Friday Focus

February 18, 2022

In this Issue:

  • Guidance about the Removal of Masks
  • Spirit Friday Info
  • 1st and 2nd Grade Music Concert Videos
  • Art Show Save the Date - Thurs, Mar 10
  • Ongoing Reminders


Don't miss the PTO Spotlight!

  • South Park Yearbook NOW ON SALE! Deadline is MARCH 18th!
  • Restaurant Day @ Culver's - Thurs, Feb 24
  • Bingo Night - REGISTER NOW! - Sun, Feb 27
  • Marla's Lunch - Ordering available through June
  • Sign up to Volunteer for Fun Lunch
  • Send Pictures to the Yearbook - before MARCH 18th

Guidance about the Removal of Masks

Hello, South Park families:


With the district’s announcement this morning about moving to a mask recommended environment starting on Wednesday, February 23rd, we are asking each family to talk to their children about their mask expectations. Some students, families, and staff will choose to transition away from masks, while others will continue to wear the mask. The goal at South Park, and in all schools in District 109, is to maintain the focus on teaching and learning. We respectfully request that you not reach out to your child’s teacher with your masking preferences, as they will not be enforcing any individual expectations. Below is some additional information that may assist you in the conversation.


Addressing the Change:

  • Explain to children that rules about masks have changed and that whether to wear the mask or not is a family choice.

Respecting Everyone’s Choice:

  • School is an emotionally safe place for everyone, and it will remain that way.

  • All children should be encouraged to promote kindness no matter others’ choices. They should be reminded that families have different circumstances that may be impacting their decision to mask or not mask.

  • Children should not question or try to persuade another to change their decision. Any disrespectful comments/behaviors towards others based on their choice to mask or not mask is unacceptable and will be addressed immediately.

Physical Health & Safety

  • Schools will continue to have students practice good hygiene, including washing or sanitizing their hands regularly.

  • Distancing practices will be maintained in classrooms and at lunch.

  • If students do not feel well, they should stay home.

  • If a child tests positive for COVID, they still need to isolate.

  • Shield testing and testing for symptomatic individuals will continue to be offered.

  • If you have specific health and safety concerns about your child and believe they may meet the criteria for home/hospital instruction, contact Joanna Ford at jford@dps109.org

Social-Emotional Health & Safety Considerations:

  • If a child is having difficulty understanding, or if they are feeling nervous or anxious in any way, they should be provided space to individually talk about their feelings with a trusted adult. School staff will be ready to offer support. Some examples are as follows:

    • For children who are shy or have social anxiety, the mask may have offered another level of security.

    • Masks have been talked about synonymously with safety, so some children will need support to feel comfortable about the abandonment of masks.

    • Some children, particularly adolescents, have reported feeling less self-conscious about body image while wearing the mask.


Thank you for your ongoing flexibility and support.


-Marcie

School resumes on Wednesday, February 23rd. Enjoy the long weekend!

1st and 2nd Grade Music Concert Videos

1st Grade Flakes Rescheduled
2nd Grade Patriotic
Big picture

Ongoing Reminders:

Kindergarten Registration

February 23 7:30AM-2:30PM

February 24 12PM-6:00PM

February 25 8:00AM-2:00PM


5Essentials Parent Survey

Our parent response rate is 5% for the 2022 Illinois Parent Survey. South Park needs 20% of our parents to respond in order to receive a report.

Important Dates

February 21 - No School - President's Day

February 22 - No School - Institute Day

February 23-25 - D109 Kindergarten Registration

March 10 - K-2 Art Show @ 6:00 pm

March 16 - 3rd Grade Music Concert @ 6:30 pm
April 6 - 5th Grade Music Concert @ 6:30 pm
April 27 - 4th Grade Music Concert @ 6:30 pm
May 4 - Kindergarten and PreK Music Concert @ 6:30 pm

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

This opt-out will be for testing on Thursday, February 24th.


Fill out this Google Form prior to 7 AM on THURSDAY, 2/24.

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