November Words for the Wise

Owen Elementary School

Set Sail for New Adventures!

One Team! One Goal!

Parent/Guardian and Teacher Conferences

November 5th, 8:00- a.m.-3:00 p.m. & 4:30-8:00 p.m.

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to establish a shared vision with you, our parents and guardians, to support the students at Owen achieve their goals.

At conference time we appreciate the time to listen to, and tap into, each other’s strengths for how we each contribute to your child’s growth. We look forward to collaboratively planning future goals, discussing obstacles that may be encountered, and ways to celebrate your child's resilience when he/she perseveres when engaging in new and difficult material.

Each of us has a depth of knowledge about your child that when combined will provide the quality education and support he/she deserves.

Please complete the brief survey after your conference and place it in the box at the main entrance. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the remainder of the November Captain's Log. If you have any questions, please contact us.

National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week and Words of the Week

Thank you for supporting the activities during National CC! Week.

Starting with character education and moving to character action is not a year-long journey, it is a life-long journey. We want our passengers to learn about character education, but more importantly we want our passengers to apply these character traits in their daily lives.

Thank you for teaming with us in this journey by looking for your child applying these positive characteristics in their lives outside of school. We'd enjoy hearing from you.

November 7th, PRIDE


November 19th, EFFORT

November 26th, DILIGENCE

2019 Illinois 5Essentials Survey - Nov. 1st-Jan., 18, 2019

Teachers, parents, and students across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school from the perspective of teachers, parents, and students.

As a parent, your voice is essential to help us understand the conditions at your child's school to celebrate great things and guide improvement. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The state will provide survey results for individual schools based on responses from parents/guardians, teachers, and 4th-12th grade students. We need at least 20% of our parents/guardians to complete the survey. Owen has bee fortunate to have 45-50% of our families respond.

If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school. All survey responses will be kept confidential.

Please click the links below for the "Easy as 1-2-3" form that provides specific directions for you and the link to the survey. Feel free to use our laptops set up in the LMC during conferences on Monday, Nov. 5th. Thank you to the parents who have already completed the survey during last night's conferences.

If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or the office.

School Safety Community Night

Wednesday, November 14th from 7 to 8 pm at Waubonsie Valley High School

District 204 is partnering with local law enforcement agencies for a School Safety Community Night. Safety topics include what parents should teach their younger children to help keep them safe, the district’s partnership with police and how school resource officers work with staff and students, ALICE training in schools, a new program that involves a school safety dog, and how students and parents can report safety concerns. All District 204 parents are invited to attend this event. Children are encouraged to attend at their parents’ discretion.

NO SCHOOL - November 21st-23rd Thanksgiving Break

Students Who Earned a Positive Referral

Congratulations to the following Owl-Standing Owen Owls for earning a Positive Referral since setting sail this year for demonstrating exceptional character. Any staff member may acknowledge a student who exemplifies great character on a regular basis. We encourage you to celebrate this with your child. We recognize each student during morning announcements. He or she will sign our Kids for Character Positive Referral Book and place a personal Owl-Standing Owl of Character on our Kids for Character Tree in the main hallway. Please join me in recognizing the following students:

Addison Harrison, Naisha Ghosh (2), Amir Houlden (2), Tony Robertson, Montaez Marshall, Snithik Saravanan, Serah Binu, Claire Flaherty (2), Dominika Kosmiej, Jordyn Lewis (2), Vanessa Stahl, Alex McDonald (2), Quinn Thomas, Additey Aryaman, Nate Nelson (2), Tevin Robertson, Stuti Singh (2), Cecilia Hurm, Polina Madalli, Kayden Eckman, Piper Lynch, Amir Houlden, Keith Rodgers, Layla Blasutti, Chase Davis, Ace Hill, Aidan McDonald (2), Annusha Janardan, Leonardo Arroyo, Amitha Rajkumar, Will McGuire, Musaib Sharief, June Fornelli, Rebeca Popa, Julie Yousif, Quinn Thomas, Isabel Harms, Elijah Hoffman, Michael Chenier, Saanvi Gupta, Saad Alshahrani, Maddie Surrett, Jonah Johnson, Jazmine Christie, Shiv Sahani (2), Ethan Arnold, Geethika Bhuma, Munis Kodirjonova, Ganika Bhoyar (2), Garvita Bhoyer (2), Marissa Kinnaman, Daniel Rajkumar, Ishaan Manoor, Brahmani Sankakkayala, Shaila Punwani, Jonathan Kukla, Maggie Backman (2), Calvin Bonansinga, Kathryn Travis, Krish Yada, Landon Miller, Karile Liobikas, Kaustubh Bukkapatnam, Aanya Agarwal, and Saad Alarifi.

