BG eNews -Home Edition

April 15, 2020

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...

Please note the following items for your attention:

  • Governor Pritzker announced that the closure of Illinois schools will extend through April 30. Please take a few moments to watch a video message from Superintendent Dr. Jason Pearson about the District 303 response to COVID-19 and our remote learning plan.
  • Please visit the District 303 website that is designed to answer your questions about e-Learning, assist you with finding community resources, and link you to information from reputable agencies about COVID-19.
  • Monday-Thursday Lessons: Through April 30, teachers will share/push out lessons to students Monday through Thursday. You can expect daily lessons to be shared by 9am. Throughout the month of April, on Fridays teachers will be participating in professional learning and planning days. They will not be sharing new lessons for the students.
  • Spring Testing: Much to the dismay of our 3rd-5th grade students and staff (haha), we will NOT be administering the Illinois Assessment of Readiness. We were scheduled to administer that test throughout the month of April as all districts across our state do. Even if we return to in-person teaching & learning on May 1, we will NOT administer this assessment this year.
  • Where Do I Go If I Have Questions?: With so much information and communication flooding your inbox daily you might not even know where to start if you have a question. Here is a little guidance... if you have a question about anything related to your child or their daily lessons please reach out directly to your child's teacher. If you have questions beyond the classroom please reach out to me (amy.klueppel@d303.org). I can't promise you that I have all the answers but I know where to go find them for you!

Reaching Out Survey

As we continue to face times of great uncertainty our needs are ever-changing. What seemed manageable at the start now seems overwhelming. What started out as much-needed family time might be causing stress and strife among family members. Are juggling the roles of parenting and being a remote learning teacher, the loss of jobs, the feeling of isolation, and the uncertainty of when it will all be over causing you or a loved one to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or like you need more support? In an effort to meet the ever-changing needs of our BG Community (students and families) we have created a brief survey to get a better sense of what is needed and how we can provide support.


Bell-Graham is very fortunate to have a full-time Social Worker, Mrs. Brandt, and a full-time Psychologist, Mr. Cornwell on staff. The three of us will continue to work together to address the needs revealed within this survey. Thank you in advance for taking time to complete this survey.


Stay well,
Mrs. Klueppel, Mrs. Brandt, & Mr. Cornwell

Placement Letter for Upcoming School Year - Deadline: 4/17

Elementary Intra-District Transfer Window Closes April 20

This message is a reminder to elementary school families that the Intra-District transfer window for the 2020-2021 school year opened on April 7.


For the 2020-2021 school year, ALL elementary students have been assigned to their attendance area school by the District. This includes elementary students currently attending a school on an intra-district transfer.


An Intra-District Transfer Request must be submitted online no sooner than 8:00 a.m. on the first Tuesday following spring break (April 7, 2020) and no later than 4:00 p.m. on the third Monday following (April 20). A link to the request form can be found on the District 303 web page (district.d303.org).


If you are requesting a transfer for more than one child, a separate request must be submitted for each. Due to fluctuating class sizes at schools and each grade level, siblings are not guaranteed placement. If granted, transportation is the responsibility of the parents.


If you have questions about the process, please call the District office at 331.228.2000.

Request for Yearbook Photos

Do you have photographs of your child from any of the events listed below?


  • E-Learning
  • Barn Dance
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Band/Orchestra

Please send them to nessabgyearbook@gmail.com and they may be featured in this year's BG yearbook.

MEAL DISTRIBUTION SITES

District 303 continues to provide breakfast and lunch for any families in need during this time of remote learning. These meals are available to ANY D303 student/family. In an effort to reach more families, the district has identified additional distribution sites, which will begin next week. Meals are still available at Thompson Middle School from 9:00-11:00 Monday-Friday. The follow sites have been added; Anderson Elementary, Wasco Elementary, Cumberland Green Cooperative, Prairie Point Apartments, The Crossing, and St. Charles Place.

Remote Learning Highlights

  • Student learning that aligns with District 303 curriculum will be delivered through a District supported Learning Management System (LMS) such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Seesaw, or email.

  • In an effort to respond to students and their academic needs, staff members will be available between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.

  • Teachers will use a variety of methods to stay connected with students, including: Google Classroom, Schoology, videos, emails, and phone calls.

  • Teachers will collaborate with their course and grade-level teams to develop activities and tasks that are aligned with the curriculum and instructional units throughout the duration of remote learning.

  • Assessments will be based upon a student’s progression of skills and abilities.

  • Students who have not yet demonstrated proficiency will be provided with opportunities to continue learning and receive additional feedback to support their learning.

  • Remote learning activities can assist students with increasing their grade, but will not have an adverse effect on a student’s grade.

  • Competency-based grading and reporting will continue for grade K-5 during remote learning.

  • During remote learning days, District 303 will continue to use the letter grade structure for students in grades 6-12 throughout the remainder of the semester.

  • Remote learning days count as student attendance days. On Monday mornings, students in grades 6-12 will receive a brief survey they are expected to complete by noon that records their intended participation in learning for that week and their attendance. Elementary teachers will record attendance based on student participation in the remote learning assignments and activities.

  • Remote learning details are outlined in the remote learning plan. Specific information for your child's classes and courses will be shared by the school and teacher.

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