Central Road Chronicles

Staff Communication: Please Review 9/10/2021

A Note from Joanna and Lauren: We are Stronger Together!

Dear Central Road Staff,

Thank you for completing several feedback surveys and forms over the last week or two. Your feedback is important and it allows for us to make informed decisions while voices being heard. Thank you for taking the time to review our weekly communication. Please enjoy your weekend with family and friends while staying healthy too!

Safety Drill

Thank you for participating in our fire drill this week.

Hot Spot Request

If a parent is requesting a hotspot, please see the steps below that should be followed;

  1. Parent contacts the building administrator or teacher stating they need a hot spot

  2. Parent completes the application for Free and Reduced status

  3. Parent completes the HOT SPOT application form and turns into building administrator

  4. Form is sent to Emily Dix at technology department

  5. If the family is approved to receive a hot spot, the technology department will deliver it to the homeschool of oldest student

Vaccination Cards & Mandated Training(s)

Please kindly upload your vaccine card to Skyward if you have not done so already. If you are not vaccinated, information regarding weekly covid testing has been shared by our HR department. Starting the week of September 20th, a negative covid result will be required.

We will work together to ensure proper procedures are adhered to. This is also a gentle reminder to complete our D15 mandated trainings if you have not done so already as well.

Lunch in MPR

Our first group of students enjoyed eating in the MPR this week. They will remain in there until the end of September. On Monday, October 4th, we will transition to our next group of students into the MPR for eating. Please consider practicing prior to October 4th while also creating a seating chart for the month as well. Below are the classrooms who will participate for the month of October.

11:50-12:20 pm-Taylor, Pusateri, Dlatt

12:20-12:50 pm-Fior, Fink, Laabs

Please let us know if you have any questions about this transition. We hope both the students and staff enjoy this change of location.

Teacher/Staff Schedules and Seating Charts

Thank you for completing classroom schedules and seating charts. Please kindly ensure that the office has a copy of both on file by Monday, Sept. 13th. We understand both may change over time but we will update them in our files as needed.

Lunch Count Update

We will be moving to an overall count system starting on Monday, September 13th. Students will be expected to remember what they ordered as best as possible. Please use the form linked here as of the 13th. We had a few teachers "pilot" our new form this past week. Thank you for doing so and providing feedback. Though no system is perfect, we hope to make it a bit easier for all. Lunch Count Form to Use

Parent-Teacher Conferences

P/T conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 22 from 12-8 pm and on Tuesday, November 23rd from 8-12 pm. We do not have confirmation at this time if P/T conferences will be held in person and/or virtually. Please take a moment to complete below feedback form. Our plan is to share electronic sign up information with parents starting in October. FEEDBACK FORM

Red Emergency Folders

Each classroom/teaching space should have a red emergency folder coupled with an orange emergency bag. Updated, red folders were placed in mailboxes this week. We will also use green and red cards when we go outside for any safety drills. We will be holding a fire drill during the week of September 13th. We have our first crisis and safety meeting on 9/10.

Confidential Red Folder(s) in Mailboxes

These are not to be confused with our emergency, red folders for classrooms/orange emergency bags! :) Each staff member should find a red, confidential folder in their mailbox that should remain there. This folder is to house any confidential information that may come your way throughout the school year. Please kindly keep it in your mailbox while checking it regularly too.


Please note that bus/transportation routes are noted in IC for both parents and staff to view. Change requests can take 1-3 weeks to be honored/adjusted. We are working hard with our transportation department to make any needed adjustments regarding routes, bus arrivals, and departures. Thank you for your patience as we work out the kinks with our transportation department.

Teacher Evaluation Updates

Non-tenured teachers and Year 2 tenured staff should begin working on their SLOs. Please schedule your SLO meeting with Joanna/Lauren by 9/30 as final SLOs are due by that time.

We look forward to discussing your SLO plans for the 21-22 school year together!

Non-tenured and Year 1 teachers will participate in a 15 minute informal observation in the coming weeks/months. Non-tenured teachers should begin thinking about their first formal observation and are welcome to schedule them with Joanna/Lauren at any time.

