November 29, 2018
A Letter From The Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving. The holiday season is fully upon us and we've got many great things ahead before we reach Winter Break. One of the biggest events is our annual Holiday Sing. For those of you who have been at Field for some time, you already know how awesome this performance is every year. If this will be your first Holiday Sing, you won't want to miss it. We also will be home to the Imagination Playground throughout December. There is no limit to how the foam pieces can be imagined into play. Each class has a time when they will be using the Imagination Playground during their lunch recess.
As we saw with the recent snow day, it seems like winter came early this year. Please make sure to send your students to school dressed for the weather. Gloves, hats, coats, scarves, boots, and snow pants make the temperatures more tolerable for all students and we try to make sure students go outside for recess as often as possible.
During the week of December 10th, our students in 2nd through 5th will take their Winter MAP assessment. Kindergarten and 1st grade have their winter benchmarking December 6th and 7th.This is a good opportunity for our students to show their growth over the first half of the year. Parents can help their students do their best by making sure the students get enough sleep each night, stay as healthy as possible, and have an energizing and satisfying breakfast before testing. It would also help for you to make sure your student knows this is all about his or her growth. If you can help reinforce that message with your students, we know they will do their best on testing day.
I also know that some families received letters about their student's attendance. Here is some additional information for all families.
Per Illinois School Code and District 64 attendance guidelines, we communicate with parents regarding student absences and tardies to promote timely arrival and good attendance. When your child accumulates absences equal to 5% of enrollment days, you will receive a letter from our school. While illness and extenuating circumstances are valid reasons for an absence, we ask that you closely monitor your child’s attendance as lost instructional time can have a significant impact on your child’s learning.
As you may know, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) now calculates summative designations for each school and reports this information on our Illinois School Report Card (illinoisreportcard.com). Attendance is one factor that determines our school’s rating. Students who are absent more than 10% of the school year (18 days total, including excused and unexcused absences) are reported to ISBE as “chronically absent.” Students who accumulate 9 unexcused absences over the course of the school year are identified as “chronically truant” by ISBE.
The District 64 Handbook defines a valid cause for absence as “illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, other situations beyond the control of the student, other circumstances that cause reasonable concern to the parent/guardian for the student’s safety or health, or other reason as approved by the Superintendent or designee.” Absences due to vacations, attendance at a cultural or sporting event, or participation in a team sport, acting, or fine arts performance are not considered valid causes for an excused absence from school.
Please contact our nurse, the school social worker, your child’s teacher, or me if there is anything we can do to assist you with your child’s school attendance.
Thank you and have a great month of December.
Dr. Jason Bednar
Principal, Field School
NEW! Health & Wellness Resources webpage launched
In District 64, we regularly support our students through individual and group counseling as well as our social emotional learning programs so that students are able to engage in all that school has to offer.
As a follow-up to the recent showing of the documentary film, Angst, about teen anxiety, District 64 would like to further support our students and families by providing information about community resources available in Park Ridge and Niles as well as links to where you can find additional perspectives from other reliable organizations. Visit our new webpage here.