Field Flash

August 27, 2021

Dear Field Parents and Guardians,

We hope your family is settling into the back-to-school rhythm. Here at Field, students have learned various expectations, navigated new experiences, and grown quickly accustomed to their new classes. Thank you for your partnership as we move towards September. A few important reminders:

  • Arrival: Thank you so much for your help in a smooth and successful arrival! Please remember our kiss and go areas on Elmore and Wisner do not allow for unattended cars. Please do remain in your car as your child(ren) exit the car.
  • Bus: we take attendance at dismissal as we load the bus. It is so important that we know in advance if your child is not riding the bus. Please do call the main office as early in the day as possible and speak with Ruth or Jillian. This helps us ensure a smooth bus dismissal. Our buses will leave a bit later for the next few days as we ensure all students are accounted for when we load the buses.
  • Heath: please do keep your child home if they are ill. This means that students may be absent from school - and that's okay! If your child is sick, s/he needs to rest and recover. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please call the health office at Field and we can share information for remote learning. The district's plan for remote learning was included in the complete fall in-person learning plan shared earlier this month by Dr. Olson. I'm sharing additional reminder details below.
  • Lunch/recess: Please take some time to review the lunch/recess information later in this newsletter. This is an area where we've received a great deal of questions, so as a District, we are hopeful the bullet points shared below will help to clarify.

Earlier this week, you received an email from Dr. Olson with directions for completing the opt in or out form for the SHIELD testing. All unvaccinated children 4 and older are eligible to participate in this weekly testing. Please be sure to log on to PowerSchool to complete a form for each of your children by August 31st.

Finally, we are looking forward to hosting our Parent Night on Wednesday, September 1st from 6-8 p.m. While the event will be virtual this year, we are glad to have this opportunity to connect with our families and share more about your child's learning experiences. Here's the schedule for the evening. I will also email this out on Wednesday afternoon so it can be at the top of your inbox. We'll record the presentations and share them afterwards, as well.

Again, thank you for your support as we begin this new year together! Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Courtney Goodman


(847) 318-4383

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Dates to Remember

  • Week of August 30th: MAP testing concludes this week for students in grades 2-5
  • Wednesday, September 1st: Parent Night from 6-8 p.m. (virtual) - see information above
  • Monday, September 6th: No School for Labor Day
  • Thursday, September 9th: PTO Back-to-School event from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Health & Safety Protocols: Quarantine

The new school year is underway! District 64 has implemented health and safety protocols to reduce the transmission of COVID 19. Below is important information to keep in mind should your child be directed to quarantine:

  • If you have information about a potential COVID exposure, please contact your building nurse.

  • District 64 is providing access to remote learning in the event that a student is directed to quarantine by the school nurse.

  • Students who are sick who have not been directed to quarantine by the school nurse will take a typical “sick day” and are not eligible for the remote learning class. Students who are awaiting a COVID test result are not eligible for remote learning.

  • Remote learning classes are taught via Zoom by District 64 substitute teachers and are made up of students at the same grade level from schools across the district.

  • It may take 24-48 hours for a student to be placed in a remote learning class.

  • Your child’s classroom teacher will share information with the substitute about the instruction that will take place during your child’s quarantine. Because students from across the district will participate in the same quarantine class, activities will support grade-level learning standards but will not be the exact activities that your child would be completing in person.

  • Students should access the Zoom link to their Quarantine Class through Seesaw or Schoology.

  • If you experience a tech challenge, please contact your school office and ask to speak with the Building Technologist.

Parent Device Orientation - Recordings

Earlier in August, we hosted online parent device orientations. If you weren't able to join, here are the presentations and recordings:

Thank you!

Upcoming Safety Week

During the week of September 7th, our students will be practicing our emergency drills (fire, bus evacuation, tornado, and intruder). Schools are required to practice these drills, and they will be conducted using age-appropriate language, as well as social distancing protocols. For the bus evacuation practice, all students will load on to a parked school bus and practice safely exiting through the emergency exit in the back. For the fire drill, we will sound the fire alarm and be observed by the Park Ridge Fire Department. On the day of the drill, we let students know when to expect the alarm to sound, and help students who may be more sensitive to noise move quickly outside. For our tornado drill, classroom teachers will guide students into the hallway and have students practice the tornado protection position. For the intruder drill, classroom teachers will talk through what students would do if they needed to shelter in the classroom - for more information about this intruder/lockdown drill, you can click here. If you have any questions about these drills, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or a building administrator.
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Bus Information

If your child rides the bus to and from school, you should have received a separate email from our Business Office about your child's bus stop and route. Please note: all eligible bus riders received an email. If your child will not be riding the bus, please call Ruth in our main office. If you have questions, please call the main office here at Field. Ruth or Jillian can assist you.

On the first day of school, your bus rider received a tag for his or her backpack. Thank you in advance for keeping that tag attached to the child's backpack!

Please note that mask wearing is required on all school busses, and students will be assigned a seat for the route to and from school.

Lunch & Recess - Weather Information

We wanted to share additional information about our lunch & recess plans, as well as how and when we make our decisions about lunch and recess.

Our primary plan is to eat lunch outside and have recess outside. On our warmer days (like we've been having), the District uses the National Weather Service Heat Index Chart. When we consider the air temperature and humidity, we will plan to be outside for the full lunch and recess time when those measures place us in the yellow zone (caution). When we are in the light orange (extreme caution), we will eat inside and have recess outside.

Because weather changes so quickly in our area, we make our final lunch and recess decisions by 11:00 a.m. If you would like to know our decision, please call the main office after 11:00 a.m.

As the weather cools off, we'll share additional information about air temperature and wind chill.

As a reminder, when we eat outside, students are seated on towels. When we eat inside, they are seated at a table in an assigned seat in either the north gym, south gym, or MPR.

Children are also permitted to leave school for the lunch recess hour. Parents need to come to the main office and sign out their child(ren). Students would remain home for the full hour of lunch/recess, which runs from 11:40 until 12:35 (Wednesdays from 11:15-12:10).

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From our School Social Workers

Sometimes our children worry about school, friends, or other events. This guided document might help you have conversations at home about what worries your child.
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Join the Field PTO!

Field PTO membership is now open!

Join the Field PTO! Membership helps fund a variety of PTO activities from electronic books to staff appreciation events to the operational costs of the PTO. Joining PTO is an excellent way to connect with others in our school community!

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