Freeman Mustangs Newsletter #25

February 12, 2021

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, February 15th: No School- Presidents' Day
  • Thursday, February 18th: Virtual Learning Academy Supply Pick Up 7:30am-3:30pm
  • Friday, February 26th: Teacher Institute Day- No Student attendance
  • Now- April 2nd: Illinois 5Essentials Survey Open

Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year is NOW OPEN!

Pictures for Yearbook Option

Did you miss your scheduled time to have your picture taken? Don't worry, we have a couple different options for you to still have your photo taken. Lifetouch will be back at Freeman on March 9 and March 10 for retakes. Link for virtual students will be sent out in the next week or two.

Freeman WILL have a YEARBOOK this year!

Yearbooks for this 2020–2021 school year are on sale now!

1) You can order directly online at Lifetouch (school code: 12943521), OR

2) Use the downloadable version of the ordering flyer (see below)


Yearbook Portraits:

Families who are unable to participate in an in-person Lifetouch portrait sitting (picture make-up days are March 9–10) can use "Snaps at Home" to have a portrait picture created with the gray Lifetouch background to be used in the yearbook as well. Click here to get started, lifetouch.com/picture-day-snaps-at-home.


LAST YEAR'S YEARBOOK:

Last year's yearbook can still be picked up in the office!

If you still want a 2019–2020 yearbook, they are available in the office for $20 ea. as well (supply is limited).

If you were on the reserve list to purchase last year's book, your book is waiting for you at the office with your name on it. Just bring the $20!

Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s): Beginning February 3rd, students and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school. The survey will be available until April 2, 2021. To take the survey, please visit the link here: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

Select “Start here”

County: Kane

School: Freeman Elementary School

Thank you for your participation.

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Blended Experience School Hours

  • PreK: 9:00am-2:30pm
  • Kinder-5th Grade: 8:30am-2:20pm


  • In Person students will follow the A/B Schedule as included above.
  • K-5 Students will enter the building around 8:20am.
  • On asynchronous days (not in person), students will meet with their classroom teacher via Zoom from 8:00am-8:25am.

Student Attendance

If a student is not able to come to school due to an illness or scheduled appointment, please report that absence to the attendance line. Please leave a detailed message as to the reason for your child's absence, including any symptoms they may have related to COVID-19.

Please contact the office at 630-301-5002 to report their absence.

Support from Home for Blended Experience

  • Please ensure your child has had breakfast prior to arriving at school at 8:30am. We will not be providing breakfast in the morning. Students will be sent home with breakfasts, lunches and dinners for days until they are next at school.

  • Complete a daily screening for your child(ren) by 8:00am Monday-Friday

  • Bring your water bottle filled up with water prior to arrival

  • Bring your charged Ipad/Chromebook

  • Face coverings are required for students to attend school. Please help your child practice wearing a mask appropriately and extending the length of time they wear it.

  • Please send extra masks so students have a back up mask in the case it is needed

  • Please continue open communication with your child’s teacher and the school. As a school community, we need to work together.

  • Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather. We will be having outdoor recess as much as possible as weather permits. When there is rain or the “feel like” temperatures are at or below 15 degrees, temperature with the wind chill, we will have indoor recess

Reminder about Specials

All specials teachers will be sending out their asynchronous lessons weekly on Monday mornings via Seesaw. Students will have time throughout the week to complete these assignments.

For virtual learning students:

On days you have an asynchronous special in your schedule, you will work on the assigned lesson that was sent out on Monday.

Virtual Learning Academy Information

  • School hours are 8:00am-2:20pm.
  • Daily schedules should have been communicated by the virtual learning teacher.
  • Daily attendance is submitted by 8:30am for virtual students. If a student is not present on zoom, the office will follow up with a phone call.
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Daily Health Screener

Please have the daily health screener completed by 8:00am each morning. If the screener is not completed by 8:00am, the office will be following up with phone calls.


The screener will help guide you on whether your child can attend school that day. Your child will not be able to be in their class if the health screener is not completed. It will also prompt communication with our schools’ health office to see how we can help support your child during and after their absence.


https://www.sd129.org/covid-19/symptom-screener

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Inclement Weather Dismissal Plan

Due to the very cold outside conditions, we will be using our inclement weather dismissal plan.

Students who ride the bus will escorted to their bus as usual to depart school grounds.

All other students will wait inside their classrooms and/or be socially distanced in the hallways ready with all of their belongings.

Staff members will be at the car line announcing student names to come down to the car line/blacktop area to be picked up.

Additional staff will assist with escorting students inside the building to the respective exit doors off of the blacktop area.

This may lengthen the dismissal process but students will be able to safely wait inside the building avoiding the weather elements.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

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Coming soon!!! Virtual Lunch Bunch

Starting the week of February 22nd, we will be hosting a virtual opportunity for students to meet via zoom during the lunch hour.

Thank you to Mrs. Banh, Mrs. Burkhamer, and Ms. Hernandez for hosting the lunch bunch!

The virtual lunch bunch will be available to virtual students and students home on their asynchronous day(s).

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Daily Lunch Order Information

Currently, we have two lunch choices daily, with one being a hot option and the second being the grab bag. Information about school meals is available here: https://www.sd129.org/parents/school-meals


February Calendar: https://sd129.nutrislice.com/menu/freeman/in-person-elementary-schools/2021-02-27

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Dress for the weather!

As we are in the cold weather months, we want to inform you of our policy in regards to recess and car line. We will be outside for recess as often as possible as long as the feel like temperature (the temperature with the windchill) is 15 degrees or above. Please make sure students have hats and gloves. Our car line tries to move as quickly as possible and we thank you for your patience.

Winter Coats Available

If your student is in need of a winter coat, please contact Lydia Bartell (630) 301-5138 or lbartell@sd129.org. We have a variety of sizes, so please reach out if you are in need or know someone in need.

PTA News

We encourage you to join our Freeman PTA using the following link. It is $6 for individuals and $10 for the family. We are grateful for your support.

https://freeman.new.memberhub.store

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Snow much fun at recess!

Kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school!