Montgomery Elementary News

DECEMBER 20, 2019 (For the School Week of Jan. 6 - Jan. 10)

Contact Us

Dr. Amy Debelak, Principal

Ms. Sally Ganz, Asst. Principal

Office 686-1730

Absence Line 686-1736

FAX 792-6131

School Nurse 686-1733

Cafeteria 686-1735

Transportation 686-1785

Positive Character Trait Word for the Weeks of January 6

CARING – A caring person likes other people, looks for good in others, and exhibits kindness and compassion for others.

CARING means being charitable and helping others.

Specials Schedule for the week of January 6

Monday, Jan. 6 - B Day

Tuesday, Jan. 7 - C Day

Wednesday, Jan. 8 - D Day

Thursday, Jan. 9 - A Day

Friday, Jan. 10 - B Day

From our staff at Montgomery Elementary

Wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, and happiness in the coming New Year. Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

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Congratulations to our 2019-20 2nd Quarter Awesome Aviators for consistently being RESPONSIBLE.

Great Job Awesome Aviators!


An optional administration of the CogAT for gifted services will be offered on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Maple Dale Elementary School from 9:00-12:00. Please note parents are responsible for transportation to and from testing. Thank you!


for the 2020 January CogAT Testing for Elementary Schools

You may request that your child be tested on the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT). If you wish to have your child participate in this round of testing, all requests must be made through the below online link by January 3, 2020. If you have a child in 2nd and/or 4th grade, they will take the test during school with their class and do not need to be signed up. For other grade levels, we are offering an optional testing opportunity. In order to decrease disruption to your child's instruction, this testing opportunity will take place on Saturday, January 11, at Maple Dale from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm for all four elementary buildings.

Please note it is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation to and from Maple Dale on morning of testing.

An optional administration of the CogAT for gifted service will be offered on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Maple Dale Elementary School from 9:00-12:00. Please note parents are responsible for transportation to and from testing. Ensure the correct parent email is entered as this is the email the district will use for communication. Thank you!

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The Montgomery Elementary

CIRCUS Carnival 2020

will be here before we know it…

Friday, January 31st from 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Step right up for food, fun, games, and inflatables for all ages!

We need help from ALL of our school families to make the Carnival both a fun evening and a successful fundraiser for Montgomery Elementary! Carnival is not possible without Volunteers!

Work a shift:

5:15-6:45, 6:45-8:00, 8:00-9:15

CLICK HERE to Sign-Up:

Questions Contact Melynda Morris at or Lauren Everly at

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CLICK HERE to visit the Carnival Website.

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CLICK HERE for Live Link to Sign Up Genius

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After School Program Registration Info is HERE

Dates: Tuesdays Jan. 28, Feb, 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3

Time: 4pm-5pm

Location: Montgomery Elementary

THE LINK TO SIGN UP WENT LIVE ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 2. Please check the PTO Web page for additional information and sign up.


Step one: You can find a link for SignUp Genius on our PTO Web Page @ On our PTO Web Page you will find a link for SIGNUP GENIUS. Remember - this link will not be available or live until MONDAY, Dec. 2. Only one spot per student. Class descriptions are below. Registration closes January 1st.

Step two: You must pay via the Montgomery PTO paypal (Paypal: or by check made out to Montgomery PTO and placed in the PTO mailbox by Jan. 15).

Once we have received your payment, we will notify you via email with confirmation and instructions on filling out communication forms, snack requirements and on site contact information during class.

Please email with any questions!


Company: Amazing Cindini

Grades: 1-4

Class description: Disappear” for one hour a week for 6-weeks. Learn secrets used by famous magicians. Amaze your family and friends with the magic learned in this fun, exciting & educational magic program. Classes include hands on instruction and personalized training.

Each student will receive a variety of magic tricks to start or add to their own magic collection.

Cost: $93


Company: Yoga with Carly

Grades: K-4

Class Description: Join us for an hour of yoga poses and games, journaling, and a little relaxation time. No prior experience needed. Yoga mats will be provided if needed. Please wear comfortable clothes and be ready to focus your mind and learn some tools to help you feel your best!

Cost: $57

Art and Design

Company: I.C.I Studio

Grades: 1-4

Class Description: I.C.I. Studio presents the Art and Design Program for all skill levels. No experience is required! Students will broaden their creative minds and use their imagination to create their own designs through various forms of art. We will have a different theme or project each week to allow students to learn a variety of techniques. Participants will be provided with guided instruction, but will also be given plenty of creative freedom.

