IG PARENT NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2019

INDIAN GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Principal: Mrs. Lynn Fisher

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Amy Veytsman

Our Life Rules: Be respectful, Be responsible and Be ready to learn!

Message from the Principal


As the cold March winds blow, I hear so many people say, “I am so tired of winter weather!” If you have lived in the Chicagoland area long enough, you know any kind of weather can occur in this third month of the year. But right around the corner (or the next high pressure system) are signs of spring. If we can just hold out a few more weeks, we should be rewarded with temperatures above freezing!


In our character education program, we teach the students about the value perseverance. Surviving Chicago winters is only one way to persevere. In school, we encourage the students to try their best and not to give up too easily. Keeping a positive, “I can” attitude assists students with many challenging tasks. Perhaps this month, you can discuss a time when you persevered through a tough time.


March is a shortened school month due to the Spring Break beginning the 23rd. Some of the events prior to our break include: the 2nd grade musical, the annual PTC Fun Fair, a visit from Officer Friendly and ongoing clubs and groups meeting before and after school. The second trimester ends on March 1 and report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, March 15.


Please take the time to read through this newsletter. It contains important information and is one way of finding out what is happening at school as we bid farewell to winter!


Respectfully,



Mrs. L. Fisher

Principal

MARCH EVENTS

Monday - March 4- 4th Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

- 4th Grade Grover Night - 6:30PM


Tuesday - March 5 - 2ND Grade Steam Club - Ryan - 8AM in RM 44

- 3rd Grade Girls Volleyball Club - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

- IG Dancers - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53


Wednesday - March 6 - IG Singers - 7:50AM in RM 53

- 4th Grade Art Club - 3:30PM - 4:15 in Room 38

- 5th Grade Boys After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Thursday - March 7 - Late Arrival 9:25AM

- GCSG Meeting - 3:30PM - 4:14PM in rm 52

- 3rd Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Friday - March 8 - PTC Fun Fair - 5:30PM - 9PM in the Gym

- Ms Szwed's field trip to the Field Museum


Monday - March 11 - Acapella group from YALE performance 9:00 AM

- 4th Grade Steam Club - Engle/Suchecki/Szwed - 8AM in the LRC

-5th Grade Girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym


Tuesday - March 12 - 5th Grade Steam Club - Surz/Szwed - 8AM in the LRC

- 3rd Grade STEAM Club - Drennen/Stringer - 8AM in RM 44

- Rhythm Ensemble - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53

- 3rd Grade Girls Volleyball Club - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

- Board Meeting- 7PM at Euclid School


Wednesday - March 13 - 1st Grade Purple Asparagus Program

-4th Grade boys After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

-PTC Meeting - 7PM


Thursday - March 14 - Late Arrival 9:25AM

-GCSG Meeting - 3:30PM - 4:14PM

-2nd Grade Musical - 6:30PM in the Gym


Friday - March 15 - IG Singers - 7:50AM in RM 53

-2nd Grade Field Trip to the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre

Report Card Day


Saturday - March 16 - Referendum Open House - 9:00AM at the Administration Center


Monday - March 18 - Jump Rope for Heart - Grades 3-5 - All week in PE Classes

-5th Grade field Trip to RTMS for Band Concert

-2nd Grade Officer Friendly

-5th Grade boys After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym



Tuesday - March 19 - 2nd Grade Steam Club - Bowman/Palumbo - 8AM n the RM 44

-PTC Author Visit - Linda Gorhman - 1:15PM and 2:15PM

-5th Grade Field Trip to the Metropolis Theater

- 3rd Grade Girls Volleyball Club - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

- IG Dancers - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53

- Referendum Open House - 6:30 PM at the Administration Center


Wednesday - March 20 - IG Singers - 7:50 am in RM 53

-1st Grade Field Trip to the Mt Prospect Library

-5th Grade Art Club - 3:30PM - 4:15 in Room 38

-3rd Grade boys After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

-2019/2020 Registration Assistance - 4:30PM to 8PM at Euclid School


Thursday - March 21 - Late Arrival 9:25AM

4th Grade girls After School Sports - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in the Gym

Rhythm Ensemble - 3:30PM - 4:15PM in RM 53


Monday March 25 - Friday March 29 - NO SCHOOL- SPRING BREAK


Monday, April 1 - Classes resume

Registration for 2019-20 School Year


Currently enrolled families should be getting an email soon about registering for the 2019-20 school year. In this letter is a code which is used online to register your child. All of the information we need to re-register your student can be entered online. There is no need to come into the school office or the school to register for the 2019-20 school year. NEW kindergarten students and students NEW to Indian Grove must come into the office to complete the registration process. Our office is open 8:00 - 4:15 every school day. If you need assistance with your registration, please attend the Registration Help Night at Euclid School on March 20th. We will have computers available for all families who need some help getting their child registered. Please contact our school office if you have further questions.


