Bobcat Blog

Friday, March 4

Notes and Reminders


  • March 11: Virtual Chat with Cheryl 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • March 15: Institute Day - No School for students
  • March 18: 2nd Trimester report cards emailed home
  • March 28 - April 1: Spring Break

***Please label your child's belongings (lunch box, sweatshirts, etc.) There are many items in the Lost and Found so encourage your child to look for any missing things in the Commons.


Family Handbook 2021 - 2022

Beye School PTO Plant and Flower Sale 2022 - Orders due Friday, March 11

Virtual Chat with Cheryl - Friday, March 11 8:15 am - 9:00 am

Cheryl Sullivan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Please join us for an informal discussion. Your questions and thoughts will be prioritized. I am also happy to share Beye news.


Topic: Virtual Chat with Cheryl

Time: Mar 11, 2022 08:15 AM Central Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://op97-org.zoom.us/j/88971002496?pwd=T2hBVmhFMXFlUlFQamZrQUc1alJKUT09


Meeting ID: 889 7100 2496

Passcode: 023771

One tap mobile

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Black Staff Excellence - Representation Matters - Some of our many awesome staff members participated in this display

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Breakfast is Back Starting Monday, March 7

Students may come to breakfast beginning Monday, March 7. They should come to the main entrance between 7:15 and 7:45am and will head to the Commons. Students will be directed outside at 7:50 am to line up with their classes. Please note that we are not able to accommodate students for an early drop off. This is only for students who need breakfast.

Attention 5th Grade Families: Message from Julian

5th grade Parents, join the Percy Julian Administration and Staff for our 5th grade Transition Night coming up Thursday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m.


For more information click here.



Please click here for the zoom link!

Social Emotional Learning - Preparing for Masks Recommended beginning March 17

Your child's homeroom teacher received mask discussion decks to share with students during their morning meetings next week.


We want to share them with you as well. Have a great weekend!

K-2 mask discussion

3-5 mask discussion

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) - Grades 3-5 Please Read


Each Spring, all District 97 students in Grades 3 to 8 take federally-required assessments to help us understand how they are growing academically. Since 2019, the state has utilized the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) to assess students’ knowledge and skills in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, as well as their progress toward the long-term goal of college and career readiness.


This year, the IAR will be administered to Beye students between April 5 and April 14. Specific schedules for grades 3 - 5 will be shared shortly.

Check out our “5 Things to Know About IAR” document to learn more about this year’s assessment!



Additional Resources for Families

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Great Family Opportunity Coming Up

Join The Lyric Opera on Sunday, April 24 at 2:00pm for The Magic Victrola, a wonderful way to introduce the young people in your life to the brilliant world of opera.

The adventure begins when Gracie and Sam are dropped off at their Grandpa’s place for summer vacation. While at first the kids are less than excited to be without their modern comforts, things get much more interesting when they discover their grandfather’s old victrola, and his prized collection of opera records suddenly come to life! With the help of the mysterious birdman, Papageno, Gracie and Sam are off on a musical adventure through some of opera’s most delightful hits.

You’ll hear selections from some of the most beloved operas including The Magic Flute, Carmen, The Elixir of Love, and more in this whimsical, original opera created for kids aged 5 to 10.

Tickets are just $5 for children and $10 for adults. It’s a perfect family outing at an incredible value!


Lyric Opera - The Magic Victrola

In Case you Missed It

Mark your Calendars - Grade Level Gatherings are Coming Back!

Announcing the next all-grade second grade meet-up!

March 19th

10AM-12PM

Stevenson Park

49 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302


Announcing the next all-grade first grade meet-up!

March 20th

10AM-12PM

Stevenson Park

49 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302

5Essentials Survey - Window closes March 11

Our family completion rates are climbing! Thank you!! Let's raise the percentage even higher by next Friday when the window closes.


Parents/guardians from all 10 of our schools are encouraged to take the Illinois 5 Essentials Survey between now and March 11, 2022. Please click here to learn how parents/guardians can participate in this important endeavor and click here to access the parent/guardian version of the survey.


Currently, 35% of parents have completed the survey. (1 per household) Please take the short survey to help us collect more valuable data. Thank you for helping us!

New Message from our Social Workers

8 Week Session Begins Tuesday, March 22nd

Registration is open! Register by March 11th

This family-based bereavement support group provides support and grief education for children and their families. It's free and consists of 8 weekly sessions. Children are placed in groups with similar aged peers and the adults gather together to learn how to support the children.

At this time Sessions are in person, however this may change to Zoom if necessary.

Dates (families are expected to attend all dates as long as they are healthy and do not have any Covid-19 symptoms):


  • March 22

  • April 5

  • April 12

  • April 19

  • April 26

  • May 5

  • May 10

  • May 17

Meetings are 6:15-7:30 pm each week, and consistent attendance is requested.

All participants will need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

There is no cost to participate in Buddy's Place however program registration is required and then complete the 8 Week Session registration form - click here.

Additional information on Buddy's Place can be found at the Buddy’s Place website here.

District News

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Information about Acceleration Opportunities in District 97


Looking ahead to the spring, District 97 is preparing to implement the Single Subject and Whole Grade Level Acceleration process for students eligible for acceleration in the 2022-23 school year.

District 97 believes that all students should be challenged and supported to develop to their maximum potential. For students who demonstrate they may benefit from accelerated placement, we provide opportunities to participate in an instructional setting that is usually reserved for students who are older or in higher grades than the child. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Single subject acceleration
  • Whole grade acceleration

In accordance with the Illinois Accelerated Placement Act, District 97 has continued to refine procedures to ensure equitable access to acceleration opportunities for all students. New this year: all students who are grade eligible to take the Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR) must participate in the assessment in order to be deemed eligible for acceleration. The IAR is a critically important measure in determining the mastery of grade level standards and must be considered by the school team along with other sources of data.

Referrals for single-subject and whole-grade acceleration will be accepted from March 1 to May 15 of each school year. The general process is outlined HERE.

Information about the District 97 Accelerated Placement Program, including definitions and timelines, can be found at http://www.op97.org/acceleration. We will send additional communication to families as we near the opening of our referral and application windows next year. Additionally, Family Acceleration Night will be held Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This information session will provide an avenue for families to share questions as well as receive information about the acceleration process. Please find additional information in the information session flyer.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by visiting our Let’s Talk page (bit.ly/D97LetsTalk) and clicking the button labeled “Acceleration.”

UPDATED GUIDANCE - PLEASE READ

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William Beye Elementary School

Cheryl Sullivan and Sheila Carter

Co-Interim Beye Principals

csullivan@op97.org

scarter@op97.org