Message From Central Road School

Mrs. Joanna Shostachuk, School Principal

A Note from Mrs. Shostachuk 9/12/2021

Dear Central Road Families:

This past week was short but filled with no less learning! We have officially rolled into September and the weather has been amazing too. Students have been engaged both while indoors and when outside for recess. I was able to spend time in each of our classrooms this week and it is always great to see our students displaying their knowledge in unique ways. I want to also thank all of our families for helping us with keeping our students safe and healthy. Monitoring your child(ren) for any Covid like symptoms prior to sending them to school is our first layer of protection. Being patient and understanding if your student exhibits a symptom that will require them to go home from school is another level of support. We thank everyone for caring for our school community! Allowing us to spend quality time with your child throughout the school week is a true honor. Thank you for taking a moment to read our weekly parent communication. Please enjoy the weekend with family and friends while remaining healthy too. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Kindest Regards,

Joanna Shostachuk

Central Road Highlights!


Teachers in general love this time of year. Central Road teachers and staff members take the prospect of beginning a new year to a whole new level. They prepare their classrooms, plan lessons, organize schedules, review student records, and think about all of the possibilities the year ahead holds. As much as we recognize their efforts and successes here at school, nothing means more to a teacher or staff member than a kind word from a student or his/her family. As we get the year underway, I invite you to take notice of the things you see your child's teacher do, hear your child's teacher say, or the things you hear your child gush with excitement about related to their teacher. We've included this simple form for you to submit should you feel so inclined to do so. Children in full day school spend more of their waking day with their teacher than they do with their parents. We thank you for entrusting your child with us! This is going to be a great school year.

Thank A Teacher Link

Self-Certification, Masks & Water Bottles

Please kindly continue to send your child to school with a mask and their self-certification lanyard signed each day. Ensuring students are healthy before learning begins is important to the safety of all. Thank you for your help with this each day. Students too are welcome to bring a water bottle for drinking water as staying hydrated is valuable. Our water fountains have been turned back on for refilling water bottles and for regular use as needed. Thank you for your continued support!

Health Office News

The health and safety of our students is our top priority. We continue to encourage good hand washing and physical distancing at school. Students are wearing masks inside the building at all times except when eating. Masks are optional for students during the noon hour when outdoors. If your child is sick, please keep him/her at home for the safety of all. We will work together regarding next steps for returning back to school if ill. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Shield Testing Update

Our scheduled day of the week for Shield Testing is each Friday morning and our plan is to begin the week of September 13th for students in grades 1-6. We continue to work out the details with Shield as to when our KDG & ECDEC students may be tested.Thank you for sending in the consent form for your child to participate in the shield covid weekly screening test at school. Once a week, all students with consent forms on file will be escorted to the testing area near each pod. Students will refrain from eating or drinking 30 minutes before Shield testing. Each student will be asked to spit into a vial that is already labeled with their identifying information. Our plan is to conduct this quickly, efficiently and with safety. Those vials will be sent to a lab for processing to identify infected individuals who are asymptomatic and prevent further transmission of the virus. Results are available within 24- 48 hours. We will contact the parents/guardians of any student who received positive test results. If your child is at school the time we may receive positive results, you will be contacted to pick them up. If you have any questions regarding your child's health, you may reach me at or at 847-963-5102. We will work together to ensure all guidelines are followed and clearly understood while keeping our students all safe and healthy!

Thank you for your patience.

Amita Patel, Central Road Nurse

Important Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, September 15th-PTA Meeting @7pm

  • Wednesday, September 15th-Practice Fire Drill

  • Monday, September 20th-Picture Retake Day

  • Wednesday, October 15th-Board of Education Meeting @7:00 pm

  • Wednesday, October 20th-PTA Meeting @7:00pm

Parent/Student Handbook 2021-2022

Please take a moment to review our Parent/Student Handbook 2021-2022. You will find information pertinent to District 15 as a whole in this handbook which is shared yearly.

Picture Retake Day-September 20th

Picture Retake Day will take place on September 20th. Any students who missed our original Picture Day on September 1st are welcome to have their picture taken. Students who would like a second opportunity are welcome to participate as well. Online ordering information is below for your review.

Online Order Code: 60455D

Safety Drills

Safety comes first! Staff and students will participate in several safety drills this year. When discussing school safety and practice drills, staff have been trained to approach each one with calmness and care coupled with the use of kid-friendly verbiage. Schools are required by Illinois School Code to conduct the following drills:
  • Three evacuation drills. One of the three evacuation drills must be supervised by the fire department.

  • One bus evacuation drill.

  • One severe weather/shelter-in-place drill.

  • Two law enforcement (lockdown) drills. One of these two law enforcement drills must be a staff initiated lock-down.

We plan to hold a fire drill on Sept. 15th while the weather remains favorable. Please also take a moment to review some updated information regarding new lockdown information related to House Bill 2400 (The School Safety Drill Act) Lockdown Opt-Out. We will share information with you prior to any practice lockdown drills taking place this school year.

September Fall Benchmarking Grades K-6

We have started gathering our fall benchmarking data for students at Central Road. Our window will be from September 1-17th. This information allows for teachers to meet the needs of a wide range of learners within their classrooms. Below is some information about our upcoming assessments. If you have any specific questions related to fall benchmarking, please feel free to reach out to your child's classroom teacher.