Temperatures are Dropping!

Please dress your child appropriately for school and outdoor recess. It is time to wear a coat, hat, gloves, socks, and shoes. When the snow starts to fly and temperatures dip further, we will need to wear boots, snow pants and a scarf. We go outside for recess unless the wind chill is 5 degrees or below, or the blacktop area is unsafe due to icy conditions.

For car drop off and pick up when extreme weather conditions occur, a staff member will come out prior to 8:50 and before 3:30 to get the process started. At dismissal please use your student car window sign daily. This always assists the staff in moving the line along efficiently and safely. We will keep the students in the gymnasium during inclement weather and we will bring out 10 -15 students at a time to their vehicles.

During extreme weather, please be patient as it may take a few minutes longer than on a typical day. In the same manner, if we have extreme weather at arrival we will begin our entry procedures earlier and allow the students to enter school and remain in the hallways supervised until the 8:50 bell rings.

Quarterly Informational Student Attendance Notification Letter

Regular attendance and arriving to school on time are important to a student’s success in school. At the end of each quarter we are required by the State to notify parents when

students’ absences and/or tardy to school exceed 5% of the number of student attendance days.

With this in mind, at the end of each quarter, at a minimum, we review all students’ attendance. If your child has missed a full or part of a day, or has been tardy 5% or more of our days in session, we will send you a letter informing you. Even if you have communicated to us of a planned vacation or illness, these days are counted as absent. Buses arriving late to school are not counted as a tardy for a student.

You may access your child’s attendance and days tardy on your Home Access Center at any time. When you view the month look for any days that have been highlighted. Hover over the day and a drop down box will show you the exact time and type of activity. If you have any questions, please contact the office and we will be happy to help.

CC! Monthly CHAMPion Bus Behavior!

Each month the students on one of our bus routes is recognized for demonstrating the six pillars of CC! The students have shown respect and responsibility while at bus stops, riding the bus, in the hallway during dismissal, lining up in the gym, while loading the bus, and for following the safety expectations.

Congratulations to the students who earned a week to choose where they would like to sit at lunch.

September Bus #1

October Bus #4

November Bus # ?

Who will it be?

Helpful Reminders From the Nurse's Office

As flu season is upon us, the health office at Owen Elementary School wants to share some reminders in order to keep the children, families, teachers, and staff safe and healthy as they can be.

These reminders include:

1. Students should stay home with a fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Students must be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) before returning to school.

2. Students should also stay home if they are showing signs and symptoms of the flu or other illness (i.e. vomiting, coughing, fatigue, congestion), even if they do not have a fever.

3. Remind your students to cover their mouths with a tissue or their arm when coughing or sneezing.

4. Cover your mouth with your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Use hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Put any used tissue in the garbage and wash hands.

5. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 15-20 seconds. Younger students can say the ABCs during washing of hands if they aren't sure of how long 15-20 seconds is. This is the best way to prevent sickness/illness.

6. Always wash/clean hands before eating.

7. Try to refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as these are the most common entry points for germs to enter the body.

8. Do not share cups, water bottles, or eating utensils.

As an extra reminder, as we all start wearing hats, coats, earmuffs, and other head wear, do not share these items with others to reduce the incidence of head lice.

We wish everyone a safe and healthy fall/winter season. Use these reminders to keep yourself, your families, and your friends healthy.

Mrs. Fecht, RN

Ms. Dooley, RN, MSN, APN, CPNP

Mr. Jay, RN

Mrs. Hartman, CSN

Here is What's Coming Up at Owen!


1-9 Fall Book Fair


5 Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and 4:30-8:00 p.m.

5 Book Fair open 8:00 a.m.-8:0

6 NO SCHOOL - Election Day

21-23 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving

26 School resumes

2018 Assemblies for Students

Nov. 8th Veterans Day Assembly in gym 9:30 a.m.

Grade Level Family Nights

Dec. 19th 3rd Grade Science Night 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21st PTA Winter Parties K-2 and 3-5


Dec. 11th Winter Chorus Concert 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bake sale prior to and following the concert!

Kids First,

Captain Kim Earlenbaugh