Marseilles Elementary Newsletter

January 25, 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, January 25th- Early Dismissal @ 2:25pm
  • Tuesday, January 25th- Wrestling vs. Prairie Central and Manteno @5:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 25th- 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Volleyball at Waltham @ 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 25th-7th Grade Boys Basketball Regional Championship @ Putnam County Jr. High 5pm
  • Thursday, January 27th- Scholastic Bowl Meet vs Wallace @ 4:00pm
  • Thursday, January 27th- 6th Grade Volleyball vs. Rutland @ 5:00pm
  • Thursday, January 27th- 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball at Milton Pope @ 5:00pm
  • Monday, January 31st- 6th Grade Volleyball vs. Putnam County @ 5:00pm
  • Monday, January 31st- 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball at MVK @4:30pm
  • Monday, January 31st- 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball Regional- at Wallace vs. Sparland Midland
  • Tuesday, February 1st- Early Dismissal @ 2:25pm
  • Tuesday, February 1st- Scholastic Bowl Meet at Home vs Flanagan @4:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 1st- 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Volleyball vs. Wallace @5:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 2nd- Wrestling vs. Seneca w/ Pontiac @5:00pm

Notes from the Office

As a reminder, parents/guardians should sign student(s) into the building when you arrive after the start of the school day. One of our secretaries will get your student a pass to class. Also, please make sure you are communicating any transportation changes with the school by 12pm of that day. This allows us a chance to make sure staff are notified.

The snow and cold temperatures are here! Please make sure students are prepared to go outside as we will be outside when the feel like temperature (the temperature with the wind chill) is 10 degrees or higher. Coats, hats and gloves/mittens are recommended with the cold weather. If your child is in need of a coat, please communicate with the school. We will make sure your child has a winter coat.

If your child has received his/her vaccination, please make sure the school has a copy of the card. We use this information for contact tracing as it changes the process for exclusion and/or test to stay.

The CDC has updated guidance regarding COVID at school to align more with the general public as it relates to isolation and quarantine. Please see the flowchart below:

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Important Information Regarding COVID, Lunch, Test to Stay and Extracurricular Activities

The district is tracking students and staff for the days following an exposure or positive COVID case. We are following the flowchart above to identify close contacts. As we have seen an increase in positive cases, we have been in communication with the local health department for guidance. As a result, please note the following important information below:


Even though guidance has changed and is allowing positive and close contacts to return after 5 days, please make sure masks are being worn appropriately (covering nose and under the chin). IDPH/ISBE has stressed that it is essential for everyone to properly wear their masks-- especially those returning from quarantine. Students not properly wearing their masks during the 10-day period could face being sent home to remote learning, with a return to school on day 11. We are asking parents to help reinforce the importance of wearing masks over the nose and under the chin.


Students returning to school from quarantine but under 10 days from isolation will be required to eat lunch in an alternate location in order to socially distance at least 6 feet from others. They will return to their regular lunch spot on Day 11. While in an alternate location, as soon as they finish eating, they will be able to go back into the lunchroom, fully masked, and sit with their peers until it is time to go to recess. We know this is not ideal, but are looking to keep students appropriately distanced while masks are removed for the safety of others.


MES does offer Test to Stay for exposures in the school setting, pending the identified close contact is wearing his/her mask appropriately. Close contacts will now test two times- when they are identified as a close contact and between days 5 and 7. Per guidance, we will no longer allow students who are identified as a close contact during extracurriculars to test to stay. Please see additional information in the extracurricular activities information below.


Moving forward, any student athlete identified as a close contact during his/her extracurricular activity will not be eligible for Test-to-Stay and will need to be excluded from school for 5 days. After those 5 days, testing is recommended, but not required. If a student is exposed at school and participates in an extracurricular, they will be allowed to test. These students will be able to practice, but will not be eligible to compete for at least 5 days from date of exposure. After the 5 days, all close contacts will resume practice as well as competition, pending no symptoms.

