The Wildcat Newsletter

January 2021

Principal's Welcome

Happy New Year!

Please remember to send your student in seasonally appropriate clothing, including jackets and outerwear, as they come to school each day. We will continue to go outside for recess as much as possible if the windchill is above 20 degrees. If your student does not have a coat or outerwear, please fill out the Google Form here and we would be happy to provide one.

With colder temperatures comes an increase in colds and flu-like illnesses, we ask that you please monitor your student for signs of illness and keep them home when they are sick. Please contact our school nurse's office at extension 120 with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Michelini

Important Dates

Friday, January 14 - Quarter 2 Ends

Monday, January 17 - No Student Attendance, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Tuesday, January 18 - Quarter 3 Begins

Friday, January 28 - Quarter 2 Report Cards Distributed

Monday, January 24 - Friday, February 4 - Winter Benchmarking Assessment Period

Friday, February 4 - Noon Dismissal, Teacher Institute *No Lunch Served*

Emergency Day Procedures

In the event of severe winter weather, Komarek may need to declare an emergency day. Students will be engaging in virtual learning opportunities when the weather prevents in-person schooling. Please see the below attachment for more information regarding Komarek's emergency day eLearning procedures.

Quarantining and Receiving Work

If students are placed into quarantine, teachers will communicate how to obtain work, whether through pick-up at school or in a virtual format. If you have any specific questions for your student's teacher regarding work while on quarantine, please contact them directly.

Quarter 2 Report Cards and IAR Results

Quarter 2 Report Cards will be distributed on Friday, January 28. Along with these report cards, students who took the IAR in Spring 2021 will receive their assessment results. An informational letter will be provided with your students' results explaining how to interpret them as well as how to access the IAR parent portal.

Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on February 18. Our winter conferences will be scheduled by invitation only. If teachers are requesting a conference regarding your student, parents and guardians will be notified at the beginning of February and will be provided a Sign-Up Genius link in order to schedule a conference.


Registration for VIRTUAL 2022 STREAM Night is now open! This year the theme is Maker Magic. You have the opportunity to work with your family to solve maker- and magical-themed challenges. You can join us LIVE on Zoom on February 25th 5:30-8:00pm or join us through the pre-recorded videos. Register and attend for a chance to be the first to check-out a Maker Backpack from the Komarek School Library. Please watch the exciting video that explains the opportunities this year.

To register, fill out the Google form posted here, scan the QR code on the flyer that came home with your student, or call Mrs. Sopata in the School Office at 708-447-8030. Remember, registration closes February 11th.

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Lost and Found

Our current lost and found is growing daily! If your student has misplaced items, please check the lost and found outside the school office.


Please make sure your child comes to school with a mask. We are providing dozens of students with masks daily and are running low on inventory. We have ordered more masks but appreciate your efforts to provide your child with one before leaving for school. We appreciate your support with this matter.

Attendance Reminder

Please call the attendance line (708) 447-8030, option 2 if your child will NOT be in attendance.

Breakfast & Lunch

Students have the opportunity to participate in our breakfast program at Komarek School. Breakfast will begin at 7:45am daily. Students should line-up at door W3 (West Building).

Quest has started posting menus to Please feel free to access this site to view menu updates, nutritional information, or translations. You can search "Komarek" to find our school-specific menu. Please note that this menu and site is provided and updated by Quest, and not Komarek. Please check this website for updated menus.

Breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost to all students this year.

Discovery Afterschool Club - Starting January 31!

This winter, Komarek School in conjunction with WSSRA will offer 'Discovery Afterschool Club' for students with special needs in 1st through 8th grades. Club will begin on Monday, January 31st and will run for 8 weeks (no club on Monday, February 21st). Club hours will be Mondays, from 3:10-4:30pm.

Please click HERE for the registration form (HERE is the form in Spanish), and HERE for registration policies. Please complete the registration form and return it to the attention of Dr. Janka at either the Komarek School or District Office, or to WSSRA. There are scholarships available (see information in the policies document). Feel free to contact Dr. Janka with any questions.

The West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) provides enrichment activities and programs for students with disabilities. Please click HERE for their Course Schedule. Paper copies of this brochure are also available outside of our District Office.

Winter Preschool Screening

Thursday, Jan. 13th, 8:30am

8940 West 24th Street

North Riverside, IL

We are planning to hold our second preschool screening this winter on Thursday, January 13th. We will also have an additional preschool screening in April.

Preschool screening is designed to assess a child's development and assist in identifying children who may require further evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services or those who may be eligible for a state-funded preschool program. Your child must be at least two and one half years old to attend a screening. The screenings are by appointment, and at no cost to families.

Please click HERE to complete the Preschool Screening Interest Form and someone will be in touch to with you to schedule an appointment for January 13.

If you have concerns about your preschool age child's development, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Janka, Director of Student Services, at any time. Her phone number is 708-447-8030, x115 and email is

Curriculum Corner

Winter Benchmarking

Our winter benchmarking assessment window will be from Monday, January 24 - Friday, February 4. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth from fall to winter, as well as to help inform teacher instruction and identify students who would benefit from additional classroom supports.

Tech Corner

Devices Coming Home Daily

Beginning this week, all K-8 students should be bringing their school-issued device back and forth from school daily. We ask that you please ensure that these devices are charged when they come back to school each day. These devices are important learning tools for your student, and forgotten or dead devices can disrupt instruction. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

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Broadview Park District

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North Riverside Parks & Recreation

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PTA Corner

PTA Meeting

The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 11 at 6:15pm. The Zoom link can be found on the PTA website. Not a member yet? Visit our member hub store to join: