Sipley School Weekly Newsletter

Week of Monday, January 20, 2015

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on Thursday, February 12, and Friday, February 13. Sipley School will once again be asking parents to schedule their Parent-Teacher Conference online. Children went home with information on Friday. A separate e-mail was sent via Skylert.

Illinois 5 Essentials Survey

The State of Illinois requires that all public schools take part in an Illinois 5 Essentials Survey. Last year, the survey was only accepted if 30% of parents took it. Sipley didn't meet that threshold, so we didn't get the results from those who took the survey. This year the State lowered the threshold to 20%. I am asking everyone to take time to complete the survey. Your voice is important to me. We will have computers available at Parent-Teacher Conferences in hopes that we can get as many people as possible to take the survey. You can take it right now!


The parent survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. All surveys must be completed in one sitting.


Parents may skip any questions they do not wish to answer; however, they must click 'Submit Survey' once they have reached the end in order for their responses to be counted towards their school’s response rate and included in the parent report. Surveys cannot be retrieved once submitted. For this reason, please take your time when responding to the survey.

To complete the parent survey:

  • Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ and select Parent Survey.
  • Select the necessary language to complete the survey (English or Spanish).
  • Enter requested demographic information.
  • Advance to survey questions.
  • Answer all applicable questions.
  • Click Submit Survey.

STP Sponsored a Hands-on STEM Museum

A BIG thanks to our STP and parent volunteers for helping out at an STP paid for hands-on STEM museum. Students in grades K-6 had a great time learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Here is a Glance at the Week Ahead

Monday - No School in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday - STP No Cook Night - McDonalds 4:00 - 8:00.

Wednesday - STP Meeting at Sipley @ 6:45

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