Wild Rose Elementary

January 1, 2021

A note from Mrs. Solomon

Happy New Year Wild Rose! Welcome to 2021 where we have the opportunity to create new ideas, reach new goals, and continue to grow as community and always be better!


Our elementary staff will participate in professional learning and collaborting in their team PLC's on Monday, January 4th.


On Tuesday, January 5th our in-person learning students will return to Wild Rose and our remote students will continue and return to their remote learning classrooms, starting at 8:00 am and ending at 1:40 for 1st-5th Grade students and Kindergarten will return to their hours of 8:00 am to 10:15 and 11:25 pm to 1:40 pm.


Below are reminders of our protocols for in person learning. Also be on the look out for information in regards to kindergarten regisration for the Fall of 2021.


I hope you all had a wonderful rejuvinating winter break! Looking forward to great 2021!


This newsletter at a glance:


  • Winter Dress
  • Student self-Certification
  • Materials
  • Technology
  • Masks
  • Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • LRC Check-out Procedures
  • PTO Highlights of 2020
  • COVID Assistance
  • D303 Meal Distribution
  • Dental Reminder
  • Wild Rose Important Dates


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out. My email is theresa.solomon@d303.org


Mrs. Theresa Solomon

Principal, Wild Rose Elementary

Winter Weather and Outdoor Conditions

Students will be going outside for multiple reasons: recess, mask break, walk break, and physical education.


We want to be sure that our students are dressed appropriately for the cold winter temperatures and the snow.


Students will go outside as long as the "feels" like temperature (temperature factored in with wind chill) is above zero.


Students will only be allowed in the snow if they have the appropriate clothing, otherwise they will be asked to remain on the blacktop for play, as to prevent their shoes and pants from becoming wet.


Please be sure your children are dressed for the winter weather and LABEL their items:

  • Warm coats
  • Hats
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Snow pants
  • Snow boots
  • Scarf


I highly encourage students to bring their winter gear in a reusable shopping bag labeled with their name on the bag and the items they will be wearing.

Student Self-Certification

Prior to your child arriving at school, you will need to certify that your child is free from Covid symptoms. This is a two step process:



  • Step 1: Log-in here, using your HAC credentials. Answer the questions honestly. If you receive the green "you are good to go" screen, your child is clear to come to school. You do not need to print the green ticket.
  • Step 2: Initial your child's luggage tag (that we will be providing you) signifying your completion of the online form.

We have provided every student with a luggage tag and a weekly dated insert. This tag should hang on their backpack and serves as a quick way for teachers to check that children have been certified, prior to them entering school. Children who are not certified will not be allowed in school until they are certified. Teachers will have the students replace the weekly insert on Fridays, prior to them leaving for the day. If your child is absent on a Friday, feel free to just flip the previous week's insert over, date and initial it, and we will replace it with a new tag when they return to school.

Materials

In-Person Learners


You will need to bring all of your school issued materials with you to school:


  • Technology
  • Math books
  • Math Manipulatives
  • Handwriting Books
  • Supplies


If there are materials that you brought home prior to our pivot to remote learning at Thanksgiving, please be prepared to bring your materials back to in-person learning with you. You may need to take some time this weekend to begin collecting your itmes for school on Tuesday.


Remote Learners

If there are materials that you need to pick up from Wild Rose the office will be open on Monday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


If during the winter break you deconstructed your usual working space. Begin to gather the materials and prepare your space to be prepared for remote learning on Tuesday, January 4th.

Technology

If your child has a school issued device, they should bring it charged and ready to go each day of school.

Masks

We will be wearing masks most of the day, it is important that your child packs at least one, if not two, clean masks in their backpack. If their mask gets wet or dirty, we want to make sure we have a new one for them to use. Keeping a baggie of extra masks in their backpack will help tremendously during the day! Students do not wear their masks when they are outside for a break or physical education, but they are always welcome to keep them on if they feel most comfortable.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

ARRIVAL


  • Students should be ready to exit the car when pulling up to the curb
  • Students can exit their car on their own and then stand on a paw print for certification check. If they need assistance staff will help
  • It is best to have students exit out the right side of the vehicle
  • Please slowly pull out of the curve drive once your child(ren) has left the vehicle to allow for other families to drop-off
  • Please do not exit your vehicle to assist. If you have other family members helping with this process please share these guidelines.
DISMISSAL


  • Our car-riders, walkers, and first wave of bus riders are all dismissed at the same time.
  • PLEASE have your name placard on your visor (this makes it easy to read from far away, as well as can be pulled down at any time) It can be clipped onto your visor or held by rubber band.
  • Please pull as far as possible in the curved drive to allow for additional cars to pick-up
  • Your child(ren) will walk to you if you pass them in the drive.
  • Students can wait for you to drive into the front curve and we recommend siblings stand together. Please encourage your children to find one-another to help with the process.
  • Students can enter cars that are stopped and pulled into the front drive. Students ARE NOT allowed to enter cars on the side of the building without supervision. They can enter cars on their own and a staff member can assist with the car entry if needed. Our staff have been opening doors to help with efficiency and ability to move, but it is not required
  • If there is a large gap in front of your vehicle and your child needs to buckle please pull forward within the lot to allow for child safety and other student pick-ups.
  • Once your child is safety in your vehicle you may pull out of the curved drive and exit the parking lot.


