Waterbury Roar

Volume 1, Issue 4; September 11, 2020

Week 4 Reminders and Assessment Information

Just a few reminders as we move into week 4.

Remember to have the camera remain focused on the child and that you, as a parent/guardian are off screen. We also ask that you do not attempt to speak to the teacher during live teaching. The more we try to replicate in person school, the better the experience for all. If you have a technology issue, please call the school or email technology@esd20.org. If you need a conference with the teacher, please email the teacher or call them when live instruction is not occurring. We greatly appreciate the technical support you are providing your child. We ask that children begin to develop some technological independence, as appropriate.

As we ramp up our technology and use of digital resources, we are still asking that parents come Monday, 9.14. for material pick up. The time remains to be from 10 am to 5:30 pm. After the 14th, we will shift to bi-weekly material pick-ups, with the next pick up on 9.28. Please let your child’s teacher(s) know if you need schedule accommodations. If you receive communication from your child's teacher that they will not be providing materials on this day, then please do not feel the need to come on this day. We would hate for you to make a trip to school, if it is not necessary.

Thank you for allowing me into your child's virtual classroom to introduce myself, and to read aloud to them. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be continuing to conduct these read alouds in each child’s classroom. In a normal year, I could introduce myself to families and students in a variety of ways (from arrival/dismissal to lunch/recess to walking through the hallways).

Finally, we are transitioning into remote assessing your child. One way we assess is through NWEA’s MAP assessment. This helps us identify student’s current level of performance in Math and ELA. It is very important that your child is doing this test independently. Please refrain from helping your child as we need accurate academic data to support your child. This is one measure of assessing. The District has other measures as well. Whenever there are assessments, this can even be a teacher asking a question, please let your child independently answer the question.

Curriculum Night via Zoom

Here are the dates/times for Curriculum Night. More info will be sent by your child's teacher, as we get closer to the event.

  • September 29th:

    • Kindergarten=6:00-6:30

    • 1st Grade=6:30-7:00

    • 2nd Grade=7:00-7:30

  • October 1st:

    • 3rd Grade=6:00-6:30

    • 4th Grade=6:30-7:00

    • 5th Grade=7:00-7:30

MAP Testing Starts

Over the next couple of weeks, your child will be taking the MAP test. Your teacher(s) will share more information regarding days/times, but here are some tips to help your students test successfully remotely from home:

  • Ensure student(s) are prepared for school activities each day by getting plenty of rest and eating nutritious meals.
  • Help your student(s) locate their Keeneyville D20 device(s) and charger(s) well before their test is scheduled to begin.
  • Remind your student(s) to set up their Keeneyville D20 device on a table or a desk near an electrical outlet and to plug in the device.
  • To help your student(s) focus, work with other family members to limit distractions such as music and/or other screens while your student(s) take tests and complete school activities/assignments.
  • Follow your teacher's instructions on your internet-connected device so you can help your student(s) follow the directions to access tests remotely.
  • Most test results are used to guide student learning, so please resist the urge to give your student clues or the right answers.
  • Remind your student(s) to take their time and encourage them to give their very best effort!
  • Family Toolkit can be found by clicking on this link: https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/
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A Reminder From our Nurse's DEN

Please ensure your Wildcat is compliant with grade-level requirements.

Grade K and transfer students who have not yet complied with the State of Illinois health mandates are required to submit proof of a physical exam and immunization records as soon as possible. Paperwork can be dropped off, faxed to (630) 539-2316, or scanned and emailed to the Waterbury nurse's office, lmontiel@esd20.org.

State of Illinois regulations require students to be in compliance or excluded from remote or in-person school beginning Thursday, October 15. Non-compliant students will have their access to remote learning blocked until these requirements have been met. Absences due to immunization and/or non-compliance are not excused.

If you have questions about what information is still needed

Please visit the district website (link below) or contact the Waterbury Nurse, Lisa Montiel via phone or email.
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PTO Paw Print

Our Parent Teacher Organization works all year round to benefit all of our children. Please come to any of our meetings this school year and consider volunteering. With your help, we will have another successful year at Waterbury!

Dine Out Nights! Show the attached flyers to the establishments (either print out or show from your smart phone)

First PTO Meeting of the YEAR!

Tuesday, Sep. 15th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Please join the Waterbury PTO board for our first VIRTUAL board meeting on Zoom Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6pm.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82793856900

LUNCH PROGRAM Forms and Flyers

Chromebook Support

If you need support, please contact mcarone@esd20.org to set up a time to bring your device to Waterbury for troubleshooting.

Future Important Dates

September 14, 2020: Supply pick up at Waterbury

September 15, 2020: FIRST PTO meeting of the school year via Zoom

September 16, 2020: Dini's Ice Cream Dine Out Night

September 24, 2020: Portillo's Dine Out Night

September 28, 2020: Supply pick up at Waterbury

September 29, 2020: Curriculum Night via Zoom Grades K-2

October 1, 2020: Curriculum Night via Zoom Grades 3-5

October 13, 2020: Picture Day (more info to come closer to date)