Friday Focus

November 5, 2021

In this Issue:

  • A Message from Marcie
  • Nuts at Lunch
  • Conference Sign-Ups
  • Yearbook Cover Contest
  • Family Access Unavailable
  • 109 Gives Back - Food and Supply Drive
  • Important Dates
  • Opting Out of SHIELD Testing

Don't miss the PTO Spotlight!

  • Donate Extra Halloween Candy - ends Nov. 8th
  • Winter Enrichment Sign up - Nov. 15 @ 9am
  • Yearbook Cover Contest - due by Nov. 16th
  • Winter Gear Drive - Bring items now until winter break
  • Lunch Volunteers Needed
  • Cute pictures? Send to the Yearbook!

A Message from Marcie

Hello, South Park!

We transitioned to indoor lunch just in the nick of time. Fall weather has arrived, and the temperatures are dropping. Each year, we are asked what our practice is regarding letting students play outside or bringing them in when the weather is bad. We hope the weather cooperates and we can keep the students outside for recess every day (but we live in Chicago!).

Our practice is to let kids go outside if the temperature/wind chill is 10 degrees or warmer and it is not raining or snowing too hard.

In the last few weeks, students have been coming to school without warm coats, hats, and gloves. Please send your children to school with appropriate clothing for outdoor play. If they want to play in the snow, they are required to wear boots and snow pants. We also recommend that you send an extra set of dry clothes to keep in school.

A few other reminders:

  • Don't forget to change your clocks this weekend. We fall back one hour on Saturday night.
  • We will not have school on Thursday, November 11, in observance of Veteran's Day.
  • Next Friday will be a South Park Spirit Day. Students are invited to wear their SP spirit wear.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Nuts at Lunch

Please remember that nuts are only permitted at lunch in the multipurpose room. If your child was assigned to the classroom for lunch, they should NOT bring any peanuts or tree nuts in their lunch. This includes leftover Halloween candy!

Rather than turning our entire school into a nut-free building, we opted to allow nuts in our multipurpose room which is a controlled environment with frequent disinfecting and protocol to keep our students with allergies safe. To prevent our students from leaving any nut residue on desks and tables in the classroom, we must keep nuts out of our classrooms. Thank you for your cooperation!

Lunch concerns specific to your child should be shared with the classroom teacher.

Conference Sign-Ups

Parent-teacher conferences will be held via Zoom on Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23.

Conference sign-ups were sent out in a standalone email this past Monday. It is not too late to sign up! Please CLICK HERE to sign up for a conference.

We hope that families who choose to travel during the week of Thanksgiving will take advantage of the virtual conference structure and sign up for a time slot during our teachers' designated conference times.

Yearbook Cover Contest

We are excited about our 2nd annual Yearbook Cover Contest!

The theme for this year’s yearbook cover is Hope/Resilience/Sticking with It. Each design should reflect the theme. Students should create their designs on 8.5x11 paper and turn them into their classroom teacher by November 16th.

All students will get a chance to vote for their favorite cover at the end of November. The winner will be announced during morning announcements. The winning submission will be featured on the cover of the yearbook.

Contact Shannon Sword ( with any questions or click on this link for more information.


Family Access Unavailable

Skyward Family Access will be unavailable between now and November 19th so that grades can be entered. If you have any immediate questions, please contact Kristin Neu (

109 Gives Back Food & Supply Drive!

One week down, three days to go! We are accepting donations to benefit the West Deerfield Township Food Pantry. Even though South Park has been given some items to focus on (see flyer below), we will accept all non-perishable donations! Monetary donations will also be accepted. Look for a link at

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109 Gives Back Food Drive Update

Important Dates

November 11 - No School - Veteran's Day

November 19 - Report cards posted online at 3:00 p.m.

November 22 - Regular student attendance day and evening conferences for parents and teachers

November 23 - No School, daytime conferences for parents and teachers

November 24-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Break


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