Haskin Pride

Haskin Elementary School

Dawn Greenacre, Principal


Vision Statement: At Haskin, we are "Learning Today, Shaping Tomorrow!"

Have you registered for the 2017/2018 School Year? It's not too late!

Dear Haskin Parents/Guardians,
Registration for the 2017-2018 school is now open in the Tyler Parent Portal. All of the necessary registration information can be found through the Tyler Parent Portal at www.sandwich430.org. If you have already registered, please disregard this reminder. If you have forgotten your username or password to the Tyler Parent Portal, do not hesitate to call the office at 815-786-8812. Registration will take about 30 minutes to complete. Please make sure you are registering in the 2017/2018 school year before you begin the registration process. As you begin registration, you may notice that every form does not apply to your student. However, within each of the forms are areas marked with an asterisk that are required fields. Each area highlighted in red and marked“incomplete”, will need to have specific areas filled out. Once you have answered those questions, you can click “move to next form.” You will know registration is ready to be submitted when all areas highlighted in red have turned green. Click the “submit registration” button. When all forms have been submitted, you will receive aconfirmation email.
If you know that you are moving prior to the 2017/18 school year, please contact the office so we can assist you.

Student Placement for Next Year


Please know your child’s educational experience is of utmost importance to us and we take it very seriously. Over the past few years there has been an increase in parent/guardian requests for student placement. Students are placed in classes by a combination of well studied and thought out processes. Classroom placement will be based on the following criteria:
1) Performance Assessments
2) Learning Style
3) Teacher(s) Input
4) Academic Performance
5) Male/Female Balance
6) Social Balance
7) Teacher Compatibility
8) Students Compatibility
9) Special Program Schedules
10) Physical Handicaps
11) Student Personality and Emotional needs

We appreciate your understanding of this matter. Together, as a team, we can accomplish much!

Handy Tidbits from the Handbook


The following information can be found on pages 6 in your Student Handbook.

· VISITORS

To ensure the safety of our students, all outside doors to the school will be locked. All visitors, including parents and siblings, are required to enter through the front door (not the gym doors) of the building and proceed immediately to the main office. Visitors should identify themselves and inform office personnel of their reason for being at school. In the event a parent wishes to pick up their child early from school, the student will meet the parent in the office.

Visitors must sign in, identifying their name, the date and time of arrival, and the classroom or location they are visiting. Visitors are required to proceed immediately to their location in a quiet manner. All visitors must return to the main office and sign out before leaving the school.

Visitors are expected to abide by all school rules during their time on school properly. A visitor who fails to conduct himself or herself in a manner that is appropriate will be asked to leave and may be subject to criminal penalties for trespass and/or disruptive behavior.

· CELL PHONES

o VISITOR USE OF CELL PHONES WHILE IN A SCHOOL ZONE IS PROHIBITED.

o Please turn your cell phones off or to vibrate when in the building to limit distractions to the learning environment.

· TOBACCO AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE USE ON SCHOOL GROUNDS IS PROHIBITED, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF VEHICLES.

Please Visit Us: Sandwich CUSD #430 Web Site

Sandwich School District #430 provides much information on its website in an effort to enhance and strengthen its communication with our parents and the public. Once at the site, you will be able to review news from all of the schools, the School Report card, the minutes from the Board of Education meetings, lunch menus, the school calendar, physical immunization reqirements and much more. Also, please watch the webpage as announcements will be posted on the school’s webpage. Please visit us at http://www.sandwich430.org

Spring Safety at School


Flip flops are fun to wear, but for your child’s safety, tennis shoes are best. They must wear gym shoes for P.E., but it’s a good idea for our students to wear them during recess also. Accidents do happen and feet can easily slip off the playground equipment when wearing flip flops.

Please have your student dress appropriately. We expect our students to be dressed in a manner that reflects modest taste and is not distracting to others and learning.

Summer Meals Illinois

Free, healthy, and nutritious summer meals are available for children (18 and under) when school is out for summer! These meals are part of the Summer Food Service Program and sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. See the attached flyer for details.

