Peterson's News


Good Evening,

This week we finished our benchmark assessments for all students. These assessments for reading and math along with classroom assessments help our teachers to better understand the students' strengths and areas of need. Knowing this information allows our teachers to differentiate and group students so that the students can continue to learn and grow.

Our Orange Ruler Fundraiser kicks off tomorrow! You will receive more information about the fundraiser tomorrow through an email and a flyer. Please look for information from your child's teacher about incentives for the grade level this coming week as well!

Alli Landstrom

PTA Updates

  • ORANGE RULER FUNDRAISER: Our annual fundraiser will kick off tomorrow, Monday, September 20th. Please check your child's folder Monday evening for important information. We appreciate your support!

  • SEPTEMBER DINNER NIGHT: Please join us for our next dinner night at Panera Bread

    Wednesday, September 22nd from Open-Close at the Showplace Drive Location. See flyer below.

  • SAVE THE DATE: Save the Date for Peterson's Movie Night! Friday, October 1st under the stars on the blacktop.This is a rain or shine event

  • SOPHIA STRONG! Sophia Miller is a 5th grade student at Peterson currently battling cancer. We will be hosting a special dinner night at McDonald's (Rte 59 location) on Thursday, October 14th from 4pm-8pm. All proceeds will be donated to Lurie Children's Hospital.

  • REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM: Reflections is a program sponsored by the National PTA that encourages students to express themselves creatively through art. This year's theme is "I WIll Change the World By...". Deadlines for submissions will be announced shortly, stay tuned! Further information can be found by going to the site listed below.

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Coat Drive

The Indian Prairie Parents’ Council is asking you to Share the Warmth with your friends and neighbors by donating new or gently used, clean coats of all sizes (infant through adult plus size), in addition to other winter accessories (boots, hats, coats, scarves, snow pants, etc.). We will have a box labeled "Coat Drive" in our lobby for the winter items. The items will be collected from September 20 – 30 and distributed to families in need within our district in early October. Please make sure zippers are in good working condition. If you have any questions, please contact your local unit or

Boundary Committee Meeting

The boundary committee will meet on Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 pm at Still Middle School, located at 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. The committee will continue evaluating various boundary adjustment scenarios. A series of community forums will be held in November to obtain feedback on boundary proposals that are yet to be created. The boundary committee meetings are open to the public for observation. To learn more about the boundary process and to review materials or watch the video from each meeting, visit 2021 Boundary Committee

Listen and Learn with Dr. Talley

Dr. Talley will hold three Listen & Learn sessions with the community starting Monday, October 4 at Fischer Middle School from 7 – 9 pm. In the sessions, Dr. Talley will share information about the district as well as his goals. Community members will have an opportunity to share their feedback on what works in the district, what is not working, and what specific suggestions they have for what is not working. Information gathered during these sessions will help the superintendent in planning for the future and may be used as part of the strategic planning process that will start later in the school year. RSVP here for the October 4 Listen & Learn Session.

Additional Listen & Learn sessions will be held on Thursday, November 6 at Granger Middle School and Tuesday, December 14 at Crone Middle School.

If you have questions regarding the Listen & Learn sessions, please contact Lisa Barry, Executive Director of Communication Services, at

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Sophia Miller - #SOPHIASTRONG

Please make sure you support our October 14th dinner night!! The Peterson PTA will be donating the proceeds of our October 14th dinner night at McDonald's to Lurie Children's Hospital in Sophia's name. We hope to see you there and are grateful for your support!

Important Dates

  • September 20 - Orange Ruler Kick-off

  • September 22 - PTA Dinner at Panera

  • October 1 - Movie Night

  • October 6 - Orange Ruler Money Turn-in

  • October 8 - Orange Ruler Fun Run

  • October 11 - No School in observance of Columbus/Indigenous Peoples' Day

  • October 14 - PTA Dinner Night at McDonald's all proceeds to Sophia Miller

  • October 14 - PTA Meeting

  • October 15 - Spirit Day