for the week of January 9, 2023
Important Dates Coming Up
Winter Break -Thursday, December 22, 2022 - Friday, January 6, 2023
Return to Classes - Monday, January 9, 2023
Student Half-Day of Attendance - Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Q2 Report Cards Available on Infinite Campus - Friday, January 13, 2023 [4:00 PM]
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day [No School] - Monday, January 16, 2023
Teacher Institute Day [No Classes] - Tuesday, January 17, 2023
New Year Message from Principal Da Costa
A new calendar year always brings an opportunity to redefine (or solidify) the person who we strive to be. I know for me in my role as your Principal, I hope 2023 brings the opportunity to continue to create a school that is as good as any other school in the state and where students find joy for learning. Personally, I hope 2023 bring the opportunity to be the father who my kids will be proud to call dad, and to regain the physical activity levels I had previous to an accident I had exactly a year ago where I broke my humerus bone in half (while *fingers crossed* shedding some pounds and becoming overall healthier).
As scholars, our students also have this opportunity. With the start of a new semester come Monday, what a better chance to redefine (or solidify) the kind of humans we are working on becoming.
Students, starting Monday, go out of your way to be kind to others, show compassion, and work hard.
In and out of school, my push of you is simple: be your best self EVERY minute of each day. I know being the best version of ourselves is not easy. Remember that each decision you make has consequences, good or bad, and that each decision creates a fork in the road that will make you the person YOU want to become.
So, if in your classrooms or in the hallway, you see ways for me to be a better Principal, or in the community you see the opportunity to be a better dad, or in the cafeteria you see me eat too many desserts after lunch, bring it to my attention; I promise you that myself and your teachers will also support you in becoming YOUR better self.
January Behavior Expectations Refresh
While we are eagerly looking forward to some relaxing time off during winter break, District 15 teachers are hard at work planning for learning in January. When we return from break on Monday, every school in the district will be reviewing school-wide expectations. Students will discuss appropriate behavior and expectations, such as the hallway, bathroom, and lunchroom. Classroom teachers will also review behavior expectations and classroom routines to ensure students are reminded of what is needed and expected at school.
You can support this work at home as well!
As you prepare to return to school from break, have a conversation with your child about school behavior expectations. Talk about what it looks and sounds like to be respectful, responsible, and safe at school, on the bus, on the playground, in the lunchroom, and in the hallway. Small reminders, support, and encouragement about behavior can have a big impact on how students return to learning in January
Boys & Girls Club
If interested, pick up an application in the Junior High Office!
Track and Field and Soccer Special Olympics
Track and Field and Soccer Special Olympics will be here before we know it! If your child has an Intellectual Disability and is over the age of 8 and interested in either sport or both, please fill out the registration links below. Soccer practices will be on Thursdays and Track and Field will be on Tuesday's from 5-6, locations TBD.
CCSD 15 Track and Field Registration Form 2023:
CCSD 15 Soccer Registration Form 2023:
Once registered, you will receive an email with follow up information and forms that will need to be filled out by your child's doctor per Special Olympics. If you have any questions, please reach out to Crystal Miguel, Student Services Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
¡Las Olimpiadas Especiales de Atletismo y Fútbol (Soccer) estarán aquí antes de que nos demos cuenta! Si su hijo tiene una discapacidad intelectual y es mayor de 8 años y está interesado en cualquiera de los deportes o en ambos, por favor diligencie el registro en los enlaces que se encuentran abajo. Las prácticas de fútbol (soccer) serán los jueves y las de atletismo serán los martes de 5-6, los lugares están por definir.
Formulario de Inscripción para Atletismo 2023:
Formulario de Inscripción para Fútbol ("Soccer") 2023:
Una vez registrado, recibirá un correo electrónico con información de seguimiento y las formas que tendrán que ser diligenciadas por el médico de su hijo para las Olimpiadas Especiales. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor póngase en contacto con Crystal Miguel, Coordinadora de Servicios Estudiantiles, email@example.com.
Metra Contest– “Stay Safe and Stay Off Train Tracks!”
Metra has launched its 16th Annual Safety Poster and Essay Contest, asking students across Metra's service area to illustrate through posters and essays the importance of safe behaviors near the railroad. This year's theme is "Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks." Deadline for entries is Friday, Jan. 20, 2023.
The Safety Poster and Essay Contest asks students to take on an advocacy role and communicate the importance of safety near the tracks. This year's theme: "Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks"emphasizes the importance of being aware of your surroundings and personal safety when near railroad tracks, platforms, and crossings, which can be extremely dangerous.
More information can be found on the Metra Contest website.
Palatine Library Winter Reading Challenge Read for the Stars
We have another great way to keep students reading and engaged through winter break! Encourage your students to participate and help us reach our goal. When we all read 8,000 books, the Northwest Special Recreation Association gets a grand donation of $1,500 from our sponsors.
Kids that finish get a star shaped stress ball for completing the program! While supplies last. Prizes funded by the Friends of Palatine Library.
Finishers are entered in a drawing for a chance to win an amazing prize basket filled with gift cards generously donated by participating businesses.
Birth - Grade 2 : 15 Books
Grades 3 - 6: 5 Books
Grades 7 - 12: 2 Books
Adults: 2 Books
Full program details here.Watch this short video and share with your students.
Summer Job Opportunity with the Palatine Park District
Extra-Curricular Activities Updates
Here to Serve You!
We want to make sure all of your questions and concerns are addressed. The Winston Campus Jr. High Office is open starting at 6:35AM - 3:05PM. Additionally, our Administrators are available via phone and e-mail. We are here to serve you, so please do not hesitate to reach out!
Martin Da Costa - Principal
(847) 963-7405 ꞏ firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomas Reyes - Assistant Principal
(847) 963-7404 ꞏ email@example.com
Sunah Shin - Assistant Principal
(847) 963-7423 ꞏ firstname.lastname@example.org