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August 11, 2023

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School Information!

Homeroom Teachers

Parents/guardians may view their child's homeroom teacher on ParentVUE starting Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. If you have not completed your child's registration, you will be unable to view your child's teacher until the registration process has been completed. Please contact the Owen office if you have any questions pertaining to registration: 630-428-7300.

Kindergarten Orientation

We welcome our kindergarten students and parents/guardians to attend Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, August 24, 2023. Kindergarten Orientation provides our kindergarten students with the opportunity to meet their classroom teacher, bring their school supplies, and explore their classroom. Please join us for Kindergarten Orientation at the following times:

  • Last Names A-E 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Last Names F-K10:45 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Last Names L-Q 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Last Names R-Z 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.

We look forward to meeting our kindergarten students!

Meet the Teacher (1st through 5th Grade)

We welcome our first through fifth grade students and families to attend Meet the Teacher! Meet the Teacher is scheduled for Monday, August 21, 2023 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students may bring their school supplies to their classroom during Meet the Teacher. We look forward to welcoming back our students and families!

First Day of School

1st Grade through 5th Grade

Our first day of the 2023-24 school year for our first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students is Thursday, August 24, 2023. The first day is a full day of student attendance from 9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. We will utilize our daily arrival and dismissal procedures for the first day of school.


Our first day of the 2023-24 school year for our kindergarten students is Friday, August 25, 2023. The first day is a full day of student attendance from 9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. We will utilize our daily arrival and dismissal procedures for the first day of school.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

The safety of our Owen's students is a priority for our Owen Team! To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we ask parents/guardians to please read carefully and adhere to the arrival and dismissal procedures. Please be patient during arrival and dismissal as we start the school year as our students learn new routines. Please click on the following link for Owen's Arrival and Dismissal Procedures: Arrival and Dismissal Procedures .

Transportation Information

Indian Prairie School District 204 Transportation Service is administered by the Department of Support Operations to provide best practices for safe, reliable and efficient transportation services in the most economical manner to all students who are eligible to receive transportation service.

Transportation information is available in StudentVUE and ParentVUE. Please know that the start of each school year brings with it the potential for some overcrowding on buses. During the first few weeks of school, especially on high school bus routes, rider counts fluctuate as students explore their various methods of transportation. We ask for your patience as bus drivers and school administrators take daily head counts of high volume routes and adjustments are made to route assignments. Please allow at least 10 minutes for a late bus before calling your school.

We have a school district attendance boundary and transportation eligibility lookup tool on the transportation section of our website. Please check the School District Boundary & Transportation Service Eligibility Tool if you are unsure if your address is transportation service eligible.

For more information on transportation, please visit the IPSD Transportation Page. If you have further questions regarding transportation, please contact the Owen office.

Bus Rider Information

Bus Stop Times:

Your child’s route will be assigned an approximate pick-up and drop-off time. This time may change. Times can vary during the first week and usually a routine is established after the first two weeks.

Bus Stop:

Please practice with your child walking to the bus stop from your home and walking home from the bus stop. Please remind your child to go directly home from his/her bus stop.

Riding Another Bus:

Students are only allowed to ride their assigned bus. Friends riding with friends on an unassigned bus will not be allowed.

MyStop Bus Tracking App

To increase the safety of our students and improve communication about their location while riding district-provided transportation, District 204 has technology called MyStop and the app is available to all District 204 families at no cost and allows parents and guardians to see an estimated time of arrival (ETA) for the bus arriving at their child’s specific bus stop.


  • Allows parents/guardians and students to view the bus stop time, location, and projected arrival time. This feature is available during scheduled route times only.

  • Updates approximately every 5 seconds and adjusts the scheduled arrival time as the bus is traveling along its route.

  • Will show if the bus has already passed the assigned stop.

To learn how to access and use the MyStop Mobile App, view the My Stop User Guide.

Click here for more information on MyStop.

Food Service Information

Indian Prairie School District 204 Food Service is administered by the Department of Support Operations to support and promote the overall well-being of children. Healthy meals and healthy habits are essential for readiness to learn and success in the classroom and beyond.

The $3.15/elementary, $3.25/middle or $3.30/high meal that is available to all students includes: fluid milk, meat/meat alternate, two different fruits and/or vegetables, and breads/grains.

A second reimbursable meal is 100% chargeable to all free/reduced students. They are only entitled to one free/reduced price reimbursable meal. Single items are considered a la carte and do not qualify as a meal for free/reduced. The student's account will be charged for all a la carte items.

