Meadowview News and Notes

January 2016

Inspiring Education and Innovation

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 provides a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.

Mark Your Calendar!

Thursday, January 7th - PTO Meeting, 6:30pm, Meadowview LRC

Monday, January 11-22 - Winter Benchmark Testing Window

Monday, January 11 through February 12th - Access Testing Window

Monday, January 11th - School Board Meeting, 7:30, JJH

Monday, January 18th - No School MLK Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19th - Monday Schedule

Tuesday, January 19th - After School Clubs Begin

Friday, January 22nd - End of 2nd Quarter

Friday, January 22nd - PTO Winter Dance, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, January 26th - District Spelling Bee, 6:30pm, JJH

Friday, January 29th - Jitterbugs Assembly (9am for 4-6 and 10am for PreK-3)

Upcoming Testing

Across the district throughout the month of January, we will be assessing students using various measures. Here are the main reasons this is necessary:

  • To communicate how your child is doing in school
  • To determine each child's strengths and needs in order to design instruction that is meaningful and engaging
  • To determine whether students are reaching state standards
  • To determine whether intervention is necessary

English Language Learners will take the ACCESS test. The test is designed to measure English Language Learners' social and academic proficiency in English.

All students take part in STAR testing (reading K-6th and math 1st-6th). The results will go home in your child's second-quarter report card.

All students will take part in AIMSweb fluency testing. Fluency scores will go home in your child's second-quarter report card.

The PARCC test will be administered one time this year in grades 3-8 and will be administered in the spring.

Gifted Screening and Nominations

Woodridge School District 68 uses a four-step process for identification of gifted students which includes:

1) nominations

2) screening

3) review

4) placement

All students in grades 2 and 6 are automatically screened; parents of second and sixth graders will receive a letter with details in early January. For students in other grades to be screened, a student must be nominated by a teacher or parent. Nominations opened Monday, January 4, 2016. Completed nominations must be received in the school office or postmarked no later than Friday, January 29, 2016. No action is required for students who are already a part of the gifted program. Review and identification for gifted services will occur in May, and letters regarding placement will be mailed this summer.

Gifted program info & nomination form

Important Notes and Reminders

  • Upon coming back from winter break, the entire school reviewed our building-wide expectations of being respectful, responsible, and safe in various areas of the building. Our "Paws Laws" are below for your review.
  • In the coming weeks, our teachers will be engaging in half-day professional development sessions and will be out of the classroom on their specific grade-level half day. These sessions are necessary as our teachers continue to refine their instructional practices. Please support us in reminding your child about the importance of being respectful, responsible, and safe while a substitute is teaching the class.
  • All the items from our lost and found bin are on a table in the main hallway. Please encourage your child to peruse for any lost items.
  • Thanks SO much to all the parents that helped with our winter parties. The students had a great time!
  • Thank you all for your generous donations throughout the fall and early part of winter. We collected 382 pounds of food for the West Suburban Food Pantry and packed 26 boxes of supplies that were sent to our troops in Kuwait. Your generosity is commendable.
  • Please use the links at the bottom of this page to connect with us via Twitter, PTO Facebook, PTO Website, and our District 68 Facebook.
  • Attendance is critical. Your child will not be excused from school for vacations. If your child has a legitimate reason to miss school, please notify the school before 10am on the day of the absence - 630-969-2390. If we do not receive a call or note from you and cannot get a hold of you, we will call the police to conduct a well-being check.

PTO News and Information

Come to the PTO meeting Thursday, January 7th at 6:30pm in LRC. We will be discussing the Winter Dance and Fun Fair. All welcome. Childcare provided.

Save the Date for the Winter Dance! Friday, January 22, Mr. Khan will be rocking the gym! This is a fun night for the entire family and you don't want to miss it! Tickets are $1/person at the door (no presale) and will benefit our Field Day in June!

An all school assembly, sponsored by PTO, Dancing with Class will be held Friday, January 29th.

January Manna - Orders are due Friday, January 8th and will be delivered Wednesday, January 13th.

Looking for PTO news and updates? Visit the new website and our PTO Facebook page!

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Music News from Mrs. Roth

Kindergarten is developing their ear by echoing rhythm and tonal patterns a skill, which they will continue to develop. As we get back to work after break we will be learning a new song that uses a major scale. Eventually we will learn about and how to play the bell set to this new song.

The first graders continue to work on singing with excellent posture. They are also developing the skill of reading and clapping their rhythm patterns. Next they will learn how to write their rhythm patterns using Popsicle sticks.

The second graders are developing their singing voices by practicing the major scale using solfege. They are also developing the skill of writing their rhythm patterns. We are starting a unit on how music is organized. They will be learning about AB and ABA forms.

The third graders are starting a unit about the line and space notes on the treble clef staff. They are following the adventures of Freddie the Frog to learn the names of the notes.

The fourth and fifth graders starting their pre recorder unit where they learn about the line and space notes on the treble clef staff. Once they have mastered the skill of reading music they will apply it to their recorder playing.

The six graders are learning about the instrument families. We are preparing for our field trip to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on February 10, 2016.

PE News from Mr. Khan

First of all, happy New Year to all! I can't believe we're already in 2016, but it's great news because students at Meadowview are right in the middle of our basketball/dance unit. In the coming weeks, students will be learning basic square dance, line dance, and some will even create their own dance in a small group! Basketball skills are also being honed with dribbling, passing, shooting, and understanding the concept of "playing team ball".

A side note, basketball and dance coincide with quarters 2 (our current one) and 3. That being said, there will be a Basketball I and Dance I grade for quarter 2, and a Basketball II and Dance II grade for quarter 3. Please email me with any questions. I'm very excited for the weeks to come at Meadowview Physical Education! Also, please be aware and join us for our Winter Dance on January 22. A fun night for all!

Winter Has Finally Arrived!

Please remind your children to dress warm with hats, gloves, scarves, and warm coats. Students go outdoors for 30 minutes every day even if the weather is cold.

When the snow falls, boots and snow pants are helpful as well because the students love to play in the snow at recess!

We do not go outdoors if it is raining or if the wind chill is below 0°. We would also suggest that children should not arrive at school before 8:05 a.m. each day, especially in the cold weather. On a typical outdoor recess day, students cannot stay indoors for recess without a doctor's note indicating that they cannot be outside.

Here's a link to our district's cold weather policy.

Building-Wide Expectations

At Meadowview, we expect all students to be respectful, responsible, and safe. Please see our building-wide expectations below to support your child in consistently meeting these expectations.
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Breakfast and Lunch Menus

January Breakfast Menu

Please note, if your child eats breakfast at school, please ensure that he/she arrives at 8:00am so that breakfast can be enjoyed before instruction begins at 8:20am.

January Lunch Menu

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