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Ridgeview Monthly Parent Bulletin November 2018

Upcoming November Events

November 2 - Ridgeview Spirit Day

November 3 - Barnes and Noble Book Fair

November 4 - Daylight Savings Time Ends - Set Your Clock Back 1 Hour (2:00 a.m.)

November 5 - Ridgeview PTO meeting (6:00 p.m. in Commons)

November 6 - DHS Pathways cookie sales (1:30-2:00 p.m.)

November 8 - Photo Retake Day (8:00-10:00 a.m.)

November 8 - 4th and 5th Grade Music Program (6:30 p.m.)

November 15 - Muffins with Mom Last Names A-L (6:45-7:30 a.m.)

November 16 - Muffins with Mom Last Names M-Z (6:45-7:30 a.m.)

November 19 - School Geography Bee (1:15 p.m. 4th and 5th grade finalists)

November 21-23 Thanksgiving Break (No School)

November 30 - Classroom Spelling Bee Day

December 4 - DHS Pathways cookie sales (1:30-2:00 p.m.)

December 6 - Band and Orchestra Concert (6:30 p.m.)

December 7 - Ridgeview Spirit Day

Final ISBE Exemplary Designation for Ridgeview

As you recall, we were given a preliminary designation by the Illinois State Board of Education of "under performing" due to the performance of our IEP subgroup. This preliminary designation did not include student growth from one year to the next which constitutes 50% of the final designation. There are 4 performance categories that schools may fall into: Exemplary, Commendable, Under Performing, and Low Performing. Based on the complete set of data, which includes student growth percentage (SGP), we are happy to report that Ridgeview's final ISBE designation is "Exemplary." This means that Ridgeview performed within the top 10% of all schools within the state of Illinois. Educating children is a team effort and we appreciate your continued partnership in the growth and development of all of our students.

Fun Run and PTO Purchases for School

The PTO raised nearly $11,500 from this year's Fox Fun Run and we want to thank all of our volunteers and students who helped make this event a tremendous success. Through these additional funds, the PTO has been able to purchase additional classroom sound systems, document cameras for each classroom, STEM activities for each grade level, an ice machine for the teacher's lounge, and fund additional classroom supply allotments for each staff member in the school. Over the years, the PTO has provided funding for a wide array of supplemental educational materials and opportunities for students ranging from classroom technology, to special field trips and assemblies, to playground equipment. Thank you for all of your support and know that your contributions, large or small, are greatly appreciated!

Ridgeview Parents Night

I would like to thank all of our families who attended the BIST / Internet Safety presentations in October. The BIST model is focused on addressing disruptive or otherwise problematic behaviors through grace and accountability. We are planning for another BIST parent night on Thursday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m. We will provide further details as this date draws closer.

Morning Traffic Pattern

Please remember to park in the front parking lot or the side parking lot of the school and walk your child across the lot to the front sidewalk to ensure a safe arrival to school. The lane in front of the school is a bus drop off and pick up lane only. When picking your child up at the end of the day, please follow the same procedures. Park in either the front or side parking lot and walk up to the front doors of the school to pick up your child. Students may not be dropped off before 7:25 a.m. Thank you for helping us ensure safety for all students.

Versatran Bus App for Parents

We are pleased to announce a new feature for families to have better access to transportation information with the new installation of Versatrans Onscreen, a telematics GPS system that allows tracking of all transportation vehicles in real-time.

This software, which is integrated with our transportation routing and planning software, allows parents and guardians to view up-to-date information of the bus location and time to pick-up/drop-off for their students.

Access information can be found by clicking on the bus information icon while signed into PowerSchool. Please note that the bus information icon is not available while in the PowerSchool app, it is only available while in the desktop view.

When to Keep Your Child Home From School

FEVER-A temperature of 100 or over is a sure sign to keep your child home. The child must be 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medication before returning to school. Giving a fever reducer and sending them to school will almost guarantee a call from school when the medicine wears off, as well as exposing other students to your child’s illness.

VOMITING/DIARRHEA-If your child has been vomiting or having diarrhea during the previous evening, please keep them home. Consult your doctor if symptoms continue more than 48 hours or worsen instead of improving.

CONTAGIOUS DISEASE-If your child is diagnosed with a contagious disease, such as strep, impetigo or pink eye they should be on prescribed antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.

RASH- A rash is a characteristic symptom of infectious diseases. If your child has a rapidly spreading rash or any rash with fever, signs of other illness or behavioral change they need to be evaluated by a physician.

NASAL DISCHARGE/COUGH-Keep your child home if they have heavy nasal congestion and/or frequent cough. They probably feel miserable and will not be focused on school work, as well as sharing their illness with others.

