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Important Dates in February

February 5 - Progress reports and STAR reports sent home

February 9 - Virtual PTO meeting (6:00 p.m.)

February 11 - PTO Dineout Event @ Potbelly

February 15 - President's Day (NO SCHOOL)

February 17 - Dunlap CUSD 323 School Board meeting

February 23 - Kindergarten Registration (3:30-5:30 p.m.)

March 3 - Teacher's Institute (NO SCHOOL)

Family BINGO Night Friday, Jan. 29

I am hoping you will join Mrs. Barnes and I for Family BINGO night Friday, January 29. We sent home BINGO cards last week for everyone. Zoom links were emailed to families on Thursday. I am including a quick video message here to describe what to have prepared before we begin on Friday night.

The schedule will be 5:30-6:15 for K-2 picture BINGO and 6:30-7:15 for regular BINGO. Please be sure to have your cards prepared BEFORE our start time. See you Friday night on Zoom!

Future Family Game Nights

I am looking at some dates to plan 2 more family game nights for RES. This is a great way to connect virtually in a fun way given that we have so many limitations connecting in person. I am tentatively planning an RES Family Pictionary night in March and an RES Family Trivia contest via Kahoot for April. We will send out further details as plans develop.

2021 Niche School Rankings

Niche, a national research firm that provides comprehensive analysis of schools nationwide, has recently updated their "best schools" list. I am pleased to report that out of 2,250 public elementary schools in Illinois Ridgeview was ranked as the 53rd best elementary school in Illinois and the #1 ranked school in the entire Peoria area.

The 2021 Best Public Elementary Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings, and the overall quality of the school district.

STAR Winter Benchmark Reports

Teachers will send home STAR Winter Benchmark reports for students on Friday, February 5th. Kindergarten students took the STAR Early Literacy assessment while students in 1st through 5th grades took the STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments. We do use these assessments to assist us in the identification of students who need further support and/or intervention. These assessments are also one piece of the identification process for Enrichment Eagles.

Your parent reports provide a snapshot of a student's performance but, by no means, are they the singular indicator used to measure student learning. The reports provide you with a scaled score and a percentile rank. The percentile rank is in comparison to all students in that grade level across the nation that have taken the same assessment. If you have further questions regarding your child's performance, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Title I Status for Ridgeview

Ridgeview Elementary School qualifies for additional Title I funding based on the percentage of families in our school who qualify for free or reduced lunches. This funding is used each year to hire additional staff and resources to close learning gaps for struggling students. Title I resources and support for students is based solely on student performance and NOT on the basis of the income level of a child's family. This year, we have purchased a Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention system and a math intervention program called Happy Numbers. We have also used these funds to hire 4 interventionists that work with small groups of students outside of their core instruction.

What is Title I?

Title I, which is a component of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), provides financial assistance to schools to meet the needs of at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide instructional services and support to help students reach the performance expectations outlined in the Illinois Common Core Standards.

What will Title I services do for my child?

Title I will provide instructional support in Reading and Math beyond that of the regular classroom. Interventions are collaboratively planned for each child by the classroom teacher and Title I interventionist and designed to target specific skill deficits. Title I interventionists deliver these small group interventions in the classroom during the grade level intervention block when all students are either working in small groups or in center activities.

How does my child qualify for Title I services?

Students who are identified as “at-risk” and/or “failing to meet expectations” as identified by the district reading and/or math assessments, as well as classroom curriculum based common formative and summative assessments are eligible for supplemental reading and/or math services. Parents of identified students are informed and consulted concerning services and targeted interventions. While Title I funding is provided based on the percentage of families who qualify for free or reduced lunches, qualifications for academic interventions are NOT based on income in any way.

What programs and services could my child receive?

District schools that qualify for Title I services use the Title I funds to provide highly qualified paraprofessionals who provide student support through small group and individual instruction outside of the core reading and/or math instruction. Student progress and growth are monitored on a biweekly basis.

Reading interventions may include: Fundations, Read Naturally, Lexia, Intervention by Design and other research based programs.

Math interventions may include: IXL Math, Math Fact programs, Math steps, and other research based programs.

What information can I receive about those professionals with whom my student(s) interact?