Parent/Student Handbook 2021-2022

Please take a moment to review our Parent/Student Handbook 2021-2022. You will find information pertinent to District 15 as a whole in this handbook which is shared yearly.

Important Dates

  • Friday, September 10th-Faculty Meeting @2:40 pm
  • Monday, September 13 @8:00 am CR Multilingual Committee

  • Tuesday, September 14-8:00 – 8:30am Tier 3 Intervention Team
  • Tuesday, September 14-2:00 – 3:25pm Tier 2/Tier 3 Problem Solving & BIP Updates
  • Wednesday, September 15th-Fire Drill @10:00 am
  • Wednesday, September 15th-PTA Meeting @7:00pm
  • Friday, September 17th-Team Plan @2:40 pm
  • Monday, September 20th-Picture Retake Day. Optional Staff photo will take place in the MRP at 8:15 am

Health (Subject to Change)

The health and safety of our students is our top priority. We continue to encourage good hand washing and physical distancing at school. Students are wearing masks inside the building at all times except when eating. Masks are optional for students during the noon hour when outdoors. If a student in your classroom is sick, please ask parents to keep him/her at home for the safety of all. We will work together regarding next steps for returning back to school if ill. We will follow up with an email to staff who service the student. SHIELD covid testing for students is scheduled to begin on Friday, September 17th between the hours of 9:15-11:45 am. Information will be shared at our 9/10/21 faculty meeting. Thank you for your patience and support as we work through the first few weeks of Shield testing.

Below is information being shared with parents regarding Shield Testing.

Our scheduled day of the week for Shield Testing is each Friday morning and our plan is to begin the week of September 13th. Thank you for sending in the consent form for your child to participate in the shield covid weekly screening test at school. Once a week, all students with consent forms on file will be escorted to the testing area. Each student will be asked to spit into a vial that is already labeled with their identifying information. Our plan is to conduct this quickly, efficiently and with safety. Those vials will be sent to a lab for processing to identify infected individuals who are asymptomatic and prevent further transmission of the virus. Results are available within 24- 48 hours. We will contact the parents/ guardians of any student who received positive test results. If your child is at school the time we may receive positive results, you will be contacted to pick them up. If you have any questions regarding your child's health, you may reach me at patela1@ccsd15.net or at 847-963-5102. We will work together to ensure all guidelines are followed and clearly understood while keeping our students all safe and healthy!

Please note we do have an active covid dashboard.

D15 COVID Dashboard

Thank you for your support and cooperation. Nurse Amita Patel

Welcome to New Staff to Central Road!

Thank you for welcoming our new staff to Central Road!

  • Sue Callahan-Speech and Language Pathologist (supporting Kerry Burns 1x a week)

  • Clara Lee-new ESL teacher joining us

Openings to fill:

  • TBD, Program Assistant

  • TBD, Program Assistant

  • TBD, Program Assistant

  • TBD, Office Clerical

Technology Information

Instructional Tech Slides-Please Review

Important Instructional Technology Updates

There have been several changes to the way we roster and access our digital tools. Please see this deck for more information.

Coach’s Corner-Lori Schmidt 9/10/2021

Coach’s Corner


If you give the BAS reading assessment, please be sure to complete the needs assessment survey by the end of the day Friday, Sept. 10. Thank you to all who have already completed it! We will share a schedule for training opportunities next week.

Our goal is to find the instructional level for all students in grade 1-6. We know this assessment takes time and wanted to offer ideas for how to manage this task to meet the target of having data for all students by November 19. While we do not have allocation for sub coverage for classroom teachers to administer the BAS this year, Tyler and Abby’s schedule will be shared when they are available and you are welcome to sign up for them to come to your class while you are testing students.

We can also use the workshop structure to provide classroom time to assess students with the BAS! It doesn’t have to be something extra to fit into your day. Your students can build their stamina for independent reading or other literacy activities and you have a natural time in your day to assess. If you met with one child per day, you would beat the Nov. 19 deadline. I would love to meet with you to discuss, plan, or brainstorm how to make reading workshop work for you!

