Irving Elementary School

A Message from Mr. Stachura and Mrs. Hufnus

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Virtual Struggles

So how’s this virtual learning going on the home front? Inside your four walls? I’m hearing from parents that they are struggling to keep their children on focus; we get it. Motivation and engagement are strong indicators that drive students to succeed on a daily basis and beyond.

Let’s visit a few basics that I see teachers employ constantly and consistently – consider incorporating


Checklists: A visual checklist of tasks needed to accomplish an assignment. For example, the teacher assigns a video to watch followed by a reading and a written response. Break this assignment into key words like: Watch, Read, Write and have your child put a check mark after each word as they accomplish each part.


Breaks: If the assignment is really difficult, give your child a break. Try to divide the assignment into sections – doing one section at a time.


Feedback: A simple star, sticker, a “pat on the back” symbol can go a long way to motivate your child. Consider rewarding your child for their effort versus rewarding them for their finished product.


Schedules: Most people would agree that keeping a schedule is so important. Their sleep schedule along with school work schedule could be posted – sending them the signal that this is business – this is the way you and they will roll. Try working with them to prioritize tasks, create goals, a “do List”, deadlines – many of us adults work off such tasks.


Stop whining before it starts: If your student is constantly whining, they might be trying to tell you something. Perhaps they need more stimulation - games or exercise. Maybe they are hungry earlier than the established time for meals. If your child starts whining, make note of the circumstances surrounding the situation. Perhaps a simple midmorning snack will ward off a noon meltdown, or a trip to the park for some play time will give the child a positive release for pent-up energy.

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Entonces, ¿cómo va este aprendizaje virtual en casa? ¿Dentro de tus cuatro paredes? Escuché de los padres que están luchando por mantener a sus hijos enfocados; lo entendemos. La motivación y el compromiso son indicadores sólidos que impulsan a los estudiantes a tener éxito a diario y más allá.


Veamos algunos conceptos básicos que veo que los maestros emplean de manera constante y constante. Considere incorporar


Listas de verificación: una lista de verificación visual de las tareas necesarias para realizar una tarea. Por ejemplo, el maestro asigna un video para ver seguido de una lectura y una respuesta escrita. Divida esta tarea en palabras clave como: Observe, Lea, Escriba y haga que su hijo ponga una marca de verificación después de cada palabra a medida que logra cada parte.


Descansos: si la tarea es realmente difícil, déle un descanso a su hijo. Trate de dividir la tarea en secciones, haciendo una sección a la vez.


Comentarios: una simple estrella, una calcomanía o un símbolo de "palmadita en la espalda" pueden ser de gran ayuda para motivar a su hijo. Considere recompensar a su hijo por su esfuerzo en lugar de recompensarlo por su producto terminado.


Horarios: la mayoría de la gente estaría de acuerdo en que mantener un horario es muy importante. Su horario de sueño junto con el horario de trabajo de la escuela podría publicarse, enviándoles la señal de que esto es un negocio, así es como usted y ellos actuarán. Intente trabajar con ellos para priorizar tareas, crear metas, una "lista de tareas", fechas límite; muchos de nosotros, los adultos, trabajamos con esas tareas.


Deje de lloriquear antes de que comience: si su estudiante lloriquea constantemente, es posible que esté tratando de decirle algo. Quizás necesiten más estimulación: juegos o ejercicio. Tal vez tengan hambre antes de la hora establecida para las comidas. Si su hijo comienza a lloriquear, tome nota de las circunstancias que rodearon la situación. Quizás un simple refrigerio a media mañana evitará un colapso al mediodía, o un viaje al parque para jugar un rato le dará al niño una liberación positiva de energía reprimida.

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Message from Our School Nurse


Kindergarten Parents:

This is a reminder that the State of Illinois requires all kindergarteners to have an updated Dental and Vision screening with their school physical by October 15th. Please bring in completed forms to the school nurse.


Second Grade Parents:

This is a reminder that the State of Illinois requires all second graders to get an updated dental screening. Please complete and return to the school nurse before the end of April.


Parents with children to receive medications at school:

If your child is to receive medication at school, please have their doctor fill out the medication permission form and fill out an updated emergency updated plan as soon as possible. Any child without these forms would not be able to receive medications at school when the time comes.


All Parents:

If you may have any updated medical forms (Dental, vision, physical) they can be brought to the school nurse at any time during the year.


All of these forms can be brought to the school nurse when completed.


Thank you,


Olivia Scholz, BSN, RN

School Nurse

Berwyn South District 100

Irving Elementary

Phone: (708)303-4329

Fax: (708)795-2336

Email: oscholz@bsd100.org

Mr. Stachura's Friday Reflections

Mr. Stachura writes a blog post sharing his observations of classroom instruction, team meetings, behaviors, staff/parent/student feedback, successful procedures, outstanding effort – in short, the everyday “stuff” that makes up our school.

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