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Cowlishaw Goes Pink!

We kicked off October by going pink to support those imacted by breast cancer. Also, this week we filled up our 1st Bucket of Thumbs Up Awards and all classes got an extra recess! Way to go Koalas!
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Hispanic Heritage Month

This month (September 15th - October 15th) we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

To celebrate this month, teachers will incorporate stories of Hispanic American excellence in their classrooms. To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage month, below are several websites for you and your family to check out. #HispanicHeritageMonth - español - English

GEG Film Festival

We are excited to announce that the GEG Film Festival is returning of the 2021 – 2022 school year. In the past, we had some AWESOME participation and success from 204 students. We are excited that we can bring the film festival back this year and see what your students are able to create!

The theme for this year's festival is "IMAGINE...".

We have created a 204 ONLY Flipgrid for students to share ideas around the theme IMAGINE. Some examples of prompts include “Imagine a World Without, Imagine a World With… Reimagine a Story or Product and MORE…”. The purpose is to use this as a brainstorming opportunity before students create their videos. All are welcome! – Students and Teachers can share even if they are not participating in the film festival.

Important Dates and Information:

  • September 15th - Launch of Film Festival

  • December 10th - Due Date for All Films

  • Early January - Announcement of Winners

  • Film Festival - IDEAcon Conference in February (date TBD) at Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg

Updated Film Fest Website - Find Guidelines, Directions and All Information

Looking Ahead

10/11/2021-No School-Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day

10/22/2021-End of Quarter 1

11/18 &11/22 -Parent Teacher Conferences

Listen and Learn

Superintendent Dr. Adrian Talley will hold three Listen & Learn sessions with the community starting Monday, October 4 at Fischer Middle School from 7 – 9 pm. In the sessions, Dr. Talley will share information about the district as well as his goals. Community members will have an opportunity to share their feedback on what works in the district, what is not working, and what specific suggestions they have for what is not working. Information gathered during these sessions will help the superintendent in planning for the future and may be used as part of the strategic planning process that will start later in the school year. RSVP here for the October 4 Listen & Learn Session.

Additional Listen & Learn sessions will be held on Thursday, November 4 at Granger Middle School and Tuesday, December 14 at Crone Middle School.

Cowlishaw Birthday Book Club Is Back!!!


Cowlishaw’s LMC has the answer! Donating a book to Cowlishaw’s LMC helps to build our library collection and make your child feel special at the same time.

At some time during the month of your child’s birthday, we will invite your child to come down to the LMC and choose a book from the birthday cart. If your child’s birthday is in June, July or August, we will invite him or her to come down to the LMC during the month of his or her half birthday. There will be a flat $10.00 price for each book.

When your child chooses a book, we take his/her picture to put in the front of the book with a bookplate commemorating the donation. Your child’s name will go up on the Birthday Book Club bulletin board in the LMC, and your child will be the first to check out the book he/she chose! What an opportunity!

The registration for Cowlishaw’s Birthday Book club can be found in the PushCoin Webstore.

Please see the document below if you need help with accessing the Webstore:

How to access the IPSD Webstore

Thank you for considering this program!

It’s a great way for your child to feel special and to support the Cowlishaw LMC at the same time.

Boundary Committee

The community is invited to observe all boundary committee meetings. There will also be an opportunity for community members to view concepts and provide feedback before the final proposals are created and presented to the board of education. The community’s feedback will be incorporated into the final proposals that will be presented to the board of education for approval.

Community forums will be held at our three high schools on the following dates.

Monday, November 8 at 7 pm - Waubonsie Valley High School
Tuesday, November 9 at 7 pm - Neuqua Valley High School
Wednesday, November 10 at 7 pm - Metea Valley High School

For more information on the boundary process, to view meeting materials, or watch meeting videos, visit 2021 Boundary Committee.

IPSD 204 District COVID Dashboard

Positive cases of COVID-19 each school in Indian Prairie 204 can be found on the District's COVID Dashboard. The dashboard includes all positive cases of COVID-19 reported to District 204 for individuals who were on campus. The information is updated each Monday by 4 pm. If your child is in close contact with someone who tested positive, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team will notify you directly regarding the need to quarantine as a precaution. Additional information found on this page includes the current transmission level and a link to the corresponding mitigation strategies.

PTA Updates

Happy Friday Koala Families, I hope you had a great start of Fall as we are excited to welcome back our biggest event of the year, The Halloween Party!!! This event has been a huge hit in the past and we are happy to bring it back! We would like to count on you to make this party memorable for our children as we will need your participation to make this event a huge success! Koala Spirit Wear is available to order online at: If you haven’t liked our Facebook page, yet; we invite you to follow us at the link below to this message. Save the date for important dates to come: ● Outdoor Movie Night: “Boss Baby 2” Today on Friday October 1st, 2011 at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. ● No School on Columbus Day, Monday October, 11th, 2021. ● Panera’s Dinner Night Out on Tuesday, October 19th, TBA ● PTA’s General Zoom meeting on Wednesday, October 20th at 6:30 pm. ● Candy Donations Drop Off: Monday, October 25th through Wednesday, October 27th; more details to come! ● New this year: Trunk-N-Treats at the Halloween Party on Friday, October 29th, Time TBA. Volunteers Needed to also decorate their vehicles and help hand out treats. If interested, please contact Yolanda Morris directly at (630) 687-3991 via text or call. Have a nice weekend and thanks again for your ongoing support! STAY CONNECTED Find us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! @cowlishawkoalas Email us at:

Lunch and Breakfast Service

This year, we will continue to provide a grab and go style lunch at no charge to all Cowlishaw students. Please visit the IPSD website for more information on the free meal program and for menu options.

Elementary School Hours

Regular Hours:

Arrival: Doors open at 8:50. Bell rings at 9:05. Students should be in class and ready to learn at 9:05.

Dismissal: 3:35 Every Day


Arrival on Wednesdays ONLY-Doors open at 9:00 and bell rings at 9:15.

Dismissal: 3:35