Willow Bend Update

11/19/2021

A Note From Mr. Harris

Good morning Willow Bend!


I just want to start by saying THANK YOU to all of you who had to change up their lives while we went through our Adaptive Pause. It seriously takes a Village. I am so proud of our teachers, staff, students, and families during this difficult time. I am very hopeful that we can come back with very little disruption from here on out. We will need your help with that outside of school. Please make sure your children are staying safe and masking up when with others.

Speaking of masks, please make sure that your children bring extra masks to school. Many times they become too wet to wear or they lose them. We are all looking forward to the day when we do not have to wear these while in the school building, but that time has not yet arrived and it is a mandate that everyone wears a mask while at school.

We will be returning to in-school learning on Monday, November 29th. All materials and Chromebooks should be fully charged and returned on that day. If you are going to do an in-person Parent/Teacher conference, you can bring in their materials that day.

Please let us know if there is anything you need from us or to make the transition back to in-person easier for you.


In Partnership,

Mr. Harris

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are this coming Monday, November 22, from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Tuesday, November 23, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.

If you are attending in person, you MUST wear a mask while in the building. Both parents are welcome, but please remember that this is for parents only, and not students.


As a parent, it is extremely important that you set aside time to not only attend your child’s conference, but also to prepare to make the most out of the one-on-one time you have with your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher will have information for you about assessments your child has taken and examples of their classroom work. Teachers will also talk to you about your child’s level of engagement in classroom activities, how your child is progressing socially, and provide you with a preview of what you can expect for the remainder of the year at your child’s grade level.


Just like teachers prepare for conferences with you, parents can benefit from a little pre-planning for your conference with the teacher.


Follow these quick tips to prepare:


  • Before the parent teacher conference, talk to your child. Ask them about their favorite and least favorite parts of their school day and why they feel that way.

  • Ask your child who they sit with at lunch and during their classes and if there are any issues as a result.

  • Ask your child if they are having difficulty in any of their subjects. If they are expressing difficulty, encourage them to let their teacher know and ask for help and then bring that information with you to the conference.

  • Ask yourself if there are any changes in your home that may be affecting your child at school and decide if this is important to share with your child’s teacher.

  • Make a note to ask your child’s teacher about homework and daily reading requirements.

  • If you are unable to make it to your assigned conference time, contact your child’s teacher to arrange for another time.


Parent teacher conferences are a great opportunity to get to know a little more about your child’s day and help build a strong home-school partnership that is the foundation of student success.


*If you are coming for In-Person conferences, you might want to bring in all materials that went home for our Adaptive Pause. I have sent a separate email to K - 2 parents about what to bring back. This will lessen what your children will have to carry back on Monday, November 29th.

School's Back In Session!

We are back to school on November 29th, following Thanksgiving Break. Please make sure to bring back all materials, including a CHARGED Chromebook.

Make sure your children are dressed for the weather: warm Jackets, gloves, hats, scarves, boots and snow pants.

Masks will be required at all times, except at lunch when students will be 6 feet apart.

Masks MUST be worn on the bus at all times - please remind your children of this. If we have to give out several warnings and the child is still not following the directions, they may lose their bus privileges.

Please remember to bring in and sign the self-certification cards. We have had a lot of people forgetting them or losing them. A good practice is to have them tied to the backpack.

If your child is experiencing any symptoms, please keep them home and notify our school nurse, Mrs. Maxwell at maxwellk@ccsd15.net.

WE NEED YOU! Upcoming Job Fairs

Dates:

Monday, December 13, 2021

Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday, March 7, 2022

Location:

Palatine Library

700 N. North Court

Palatine, IL 60067

Time:

12:00pm-3:00pm

We are looking for the following positions:

Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Upcoming Parent Night: Supporting our Children Through Stressful Times

Please join District 15 for this free, virtual workshop that will share information for how we can support our children through life’s stressful and adverse experiences to help them cope and build their resilience.



TOPIC : Supporting Youth Through Stress & Trauma

DATE & TIME : December 6, 2021, 7-8 pm

WHERE: Virtual:

Join the https://meet.google.com/hxm-ktik-rpo?hs=122&authuser=0google meet using the link above



Presented by: Dr. Meghan Meyer, Trauma Informed Intervention Coordinator

Spanish translation services will be offered.


Pre-Registration would be greatly appreciated

so please fill out this form.




If you have any questions, please email Keli Swierczek at swierczk@ccsd15.net.