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Washington School: March Issue 2019

Letter from Mrs. Daly

Dear Washington Families,


Happy March to you! It is here!


As spring is going to be approaching us rather fast, this seems like an appropriate time to include some information about tardiness and possible impacts habitual tardiness can have on your child’s educational experience.


Our morning announcements start promptly at 8:50 AM. Students walking in after that time miss important information relayed during these daily announcements. They also miss participating in the important communal experiences of saying the Pledge of Allegiance or acknowledging birthdays together. Instruction at Washington begins promptly at 8:55 AM. This also applies to our PM Kindergarten students. The bell rings promptly at 12:40. When they walk into the building after that bell, they are tardy. If you have any other concerns related to this please email me or refer to our Parent-Student Handbook.


Students arriving after the bell rings are missing out on valuable instructional time. They may miss a set of directions, review items, or an important explanation of a concept or skill; all of which support and enhance the learning process for our students. When students are late for school, they start their day rushed and hurried. This may make them feel a sense of anxiety and would not be the calmest or most effective way to begin a day. Besides its impact on your child’s educational experience, consider, also, that consistently being tardy may contribute to habits that become hard to break and can hinder children in other areas of their lives. We live in a society that values punctuality as a sign of reliability and dependability, and punctuality shows others courtesy and respect. Students benefit from consistently coming to school on time during his or her years at Washington and beyond. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions. If you are bringing your child after 9:30 AM, please make sure you bring them into the office to sign them in. At this time, students cannot come into school without a parent signing them in. During lunch hours, please remember you need to sign your child in and out for the lunch hour. This helps us know what students are in the building and who isn’t for safety reasons.


Warmly,

Mrs. Daly

Washington Principal

IAR Communication - Help Your Child Be Ready


The Illinois Assessment of Readiness Test, an assessment for all students in Illinois, will be administered in District 64 from March 11-22.


The best preparation for the IAR has been the quality instruction our teachers have provided this school year. However, there are things you can also do to promote your child’s success:


  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.

  • Provide your child with words of encouragement. While we don’t want our students to feel anxious about any assessment, we do want them to do their best.

  • Please send earbuds/headphones to school by Wednesday, March 6. We will be using these for the English Language Arts test and Math test. These items will be kept at school and returned at the end of testing.

  • The IAR is an online assessment and students will be using their Chromebooks to complete these tests. Please make sure your child brings his or her Chromebook to school each day, fully charged.


The testing schedule is below for you.


If you would like to learn more about the IAR tests, English Language Arts sample tests, Math sample tests, and additional resources are available for your convenience. Although the name of this assessment has changed this year, the testing resources provided by the Illinois State Board of Education are the same as last year’s PARCC resources.


Thank you for your support in helping your child be prepared for upcoming testing.


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Channels of Challenge Information

District 64 has a variety of methods of differentiating for student learning. Channels of Challenge is one of the District's programs for advanced and accelerated students. Refer to the Channels of Challenge/Primary Challenge Website if you would like to learn more about the eligibility process and Channels of Challenge.

Planning for the 2019-2020 School Year

After spring break, the Washington faculty works together on a very difficult but important process. At this time, we begin to create class lists for the next school year. It is a very long process that has many stages.

Because the placing of students in classrooms for next year is such an important decision, we use a very specific and detailed process for all children. We consider six criteria in making our decisions, with no one being more important than another.


The following criteria are considered together as a whole before placements are made:

• The total number of children in all grade level classes needs to be equal.

• The ratio of girls and boys should be balanced in each grade level class.

• Ability levels of students need to be balanced in each grade level class.

• Leadership skills and other affective characteristics need to be balanced.

• Students’ learning styles should be matched appropriately with teachers’ instructional styles.

• Some student combinations should be split for social or academic reasons.


Next year, we will continue to coordinate co-teaching opportunities that may dictate how we group and cluster groups of students in all grade levels.


If you would like to provide specific information about your child to assist in the homeroom placement selection, please submit a letter by Friday, March 22, 2019.


