Simon Elementary School Newsletter

November 2019

A reminder about transportation arrangements

We want to ensure that students get to the proper location safely each day after school. If you have transportation changes on a given day, please call the school office before 2:00 p.m. This helps us to make sure that messages about changes make it to students and teachers ahead of the end of the day, which can tend to have a lot happening. We thank you in advance for your help with this.

As the weather starts to get colder...

We are entering that time of year when temperatures begin to drop, and our weather turns colder as winter approaches. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the day. If the windchill temperature is above 15 degrees and other outside conditions permit, students will be outside for recess. The graphic below provides a general guideline for dressing children for cold temperatures.
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Early Dismissal and No School dates

There will be an early dismissal on Friday, November 8th. Simon will dismiss at 12:40, and all other schools in the district will dismiss at 1:00. There will be no preschool attendance this day.


There will be no school Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th in observance of Thanksgiving.

Preschool Screenings

Preschool screenings will be held at Simon Elementary on Friday, November 8th. Screenings are open to children who will be at least three years of age by the screening date. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Simon office at 815-335-2318.

Veteran's Day

School will be in session on Monday, November 11th for Veteran's Day. There are a number of activities that students will be engaging in to learn about our veterans and Veteran's Day.

NED show assembly

On Wednesday, November 13th, Simon students will participate in a school-wide NED show character education assembly. For almost three decades,the NED show has been presented across the country. Their website shares, "We’ve impacted millions of kids with messages like showing kindness, doing your best, and having an awesome mindset for learning."


If you would like more information or to visit resources available, please visit the NED show website at https://www.thenedshows.com/

School Calendars online

The Winnebago School District has made efforts to make activities and events for all schools available in online calendars located on the district website as well as each school's webpage. Instructions for accessing the calendars was sent home via a SchoolMessenger email. Please visit the calendars links to see what's in store at each school. If you need any assistance with this, please call the Simon office at 815-335-2318.

5 Essentials Parent Survey

The 5Essentials is a comprehensive, evidence-based tool open to schools in Illinois designed to drive improvement in schools. The survey helps identify areas of strength and areas for potential growth.


The survey window is open now through February 15th. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. You may skip questions you wish not to answer, but you must click through the survey to the end to submit. The survey can be found at http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

Adopt-a-Family Program

The Kids Club program and the Winnebago Student Services department will be kicking off the 10th annual Adopt-a-Family program to help area families who are in need. If you know of a family in need, please contact Teresa Ackerman at ackermant@winnebagoschools.org, or if you are interested in donating, please contact Abby Jergens at jergensa@winnebagoschools.org.

Upcoming events

November Events

6 -- First Grade Farm Bureau Presents lessons

8 -- 12:40 Dismissal

8 -- Preschool screenings

13 -- Ned Show Assembly

15 -- End of 1st Trimester

20 -- Second Grade field trip to Williams Tree Farm and Coronado Theater

22 -- 1st Trimester Report cards go home

25 -- 2nd Grade Farm Bureau (Art Room)

27-29 -- No School - Thanksgiving