Marseilles Elementary Newsletter

August 10, 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, August 11th- Popsicles with the Principal 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, August 14th- Baseball @ Seneca 10:00am
  • Monday, August 16th- Unpack Your Backpack for 1st & 2nd Grade Families 2:15pm-3:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 17th- Baseball @ Marquette 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 18th- First Day of School 8:20am-3:00pm 1st-8th Grade
  • Wednesday, August 18th- First Day of Kindergarten- Last Names A-L (9:00am-10:30am) Last Names M-Z (12:00pm-1:30pm)
  • Thursday, August 19th- Baseball @ Flanagan 4:30pm
  • Saturday, August 21st- Baseball (Home) vs. Serena 10:00am
  • Friday, August 27th- Preschool Back to School Family Day
  • Monday, August 30th- First Day of Preschool

What Will This Year Look Like?

As you may have heard, Governor Pritzker implemented a mask mandate for all person in K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status. We are going to try to make the school year feel as normal as possible, even though we are wearing masks. Here's what you can expect.

Before School:

  • Parents will use symptom checklist to monitor symptoms of child(ren). Please do not send your child if symptoms are present and keep any siblings home until you have spoken with the school nurse.
  • Breakfast will be sent home from school the day before to be eaten at home.
  • Panther Door and Bus door will open at 8:10am with supervision for walkers and parent drop off. Any students who ride a bus must wear masks at all time.
  • We will have masks available, but encourage you to have a clean mask for your child daily.
  • Students should be in the building by 8:25am. If you arrive after 8:25, please walk your child to the front door to sign him/her in.

During School:

  • Masks are required at all times inside the school building.
  • There will be additional cleaning and disinfecting for high touch surfaces.
  • Regular hand washing/sanitizing of hands will be encouraged. Additional sanitizing stations are in place throughout the building.
  • Desks and tables will be moved to create as much space in between others as possible.
  • Students will eat in the cafeteria and/or MPR in assigned seats spaced 3ft apart. They will be required to sit in the assigned seat in the event of contact tracing. We may have students eating outside weather permitting.
  • There will not be PE lockers or anyone changing into uniforms for PE. PE will be outside when possible.
  • An isolation room will be available to any student or staff experiencing symptoms allowing the nurses office to remain available for well care and administering student medication.
  • Visitors will be able to enter the building and will be required to comply with guidelines in place, including: face mask, self-symptom checks and social distancing.

After School:

  • Staggering dismissal between bus riders and walkers. Students on second bus route will go to the MPR and be socially distanced.
  • Sports will follow IESA guidelines.
  • Rooms will be disinfected each night.
  • Building/room rentals will be allowed with cleaning procedures to follow.

*This plan is subject to change with new information, transmission rates and/or guidelines released by the IDPH, ISBE, and the Governor's Office.*

More information can be found on the MES website at under Resources, Parents, Transition Plan 21-22.

School Goals

Each year Marseilles Elementary School establishes goals and identifies actions towards how to attain them. The goals are to continuously improve the growth and proficiency of reading and math skills as shown from the 1st to 3rd (fall to spring) testing session using the STAR 360 benchmark assessment. In addition, grade level teams create SMART goals that align to the school wide goals. As a district, there are additional goals around curriculum and instruction, budget, management/organization and facilities. Please reach out if you would like any additional information.


If you are calling in your child(ren) for the day, please call our attendance line at 815-795-8795 telling who the child is and why he/she will be out of school.

Questions can be directed to the main office at 815-795-2428 or sent to the staff member directly via email. Email addresses can be found on the district website.

Please make sure you visit the MES website ( for the most up-to-date information. Monthly newsletters will be sent to you through TeacherEase as well as posted on the website. If you have not yet liked our Facebook page, check it out- Marseilles Elementary School District #150. Information is shared here as well as communicated through Class Dojo.

As a building, please know, we want what is best for your child(ren) and every other child. We will do our best to meet the needs of your students and look forward to a great year together! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

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