October 2018

Indian Grove Elementary School

Principal: Mrs. Lynn Fisher

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Amy Veytsman

Our Life Rules: Be respectful, Be responsible and Be ready to learn!

Message from the Principal

October brings a plethora of activity at Indian Grove. Some of the highlights include parent-teacher conferences, the opening of our Grover Store, , field trips to the theatre and the zoo, visits from Officer Friendly, Fuel Up to Play 60 Kick Off, PTC Donuts with Dad and Pizza Night, Fire Prevention Week, the Pumpkin Patch and the continuation of many clubs and activities. All of these are in addition to the engaging curriculum that students are taught day in and day out. So far, the students seem to be very excited about all the new things they are learning and sharing with others in the classrooms.

Our staff welcomes volunteers working both in and out of the school building. Hopefully, you can spare some time to participate in many of the activities here at school. I would encourage you to talk with your child’s teacher to find out more ways you can be involved with your child's education.

We are looking forward to productive autumn months as the leaves display the rich colors and as you become an integral part of this season at Indian Grove.

In closing, I leave you with this thought:
“The best inheritance a person can give to his children is a few minutes of his time each day.”

--O. A. Battista

Respectfully yours,

Mrs. L. Fisher


Tuesday - Oct 2 - Future Trails Referendum Option Forum 5:30 PM at Indian Grove

Board Meeting 7:00 PM at Indian Grove

Wednesday - Oct 3 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 5 PM to 9 PM

Thursday - Oct 4 - Late Arrival: 9:20 AM

Parent/Teacher Conferences 5 PM to 9 PM

Friday - Oct 5- NON-Attendance Day (all buildings closed)

Monday - Oct 8 - No School - Holiday - Columbus Day

Wednesday - Oct 10 - PTC Meeting 7 PM

Walk/Bike to School - Fuel Up to Play 60 Kickoff

Thursday - Oct 11 - Late Arrival: 9:20 AM

Monday - Oct 15 - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Brookfield Zoo, 9 AM - 2 PM

All Kindergarten Physicals and Vision Exams Due

Tuesday - Oct 16 - PTC Donuts With Dad 7:50 AM in the Lunchroom

Board Meeting 7:00 PM at the Administration Center

Wednesday - Oct 17 - PTC Donuts With Dad 7:50 AM in the Lunchroom

Picture Retakes with Color Portraits, Inc

1st Grade Purple Asparagus Program

Thursday - Oct 18 - Late Arrival: 9:20 AM

5th Grade Grover Night 7 PM

Friday- Oct 19th - Kindergarten Officer Friendly

Monday - Oct 22 - Land of Smiles K-2

Wednesday - Oct 24 - 4th Grade Field Trip - Wolves Game

Thursday - Oct 25 - Late Arrival: 9:20 AM

Friday - Oct 26 - Vision and Hearing Screenings

PTC Pizza Night and BMX Bike Show 5 PM

Monday - Oct 29 - Vision and Hearing Screenings

Annual Pumpkin Patch - Display of decorated pumpkins in front of the school

Wednesday - Oct 31 - Halloween Parade and Party 2:00 Parade 2:30 Parties 3:10 Party Clean Up

Reminder: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have not signed up for a conference through SignUp Genius. Several emails were sent out to all parents/guardians during the month of September.

Conference are scheduled for:

Wednesday, October 3, from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 4, from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

We will also be hosting our annual Scholastic Book Fair in our LRC during conferences. Come browse and start your holiday shopping early!


Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives.

Parents Play a Crucial Role

As a parent, you have a more direct connection with your children than anyone else in their lives. You can elevate the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, serve as a role model and integrate healthy school strategies into your daily lives — all of which can help kids succeed both in the classroom and throughout their lives. In their school, your child will work with their Fuel Up to Play 60 team to implement Plays that successfully help to not only make positive changes in the school environment but also to develop leadership skills that can last a lifetime.