As a parent/guardian of a student at a school receiving funds under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, you have the right to request the professional qualifications of the teachers who instruct your child and the paraprofessionals, if any, who assist them. You may request the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers and/or their paraprofessional assistants:

  • Whether the teacher has met state certification requirements;

  • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency permit or other provisional status by which state licensing criteria have been waived;

  • The teacher’s college major;

  • Whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees; and

  • Whether any instructional aides or paraprofessionals provide services to child and, if so, their qualifications.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or me at

Title I Parent Compact

Parent Involvement Policy

Summer School

Speaking of Title I funding, we also use Title I funds each year to offer summer school programming to help students close educational gaps. We will once again be offering a summer school program for students who qualify. We are in the beginning phases of planning this year's summer school program and reviewing our qualification criteria. We will have more information for families regarding timing, location, program description, and qualifications as soon as planning is complete.

Updated Quarantine Information

The information below will help clarify the amount of time students need to quarantine:

For students who are considered a close contact to a positive case outside of the home, the timeline is:

  • Quarantine for 10 days from the last date of exposure, with students eligible to return on the 11th day if symptom-free for the previous 24 hours.

  • Testing is recommended but not required.

  • Students cannot return earlier with a negative test.

  • If any symptoms develop during the quarantine period, that person is now considered a probable positive. In this situation testing is highly recommended. Please report any symptoms or positive test results during quarantine to the school so proper contact tracing can take place and a potential return date can be established.

If the positive is a family member within the household, the return date is generally 24 days from the date symptoms began or from the date the positive sample was taken (if asymptomatic). This will be determined on a case by case basis based on the last date of close contact and the ability to quarantine separately within the house.

There is a link on the district home page with COVID-19 information.

District Office Relocation

If you are not already aware, the district office for Dunlap CUSD #323 has relocated to a new building in the village of Dunlap. The district office is located on the corner of Route 91 and Legion Hall Road. The new address for the district office 400 S. Fourth Street, Dunlap IL 61525. The new telephone number for the district office is (309) 243-8700.

Birthday Treats

During this phase of reopening, all Dunlap elementary schools are postponing birthday treats. Dunlap elementary schools are trying to limit, to the best of our ability, items being brought into school from the outside. Your child's birthday will still be recognized and celebrated within their classroom.

Yearbook Candid Photos and Yearbook Ordering Information

Yearbook orders are due by March 17th! Please order your book online here by entering code 52700S. Books are in color and cost $15/each.

If you would prefer to pay with cash or a check, please send $15 cash or a check payable to RES PTO. Order forms will be sent home with in-person learners during the week of February 19.

Do you have a great picture of your student participating in class from their computer? Upload photos of your virtual learner in action for the school yearbook by using this Dropbox link. Here are some ideas to consider:

~1st day of school

~Where you read at home. Book selfies!

~Participating in PE


~Art projects

~Spirit days

~Children at their workstations

If you have questions regarding yearbook candid photos or yearbook orders, please email Jodi Serfling at

Counselor's Corner

The week of February 1-5 is National School Counseling Week! This is a special week focused on highlighting the services school counselors provide to their students and school community. The theme this year is "All in for all students." Elementary school counselors are an integral part of the educational team in Dunlap. They serve as an advocate to all students. Counselors play a major role in school-wide social emotional learning through classroom lessons, small groups, and individual counseling services. Elementary counseling programs seek to be proactive in design--helping students acquire academic and personal social skills at an early age. There is strong evidence that elementary schools with comprehensive, data-driven school counseling programs display higher academic outcomes compared to schools without such programs. Additionally, elementary students who participate in school counseling curriculum and group interventions have consistently shown stronger math and reading scores on state tests.

To learn more about the social-emotional lessons provided to all students this year, be sure to check out Mrs. Dando's Youtube page. The elementary counseling team has created video lessons this year to help meet the needs of both in-person and remote learners.

Valentine's Day

It seems like each phase of our school year requires thought and planning in how to navigate through Covid restrictions. Valentine's Day will be upon us soon and I wanted to share our tentative plans with you.

