This Week at Windsor...

#WEAREWINDSOR

January 21st, 2022

Windsor Families,


January certainly feels like it is flying by! Please be sure to check out the update on the Kids Heart Challenge below!


As you know, Mrs. Barber retired after 9 years of dedicated service to the Windsor community. We will certainly miss seeing her in the front office. If you have stopped by our front office recently, you may have met our new administrative assistant Deneen Scamardo Evola.


Mrs. Evola shared some information so you can get to know her, we are very excited to have her at Windsor!

My name is Deneen Evola and I am the new Administrative Assistant at Windsor. I have lived in Arlington Heights for 24 years and am proud to call it home. The first 16 years were in the Greenbrier neighborhood and the past 8 have been in Ivy Hill. I am married with 2 kids. My husband is the FOM, at SMS and our daughter is in 6th grade at TMS. Our son graduated from TMS, BGHS, and UTI trade school; he is currently working in the automotive industry. We have 1 dog and 2 cats who constantly bring excitement to our home. I am thrilled to become part of the Windsor Family and look forward to meeting all of you! My email is: dscamardoevola@sd25.org


Reminder about the Celebrate Windsor Project:

Our multicultural committee is thrilled to bring back one of our most favorite school-wide activities, Celebrate Windsor! Windsor continues to be so proud of our diverse and inclusive culture, so it's time to celebrate and share with each other! Please check out the activity below and feel free to participate! We will be displaying each project that is sent in! We hope you can stop by the gym hallway during Parent-Teacher Conferences and check out the many different cultures and traditions that are celebrated by Windsor staff and families! To print out the forms, please click on this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yUyzS4CcSYtqxfaUaCewM2XIhyEWAYjJ9_H-XkzPt5A/edit

If you are unable to print, there will be copies available in the office, please have your child stop in and get one!


Erin's Law Presentations:

Erin's Law Presentations are currently being scheduled for each class. They will take place during the month of February and will progress through the grade levels starting with kindergarten. Students in our instructional programs will be presented with separate, developmentally appropriate curriculum and materials. They are run by our Social Workers, Natalie Swanson, and Wendy Schultz. For additional information on Erin's Law, please follow this link, where you will find presentations, materials used, and opt-out forms. Should you elect to opt your child out, the form should be returned to the front office by Friday, January 28th.


Breakfast:

Breakfast is NOW available for students daily. There is no charge for breakfast, as all school meals are fully funded by the USDA. If your student is interested in participating in the breakfast program, please have them enter through the main entrance and breakfast will be served from 8:45 to 9:00 in the commons. Due to supply chain issues, the menu may change daily and will include items such as cereal, fruit, and milk. We look forward to serving your students and giving them a healthy start to their school day!


SHIELD TESTING:

February 1st is the last day to enroll in Shield, you can always unenroll at any time. Please click the links below and fill out the form if you would like to enroll or unenroll your child.

SHIELD Testing Volunteer Sign-up:
If you are interested in volunteering to help with Shield Testing, we are looking for volunteers to pick our students up from their classrooms and bring them down for testing. Please click on this link for the sign-up genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4daead2daafe3-shield


Enroll my child into SHEILD testing

Unenroll my child from SHIELD testing


Drop and Go Reminders:

As the weather gets cooler, more parents choose to drive their children to and from school. It is imperative that you follow the procedures for our Windsor Drive drop and go. Please share this information with the person that drives your child to school.

Arrival- please pull all of the way up to the car in front of you, this may mean you pass the door that your child enters school. We have staff outside monitoring our students and will ensure that your child makes it into the building.

Dismissal- There is NO parking on Windsor Drive. Please do NOT get out of your car, you will need to move your car up in the line as the line moves. If you feel you need to get out of your car to wait for your child, please park on a side street and walk up to Windsor Drive. We will have the Arlington Heights Police Department spot-checking our dismissal on Windsor Drive, please do not exit your car.


Lunch info:

A week- 1/24- 1/28

B week- 1/31-2/4


Upcoming Events:

- Tuesday, January 25th- Junior Great Books Begins

- Tuesday, January 25th- 7:00pm--5th Grade Band Concert- South Middle School

- Wednesday, February 2nd- Club Pictures- if your child participates in a club, they will have their group picture taken.

- Wednesday, February 2nd- Parent-Teacher Conference Links will be sent out to families

- Thursday, February 3rd- 6:30-8:00 PM-- Science Fair and Book Fair



Have a wonderful wildcat weekend,

Mrs. Anastacio and Mrs. Soprano

Stella's Station

I've got "at home science activities" on the brain, which is a good thing since the Science Fair is coming soon! I found this super cool activity that you could do at home and was even replicated on a a popular TV show this week. If you do it, let me know how it turns out! Here's the LINK.


If you are still looking for a science fair project, check out Science Buddies Topic Selection Wizard. This online tool will ask your child a couple of questions and then lead them towards experiments that they might be interested in completing. I used this tool with my daughter a few years back and we found an engaging project that she completed for her school's Science Fair. I hope this tool is as useful for you!


Have a great weekend! Mrs. Stella

Important PTA Information...

Book Fair: Save the date! The Scholastic Book Fair is returning in person this year on Thursday, February 3. Students will visit the book fair during school on Feb. 3. Families are welcome to visit the book fair in the evening on Feb. 3 from 6:30-8:00. Also, the Reading Challenge is back this year! Students have the opportunity to be entered into a raffle for a free book from the book fair (up to $10 value). Students just need to read for at least 150 minutes during the 7 day challenge and fill in a log by Monday, January 31st. The challenge will run from Monday, Jan 24th - Sunday, Jan 30th. Click here for the all book fair information, including a link to the reading log.


