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Half Day School Weekly Newsletter - August 20, 2021

Staff Welcomes Students Back to School

There were 598 students who returned to school this week at Half Day. Check out our Facebook page for teachers greeting students. Half Day welcomes the following new staff:
  • Margaret Barnabee, Spanish Teacher

  • Casey Chang, Third-Grade Teacher

  • Jeanie Choi, Orchestra Teacher

  • Megan McCafferty, Fifth-Grade Teacher

  • Matt Pike, Social Worker

  • Allison Prace, Fourth-Grade Teacher

  • Avantika Singh, Office Staff Assistant

  • Rachel Varney, Learning Behavior Specialist

  • Italy Wallace, Technology Instructional Coach

  • Germaine Whitney, Spanish Teacher

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Late Buses

Please be patient as we navigate the new school year. With road work taking place along Riverwoods Road, buses may be late picking up or dropping off students. If buses are delayed for more than five minutes we will reach out to you via text message to let you know we are running behind schedule.
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COVID Checklist Required

To help keep all of our students and staff safe at school and prevent the spread of COVID, everyone is required to complete a COVID-19 self-check each morning before leaving home. By coming to school, you are verifying that you are symptom free and have completed the self-check. The self-check should include:

  • Temperature check. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 F should not enter a building and should check in with their primary care physician.
  • Symptoms check. If you answer yes to any of the following questions should not enter a building and should check in with their primary care physician.
    • Fever, Cough, Chills, Muscle Aches?
    • Sore Throat, Runny Nose, Loss of Taste, Smell?
    • Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea?
    • Shortness of Breath, Headache?
    • Close Contact or Cared for Someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
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Virtual Curriculum Nights Set

Parents, your involvement and support are key to a successful school year for every Half Day student. Curriculum Night provides parents/guardians insight into the learning environment, student expectations, grade-level curriculum and more. Please plan to join us virtually for the following Half Day Curriculum Nights:

  • Third-Grade: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25

  • Fourth-Grade: 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25

  • Fifth-Grade: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 26


Your child’s classroom teacher will provide a Zoom Link for the presentation as the evening approaches. We appreciate your partnership and continued collaboration for your child!


In case you missed attending Principal Jill Mau's welcome webinar earlier this month we have a recording of it. To access the video, please click on the principal welcome on our YouTube channel. For more about grade level curriculum, please visit our curriculum and instruction website pages.

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MAP Testing

Students at Half Day School will be taking the Fall MAP assessment on Tuesday, August 31, and Wednesday, September 1, 2021. You will receive the results of the fall assessment in October. For more information about MAP, including how you can help support your child, please see the full MAP Informational Letter.

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District 103 News

PCR Testing Update

O’Hare Clinical Lab Services, the company that will conduct our weekly COVID testing, will need District 103 to provide your child’s date of birth with the company as it is needed to report test results to the Lake County Health Department as required by law. It is also part of the information needed for you to receive your child’s test results. Date of birth was not included in the items in the waiver you signed in Unified Classroom so we are not allowed to share that information with O’Hare Clinical Lab without your permission. If you are ok with the district sharing this information, you do not need to do anything. If having the district share this information changes your mind regarding the testing of your child(ren), please go back to Unified Classroom and change your response. If you would like to sign up for testing, please follow these directions. Please make your decisions by Friday, August 20.

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We're Hiring Teacher Associates

Teacher Associates for the 2021-2022 school year are needed for D103 schools! Apply on our employment website page. Salary and qualifications can be found in this e-notice.
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BOE Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.
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Community News

Village Project Creates Traffic Congestion

As you may be aware, the Village of Lincolnshire is embarking on a $4 million Crosstown Water Main project along Riverwoods Road to maintain and improve the Village’s water supply system. The project is expected to last through spring 2022. A project this size will impact vehicle and pedestrian traffic – especially near Laura B. Sprague School, Daniel Wright Junior High School, and the intersection of Half Day Road and Riverwoods Road.


Unfortunately, it will be inconvenient and parents may need to alter the way in which they get their child to/from school. Due to the majority of Lincolnshire residents living near Riverwoods Road, this project will likely affect traffic to/from Half Day School as well.

The Village published, and will regularly publicize, a very detailed information page about the project, but we created an FAQ sheet to answer questions that parents may have.

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