Milk purchased separately from a District 204 meal is $0.75 for white milk and $0.85 for chocolate milk.

Indian Prairie School District 204 is now taking applications for the 2023-2024 School Year free and reduced-priced breakfast and lunch. The District uses family income to qualify kids for free, reduced-price, or paid meals. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, please visit the IPSD 204 Food Services website to download an application. Please return a completed application to: Indian Prairie District 204, Support Services, 780 Shoreline Dr., Aurora, IL 60504 or email to: carol_canada@ipsd.org.

SNAP/TANF HOUSEHOLDS: If you receive a letter that states your child(ren) is eligible for free meals via the direct certification process, you do not have to complete this application to receive free meal benefits. Households that currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for their child(ren), only have to list the child(ren)’s name and at least one SNAP or TANF case number and sign the application. If at least one SNAP/TANF case number is provided for any household member, then all children listed on the application are categorically eligible for free meals. Applications listing LINK card numbers cannot be used for free or reduced-price meals.

Additional Food Service Information:

  • Menus have been posted. Please note that due to ongoing supply chain issues, menus are subject to change. As much advance notice as possible will be provided to the affected schools.

  • Please make sure your students have adequate funds on their PushCoin account. Even if your family receives free or reduced meals, a la carte items are “extras” that get charged to their account. You can deposit funds to their account at www.pushcoin.com. Setting up a PushCoin account and reviewing balances and purchases is at no extra cost.

The Indian Prairie School District Food Service page is one stop for all of this information and more!

Owen's Recess and Lunch Schedule

Owen's students receive a 15 minute recess and a 20 minute lunch. The students also receive an additional 15 minute recess during the school day with their grade level. Please click on the following link to see when your child's grade level will have recess and lunch: Owen Elementary Recess and Lunch Schedule.

Snack and Water

Owen's students are welcome to bring a healthy snack to school with a bottle of water. The snack does need to be peanut free. Also, please have your child's water bottle labeled with his/her name.

PTA Information!

Stay Connected to Owen's PTA!

We invite our Owen families to stay connected to our PTA:

Join Owen's PTA!

The Owen PTA is excited to share with our families that you may sign-up to join the Owen PTA for the 2023-24 school year! Please see the flier to find out all the PTA does to support our students and our amazing Owen teachers!

To become a member of the Owen PTA, click on the following link: https://owenpta.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true.

Thank you for joining and supporting our Owen PTA and community!

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Ice Cream Social

Our Owen PTA invites our families to attend the Ice Cream Social held during Meet the Teacher on Monday, August 21, 2023 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Kindergarten families are also welcome to attend the Ice Cream Social even though Kindergarten Orientation is on August 24th.) The Ice Cream Social will be held in the Owen gymnasium. After you enjoy your delicious ice cream, spend time exploring our new playground!

School Supply Pick-Up

School supply pick-up for families who ordered school supply kits will be held on Monday, August 21, 2023. Pick-up is in the Owen gymnasium from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Families may enter at Door 2. Please bring a permanent marker to label your child's school supplies.

Silent Auction Volunteers

The PTA is looking for volunteers to assist with Owen's Silent Auction that is a fundraiser for our school! If interested in volunteering, please reach out a team member for more details:

  • Karyn Eckman: 309-310-1882
  • Kyle Bellazzini: 630-364-9774
  • Jen Curran: 815-440-4101

Quick Links!

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Recess and Lunch Schedule

Owen Elementary Recess and Lunch Schedule

Owen Happenings!

August 21, 2023

Meet the Teacher

1st through 5th Grade

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

August 21, 2023

Ice Cream Social

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

August 24, 2023

1st Day of School

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

4th Grade, 5th Grade

9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

August 24, 2023

Kindergarten Orientation

Last Names A-E 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Last Names F-K10:45 to 11:15 a.m.

Last Names L-Q 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Last Names R-Z 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.

August 25, 2023

Kindergarten's 1st Day of School

9:05 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

September 4, 2023

Labor Day

No School

September 5, 2023


No Student Attendance

September 12, 2023

Curriculum Night

Time is TBD

September 14, 2023

Donuts with Grownups
Event for PTA Members Only - Join the PTA!

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

September 15, 2023

Fall Picture Day

September 22, 2023

Movie Night at Owen

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.