Cardinal Connections Parent Copy

May 16, 2022

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Important Dates

  • May 17 - 5th Grade Orientation at Algonquin
  • May 17 - PTO Meeting 7 pm - Virtual
  • May 20 - Greenfield Village Field Trip for 4th & 5th Grade
  • May 23 - May 27 - Penny Wars
  • May 24 - Kindergarten Kickoff
  • May 25 - Senior Walk Through
  • May 26 - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Field Trip
  • May 27 - Field Day - All Day Event
  • May 30 - Memorial Day Break - No School
  • June 3 - Spring Fine Arts Night
  • June 13 - Kindergarten Ceremony
  • June 13 - 5th Grade Ceremony
  • June 14 - ECSE Ceremony
  • June 14 - Students attend AM only
  • June 15 - End of Third Trimester
  • June 15 - Last day of school - Students attend AM only
Greetings, CVE Families!

I hope all is well with you and your families. Back in November, an accident took place on Mulberry St. where a student was hit by a car. We have asked that no one drop their student off by parking across the street from the school. Since this accident, I have asked my staff to park in the back to give families space to park in the lot while dropping off. We are still seeing parents parking on the other side and walking students over or letting the students out to cross over on their own. Please use the parking lot to drop your student off and reframe from parking across from the school. While I understand that the accident didn't happen while that parent was dropping off the students for school, we want to be proactive in avoiding any danger that could occur in the future. Please use the parking lot. There are plenty of spaces available.

I also asked that you not pull up between the buses or the signs out front indicating "Bus Only." I understand that many of you are rushing to get to work, but we want to avoid any accidents. We want to ensure the safety of our students, and this is the only way to do so.

I appreciate your understanding!

~ Mrs. Wright

Donuts with Grown-ups

Thanks to the PTO for putting together such a fantastic event for our families. We had over 100 families show up! Thank you all for coming!
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Message from Joseph Connolly, Principal of Algonquin

Attention 5th-grade parents!

Your 5th grader will be coming to Algonquin Middle School during the school day on Tuesday, May 17. Parents are invited to attend a parent orientation that same evening. The parent orientation will introduce middle school life, and parents will learn how they can select their child’s exploratory classes for next year.

Middle School Parent Orientation will be Tuesday, May 17 at 6 PM in the Algonquin Middle School cafeteria.

See you there!

Joseph Connolly


Algonquin Middle School

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Message from our PTO....

This week the PTO sent out two forms for the upcoming PTO meeting on the 17th of this month.

One was a 1/2 sheet with the QR code for the meeting. The other is an election sheet if you’d like to run for a position within the PTO. If you’d like to hold a position please send the form back with your child on Monday, so that gives our PTO time to get the information together for elections.

What's Happening in Kindergarten with Mrs. Susalla & Mrs. Tech...

Kindergarten decided to take writing outside and leave messages of kindness on our sidewalks!
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What's Happening in 4th Grade with Mrs. Phillips....

Mrs. Phillips students were introduced to electricity as a form of energy in their Science lesson this week. In the activity, Build a Flashlight, students investigated how electrical energy requires a circuit, and then they made their own mini flashlights from LEDs, button batteries, and strips of aluminum foil. They also learned about the anatomy of a battery, began to see how circuits work, and discovered how handy an on-off switch can be. So fun!

What's Happening in the 4/5 Blend with Ms. Ford

During the month of March, 5th grade participated in the Million Word Challenge. This is a free reading challenge for students to participate in. The students ha​d to read articles and complete tasks through a virtual simulation. The students were assigned tasks to complete, and each decision they made impacted the results (text that they read). Each student had to each read at least 17,500 words each by the end of March to reach our goal of 175,000 words. The top three students who exceeded their individual goal are, Tayla Henley in 1st who read 39,055 words, Kamiyah McGee in 2nd read 29 940 words and in 3rd Keagan Rosso read 25,869. Awesome job to these three students who went above and beyond! The students received a free t-shirt, a draw string bag, a water bottle, a millionaire-club ribbon, and a Bluetooth speaker. Thank you, Read to Lead for creating this challenge to help students improve reading in a virtual and interactive platform.

Student T-Shirts will be distributed next week

We want to thank you for all of the support you have given your student and the school this year. Our fabulous PTO & Clinton Valley Elementary came together to provide all of our students with School T-Shirts to show our appreciation for the support you have provided our students and our building. They have already arrived and will be sent home with the students next week.
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STEM Summer School opportunity for K-5

District Tutoring List

Incoming Kindergarten Smore - Registration Information & More....

6th Grade Middle School Orientation

As our fifth graders begin their last trimester in elementary school, it is time to introduce them to Middle School. 😁 Please find below information regarding our 2021-2022 6th Grade Middle School Orientation Schedule. This year's orientation will be in-person, and students will ride a bus or walk with their teachers to their designated Middle School.

This year's orientation date is Tuesday, May 17th. Teachers will be providing more information soon. They will be sending home permission slips, and parent letters.

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Elementary Assessment Schedule

NWEA - Fall Testing

  • Testing Window - September 13 to October 1
  • 3rd - 5th Grade
  • Reading and Math (There is no particular order to test)

NWEA - Winter Testing

  • Testing Window - December 1 to December 22
  • 1st Grade
  • 3rd - 5th Grade
  • Reading and Math (There is no particular order to test)

NWEA - Spring Testing

  • Testing Window - March 1 to March 25
  • 3rd - 5th Grade
  • Reading and Math (There is no particular order to test)

FastBridge - Fall Diagnostic Benchmark Window

  • Testing Window - September 13 to October 1
  • K - 2nd Grade
  • Reading and Math (FastBridge Math in 2nd Grade ONLY)

FastBridge - Mid-Year Diagnostic Benchmark Window

  • Testing Window - January 4 to January 25
  • K - 2nd Grade
  • Reading and Math (FastBridge Math in 2nd Grade ONLY)

FastBridge - Spring Diagnostic Benchmark Window

  • Testing Window - April 25 - May 18
  • K - 2nd Grade
  • Reading and Math (FastBridge Math in 2nd Grade ONLY)

Progress Monitor (Tier 2 bi-weekly, Tier 3 weekly)

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Important Links