Kick Off Activity

On Wednesday, October 10th, we will be hosting a Walk/Bike to School Day for all students. We will need volunteers to walk with groups of students. Students will be encouraged to walk or bike to school rather than come in a vehicle which is a less healthy way to get to school. Look for further information coming home before this big event. Participants will be recognized and rewarded for walking or biking to school. Parents/guardians can walk/ride too!

Halloween at Indian Grove School

Halloween is an exciting time for most children in our community. While some traditions are celebrated outside of school hours, we do welcome in this fall holiday with a few traditions of our own. A separate packet about Halloween will be sent home in about a week or so. The three events that take place are the Pumpkin Patch event, a costume parade around the school and the PTC hosts parties in the homerooms on Halloween. Student participation is the Pumpkin Patch and the Parade is optional. Please keep an eye out for this important packet which explains in more detail these three events. For now, just remember the dates/times listed below. Students are in school for a full (regular) day this year on Halloween.

Pumpkin Patch display - morning of Monday, October 29th - Students and families decorate uncarved pumpkins and display them in front of our school.

Costume Parade - Wednesday, October 31 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Halloween Homeroom parties - Wednesday, October 31. 2:30 - 3:10 p.m. Parties will have fun activities and crafts for the students to do with their friends! River Trails School District implemented a “no food” policy for room parties this school year.

Halloween Homeroom party CLEAN UP (students, teachers and volunteers): Wednesday, October 31 from 3:10 - 3:30 p.m.

Principal for the Day

When a student reaches 1000 points in Accelerated Reader, he/she becomes Principal for the Day. We have had several "principals" since the school year started and we have another coming up this month. Below are the words two of the principals shared with students the day they were visiting all the classrooms in September.

Sydney Bae - Principal of the Day - September 12, 2018

Hello, I am Sydney Bae, Principal of the Day. I accomplished this goal by finding time to read every day in various places such as my bedroom, car or even at restaurants. My favorite types of books are fiction and Mystery. The first book series I ever read was Junie B. Jones. It is hard for me to pick one book or book series as my all time favorite, but some of the book series I love are, Pink and Green, Harry Potter and The Whatever After Series.

Read books that you really enjoy instead of books just to accrue AR points. If you keep reading and work towards achieving your goals, then you too can be Principal of the Day. I want to thank my parents, my big brother, teachers and Mrs. Creaser for their encouragement and support to always keep reading.

Jon Getz - Principal of the Day - September 28, 2018

Hello, my name is Jon Getz. I’m the new Principal of the Day! I’m looking forward to reading to everyone. Reading is fun because it can take you to a lot of different places. The first book I took AR on was Time Warp Trio Knights of the Kitchen Table. I have read a lot of series since then. Some of my favorites are Harry Potter, Puppy Place, A to Z Mysteries, Land of Stories, and Treasure Hunters. Some people I would like to thank because they helped me get 1,000 points were my mom, my dad, Mrs. Creaser, Mrs. Photopulos, Mrs. Eisenhuth, and Mrs. Ryan. Reading is one of my favorite things. I’m excited to share it with you. I hope you have a great day!

Entrance to the School

Visitors must STOP IN THE OFFICE TO SIGN IN BETWEEN 7:50 AM & 4:15 PM. All doors into the school will be locked at all times including the main entrance. Visitors can be allowed in by buzzing the office outside of Door #1. This policy is not intended to discourage parents from visiting Indian Grove School, but it is simply intended to provide an additional measure of safety and security for our children. Please do not drop children off before 8:20 a.m. There is no adult supervision until 8:20 a.m. Also, if you need to drop off anything to your child after 8:40 AM, bring it to the office for delivery. Please DO NOT bring it to the room yourself. The front door will be locked by 4:30 PM each day. If you or your child needs to pick up a forgotten item, please do so before 4:30 PM.

