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The ninth month of 2019 was here and gone in the blink of an eye! The highlight of September was most definitely the Sandwich Fair. Kids of all ages look forward to this fun-filled week. Once the last corn dogs and funnel cakes were eaten and the displays, vendors, and carnival packed up for another season, our students and teachers started settling in to their daily routines. Fall pictures and Hearing and Vision Screening, two annual events, took place this month. Picture rescreen will take place on November 5th. Benchmarking started in September, but will carry over into October. For those new to the school experience, benchmarking is a quick assessment of students’ literacy and math skills. This information helps us not only identify our struggling students, but also provides data on those students who would benefit from enrichment activities. Students are benchmarked three times per year (fall, winter, and spring). Two assessments are used to collect data; Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and FastBridge. Beginning with this school year, we replaced AimsWeb with FastBridge. Additional information on FastBridge was sent to all families in an emailed attachment on September 27th. Teachers have completed hours of training in order to use this instrument consistently and uniformly. As with any new application, there is a learning curve, so please be patient as we work out the kinks. Using data to guide instructional decision-making and then choosing strategies specific to student needs is a process called “RtI” or Response to Intervention. A more in-depth letter outlining RtI will be coming home once fall benchmarking is completed. Please contact the school (815-786-8811) with any questions. Bring Your Parent to PE was well attended on September 26th. What a great way for moms and dads to experience elementary physical education. Thank you, Mrs. M. Martin, for introducing this event to Prairie View! Three after- school activities are currently offered at PV; Walking Club, DoJo, and Art. Finally, the parent group, PPA, kicked off the fall fundraiser. With our families support, this group has been able to offset the cost of field trips and provide other additional activities for our students’ enjoyment.

Besides falling leaves, hayrack rides, and pumpkin spice, what does October have in store for us? We are starting out by showing our Sandwich pride during Homecoming Week. Wearing class colors, being cozy in our pajamas, getting a little silly for a “wacky” middle of the weekday, sporting our sports apparel or favorite hat, and celebrating our Indians with an Orange and Black Day are some of the ways we will show our spirit. Many students will also be participating in the Homecoming Parade on October 4th. If you are looking for a little football….the Homecoming Game is Friday, October 4th when Sandwich takes on Rochelle. GO Indians! Firefighters from the Sandwich Community Fire Department will be teaching us about fire safety as we recognize Fire Prevention Week in October. Third grade students submit art projects to the Fire Department and one student is chosen to receive a firetruck ride to school one morning. Our first grade students will participate in a bike safety assembly, compliments of Think First, a National Injury Prevention Foundation. The goal of the program is to increase knowledge and awareness of the causes and risk factors of brain and spinal cord injury, injury prevention measures, and the use of safety habits at an early age. To ensure bicycle safety, each student will be fitted and receive a bike helmet. This gift could save a life and/or prevent a catastrophic outcome in the event of an accident. Throw in a four-day weekend (Oct.11-14) and Halloween and October is a wrap! Please refer to the section in this newsletter on school-appropriate costumes when determining what to send in with your child. We are going to hope for a sunny, cool day for our Costume Parade on October 31st. You are cordially invited to the parade which will begin around 1:00 (or as soon as we don our costumes) and held on the blacktop behind the school. May all of your corn by “candy” and all the mischief take place in a different neighborhood! Happy Halloween!

Sherrie Stricklin


"Believe in the Magic of Learning"

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Substitute Bus Driver Positions Open

  • Flexible Hours - as a sub you only accept times you want
  • Most Substitute driving in afternoon
  • Schedule corresponds to Sandwich Schools
  • In House / Paid Training to obtain School Bus Drivers License
  • Pay $17.80 / hr
  • Opportunity to move to Regular Route with higher pay and hours

Substitute Bus Aid Positions Open

  • Same flexibility and schedule
  • No certification required
  • Pay $11.59 / hr

Contact Dale Hamilton Transportation Director 815-786-4739

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Parent - Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 7th from noon to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, November 8th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. If you haven't already scheduled a conference, please contact your child's teacher.
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Hope everyone’s year is off to a great start!

Picture Day was a huge success! Thank you to our parent volunteers that helped out!

Spirit week will be from September 30 thru October 5th. Please help show your support by dressing up! All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. Flyers have been sent home.

