The Fairview Connection

AUGUST 20, 2021

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL OPHUS

Dear Fairview Families,


What a great start to the new school year we have had! The Fairview staff has truly enjoyed meeting and getting to know your children over these last few days and are excited about all of the learning that will take place over the next ten months. Thank you for all of the work you’ve done at home to prepare your child for school this week. They came prepared and ready to learn, which is a result of your efforts at home! A special thank you goes out to all of the PTO volunteers who helped make Monday’s Welcome Back Picnic a huge success! We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful PTO that plans events like this one to help make our school community such a special place. A big thank you to the families and staff who attended, which helped make for an enjoyable and festive event!


As we look forward to next week, please mark your calendars for our Back-to-School Night on Monday, August 23rd. This year’s Back-to-School Night will look differently than it has in previous years due to Covid restrictions and a desire to ensure families can access the event in a way that is comfortable for them. The event will start with an optional meet and greet with the Fairview staff. All staff will be in their rooms ready to welcome any parents who are interested in coming to Fairview to see their child’s classrooms and meet their child’s teachers face-to-face. We recognize that visiting the school in person is important to many of our families and we wanted to provide an opportunity for this to occur. The informal meet and greet is for PARENTS and GUARDIANS ONLY. It will take place between 6:00-6:30 pm. Between 6:30-6:40 pm, parents will go back home while teachers get set up for their presentations. All parents will be dismissed from Fairview at 6:30 pm. From 6:40-7:10 pm, all 4th and 5th grade teachers will host live virtual presentations on Zoom. There will also be a live presentation on Zoom for 3rd grade parents of students who are in accelerated math with Mrs. Larson. From 7:10-7:40 pm, all 2nd and 3rd grade teachers will host live virtual presentations on Zoom. Mrs. Larson will host a live virtual presentation on Zoom for parents of 4th & 5th grade accelerated math and enrichment reading students. From 6:40-7:40 pm, all special area and support staff members will be available for optional informal meetings on Zoom with parents. Parents are invited to drop in for one-on-one or small group conversations to learn more from our special area teachers and support staff. Depending on the number of parents interested in this option, you may need to wait in the Zoom waiting room until the teacher is finished with the previous parent or small group that joined their meeting. Here is a copy of the Back-to-School Night Agenda that includes all times and Zoom links needed for your participation. We hope you can join us for the meet and greet and Zoom presentations on Monday.


Next week we will also be having our first of two safety weeks of the school year. Students will practice all emergency procedures so they know what to do if we ever experience an emergency at school. Hopefully we will never need to enact these procedures, but it is good to be well prepared just in case. Knowing this is happening at school, it is a good reminder to talk to your children about what you would do if there was ever an emergency in the home as well. Thank you for taking the time to read today’s newsletter. Have a wonderful weekend ahead and we look forward to seeing our students again on Monday!


Sincerely,


Dan Ophus

Fairview Principal


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REMEMBER...MASKS ARE REQUIRED WHEN ENTERING OUR BUILDING

Masks need to be worn by all adults even if you are just dropping something off in the office for your student.

STUDENT WATER BOTTLES



Please make sure that your child's name is on their water bottle so that if it gets misplaced it can quickly be returned to him/her.

COMMUNICATION

Communication is very important to ensure the safety of all students at Fairview. Your child’s teacher and the school office must be aware of where your child is at all times during the school day.


Please send a note if your child is not eating lunch at school. The notes should include the date, student’s name, parent signature, and state that your child will be leaving the Fairview premises on that day for the lunch hour. You must come in to the office to sign the student out; the student can sign themselves back in when he/she returns to school.


If your child is a bus rider and will not be riding the bus home on a certain day, we ask that you always send a note with your student. This note should include your child’s name, date, and bus route number. Please state that your child will not ride the bus on that day, and add any other pertinent information regarding how your child will be going home on that day. For your convenience, here is a form that you can print out and use. If a bus student does not have a note, they will ride the bus home...no exceptions. Only students who are signed up for the bus may ride the bus to and from school. If your child (non bus rider) has a play date with a bus rider, other arrangements will have to be made for their transportation at the end of the school day.


If your child will be absent from school, please call the attendance line at 847-394-7320 before 8:50 a.m. the day of the absence. Our attendance line is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your convenience. During Fairview office hours,

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, you may also contact the office at 847-394-7320.


Please notify the office if your child will be arriving to school late because of a morning doctor’s appointment, car trouble, etc. It is very important that we know where students are if they are not at school on school days.


Communication between home and school is key to a successful school year and we thank you for being part of our team.

INFORMATION FROM FAIRVIEW'S NURSE BRUNNING

Welcome back Fairview families! I hope that everyone had a fun and safe summer!


Just a few reminders: For those families new to Fairview please make sure you contact the Health office regarding any medical concerns you may have regarding your child (if you have not already done so). For those families returning to Fairview, please make sure to contact the Health office if there have been any medical changes with your child over the summer. This will help to ensure a safe school year. Thanks for your help with this!

Kelly Brunning, RN, BSN, PEL-CSN

Fairview School Nurse

847-394-7320, ext 4102

BUS BULLETIN

Throughout the year buses may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., vehicular congestion; train traffic, weather, mechanical issues, etc.). The district has been using Bus Bulletin for several years now and is confident that this online notification system is the best way to inform parents should the need arise. Click on the bus for more information and to register.

STUDENT SAFETY

We have many students who ride their bikes to school. Bike riders should always observe bike safety rules. Bike riding is not allowed in the bus turnaround at any time during the school day.

It is the intent of the school, and District 57, to provide a safe and healthy environment for children.


We are asking that you please not bring your dog/pet on school property for the safety of all our children. We have students who are afraid of dogs or are allergic.

FOUND AT BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC

MAN'S WEDDING RING...PLEASE CONTACT FAIRVIEW'S FRONT OFFICE IF YOU THINK IT BELONGS TO YOU.

REMINDERS FROM THE OFFICE

CLICK ABOVE FOR SOME FRIENDLY REMINDERS FROM THE OFFICE.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EVACUATION PROCEDURES

PLEASE READ THIS AS IT INFORMS YOU WHERE FAIRVIEW'S RELOCATION SITE IS IF WE NEEDED TO EVACUATE OUR BUILDING IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

Contact Us

Dan Ophus, Principal

Una Durkan, Assistant Principal


Office: 847-394-7320/Fax: 847-394-7328