This Week at Windsor 1.29.2021
Teachers make a difference at any distance...
There are many pieces of very important information in this weeks newsletter, please be sure to check it out!
Can my child Zoom in?
Moving Forward we will utilize the following guidelines:
For families that take a vacation - our teachers will do their best to provide your child with some assignments/alternative activities to complete while they are away. When you return, we will allow your child to Zoom into the classroom in order to follow the recommended quarantine guidelines by IDPH. Please contact our school nurse to determine a date of return.
For children that are sick and/or are required to quarantine - please contact the school office to report the absence and based on direction from our school nurse and administration, we will determine if your child can Zoom until they are cleared to return to school. Children can no longer just jump on Zoom if they stay home.
Drop and Go
The safety of our students is our number one priority. PLEASE continue to follow the directions of the staff in yellow vests outside directing traffic. We are asking that you please do NOT double park on the street, you will need to circle back around and get in line along the Windsor Drive curb to pick up your children, this is for the children's safety. Also, if your child cannot find your car or enter the car on the passenger side independently, please park your car on one of the surrounding streets and walk up to gather your child. The car line needs to keep moving, you cannot park your car on Windsor Drive, we are causing a back-up in the Windsor/Miner intersection and blocking crosswalks. Do NOT turn onto or continue onto Windsor Drive if you cannot fit without blocking the crosswalk or the area with the cones.
The Arlington Heights Police Department will continue to spot check at arrival and dismissal to help keep everyone safe.
Please provide this information to anyone who will be dropping off or picking up your child.
Lunch service has begun, all students are eligible to receive a free lunch daily. All lunches are cold, there is no hot lunch option currently. Please see the menu below for the daily lunch option. Your child's teacher will ask their class each morning who would like lunch for the day, lunches will be delivered to your child's lunch location.
Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on February 11th and 12th, be on the lookout for an email from Windsor to sign-up for conferences on February 1st. Parent-Teachers Conferences will be held via Zoom.
Valentine's Day parties will be held virtually on Monday, February 15th. Teachers will be working with their room reps to plan activities, more information will come from your child's teacher.
Picture Day will be held on two days this year to allow enough time for cleaning and social distancing; February 17th and 18th. If you are a remote-only student, you have the option to take the picture yourself (please see PTA section below) or you can sign-up for a time slot to bring your child to Windsor to have their picture taken. More information and remote student sign-ups coming soon.
Mrs. Anastacio and Mrs. Soprano
- Monday, February 1st--Sign-ups for Parent-Teacher Conferences will be emailed out to families
- Monday, February 8th- Sign-ups for Parent-Teacher Conferences will close at noon
- Thursday, February 11th- Parent-Teacher Conferences-- 8:20 am - 7:20 pm
- Friday, February 12th- Parent-Teacher Conferences-- 8:20 am - 11:20 am
- Monday, February 15th- Valentine's Day Parties
- Wednesday, February 17th- Picture Day (more info to come)
- Thursday, February 18th- Picture Day (more info to come)
- Friday, March 12th- Elementary Report Cards will be mail home
Attention 5th Grade Parents
- Picture Day is coming February 17 and 18. If you are unable to make these days and would like your child included in the yearbook please see the link here for information about taking photos yourself. https://youtu.be/kdLCkiwBHoE
- Book Fair - This year the book fair will be a virtual event from February 4-17. Kids will be able to navigate online like they would in the gym. More details to come.
- Science Fair - We are postponing the science fair this year to spring and will share more information as we get closer.
Notes from the Health Office...
Please make sure you pack an extra mask for your child in their backpack. If masks get wet or break, they will have an extra. Masks are not effective when they are wet. We do have extra disposable masks available in the office but they are not as comfortable for little faces.
Again, please be sure you let us know if anyone in your home develops any symptoms of COVID and keep all of your children home. Of course, also let us know if your children were a close contact of anyone with COVID and keep them in quarantine for 14 days.
Now that we have larger groups of children within a classroom, we are not able to keep 6 ft distance between children. It is important for you to understand close contact.
A close contact is an individual who is within 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes to a confirmed positive covid-19 case or probable covid-19 case.
A probable covid-19 case is when an individual is symptomatic AND was recently exposed to a positive covid-19 individual.
***Please note, when we send home a student with symptoms, and they have had NO known exposure, we do not send home close contacts until they are confirmed a positive covid-19 case. However, we will send home any siblings or other individuals who reside in the same home.
I’ve received several questions regarding travel. The CDC/IDPH recommends quarantine for 14 days after traveling out of state and country. This applies even for people who have had COVID or COVID vaccination because they don’t have enough data to know if people with immunity to COVID may still be carriers if exposed (asymptomatic carriers). As a school district, we are asking that you please follow the guidelines and keep your children home for the 14 day quarantine period. Especially considering we can no longer maintain 6 feet or greater physical distance. CDC travel information
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and thank you for partnering with us!
Darlene Carpenter, RN
Windsor School Nurse
District 25's Department of Student Learning teamed up with NSSEO
District 25's Department of Student Learning teamed up with NSSEO, to plan a FREE 10-week "From Stress to Resilience: Parenting During Unprecedented Times" course for District 25 parents and caregivers. The course begins February 4th, and the content mirrors that of the 10-week District 25 staff course that began two weeks ago.
- Registration is open through February 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm.
- Click here to learn more and to register.
Mrs. Stella's Station
Snow, snow, and more snow! With more snow on the horizon this weekend, why not have some fun and make a snow volcano? This idea came all the way from Canada to us - a place that knows how to have fun in the snow! If you try this at home, we'd love to see it! Share your pictures on Twitter, tagging @windsorwildcats and @mrsstella. Have fun in the snow this weekend!
Important Tech Tip:
Please remind your students that they should power down their Chromebooks at least once a day and maybe at lunchtime as well. That will help the "glitchiness" many are experiencing.
iPads should also be rebooted occasionally to prevent connectivity issues. Instructions are below.
To turn off your Chromebook completely, try one of these options:
- At the bottom right, select the time. Select Power .
- At the bottom right, select the time. Select Sign out Shut down.
- Press and hold the Power key for 3 seconds.
- Press and hold the Power button until you see a menu to Power off or Sign out
To Power Down Your iPad:
- Press and hold the On/Off/Sleep button at the upper-right corner of the iPad. Slide the bar to Power off.