Our fall fundraiser will be Sept. 27th thru October 9th. Packets were sent home! Fundraiser items will be available for pick up on November 6th from 3-4:30. More information will be sent home about picking up items. We will also need volunteers for helping with pick up. If interested please email us. Thank you for all your support

Box tops for Education will be starting back up for October. We will be trying something new this year, information was sent home regarding this. If you have any questions feel free to email us. Don’t forget to keep clipping or scanning and sending them in! Thanks for helping our school get what it needs.

Our 1st PPA meeting date is Wednesday, October 9 at 1:30. Children are welcome to attend.

We need your input and help, to help us achieve all of our goals for our children this year. Even if you are unable to attend the meetings during the day, we would appreciate any of your help planning and volunteering for many upcoming events. Please watch for future information, as we sill send home when we need volunteers. We greatly appreciate your help.

PPA email: prairieviewppa@gmail.com

PPA Facebook: www.facebook.com/PVPPA

Thank You,

Prairie View PPA

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· All medications, including cough drops and over-the-counter products, require a Medication Authorization Form to be completed and signed by a student’s healthcare provider and their parent/guardian.

· All Kindergarteners are required to submit a State of Illinois Eye Exam or Waiver by October 15, 2019.

· Flu season is around the corner! Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone who is 6 months and older. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Visit www.flu.gov for more information.

· A Halloween Safety article from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Our kindergarten friends have continued to settle into their daily classroom and school routines at Prairie View. We are listening to stories, exploring the alphabet, and working on our letters and sounds. We have also been practicing recognizing, writing and comparing our numbers to five. We finished off the month of September by celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day with some fun apple activities!
First grade took a day to explore apples for Johnny Appleseed's birthday. We did apple themed activities and experiments all day. We read and made books about John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed, and even taste tested various types of apples. After polling all of first grade, the favorite apple color was green. The best part of the day, for most, was taste testing homemade applesauce. First grade loves apples!

The Second Grade Students have dove right into the district’s new myView curriculum. The stories in their workbooks have been engaging for us all. We highlight to find text evidence and underline to help us understand different things in the text. We have also started something called Writer’s Club. We practice being a writer and share ideas with each other.

Third graders have been investigating a variety of strategies for memorizing their multiplication math facts, including multiplication races, timed fact sheets, and singing songs from the SchoolHouse Rock arsenal. Students have also been playing math games with dice, like "Knock It Off" and "Multiplication Squares", as well as visiting online resources. Mrs. Baker's students have been practicing with their own custom-made flashcards.

Our third graders have been writing personal narratives in class. Mr. Steimel's class wrote rough drafts about their favorite amusement park rides. Mrs. Stahl's class will be editing their rough drafts with their writing partners, and publishing them as a final draft, as well.

Our STARS 123 program has been working on a pet unit for the past month. We have been learning about different types of pets and the difference between pets and wild animals. We will be capping off our pet unit by taking a field trip to Pet Smart and an apple orchard!
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There is a fun addition to the reading/special education room at Prairie View, a reading nook. Mrs. Kurtz and her husband designed and built it and the students who have used it have thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a cozy place to read and listen to a good book, while holding a stuffed animal. Book cases are part of the nook and hold books that are leveled, so students can choose a book that is a good fit. Our theme at Prairie View this year is Believe in the Magic of Learning, so the theme of our nook is Believe in the Magic of Reading! If you are at the school some time, stop by and check it out, like Brianna and Paisley.

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Students in all grades are finishing up a 10 week unit on steady beat and rhythm. They have listened to music, played instruments, danced, marched, sang, and played music games. Research shows that students that understand steady beat and cadence in music improve their reading and math skills.
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This is a day that each child can dress up as their favorite cartoon character or spooky character. Please use good judgment on your costume choice. Elementary school is not the place for costumes with simulated weapons or those that are particularly gruesome (bloody, gory or scary). Children who are inappropriately dressed will not be allowed to participate in the festivities. As is tradition, on October 31st, we will begin our Costume Parade around 1:00 on the blacktop behind the school. If we have inclement weather, we will parade around in the gym. Young children are welcome to attend the parade with a parent/guardian. Halloween parties will be coordinated by the classroom teachers. Due to limited space, only designated adult helpers will be able to accompany the students back to the classrooms for the parties.

Visitor parking is in the parking lot or Milestone Park, only visitors displaying a handicapped sign will be able to park in the turn around.