Cost: $87.50


Company: Origami by Christine

Grades: 2-4

Class Description: Unlock the secrets of origami and learn how to fold colorful paper squares into animals, toys and more.

Cost: $93

Steam by Strive

Company: Strive

Grades: k-4

Class Description: At Strive Academy, our mission is to engage learners of all levels using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Each week, we will focus on activities that increase problem solving skills through hands-on learning. We will be investigating science and math through experiments and problem solving, building with engineering challenges, discovering the basics of coding, and creating some amazing art along the way.

Cost: $83


Company: Ahn Taekwondo Institute

Grades: k-4

Class Description: Learn basic martial arts and Korean culture though a variety of fun activities that include hitting targets, partner drills and self defense techniques. Students will be focused and engaged while learning practical and valuable skills.

Cost: $62

Smart Start Art

Company: Learning Means Fun

Grades: k-2

Class Description: The sky's the limit as we daydream about the future- the inventions, homes, landscapes, and modes of transportation of tomorrow! Sketch and draw, shade and color, cut, glue, fold... create!

Cost: $82

Music Start

Company: Learning Means Fun

Grades: k-4

Class Description: Learn to read music and play tunes! Using specialized, proprietary MusicStart keyboards, students learn to play familiar tunes in a group setting by color, letter, and note matching while using problem-solving strategies - without sacrificing any important musical knowledge - we are not taking shortcuts to playing and reading music. Prepare your student to take any instrument by giving them a solid musical foundation with this exciting program!

Cost: $101


Company: Learning Means Fun

Grades: 2-4

Class Description: Ozobot Zone- The amazing Ozobot rolls, spins, zig-zags, dances and flashes a rainbow of colors, all at your command! This cross-curriculum course brings coding and robotics together. Write some code on your computer, and the Ozobot will act it out in front of you! Play fun coding games, challenge other robots to a race, and draw a colorful path for your Ozobot to follow. This pint-sized but powerful robot will be your partner in learning as we gain skills in logic, storytelling, sequencing, and problem-solving. Each student will receive an award on the last day of the session, and will have the opportunity to earn Code Belts to demonstrate their learned skills!

Cost: $94.50


Company: Learning Means Fun

Grades: k-4

Class Description: Our chefs-in-training will learn how to make delicious and nutritious

recipes using fresh and colorful ingredients. We will travel across the globe to learn about the cuisine and traditions of different countries and master cooking safety, slicing, dicing, chopping, baking, zesting, and more!

Cost: $139

Save the Date:

International Night will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020 from 6:30-8pm. This will be an evening to celebrate the diversity of cultures represented in our student population. The event will consist of cultural booths, food booth, performances, and more. A sign up link to participate will be included in January’s newsletter.

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Here is your chance to become a part of the Water Polo Squadron. Dive on into our Winter Water Polo Camps. You will get a chance to learn the game of water polo with members of the high school Varsity and Junior Varsity program.

This year we have put all 3 groupings on the same day to help those involved in winter and spring sports to get a chance to play.

2020 Wingman Water Polo Camp

3-4th, 5-6th & 7-8th Grade Levels

Introduction to Water Polo Camps

Sunday Afternoon Sessions

Jan 12,19,26 & Feb 9, 16

Team T-Shirt Included

At Sycamore High School Pool

Water Polo Camp Options

Option A :Grade 3-4: from 3:15-4:15 pm

Option B: Grade 5-6 from 4:15-5:15 pm

Option C: Grade 7-8 from 5:15-6:15 pm

Costs $50 for a 5 Practice Sessions

Register on parent portal.

Registration is open NOW!

Please select “online fees” then “Click here to pay fees”. Once there select “sports camp registration” and find the correct session of the water polo camp you wish to register for.

Why Water Polo?

Promotes high level of physical conditioning.

Builds hand eye coordination & swimming skills

Encourages leadership and communication skills

Fosters self esteem.

We hope to see you in the pool.

Coach Nicholas Hellwig

Sycamore High School

Aviator Water Polo- State Finalists 2012, 2018

National Finalist for the Double Victory Award from Positive Coaching Alliance 2018

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Part Time Job Opportunity

The Sycamore HS PTO is looking for an individual to serve as the store manager and merchandise buyer for the Aves Hangar Bookstore and Spirit Shop, located on the school’s campus, anticipated to begin mid to late January 2020. This is a new position and will replace the role currently held by volunteer managers.

Retail experience and knowledge of sales and marketing principles are necessary. This is a contract position, with an average expected work-load of 20 hours/week. Schedule is somewhat flexible. Incentive opportunities are also available.

For more information on responsibilities, time commitment, requirements, etc, please visit:

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