Weekly Update

Friday, December 17th, 2021 (Next Update: Fri. 1/7/22!)

Upcoming Dates to Note:

  • Mon. 12/20 and Tues. 12/21: School In Session
  • Tues. 12/21: Holiday Parties in Classrooms, Holiday Movie Celebration
  • Weds. 12/22 - Mon. 1/3: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
  • Tues. 1/4: School Resumes
  • Thurs. 1/13: PTO Virtual Meeting
  • Mon. 1/17: No School - MLK Day
  • Mon. 1/24 - Fri. 1/28: MAP Testing, Grades 2-5 (Make-ups week following)

Timely Updates

School Safety Updates

In the midst of the news this week about threats to schools and the swirl of concerns, here are a couple of critical safety reminders that are within our control to ensure safety in our community:

  • Please follow all traffic signs and guidance around our school, especially at arrival and dismissal; Howard Ave is one way at pick-up and drop-off, and cars MAY NOT proceed around the signage.
  • Please note that ALL adults must enter our building by checking in with Mrs. Blum in the front office; while all external doors are locked and closed, occasionally someone will attempt to gain entry through another door -- we route ALL through the main office for safety.
  • Please be mindful of using your cell phone while driving in/around our community as our students walk to/from school.
  • Please continue to practice our Covid safety protocols, referring to our Flowchart (at the end of this newsletter weekly) as you consider whether or not your child should come to school. When it doubt, reach out to our nursing team and/or the front office. It's all of our efforts, together, that keep us safe and sound.

Toy Drive Update

Huge thanks to all who contributed to our Toy Drive; we were AMAZED by the wonderful outpouring of support and generosity.

You can see by the amount of ornaments earned on the Giving Tree the extent of the Field Park generosity: we were able to donate 139 gifts! Huge thanks to our kids and families for this effort.

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Vaccination Reminders: from Dr. Barnhart's Weekly Update

Vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine following Close Contact unless they are also symptomatic. If they are deemed to be in Close Contact AND they are symptomatic, individuals may return to school following quarantine or after producing a negative COVID PCR test from an outside provider. Parents may still upload their child’s vaccination card using this LINK.

Holiday Shop Success!

The Field Park Holiday Shop last Saturday was so much fun and a big success thanks to all of the shoppers, 5th grade elves, and parent volunteers. We had about 80 families participate in this year's event which included shopping, writing holiday cards for seniors at Plymouth Place, and sharing their holiday spirit. A big thanks to our 5th grade elves for all their help as they helped shoppers pick out gifts and did a lot of the wrapping! We are looking forward to next year!

REMINDERS (Repeated from Prior Updates)

District 101 is hiring Part-Time and Full Time Teaching Assistants!

  • If you are interested in working in a fantastic environment with students and know that you have the correct license, please apply directly by completing an application: District 101 Applications
  • If you are not sure what you would need to do to become a teaching assistant and would like more information, please review these details: TA/Sub Requirements
  • If you would like to explore a little bit more about the position and the next steps in the hiring process, please contact Dr. Julie Fredericks, Director of Student Services at (708) 485-2850 or jfredericks@d101.org.


It’s time to order your 2021-22 yearbook! Use the following link to purchase: https://tr5.treering.com/1014732890973737

Any questions, please contact Jackie Stuut (jackie.stuut@gmail.com) or Erin Willis (willis.erin.e@gmail.com)

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"Should I Come to School Today" Flowchart

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School Year Calendar

Below, you will find a printable PDF of our District 101 2021-2022 academic school year calendar. You can also find the District 101 and Field Park-specific dates updated on our Google Calendar on the D101 and Field Park websites.

Community Interest

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The Nutcracker at LT!

West Suburban Ballet Conservatory’s inaugural production, The Nutcracker, is taking place December 17-19 at Lyons Township’s Reber Center Auditorium in La Grange, IL. To celebrate, the school is offering D101 students a complimentary ticket to come to one of the shows. Mention you saw this flyer in your school’s newsletter to redeem your ticket (one free ticket per paying adult). Tickets can be purchased on WSBC’s website www.wsballet.org.
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