DeKalb County Shoe Share 2017

DeKalb County Shoe Share is a program to collect gently used or new shoes for DeKalb County students to ensure they participate in PE class. Many children in our schools don't have or cannot afford gym shoes. You can help! Donate new or your gently used athletic shoes. All sizes accepted!

News from the Haskin Health Office

If you are interested in a no cost immunization clinic through the Kendall County Health Department, please see below. Note that restrictions and prequalifications apply. The second attachment is for the state mandated and revised Asthma Action Plan. Please call us at the office (815-786-8812) if your child is in need of this medical plan of action.

Arbor Food Service - Menus for April 2017

Breakfast - April 2017

Lunch - April 2017

For the Fridge - April 2017

The Parent Institute - April 2017

Do you wish you had a monthly tip sheet that gave you invaluable advice on anything from helping your child to read better, study more effectively, correct bad behavior, or just learn how to head a family meeting? The Parent Institute newsletter is for you! Every month, this newsletter is packed full of ideas and inspirations to make parenting just a little bit easier!

Event Reminder: Mark your Calendar!

Multi-Cultural "Cinqo De Mayo" Dance Club coming soon. See the attached flyer for information and details about upcoming practices and fun.
Don't forget the Sandwich Education Foundation Casino Night on Saturday, April 8th. See attached flyer for details!

Music Department Reminder

Our Haskin Spring Concert will be Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sandwich High School gymnasium. See information, performance time and location address below.

As performance-based standards are outlined in the performance section of core music standards, students will participate in a thematic musical performance. The theme for the evening is all about Heros. Students can wear super hero outfits if they would like! Please drop off children in the high school cafeteria, then proceed to the gymnasium to get your seats. Teachers will not arrive until 5:40 p.m. Please do not drop off your child prior to this time. Please email Mr. Anderson at chad.anderson@kidsroe.org with any questions, or feel free to call at school.

Haskin Music Concert

Wednesday, April 12th, 6pm

515 Lions Road

Sandwich, IL

Reading Department News

Open House/Family Reading Night

Students and their families celebrated school, literacy, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary, at Open House and Family Reading Night on March 9, 2017. Families toured classrooms, visited the book fair, created mice, and played Kahoot! They also snacked on popcorn while listening to Miss Bailey from the Sandwich Public Library District read mice stories. Of course another highlight was having photos taken on a real motorcycle. Students also entered a drawing to win a copy of one of the book’s sequels, Runaway Ralph. Congratulations to the 21 lucky winners. Happy reading!

One School, One Book Appreciation

The learning community of Lynn G. Haskin would like to thank everyone who participated in our second annual One School, One Book family literacy initiative. To all of the families who took time out of their busy schedules to share the joy of reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle together, we say, “Thank-you!” You have built vocabulary, imagination, and beautiful memories.

To our generous sponsors who made it possible for over 250 families to receive a copy of the book and to participate in these events, we say, “Thank-you!” You have truly made a difference. Our sponsors include Beverage Funeral Homes, Todd’s Southtown Auto Repair, Bob Wright State Farm Insurance Agency, Swanson Real Estate, Community Disposal, Centrue Bank, and First Impressions Dentistry.

To Classic Cinemas 7, for providing our own private viewing of the movie, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, we say, “Thank-you!” A fun time was had by all.

We also congratulate all of our trivia winners! We hope everyone had a great time and are anxiously awaiting next year’s selection!

Read Across America/Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

During the first week in March, students and staff participated in the National Reading Association’s annual Read Across America celebration. Students enjoyed reading Dr. Seuss’s many books during their literacy time. They also participated in a variety of dress-up days which centered around Dr. Seuss’s books.

On Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2nd, members of Educators Rising and Read Club, from Sandwich Community High School, visited classrooms and read Horton Hears a Who. They lead class discussions on friendship, and students completed an activity which accompanied the book.

Students also promised to become life-long readers and took the Readers’ Oath throughout the week. Students completing the Readers’ Oath fluency challenge were entered to win books. The winning students were:

Pre-K: Dean Shaw, James, Shelton, Bentley Jandt

Kindergarten: Oswaldo Hernandez, Rhaena Paver

First Grade: Josh Ahmeti, Matthew Owens

Second Grade: Amari Gray, Braiden Wrobel

Third Grade: Tessie Thomas, Kaiden Cather

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HOP Family Movie Night!

