Waterbury Roar

Volume 1, Issue 5; September 18, 2020

Week 5 ROAR!

Please look over the newsletter this week with important information updates. Many of these updates were also shared by Dr. Omar Castillo via email.

Remember to have the camera remain focused on the child and that you, as a parent/guardian are off screen. We also ask that you do not attempt to speak to the teacher during live teaching. The more we try to replicate in person school, the better the experience for all. If you have a technology issue, please call the school or email technology@esd20.org. If you need a conference with the teacher, please email the teacher or call them when live instruction is not occurring. We greatly appreciate the technical support you are providing your child. We ask that children begin to develop some technological independence, as appropriate.

There will be no supply pick up next week, but the next supply pick up will be on 9.28. Please let your child’s teacher(s) know if you need schedule accommodations. If you receive communication from your child's teacher that they will not be providing materials on this day, then please do not feel the need to come on this day. We would hate for you to make a trip to school, if it is not necessary.

Thank you for allowing me into your child's virtual classroom to introduce myself, and to read aloud to them. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be continuing to conduct these read alouds in each child’s classroom. In a normal year, I could introduce myself to families and students in a variety of ways (from arrival/dismissal to lunch/recess to walking through the hallways).

Big thanks to all the parents and guardians who have assisted their child with remote MAP testing! We really appreciate all your effort and assistance.

Special Board Meeting

On Tuesday, September 29 at 6:00pm, we will present the Return to Learn Phase 2 Plan to the School Board at a Special Meeting. We encourage you to sign up to attend this Special Board of Education Meeting virtually to learn more about the plan. We will also share plan and presentation video with families after the meeting.

Curriculum Night via Zoom

In light of the Phase 2 Plan, we have made the decision to delay all Curriculum Night events until a later date. More information to come.

MAP Testing Continues

Teachers have started to administer MAP assessments for students to measure growth and support student learning. For more information about MAP, click here. Your school will provide additional information and scheduling for your child’s classroom. but here are some tips to help your students test successfully remotely from home:

  • Ensure student(s) are prepared for school activities each day by getting plenty of rest and eating nutritious meals.
  • Help your student(s) locate their Keeneyville D20 device(s) and charger(s) well before their test is scheduled to begin.
  • Remind your student(s) to set up their Keeneyville D20 device on a table or a desk near an electrical outlet and to plug in the device.
  • To help your student(s) focus, work with other family members to limit distractions such as music and/or other screens while your student(s) take tests and complete school activities/assignments.
  • Follow your teacher's instructions on your internet-connected device so you can help your student(s) follow the directions to access tests remotely.
  • Most test results are used to guide student learning, so please resist the urge to give your student clues or the right answers.
  • Remind your student(s) to take their time and encourage them to give their very best effort!
  • Family Toolkit can be found by clicking on this link: https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/

A Reminder From our Nurse's DEN

Please ensure your Wildcat is compliant with grade-level requirements.

Grade K and transfer students who have not yet complied with the State of Illinois health mandates are required to submit proof of a physical exam and immunization records as soon as possible. Paperwork can be dropped off, faxed to (630) 539-2316, or scanned and emailed to the Waterbury nurse's office, lmontiel@esd20.org.

State of Illinois regulations require students to be in compliance or excluded from remote or in-person school beginning Thursday, October 15. Non-compliant students will have their access to remote learning blocked until these requirements have been met. Absences due to immunization and/or non-compliance are not excused.

If you have questions about what information is still needed

Please visit the district website (link below) or contact the Waterbury Nurse, Lisa Montiel via phone or email.
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PTO Paw Print

Our Parent Teacher Organization works all year round to benefit all of our children. Please come to any of our meetings this school year and consider volunteering. With your help, we will have another successful year at Waterbury!

Waterbury PTO is teaming up with Follett for a Book eFair!

Supporting a love for reading is critical for student success. Encourage your child to create their online wish list and share with family and friends.

How to order:

Go to: efairs.follettbookfairs.com

Type in our eFair code: Z1XPR

Orders are due by October 12, 2020

Follett will ship your books to Waterbury after the eFair is complete. More details for pickup to come.

Dine Out Night! Show the attached flyer to the establishment (either print out or show from your smart phone)

Lunch Program Info and Flyers

D20 is offering free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under through 12/31. Meals are distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at each school and throughout our community using school buses. Please visit Food Services for pick-up locations and times. No paperwork or eligibility is required currently, but we want to be sure that all qualifying students do not lose that status after 12/31. If your child may qualify, please complete an application by 10/1 to allow them to seamlessly continue this benefit after the new year.

In addition, families who qualify for free and reduced lunches may also qualify for free internet at home through a new partnership between the district and Comcast. If you qualify for free and reduced lunch, we can send you more information about the free internet program.

Drive-Up Technology Support

Drive-up technology support will be available on Wednesday, September 23from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Spring Wood. Please sign-up for a time slot here. Be sure to bring your device and a face mask to your appointment.

Warm Coat Project

As the weather turns cooler, we have a special thank you to the Bloomingdale-Roselle Rotary Club for their annual donation of warm coats. If your family is in need of a coat for your child, please let us know here by 10/2 so that we can distribute the coats.

Future Important Dates

September 23, 2020: Drive-Up Tech Support (sign-up required)

September 24, 2020: Portillo's Dine Out Night

September 28, 2020: Supply pick up at Waterbury

September 29, 2020: Special Board Meeting

October 12, 2020: Follett Book eFair orders due

October 13, 2020: Picture Day (more info to come closer to date)