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Week Ending November 11, 2022

Veteran's Day

We had a very nice Veteran's Day at school today, and students experienced a variety of activities throughout the building. It was a day filled with recognition, and we all know that it is our veterans' service and sacrifice that has kept our country safe and free. Thank you to all of our veterans and to their families!

No matter which branch they served in, whatever their job path or how many years were served, raising their hands and committing themselves to service in the military was a brave and selfless act--one that resulted in few guarantees of where they would be assigned, whether and where they might deploy, and, in some cases, if they would return home in one piece—or at all. They accepted the unknowns and the risks. We are all grateful for their service and for those who continue to serve today.

Veteran's Day isn’t just a day for veterans - it’s a day for all Americans as well. It’s a day to remember service and sacrifice and a day for all of us to continue the journey of protecting our freedom and the freedom of many future generations. Thank you.


Thomas, our Student Council President, read a message to the students and staff this morning, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and recognized a moment of silence.

My name is Thomas, and I am this year's Student Council President. Many of you are probably wondering why I am on the announcements and not our principal. Well, I am here to tell you about Veteran’s Day. Veteran’s Day is a very important day in our country. A Veteran is a person who has served in the military. Veteran’s Day is celebrated on November 11th because in the 11th month, on the 11th day, and on the 11th hour, World War One ended. World War One was the Great War and was supposed to end all wars. Many soldiers died in World War One because they wanted the world to be at peace. Today, Veteran’s Day recognizes military personnel whether or not they’ve served in a war because they all help to protect us and our freedom.


It just goes to show....

This 99-year-old veteran became a children's book author to inspire the love for reading. Click on the link for the full story.

Veteran's Day Feel Good Story

E-Learning Plan (Update and Review from earlier this year)

In the coming days, students will be arriving home with an e-learning envelope to be used in certain circumstances when we have an e-learning day in lieu of a typical snow/emergency day. It's my hope that we don't need to use any of these this year! In the event that we do have an e-learning day, students will go online to complete work with their teachers at various points throughout the day. The specifics of that are all explained in the linked e-learning plan below.

The contents in the envelopes will be utilized by families that may not have power, that have lost connectivity, that don't have wireless access, etc. There may also be contents in the envelope that teachers want students to access when they are working together online. Please hold onto those envelopes, and keep them in a memorable location.

District 58’s E-Learning Plan was adopted in August 2021 and remains valid through June 2024. We encourage families to please familiarize themselves with the plan and related information, linked below. The Board of Education discussed the plan at the July 2022 Board meeting and, consequently, gave District 58 greater flexibility regarding when it can use an e-learning day this school year. Ultimately, District 58 can use an e-learning day, in lieu of an emergency day (also called snow day), if staff have adequate time to prepare meaningful e-learning materials.

As always, the District would communicate when an e-learning or emergency day is needed and remind families of the e-learning process. Again, this plan is strictly for emergency day use only, when conditions make it unsafe for students to attend school onsite. Any questions about the E-Learning Plan can be directed to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Justin Sisul at jsisul@dg58.org.

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Books Before the Bell

PTA and I are excited to offer an in-school reading opportunity this year. As part of National Education Week, we will be hosting Books Before the Bell this coming Thursday, November 17, from 7:55 - 8:15 a.m. Interested families can come to the school starting at 7:55 a.m. and head to your child's classroom to do some reading together. It will be a great opportunity to be in the same environment where your child spends a lot of time each day, to connect with other families, and to enjoy some reading. We hope you can make it!

Library Night

Our first library night of 2022, was well-attended, and the students were excited and engaged. A group of four professional clowns from Red Nose Readers met with our students, discussed costumes and make-up, and took some time to share stories. Thank you to Mrs. Mommsen, Mrs. Finley, and to all families in attendance!

Learn not to Burn

The Downers Grove Fire Department has continued to work through the Learn Not to Burn program with a focus on fire safety in general and within the home as well. As part of the program, Firefighter Kris and other members of the department brought a fire safety trailer to school today. This tool helps reinforce the importance of implementing students' home escape plans, and students were reminded about the importance of smoke detectors, knowing two exits out of every room, and having meeting places.

This experience has been very successful in other schools, and it was a fantastic, hands-on learning opportunity at Belle Aire. The following information is how our DGFD describes the experience:

-Groups of 5-6 students will enter the simulated room.

-Theatrical (non-hazardous) smoke will be used, and a smoke detector will be activated.

-The students will crawl low in the smoke and explore two ways out.

-After exiting, the students will go to the designated meeting place.

-The experience will last approximately 5 minutes, and students will be guided by two fire fighters and at least one classroom teacher.

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Grove Express

The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 invites the community to participate in the Grove Express 5K on Thanksgiving Day. A portion of the proceeds will benefit District 58 students! Early bird registration has been extended through Nov. 6. Learn more here. Sign up here.

Parent Education Opportunities (Repeat Item)

When working with your child with selective mutism, it may help to understand the extinction learning process behind doing speaking exposures so that, as a parent, you can understand how to maximize extinction learning and keep the new learning accessible for your child’s continued growth and generalization of speaking across people, places, and activities.

Presenter: Dr Carmen Lynas

Transforming Aggressive Behaviors [Conscious Discipline]

December 5, 2022- 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

In this workshop you will gain a toolbox of skills necessary to identify, meet, and manage your most difficult children

Presenter: Jill Molli

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What's to Come?

Monday, November 14: 2:00 Dismissal

Tuesday, November 15: Spanish Class (after school for those who registered); Kindness Club (K-2, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.); PTA Meeting (3:15 in the Belle Aire library)

Thursday, November 17: Books Before the Bell (7:55 - 8:15 a.m.); Chess Club (after school)

Friday, November 18: End of Trimester 1; Pizza Hot Lunch (for those who registered)

November 23, 24, 25: NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

December 17 - January 2: NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)