News from Jane Addams School

December 15, 2020

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December 2020

Dear Families:

Thank you to our students, families, and community members for all your support during these challenging times. We had a very successful material pick-up in November for our virtual learners and most all items have been collected from our school. If you still have not collected your child's next math book or other supplies, they remain at Jane Addams and are available daily from 7:00-3:30, our normal office hours.

Meanwhile, we are looking forward to welcoming back our in-person learners on January 5th. Please remember to send your child with their self-certification lanyard and water bottles as well as their Chromebooks they have been using for the Adaptive Pause. Monday, January 4th is a Teacher Institute Day and students will still be on their holiday break during this time.

As students return either in-person or virtually, we can not stress enough the importance of student engagement in both synchronous and asynchronous learning. I am so proud of our teaching staff and the learning progress that is being demonstrated by all our students. It is critical your child attends school and keep up with assignments and meet with daily all their teachers.

Thank you,

Amy Molinsky

Jane Addams School Principal

Health and Human Growth in D15

Dear Parents,

Health and Human Growth is part of our D15 curriculum at all grade levels. We have had several questions in regard to providing instruction for our health curriculum during our unique 2020-21 school year. We understand that some of our schools provide this instruction in gender specific classrooms and that due to the advent of not being in our schools, this is not possible at this time. Additionally, conversations surrounding puberty and other sensitive topics are best done while in a traditional classroom or in smaller virtual meetings. However, we also know that because our students at home may not have privacy, this is not the best scenario for delivery of this content.

We have asked our teachers to provide lessons that relate to food, personal care and general wellness as part of the distance learning instruction. These will meet the guidelines for health during our distance learning. Topics that are “sensitive” will not be addressed during distance learning.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Thank you,

The Department of Teaching and Learning.

ACCESS Assessments in 2021

Each year District 15 students who are English Learners are provided the ACCESS test. These assessments measure the English language proficiency level of your child in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. All students who qualify for English language support are required to be administered this assessment regardless of whether or not they are currently receiving direct programming support or have refused services for the 2020-21 school year.

This year, we will conduct the test in person, and so all English learners, both virtual and in person learners, will be asked to test during the months of January and February. Last week, a letter was sent home to families requesting families indicate if your child is not able to come in person to take the test. If so, we kindly ask that you please email the Principal ( or Assistant Principal ( at Jane Addams to share your reason for not testing (ISBE requires this documentation). We also included with the letter a space to indicate that your child would not be participating. If not testing is a necessary option for your child, you can simply return this letter to Jane Addams.

It is important to note that students who are English Language Learners who do not participate in this assessment will not have the opportunity to reclassify or exit ESL programming and will for certain continue as English learners in the 2021-22 school year (of course those who refuse services may continue to do so).

Please let your child's teacher or the school office know if you need another copy of the testing notification for your child.

Thank you.

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