Late Arrival Every Thursday

There is a block of time each week designed to be used for professional development for staff members. By allowing for a consistent amount of time set aside for training, we are making certain that our teachers remain highly trained in educational best practices and ensure that our students receive the very best education possible.

Only the start times for the student day are affected, the dismissal times remain unchanged. This means that students still receive the same amount of instructional time each week.

Indian Grove Student Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday - 8:35 AM - 3:30 PM (late bell rings at 8:40 AM). Students may be dropped off between 8:20 – 8:35 AM.

Thursday - 9:25 AM - 3:30 PM (late bell will ring at 9:30 AM). Students may be dropped off between 9:10 – 9:25 AM.

Dismissal Procedures

Children who walk or are picked up by parents on foot will leave by way of the north playground by door #14. Bus riders will leave by way of the main door (#1) by our office. Children who are being picked up in a vehicle will leave by the south door #6 by the kindergarten classrooms.

Indian Grove’s south parking lot has four visitor parking spaces. These are the spaces to the left when entering the lot. There are signs clearly marking the area. THESE SPACES ARE NOT TO BE USED FOR DROPPING OFF OR PICKING UP STUDENTS before and after school. These spaces are for visitors who are coming into the school for an appointment, sick child, meeting, volunteer time, etc. The rest of the spaces are reserved for staff. THERE IS NO FOOT TRAFFIC ALLOWED IN THE PARKING LOT BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL.


We are now in full swing with the 2018-19school year. This means there are many after school activities, classes and clubs that meet from 3:30 - 4:15 P.M. Students who stay after school must either take the activity bus home (free of charge), walk or be picked up by an adult. All walkers and bussers should exit Door #1 by the main office. All students getting picked up by an adult must exit by Door #6. Drivers must wait in line by Door #6 for their students. Please do not park in the pick-up line and leave your vehicle. Staff members will be by both locations directing students.

Visor Sign for Pick Up Vehicles

Every vehicle picking up a student should have a gold sign hanging from their visor or rearview mirror. On this sign is the child’s name. When this is visible to staff by Door #6, they are able to bring your child to your vehicle more quickly and safely. If you need a sign for your vehicle, please stop by our school office. They are free of charge.

School Absences

Remember to call the office when your child is absent from school. Calls can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to our attendance line. Just dial 874.298.1976 and press 1. By doing this before the school day starts, it saves our staff time in trying to find out if a child is present that day. Excused absences are given for illness, doctor visits and family emergencies. All other absences are considered unexcused.

Playground Safety

Many students exit each day at 3:30 p.m. onto the north playground. Students should have an adult waiting to meet them once school is dismissed. If you wait on Barb’s Playground at 3:30, PLEASE watch your children if they are going to stay and play on the equipment. We have many students running down into the ravine (west of the equipment) and this is UNSAFE. Parents and other adults are responsible for supervising their children on school grounds once they pick them up after school.

Want to Work at IG?

Lunchroom- Playground Supervisor and Subs Needed!

If you are willing to work 3 hours a day as a lunchroom or playground supervisor or sub for this position, please contact the principal at lfisher@rtsd26.com. We have employees who do this job daily and there is still one position open. There are also times when they are ill and cannot work. There is very little training, you must be firm but friendly and you must love working with children. Values of​ respect and responsibility​ are also a must for this position.

Interested applicants must go through our district hiring procedures including securing a physical, a background check and online application. Feel free to apply online at ​www.rtsd26.org​ on Human Resources page in the District Office category within the District Info tab. It’s a great way to be involved with the school and get paid for doing it!


Please mark your calendars for the monthly Purple Asparagus program. Once a month, the 1st graders will learn about nutrition and healthy eating. The dates and topics of each Purple Asparagus class during the year are:

· October 17 – Squash

· November 14 – Cranberries

· December 19 – Oranges

· January 16 - Chocolate

· February 13 – Beans

· March 13 – Roots

· April 17 – Herbs

· May 15 – Berries

2018 Fire Safety Poster Contest

Fire Prevention Week takes place October 7-13 this year. In an effort to educate students about fire safety, the Mount Prospect Fire Department annually sponsors a poster contest. The theme this year is: "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere." Mount Prospect students are encouraged to design a poster using this year’s theme. Historically, we have many Indian Grove students who participate in this contest and many who earn 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the Village! Please encourage your child to make a poster!

