Freeman Mustangs Newsletter #23

January 29, 2021

Upcoming Dates

  • January 25th-February 12th: Winter Performance Series Testing Window for 3rd-5th Grade Students
  • Thursday, February 4th: Virtual Learning Academy Supply Pick Up 7:30am-3:30pm
  • Monday, February 15th: No School- Presidents' Day
  • Thursday, February 18th: Virtual Learning Academy Supply Pick Up 7:30am-3:30pm
  • Friday, February 26th: Teacher Institute Day- No Student attendance

Blended Experience Information

Just a reminder as we have started third quarter, there were grade level specific newsletters were sent to those families with students returning to in person learning. There is a lot of information related to day to day procedures, student materials, and arrival/dismissal.

Please see each grade level link for Blended Experience information that is pertinent to your student:

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Blended Experience School Hours

  • PreK: 9:00am-2:30pm
  • Kinder-5th Grade: 8:30am-2:20pm

  • In Person students will follow the A/B Schedule as included above.
  • K-5 Students will enter the building around 8:20am.
  • On asynchronous days (not in person), students will meet with their classroom teacher via Zoom from 8:00am-8:25am.

Student Attendance

If a student is not able to come to school due to an illness or scheduled appointment, please report that absence to the attendance line. Please leave a detailed message as to the reason for your child's absence, including any symptoms they may have related to COVID-19.

Please contact the office at 630-301-5002 to report their absence.

Support from Home for Blended Experience

  • Please ensure your child has had breakfast prior to arriving at school at 8:30am. We will not be providing breakfast in the morning. Students will be sent home with breakfasts, lunches and dinners for days until they are next at school.

  • Complete a daily screening for your child(ren) by 8:00am Monday-Friday

  • Bring your water bottle filled up with water prior to arrival

  • Bring your charged Ipad/Chromebook

  • Face coverings are required for students to attend school. Please help your child practice wearing a mask appropriately and extending the length of time they wear it.

  • Please send extra masks so students have a back up mask in the case it is needed

  • Please continue open communication with your child’s teacher and the school. As a school community, we need to work together.

  • Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather. We will be having outdoor recess as much as possible as weather permits. When there is rain or the “feel like” temperatures are at or below 15 degrees, temperature with the wind chill, we will have indoor recess

Reminder about Specials

All specials teachers will be sending out their asynchronous lessons weekly on Monday mornings via Seesaw. Students will have time throughout the week to complete these assignments.

For virtual learning students:

On days you have an asynchronous special in your schedule, you will work on the assigned lesson that was sent out on Monday.

Virtual Learning Academy Information

  • School hours are 8:00am-2:20pm.
  • Daily schedules should have been communicated by the virtual learning teacher.
  • Daily attendance is submitted by 8:30am for virtual students. If a student is not present on zoom, the office will follow up with a phone call.
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Daily Health Screener

Please have the daily health screener completed by 8:00am each morning. If the screener is not completed by 8:00am, the office will be following up with phone calls.

The screener will help guide you on whether your child can attend school that day. Your child will not be able to be in their class if the health screener is not completed. It will also prompt communication with our schools’ health office to see how we can help support your child during and after their absence.

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Daily Lunch Order Information

Currently, we have two lunch choices daily, with one being a hot option and the second being the grab bag. Information about school meals is available here:

February Calendar:

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Winter Benchmark Testing for 3rd-5th Grade

This school year 3rd-5th grade students will be taking Performance series during the winter testing window. 2nd grade will tentatively be taking the assessment in the Spring.

The testing window will open on January 25th and close on February 12th. Classroom teachers for both virtual and in person students in grades 3-5 will select times to take both the reading and math test. Students will be taking the express version of the test which has about 20-25 questions. Please contact your child’s teacher or me for more information.

Dress for the weather!

As we are in the cold weather months, we want to inform you of our policy in regards to recess and car line. We will be outside for recess as often as possible as long as the feel like temperature (the temperature with the windchill) is 15 degrees or above. Please make sure students have hats and gloves. Our car line tries to move as quickly as possible and we thank you for your patience.

Winter Coats Available

If your student is in need of a winter coat, please contact Lydia Bartell (630) 301-5138 or We have a variety of sizes, so please reach out if you are in need or know someone in need.

PTA News

We encourage you to join our Freeman PTA using the following link. It is $6 for individuals and $10 for the family. We are grateful for your support.

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