Friday, May 13, 2022
We had a great week at Lester! It was fun to spend time in the sun and enjoy the warm weather. Thankfully next week will be a bit cooler. Please be sure you are sending a water bottle with your child each day.
We will have most of our MAP testing take place next week. If for some reason your child misses a MAP test, they will complete makeups the following week. Please remind your child to charge his/her ipad each evening.
As my letter earlier in the week stated, our students will participate in Erin's Law next week at some point. Information about what will be presented was in my email from Monday.
As always, we are truly thankful for you and all you do!
Enjoy your weekend :)
Sharing MAP scores with students
In prior MAP administrations, students' scores were displayed on the screen immediately after they completed the assessment. While we believe it is important for students to understand their performance on assessments as it relates to their achievement and growth, we also want to ensure that the information they view is provided with context and support from their teachers and families.
Beginning this spring, students will no longer see their scores after completing the MAP tests; the scores will be sent home to families with report cards in June. In some cases, teachers may discuss scores with students as part of goal-setting or reflecting on the school year. If this does occur it will be part of a contextualized activity rather than simply displaying the student's score for them. This slight shift is a district-level change for this spring based upon feedback we have received from several past MAP administrations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Justin Sisul, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction.
Water Safety Awareness Day
LESTER PTA FAMILY SURVEY
Lester PTA Parent Survey 2022
The mission of the Lester PTA is to engage and empower the students, families and teachers of the Lester community. Through generous donations of your time and talents as well as your financial contributions, we are able to support and enhance our kids' educational experience.
Education Foundation invites District 58 to Ukrainian aid fundraiser
Looking for a direct and safe way to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine? A local Downers Grove (Ukrainian-owned) company has direct ties to Ukraine through a network of family and is partnering with several Downers Grove nonprofits and businesses, including the Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58, to collect humanitarian aid for Ukraine!
The Education Foundation invites District 58 families and staff to participate in the Ukrainian Aid Medical Supplies and Medicine Drop-off Event on Saturday, May 14 from 5-7 p.m. in the parking spots of 5122-5128 Main St., Downers Grove (adjacent to Wasabi) where a tent and truck will accept your medical supply and medicine donations. Can’t make it? Several Downers Grove nonprofits and businesses are placing donation boxes in their storefronts, and will deliver the donations to this effort.
Please click here to learn which items are being donated, where the satellite donation boxes are located, and more information about this effort. Thank you for your help!
PLEASE REVIEW PROCEDURES FOR ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL!
A Look into Leopard Learning
Dates to Remember...
Week of May 16 & week of May 30: Erin's Law Presentations
Wednesday, May 18: PTA Meeting (IN PERSON) at Lester 7:00
Friday, May 20: PTA 6th Grade Party 3:00-5:00 in gym
Thursday, May 26: Family Reading Night on blacktop at 7:00
Monday, May 30: NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day
Friday, June 3: PTA Daddy Daughter Dance (Info to come from PTA)
Wednesday, June 8: Last Day of School until 11:30 am (6th grade clap out at Door 5)
REPEATED INFORMATION BELOW
District updates COVID-19 case notification process
Looking for COVID-19 case notifications? As shared in the last Communicate 58 newsletter, District 58 shifted the way it reports cases to families. Until Jan. 11, principals sent daily emails to families informing them of positive staff and student cases, including student grade. While we have received positive feedback around this level of communication, we have also heard from families that the volume of emails is high, and that parsing this information in paragraph form may not be the most efficient way for families to be kept informed.
To that end, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2022, the District stopped sending daily COVID-19 notification letters to families. Instead, the District updates its COVID-19 Dashboard with this same information on 4 p.m. each school day. The dashboard continues to have weekly totals, but we added two new pages that include daily counts for staff and students. The new dashboard screens show daily cases in each school by grade level. You can navigate the multiple pages of the dashboard by clicking page numbers at the top left of the dashboard.