Entries are judged on originality, creativity and use of theme. All entries will receive a participation ribbon; however, a first, second and third place winner will be chosen from each grade level. All of the first place winners will then proceed to the Village-wide contest, with the final winners receiving an award from the Mayor at an upcoming Village Board meeting. Please see the flyer included in this newsletter

CONTEST RULES: Kindergarten through 5th grade students are invited to design a poster. All submittals must contain the following information (on the back of their submittal): 1. Student’s Full Name 2. Student’s Home Phone Number 3. Name of School 4. Grade Level 5. Teacher’s Name • All posters must be completed on poster board (maximum size of 16” x 20”). • Individual entries can be dropped off at the main office of the student’s school prior to the deadline. • The deadline for entries is October 10, 2018. • All entries will be returned to the students’ schools after the contest ends


  • All KINDERGARTEN students and new students to Illinois schools require a physical exam. no later than October 15th. Students who do not have a physical by this date WILL NOT be allowed back at school form for this exam that your pediatrician must complete.

  • With so much information shared electronically via email, voicemail, fax, web pages, etc., the amount of copy paper we use at our school decreases each school year. In order to keep up the “green” movement and decrease paper waste, ALL HANDOUT, BULLETINS, LETTERS, ETC., WILL EITHER BE E-MAILED TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS OR POSTED ON OUR INDIAN GROVE MAIN WEB PAGE.

  • We will no longer be photocopying newsletters, most forms, schedules, etc., coming from our MAIN OFFICE. Occasionally, we may need to send information home via a paper handout, but it is our goal to get as much done via electronic communication. If hard copies are sent home with students, they will be ONE per family and will go home with the youngest child in the family. Please contact our school office if this poses a problem for your family.

Preschool Screenings Information

RTSD26 will offer preschool screenings to all District 3 and 4 year olds suspected of having a developmental delay. In addition, we will also be screening students to see if they are eligible for the ECDEC preschool program and our Bilingual Spanish Preschool program. To be eligible for these programs, families must meet specific criteria, such as speaking a second language in the home, income level, or other criteria that can be explained to you at the screening.

If you are concerned that your child has a delay in vision, hearing, motor, speech, language, cognition and/or social functioning, call 224- 612-7308 to set up a screening time. All screenings are done by appointment only and take place at Parkview. Screenings are held on Thursdays and are once a month through April.

If you are unsure if your child is developing appropriately, please consult with your child's preschool teacher or pediatrician for advice. The Center for Disease Control offers the following information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

Your child must be at least 3 years old at the time of screening. Screenings are staffed by educational professionals and therapists who will make recommendations for further action to parents. All screenings are at Indian Grove and by appointment only. Translation services are available. To make an appointment in Spanish, please call Mrs. Perez or Mrs. Santiago at 224-612-7402

SCREENINGS DATES: (2018/2019): 11/8, 12/13, 1/10, 2/14, 3/14 & 4/18

Board of Education

Your district’s Board of Education meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held either at a school or the Education Service Center (ESC), 1900 East Kensington Road, Mount Prospect. The ESC is the administration center adjacent to Park View School. At one of the semi-monthly meetings, an education report is presented. These reports highlight something special happening in the district.

You are cordially invited to attend, ask questions, and learn about the district. Copies of the Board’s agendas and minutes are posted on the district’s web site at http://www.rtsd26.org. Please contact the Superintendent’s office (847) 297-4120 x 7301 for information concerning Board meetings.

If you want a Board member to contact you, please call the Superintendent’s office and leave your name and telephone number. A Board member will return your call.

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