Week at Windsor 10.13.19

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

Dear Windsor Families,

We were glad to see the sun again this weekend, but the colder temperatures have taken us by surprise! Here is our Week at Windsor.

Dress for the Weather

This weekend's weather is a reminder to keep sending students ready to dress for outdoor recess. The fresh air and play is always preferred, so students will continue go outside as weather permits. It's much more fun when they are comfortably dressed for cooler temperatures. We just turned off our air conditioning and turned on the heat, so we will inevitably still face some warmer days again in October. We recommend wearing layers during these fall days!

Windsor Drop & Go Procedures

With inclement and colder weather, we see an increase in our daily morning traffic on those days. We so appreciate those who consistently follow our daily procedures. On busier days, we need families to pull all the way forward in the Drop & Go lines and not allow children to get out too early. It backs up traffic for all. If the weather is inclement and line up is inside, children can always enter the nearest door from their Drop & Go location. (Parents should not try to pull up to their exact entrance door.) As we see more traffic, we sometimes suggest everyone move up their morning routine to ensure your children are on time for school. We include our Traffic Procedures in each Week at Windsor, so please make sure any family or friends who are helping with drop off or pick up know what to do.

No Student Attendance on Monday 10.14.19

As a reminder, students do not attend school this Monday 10.14.19. The Windsor staff will be here, though, for a School Improvement Day! A focus of our work together will be to review all spring/fall school and classroom data to monitor academic progress, inform/refine our instructional goals and plans for individual students and grade levels, and engage in school improvement activities. Next week's conferences will be an opportunity for teachers to connect with parents on their child's overall progress to date.

Principal Coffees and Conversations

During these opening days/months of school, I have prioritized getting to know staff, students, and the in's and out's of Windsor School. I haven't even begun to know everyone or everything...YET! Still, I have enjoyed the journey and continue to feel so fortunate to work each day with this fantastic team of educators and your amazing children. At Curriculum Night, I shared a desire to set up a series of Principal Coffees and Conversations dates/times with parents/guardians. These first meetings are meant to help interested parents get to know me better and help me get to know/hear from all of you. This coming week, I will send out future dates/RSVP information.

Wishing you and your children a wonderful long weekend!

Warmest regards,

Piper Boston, Principal

Lindsay Anastacio, Assistant Principal

Halloween at Windsor

We would like to invite families to our school-wide Halloween Parade on Thursday, October 31st beginning at approximately 1:40 PM. (Morning Kindergarten will have their parade in the morning with their families.)

  • Students can stay at school or go home during an extended lunch period this day from approximately 12:10-1:20 PM in order to dress for the afternoon.

  • We want Halloween to be fun for all of those celebrating and ask that costumes are school appropriate. Please select costumes that avoid pretend sharp objects, weapons, blood, gore, mature content, etc.

We emailed this letter to all families. In the upcoming week, we will send a form to help us know your child's Halloween plans for school along with other specifics and key information for the day.

Parent-Teacher Conferences-Sign Up Links Close Sunday 10/20

Here is our Windsor Parent-Teacher Conferences letter with all teacher sign-up links.

  • Fall conferences are scheduled for Thursday 10/24 and Friday 10/25. The conference times on Thursday include morning, day, and evening 20-minute appointments. The conference times on Friday only include morning appointments.
  • If you are unable to make an in person time on our two conference days, you may sign up for a phone conference or email teachers to schedule a phone conference during their regular school days/hours of 8:15 AM to 3:45 PM.

We look forward to seeing many of you during our fall conferences!

Fifth Grade Robert Crown Parent Night 2019

The upcoming Fifth Grade Robert Crown Parent Night will take place on November 12, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Dunton Administration Building (1200 S. Dunton Ave.) and will inform you on the health and drug prevention education programs (Puberty I- Understanding Changes, Life Begins, and the Science Behind Drugs) your child will experience this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Melanie Zenisek, Science & Social Studies Coordinator at MZenisek@sd25.org.

School Safety Drills

Unannounced Evacuation Drill

We will have an unannounced evacuation drill this week with the Arlington Heights Fire Department as part of Fire Prevention Month and our annual safety drills and procedures. Here is a flyer from the AHFD as a reminder for annual home safety tips.

This will be the last of all our planned safety drills for the fall!

School Access/Arrival Door Entrances

School Access

We want to remind all parents/guardians that your only school access is through our front door/main entrance, unless specifically directed otherwise for unique school activities. You cannot accompany your children into the school through any of our other doors for any reason, even during arrival time. You must consistently enter through the main entrance and stop at the front office. We will ask your name and business in visiting the school. All staff will approach any adults (even parents) without visitor badges and have them immediately exit the building. We appreciate your support in following these important procedures and making our school safe for all.

Kindergarten and Fifth Grade Arrival Door Changes

This letter was sent to Kindergarten and fifth grade families last week explaining some changes we are making to those students' entrance doors during arrival time starting next week. We are sharing with all so that you know our main entrances in the morning. On inclement weather days, children can enter the nearest doors to their car from the Drop & Go and walk to their classrooms.

Fall Assessment Updates

Here is a previously sent district assessment letter for your reference.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered to all third and fifth grade students in the fall. Children began testing last week. Results will be sent home later this fall. We will alert families in advance.

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

Third, fourth, and fifth grade students took the IAR test last spring. The state sends us individual test results in the fall. Current fourth and fifth grade students will be going home with their spring IAR results this Friday, October 18th. If you prefer not to have your child's test results to go home with her/him via backpack on Friday, please contact Mrs. Kathie Avvisati at kavvisati@sd25.org by this Wednesday. You can pick them up from our school office after school on Friday or anytime next week from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Any grades 3-5 new students or students being progress monitored received NWEA MAP assessment reports on Friday, October 11th.

Windsor PTA

Calendar Updates

We have updated our website calendar (always featured below in each Week at Windsor) with key events. Below are key immediate and future dates.

  • Monday 10/14-School Improvement Day (No Student Attendance)
  • Thursday 10/17-District 25 BOE Meeting @ 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday 10/22-Windsor PTA Kindergarten Activity Night @ 6:30 PM
  • Thursday 10/24 to Friday 10/25-Parent-Teacher Conferences (No Student Attendance)
  • Thursday 10/31-Windsor Halloween Parade @ 1:40 PM (Classroom Parties to Follow)
  • Wednesday 11/6-Picture Retakes
  • Thursday 11/7-Windsor PTA First Grade Activity Night @ 6:30 PM
  • Monday 11/11-Windsor Veteran's Day Breakfast and School Parade (Morning)
**Looking Ahead**
  • Thursday 2/6-Windsor Book, Science, and Engineering Fair @ 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday 2/12-Valentine's Day Classroom Parties
  • Thursday 2/13 to Friday 2/14-Parent-Teacher Conferences (No Student Attendance)
  • Thursday 4/16-TMS Incoming Sixth Grade Orientation @ 7:00 PM for Parents/Students
  • Thursday 4/30-Windsor K-5 Open House @ 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday 5/6-SMS Incoming Sixth Grade Orientation @ 6:30 PM for Parents/Students

We encourage you to keep referencing our school calendar, as this preview does not include all Windsor happenings!

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.

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.

Windsor Website

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.

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.