Henry Puffer Post
December 18, 2022
It was an exciting final week leading up to our Winter Break at Henry Puffer School! Our "Puffer Families" met to discuss the next pillar of our Puffer PROMISE, Optimistic. Congratulations to the recipients of Principal's Award who went above and beyond demonstrating our 2nd pillar, respect. We also want to congratulate all of the 5th & 6th grade students who performed at the Orchestra Winter Concert this week. As a reminder, Winter Break is from December 17th-January 2nd, and school resumes on Tuesday, January 3rd. After Winter Break, our students will take the MAP assessment. We will also be changing up our arrival process. Please see below for further details.
As always, please reach out to me at email@example.com with any questions or feedback. Take care and have a fantastic Winter Break!
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Celebrating Students & Staff
We love celebrating our students & staff both in and out of the classroom. This section is dedicated to celebrating our students and members of our staff, as well as shining a spotlight on the learning taking place in our school!
Green Apple Awards
Dr. Russell stopped by to congratulate teachers who received Green Apple awards. (Ms. Carlson, Ms. Honn, Ms. Batkiewicz, Ms. Schulte, and Ms. Edwards)
These students consistently go above and beyond displaying our 2nd pillar, Respect.
1/04-1/20: NWEA MAP testing
1/09: Board of Education Meeting (O'Neill Middle School) 7:00 p.m.
Arrival Process Updates
In an effort to better secure our building and reduce the number of entrances our students are entering through each morning, we will be making a few alterations to our arrival process beginning on January 3rd. These changes will allow us to move students away from the moving cars in the front of the building. It'll also allow us to increase the number of staff members monitoring areas from 8:05-8:15 each day. As a reminder, students are to line up upon arrival at school. We are unable to supervise field/play areas, Gaga Pits, or playgrounds prior to the start of the school day.
What is changing:
- 1st graders will line up on the Belmont side of our building at door 8. This is the same spot they line up after recess.
- 4th graders will line up on the north side of our building at door 4. This is the same spot they line up after recess.
- 6th graders will line up on the north side of our building at door 4. This is the same spot they line up after recess.
What is staying the same:
- Kindergarteners will continue to line up by Ms. Murphy's room. This is the same spot they line up after recess.
- 2nd graders will continue to line up at door 8.
- 3rd graders will continue to line up at door 5. This is the same spot they line up after recess.
- 5th graders will continue to line up on the north side of our building at door 4. This is the same spot they line up after recess.
Thank you for your support in making this a successful transition!
December Library News
Minutes from PTA Meeting:October 6, 2022
Linked below are the minutes from our most recent PTA meeting.
Our next meeting: Thursday, January 19th 7:00 p.m., Puffer Library
PIN: 570 142 203#
Save the Date for the Spring Fundraiser
The annual PTA spring fundraiser is scheduled for March 11th! It is an evening adults-only event with casino games, raffles, an auction, and more! All proceeds go back to Puffer. Tickets will go on sale in February. More information is attached and will also be sent home this week. Please consider donating in one of many ways to help make this year another great success!
Henry Puffer Office Contact Information
Mark Leipart, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Srabian, Secretary email@example.com
Cynthia Burcham, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 2220 Haddow Avenue, Downers Grove, IL, USA
2022-2023 Calendar Details
The Board of Education approved the 2022-23 school year calendar. Calendar highlights include:
- First Day of School: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022
- Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 23-25, 2022
- Winter Break: Dec. 19, 2022 -Jan. 2, 2023
- Spring Break: March 27-31, 2023
- Last Day of School: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 (if no emergency days are used)
District 58 has partnered with Safe2Help to give students a safe and confidential way to report potential threats or crises. Safe2Help was launched by the State of Illinois in December 2020 and aims to help prevent suicide, bullying, school violence and other threats to school safety.
With Safe2Help, students can connect with a trained crisis professional during their own crisis, or to report a potential threat. Students can submit a Safe2Help alert via the following ways:
Text: SAFE2 (72332)
Phone: 844-4-SAFEIL (844-472-3345)
App: "Safe2Help Illinois" app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
All alerts are responded to by a trained Safe2Help crisis professional. Safe2Help is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
District 58 staff are not the initial responders to the alert and will receive each alert after the Safe2Help professional provides support. District 58 staff will review alerts sent by Safe2Help during regular school hours, unless the nature of the alert necessitates immediate school action.
Attendance Updates & Change of Dismissal
If you would like to volunteer to be a WatchDOG in your child's classroom, please click on the Google Form below & we will contact you to schedule a date for you to volunteer.
If you have already signed up & would like to purchase a shirt for yourself and/or your child, simply click the link below.
Below is a short video describing the WatchDOGS program
Updated Bus Routes
District 58 has updated some of its bus routes. Please click here to visit District 58’s bus route webpage to view your child’s bus stop and to see if the pickup/dropoff times and bus route number may have changed.
Please note: you must view the bus route webpage to access updated routes.
District 58 has been working with First Student, its general education transportation provider, to evaluate bus routes and make corrections and improvements as needed. A national bus driver shortage has made scheduling more difficult and caused some routes to be longer than ideal. First Student has reviewed its District 58 public and private school routes and noted bus stops where there consistently have been no students. First Student will eliminate these stops. First Student has also realigned some routes to address travel/route times and student ridership.This should help shorten the routes and ensure students consistently arrive at school on time.
If you believe your child’s bus stop may be missing or incorrect, please contact your school office during regular hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work with our transportation providers to improve our bus routes.
