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
Fun Run and PTO Purchases for School
Ridgeview Parents Night
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
Muffins with Mom
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Distribution and Picture Re-Take Day
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 www.inter-state.com/order 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!