any questions, please let me know.
You also may have heard that the first part of the construction project is taking place over Spring Break. Contractors will abate the asbestos found in the tiles and adhesive beneath the carpets in the hallways. With only the week that we are off to work, the only step that will be completed is the removal of the asbestos and any contaminated materials. Over the summer, they will install new tile in the hallways. This means that the hallways will be concrete when the students return from Spring Break. Though the work has not yet started, we expect that the concrete is smooth and sealed. When installed, that concrete should have been sealed to prevent anything leaching through the concrete. It was smooth at Roosevelt last year when they had the same process and timeline as we have this year. We are doing everything possible to make sure the hallways are safe for our students.
Dr. Jason Bednar
Principal, Field School
Lost And Found!!!
SPRING 2019 REMINDERS FROM SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES
Springtime turns thoughts to warmer weather, outdoor activities, and spring break travel. Here are two important reminders to help your families enjoy this time of year!
Please continue to take time to regularly check your child for the presence of head lice. The Centers for Disease Control has practical information regarding head lice, which can be accessed here. In addition, your Building Nurse can provide you with useful materials regarding identification and treatment of head lice. Information also is available on the D64 Health & Safety tips webpage.
This time of year also is called “influenza (flu) season.” In the U.S., flu season occurs in the winter; however, flu outbreaks can happen as early as October and can last as late as May.
D64 has noticed an increase in the number of influenza-type illnesses in our schools, which is to be expected at this time of the year. Cleaning protocols have been adjusted in all buildings in response to this increase. In addition, frequent handwashing and proper cough/sneeze etiquette are regularly reinforced with our students and staff.
Please visit Cook County Department of Public Health for information about influenza, including prevention tips that you may find helpful at home, too.
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