We have received many questions as it relates to athletics with recent changes. Please note the images below with guidance from IDPH and our local health department regarding Test to Stay Procedures. Here is the link to the entire document:

If there are any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Donahue, Superintendent, at, Ms. Dvorak, Principal, at, Mrs. Mason, Nurse, at or Mrs. Miskell, Health Aide, at You can always call the office at 815-795-2428 to speak to any of us.

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3rd Grade Spotlight!

Check out what's been happening in our 3rd grade classes!! 3rd graders in Mrs. Smith and Mr. Roth's classes read Because of Winn Dixie. After finishing the book, students watched the movie to discuss the similarities and differences between the book and the movie. 3rd grade is also reading The Stone Angel for the upcoming International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Both The Stone Angel and Because of Winn Dixie touch on subjects like people being targeted for their differences and a child's struggle to adapt to drastic changes.

Test To Stay Consent Form Now Electronic!

If your child has been identified as a close contact at the school and is eligible for Test to Stay (TTS), we do need a form on file from you.

Please click on the link below to complete the form. If you have already returned a signed copy, we do have it on file, but you are welcome to still complete the form.

Illinois Youth Survey- 8th Grade Students Only

Each year, MES gives our 8th grade students a chance to help us better understand what is going on in their world. This anonymous survey covers different topics around school, bullying, drug and alcohol use and nutrition. Please see the flyer below for more information. This survey is completely voluntary, so if you do not want your 8th grader to participate, please click on the link, and get the form.

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5 Essentials Survey is Open-- Please Give Us Your Feedback!

Parents- we need your input on the 5Essentials Survey! This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey!

To take the survey please visit Link to survey:

Select “Start Here”

County: La Salle (a space is needed between La and Salle)

School: Marseilles Elementary

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction

All teachers and 4th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for parents, students and teachers will be conducted January 11, 2022 and closes March 11, 2022.
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YMCA Still Has Space for Students After School at MES!

Great News...we still have space for students in the after school program held here at MES! If you are in need of after school care, please see below for more information. Additional questions or more information can be found by contacting Guylene Strange at the Ottawa YMCA (information below).

Times: Monday-Friday After School-5:30pm

Where Held at: Marseilles Elementary School (library)

Snacks will be provided

Registration Fees: $35 per child

Weekly and Daily rates will apply

Weekly attendance must be done the Friday before attending

For more information out scholarships or the program in general, please reach out to Guylene Strange @ the YMCA 815-433-2395 or

Calling All Kindergarteners!

If you have a child or know of a child living in the Marseilles community that should be entering Kindergarten next year, we want to know! Any child who will be 5 on or before September 1, 2017 is eligible to enroll in Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year. Please feel free to fill out the link below with information on any incoming Kindergarten student.

Erin's Law Curriculum

Safe Journeys will be working with students in grades K-8 to talk about Erin's Law curriculum. Below is a the link to the letter on the district website (Erin's Law Letter in bottom right corner).

Lunch Menu for Next Week- Please note changes below!

Here is a look at the lunch menu along with the the link for the entire month and all months.
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COVID Informational Letters

This year, we will not be communicating out information for each individual that tests positive at MES. You can, however, use the link below to access the information on the website. You may also access this information by going to and clicking on Our School and then Health and Wellness.

COVID Updates

In order to keep our students and staff safe, we plan to align our protocols and procedures with the most recent guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, who developed their guidance with the CDC and IDPH.

If your child or anyone in the home is experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, please keep your child (and any siblings) home until you speak with our nurse. If any student(s) are in quarantine and would still like lunches and breakfasts, please email Terrie Spicer by 9:30am at

Please call the attendance line to report the absence at 815-795-8795.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher),
  • New onset of moderate to severe headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • New cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Body Aches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Taste and/or Smell
  • Runny Nose or Stuffy Nose

Please see the information below regarding testing locations for COVID. The document indicates where to test if you are symptomatic, asymptomatic or if you need to test for any other reasons. The document can also be found on the district website. If you are having any issues with testing, please reach out to the office at MES.

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Marseilles Elementary School

Attendance line: 815-795-8795. Please indicate names of students and why they are out.

Main office: 815-795-2428

Email addresses (with link) can be found on the district website.

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