  • We will not have students bring and share Valentine's cards due to Covid restrictions and safety protocols.
  • Instead, we plan to focus activities surrounding the themes of kindness, friendship, or other pertinent educational concepts.
  • Activities will be planned by individual teachers. There will be no room parties as we have traditionally done in the past.

We are making this decision based on the unique circumstances here at Ridgeview, and other elementary schools may be choosing to handle Valentine's Day plans in other ways. This provides us with a great opportunity to perhaps make changes in the future that can lead to more impactful activities for children surrounding Valentine's Day.

2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. A child must turn five years old on or before September, 1st of 2021 to attend Kindergarten in the fall.

A pre-registration link can be found here. This link is also posted on our website. This pre-registration link will save time during Kindergarten Registration. This link will be available through midnight on February 21st.

Parents will have three registration options which are outlined below:

Option 1: fully remote online registration

  • Complete pre-registration link
  • Upload three proofs of residency
  • Upload your child's certified birth certificate
  • Your child's registration code will be emailed to you the evening of February 23.
  • No need to attend Kindergarten Registration

Option 2: in person pre-registration

  • Complete pre-registration link
  • Attend Kindergarten Registration
  • Present staff three proofs of residency
  • Present staff your child's certified birth certificate
  • Your child's registration code will be given to you during Kindergarten Registration

Option 3: fully in person registration

  • Attend Kindergarten Registration
  • Complete paperwork upon arrival on February 23
  • Present staff three proofs of residency
  • Present staff your child's certified birth certificate
  • Your child's registration code will be given to you during Kindergarten Registration

Please note that all three current proofs of residency outlined below and your child’s certified birth certificate must be presented before an online registration code can be provided/emailed.

*Three proofs of residency (see Dunlap District Residency Requirements here)

*Your child's original certified birth certificate

If you have any questions regarding online registration, please email or

Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Online registration for the 2021-2022 school will open to existing families on Thursday, March 11th. Please be on the lookout, in early March, for an email that will contain your child's online registration code for the upcoming school year.

Early registration plays a critical role in determining staffing needs for the next school year, so once you receive your child's online registration code, please complete the registration process.

If you have moved out of the Ridgeview attendance area and/or your child will not be returning to Ridgeview during the 2021-2022 school year, please contact the Ridgeview Office by phone 309-243-7717 or email.

PTO Dine Out Event

There will be a Dine out with Potbelly on Thursday February 11 from 5-8 pm. Ridgeview will get 25% of all carry out and drive through orders. More information will be sent out to families as the date nears.

CogAT Testing

During the week of February 8th, your child will take the nationally normed Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). CogAT is given to all 2nd and 4th grade students as well as any new 3rd or 5th grade students who were not tested last year. The test is a group-administered assessment intended to estimate students’ learned reasoning and problem solving abilities through a battery of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal test items. This is not an assessment students are able to study for and does not affect letter grades. We only ask that students put forth their best effort.

The verbal exam measures verbal inductive and deductive reasoning skills and includes items such as: verbal classification, sentence completion, and verbal analogies. The quantitative portion of the exam includes quantitative relations, number series, and equation building. The nonverbal test presents novel problems to students using geometric shapes and figures in which students must use strategies for dealing with new material.

The scores are used to guide and adapt instruction to meet the needs and abilities of the students. It is also a primary assessment used by the District to identify students for enrichment services at both the elementary and middle school levels. The exam captures information about a student’s cognitive development that is not represented by school grades or other academic measures (such as STAR).

Parents will receive a printed score report with your child’s results prior to the end of the school year.

Spring Photos

Spring Photos will take place during the afternoon of Thursday, March 12th. Only those students who pre-purchase a photo package will be photographed. Online ordering information will be made available on the Ridgeview website soon.

Chromebook Tech Support for Remote Learners

The Ridgeview website has a 1:1 Technology button that will help answer the majority of parent questions regarding Canvas FAQ, Chromebook care and Google/Chromebook FAQ. Take some time to familiarize yourself with where to go to find technology assistance.

If you are experiencing any issues with your Chromebook, and cannot find the answers to your questions on any of the tabs in the 1:1 Technology button on the Ridgeview website, please contact the Dunlap IT help desk at

Classroom teachers will not be able to support any issues with technology aside from general login instructions for district platforms.