FastBridge Grades K-1

All students in Kindergarten and first grade take the FastBridge assessment system in the Fall and Spring of each school year. FastBridge uses brief measures of early literacy and math at the Kindergarten and first grade levels. These brief assessments provide data on an early learner’s reading and math development. The FastBridge assessments typically take less than 10 minutes per student, but the data gained provides teachers with insights and suggestions to help address each child’s needs. More information about FastBridge can be found at

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Grades 2-8

Students in grades 2 to 8 take an academic test called the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). The MAP test measures each student’s achievement and growth in reading and math. Most students complete the MAP in less than 40 minutes. The MAP test provides our staff with valuable information that helps plan instruction and track student growth. Like FastBridge for the early grades, students in grades 2 to 8 take the MAP once in the fall and again in the spring. Please visit the District 15 website if you would like more information about the MAP test. If you would like to have your child practice the MAP test, you can visit the MAP practice site at:

MAP test results from the fall and spring testing periods will be available to parents via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. These results are typically posted in October and again in June.

MAP and FastBridge testing are completed at school. However, if you have a student that qualifies for virtual learning through a medical exemption, your child will take these tests remotely (at home). Students in quarantine due to a close contact with another who has been identified as COVID-19 positive, will take the MAP test or the FastBridge assessment when their quarantine ends and they return to school. If you are interested in more information about the MAP test, please contact me, your child’s teacher, or download the MAP Parent Toolkit at

Community and/or PTA Information

Thank you for joining our PTA and supporting their amazing work for our Central Road community! Fall Membership Drive - Thank you to everyone that has joined the PTA so far! Your donations will allow us to organize fun activities and support our school! There is no commitment to volunteer. For those of you that have not joined yet, please click here to fill out the Google form. Payment is available via cash, check, credit card, or Zelle. October 1st we will switch to the 2021 membership list for our newsletters, so don’t miss out!

PTA meeting will take place on Sept. 15th at Central Road this month-masks and social distancing expected-thank you.

Spirit Gear Store OPEN Feel free to place an order by Thursday, Sept. 16th. We are hoping to rather a few more orders before Sept. 16th.

Please feel free to email our PTA with any questions. Dan McCullough, President, Callie Sealock, Communications Chair,

Safety Message from Mrs. Kathy Nordin

Well, we are firmly back to school and it is time to address several safety issues.

Mostly, it concerns traffic flow, especially at afternoon pickup. I know everyone

wants to be in the parking lot immediately to pick up their child or children. If you

are arriving after 300pm, the likelihood there is room after that time is not good.

Vehicles are lining up in the middle of Central Road, waiting to enter the lot. This is

not the best idea. Please legally park your vehicle and walk over to the school for

pickup. Or pull into the lot and pull into a parking space until the traffic in the lot

begins to move. Under no circumstances should anyone be pulling over on the

north side between the driveways facing eastbound. It is dangerous and is

unacceptable. I bring this up as we had several incidents the first week of school. It

is difficult enough for through traffic to proceed with these two scenarios. Plus,

buses cannot easily enter the lot. Many have had to circle the block and come back

to enter from the other direction. BUSES HAVE PRIORITY FOR PARKING LOT


Another old reminder is those who are parking legally but are crossing in the

middle of Central Road, especially those who have younger children with them. This

is not only extremely dangerous but is not the way to teach your young children

how to cross a street. I know I have said this here many times before but it

continues to happen. This is too important and is very frustrating to see. It can be

easily rectified.

Here is an issue that has also become problematic in the morning and afternoon.

When you are waiting to enter the parking lot, please be aware it against state law

to block or stop in a crosswalk. It has happened quite a bit since school opened. But

not only is it against the law, it prevents anyone from crossing the street to get to or

from school. I actually had a gentleman stop this morning and apologize for having

done it several days ago. I appreciated him taking the time to acknowledge that it

was the wrong thing to do. I have many drivers who do stop before the crosswalk. I

hope everyone remembers that.

As always, thank you to all who take the time to read these few lines meant to

keep everyone safe and sound. And, too, if you know someone who doesn't read

this, please share.

Contact Information for Central Road School

Welcome to Central Road Elementary School, Home of the Wolves! We are located at 3800 Central Road Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-2554.

Our main office phone number is 847-963-5100. Our Absence Line is 847-963-5101.

Principal: Mrs. Joanna Shostachuk 847-963-5105

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Lauren Green 847-963-5104

Elementary Secretary: Mrs. Pam Rogers 847-963-5180

School Nurse: Mrs. Amita Patel 847-963-5102

ECDEC Screening Information


Find support for families with children under the age of 3! ECDEC Preschool serves children between the ages of 3-5 For more information or to schedule a developmental screening, please call: For Children ages 0-3 call Yessenia at (847) 963-1214, For Children ages 3-5 call Noemi at (847) 963-3450

ECDEC/Prevención Iniciativa El Programa FIND apoya familias con niños prenatales hasta 3 niños El programa preescolar ECDEC sirve a niños entre las edades de 3-5 años Para más información, por favor llame al para hacer una cita. Para niños 0-3 años llama Yessenia at (847) 963-1214 Para Prescolar llama Noemi at (847)963-3450

About Us

Address: 3800 Central Road Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-2554

Phone Number: 847-963-5100

Absence Line: 847-963-5101

Fax Number: 847-963-5106