Indian Grove Jumps All Over Heart Disease and Stroke


During the week of March 18 through 22, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke by participating in Jump Rope for Heart, an event sponsored by the American Heart Association. Students will Jump Rope for Heart during their Physical Education classes.

Jump Rope for Heart teaches participants about the benefits of regular exercise while promoting teamwork and building school spirit. The event emphasizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition, exercise and not smoking. Jump Rope for Heart also teaches students the importance of volunteerism.

As part of the event, students will ask family, friends and neighbors to sponsor them for every minute their team jumps or a flat donation. Prizes, including soccer balls, sport bags, and sport jackets are awarded according to the number of dollars raised.

The American Heart Association of Metropolitan Chicago is the Chicago area’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to the reduction of disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. Funds raised by this organization support research and community programs in Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties.

For more information about Jump Rope for Heart, contact Mr. Geati.

Vote on April 2!

You may have already read or heard about our district’s upcoming referendum on the April 2 ballot. The ballot proposal was recommended by Future Trails, a community engagement program that involved parents, employees, and residents interested in working together to find solutions to the enrollment crisis we have in our district.

The $19 million ballot proposal will provide funding to renovate and add to Park View School. If it passes, kindergarten will move to Park View (2020-21) along with our preschool, providing Euclid and Indian Grove with classroom space for growing enrollment. We are excited about the possibility of improving Park View for our students and our school district.

Our students deserve the best schools possible. The referendum will provide the funding to address the increases in enrollment and help maintain class size.

As your principal, I did want to share this information about this important ballot proposal and remind you that Election Day is April 2. If you have questions, please see me or get more details on the district website.

~Mrs. Fisher

No U-Turns…..Please!

Please refrain from making a u-turn in our parking lot! Many staff members and parents have commented how close they came to being hit by a car doing a u-turn. It doesn’t matter what time of the day you are dropping off a child or in our lot - NO U-TURNS ARE ALLOWED! The school does have permission to send license plate numbers to the police department especially with repeat offenders. It takes all of 1-2 extra minutes to drive around our island turnaround after heading into our parking lot.

COLD AND FLU SEASON

During the winter months we often see an increase in cold and flu viruses. If your child is sick with a fever (100+), a bad cough, or is vomiting, please keep them at home for at least 24 hours to recover (without medication) . If your child shows these symptoms during the school day, we will be contacting you to pick them up. We ask that you ensure that your telephone contact numbers and emergency contact information are up to date with the office so we can get in touch with you in a timely manner.

Pennies for Patients

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Pennies for Patients campaign. As a school we Collected $2456.25.

Banners were earned by the following classrooms.


Bronze Banner over $100 collected

Mrs. Duda's class, Mrs Citak's class, Ms. Palumbo's class, Ms. Herrick's class, Mr. Satovitz's class and Mrs. Engle's class


Silver Banner over $200 collected

Ms. Klawan's class and Mrs. Miller's class


Gold Banner over $300 collected

Mrs. Frew's class

1st GRADE PROGRAM: PURPLE ASPARAGUS


Please mark your calendars for the monthly Purple Asparagus program. Once a month, the 1st graders will learn about nutrition and healthy eating. The dates and topics of each Purple Asparagus class during the year are:

· March 13 – Roots

· April 17 – Herbs

· May 15 – Berries

Preschool Screenings Information

RTSD26 will offer preschool screenings to all District 3 and 4 year olds suspected of having a developmental delay. In addition, we will also be screening students to see if they are eligible for the ECDEC preschool program and our Bilingual Spanish Preschool program. To be eligible for these programs, families must meet specific criteria, such as speaking a second language in the home, income level, or other criteria that can be explained to you at the screening.

If you are concerned that your child has a delay in vision, hearing, motor, speech, language, cognition and/or social functioning, call 224- 612-7308 to set up a screening time. All screenings are done by appointment only and take place at Parkview. Screenings are held on Thursdays and are once a month through April.

If you are unsure if your child is developing appropriately, please consult with your child's preschool teacher or pediatrician for advice. The Center for Disease Control offers the following information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

Your child must be at least 3 years old at the time of screening. Screenings are staffed by educational professionals and therapists who will make recommendations for further action to parents. All screenings are at Indian Grove and by appointment only. Translation services are available. To make an appointment in Spanish, please call Mrs. Perez or Mrs. Santiago at 224-612-7402

SCREENINGS DATES: (2018/2019): 3/14 & 4/18

Board of Education

Your district’s Board of Education meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held either at a school or the Education Service Center (ESC), 1900 East Kensington Road, Mount Prospect. The ESC is the administration center adjacent to Park View School. At one of the semi-monthly meetings, an education report is presented. These reports highlight something special happening in the district.

You are cordially invited to attend, ask questions, and learn about the district. Copies of the Board’s agendas and minutes are posted on the district’s web site at http://www.rtsd26.org. Please contact the Superintendent’s office (847) 297-4120 x 7301 for information concerning Board meetings.


If you want a Board member to contact you, please call the Superintendent’s office and leave your name and telephone number. A Board member will return your call.

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