Science and Engineering Fair: Visit the Commons from 6:30-8:00 pm on Feb 3rd to visit your classmates’ Science and Engineering Projects

Junior Great Books: Scheduled to begin the week of January 24


Directory Spot: As a reminder, PTA members received access to the Windsor School Directory this fall. If you need help accessing your DirectorySpot account, please contact Heather Lepold at heatherlepold@gmail.com.


Arlington Heights Council (AHC) PTA Scholarship Committee Volunteers Needed: Each year the AHC PTA awards ten $1,000 scholarships to graduating D25 seniors. The committee needs 1-2 volunteers to read scholarship applications during late March. If you are interested, please contact Carolyn Warnement (president@windsorpta.org)


Spring Fling: When: Friday, May 13 from 5:30-7:00 Where: Windsor Blacktop What: The Windsor PTA Spring Fling is a new Family FUN event that we are excited to offer this May. Mark your calendars and save the date for this great opportunity to spend the evening with all your fellow Windsor Wildcats.

Kids Heart Challenge is almost here!!


SAVE THE DATE!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!


We are so excited to partner with the American Heart Association to continue the tradition of Kids Heart Challenge at Windsor to help our students develop habits to keep their whole hearts healthy for their whole lives and to save lives from our nation’s number one killer, heart disease.

Want to get a jump start on keeping that heart of yours healthy?

Sign up HERE!

If your student raises $150 before our kick off on January 31, they will take home Captain KHC!


Can't wait to celebrate happy, healthy hearts! Kids Heart Challenge will run January 31- February 25. Thank you so much for your support, Windsor families!


Check out the 20 challenges that will be posted to your child's Seesaw.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1KVTxdAR--u_8VGQZcAZne0A2Oi9BhV6oG7uwnj6yONY/edit?usp=sharing


Windsor's Goals for the Kids Heart Challenge

-Fundraising goal: $5,000

-Fin’s Mission Goal: 30 families to complete

-Goal of 75 Students to take the challenge to stay healthy

Get Burbed Challenge

Mark your calendars for April 30, 2022 for the 10th ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! We are looking forward to having our district students, families and staff together again for our 5K and 1 Mile events! The ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge is the only district wide event and raises money to provide grants to teachers and staff through the ABC/25 Foundation. Please follow ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge on Facebook or Twitter for all race information or visit us at abcchallenge.org. We hope to see all our Windsor Wildcats there!

Notes from the front office...

The office will not interrupt classroom instruction time to call students down for forgotten items. If your child forgets an item, please put his or her name and teacher on the item and place either on the blue cart in the front foyer or the grade level bins in the office. Remind your child that if they have forgotten something to please check their grade level bins in the office.


If your child will be tardy please leave a message on the Absence Hotline and indicate if they will need lunch.


If your child needs to leave school early please let the classroom teacher and the office know ahead of time when possible. This will assure your child is ready to leave when needed and will let your child know if dismissal plans have changed.

Nurses Notes:

Hello Parents!


Reminders:


--Please pack a change of clothes and extra masks in your child’s backpack--accidents happen!

--If your child shows symptoms of COVID: fever (100.4 or higher), headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, muscle or body aches-- keep your all of your children home until the child with symptoms gets COVID tested and results are back.

--If your child is a CLOSE CONTACT of anyone with COVID, they must stay home and quarantine (with a person who is diagnosed with COVID for more than 15 min, in the classroom setting within 3 feet with mask or within 6 ft without a mask, outside of the classroom setting its within 6 feet masked or not). If that child develops symptoms while in quarantine, they must get tested with a PCR test.


Please contact me: dcarpenter@sd25.org or Kimmy Nylec knylec@sd25.org regarding any COVID questions or if your child has symptoms.

Refer to: Covid information

Testing sites: Free of Charge:

● IDPH - Arlington Racetrack

○ Appointment Required (open M/W/F/Sat only, 8am - 4pm)

○ 309-308-4100

● IDPH - Harper College - U of I Shield Saliva Test

○ 1200 W. Algonquin Rd, Palatine

○ lobby of the performing arts center

○ Mondays 12-4 pm, Wed. 12-4,Thursdays 9:00-11:00am

○ need to fast for 1 hour prior to test and the person will be notified of test results in 24 hours

○ NO Appointment Required, Walk-in

● Walgreens-Antigen, PCR

○ 1000 E. Northwest Hwy, AH

○ 3 E Golf Rd., AH

○ 1711 W Campbell St., AH

○ Appointment Required

https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing


Any questions about your child and Shield should be directed to Stacey Mallek: smallek@sd25.org.


Have a great weekend and stay healthy!


Sincerely,


Darlene CarpenterRN

Windsor School Nurse

dcarpenter@sd25.org

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Lunch Information


Please note that students who choose to pack a meal from home are invited to take a bag with milk that will also contain a fruit, vegetable, and grain at no charge. If your child has food allergies or food intolerances, please work with them to identify what they can consume from this bag, should they decide to pick it up.


All of these bagged items will be wrapped. If a student chooses not to consume all items, those may be placed on a table in the eating area so as to not be wasted.


As a reminder, lunch is free this school year for all District 25 students.


Thank you,


District 25 Food Services

American Heart Association

Do the holidays make you feel stressed and out of control? You aren’t alone! Stress may contribute to poor health behaviors linked to increased risk for heart disease and stroke, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Overeating
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Being overweight
  • Not taking medications as prescribed

Click here to learn five simple tips to “de-stress” over the holidays.

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