Little Panther News

Info for little panthers and their families!

Issue #13, April 3, 2020

Dear Families:

The news over the past several weeks has been troublesome for all of us and it has forced us to create a "new normal". I am so impressed with all of the hard work you are all doing at home to keep our little panthers learning!

Our staff met today to begin our plan for student engagement and learning in the months to come. We are working hard to connect and support our littles during this time. We also want to support our families through learning experiences that are "do-able" and stress-free. It is a balancing act. Please know that being present with your child(ren) is the most important thing you can do right now. Make sure they know how important and loved they are. Read, play, laugh, run outside and feel the sunshine on your face! Reading, singing, reciting nursery rhymes, and playing games are all valuable learning experiences for children. Your children will also benefit from helping out around the house -- it develops and strengthens their sense of belonging and generosity.

Next week is spring break . . . no new work will be posted here. I'll let you know if there are any new stories to hear or videos to watch (I'll message you on SimplyCircle). Again, it is a great week to play! If you haven't yet looked at the "Stay-at-Home Care Package" linked below by Mrs. Bingaman, next week might be the perfect time!

Many parents have asked how they can talk to their child about Coronavirus. Easter Seals and the Illinois Autism Partnership have shared a great resource . . . check out the "My Social Distancing Story" link below. It is an easily understood story you can share with your child.

If you haven't yet watched our Little Panther Welcome Back Fall 2019 video (below), take a minute and watch with your child. From the staff at South Elementary, WE BELIEVE IN YOU!

Be safe and healthy!

Carole Fetke, Principal

"My Social Distancing Story"

A HUGE thank you to the bus drivers and food service workers for providing meals! You are all so appreciated!

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  • On Saturday, Jackson Halamka and Micah Halquist celebrate their birthday! Happy birthday guys!
  • On Sunday, David Kerr celebrates his birthday -- happy birthday David!
  • The "Little Panther News" has been viewed over 1,500 times!!
  • More than 20,000 meals have been delivered!!! Nice job Food Service and Transportation team!
  • FAMILIES . . . I want to continue to celebrate ALL of you!!! You have been doing such a great job engaging your little panthers at home! I am continually amazed by your posts on SimplyCircle showing all of the learning experiences that are happening daily! Keep up the good work!
  • Keep posting your learning experiences on SimplyCircle! We are so excited about all of the ways you are growing your brains while at home!

Shared by Mrs. Bingaman . . .

Yikes! Week #3 and we're getting bored! Is that your family? Click this link to the "Stay-At-Home Care Package" brought to you free from the Big Life Journal!!

Guest Reader . . .

Kendra reading a very fun book!

A message from Mr. Mattson . .

I will be putting some resources for our little panthers on my Watervliet Public Schools website this week. I will also have a fun challenge for students. Hope you are all well!

Mr. Mattson

COVID-19 Time!

Staff read alouds . . .

Mrs. Pratt - The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Williams
Mrs.Lanham Reads Koala Lou
Two Crazy Pigs By Karen Berman Nagel - Read Out Loud

Week #3 Work: Young 5s

Week #3 Work: Kindergarten

Week #3 Work: 1st Grade

Week #3 Work: 2nd Grade

If your child has an IEP, academic accommodations will be considered.

For support please contact your child's special education teacher:

Weekly Work Archive

CLICK HERE for the learning packets from Week #1 and Week #2

Little Panther News Archive

CLICK HERE to access previous editions of the Little Panther News

Here are some free online resources . . .

Amazing Websites for Kids!

Schools closed due to the COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak can take advantage of a multitude of free online learning resources. Find them all here.

Great writing resource!

These resources can help children continue developing their handwriting skills.

Online Kindergarten Round Up

For families enrolling a child who will be 5 on or before December 1, 2020. (Current Young 5s families do NOT need to do this process -- we have your info!).

Click the picture below for updates from our superintendent . . .