Friday Focus

September 2, 2022

In This Issue...

  • A Message from Marcie
  • MAP Testing
  • A Note about our Circle Driveway for K-1 Families
  • Can you Dig It (Help with our Story Walk installation)
  • Kindergarten/1st Grade Math Night
  • Music Concert Save the Dates (2nd Posting)
  • Other Important Info
  • Important Dates

Don't miss the PTO Spotlight!

  • Storywalk Volunteers on 9/10
  • PTO Directory
  • Spirit Wear
  • Picture Day on 9/6
  • Bike Rally on 9/10
  • And more...

A Message from Marcie

Greetings, South Park Families!

Thank you so much to the many families who came out to Curriculum Night on Tuesday, August 30th. We hope you enjoyed your visit!

In case you missed it...

Click here to access the presentation by our incredible Specials Team.

Click here to access our math placement discussion that is geared toward 4th- and 5th-grade families.

If you were unable to attend your child's teacher's presentation, we invite you to reach out to request a copy of their presentation.

A reminder that this is a 3-day holiday weekend. We look forward to seeing our students back at school on Tuesday, September 6th for Picture Day! Please check your child's backpack for a Picture Day flier.


MAP Testing πŸ’»

We will be administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test in Math and Reading three times this school year for students in grades K-5. The MAP testing begins at South Park on Wednesday, September 7th.

Below is the MAP schedule for South Park. Specific schedule information will be shared by your child's teacher.

Fall MAP Schedule

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A Note About our Circle Driveway for K-1 Families πŸš—

For those who choose to drive to South Park for morning drop-off, especially when the weather turns colder, we encourage you to drive through the circle driveway, pull all the way up to the Drop-Off Zone, and let your child get out of your vehicle unassisted. All drivers are reminded to stay in their cars while students exit their vehicles. We have plenty of adults outside who help greet students and make sure they get to their correct door.

At pick-up, parents of Kindergarten and 1st-grade students are permitted to park along the circle driveway AFTER 3:10 p.m. This gives our Early Learners families the space needed to complete their afternoon pick-up routine. Families who are not part of Early Learners and arrive earlier than 3:10 p.m. will be asked to leave the Circle Driveway until all Early Learners students have been dismissed. K/1 parents are still required to walk to the grade-level door to meet their children. If you park in the Circle Driveway at the end of the day, we ask that you pull all the way up as far as possible to leave space for cars behind you. Thank you for your cooperation.

Can you dig it? 🚧

We need some help installing our new Storywalk in the park behind South Park!

If you can help dig and set posts after the Bike Ralley on Saturday, September 10th at 10:30 AM, please join us! Bring a shovel or post hole digger if you have one.

Please complete this form, so we know how many to expect.

Kindergarten/1st Grade Math Night πŸ”’

South Park will be hosting a Family Math Night for families of kindergarten and first grade students on Wednesday, September 28 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Please RSVP by 9/14 using this form. We are asking that no siblings join for this event.

At this event, families will learn about the importance of substantial and engaging math games to support number fluency and will engage in several math games and activities.

Please reach out to Sarah Hogan (, Stephanie Mackey (, or Samantha Johnson ( with any questions.
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Save the Date for Your Child's Music Concert! 🎡

This year, we plan to host a music concert for each grade level to showcase the music learned during music class with Mr. DelGrosso.

Below are all of our 2022-23 music concert dates:

  • 5th Grade - Wednesday, January 25 @ 6:30
  • 4th Grade - Wednesday, February 15th @ 6:30
  • 3rd Grade - Wednesday, March 8th @ 6:30
  • 2nd Grade - Wednesday, February 15th @ 5:30
  • 1st Grade - Wednesday, March 8th @ 5:30
  • Kindergarten - Wednesday, April 26 @ 6:30

An invitation with concert details will be shared by Mr. DelGrosso closer to the concert dates for each grade level.

Other Important Information ⚠️

  • All visitors to South Park School MUST bring a valid driver's license or state ID card to the main office before entering into the building. Beginning this year, we will collect IDs during your visit and return it to you as you leave.
  • If your child is going to be absent from school, you need to call or email us by 9:00 that morning. ** Call 847-945-5895, ext. 2103 and leave a message OR ** Email Nurse Nora Moskos.
  • When parking in our Birchwood parking lot, please remember that our preschoolers are dropped off and picked up by the west end (closest to the school). Sometimes, their parents' cars can block a parked car from exiting for a few minutes. To avoid that, we suggest that you park closer to Birchwood Avenue.
  • Please follow our morning procedures, and drop your children off at their regular grade level doors. If you choose to drive through the front circle at arrival, kindly stay in your car when you drop off to help us reduce morning congestion.
  • Drop-off is between 8:35-8:45 a.m. Students who arrive after 8:45 a.m. will need to enter through the front door of the school, as all other doors will be locked.
  • Dismissal for all Kindy and 1st-grade walkers and car riders will take place at their grade level door. We will no longer run a front circle pick-up line like the past two years.
  • Dismissal is at 3:25 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We dismiss at 2:25 on Wednesdays.

Important Dates πŸ“…

Monday, September 5

  • No School - Labor Day
Tuesday, September 6
  • Picture Day

  • Enrichment classes begin

Saturday, September 10
  • PTO Sponsored Bike Ralley 9:30-10:30
Monday, September 26
  • Students not in attendance
Wednesday, September 28
  • K/1 Math Night 6:00-7:00

Wednesday, October 5

  • Students not in attendance
Monday, October 10
  • Students not in attendance



The Deerfield Parent Network is an all-volunteer organization that provides community-wide and single-issue programming on timely topics of concern among our parent communities. Their first event, β€œThe Tween Social Scene” (geared towards families with 6th & 7th graders) will be held on Tuesday, September 13th at Shepard Middle School at 7:30 p.m.. Visit their website for more information.

PPS 109 EVENT ON 10/25

We are excited this school year to return to offering in-person parent/guardian networking and educational opportunities for our community in collaboration with PPS109.

PPS109 is a partnership of DPS 109 administrators, teachers and parents/guardians who provide education and support to families of children with a wide range of needs. Our first event of the β€˜22-’23 school year will be An Overview of District 109 Student Services. This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 pm at the District Office.

We are also asking for your help! Please click here to help us prioritize the next community event that will be offered during this school year. There is also an option on the form to let us know if you are interested in participating in PPS109 parent/guardian networking opportunities.