Early Entrance Policy and Procedures

Currently, Dunlap CUSD #323 is taking applications for Early Entrance to Kindergarten and First Grade. Early Kindergarten Entrance applies to a current four-year-old who will not be five by September 1, has attended a preschool program, and parent(s)/guardian(s) believe he or she may be ready for kindergarten this fall. Early Entrance to First Grade applies to students who will not by six-years-old by September 1 but will be before December 31 and have attended a private kindergarten program outside of the district. If any of these conditions apply to your student, more information and the sign-up link can be found here on the district website. Early Entrance Applications will be accepted through April 1st, 2021. Any applications received after April 1 will not be considered for the screening dates and the 2021-22 school year.

HOI Winter Basketball Tryouts

Any student grades 4th-8th interested in building or improving their basketball skill is invited to attend upcoming HOI Winter Basketball workouts beginning Sunday, February 7 through Sunday, February.

  • Session 1 for grades 4th-6th from 1:00-2:15 (boys/girls) at DVMS
  • Session 2 for grades 7th-8th from 2:15-3:30 (boys/girls) at DVMS

There will be a strong emphasis on shooting (off the dribble, off the catch, in transition), ball handling, and passing. For more information visit This is a great opportunity to get ready for the upcoming Dunlap Basketball seasons. Last year's session did fill up, so sign up soon.

Dunlap District School Closing Information

Please look for Dunlap District 323 when school closures are announced as Ridgeview Elementary is part of Dunlap District 323.

When are decisions made?

A decision to cancel school may occur between 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. the night before school. In most instances, no later than 6:30 a.m. the next day. In an extreme emergency, we may have to announce early dismissal during the school day. Please read through Dunlap District 323 school closing information.

School closings will be communicated in the following ways:

· School Messenger Phone/Email System/Text Messaging

· TV Stations – Channels 19, 25, 31, and 43

· Local Radio Stations - All local stations

· Dunlap School District Voicemail System

· Notification on

· Dunlap Facebook page

School emergency closings could happen at any time of the year. Parents need to arrange plans with their children (a neighbor, childcare, employer, etc.) on what is expected should an emergency closing occur. Decisions for closure, delayed start or to dismiss school early are always a judgment call; however, we do use some general criteria in making such decisions.

Emergency Days and Last Day of School

The district implemented built in emergency days to be used throughout the year to ensure the last day of school could remain intact. The last day of school is scheduled for Thursday, May 27th. This will be an 11:15AM dismissal day for students and a full day for teachers.

HOWEVER, due to November 3rd being declared a holiday, after the approval of the 20-21 calendar, the last day of school could be as late as June 1st. This will only happen IF the district uses all built in emergency days.

At this point in time, the district has used one emergency day.

Below is a breakdown of the emergency days and their status:

1st Emergency Day - May 14th

  • This day was used on January 6th due to a district wide power outage.
  • School will be in session on May 14th
  • The last day of school will still be Friday, May 27th

2nd Emergency Day - May 21st

  • As of today, school will not be in session on May 21st
  • The last day of school will still be Friday, May 27th

3rd Emergency Day - May 28th

  • As of today, school will not be in session on May 28th
  • If a 3rd emergency day is used, the last day of school will be Friday, May 28th

4th Emergency Day - April 5th

  • As of today, school will not be in session on April 5th
  • If a 4th emergency day is used, the last day of school will be Tuesday, June 1st

If you have any questions, please contact the office by phone or by email.

Outdoor Recess

As stated on page 10 of the Dunlap Elementary Student Handbook, Students have planned recess periods throughout the day to provide a break from the structured academic program. Since recess usually will be held outdoors, students must dress appropriately for these play periods. As a rule, all children are expected to participate in recess when the temperature is 15 degrees or above (this includes wind chill temperatures).

Ridgeview Information

School Start Time: 7:39 a.m.

School Dismissal Time: 2:45 p.m. (2:15 every Wedensday)

K Lunch = 10:15-10:45

1st Lunch = 10:45-11:15

2nd Lunch = 11:15-11:45

3rd Lunch = 11:45-12:15

4th Lunch = 12:15-12:45

5th Lunch = 12:45-1:15