This chart may be helpful in using MAP data to help decide where to start with BAS testing. Let me know if you’d like to look at data together!

Directions for how to enable the translate feature in Successmaker are here. This video will explain how it looks from the student side. If I can help, just email, message or find me!

Here’s another link to the coaching slide deck that was shared at our September faculty meeting. I’d love to partner with you!

Teaching and Learning


Thank you to everyone for reviewing the SOPPA information this past early-release Friday. From teacher suggestions, we have already added and secured data privacy agreements for 7 tools to our LearnPlatform Library. If you have questions, please submit a Helpdesk ticket with a SOPPA request or contact the SOPPA team.

As a friendly reminder, the updated D15 Instructional Time Allocations include a few updates:

  • Additional time during the literacy and math block for increased small group support.

  • Separation of science and social studies time to accommodate the delivery of native content during social studies.

For 4-6th grade teams, please note that native content delivery requires a certain amount of time every day. The time for social studies delivery must occur for 40 mins, 4 days a week to allow students support in native content. The 5th day of native content support is delivered during writing time.

Online Curriculum Resources

Please enter a help desk ticket to data services for issues with logins.

Non-classroom teachers should follow THESE instructions for logging into curricular materials.

Curricular Material Delivery Updates

We appreciate those who have reached out to request additional FPC materials. All items have been ordered and will be delivered as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can share materials. Additional Updates:

  • Kindergarten PWS packets are being reprinted and sent to schools this week.

  • 5th and 6th grade PWS packets will be delivered to our building this week

  • Here is where we are at with FPC teacher materials. Missing something? Fill out this form.

  • Illustrative Math Teacher Editions for 6th grade teachers have been ordered and will be delivered ASAP

  • **NEW** Future K-6 PWS Packets should be requested through the Consumable Ordering Form by Joanna/Lauren. Please let us know that you need these at least 3 weeks prior to their delivery day.



Quick Sheet Information

K-1 Overview of Benchmarking for teachers

As a school, we have completed both MAP testing for 2nd-6th grader and Fastbridge testing for students in K-1. We are continuing to conduct make-up testing for any student who missed testing due to being absent. We will begin benchmarking students in 2nd-6th grade who fell below the 15% percentile on their MAP test(s) to help identify ways to meet their needs and consider additional supports. We thank everyone for their hard work regarding fall benchmarking. Our next steps will include looking at our data to help drive our instructional practices.


Sixth Grade Second Step Teacher Access

We are expected to have digital access renewed to Second Step for 6th grade teachers by early next week. In the meantime, teachers may utilize other resources available in the SEL Scope and Sequence.

MENTOR SIGN UP-thank you for considering to help out!

CR PBIS Referral Form 21-22-please use like in years past!

Crayon Project a resource shared by Malissa Jarosz


District 15 SEL Website

Thank you for completing point sheets for students who require on-going feedback during the day. Please kindly complete them by 3:05 pm so that program assistants and staff are able to check out students in a timely fashion while providing positive praise and constructive feedback as needed.

Special Education

When holding IEP or 504 meetings with families, a sub will be provided to classroom teachers so that teacher(s) can be present for these important meetings.

Special area teachers, interventionists, and related service staff providers all received a confidential 504 binder in their mailboxes.

ESPA-Program Assistants

  • Thank you so much for that you do. Your hard work is appreciated!
  • Our next PA meeting meeting will take place on September 20th at 9:00 am

Community Outreach and PTA

  • Please consider joining our amazing PTA for our 21-22 school year. You can sign up and pay directly via the link below https://crsptail.memberhub.com/store/items/17192 Thank you for considering!

  • Community Event at Falcon Park Sept. 11th

  • Central Road Spirit Wear Store Information

  • Career Fair! District 15 will be holding a Career Fair on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 12:00-3:00pm at the Palatine Library, 700 N. North Ct. in Palatine. Come apply onsite! We are looking for the following positions:

    - Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

    - Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

    - Full time Program Assistants

    - Office and Library Clericals

    - Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

    - And more!

    Please contact Chanell Lopez at lopezc@ccsd15.net or Lori Thum at thuml@ccsd15.net with any questions.