Panther News

January 9th, 2021

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A Note From Mr. Christ

Dear Paddock Families,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a great Winter Break and were able to spend some quality time with family and loved ones. I am extremely excited for the students to come back and engage in quality academic and social-emotional instruction. Teachers will be taking time each day, during the first few weeks of school, to remind students of classroom and school-wide expectations in a positive, supportive way. We hope this will help students and staff hit the ground running to start 2022 and ensure all students are ready to learn.


Jason Christ


Student Lanyards

Students in District 15 will no longer need to wear their lanyards to school with the blue card indicating their parent has certified they are healthy. Parents and guardians should still keep their child home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or are sick with another diagnosis. Remaining vigilant with this will help to ensure everyone's health and safety.

Cold Weather

With the cold weather upon us, please remember to send your student with the appropriate winter outerwear, especially a warm coat, hat, and gloves. Per District 15 guidelines:

  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is below 0°F, all students will remain inside for the entire lunch hour.
  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is between 0°-10°F, the preferred procedure is a rotation of 20 minutes for lunch, a 20-minute outdoor recess, and a 20-minute indoor recess. However, at the principal's discretion, students may be kept inside for the entire lunch hour.
  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is above 10°F, students will have regular outdoor recess.

Putting student initials, classroom number, or something that can identify them on their winter clothing will help lost items be quickly returned to their owner.

Mental Health Days

In August of 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a new state law that allows students aged 6 to 17 to take up to five days off school for mental or behavioral health reasons. These days do not require a doctor’s note and students may begin using these days starting in January 2022.

The intent of this law is to help parents support children that are experiencing difficulty coping with the increased stress in their lives. If you would like your child to use a mental health support day, follow the same process you use to report any student absence – contact your school’s attendance line and indicate that the student will be using a mental health support day. Mental health support days are counted as excused absences.

Schools are required to contact parents if a student takes two or more mental health support days during the school year. This contact is to conduct a student emotional wellness check and helps the school determine if the student requires mental health support at school.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

ACCESS Testing

The 2022 ACCESS testing window, for students who qualify for English language supports, will run from Wednesday, January 12, through Wednesday, February 9. Your student's classroom teacher will share the days/times your student will be testing.


Please make sure you are sending at least 1-2 additional clean masks with your child each day. These masks should be well fitting and cover both the student's nose and mouth without the student needing to continually pull the mask up. Having a well fitting mask is imperative to keeping our students safe and limiting close contacts, should a positive case arise. Thank you for your help in this.

Health Office

As a reminder, if you student is showing any signs of COVID-19, please keep them home from school. Additionally, if they awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, we encourage you to have them stay home until those results come in. Being able to certify that your student is healthy and able to come to school will be extremely beneficial as we move into the colder months of the year.

If your child has a Health Care plan for asthma or an allergy OR has medication they need to take at school, please make sure you read the linked documents and get in contact with Mrs. Pool, our Paddock nurse. You can reach her at 847-963-5802 or

District 15 Job Fairs

District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates. Come apply onsite and Be a Part of Our Team!


  • Monday, January 24, 2022
  • Monday, March 7, 2022

Location: Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067

Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

We are looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at in the Human Resources department with any questions.

Paddock Spirit Wear

Fridays will be Panther Spirit day at Paddock. To show school spirit, every Friday we encourage students to wear blue, yellow, or their favorite Paddock shirt. Additional Paddock Spirit Wear is available for sale at I can't wait to see everyone's school spirit!

Join The Paddock PTA!!

Paddock's PTA is an organization of families and teachers working together to provide an enriching learning environment for our students and a welcoming community for our families. Your PTA membership is used to host school activities, student programs, and school assemblies. It helps our families connect with each other, know what’s happening at Paddock, give parents opportunities to volunteer and provide support to our teachers. The more members our PTA has, the more good we can do.

To join the PTA please visit the Paddock PTA website.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • January 10th - School Resumes
  • January 17th - Martin Luther King Day - No School
  • January 18th - Teacher Institute Day - No School
  • February 2nd - PTA Meeting - 7:00pm