Weekly Update

January 22, 2021


Please remember to report all absences to our 24-hour attendance line 815-788-5705. This includes absences for illness, appointments, vacation, religious day and any other reason.

Indian Prairie website: www.d47.org/IPS

COVID-19 Daily Health Screening For Returning In Person Students

  • Every parent will need to self certify that their child(ren) are well and able to attend in person instruction each day. The self certification system is online. Please complete the self certification by 7:30 (or before your child boards the bus) each morning.

Important Dates

January 25-Return to in person learning for grades 3rd through 5th, for those families that chose in person learning as their learning model.

January 27- Early release, no afternoon class for students K-5th.

Trimester 3 Learning Model Preference

  • Trimester 3 begins March 1. Families will have an opportunity to indicate a preference for a change in their child’s learning model for the third and final trimester of the 2021-22 school year. If you do not wish to make a change, you do not need to take any action. If you do wish to make a change, you will need to to log into ParentVue to do so. See below for key things to note:
    • The learning model preference survey will be open starting at 8am on Thursday, February 4 and will close at 5pm on Friday, February 5.
    • Please note that indicating your preference for a change does not guarantee placement.
    • If we are able to accommodate your request for a change, please expect that your child will be assigned a new teacher.

Tech Support Update

Now that we are going back to the Hybrid plan for return to school, Starting Monday, January 11th, parents/guardians may visit their child’s school for help with Chromebooks and/or tech support.

Reminder About Dismissal

Just a few reminders as we return to in person learning.

Emails were sent out yesterday to families who have been assigned a specific bell color and time for dismissal. If you did not receive a letter, your child(dren) will be dismissed at the 12:05 bell. Please do not enter the parking lot until 12:05. Your child(ren) will leave the classroom at 12:05, and will come out to the circle drive to meet you at your car. Students will be directed to your car and will get in.

Friendly Reminder

Friendly reminder to please make sure your student is keeping their Chromebook cameras on, and that your student can be seen during all times of instruction. This includes the 8:00 -12:00 instruction time as well as the 2:00-3:00 instruction time. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter!

Valentine's Day

Due to social distancing in the class rooms, there will be no exchanging of physical Valentine's Day cards this year. Teacher's will be reaching out with other ways they plan to celebrate the day.

The district policy of no food or drinks being served during the party will still be observed.

*NEW MUST SEE* Parent Controls in GoGuardian

Parents now have the capability to block specific websites, pause internet access, and define time restrictions on district-issued Chromebooks! These capabilities would only be available during a predefined “out of school” hours so that the parent controls do not interfere with teacher controls. Parents need to download the APP and use the email address used during school registration. Please see detailed information regarding parent controls within GoGuardian. Note: GoGuardian does not track usage on kindergarten iPad devices.

NEW Social Media Feature: “What I Learned This Week” - Photos/videos wanted!

To highlight the great teaching and learning going on in District 47, both remotely and in-person, District 47 is launching a new social media campaign called “What I Learned This Week.” Parents/guardians are invited to submit photos or videos (1-2 minutes in length) of their student talking briefly about or demonstrating something they’ve learned at school. Email photos/videos to webmaster@d47.org and include student name, grade, school and teacher. Photos must also include a statement/quote from the student.

School Pictures Re-Scheduled

School Pictures have been re-scheduled for February 5th.

In Person students will be getting their pictures taken between the hours of 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Remote Students will be getting their pictures taken between the hours of 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ** More details to come on the scheduling of remote learner pictures.

Please click the link below for the Picture Order Form.

Picture Order Form

Food Distribution


  • Food will be distributed daily at dismissal. Students will take home one grab-and-go lunch and breakfast daily, Monday through Friday.

For Students Attending Remote Instruction:

  • Food pickup will be Tuesday, January 26, 3pm to 6pm at Hannah Beardsley Middle School (515 E. Crystal Lake Ave., CL) and Glacier Ridge Elementary School (1120 Village Rd., CL)

D47 Teaching and Learning Highlights

We’d like to spotlight the great teaching and learning going on both remotely and in-person in District 47. Excited about something a student has learned? Want to give a shout-out to a special teacher? Please email a brief description and/or photos to Denise Barr, Director of Communications and Public Engagement, at dbarr@d47.org or post to social media with hashtag #forward47. The District will include these highlights in the weekly “D47in47” video.

Tech Support

If you are struggling with your device and need support, please email techsupport@d47.org. They will get back to you to assist.

Support Available

Does your family need assistance in order to meet their needs? If so, please complete this Family Assistance English form or Family Assistance Spanish form. During the 2020-2021 school year, Indian Prairie Social Workers will add an anonymous texting service called “Remind 101”. This will help families receive private, quick, and simple up to date information. Please note that resources are very limited, and completing this form is NOT a guarantee of assistance." Please contact Emily Gorman,

(efgorman@d47.org ) 815-788-5710, or Ellie Giacobbe (egiacobbe@d47.org) 815-788-5719 with questions or concerns.


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PTA Executive Board 2020-2021

President-Stefanie Kownacki

1st Vice President-Heather Nelson

2nd Vice President-Erin Light

Treasurer-Kristi Boehmer

Secretary-Jonyce Ruiz

5th Grade T-Shirts

Indian Prairie 5th grade t-shirts are now available to order!! Sale runs from today until January 24th!! See the flyer below for details on how to order. Click on the link below for the order form.

The password is IP2021.

5th grade t-shirt

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Scan the QR code above, or click on link below to sign up for the Student Directory

Indian Prairie Student Directory

We Would Love to Have You Join Us As a Member Of The PTA!

Please click on the link below to become a member of the PTA. Becoming a member does not mean you have to attend meetings, it just helps support the PTA and all of the programs we provide for our students and teachers!