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Half Day School Weekly Newsletter - October 22, 2021

Principal Appreciation Day

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Friday, Oct. 22, is Principal Appreciation Day. Please, #ThankAPrincipal for how well they run your child’s school.
  • Jill Mau, Principal
  • Laura Delagrange, Assistant Principal

District 103 principals are second to none! Each day, our committed group of principals work with our staff to provide a safe, caring, and intellectually challenging experience for our students. From the early morning to late evenings, our principals dedicate themselves to ensuring each student is cared for and given a high-quality education in a nurturing environment.

“I am very proud of our principals and assistant principals. They work tirelessly every day, take on challenges never seen before, and have excelled. District 103 is fortunate to have leaders of such caliber managing our schools,” said Superintendent Scott Warren.

Please join District 103 in recognizing the dedication and commitment of our school administrators as they lead our teaching and learning communities To provide innovative learning experiences which empower each student to lead with empathy and make a difference in a diverse and interconnected world.

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HD One of Top 40 Schools in State

Congratulations to Half Day for being ranked as one of the best Elementary Schools in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report! The school ranked 39th in the state with a score of 98 percent. Read the report about why Half Day ranked so high out of 2,564 schools considered. What a great recognition. Well done! Daniel Wright was ranked 6th in the state. Sprague was not ranked due to the age of its students.
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Hawk Week

Half Day Hawks engaged in a host of activities this week from team-building activities to environmental activities. They added spirit to the week by wearing sports jerseys, school colors, and superhero gear. To view pictures of some of the classes, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder.

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Oct 29 Parties

Parents are invited to join us for our outdoor Halloween Parade on Friday, Oct. 29 (weather permitting). Please review parking and costumes for this event. Half Day is hosting two parties - Halloween and Alternate. Please fill out this Google Form for the alternate party if you do not want your child to participate in the Halloween-themed activities.
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Masks & Water Bottles Requested

Masks: Please send your student to school with extra child-sized masks. One of the most important mitigation strategies is a good mask that fits properly. This CDC graphic provides information on the proper type and way to wear a mask. Please be sure that the mask covers the nose and mouth, is 2-3 layers, and does not have valves. Gaiters are not approved face coverings.

Water Bottles: Please send your student to school with a water bottle labeled with their name for use during the day.

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Missed Picture Day? Families who did not participate in Half Day's picture day may arrange to have a photo taken with Stuart-Rodgers. Please reach out to Kathy Onori at Kathy@srphoto.com, who will schedule a photo session in their studio. Stuart-Rodgers will email you proofs as well as submit the picture for the yearbook. There is an additional $10 sitting fee for this service.

Cultural Diversity Board: If you are interested in highlighting your culture during a month this school year, please complete the following Google interest form. Questions? Email Meg Duggan at mduggan@d103.org.

Health Night: The D103 PTO-sponsored boys Fifth-Grade Health Night is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25.

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District 103 News

Standardized Testing Update

After reviewing recent state and national standardized test results, District 103 students made progress over the course of the pandemic but did not grow at a rate consistent with pre-pandemic levels, according to a report to the School Board. The academic growth of D103 students was much higher than compared to students in many other districts.

The test results from the recent Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments, showed that Illinois students were a little over four months behind in their math and reading learning compared to what they might have been had the pandemic not occurred. In general, District 103 has seen less of an impact on their overall MAP scores than many other districts.

“As teachers work to meet the academic, social-emotional, and executive functioning needs of students, report cards and assessment results may look different than they have in the past. This is expected and recovery is going to take some time,” said Katie Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

To help our students rebound academically, data teams at each school are reviewing test results on an individual and classroom basis to determine who needs academic intervention and support. The goal is for teachers to teach current grade-level standards and fill in the learning gaps where needed to help bring students up to their grade level.

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) results from Spring of 2021 will be mailed to families the first week in November.

Bus Driver Appreciation

Thank you to our extraordinary bus drivers, and the rest of our transportation team, who ensure our D103 students make it to school and home safely! Thank you to our drivers; you are appreciated for their dedication and for always going the extra mile for our students! The district operates and maintains a fleet of 30 buses that travel the district's nearly 12-mile radius. School Bus Drivers' Appreciation Day, Oct. 22, falls during National School Bus Safety Week, which has been set aside to remind people about school bus safety.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page. D103 board meetings will be held in-person and live-streamed each month starting Nov. 2. Members of the community should attend the meeting at 111 Barclay Boulevard, Lincolnshire if they would like to make a public comment. The public can contact the Board at board@d103.org.
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Community News

Job Fair

There will be 76 employers showcasing their open positions and over 1,500 jobs available at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort Lake County Job Fair from 12 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. Manufacturing, IT, Professional Services, Healthcare, Hospitality, and many more industries.

For more information and to register for the event click on the link: Job Seeker Registration Link. Bring your resume and be prepared to talk to employers about their open positions!

Book Talk Videos

The Vernon Area Public Library offers book talk recommendations. Please visit their Book Talks Help Guide. For graphic novel suggestions, please visit the library's J Graphic Novel Help Guide or the library's Junior High Graphic Novel Help Guide.

Live Theater is Back

Deerfield Family Theater presents School House Rock Live beginning Friday, Nov. 12.

Boo Bash Halloween Festival

The Village of Lincolnshire will host its annual Boo Bash Halloween festival at

North Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct 29. The spook-tacular celebration will bring back family-friendly favorite events from years past, as well as include new activities for ghosts and goblins of all ages to enjoy, including: goodie bags for the first 200 kids, pumpkin decorating, haunted trail, hay rides, fire juggler, magic shows, balloon sculptor, music, food and beverages, inflatables, carnival games, touch-a-truck, and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear

Halloween costumes.

Trunk or Treat

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is hosting their annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. Visit the church's Facebook page for more information or call 847-945-1550.

Basketball Registration

Lincolnshire Sports Association offers recreational basketball leagues for boys and girls. For more information, please visit the LSA House Basketball Registration website.
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Half Day Upcoming Events