Week at Windsor 12.15.19

Looking back and ahead at Windsor news and happenings...

Dear Windsor Families,

Hoping this weekend's message finds you well! We survived Friday the 13th and then some! Here is ourWeek at Windsor.

PTA Thank You!

Our PTA supports our school in many different ways. We so appreciate the different volunteers who assist with our LMC, classroom copying, assessment schedules, etc. in addition to serving on many different PTA committees and planning various events to benefit our school. Special thanks to the Windsor Cares Committee and families who have donated towards gift cards and food pantry items to provide a small boost to our school community at this holiday time of year. We will be sending out more information for a Thursday 12/19 evening 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Windsor winter break food pick up for any interested families.

Holiday Spirit Week

We are really looking forward to a festive learning week ahead. We have been sharing our Holiday Spirit Dress schedule. On Friday, we will have an opportunity to meet with each grade level for some cozy reading and holiday fun!

Monday (12/16) - Wear your holiday red

Tuesday (12/17) - Dress in your best festive blue

Wednesday (12/18) - Wear your favorite holiday PJ’s

Thursday (12/19)- Dress up like an elf day or wear a holiday hat

Friday (12/20) - Wear your favorite holiday sweater

It is difficult to believe this will be our final 2019 week of school with your children. The Windsor team is ready to make it a great one for all!

Piper Boston, Principal @PrincipalBoston

Lindsay Anastacio, Assistant Principal @lindzana

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Be a Part of Something Great! ABC/25

Ever wonder where those Coding Dash and Dots, BeeBots and Portable STEM Carts came from...grants made possible by the ABC/25 Foundation! The ABC/25 Foundation is a non-for-profit organization founded by a group of caring parents to give A Better Community for District 25 by fostering innovation, creativity and excellence in our schools. Over the past 24 years, the Foundation has raised and contributed over one million dollars to fund numerous projects and grants for District 25 which directly impact students and teachers!

Are you a member of the ABC/25 Foundation? If not, you're missing out on an amazing way to support the D25 schools! Proceeds from the $40 family memberships go directly to fund grants that allow D25 teachers and staff to access tools and resources that aren't available through curriculum budgets. Learn more about the wonderful things ABC/25 is doing in our community at www.abc25.org and become a member here! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to ABC/25 Windsor Liaison, Elyse Coval at elysecoval@hotmail.com.

ABC/25 Get Burbed! Challenge

There's still time! We'd love for you to submit your designs for this year's ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge poster and t-shirt. Any District 25 student can participate! Your design could be featured on hundreds of posters and t-shirts around town.

Click here for the official rules and entry form. All entries are due by December 18, 2019. We can't wait to see your creative designs! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram for the most recent race updates.

Lost and Found

We will set up our Lost and Found starting this Tuesday, similar to other times, as it has already piled up! You can encourage your child to visit our large blue cabinet in the Commons anytime if he/she seems to be missing an important item.

We will pack up unclaimed Lost and Found items during the Winter Break and donate them to a local organization.

Illinois 5 Essentials Survey

Here is a previously sent letter explaining the Illinois 5 Essentials. Fourth and fifth grade students will take the survey some time in January/February after we return from the Winter Break.

Please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ to take the parent survey. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Customer Support at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

Dress for Winter Weather

Students should come to school appropriately dressed for outside weather, whether it be for morning arrival time or recess. We will always ask children to put on their coats/winter accessories when temperatures are below 60 degrees. (We stay inside when "feel like" temperatures are below 0 degrees.) We can only send students outside in what they wear to school. Please double check and reinforce your expectations for your child as they go outside during school hours. We appreciate your support!

December Assessments

The District 25 assessment window for the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and FastBridge open on December 2nd. Students will be testing throughout the weeks leading up to Winter Break in both reading and math. Classroom teachers will help children know specific testing days. Here is a previously shared assessment overview letter with grade level information for your reference. Getting a good night's sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, and coming to school on time help children be their best and maximize their learning potential every day. The District window closes at the end of December, so NWEA MAP results will go home with children in January.

Windsor PTA

Thanks to all who attended our PTA Holiday Celebration!

District E-Flyers

This link features different community information for all District 25 families. It is good to regularly check out this link for various events and activities.

District 25 Food Service

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor's Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

District 25 2019-2020 Calendar Dates

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor Twitter Feed

We will never only use Twitter to communicate happenings but this is another wonderful way to follow reminders and various Windsor happenings. We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor Website

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

District 25 Parent-Student Handbook

Our District 25 Parent-Student Handbook is always shared as part of each year's online registration process. Typically, we will highlight sections throughout the school year. Here is a link for families to reference anytime. https://www.sd25.org/cms/lib/IL01904427/Centricity/Domain/24/2019-2020%20-%20UPDATED%207-23%20936am.pdf

Wildcat Way and Mission

We value our Windsor community that is strengthened by diversity, inclusion, and a growth mindset.

  • We believe in a kind, safe and responsible community because our students are important.
  • We believe in designing lessons that promote inquiry, academic risk taking, and flexible thinking.
  • We believe in supporting cultural, emotional, social, and academic diversity.
  • We believe in working collaboratively as a school community for continuous improvement in a trusting environment.