What's Up Winnebago?

March 2019

From the office

BREAKFAST: If your child is getting breakfast they need to be in line and ready to go at door 1S at 8:30am. Breakfast is served until 8:45am, finished or not, all students are required to be in their seats in class at 8:50am. If your child is not getting breakfast, please do not allow them to come to school before 8:30am. There is no staff on duty until 8:30am.

ABSENCE: This year when your child is marked absent and we have not heard from a parent, we will be sending out a Robo text stating that your child is absent and to call the school. Please make sure that if you call or email your child's teacher, that you also call the office before 9:30am to report your child's absence.

DAY TIME PICK-UP: If you are having someone that is not a parent pick up your child during school hours please email the office or send a letter with your child stating who is picking them up, the date and time and sign the note. Remind the person picking up that they need to come into the office to sign them out. They must be over the age of 18 and show their ID.

VALUABLES: Please make sure that your child is not bringing anything valuable to school. The school is not responsible if something is lost or broken during school hours. We also do not allow cellphones or electronics in the school. If they are seen they will be sent to the office and an adult will have to come to the school to pick it up from the office.

VOLUNTEERS: In an ongoing effort to improve the safety and security of our students, we please ask that if any adults are planning to help out at school in a classroom or go on a field trip, to bring your photo ID into the office to be copied. It needs to be handed in at least 2 days before the day you are going to be volunteering.

PICK-UP & DROP-OFF : Thank you for your continued help and patience with the morning and after school pick-up and drop-off procedures. Please be aware of the new street signs that line Greenway Drive for "bus only" areas and please remember that there are no U-Turns allowed and that there is a State law that prohibits the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving in a school zone. Please remember that it is our teachers and staff outside helping with drop off and dismissal. They are working hard to keep your children safe. Part of their role is ensuring all parents and visitors are following Winnebago procedures. If you need another copy of the rules, feel free to ask a staff member or the office. Teachers and staff will be asking you and guiding you to follow the rules. We ask that you continue to treat them with respect and understand they are just doing their job. Thank you for your help and support as we continue to navigate the safest way to get your children to and from school.

Attendance Madness!

Starting on Monday, March 11th we will be hosting Attendance Madness! Be the grade to have the least amount of absences each week and your entire grade will move on! The two final grades will win an AWESOME experience!
Week 1:
Winnebago Staff Vs. Pre-K students
Kindergarten students vs. 1st grade students
2nd grade students vs. 3rd grade students
4th grade students vs. 5th grade students

4 of those "teams" will move on to week two and our final week will be the week we come back from Spring break!


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Parent Survey - Please complete this quick survey before Friday, March 15th!

PARENT SURVEY : If you have not completed our Parent Survey, please click on link and complete this short survey. http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

Classroom Fun

Kid's Heart Challenge

On February 19th Mr. Battaglia hosted our Kid's Heart Challenge Kickoff assembly!
Winnebago is working together to help raise money for the American Heart Association.
During the assembly he challenged the students to raise $2000!! Let's have some fun, get healthy and help raise money for a great cause! Some students could even win some pretty awesome prizes for all of their hard work raising money!
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Click on the title above to read all about what Marquardt Middle Schools new Preforming Arts Center (known as the PAC) is doing for our students and our community!
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Note from the Nurse

It is not too early to start making an appointment for your child’s school physical and dental exam!

According to state law, all incoming kindergarten and 6th grade students must submit a school physical with updated immunizations on the approved Illinois form prior to the first day of school. This physical examination shall not have been given more than one year prior to the first day of attendance for that school year.

In addition, all Illinois children in kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades are required to have a dental exam by a licensed dentist, and must turn in the Illinois Proof of Dental Examination Form before May 15th of the school year. The examination must have been completed within 18 months of the May 15 deadline.

Head lice reminder:

It is the parent’s responsibility to check your student for head lice on a regular basis, it is recommended to do this on a weekly basis. The most common symptom of head lice is itching and head scratching, particularly at night. If you find evidence of lice, it is your responsibility to treat the condition, and your child cannot return to school until treatment has been completed. Many treatment remedies are available at your local pharmacy.

Vision and Hearing Referrals:

If you received a referral letter from your child’s hearing or vision screening, it is very important that you follow up with your pediatrician (for hearing) or eye doctor (for vision). Please take the referral form that was mailed to you to the doctor and return it to school as soon as possible once completed.

Have questions? Contact the health office.

Thank you for your donations to Gentle Barn

We hope that you have enjoyed reading “Charlotte’s Web” with your family. It’s such a classic story that reminds us of valuable life lessons that apply to all of us. One of the biggest ideas of this classic story was how one simple act of kindness has a way of growing into something even bigger that touches many others. We are proud to say that happened here at Winnebago with our fundraiser for the Gentle Barn. With combined donations, Winnebago will be sending $236.64 to the Gentle Barn to help the rescued farm animals there. Feel proud of what you have done to care for the animals! Rest assured that money will be put to good use to continue helping the rescued farm animals have a chance at a better life! Bless you all!
- Mrs. Werkmeister

Important Dates and Information from our PTO

· Mar 1 - No School - Institute Day

· Mar 8 - Movie Night - Incredibles 2 (doors open at 6pm)

· Mar 8 - Spirit Day - Superhero Day

· Mar 19 - March PTO meeting 6:30pm - school library

· Mar 25 - Mar 29 - Spring Break

• Apr 1 – Classes Resume

· Apr 5 - Spirit Day - Earth Day (wear green & blue)
· Apr 5 - 5th Grade baby pictures due

· Apr 12 - Picture Day
· Apr 12 - Yearbook Orders DUE

· Apr 16 - April PTO meeting 6:30pm - school library

· Apr 19 - No School - Good Friday

Box Top Winners- 1st grade with a total of 430 box tops! GREAT JOB 1st GRADE!

Big Thank you to all the volunteers for helping at book fair and for all the dessert donations for parent teacher conferences.

Anyone that would like to volunteer to help with Spring Pictures please email, Charlene @ cepikul@hotmail.com.
Do you have any school photos you would like to see in this years Yearbook? Email them to winnebagoyearbook@gmail.com by April 5th!
The Winnebago PTO

Staff Member of the Month

We would like to celebrate our Winnebago staff members and share their successes with everyone!
Congratulations Mr. Meyer!! His calm demeanor in challenging situations is truly admirable. He also has a way of helping children understanding one another. He is a very respected by all of Winnebago - staff and students!
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