The Little Viking Newsletter

February/March 2016


Unbelievably, the school year is already half way over! Second semester is the time in which we see the most growth from the students. Review of the previous year has taken place and students are being introduced to new concepts on a regular basis. Students are putting together several skills and are focusing on application. Even though performance on standardized tests is important, we don’t want students to just be able to perform in a rote manner. We want them to make connections, and to apply learning to everyday life.

We are also already looking forward to next year! Appointments are now being taken for our Kindergarten and Preschool screenings to take place March 14-17. All Tri-Valley children turning 5 before September 1, 2016 who will be entering kindergarten next Fall will need to be signed up for a kindergarten screening. All Tri-Valley children who turn 3 on or before the dates of the screenings are encouraged to participate in our preschool screenings. (Children already enrolled in the ECE or Pre-K classrooms DO NOT need to be rescreened.) To schedule an appointment for your child to be screened, please call the Tri-Valley Elementary office at 378-2031.


Sara Burnett, Principal

Tri-Valley Facebook Page!

If you have not already done so, please "like" our Tri-Valley Facebook page! It is a great way to see what is happening throughout the district!

3rd Grade PARCC Testing-Very Important!!!

The PARCC testing (which replaces the ISAT exam) will be administered this year from March 7-15. Our 3rd grade students will be testing 1 hour each day for all 7 days. It is vital that all students are in attendance during these days. Please do not schedule doctor or dentist appointments or vacations during these two weeks. The PARCC will be given annually to all students attending Illinois public schools in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. At TVES, students in 3rd grade will be tested in the areas of reading and mathematics.

National Blue Ribbon Nomination

As you may have heard, Tri-Valley Elementary has been nominated to receive the National Blue Ribbon Award by the US Department of Education. The school was nominated by the State of Illinois and this year only 16 schools in Illinois have received this honor. At this point, I am working with Ms. Warnock and Mrs. Christensen on completing the application, which is due in mid-March. We will then find out if TVES will be awarded the National Blue Ribbon in September. The entire staff at TVES is excited about this nomination and looks forward to joining the small list of distinguished schools to receive the National Blue Ribbon Award. It is truly an honor to be recognized for doing the job we love!

5 Essentials Survey

The State Board of Education requires each school district to complete a survey entitled the “5-Essentials Survey”. This is a state-wide survey that all districts are required to administer. The results of the survey are included in our school report card. There are numerous aspects of our school that we need to highlight so that prospective parents and the State of Illinois know that TVES is a special place to begin our young children's academic career. We ask that parents take time to complete the survey. Here is the web link to access the survey. Many of you completed this survey last year and we appreciate your time and input. The survey is open until March 11. Please take a moment and complete this survey if you have not already done so.

Updates and Reminders

  • Information regarding school closings or early dismissals due to severe weather may be obtained by checking the following: WJBC AM 1230, WBNQ FM 101.5, WEEK/ Channel 25, Our Website, and School Messenger Phone Calls and Emails
  • Please make a plan for early dismissals. Make sure your child knows what to do in case of an early dismissal. It is sometimes difficult for students to respond to last minute messages.

  • Please remember that we need a note if your child is doing something different at the end of the day. Sometimes children get their days confused and think they are to be picked up when they are not. If a parent is not here when the bus comes and we don’t have a note, the child will ride the bus. The more informed we are, the better!

  • With the weather turning colder, please be sure to put your children’s names inside every jacket, coat, hat, and mittens. Every year we donate a large number of items that were never claimed from the lost and found. If the temperature or wind chill is below 20 degrees or if there is precipitation, the children will have recess in their classrooms.

Calendar Of Events

February 2: PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the ES library

February 8-12: Book Fair

February 12: Valentine's Day parties at 10:00, early dismissal at 11:40

February 15: No School

February 23: Fundraiser delivery-tentative date

March 5: School carnival at the MS

March 7-15: PARCC Testing for 3rd grade only

March 14-17: Little Viking School and Kindergarten Screening

March 21-28: Spring Break

Summer Mini Camps and Full Daycare

Interested in summer mini camps or full daycare for your children??? This will be an exciting addition to our elementary programming. The students will be able to attend weekly enrichment mini camp programs which will last 2 hours each morning from 9:00-11:00, or the children may attend full daycare from the hours of 7:00 am-5:00 pm. More information will be coming out soon regarding both programs.

Upcoming Events

April 18-22: 1st and 2nd Grade Stanford Testing

May 3: Kindergarten ABC Program at 6:30 in the HS Commons

May 5: 1st and 3rd Grade Spring Music Program at 7:00 in the MS Gym

May 6: Early Dismissal at 11:30, School Improvement Day

May 20: Track and Field Day

May 24: Last day of student attendance (If no snow days are used!) Play Day in the morning and the awards program at 1:00 in the big gym. We will dismiss at 1:40.

May 25: Teacher Institute (If no snow days are used!)