Panther News

September 3rd , 2021

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A Note From Mr. Christ

Dear Paddock Families,

As we start a, hopefully cooler, month of September, I am excited to see our Paddock students settling into a routine, engaging in meaningful learning, and enjoying being at school. Thank you to all of the families that attended Parent Orientation and got to hear about all the wonderful things our teachers are planning on doing this school year.

As has been communicated by the District 15 Transportation Department, there is a national shortage of bus drivers and our District is continually working on recruiting and training more drivers. Thank you to all of the parents impacted by this for your patience and understanding as solutions to some of the delays are being worked out.

To help promote safe practices in the building, student masks need to consistently cover the nose and mouth of the wearer to ensure their effectiveness. Please try to pack at least one extra mask for your student, each day, and make sure that the masks are well fitting.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.


Jason Christ


Back To School Picnic

Next week is the Paddock Back To School Picnic! Bring a blanket and enjoy food, activities, and a DJ! PTA members will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes like gift cards and lunch with the principal. Use the link below to sign up for the PTA. The picnic will take place on Thursday, September 9th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at the Paddock field and playground. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

We hope to see you there!

Picture Day

Picture Day at Paddock will be on Tuesday, September 21st! Please see the flyers below for information on different packages and ordering. Paper flyers will also be going home with your student soon.

Morning Drop Off

With our morning drop off routine going much smoother, we ask that, if you arrive after 7:50, that you please drop off your student at the front doors (door 1). There will be staff at the front doors to check your student's lanyard, get their lunch order, and provide them a tardy pass to go to the classroom. Thank you for your cooperation.

Lock Down Procedures

Dear Parents and Guardians:

District 15 is strongly committed to school safety. Each year, school are required by by Illinois School Code to conduct the following drills:

  • Three evacuation drills. One of the three evacuation drills must be supervised by the fire department.

  • One bus evacuation drill.

  • One severe weather/shelter-in-place drill.

  • Two law enforcement (lockdown) drills. One of these two law enforcement drills must be a staff initiated lock-down. The schools also conduct an annual drill review meeting with principals and representatives from police and fire departments to continuously improve each school’s readiness to respond to an emergency and/or crisis situation.

House Bill 2400 (The School Safety Drill Act) states:

  • All lockdown drills will be announced to all school personnel and students prior to the commencement of the drill.

  • Schools will provide sufficient information and notification to parents and guardians in advance of any lockdown drill that involves the participation of students.

  • Schools will provide parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill.

  • Schools will provide alternative safety education and instruction related to an active threat or active shooter event to students who do not participate in a walk-through lockdown drill to provide them with essential information, training, and instruction through less sensorial safety training methods.

Building administrators will notify families of upcoming drills at least one week in advance of the drill. If you prefer your child does NOT participate in the yearly required lockdown drills, please complete this form. Please submit one form for each of your children you are opting out.

Parent Handbook

The 2021-22 Parent/Student Handbook is now available online! You can view it here.

  • The annual handbook is a summary of Board of Education policies governing District 15. The complete School District 15 Board of Education Policy Manual is available for public review at the District office and on the District 15 BoardDocs website. State and federal laws require school districts to notify parents and students about certain rights, responsibilities, and procedures; you will find that information in this handbook. This handbook may be amended during the year.

  • The handbook offers information pertinent to the District as a whole. Some programs and procedures may differ from school to school, based on the size and location of the building, the grades served, the facilities available, and the programs conducted at the school. Your school administrators will inform you of these additional procedures. The handbook is intended to be a handy resource, but is not meant to take the place of personal communication between home and school. Please feel free to call your child’s school if you have any questions on programs or procedures, or consult your school’s website.

Health Office

The Paddock Health Office is collecting the required Health, Dental, and Vision forms for students. The Health form is required for students entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, and those who are new to the school. The Health exam form, completed and signed by a licensed healthcare provider, must be dated within one year prior to the first day of school. The Health forms are due on October 15th to the Paddock Health Office. Please make sure you've completed the parent portion of this form as well. For more information about these requirements, please visit the district website.

If your child has a Health Care plan for asthma or an allergy OR has medication they need to take at school, please make sure you read the linked documents and get in contact with Mrs. Pool, our Paddock nurse. You can reach her at 847-963-5802 or

Paddock Spirit Wear

Fridays will be Panther Spirit day at Paddock. To show school spirit, every Friday we encourage students to wear blue, yellow, or their favorite Paddock shirt. Additional Paddock Spirit Wear is available for sale at I can't wait to see everyone's school spirit!

Join The Paddock PTA!!

Paddock's PTA is an organization of families and teachers working together to provide an enriching learning environment for our students and a welcoming community for our families. Your PTA membership is used to host school activities, student programs, and school assemblies. It helps our families connect with each other, know what’s happening at Paddock, give parents opportunities to volunteer and provide support to our teachers. The more members our PTA has, the more good we can do.

To join the PTA please visit the Paddock PTA website.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • September 6th - Labor Day - No School
  • September 9th - 5:00-7:00 - Back To School Picnic
  • September 21st - Picture Day
  • October 6th - PTA Meeting
  • October 11th - No School
  • October 12th - Student Non-Attendance Day