On Friday, February 24th, HOP hosted its annual complimentary Family Movie Night where over seventy-five students and their families enjoyed the viewing of Finding Dory. Ten lucky children won boxes of candy. The big winners of the night were the Mulhall family, including Kiera, a kindergartener at Haskin, who won the movie plus the Movie Night Gift Basket, which HOP also raffled off. The proceeds of the raffle will help HOP’s annual Fun Fair afternoon in May.

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Erin's Law Presentation

Haskin students received a visit from Ms. Jordann Mason of Safe Passage in DeKalb. Ms. Mason shared the books, Miles is the Boss of his Body with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, The Trouble with Secrets with first grade, Fred the Fox Shouts No with second grade, and Some Secrets Should Never be Kept with third grade. These books and Ms. Mason shared with the students that their bodies are special and that other people do not have the right to touch them inappropriately or to make them feel uncomfortable. Erin’ Law is an Illinois mandate to assist children to know they should seek help if they have or had someone treat them wrongly.

Pre-K News

Reduce, reuse, recycle!! We have begun our new study in pre-k. The students are having so much fun finding ways to reuse "junk." We added a word wall in our library and the kids have been looking through our junk collection for environmental print.
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Kindergarten News

On Wednesday, March 8th, the Kindergarteners took a trip to Naperville to visit DuPage Children’s Museum. They spent about 2 hours exploring all the interactive exhibits that the museum has to offer such as Creativity Connections, Make It Move, Build It, Awesome Airs, and Water Ways. They also were able to explore the new exhibit- Dream With DaVinci! All of these exhibits are based on concepts of science, math, and art, and encourage critical thinking for the children through self-directed play. The children had so much fun through the power of play and learning! It was a great time for all!

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The kindergarteners participated in a recycling program sponsored by the DeKalb County Extension Office. During the 3 session program they learned about recycling, trash dumps, reducing packaging, and reusing materials. Pictured are students from Mrs. Schmitt’s class with Mrs. Connie Handel, the program’s extension instructor.

1st Grade News

First grade enjoyed an Ag in the Classroom presentation from four local FFA Chapter
members. All four presenters are local high school students. They spoke to us about
what types of farming there are and what agriculture is. They taught us about corn and
soy beans and why they are important. Corn and soybeans are ingredients in MANY
different products like: mayonnaise, salad dressing, cereal, pop, & even used in
newspaper ink! We also learned that there are many different types of corn! They
talked about the different kinds of packing peanuts. There are ones made from
Styrofoam and ones made from corn products. Why would the ones made from corn
products be better from the environment? Ask your first grader! All first graders
became farmers! We were able to plant two corn and two soy bean seeds into a cup.
We were able to observe the plants, it was interesting to watch the roots grow first!
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2nd Grade News

It's All About "Pasta Punctuation" in 2nd Grade!

The second graders were learning how to use apostrophes in contractions late in March. They used a macaroni noodle for their apostrophe in each contraction for this activity. They loved that they could use something different than a pencil mark to show the apostrophe in their contractions. Take a look how the apostrophes became a”pasta”rophes! How exciting!!! WATCH HOW IT WORKS IN THE VIDEOS POSTED BELOW!

3rd Grade News

It’s an Earful

Haskin third graders received a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Frieders, local farmers, who have partnered with the DeKalb County Farm Bureau to bring Agricultural Literacy to the classroom. They explained the steps to farming, how corn grows, corn facts, the different kinds of corn, and helped the students to discover the many products that corn is used in. The students also got to make their own cornstalks. Additionally, shared pictures and information about their farming operation, which includes raising seven thousand hogs.

Sharing Dr. Seuss

Sandwich high schoolers, Jolene Morgan and Chris Sternberg visited Mrs. Dougherty’s third grade class at Haskin Elementary to share Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The students read Horton Hears a Who to the class and discussed how it showed friendship. Afterwards, Jolene and Chris had the students fill in flowers with ways the students could show friendship to others.

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3rd Grade PARCC Testing

Haskin third graders have begun the state mandated testing PARCC (The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). Students are taking tests in the areas of English Language Arts and Math.

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