Fox Ridge News

CUSD 303 Early Childhood Department

January 13, 2023

  • MON, JAN 16: No School (Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday)
  • WED, JAN 25: Early Release Day
  • AM classes DISMISS EARLY at 11:05 am

    If your child rides the bus home from our morning session, drop off at your home or child care will be 25 minutes early.

    PM classes START EARLY at 12:05 pm DISMISS EARLY at 2:10 pm

    If your child rides the bus to school for our afternoon session, pick up will be 25 minutes early from your home or child care and the bus at the end of the day from Fox Ridge will drop off 50 minutes earlier.

Hearing and Vision Screening

Greetings Fox Ridge Families,

Adequate hearing and vision are paramount to educational performance and the Illinois Department of Public Health mandates annual hearing and vision screenings for preschool children 3 years of age or older enrolled in any public school. I wanted to inform families that I will be starting the mandated hearing and vision screenings this month for our students at Fox Ridge. The screening will occur during your child’s school day.

The screening program helps identify students who need to see an eye or ear specialist for further evaluation to rule out any concerns. The district screening program does not provide a complete examination, it is just an initial screening. You may assume that your child has passed the hearing and vision screening, if you are not notified. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Nurse Sherry

Sherry Farmer RN, CSN, PEL-IL, Certified Hearing and Vision Screening Technician

(331) 228-2404

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2023-24 Kindergarten Enrollment

CURRENT Fox Ridge students who will be 5-years old on or before September 1, 2023, will have a streamlined, virtual process for enrolling for Kindergarten compared to student who don't attend Fox Ridge. More information will follow in the coming weeks. There is NO FEE for enrolling at this time (school fees are charged in the summer). Enrolling during February helps you be informed of all events related to your child's new school AND helps the district plan for the upcoming year. Please encourage friends and neighbors to enroll children who are eligible for kindergarten for next year as well. Help us spread the word!
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Transition to Kindergarten: Spanish Edition

*A separate session will be scheduled for Spanish-speaking families and will include information about the self-contained bilingual program for Spanish-speaking students currently at Davis Primary School. Potential candidates for this program need to qualify for English Language services, in addition to having a foundation in the Spanish language.

2023-2024 Preschool Program Lottery

Please note: Currently enrolled Fox Ridge Community Preschool (fee-based) students do NOT need to be entered into the lottery. The lottery is for enrolling NEW students (e.g., younger siblings) in our Community Preschool (fee-based) for 2023-24.

Student Absences

When your child is going to be absent from school only ONE phone call is required --- to the attendance line 331-228-2400. Notifying teachers is optional but the call to the attendance line is essential.

If you know ahead of time your child will be missing there is also a pre-arranged absence form to complete (request from the front office). It is required to be turned in at least 2 days before the requested absence and applies for certain types of absences (family vacation, special religious events, etc.)

Bus Riders: There is NO NEED to call the transportation department to notify them of the absence. The bus driver will stop for 2 minutes at your child's stop and then continue on the route if you are not outside when they arrive. The department doesn't have staffing to field phone calls regarding absences or notify the drivers of the messages. Additionally, they need the phone line open for other purposes.

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Take-home rapid COVID test kits are now available upon request at Fox Ridge Early Childhood Center while supplies last. These are rapid test kits that include two per box. Families can make a request by contacting the main office at 331-228-2400.