Thank you for all doing your part!


We appreciate your cooperation as we work to make arrival and dismissal as safe and efficient as possible.


The new procedures are outlined below and include visuals to support the explanation of the process. I am asking you to shift your thinking about dismissal to mirror that of arrival, in that you have a pick up window, not one designated time that you need to be on site to pick up your child.


These procedures were developed in conjunction with the Kane County Sheriff’s department and our Facilities department, as there are significant concerns regarding the traffic flow around the building.


Our morning arrival is very smooth and students are dropped off in the window of 7:45 to 8:00 am. Consider thinking about after school in the same way a window from 1:40 to 1:55 pm. Everyone does not have to arrive at 1:35. It takes approximately 10 minutes to get everyone through the drop-off line. Just be patient and all will go smooth.


The YELLOW arrows represent the BUSES and their flow, the RED arrows represent the CAR RIDERS .


Please pay attention to the street location that car riders are entering (Ferson Creek). Cars on Red Haw are asked to turn onto Ferson Creek Rd., then Oak Ridge Ln, and last onto Thornly Rd..


CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE MAP


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VcyWrt76ig9OG5NMMprEtiYqPyxD8ZIHMK1KzZ5lfgA/edit


By creating this one lane of traffic we have only one lane entering into the car loop as well as an understanding of the flow of traffic. It is imperative that we follow the rules and SLOW DOWN. This traffic pattern is also new for students and our walkers need to adjust. We will have additional staff supervision on the east side of the school to help students that need to cross the street.


Please do not park across the street or on back streets for students to walk to you. Parking in different areas creates safety issues for our students and drivers. If we can commit to following this pattern the timing is minimal and all families will have a safe and stress free dismissal from school.

Snacks

Elementary students will not be allowed to eat in the classroom during instructional time. Teachers may provide a break, including while outside, for students to eat a snack.


Flip top/straw water bottles are helpful as they typically prevent spilling and are easier to access with masks.

Lunch

Students are able to eat lunch in the cafeteria and gymnasium. There will be no more than 45 students in each area, with lunch supervisors present. Students will be socially distanced by at least 6 feet.


  • Students will need to wash hands prior to eating lunch.

  • Supervisors will distribute hand sanitizer to students after they are done eating. They can also choose to wash their hands in the bathroom.

  • Two classrooms will eat the cafeteria and two classrooms will eat in the gym.

  • Tables will be labeled with class codes, like we are used to, and they will also be color coded.


  • When students enter the cafeteria they are to report directly to a seat. Seats will be marked where a child can sit.

  • Students who are bringing lunch from home should individually carry their lunch into the cafeteria.

  • Once the lunchbox is opened and food is ready to eat, a child may take off their mask and place it in the plastic box for their mask.

  • When students are done eating, they are to put their mask back on.

  • Students discard their trash when they are dismissed to outside for recess.

  • Students ordering hot lunch will be called by table color/class up to grab their sacked hot lunch.

  • The tables will be cleaned and sanitized prior to and after a student's lunch time.

Students will be supervised by lunch supervisors while eating lunch and by their classroom teacher or other certified staff member when outside for their recess.

Wild Rose LRC Book Check-Out Procedures

Print Books


  • Students will place books on hold through Destiny library catalog, once logged in using their google account, or by non-electronic means.

  • LRC staff will pull books from shelves and deliver them to students’ classrooms.

  • Students will return book/s to designated bins outside of the LRC as part of their morning routine.

  • LRC staff will empty bins each morning and place books in “quarantine” for at least four days before returning to the shelves.

  • LRC staff may also bring a selection of books to primary classrooms for students to check out. Students will touch only books they wish to check out.


Digital Books

  • Once logged in students can check out or hold ebooks through Destiny (our online library catalog) or Axis 360.

Wild Rose PTO HIGHLIGHTS of 2020

Thank you Wild Rose PTO you have done so much for us already for all classrooms in-person and remote! Take a look at this year's highlights.

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Dental Reminder !

Students in kindergarten, second, sixth and ninth grades must submit evidence of a dental examination by May 15th of that school year. Dental exams must be completed within 18 months prior to May 15th.
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Wild Rose Dates to Remember

Monday, January 4 - No School for Students, School Improvement Day for Teachers

Tuesday, January 5 - Students return to in-person or remote learning classrooms

Tuesday, January 12 - PTO meeting 6:30 PM - Zoom Link will be shared at a later time