January 30. 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we wrap up January and look toward February, the very first steps for the 2020-2021 school year start. Our 2nd grade students will take CoGAT during the week of February 3rd. This helps us identify students with the need for our channels of challenge program. The best thing you can do for your student to be prepared is to give them a healthy breakfast and a good night's sleep beforehand.
In February, we will also begin the pre-registration process for all incoming Kindergarten students as well as any new families on February 18th. Please let your friends or neighbors who have future kindergarten students or are new to our district know about this date. It is very helpful for the district if families can pre-register as early as possible.
As we think about next year, we will be sending in March a request for information from parents. This information will help us plan class groupings. In these letters, we ask that you tell us about your child's learning style as well as any peers with whom they should not be paired. I am mentioning this now so that you can be on the watch for it in March. These letters will not be shared with anyone other than me and Mrs. Klepitsch, so please tell us anything you need us to know. Please do not request a teacher! I cannot allow any of those requests to happen lest one family thinks that I gave them the request and then the rest of the parent community is upset. Please do not forget this part.
We also need you to know that the District has upgraded the Raptor system used to scan IDs when you visit the school. Because we have a new Raptor system, we have to scan everyone again. Unfortunately, we could not transfer the scans from the old system. If you can bring your driver's license or passport the next time you need to visit the school, that will help avoid any problems with allowing you to go from the office to the classroom.
Dr. Jason Bednar
Principal, Field School
The All Abilities group, in collaboration with the District 64 Student Services department, is hosting a “Planning for the Future of Children with Special Needs” parent workshop on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. at Franklin Elementary School, 2401 Manor Lane, Park Ridge. Attorney Mr. Brian Rubin, the founder of Rubin Law, will be presenting on the use of government benefits as well as estate and future planning for parents of students with special needs. Please join us for this informative event by registering and identifying any specific questions you might have to be addressed. For questions on this workshop, contact Maura Cullen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Lea Anne Frost at email@example.com.
Early Childhood Diagnostic Screening
On a monthly basis the Early Childhood Diagnostic Team conducts screenings of children ages three to five. Additionally, twice a year they conduct developmental screenings of children birth through three. The screenings are conducted by a team, consisting of an occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, psychologist, and social worker. The areas assessed include motor, communication, play skills, pre-academic and thinking skills.
The next Preschool Screening is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Additionally, a screening for children birth through age three is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020. If you have concerns about your child's development in any of these areas please call 847-318-5360 to schedule an appointment for the screening.
Find out more about Extended School Year (ESY)
Join us for an informational meeting about Extended School Year (ESY). Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 will provide an informational session to parents on Extended School Year at 7 p.m. Monday, February 10 in the south gym of Carpenter Elementary School, 300 North Hamlin Avenue. The program will include a discussion on the eligibility process and program opportunities.
What is extended school year? District 64 Park Ridge-Niles provides Extended School Year (ESY) opportunities to qualifying students within the district generally beginning mid June for no less than 60 hours. Although the calendar/schedule is reviewed and determined annually, ESY has generally been scheduled Monday through Friday, following the Worlds of Wonder (WOW) program.
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