It's a great day to be a Gator! (January 12, 2024 Edition)
From the Principal's Desk
Hello Adler Park Families,
Welcome back! I hope you had a restful and joyful winter break filled with laughter and precious moments with your loved ones. As we gather our backpacks, sharpen our pencils, and dust off our enthusiasm, it's time to embark on the second half of the school year. We are thrilled to see the bright faces of our students once again and are ready to dive back into the exciting world of learning. I trust that the break has recharged everyone's batteries, and Adler Park is looking forward to a fantastic, productive, and joyous return to the school routine.
Let's make the upcoming months just as memorable and enriching as the ones we've shared so far! Here's to a wonderful trimester ahead!
Dates to Remember
Reminder: No School Monday, January 15th or Tuesday January 16th.
February Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, February 14th and 15th. Parents can schedule a 15-minute conference with their child's homeroom teacher through PTC Wizard. If a parent registered on the PTC Wizard website in the fall, there is no need to register again. Directions on how to register (for new parents) are available on the Adler website. The window for scheduling a conference is open through February 5th. After February 5th, please call the school office to schedule a conference.
February 14th -- 5:15 through 8:15 pm
Feburary 15th -- 3:15 through 8:15 pm
February 15th -- Dismissal at 1:15 pm
No School February 16th
2nd Grade Testing
Second grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) at the end of January/early February. Exact dates will be sent by your student's classroom teacher in the near future. Student attendance for this assessment is important. In Libertyville District 70, the CogAT will guide efforts to adapt instruction to the needs and abilities of students, identify students whose predicted levels of academic achievement differ markedly from observed levels of achievement, and measure cognitive development to help identify academically talented students. CogAT results will be mailed to parents in March.
CogAT appraises the cognitive development of students. The test measures students' learned reasoning abilities. Although grounded in biological processes, these abilities are developed through in-school and out-of-school experiences. The questions on CogAT require students to demonstrate their reasoning abilities in each of the three systems most closely related to success in school: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning. The Verbal Battery assesses students' abilities to use search, retrieval, and comparison processes that are essential for verbal reasoning. The Quantitative Battery assesses students' abilities to reason about patterns and relations using concepts that are essential in quantitative thinking. The Nonverbal Battery assesses students' abilities to reason with somewhat more novel questions that use spatial and figural content.
You can help your child do his or her best on the test by:
1. Making sure, if possible, that your child attends school on the days of testing.
2. Making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing.
3. Providing breakfast on the mornings of testing.
4. Reminding your child to ask the teacher questions if he or she does not understand the test directions.
5. Letting your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best.
Reminder: Smart watches at school
As a reminder, smart watches are not allowed at Adler due to concerns about privacy and safety. The photo-taking abilities of these devices raise worries about unauthorized capturing of images within the school environment. Moreover, the multitude of features, including games and apps, can be highly distracting for young students, disrupting their focus on academic tasks. Allowing smartwatches also opens the door to potential texting among friends, creating social distractions during crucial learning periods. To maintain a conducive and secure learning environment, please keep your student’s devices at home.
Adler Staff Highlight
Meet Lindsay Marcum!
Job at Adler: 1st Grade Teacher
Fun Facts about Lindsay: Lindsay lives in Libertyville with her husband and two children (Elsie who is in 4th grade and Easton who is in PreK). She loves to spend time outdoors and go fishing with her family!
Staff Super Power: Lindsay excels at understanding and using student data and using her sharp mind to create teaching approaches that suit each student's needs.
Adler Family Association Events and Dates
Adler Fun Fair is right around the corner! The Fun Fair on February 3rd from 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, will transform Adler into a fun carnival game spot! Join us for lots of fun, games and prizes!
At Adler’s Fun Fair on Saturday, February 3, 2024 the fifth graders are leading a raffle in order to raise funds for their legacy gift and to give back to Adler School. The fifth grade legacy gift will improve the school and benefit all Adler students.
eLearning and Winter Closures
In the case of a snow day or a cold weather school closure, it is important to know what the game plan is at Adler. We may have a traditional “snow day” where students are not expected to sign on virtually. This would be counted as a non-attendance day and need to be made up at the end of the year.
If students are asked to log-on virtually, this day will not need to be made up and attendance will be taken. Your student would then be asked to sign on to their school device (iPad or Chromebook) by 8:15am. The school day would officially end at 2:45. Your student would follow their regular daily schedule, have access to intervention, enrichment, and specials.
HERE is a link to the District 70 Elearning Plan. This document will go into greater detail about attendance, show sample schedules, and more.
This is the most important document to keep: The Adler E-Learning Plan. This will include crucial class codes and log-in information. A video tutorial of how to log-on virtually will be coming in the near future.