Freeman Mustangs Newsletter #3

August 23, 2020

Material Distribution Pick Up for Virtual Learning

As we prepare for virtual learning beginning Monday, August 24th, we have scheduled a drive-thru process for families to pick up essential materials needed to support all students in grades PreK-5th grade. This includes manipulatives and resources students will need for their learning. Kindergarten material pick up will look different as Kindergarten teachers have been making appointments with their families for specific pick-up dates and times. On Monday, August 24, there will be no synchronous (live) instruction from 1:00-2:45 pm as many teachers will be a part of the material distribution. Pre-recorded lessons will be posted. Details regarding this process are listed below:


  • PreK and Grades 1-5:

    • Monday, August 24th from 1:00-3:00PM and 5:00-7:00PM

    • Tuesday, August 25th from 3:00-5:00PM

  • Kindergarten ONLY::

    • Monday, August 24th- Thursday, August 28th- by appointment only

Other Items to Bring Back or Pick Up:

  • Drop-off completed medical forms for the year (physicals, immunization records, etc.)

  • Return books from the LMC

  • Swap out devices for any students in Grades 1-4, pick up devices for any new students

  • Materials left over from the spring will be available

  • PTA will have a table with some supplies to help your at-home learning experience

Pick Up Process:

Pick up will be from the gym doors. Please enter the back of the building off of Glenwood (playground area). You will follow the traffic flow towards the back gym doors. Canopy tents will be set up for each grade level where staff will be anxiously awaiting to get your child(ren) their materials and see lots of new and familiar faces. Please have your child(ren)’s name(s) and homeroom teacher ready to share or write it on a piece of paper so a staff member can call it out upon your arrival. If you are unable to come during the allocated times, please let your child’s teacher know and we will look to make other arrangements.

We look forward to seeing you next week and working with you this school year!.

Upcoming Events

  • First Day of School: Monday, August 24, 2020
  • Material Distribution Pick Up: Monday, August 24, 2020- 1:00pm-3:00pm and 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Material Distribution Pick Up: Tuesday, August 25th, 2020- 3:00pm-5:00pm


Tomorrow (Monday) is the big day and we want to see you! Show us your first day photo by submitting it to our school Facebook page at J H Freeman Elementary School. In lie u of a traditional morning picture at Freeman, we've put together a 1st day of school photo frame:

Morning announcements will be sent out via Seesaw each day by Ms. Dvorak and/or Mrs. Righter. There will be special guests stopping by as well from time to time. One of the things we do on Fridays is sing the Freeman School Song. Lyrics to follow along can be found below and will be sent out with announcements through Seesaw. This week, we will be singing them everyday as we practice our school song!

Student Attendance in Virtual Learning

With the nature of virtual learning, there will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning sessions, including scheduled small group sessions. All live sessions will be recorded and will be made available to students and parents if they are unable to attend. On a daily basis for student attendance, we will be assuming positive attendance for each student. If a student is not present for a live lesson and/or does not engage with assignments on Seesaw throughout the day, the student will be marked absent. Staff will maintain communication to follow up on items that may have been missed during the absence.

If a student is unable to participate in virtual learning for the day, please contact the office at 630-301-5002 to report their absence.

Updated School Supply Lists

School supply lists have been updated to identify items that will be helpful to have at home for the Virtual Learning Experience. Please note that many items are the same for different grade levels and can easily be shared by siblings. You likely may already have some of the supplies at home.

SD129 Food Distribution: New sites added

West Aurora School District 129 is proud to announce that the current food distribution program will continue to be served daily, Monday-Friday, from 10 am-1 pm. Starting on August 24th, we will be now hosting 11 sites for food distribution, including Freeman Elementary School.

As a reminder, all district students are eligible for free meals daily.

What is a Mustang Mindset?

At Freeman we have a Mustang Mindset. We display the mustang mindset through respect, responsibility, and a right attitude. When we show the 3Rs, mustangs are ready to learn. This school year we will be sharing a Mustang Mindset each week through Ms. Dvorak and Mrs. Righter's morning announcements. We will talk about how we can work to display those mindsets, include lessons, and even read alouds.

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Simply the Best!

We may be biased, but we feel that our staff is simply the best. They have been working tirelessly this week to prepare for our students learning this fall. Thank you Freeman staff!

Pictured here: Mrs. Ward is tech savvy for Kindergarten!

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