Beaver Bulletin

Weekly Update for Army Trail School Families

February 4,, 2020

Parent Teacher Conferences

The February parent/teacher conference information that was included in this week's Update. As in the past, winter conferences times have been reserved for parents of students that classroom teachers have identified as needing to conference with. Over the next few days, if your child's classroom teacher would like a conference with you a letter will be sent home. If you do not receive a letter, a conference is not needed at this time. However, even if you do not receive a request to conference and would like to discuss your child's progress with their classroom teacher, please reach out to them via email, Seesaw, phone, etc.

Note from the Nurse.

While student attendance is very important, it is just as important if your child is sick with a fever or flu like symptoms they are kept at home. Students who present to the Nurse’s Office with a fever and/or feeling poorly will be sent home. To prevent widespread flu in school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

CONSIDER KEEPING YOUR CHILD AT HOME for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
  • Headache
  • Mild stomach ache

DEFINITELY KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

TO HELP PREVENT THE FLU AND OTHER COLDS, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" and for a minimum of 24 hours. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before he/she is considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Keeping your ill child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom!

Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.

Winter Weather

Students will go out to recess every day unless the temperature and or wind chill is below 10 degrees or there is inclement weather. They must dress appropriately for the cold temperatures. If your child needs a jacket, please contact the Army Trail Main Office.

Birthday and Celebration Snacks

Starting on Monday, January 21, we will be strictly enforcing the Food Allergy Management Program as outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook. It states that "Students are not allowed to bring food items to school to share with others, including birthday treats or food of any type to share for celebrations or holiday parties." From this point forward, any families that wish to share something with their child's class, it must be a non-food item.

5 Essentials Survey

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 gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

An email address is not required but you must complete the County (Dupage) and School (Army Trail School 346 Army Trail Blvd) to start the survey.

We are currently at 30% participation, help us meet our goal of 50% Parent Participation!

Dr. Ferney Returns

Please join us for the next presentation by Dr. Ferney on February 6 @ 6:00 PM in the Cafeteria. Coffee and light snacks will be provided along with child care.

See you there!

First Annual Science Night

Addison School District 4 is hosting its First Annual Science Night! It will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6pm to 8pm at Indian Trail Junior High. Any questions? Contact Eileen Santini or Vivi Frangidakis.

Students must register ahead of time so that we have enough materials for everyone! Please return the form below by January 31, 2020 Parents may observe the experiments as the students participate.

Childcare is available for preschool aged children!