Panther News

October 24th, 2021

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A Note From Mr. Christ

Dear Paddock Families,

We are looking forward to a busy and exciting week at Paddock School that will be culminated with our Halloween parade and classroom parties on Friday. You may send your child to school in their Halloween costume on Friday so that they do not need to change when they get to school. Please see the Halloween information below for the schedule of activities and to answer any questions you may have regarding costume wearing. We are excited for this fall celebration after a busy few months of learning.


Jason Christ



On Friday, October 29th, we are looking forward to bringing back our Halloween parade and classroom parties. Students are allowed to come to school in a costume or fall-themed clothing. To ensure your child is comfortable throughout the school day, we highly encourage simple costumes that can be worn over clothes and removed easily and independently as learning will commence following the Halloween/fall activities.

As a reminder - per the Student Handbook: Students are permitted to wear costumes on Halloween as long as their attire complies with the student appearance policy and meets the following set of expectations for a school setting:

  • Children should not wear bloody, gruesome, or especially scary costumes. Costumes involving fake blood are not allowed.
  • Actual weapons, look-alike weapons, toy weapons or weapon-like objects are not allowed.
  • Masks that cover the face and head are not allowed.
  • Costume make-up is allowed provided it does not cover the student’s entire face. Staff members must be able to identify students.
  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype about someone’s culture, gender, heritage or religion are not allowed.
  • Reminder: Students are expected to wear a face covering/mask to school each day.

While we know this is not the same Halloween experience as we have offered prior to COVID – we are trying to bring a level of familiarity and fun to the children during this Halloween season while also ensuring safety protocols are adhered to.

We appreciate your cooperation with these guidelines and can’t wait for all the fun next week has to offer!

Friday, October 29

  • AM K party - 9:00-9:30
  • Parade - 9:30-10:00
  • All grades party 10:00-11:00
  • PM K parade 12:00-12:30
  • PM K party - 12:30-1:00

Parade Route

The 9:30 Halloween parade will go around the school grounds, starting at the front doors, going towards the playground, up past the car loop cul-de-sac, and then back to the front doors. The PM kindergarten parade, at 12:00, will start on the west side of the playground (near the basketball hoops) and head back towards Mrs. Lascon's room on the east side of the playground.

Please see the letter below for additional details. Reach out to your student's classroom teacher with any questions.

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Up

Please use the linked document to sign up for your student's parent-teacher conference. Conferences are 20 minutes long and will be held in-person, at Paddock School unless otherwise requested. The conference schedule is:

  • Monday, November 22nd from 12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 23rd from 7:30am - 11:30am

Contact your child's classroom teacher with any questions.

Picture Retakes

Picture Retake Day is in the morning on Tuesday, October 26th. If your child needs to have a retake, please return all pictures from the original picture day to the photographer. If you placed an order on the original picture day and your child was not able to make it, the picture company has records of what you purchased. If your child is in PM Kindergarten or is always virtual, please contact the Paddock main office at 847-963-5800, to let them know you will be coming in that morning. The photographers will only be at Paddock School until 11:00.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Chris Kane at

Have a great day.

Paddock Multicultural Week

This year, in lieu of doing an evening multicultural event, the week of November 15th-19th will be Multicultural Week at Paddock School! Students have the option to create a variety of different projects that represent their culture to be put on display in the hallways of Paddock. Displays will remain up through Parent-Teacher conferences for everyone to see. Please review the flyers below to see how your child can participate in this exciting event!

Virtual Book Fair

The PTA has organized a virtual book fair for Paddock students and families that runs through Friday, October 29th. Follow this link to shop for books. The books will be delivered to the school on November 4th and be given to classroom teachers to distribute. Not only will your family get some wonderful new books, the Paddock library will receive a percentage of the profits! Please see the flyer for additional details.


Please make sure you are sending at least 1-2 additional clean masks with your child each day. These masks should be well fitting and cover both the student's nose and mouth without the student needing to continually pull the mask up. Having a well fitting mask is imperative to keeping our students safe and limiting close contacts, should a positive case arise. Thank you for your help in this.

Safety Drills

Monday, October 25th will be our next scheduled Fire Drill. Teachers will review the safety expectations and procedures with their students prior to the drill. This will be our last Fall safety drill.

New Family PTA Liaison

The Paddock PTA has a new family liaison! This parent will help in welcoming new families and is available to answer questions a new family to our community may have. Please see the attached flyer for additional details.

Reflections Art Contest Extended

The deadline for entries into the Reflections art contest has been extended through Thursday, October 28th. The theme is “I will change the world by…". There are multiple categories to choose from: Dance, music, film, photography, literature, visual arts and special ed.

Participation in the arts:

  • Promotes self-expression and self-confidence
  • Builds critical thinking, fine-motor, visual and language skills
  • Develops problem-solving abilities
  • Builds cultural awareness
  • Supports collaboration and social-emotional development

BPAC Workshop

On November 3rd, the Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) will be hosting a workshop on the influence of social media on kids. The presentation will be in Spanish and held virtually, on Facebook live, from 6:30-8:00.

Please reach out to Renee Urbanski,, with any questions.

Box Tops

The General Mills Box Tops program has officially moved to digital submissions (replacing paper Box Tops). Please click on the flyer and follow the directions on how to submit Box Tops that earn your student's classroom money!

District 15 Job Fairs

District 15 will be hosting job fairs looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays
  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!
  • Full time Program Assistants
  • Office and Library Clericals
  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians
  • And more

Job fairs will be held on:

  • Monday, November 1, 2021
  • Monday, December 13, 2021
  • Monday, January 24, 2022
  • Monday, March 7, 2022


  • Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067
  • Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at with any questions.

PTA Volunteer Opportunities

Please review the available PTA volunteer opportunities and sign up for as many as you’re interested in helping with. The committee chair in charge of the event will contact you. The events are subject to change depending on District COVID guidelines.

Health Office

If your child has a Health Care plan for asthma or an allergy OR has medication they need to take at school, please make sure you read the linked documents and get in contact with Mrs. Pool, our Paddock nurse. You can reach her at 847-963-5802 or

Paddock Spirit Wear

Fridays will be Panther Spirit day at Paddock. To show school spirit, every Friday we encourage students to wear blue, yellow, or their favorite Paddock shirt. Additional Paddock Spirit Wear is available for sale at I can't wait to see everyone's school spirit!

Join The Paddock PTA!!

Paddock's PTA is an organization of families and teachers working together to provide an enriching learning environment for our students and a welcoming community for our families. Your PTA membership is used to host school activities, student programs, and school assemblies. It helps our families connect with each other, know what’s happening at Paddock, give parents opportunities to volunteer and provide support to our teachers. The more members our PTA has, the more good we can do.

To join the PTA please visit the Paddock PTA website.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • October 29th - Halloween Parade and Parties
  • November 3rd - PTA Meeting @ 7:00
  • November 22nd - Parent Teacher Conferences @ 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • November 23rd - Parent Teacher Conferences @ 7:30am-11:30am
  • November 24th-26th - No School