Nothing But November

Haskin Elementary School- November 2022

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Important Upcoming Dates


2nd - Erin's Law

3rd - Kindergarten Hoover

3rd - 5B's HOP Fundraiser Pick-Up

4th - Erin's Law

7th - Fall Picture Retakes

7th - H.O.P. Meeting

8th - No School - Election Day

9th - Cake Roll Delivery

10th - 1st Grade Bicycle Safety

11th - Veteran's Day - Wear Red, White and Blue

11th - End of First Trimester

18th - Report Cards Sent Home

21st - 11:10 AM Dismissal

21st - Parent/Teacher Conferences 12-8 PM

22nd - Parent/Teacher Conferences 8-12 PM

23rd - No School - Non Attendance

24th - No School - Thanksgiving

25th - No School - Non Attendance

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When: 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31st.

Where: Around the Haskin building, families can stand in the grassy knoll in front of the school building

Who: Parents/guardians and siblings are welcome to observe the parade

Classroom Parties

The classroom teachers have coordinated Halloween parties. Due to limited space, only designated adult helpers who have been approved as volunteers will be able to accompany the students back to the classrooms for the parties. Please note that we are unable to approve last-minute volunteers.


Due to our new district handbook treat policy (seen below), we will not have treats during our classroom parties. Food items must be preapproved by the nurse and will be sent home for consumption.


If you plan to send your student to school with a costume, the following expectations will be required:

  • Students will change into costumes after lunch and must be able to put on independently over their clothes.

    • If a student's costume includes a mask, it will not be able to be worn while at school except for a picture and the parade.

    • Please limit costume accessories, as these can potentially serve as a distraction to our daily learning. Weapons (play swords, knives, guns, etc.) are not allowed.

Veteran's Day

On Friday, November 11th, we will be honoring our local service members with a Veteran's Day assembly. We are excited to host veterans and active service members on this important day. Please encourage your students to wear patriotic clothing or camouflage on November 11th.

Thank you to those that have turned in a star with your Veteran's name on it to include on our Honor Wall. If you need an additional star, please click here.

Parent Teacher Conferences

What: Our annual conferences are an essential opportunity to collaborate with your child's teacher regarding his/her progress in school. Conferences are an excellent opportunity to strengthen the connection that has already been established between the school and home.

When: November 21st and 22nd

If you have not scheduled a time with your child's teacher, please contact them as soon as possible.

Before the conference:

  • Spend a few minutes talking to your child. You might:
      • ask what they would like you to talk about with the teacher
      • ask what they think the teacher will say
      • ask about the things they like, don't like, their problems, and their successes
      • let them know that after the conference, you will discuss what the teacher said

    Reflect and think about things that you'd like to discuss with your child's teacher.

    During the conference:

    Keep an open mind. Remember that both you and the teacher want to help your child succeed.

    • Ask to see your child’s work. There’s no better way to see how your child is progressing.
    • Ask the teacher to explain anything you don’t understand. Every profession has its own jargon, which can be hard to understand.
    • Sum up what you think has been said. Make sure you and the teacher agree on any decisions you have made about your child. If necessary, ask to meet again.
    • Ask for the best way to contact the teacher. E-mail? Phone?

    Share the following information about your child with the teacher:
      • Favorite subjects
      • Outside interests and hobbies
      • Any medical or health needs
      • Things happening at home that may affect school work- moving, divorce, new sibling, changes in schedules, etc.

      After the conference:
      • Stay in touch with the teacher.
      • Contact the teacher if you think of a question you didn’t ask.
      • Talk with your child. Stress the positive things the teacher said and talk about suggestions for improvement.
      • Plan with your child how to carry out these suggestions

      Student Fees

      We want to send a reminder to all families that it is time to pay your student fees for the 2022-2023 school year if you haven’t already done so. To check your status or to make a payment please follow the steps below.

      • Login to Tyler

      • Fees and billing will be located on the left side of the screen.

      • Click on fees and billing then select online payment at the bottom right corner of the screen.

      *If you have multiple students, you can toggle between students by using the drop-down arrow at the top middle of your screen.

      We ask that all families complete payment on their student fees by Thursday, December 1.

      Nurse's Desk

      November 14th is World Diabetes Day

      In the United States, about 30 million adults and 200,000 people under the age of 20 have diabetes. Here are some website resources for Diabetes:

      Dental Reminder:

      Completed Proof of School Dental Exam forms are required for current Kindergarten and second grade students by May 15th. If you are unable to obtain the required dental exam, please complete the Dental Exam Waiver Form.

      Flu season is here!

      Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone who is 6 months and older. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Visit for more infor

      News On Repeat

      substitute teachers needed

      Did you know you can make $120 a day as a substitute teacher?

      The Sandwich School District needs your help! Please consider joining us as a substitute teacher. You can create a work schedule that fits your availability through the use of our Frontline app. Earn $120 a day and work WHEN YOU WANT.

      Please click here for more information.

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      We are excited to welcome volunteers back into the building this school year. If you are interested in helping out in your student(s) classroom, you must first complete the district Volunteer Packet. You may access this document by clicking here. If you would like a paper copy of the Volunteer Packet to fill out, please get in touch with our main office at 815-786-8812, and we will send a copy home with your student!


      Our first newsletter included a link to access the student handbook for the 2022-2023 school year. We encourage you to read through the document and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. It is a lengthy document that covers a wide variety of topics. Therefore, I wanted to highlight a significant change from previous school years related to our "treat policy." We are no longer allowing food treats to be sent to school. Please read the updated policy below.

      Celebrations and positive reinforcement are an important part of our district’s culture of supporting students. Often students bring treats or snacks to school to share on special occasions. Due to food allergies and other health concerns, we do not permit students to bring in food items or treats to school to share. We would like to encourage healthy eating habits and promote non-food items such as pencils, stickers, bookmarks, or other small items in place of food treats. Curricular activities involving food will be dealt with individually. Safety provisions will be set up for food or environmental allergies on an individual basis.


      On November 2nd and 4th Haskin will host professionals from Safe Passage into our classrooms to speak with our students about Erin's Law. Please read over the information below. After reviewing the provided information, if you would like your student(s) removed from the classroom during Erin's Law presentations, please let your student(s) teacher know.

      What is Erin’s Law?

      Erin’s Law, or Illinois Public Act 097-1147, requires public schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education for children in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades.

      How is Erin’s Law taught at Haskin?

      In order to meet the requirements of Illinois Public Act 097-1147, Haskin utilizes a local community resource called Safe Passage. Safe Passage social workers provide age-appropriate instruction that will help students recognize unsafe situations, keep themselves safe, and how to respond to unsafe situations. This year, Safe Passage's staff will visit each classroom and deliver an in-person presentation. Common themes instructed at all grade levels include:

      • Identifying safe versus unsafe or unwanted touching
      • The Safety Rule About Touching (The Touching Rule): Private areas are not for others to touch, except to keep a child clean and healthy
      • Understanding the difference between good and bad secrets

      Any further questions regarding Erin's Law?

      If you have further questions regarding Erin's Law, please click here to view additional information provided by Safe Passage. Once you've reviewed the information provided by Safe Passage, if you have additional questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the main office at 815-786-8812. If you'd like to opt your student from Safe Passage's Erin's law presentation, please contact your student(s) teacher and let them know.


      Now that lunches are no longer free for everyone, the balance can add up quickly. Please check your students account balance on the Tyler Parent Portal to make sure your student has a positive balance under Meal Service Balance.
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