The Fairview Connection

JANUARY 14, 2022

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL OPHUS

Dear Fairview Families,


I hope you and your family have had a good week! We continue to enjoy teaching and connecting with your children while they are here at Fairview. Thank you for entrusting them to us each day as we help them learn and grow. As you have seen in my recent emails since returning from winter break, we have seen an increase in our COVID numbers at Fairview. In an effort to minimize the amount of time students are in close contact with one another maskless within six feet, we are going to have students increase the time they are wearing masks during the lunch period by utilizing the following procedure.


  • As students transition into the lunchroom, gym or art room for lunch between 11:50-11:55 (2nd/3rd grades) or 12:20-12:25 (4th/5th grades), students will keep their masks on. If they arrive at the table and are ready to eat, they can pull their mask down to take a bite and then put it directly back on while chewing during this time frame.

  • From 11:55-12:08 (2nd/3rd) or 12:25-12:38 (4th/5th) students will eat with their masks off. A supervisor will tell students when this time begins and ends.

  • After this time frame, students will put their masks back on. If they are not finished eating, they can pull their mask down momentarily to take a bite or drink and then put it directly back on while they are chewing/drinking, similar to what we do when kids use their water bottles in class. They will finish out the lunch period with their masks on. The time when they put their masks back on is a few minutes short of when we typically are starting to clean up.


Our hope is that this procedure will minimize the number of close contacts we have at school as much as possible and will limit potential COVID spread in the lunchroom. We tried this with our students on Thursday and it went very well. We found that it wasn’t too drastic of a change for our students as most of them finish their lunch rather quickly. That said, we know some of our students take a little longer to eat. In some surrounding schools lunch periods have been shortened entirely, and while we want to look for ways to continue to stop the spread of COVID, we also wanted to make sure students had the time they needed to finish their lunch at their needed pace. This new procedure does not have any impact on outdoor recess as students are welcome to continue taking their masks off while outdoors.


Looking forward, please note that students are off on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School will resume once again on Tuesday. Next week, PTO Special Lunch is on Friday and we look forward to having our virtual author visit with Peter Reynolds on Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend ahead and thank you for reading through today’s newsletter!


Sincerely,


Dan Ophus

Fairview Principal

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FAIRVIEW FOLLIES IS MAKING A COMEBACK!!!

Fairview Follies is a student talent show that showcases the incredible talents of some of our students. If your son or daughter is interested in auditioning for Fairview Follies please click on the graphic to get more information and the necessary forms. Please make sure to note the rehearsal/performance dates as well as deadline date for turning in audition forms (no late forms will be accepted).
FAIRVIEW PTO SCIENCE FAIR - FEBRUARY 23, 2022

CLICK ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO FILL OUT AN ENTRY FORM!

FROM NURSE BRUNNING

Please send a copy of your child's COVID vaccination card to the health office after your child receives dose #2 of the COVID vaccine. This information is important to have on file as students who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks post 2nd dose) do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact (per IDPH guidelines).

REMINDER

Students should arrive at school in the morning wearing a mask. Also, please remember to put a bag with some extra masks in your student(s) backpack in case they need another one during the school day.


Also, anyone entering our building must be wearing a mask.

DRESS FOR OUTDOOR RECESS

Please make sure your children are dressed to go out for recess. Unless it is raining or the temperature /wind chill is too cold (15 degrees or below, real-feel temperature) the students will go out every day for recess. Please write your student’s last name on a tag in their coat and snowpants so they don't end up in our Lost and Found. It would also be helpful to put their name on the bag that they bring their snow gear in every day.


All students will go out with their class unless we have a doctor’s note limiting their participation. If a student has been ill and he/she is not feeling well enough to participate in all the activities of the school day, perhaps another day at home will insure a healthy return to school.

NEWS FROM THE LRC

We are very grateful to our PTO for sponsoring our author/illustrator visit with Peter Reynolds on Thursday, January 20. We have a limited number of Mr. Reynolds' books available for purchase. If you are interested, please click here for the order form.

PTO "READ-A-WAY" PROGRAM

Read-A-Way is a reading incentive program from the Fairview PTO partnership with Station 34 in Mount Prospect. Students have a chance to earn a free kids pizza every month by meeting their daily reading goals.


Click on the graphic for more information and January's reading log calendar.

FAIRVIEW PTO PRESENTS "FALCON JUMP"

CLICK ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FUN IN-SCHOOL EVENT

BIRTHDAYS

The Fairview PTO has a wonderful history of giving students a book for their birthday. For the 2021-2022 school year, they are continuing that tradition. If your child is celebrating a birthday this month or has celebrated a birthday since the beginning of this school year, please have them go onto ClassLink on their chrome book and go to the Birthday Book link or click on the graphic to access the link. They must choose a book that is on the Google document listing all the grade level books. Students who are learning from home can pick their birthday book up from the school.


A lot of students who celebrated their birthdays in August, September, October, November, and December have not selected their birthday book yet. Make sure to go to ClassLink or click on the birthday cake to make your selection...don't forget to pick the tab for the appropriate grade level list.

PTO "NO STRESS" FUNDRAISER

Fairview's PTO supports our students and staff by offering fun family events along with sponsoring assemblies all during the year. Your support of the PTO gets you access to the on-line student directory, Directory Spot. Click the graphic for more information on how to support Fairview's PTO.

STUDENT DROP-OFF ZONE

If a Fairview staff member, directing traffic in the drop-off zone is not outside, it is necessary for you to come to the front of the school to drop off your student(s). The drop-off zone supervisor comes back into the building shortly after 8:45am when the first entry bell rings. We only have supervision in that area and our bus turnaround from 8:35am-8:45am. Students need to be in their classrooms at 8:50am which is when the school day starts.

STUDENT SIGN-IN/SIGN-OUT PROCEDURE

The office's procedure for those times when you need to sign your child in or out of school has changed. We maintain an electronic sign-in/sign-out sheet in the office so all you have to do is drop your student off (if arriving late) and we will sign them in and get them down to their class. If you need to sign your child out, ring the doorbell, tell us who you are picking up, and we will send your student out the front door.
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KEEP THE FRONT OFFICE INFORMED

When emailing your student's teacher regarding vacation plans, illness, doctor appointments, etc., please include the front office staff in your communication.


Also, please contact Fairview School’s office if your home/cell phone number, emergency contact numbers, or email address have changed.


If you have moved, please immediately contact the front office so we can update your student's records.


Chris Trezise, 847-394-7320, ext. 4001 - ctrezise@d57.org

Carolyn Young, 847-394-7320, ext. 4000 - cyoung@d57.org

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EVACUATION PROCEDURES

PLEASE READ THIS AS IT INFORMS YOU WHERE FAIRVIEW'S RELOCATION SITE IS IF WE NEEDED TO EVACUATE OUR BUILDING IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

Contact Us

Dan Ophus, Principal / dophus@d57.org

Una Durkan, Assistant Principal / udurkan@d57.org


Office: 847-394-7320/Fax: 847-394-7328