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National Fire Prevention Week is October 7th - October 11th. This year's theme is "LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN." Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. Fire Prevention Week is a good time to discuss preventing fires in the home with your student and to go over an escape plan with all family members. Remember to test your smoke detectors to be sure they are working.

A Fire Prevention Assembly has been planned with the Sandwich Fire Department which will take place the following week.

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Just want to say thank you for your cooperation regarding the turn-around. The turn-around in front of the school is restricted for buses and emergency vehicles. When picking up a sick/injured child or a child for a doctor's appointment, you may park on the left side of the turn-around drive only for a limited time if buses are not present. All other times, students should be dropped off in the designated area in the parking lot. If you are arriving late, students must be accompanied to the office to be signed in by the parent or guardian.
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Second grade students participated in the Sandwich Fair coloring contest in September. Emma Dudzik won 3rd place. Honarable mention winners were Morgan Barbor, Kamryn Moss, Khloe Bickle, Summer Vanatta. All pictures were on display at the Hospitality tent during the week of the fair. Congratulations to all the second grade students.
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There are many important factors that impact a student's ability to learn. Three of the most important are getting enough sleep, coming from homes that have high expectations for learning, and eating breakfast. Studies show that children who eat breakfast do better in school, earn better grades and have few behavior problems. Did you know that breakfast is offered every day before school at Prairie View? Serving time begins at 7:45 and ends at 8:00. If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, they would also qualify for free or reduced breakfast. If paying full price, the cost is $1.55...certainly less than a fast-food meal and a lot more nutritious! If you want your child(ren) to be eating breakfast at school, you will first need to sign a permission slip. Many parents did this at the start of the year. If you need another copy of the permission slip, please contact the office. Since breakfast is optional, children must be responsible for coming to the gym on their own. Please talk with your children if you are choosing to have them eat breakfast at school.
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If you ordered anything from the PPA fundraiser, it will be available for pick up on Wednesday, November 6, from 3:00 - 4:30. Please keep in mind if you have any frozen or refrigerated items, they will need to be picked up that day. We do not have freezer or refrigerator space available. As always, thank you for supporting the fundraiser.
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Most people are familiar with fire drills and tornado (shelter-in-place) drills and know that schools are required to practice each emergency situation a specified number of times each year. Per state directive, our students are also required to participate in an annual bus evacuation drill and one Law Enforcement Drill (Intruder Drill). All of our students use bus transportation whether for travel to/and from school or for field trips. The Transportation Department parks a bus at our school and one of our faculty members (Mrs. M. Martin) teaches the students about bus safety, emergency exits and evacuation. This drill will take place in October. Previously, law enforcement personnel were consulted when putting specific procedures into place for an intruder drill. The law now requires school districts and law enforcement agencies to coordinate these events, with both being on site during the drill, if at all possible. Please do not be alarmed if you see police or fire department personnel or emergency vehicles at our building. We hope that we never experience a real emergency, but in the event that the unforeseen does occur, we will have practiced these drills and know what to do to ensure the maximum safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
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Thank you very much for the time you invest as a volunteer and/or chaperone at Prairie View. We value your contribution to ours school as our partnership strengthens our community and enhances our students' educational experiences.

Please keep in mind that volunteers and/or chaperones must protect the teachers' and students' right to privacy. You may not disclose school information or personal matters which you may have overheard. Discuss student problems or concerns only with the teacher or principal. Do not contact other parents on issues with specific students and learning that you may have observed while volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning a field trip.

For more information, please refer to the Volunteer Information Packet.

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Prairie View would like to give a warm welcome to the new STARS 1,2,3 Teacher, Mr. VanPelt. He came to Prairie View from Newark Grade School where he taught for several years. In order to get to know Mr. VanPelt we asked him a series of questions and these were his responses.

1. What are you looking forward to the most teaching this grade level?

Learning something new everyday.

2. Name a children's book that you would recommend that every child read.

Green eggs and ham.

3. What's the most important thing that every teacher should know?


4. Why did you choose the teaching profession?

To make a difference.

5. If you hadn't gone into education, what other career would you have considered?

I would have had my own fishing show.

6. What are your hobbies?

Fishing and golf.

7. What is your favorite snack?


8. If you could have one wish in the world, what would it be?

For the Packers and Cubs to win championships in the same year.

Welcome Mr. VanPelt! We are all looking forward to a great 2019-2020 school year!

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