RED, RUNNY EYES-If your child has crusty, red or weepy eyes with thick or sticky eye drainage please keep home until evaluated by a medical provider. Prescription medication may be needed depending on the diagnosis.

LICE-We have a “No Live Lice” policy. Keep your child home until after the first treatment is administered.

MALAISE-Any illness that prevents your child from participating comfortably in class or school activities.

Student Absences and Student Illness

If your child will need to leave school early due to an appointment or any other reason, please notify both the teacher and the office. Advanced notification will allow the teacher time to prepare for your child’s departure from the class. If your child will not be in attendance due to illness or any other reason, please email your child’s teacher as well as the office. If the office has not received notification of your child’s absence, a call will be placed to parents/guardians to confirm the absence. Any unconfirmed absence will remain unexcused.

Physical Education Excuses

A parent/guardian may excuse a student from physical education for up to two days. Any long term physical education excuse must be requested in writing from the student’s health care provider, specifying the length of time your child is to be exempted. A written note from the health care provider should be submitted for the student to resume full activities. Any child who is exempt from physical education for medical reasons will not be allowed to participate in outdoor recess activities. Re-injury on the playground could occur, resulting in prolonging the child’s healing and recovery period. A student who is excused from PE may read a book on the Fox Bench in the Commons during outdoor recess. Any child who is exempt from physical education for medical reasons will not be permitted to participate in school sponsored sports.

New Raptor Visitor Sign In Process

Dunlap CUSD #323 is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.

Ridgeview Book Fair at Barnes and Noble

Ridgeview families, please join us for a fundraiser bookfair at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, November 3. You may shop all day; just be sure to tell the cashiers at the checkouts and in the cafe that your are shopping in support of Ridgeview. There will be planned activities throughout the day between the hours of 10 and 3. Some activities in store are service dog appearances, Grinch themed storytime, a super hero dress up contest and more. A detailed schedule of events will be sent out to families at the beginning of next week. Don't forget to stop by the RES greeter's table in the cafe. Each child will get a treat to take home. You should also enjoy a cup of special Ridgeview themed hot cocoa while you're there.

Muffins with Mom

Moms play an important role in kids lives. Ridgeview Elementary PTO wants to help you show appreciation for them! Bring mom, aunt, grandma, or a dear friend/neighbor who you want to show your appreciation by enjoying muffins, fruit, coffee, juice with them before the school day.
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Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Congratulations to these students who were the winners of this year's pumpkin decorating contest! We had some incredible pumpkins brought in from our very talented and creative students. Students were in awe of them while they were on display leading up to Halloween.

Georgraphy Bee

The students shown below will be competing for the Geography Bee championship on Monday, November 19, at 1:15 p.m. The winner will be crowned the school champion and will have an opportunity to take an online test to qualify for the state Geography Bee.
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Art to Remember

Hello Ridgeview Families! Your child's personalized Art to Remember Fundraiser form is going home the week of October 29th. Orders will be in BEFORE Winter Break and make GREAT holiday gifts! Order forms are due back on November 6th. You can order online or send a check payable to ART To REMEMBER back with the order form. Have your child give the order form to their teacher and they will get it to me! If you lose your order form just email me and I can give your the online order code. Thank you so much for your support. I will be buying clay and glazes to use with our NEW kiln that the PTO so generously purchased!

Monica Wright, Art

Spelling Bee

Classroom Spelling Bees will take place on Friday, November 30. Classroom finalists will advance to the school Spelling Bee which will take place on Friday, January 18. The Spelling Bee is for 4th and 5th grade students.

Photo Distribution and Picture Re-Take Day

Photo packages are being sent home with students this week. If you did not purchase a photo package and would still like to do so, a flyer with an individual student code is being sent home; allowing parents to purchase photo packages. If you have any questions regarding your child's photos, please visit

If you would like your child's photo re-taken, please send the entire photo package to school during retake day, which will be held during the morning of November 8th. Online orders can be made at using order code: 35188TA

Ridgeview Spirit Days

Ridgeview Spirit Days are held on the first Friday of each month. The next Spirit Day will take place this Friday, November 2nd. During RES Spirit Days, students are encouraged to wear Ridgeview logo clothing or our Ridgeview colors of green and orange. PTO volunteers pop popcorn for our students; which is distributed during lunch time.

In addition, monetary donations are accepted on Spirit Days. Students are encouraged to bring in loose change to donate or to even work some extra chores around home to earn extra money. All monetary donations will be given to the Children's Home at the end of the school year.

Ridgeview students and staff have already collected $360.14!

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