As part of the force and motion unit of study, third-grade students experienced the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces. They built and programmed a Lego robot to pull various masses on a smooth surface. Then, students customized the robot to pull masses on new surfaces. During this challenge, students tested new designs, evaluated their effectiveness, and revised the design.
“This activity brings together the concepts of forces and motion that the students have been studying in science and combines them with measurement and the engineering and design process. The students are challenged to think like engineers, and it’s amazing to see all of the creative solutions and reasoning that students share,” said Jaime Gagamov, Half Day Enrichment Specialist.
School Schedule Changes
Please note changes in the D103 school calendar for February:
Friday, Feb. 18: HD Early Dismissal at 12:00 p.m. (Afternoon Teacher Institute Day)
Monday, Feb. 21: No School (Presidents’ Day)
Thursday, Feb. 24: HD Early Dismissal at 12:00 p.m. (Parent Teacher Conferences in afternoon and evening)
Friday, Feb. 25: No School (Parent Teacher Conferences)
Report Cards Viewable Before Conferences
Families may view students' second-trimester grades in Unified Classroom sometime after school on Wednesday, Feb. 23. If you need assistance locating your child's report card, please follow these instructions.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Our Winter Remote Parent-Teacher Conferences take place next week. All conferences are scheduled to be held virtually via Zoom. Zoom links will be provided closer to conferences.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 - 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 - 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Discussions Around Mask Optional/Recommended Environments
As D103 schools make the transition to mask optional/recommended environments, school officials have been sharing the discussion with students. Following is a presentation by Principal Jill Mau regarding upcoming changes:
Parent Input Sought on Survey
Half Day needs 65 parents to fill out the Illinois 5Essentials Survey so we have access to their feedback regarding school climate and learning conditions in District 103 through the state-administered, Illinois 5Essentials Survey. We need 20 percent of our parents to take the survey in order to see the results. The chart shows how many Half Day parents have taken the survey to date.
The 5Essentials survey is a great way for D103 parents to provide input into the five indicators from the survey that affect and predict school success:
Register Now for Girls on the Run
Registration is open for the spring Girls on the Run (GOTR) team for third- through fifth-grade girls.
GOTR is a non-profit, national program that inspires girls to be healthy and confident by using a fun, experienced-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. The lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.
- Sessions will be held 3:40 to 5:00 p.m. Mondays and 7:30 to 8:40 a.m. Fridays
- Practices will be held both indoors and outside as weather permits
- The season will begin on Monday, April 4, and it will conclude on Friday May 28
- All current state and local COVID safety protocols will be communicated before the start of season and strictly followed
- Cost of the program varies based on household income. Please see the GOTR registration page for the fee structure. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, water bottle, journal and participation medal.
- There are limited GOTR spots. They will be allocated on a first come, first served basis through the registration process. Be sure to choose Half Day School as the site.
We are also looking for volunteer coaches – no experience necessary; just a desire to work with girls and have fun! Send questions to Jen or Cat, or go to the GOTR website.
District 103 News
Proof of Vaccination or a Negative COVID Test - No Longer Required
Board of Education Meeting
Recording of Parent Ed Event
The "Developing Emotional Regulation Skills for preschool through third-graders" recording is now available for parents. The PTO had such a great response to its recent event where parents were able to hear Dr. Siggie Cohen talking about "Developing Emotional Regulation Skills". If you were not able to attend the event, we highly encourage you to take some time to listen to the recorded event. The Recording will be available until March 04.
Save the Date!
Are you ready to get back out there? The D103 PTO 5K is back and in person this year!
Early bird registration opens March 1, 2022 and will close on April 15, 2022.
- Individual - $25 Early Bird | $30 Regular Registration | $40 Day of Race Registration
- Group of 4 - $90 Early Bird | $110 Regular Registration | No Day of Race Registration Discount
- Group of 5 - $105 Early Bird | $130 Regular Registration | No Day of Race Registration Discount
- Group of 6 - $120 Early Bird | $150 Regular Registration | No Day of Race Registration Discount
- Family/Team - $200 Registration Fee
*Registration fees do not include RunSignup Processing Fee
Check your inbox for more information on March 1, 2022.
Audition for Midwest Young Artists Conservatory!
MYAC is open to all ages K-12, and provides instruction and performance opportunities in the areas of orchestra, chamber music, jazz, and choir. This is a great supplement to your student’s school music program. For more information or to register for an audition, please visit the MYA Conservatory website.
HER Academy and Olive are partnering to bring you our third all-girl HERO Code Camp, expanded to include girl-identified and nonbinary students in grades 3 – 12. This event takes place Feb. 26-27. There is a $5 participation fee that will be waived upon request. Money will not be a barrier to participation for any student.
Choose one of six virtual classes.
Students who register by Feb 1 are guaranteed to get their swag bag before the event. Registration closes Feb. 18. Those who register after Feb. 1 may not receive their swag bag before the event.