School Safety Message from Dr. Russell
Dear Staff and Families,
District 58’s number one priority is ensuring that all our students and staff are safe. Last December, I sent this letter to all families outlining how seriously we take threats to our schools. The purpose of this letter is to be proactive in terms of safety and ask for your assistance. Preventing school violence is the responsibility of the entire community and we need your help.
Last school year, the United States once again experienced senseless acts of school violence. School shootings in Oxford, Michigan, and Uvalde, Texas, underscore the urgent need for all of us to be vigilant. I am asking all families to once again speak with their child (ren) in an age-appropriate manner regarding school safety. Please emphasize with your child(ren) the following:
If you see something, say something.
Making any kind of joke about violence toward someone else or the school is not permitted.
Making a threat against someone else or a school (in-person or online) is not permitted.
Possessing a weapon or a look-alike weapon is not permitted.
Talking about a weapon or a look-alike weapon is not permitted.
Please remind your child(ren) that if he/she makes a threatening statement or brings a weapon or lookalike weapon to school, they will immediately be referred to the Downers Grove Police Department. Police consequences may include arrest, referral to the State’s Attorney, and the Juvenile Court System. Further, your child(ren) will receive significant consequences at school, which may include expulsion (see Board Policy 7:190). We will not take any chances when it comes to the safety of our students and staff. District 58 is also here to help any student or family that is struggling with mental health issues. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us right away.
I am once again asking for your assistance to help ensure the safety of our students and staff. Please speak with your children about the importance of being safe at school. As I shared last year, I view every student and staff member in our District as a part of my family. Let’s continue to be proactive and collaborate with one another, as the safety of our students and staff is the highest priority. If you see something, say something. District 58 staff are ready to assist anyone in need and we are grateful for your partnership.
Dr. Kevin Russell
District 58 Superintendent of Schools
We are looking to fill 5 Lunch & Recess Supervisor positions and identify potential substitutes to fill in from time to time. Our lunch & recess block goes from 11:30-12:10 each day. Please fill out this form if you would be interested in helping out in any of those roles this year.
Student Materials and Building Access
Important Note: Please know that students cannot return to the school after hours to pick up forgotten materials. Even though Champions (after care program) or park district leagues may be in the building, these groups are not able to let students in to access classrooms or cubbies. Additionally, if you are picking up your child from Champions or park district leagues, classrooms and other areas of the buildings should not be accessed after school hours.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our school building safe!
A Message from the Health Office
Fall is here and cold and flu season is upon us and we are seeing students with cold and flu symptoms. To prevent the spread of these common viruses in the close confines of the classroom, we are cleaning daily and encouraging hand washing in the class. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines.
Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
· Very stuffy or runny nose and/or a cough
· Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
Definitely keep your child at home and consider seeking medical attention if he or she has any of these symptoms:
· Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth. Your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours without medication)
· Vomiting (even once)
· General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
· Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
· Shortness of breath
· Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
To help prevent the flu and other colds, encourage good hygiene habits:
· Wash hands frequently
· Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
· Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick
The flu shot is one of the best ways to prevent illness from the seasonal influenza virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults and children receive the flu vaccine each year. Yearly flu vaccination is needed because immunity against the flu wears off over time. In addition, the flu virus strains often change, so the vaccine also changes from year-to-year in order to match the flu viruses expected to be circulating in the community.
District 58 Family Handbook
District 58 has published the 2022-23 Schools of 58: A Handbook for Families. Please take time to review this important handbook with your child, as it offers an overview of the District’s policies, procedures, resources and student expectations. During the first full week of school, all families will receive a handbook receipt to sign, acknowledging that they and their child reviewed and understood the handbook. Please sign and return the handbook receipt at Curriculum Night or sooner. Here are the links to this year’s family handbook. If you need a print copy, please contact the school office at 630-968-0294, and we can print you a copy.
Students may arrive at Henry Puffer School beginning at 8:05 a.m. each day when adult supervision begins. In order to assist with a timely and safe arrival process, the school playground will be closed before school. Upon arrival, students should line up by their assigned door. Students will be directed to enter the building beginning at 8:15 am. Anyone arriving after 8:20 a.m. should enter through Door One for an office pass.
Following daily dismissal at Henry Puffer School (2:00 p.m. on Monday and 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday), all students who are not scheduled to remain in the building must leave the school grounds and check in at their destination as there is no supervision on school grounds. We want to ensure the safety of all students.
Students may return to the playground after school hours and/or on the weekends. This will be done at family discretion, as our district playgrounds also function as community parks outside of school hours.
*Please note that entrance times may change as students build routines. We have not used our normal entrance procedures in several years, and we recognize that it may take students longer at the start of the school year to be ready to start the school day. The District also recognizes that bus arrival times vary during the first few weeks of school as drivers learn new routes. As students build routines and bus arrival times become more consistent, student entry times may get pushed back. This will allow our teachers the necessary time to prepare for the day. Supervision times will remain the same and any changes will be communicated in advance.
Please Pack a Snack
Please make sure your child has a snack each day. Snack breaks should consist of nutritious food choices such as fruits, vegetables, and other portable snacks. This aligns with Policy 6:50. The health and safety of our students are our highest priorities. Therefore certain snacks or foods may be prohibited in your child’s classroom due to food allergies. A daily snack can be provided for students who qualify for free/ reduced lunch.
Phone/Wearable Technology Use
We wanted to remind everyone that while a student may bring their electronic device (including cell phones and AirPods) to school, all non-district-issued technologies are to be silenced and out of sight throughout the school day. Students may wear smartwatches, but they are to be silenced during the entire school day, including lunch & recess. The district-provided technology will be utilized for students to participate in lessons and complete assignments. Please be sure to go over the expectations with your student as the policy was recently amended by our school board.