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Half Day School Weekly Newsletter - September 3, 2021

Steps to Success

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English Language Arts (ELA) is one of the core subjects studied across all grade levels. students will build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. They will think, talk, and write about what they read in a variety of articles, books, and other texts. In their writing, students will pay more attention to organizing information, developing ideas, and supporting these ideas with facts, details, and reasons.

In a recent third-grade classroom students were learning the ELA Steps to Success by

  1. Answering comprehension questions

  2. Completing spelling activities

  3. Finishing vocabulary sentences

  4. Please review the curriculum guides to learn more about ELA in third-grade

To view pictures of the activity, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder.

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No School Monday

There is no school Monday, Sept. 6, due to the Labor Day holiday. Enjoy your weekend and we'll see the students back in school on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
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Appropriate Masks

One of the most important mitigation strategies is a good mask that fits properly. This CDC graphic provides information on the proper type and way to wear a mask. Please be sure that the mask covers the nose and mouth, is 2-3 layers, and does not have valves. Gaiters are not approved face coverings. If your child does not have a proper mask, they will be provided one for the day.

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Joining Chorus

Half Day students have the exciting opportunity to join Chorus! Chorus is our extracurricular singing group that rehearses during the school day. ALL Half Day students are welcome to participate. Students may participate in Chorus and Orchestra/Band!

For more information about Chorus, please review the Chorus flyer. To sign up for chorus please fill out the Chorus Google Form and pay the chorus fee on Unified Classroom.

  • Chorus rehearsals will begin the week of September 13.

If you have questions about Half Day School's Chorus program please email Mrs. Smidt at asmidt@d103.org.

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Joining Orchestra

Half Day students have the exciting opportunity to join orchestra! Students may choose from the violin, viola, cello, and bass. Lessons are held once a week during P.E. class. ALL Half Day students are welcome to participate. Students may participate in Chorus and Orchestra/Band! For more information about orchestra, please read the orchestra recruitment letter. To sign up for orchestra, please fill out the Orchestra Google Form and pay the orchestra fee on Unified Classroom. Please register by Friday, Sept. 3.

  • Orchestra rehearsals for fifth-grade will begin the week of September 7

  • Orchestra rehearsals for third and fourth-grade will start the week of September 13.

If you have questions about Half Day School's orchestra program please email Mr. Turini (sturini@d103.org) or Ms. Choi (jchoi@d103.org).

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District 103 News

Test to Stay - Update

If your child is identified as a close contact at school, they may be eligible for the Test to Stay option instead of quarantining for 10 days at home. Please complete the permission form in Unified Classroom indicating that you give the district permission to administer the BinaxNOW test. You do not need to sign up for weekly PCR testing to be included in the Test to Stay option, but we highly recommend it.

To sign your child up for free weekly testing, please review the COVID news updates for more information. If it is your first time signing up, families need to sign up by Sunday at 6 p.m. if you want your child to begin testing that week. You only need to sign your child up once to be included in weekly testing for the school year.

For information about COVID prevention and COVID cases across D103 schools, please see the following web pages:

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Steps to Become an Associate

Please join us on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 pm as D103 administrators explain the typical roles and responsibilities of an associate and how to apply for the position in D103! The district currently has openings for associates in all three buildings. Many community members are qualified for the role and with the support of our assistant principals and human resources coordinator you could be employed by D103!

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Parent-Student Handbook

The Parent-Student Handbook is available for student and parent review. Please find it under the parent and student tabs on the website.

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Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.
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Brick Fundraiser

You still have a chance to leave your legacy behind in D103 with the Daniel Wright paved walkway for a $100 donation. Order your family brick (inscribed with your family name or your child's name) before Friday, Sept. 10. Bricks are being placed this fall. Please read the e-notice for detailed information.

Challenging Child Behaviors

Using the 3 C's: Connection, Communication, Capability to Combat Challenging Behaviors Author Katherine Reynolds Lewis will present virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual presentation is now open.
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Community News

Math Tutoring

Math-Aid provides students in grades 5-8 with tutoring services.

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