That information might include the parents’ view of how the child learns best, the environment that seems to suit him or her best, and any other pertinent details.

Such information will be considered as one component of our process, but the final decision about class assignments rests with the principal and the teachers.


Due to the nature and complexity of this task, we cannot reduce the process to simply accepting requests for specific teachers. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT LETTERS THAT CONTAIN TEACHERS’ NAMES WILL NOT BE GIVEN CONSIDERATION IN THE PROCESS.

Any letters received after Friday, March 22nd will not be considered in the process.

Please note that the teachers and I spend an inordinate amount of time on this particular process.

ROARS Winners for the Month of February

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Uncle Pete's Lunches was a HUGE Success!

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Helping Your Student Prepare for the IAR Assessments

Parents of 3rd - 5th Graders!


The IAR Test, an assessment for all students in Illinois, will be administered in District 64 from March 11-22.


The best preparation for the IAR has been the quality instruction our teachers have provided this school year. However, there are things you can also do to promote your child’s success:


  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.

  • Provide your child with words of encouragement. While we don’t want our students to feel anxious about any assessment, we do want them to do their best.

  • Please send earbuds/headphones to school by Wednesday, March 7. We will be using these for the English Language Arts test and Math test. These items will be kept at school and returned at the end of testing.

  • The PARCC is an online assessment and students will be using their Chromebooks to complete these tests. Please make sure your child brings his or her Chromebook to school each day, fully charged.


4th Grade Girls Spring Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian of a Fourth Grade Girl:

In April and May, District 64 will host a program to assist you as you begin and continue discussions about female growth and development with your daughter. The program includes a viewing of the video “Always Changing - Girls” and a follow-up discussion providing an opportunity for the girls to ask questions.

If you are aware of girls who may not have a parent who can attend, please invite them to join you and your daughter, or bring this to my attention so that other arrangements can be made. You may also use the link above to view the video at another time. Fathers are welcome to attend as well.

Please plan to join us from 7:00-8:00 p.m., according to the schedule below. Presentations will take place in the LRC. If the scheduled date for your building is not convenient, please feel welcome to attend a presentation at any of the other schools.

Carpenter: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Franklin: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Field: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Roosevelt: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Washington: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Sincerely,

Margaret Temari, R.N., M.Ed. Facilitator, School Health Services mtemari@d64.org 847-318-5439


Look for digital pledge cards for Healthy Living Month this April


District 64 students in grades K-5 through the support of their school PTO’s will again have the opportunity to participate in Healthy Living Month in April. Each week, students will pledge their participation in activities to promote these themes: Health and Nutrition Week (April 1 - 5); Neat to Use Your Feet Week (April 8 - 12); Go Green Week (April 15 - 19); and Screen-Free Week (April 22 - 26). Pledge cards to track a student’s activities are being provided in digital form. Watch for more information in the April school newsletters!


Update on Records Planning Days for March and June

  • Monday, March 4 will be a regular day of school - Although District 64 sets aside four emergency days within the school calendar on an annual basis, if more than two are used prior to February 1, the March records planning day, which is attended by staff only, becomes a day of student attendance. Due to the multiple inclement weather days used in January, District 64 schools will have a regular day of school for students and staff on Monday, March 4.

No change at present for Wednesday, June 5 records planning day - At present, the records planning day scheduled for June 5 will be observed. This means that students will not attend school on that day; only staff will be in attendance. This may change, however, should more emergency days be used in the coming months.
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Washington Calendar of Events- Click Here

Click here to view upcoming and planned events

District Mission Statement

Inspire all students to discover their strengths, embrace learning, achieve personal excellence, and demonstrate care. Students thrive in a rich, rigorous, and innovative curriculum delivered by highly qualified teachers. Each student learns and grows in a safe, nurturing environment. In collaboration with student, parents, teachers and the community, District 64 provides opportunities for each learner to investigate, be successful, be resilient, and become inspired and empowered as they contribute to our global society.
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