Coyote Tales

February 10, 2022

Corron Mission Statement

Corron is a safe, warm and inviting community where all are valued and empowered. We celebrate growth. Clear evidence highlights the impact we have academically, socially and emotionally.

From the Principal

A big part of our Morning Meetings is teaching students how to deal with challenges in life in developmentally appropriate ways. These lessons and strategies often come from the core competencies from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

One of the core competencies that teachers focus on during SEL lessons is Responsible Decision- Making. Part of this competency deals with developing problem-solving skills. These problem-solving skills include developing and achieving goals, positive decision-making, and the ability to handle interpersonal scenarios constructively. Teachers frequently walk students through the steps of problem-solving. Problem-solving is important as it is essential that children learn to handle problems with grit and creativity, especially as they learn to cope with setbacks or resolve conflict. Also, problem-solving is one of the most important skills children can develop because it prepares them to deal with increasingly more complex academic and interpersonal issues as they mature.

For more information on CASEL as well as some ideas for developmentally appropriate problem solving skills, you can visit the CASEL website or use the resources attached to this newsletter.

Chris Balaskovits

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Arrival and Dismissal Concerns

Many parents have expressed concerns and frustrations about arrival and dismissal over the past few weeks. Winter weather can definitely throw a wrench into our procedures. More families drive because of weather conditions, and snow piles leave fewer parking spaces and less area for students to exit and enter their cars. We have tried to alleviate some of the challenges in the mornings by allowing students to enter the building 5 minutes early so that the line can start moving sooner. Staff continues to leave the center spaces empty for parents to easily park. Students are not being marked tardy if the line continues past 8:00. These efforts have helped in a challenging situation. Our line in the morning is typically gone by 8:05, and cars are loaded at the end of the day by 3:13 every day.

We now need support from our parent community. There have been many unsafe conditions during arrival and dismissal caused by cars not following our procedures and expectations. Cars are driving into oncoming traffic to get around others because they are in a hurry. The entrance to the parking lot has traffic coming from three different directions, which can cause some confusion. Add into this our families that use the crosswalk there and we have the potential for accidents.

Here are a few things that our families can do as we get 540 students in and out of our school each day:

  • Please model patience in front of your children. We are all trying to get our students into the school. Everyone has somewhere to be. Our staff does our best each and every day to make things run smoothly and efficiently.

  • If you park in the lot, you must walk your child through the crosswalk. Cars are pulling in and backing up continuously in the mornings - it can be impossible to see small children in this situation!

  • Do not get out of your car in the drop-off/pick-up lane. It impedes the flow of traffic. If your child needs assistance getting out, please park.

  • Some of our staff members' days end at 2:45. Often they get blocked in by cars parked in random spots in the parking lot. Please do not park your car in between the aisles.

  • Most of all, please demonstrate kindness and respect for our staff members and for each other. Working together will create the most efficient and the safest procedures for all of our children.

Upcoming Dates

Now - February 25

Online 2022-2023 Kindergarten Enrollment

See link for information:

Monday, February 14

Classroom Valentine's Day parties 1:45-3:00 pm

School Board Meeting at 7:00 pm

Monday, February 21

Presidents' Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

Friday, February 25

End of 2nd Trimester

Random Acts of Kindness Week

Join us in spreading care and compassion during Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 14th-20th. Corron will be focused on making the world a little better, one small act of kindness at a time, in partnership with the organization Random Acts Matter. There is no better way to help your neighbor than to do something unexpected! This is the simple idea behind the formation of Random Acts Matter. You can find more information here.

We will “Paint Corron Orange” on Friday, February 18th. The color orange represents kindness as it combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. Therefore, all students are encouraged to wear orange to celebrate making a difference in the world!

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SE-PAC)

Greetings, Parents and Guardians of students receiving special education services in District 303! We are moving our next SE-PAC meeting to Tuesday, February 15, 2022 (From February 1). The meeting will be held from 7:00-8:30 via Zoom. During our time together, we will review outcomes from the 2021-2022 parent survey and participate in shared learning on supporting students during transition meetings. Department administrators will share information on the transition process and gain your insights to support students as they move from Early Childhood to Elementary, Elementary to Middle, Middle to High, and High School to Post-Secondary programs. We are hopeful you can join us on February 15!

¡Saludos, padres y tutores de los estudiantes que reciben servicios de educación especial en el Distrito 303! Estamos moviendo nuestra próxima reunión de SE-PAC al martes 15 de febrero de 2022 (desde el 1 de febrero). La reunión se llevará a cabo de 7:00 a 8:30 a través de Zoom. Durante nuestro tiempo juntos, revisaremos los resultados de la encuesta para padres de 2021-2022 y participaremos en el aprendizaje compartido sobre cómo apoyar a los estudiantes durante las reuniones de transición. Los administradores del departamento compartirán información sobre el proceso de transición y obtendrán sus conocimientos para apoyar a los estudiantes a medida que pasan de los programas de la primera infancia a la primaria, de la primaria a la intermedia, de la intermedia a la preparatoria y de la preparatoria a la postsecundaria. ¡Esperamos que pueda unirse a nosotros el 15 de febrero!

Patti Palagi is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: SE-PAC February 2022

Time: Feb 15, 2022 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 894 4169 2948

Passcode: 231724

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Annual 5Essentials Survey open through March 11

Corron Parents

We value our partnership with all of our families and want to ensure that you have opportunities to provide constructive feedback to our staff. Please take a few minutes to complete our annual 5 Essentials survey to help guide our school improvement efforts. Thank you!

Crossing Guard

We are in need of a crossing guard for Thornwood Way and Thornwood Drive. Our previous guard left for another position. Please see the posting on the district website if you are interested in the position.

School Forum Invitation

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2022-2023 Kindergarten Enrollment is currently online until February 25.

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Corron 2021-2022 Yearbook now on sale through March 1st!

Middle School Intra-district transfer window 2/1-28/22

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Latest PTO Coyote Howl information

E-Learning Plan and Emergency Days

The School Board has approved an E-Learning plan that gives the district the option to offer remote learning in place of emergency days. Currently, our last day of school is Tuesday, May 24, which is the week before Memorial Day. As we move into the winter months, we want to update you on the plan for how the district will manage emergency days and e-learning days.

  • If we experience inclement weather, the first three days will be “snow days” that will be made up at the end of the school year on May 25, 26, and 27 as needed.

  • Subsequent emergency days will be remote days so the last attendance day will still be before Memorial Day.

  • If there is a long stretch of inclement weather (blizzard, polar vortex, etc.), we may split the days into “snow days” and e-learning days so as to not have too many non-attendance days in a row.

From the Health Office

Any concerns or paperwork that needs to be turned into the Health Office can be sent to this updated email address:

D303 is looking for Substitute Nurses!

Do you have a friend, neighbor or relative who has a nursing license

and is looking for work?

A D303 substitute nurse has a flexible schedule, an opportunity use their nursing skills

and work in any of our 18 district school buildings.

Many former D303 substitutes have gone on to become district employees.

Please share the following contact information:

Juanita Gryfinski, Dept Chair, D303 Health Services at 331-228-3834 or

Kristen Pozna, District Substitute Coordinator at 331-228-4924 or

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