Friday Focus

April 29, 2022

In this Issue:

  • A Message from Marcie
  • MAP Testing Schedule
  • Volunteer for Field Day - 5/27
  • Erin's Law
  • Bathroom Changes
Don't miss the PTO Spotlight!
  • THIS WEEKEND - Staff Appreciation Chalk Decorating
  • Movie Night (5/15) - Registration Now Open!
  • School Supply Kits on sale NOW thru June 1
  • K-1 Math Night (5/11) - Volunteers Needed
  • Save the date - Moms Night Out (5/23)
  • Order a 2nd to last day of school lunch Ice Cream treat
  • Join a PTO Committee for 2022-2023 school year
  • Final PTO Zoom Meeting - Wednesday, May 25th @7pm
  • Check out the "In Case You Missed It" section for prior info

A Message from Marcie

Happy Friday, South Park!


Next week, we will begin our final administration of MAP testing. Please see the schedule below and make sure to send your child to school with a fully changed device for testing.


In addition, we will be celebrating the incredible South Park Staff for Staff Appreciation Week next week. We are so fortunate to have the most exceptional staff supporting our hard-working students each and every day. Thank you, in advance, for helping us recognize each of these invaluable staff members. We are so lucky to have them on our team at South Park!


Have a wonderful weekend!


-Marcie

MAP Testing Begins Next Week

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Volunteer for Field Day - Last Chance to Sign-Up

South Park's Field Day will be held on Friday, May 27th.


Field Day Volunteer Form


Field Day Times:

  • Grades 3/4/5 - 9:00-10:50 (Volunteer shift - 8:40-11:00 a.m.)
  • Grades K/1/2 - 1:25-3:15 (Volunteer shift - 1:05-3:25 p.m.)



**** If you are unable to volunteer this year, but wish to help support South Park's Field Day, we would love your help in making and delivering Water Balloons for the event.

Thank you for your support!

Mr. Jeremy Sheldon
jsheldon@dps109.org

Erin's Law

Dear Parents and Guardians of Elementary School Students,


Erin’s Law (House Bill 6193) was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, 2013. This law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12. District 109 partners with Childhood Victories, Inc., an organization founded by Victor Pacini who is a motivational speaker and a survivor of sexual abuse. Speakers from Childhood Victories, Inc. provide programming for our students that teaches them basic skills to keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. The program, Be Seen and Heard 2.0, is developmentally appropriate, interactive, aligned with learning standards, and will cover the following topics:


  • Distinguishing safe from unsafe touches

  • Safety rules at home and school

  • Saying “NO”

  • Secrets

  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches them

  • Telling a trusted adult


The staff from Childhood Victories, Inc. will be presenting to our elementary students on the following dates:


  • Wilmot: Monday May 9th

  • South Park: Monday May 9th

  • Walden: Wednesday May 11th

  • Kipling: Wednesday May 11th


Parents can view Victor Pacini’s parent video to preview the concepts of the Be Seen and Heard 2.0 program.


Requests to Opt-Out: If you prefer that your child opt-out of this prevention education session, please email your child’s school principal by Friday May 6. Please also feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns.


Sincerely,


Joanna Ford

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

847-945-1844 x7229

Bathroom Changes

Illinois HB156 provides that menstrual hygiene products shall be made available in bathrooms of every school building that are open for student use in grades 4 through 12 during the regular school day. Dispensers have been installed in all bathrooms at the middle schools and are in the process of being installed in the elementary schools. This measure allows for free and equitable access to products for all who use the bathroom facilities, while also creating a supportive school environment for all 109 students. If this prompts questions for your child, we would encourage you to discuss it at home.

Important Dates

May 4 - Kindergarten and PreK Music Concert @ 6:30 pm

May 11 - Math Night 5:00-6:45 (RSVP here by 5/1)

May 17 - Kindergarten Round Up

May 27 - Field Day

June 1 - 5th Grade Picnic

June 2 - 5th Grade Variety Show

LOOKING TO OPT OUT OF NEXT WEEK'S SHIELD TESTING?

This opt-out will be for testing on Thursday, May 5/5.


Fill out this Google Form prior to 7 AM on THURSDAY, 5/5.

*Please note that if you have consented but want to opt out of a week, you must fill out the form every week.