Swimming Into September

Haskin Elementary School- September 2022

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A Message from Ms. Venetucci

It's September! That only means ONE thing here in town - The Sandwich Fair! While we have been fitting things in before the fair and preparing for things after the fair - our Haskin kiddos have been hard at work getting settled in!

We have exciting plans this month, so be on the look out for many upcoming events and opportunities for our students and families. Among the excitement of September, we will be rolling out our Character Counts program which will teach our students the best traits to embody to be a successful student. This will also provide structures and expectations for every location within our learning environment. We will share information as it is being exposed to your children.

Check out the rest of this newsletter for important upcoming dates, links to social media pages, and so much more. I am hoping to see you at the events that will be sneaking up on us shortly.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions that you may have!

Ms. Martha Venetucci


Important Upcoming Dates

September 5, 2022 - No School - Labor Day

September 9, 2022 - Non-Attendance Day - No School

September 12, 2022 - 1st Grade Hoover

September 12, 2022 - H.O.P. Informational Meeting

September 14, 2022 - 2nd Grade Hoover

September 16, 2022 -11:10 AM Dismissal - School Improvement

September 16, 2022 - Pre-k Screening

September 19, 2022 - Severe Weather Drill

September 20, 2022 - School Board Meeting 7 PM

September 20, 2022 - Bus Evacuation Drill

September 22, 2022 - Fire Drill

September 23, 2022 - H.O.P. Haskin Family Movie Night

September 26, 2022 - Fall Picture Day

September 28, 2022 - Watch D.O.G.S. Kick Off

September 30, 2022 - Homecoming Parade

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We are excited to welcome volunteers back into the building this school year. If you are interested in helping out in your student(s) classroom, you must first complete the district Volunteer Packet. You may access this document by clicking here. If you would like a paper copy of the Volunteer Packet to fill out, please get in touch with our main office at 815-786-8812, and we will send a copy home with your student!


Our first newsletter included a link to access the student handbook for the 2022-2023 school year. We encourage you to read through the document and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. It is a lengthy document that covers a wide variety of topics. Therefore, I wanted to highlight a significant change from previous school years related to our "treat policy." We are no longer allowing food treats to be sent to school. Please read the updated policy below.

Celebrations and positive reinforcement are an important part of our district’s culture of supporting students. Often students bring treats or snacks to school to share on special occasions. Due to food allergies and other health concerns, we do not permit students to bring in food items or treats to school to share. We would like to encourage healthy eating habits and promote non-food items such as pencils, stickers, bookmarks, or other small items in place of food treats. Curricular activities involving food will be dealt with individually. Safety provisions will be set up for food or environmental allergies on an individual basis.


On November 2nd and 4th Haskin will host professionals from Safe Passage into our classrooms to speak with our students about Erin's Law. Please read over the information below. After reviewing the provided information, if you would like your student(s) removed from the classroom during Erin's Law presentations, please let your student(s) teacher know.

What is Erin’s Law?

Erin’s Law, or Illinois Public Act 097-1147, requires public schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education for children in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades.

How is Erin’s Law taught at Haskin?

In order to meet the requirements of Illinois Public Act 097-1147, Haskin utilizes a local community resource called Safe Passage. Safe Passage social workers provide age-appropriate instruction that will help students recognize unsafe situations, keep themselves safe, and how to respond to unsafe situations. This year, Safe Passage's staff will visit each classroom and deliver an in-person presentation. Common themes instructed at all grade levels include:

  • Identifying safe versus unsafe or unwanted touching
  • The Safety Rule About Touching (The Touching Rule): Private areas are not for others to touch, except to keep a child clean and healthy
  • Understanding the difference between good and bad secrets

Any further questions regarding Erin's Law?

If you have further questions regarding Erin's Law, please click here to view additional information provided by Safe Passage. Once you've reviewed the information provided by Safe Passage, if you have additional questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the main office at 815-786-8812. If you'd like to opt your student from Safe Passage's Erin's law presentation, please contact your student(s) teacher and let them know.


Dear Sandwich School District 430 Parents and Guardians,

The federal program that has allowed school districts across the country to offer free

breakfast and lunch to all students regardless of income expired on June 30, 2022. Since

2020, this program has eliminated the need to collect payments for school meals for any


At this time, the federal government has not extended the waivers for next school year to

allow free meals for all students. As a result, schools across the nation will be reverting

back to free and reduced-price meals based on income eligibility guidelines set by the U.S.

Department of Agriculture.

During the 2022-2023 school year, families who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will

have to pay for school meals and registration fees. Students whose families are eligible for

free or reduced-price lunch will be able to access meals next school year at no cost or a

discounted rate. Families who qualify will have registration fees waived or applied at a

discounted rate. Since this adjustment may create a financial burden on some of our

families, we are writing to give you advance notice of this change.

In order to review the requirements to qualify and to apply, please use the link below:

2022-2023 Free/Reduced Application

Only one application needs to be completed per household. If you recently received

notification that you have already been approved for free or reduced meals for the

2022-2023 school year you do not need to complete an application.

Lunch Prices for 2022-2023

K-5 Schools $3.10

Sandwich Middle School $3.20

Sandwich High School $3.20

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jody Kruswicki, Administrative Assistant,

815-786-2187 or jkruswicki@sandwich430.org

Thank You,

Tom Sodaro, Superintendent

Sandwich CUSD 430

720 S. Wells St.

Sandwich, IL. 60548


Now that lunches are no longer free for everyone, the balance can add up quickly. Please check your students account balance on the Tyler Parent Portal to make sure your student has a positive balance under Meal Service Balance.
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substitute teachers needed

The Sandwich School District needs your help! Please consider joining us as a substitute teacher. Did you know you can make $120 a day as a substitute teacher? You can create a work schedule that fits your availability through the use of our Frontline app. Earn $120 a day and work when you want to. Please click below for more information.


Thank you!

Thank you H.O.P. for working so hard on cleaning up the front of our school and getting mulch donated by Busted Knuckles! It looks great!
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