IG Guardian

December 2022

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Message From Mr. Timmins

Hello IG parents and guardians,



I wanted to share with the IG community that I will be taking a short family leave from January 9 to February 10. I plan on returning on Monday, February 13. While I am out, Mrs. Kruzel will be joined by Dr. Wagner, who is graciously interrupting her recent retirement to sub for me. If you need anything during that time, please feel free to call or email either Mrs. Kruzel (ekruzel@rtsd26.org) or Dr. Wagner (nwagner@rtsd26.org). I'm looking forward to my return in February and am relieved to know that Mrs. Kruzel and Dr. Wagner will be at IG to support our students.



From our IG families to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season!



Bill Timmins,

Principal

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November Highlights

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  • December 5 - Hersey Music Assembly, Grades 3-5
  • December 9 - PTC Holiday Boutique
  • December 12-16 - Winter MAP Test, Grades 2-5
  • December 13 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm
  • December 19-22 - Winter Spirit Week
  • December 23-January 9 - Winter Break
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Breakfast Program Ending at Indian Grove

Beginning January 10, 2023 and for the remainder of the 22-23 school year, breakfast will no longer be offered in the cafeteria. If you need breakfast, please complete the pre-order form here. Breakfast costs $1.90 for all students, payments can be made by using MyMealtime. A survey will be sent in the spring to determine if breakfast will be offered for the following school year.


The Board of Education approved this change at their November meeting due to the low demand for breakfast at our school. A survey will be sent in the spring to determine if breakfast will be offered for the following school year.

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Snow at Recess

Here are some things to please keep in mind:


  • Gear: Please make sure that you send your student with hats, gloves, boots, snow pants and winter coat that they can get on and off by themselves.
  • Label: Please label all clothing with your child's first and last name.
  • Independence: Please help your student practice getting their gear on at home. Talk through with him/her the order to put things on (ex: gloves go on last). Please have them practice doing this task independently as there is often 1 teacher assisting up to 22 students at school.
  • Regular Shoes: Students need to have a pair of shoes to change into to wear at school for the day if they wear boots to school. They will need gym shoes for P.E.
  • Recess: Students need to have proper attire (snow pants, boots, hat, gloves) in order to play in the snow during recess times. Students that are not wearing adequate apparel for the snow will be blacktop only when outside.
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Winter Benchmark Assessments

The winter MAP will be given to students grade 2-5 the week of December 12. Results will be shared sometime after we return from Winter Break.
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Winter Spirit Week - December 19-22

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GCSG Holiday Essentials Drive

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Yearbook

2022-2023 Yearbooks are on sale now! Click on the link below and enter code 73724C to order yours today!

5th Grade Yearbook Student Shout Outs

For an additional $5, 5th grade parents/guardians have the opportunity to contribute a short shout-out (3-6 sentences) about your student to be included in the 2022-2023 yearbook. An example can seen below.
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If you have a 5th grade student and are interested in including a shout out in the 2022-2023 yearbook, please drop off your blurb and $5 in an envelope with your student's name on it to the main office by December 22.
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Meet the Teacher Feedback

For Fall 2022 Parent Teacher Conferences, we used a new appointment scheduling system called Meet the Teacher. Please take a moment to provide your feedback on Meet the Teacher.

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Winter Lunch Menu Updates

Monday, December 5, will start an "A" week below.
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Lost & Found

The Lost and Found hooks and tables that were se tup during conferences will remain up until winter break. We will also do so on the announcements, but please encourage your students to check it out if they have misplaced anything so far this year.


Anything remaining in the lost and found will be donated over winter break.

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Holiday Boutique

The PTC Holiday Boutique will be set up in the gym on Friday, December 9. Students will have the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts for their loved ones (items ranging in price from $1-$10) during their PE time.
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Indian Grove Parent-Teacher Council

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
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RTSD26 Food and Gift Card Collection

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Metra Safety Poster Contest

Metra is conducting a safety poster and essay contest. It is open to all students (K-12) and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner will be selected from each grade. Prizes are $500 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd.


This year’s theme is “Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks.” Entries are due by Friday, January 20, 2023. For more info, visit metracontest.com or check out the flyer below.

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