John L. Sipley Weekly Newsletter

Week of January 13, 2014

I believe that all parents hold big expectations for the role that schools will play in the life chances of their children. They all harbor a large wish list of dreams and aspirations for their youngsters. All families care deeply about their children's education and hope that their progeny will be happier, more productive, and more successful than they have been in their lives."

In Beyond the Bakesale. By Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, and Davies.

I found a great graphic on failure. Learning from failure is good. It is OK to may mistakes. We try to reinforce this mindset here at school.

Cold Weather Procedures - Please read the cold weather procedures found on our district website. If interested, put the link below in your favorites. The link contains a current "feals like" temperature that we will look at around 11:00 each day to determine if the weather conditions are suitable for outdoor recess.

Twitter Users

Parents, Twitter is a great way to share information. Sipley School has a Twitter account. I host that. I share school related information and highlights. Consider following us @SipleySchool.


The safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority. Drivers need to take great caution around our school. New Illinois Law requires hands-free phone usage now. Illinois law also restricts phone usage in school zones. If you are on a phone within our school zone, you will be asked to get off your phone and reminded of the law. Drivers need to follow traffic patterns around our school. If you do not want to wait in the line for pick-up, find an alternative place for pick-up, such as the parking lot near the ball field on 83rd Street or the cul-de-sac on Leawood Court. It is not okay to pick children up near our pick-up lane after school from any place other than a legal parking space on the street or from the pick-up line. If anyone is found driving wrecklessly, we will give the license plate number to the Woodridge Police Department. Parents, if you see any driver driving in an unsafe manner, we have been advised by Officer Bean to immediately call 9-1-1 and give them a plate number and description of the vehicle.

Study Island - The expectation is that students in grades 3-6 accumulate Blue Ribbons in Study Island, which is something they work on outside of school (for the most part). Please allow your child time to work on Study Island, as your family time allows.

Here is a Glance at the Week Ahead

Monday - Board of Education Meeting - JJHS at 7:30 pm

Wednesday - STP Market Day Pick-up - 5:30 - 6:15 pm - Sipley Gym

Remember - No School on Monday, January 20 in rememberance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.