Ferson Creek eNews

December 13, 2019

From the Principal...Kristy McKnight

Thank you to all of you who have participated in our annual 5Essentials Survey. We are up to an 18% participation rate! If you haven't filled it out, please take the time as your confidential participation helps to guide our improvement efforts. The survey window is open now through February 14, 2020. Please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey. Your feedback is appreciated!

The Ferson community did an amazing job supporting both the Big Hearts of Fox Valley and the Salvation Army with our toy donations! Families and kids in the St. Charles area will have a brighter holiday season because of your generosity. Thank you for your support during this season of giving!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kristy McKnight

Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteers play an important part in our school community. Whether you help out in a classroom, the office, as a booster, in a fine arts program, or in another capacity, we appreciate you giving your time and talent to Ferson Creek Elementary.

For the safety and security of our students, staff members, and other visitors, District 303 is now asking that anyone who regularly volunteers in our school or chaperones an overnight school trip follow a volunteer protocol. The protocol includes signing a volunteer liability form and completing a background check, including fingerprinting, through the Kane County Regional Office of Education.

The Regional Office of Education is located at 28N. First Street in Geneva. Appointments can only be made online at www.kaneroe.org. To be fingerprinted and processed as a volunteer for District 303, the fee is $40. Checks may be made payable to the ROE.

Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe.

Next week from Monday, December 16th-Friday, December 20th, we will be collecting items for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, Illinois. There will be labeled boxes in the front foyer of the school with grade levels and items so you will know where to place your items. Items to be collected are:

  • Preschool Liquid hand soap
  • Kindergarten Toilet paper
  • 1st grade All purpose cleaner (ex. Mr. Clean, Pinesol)
  • 2nd grade Towel sets (bath, hand, washcloths or kitchen towels)
  • 3rd grade Toilet bowl cleaner
  • 4th grade Glass cleaner
  • 5th grade Kitchen garbage bags

Lost and Found

Please encourage your student to check the lost and found.

Coats, water bottles, mittens, books...remember to check during the winter party as well.

All items will be donated to charity at winter break.

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Holiday Classroom Celebrations

Excitement is building as holidays and winter break approach. Please remember during this time of merry that items brought in to share at school must be from the approved snack list.

Please see the most recent list below or visit snacksafely.com.

Any questions can be directed to the classroom teacher.


View your student's art for this year and through the rest of elementary. Artsonia is the World's Largest Student Art Museum and so much more. It's a free, safe, educational program designed to connect families with their child's creative activities at school. View, like, comment and even purchase gifts with your student's artwork on it! Some of the proceeds return back to the school! Please look for the flyer sent home for the secure access. Feel free to contact Lauren Kruse at lauren.kruse@d303.org for questions and more information.

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Upcoming Dates

  • Tues. Dec. 17 - Band / Orchestra Concert
  • Dec. 23 - Jan 6. - Winter Break
  • Tues. Jan 7 - school resumes
  • Thurs. Jan 16 - 5th Grade Choir Concert
  • Wed. Feb. 26 - 1st Grade Sing (more info to come)
  • Thurs. March 19 - 3rd Grade Sing (more info to come)