Week at Windsor 2.23.20

Looking back and ahead at Windsor news and happenings...

Dear Windsor Families,

Here is this weekend's message. We hope you have been enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather the past two days. It is difficult to believe that the week ahead marks the end of the month of February!

Teachers will begin working on 2nd trimester progress reports this week and the following week. Progress reports will be emailed home (similar to 1st trimester) to parents/guardians on Friday, March 6th.

During the month of March, all third through fifth grade students will participate in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) assessment. This assessment is built to evaluate students on the Illinois Learning Standards. All students in these grade levels are tested in English Language Arts and Mathematics. We will send home more information and each grade level's testing schedule next weekend. In the meantime, students will need headphones for these assessments. While most students already have headphones at school, some may still need to bring them in, if they never brought a pair to school or if they are not working properly.

We are looking forward to our last week of the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge. Many thanks to all of the students and families who have participated. There is still time! Our challenge will come to an end this Friday, February 28th. (More information below.) This week we will be doing some final school-wide activities to help celebrate and promote healthy habits around moving more, spreading kindness, and being prepared!

Wishing you all the best,

Piper Boston, Principal @PrincipalBoston

Lindsay Anastacio, Assistant Principal @lindzana

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Kids Heart Challenge

All challenges and donations are due by Friday, February 28.

Registering for our school event is quick and easy-- just follow this link: http://www2.heart.org/goto/windsor25. All students who register can receive a buildable wristband!

We have been doing great work as a school. Every Heart Hero has a very important message to share about heart health so be sure to ask your student what they learned from their new lifesaver friends!

Every single dollar raised will help kids and families build healthier lives. We are so proud of our school community for making such a big difference! Thank you for being a Heart Hero!

Social Invitations, etc. at School

Windsor has traditionally not allowed students to bring in and distribute social invitations/flyers here at school. There are several reasons of which some of the major ones include:

  • Not wanting any children to be/feel excluded,
  • Being respectful of school/instructional time,
  • Not wanting teachers/Windsor to be responsible for the promotion of personal/non-school related information,
  • Not wanting to distract any of our children from their learning.

When families join the Windsor PTA they gain access to our our school directory spot with other families who have elected to share their contact information. Here is a link with more information. If coordinating any kind of social activity, please use the PTA directory spot and plan communication outside of our school campus/hours.

Extraordinary Staff Recognition

We are proud of the Windsor team, as they are all committed and dedicated to their work here at school. During Valentine's Day week, the PTA helped to organize positive messages and notes for our different teachers. While unexpected, they always appreciate positive feedback from you and our students.

If there is a staff member you feel deserves some extraordinary recognition for something he or she has done for our school to make a difference for others, please fill out this form to have this staff member more formally recognized for her or his extraordinary accomplishment.

ABC/25 Get Burbed!

Audition now to perform the national anthem live at the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! D25 students may audition by sending a video recording of themselves or with one friend performing the national anthem "a capella" to abc25challenge@gmail.com. In your video, please state your name, grade, and school. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Register today for the 9th Annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! Choose the 5k or 1 mile and walk or run with friends and neighbors who are coming together to support the ABC/25 Foundation. All proceeds from this event go directly back to SD25 classrooms through grants awarded to the teachers! Register by Friday 3/22/20 to receive early registration perks including a $5 discount on the entry fee, a guaranteed race t-shirt and the option to have your race packet delivered to your D25 school. Race day is Saturday, April 25, 2020! REGISTER NOW!

Not a runner? Nursing an injury? Looking for a different experience on race day? We are always in need of volunteers to make race day a success! Many options are available and most are flexible to enable you to volunteer and also participate in a race. Sign up here!

Don’t miss any race updates. Follow ABC25 Get Burbed Challenge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Windsor PTA

There is a February 25th Windsor PTA Board and Committee Meeting at 9:10 AM in the lounge off the main office.

Summer U and District E-Flyers

Registration for the District's Summer U program begins on March 2nd!

We include the District E-Flyers link in every Week at Windsor to keep families updated on district and community happenings. During this second half of the school year especially, there will be more and more postings at this link with different save-the-dates, camp opportunities, registrations, etc. We encourage you to visit the link each week to stay abreast of everything that may be of interest to you!

District E-Flyers

This link features different community information for all District 25 families. It is good to regularly check out this link for various events and activities.

Windsor Twitter Feed

We will never only use Twitter to communicate happenings but this is another wonderful way to follow reminders and various Windsor happenings. We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

District 25 Food Service

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor's Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

District 25 2019-2020 Calendar Dates

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor Website

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

District 25 Parent-Student Handbook

Our District 25 Parent-Student Handbook is always shared as part of each year's online registration process. Typically, we will highlight sections throughout the school year. Here is a link for families to reference anytime. https://www.sd25.org/cms/lib/IL01904427/Centricity/Domain/24/2019-2020%20-%20UPDATED%207-23%20936am.pdf

Wildcat Way and Mission

We value our Windsor community that is strengthened by diversity, inclusion, and a growth mindset.

  • We believe in a kind, safe and responsible community because our students are important.
  • We believe in designing lessons that promote inquiry, academic risk taking, and flexible thinking.
  • We believe in supporting cultural, emotional, social, and academic diversity.
  • We believe in working collaboratively as a school community for continuous improvement in a trusting environment.