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October 2020

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October 9th: Midterm


October 12th:
No School Columbus Day


October 14th: Fall Picture Day (Remote)


October 15th: Fall Picture Day (Green) During School

State Health Record Deadline--All Outstanding Health Docs Due to Nurse Before School


October 16th: Fall Picture Day (Gold) During School

PTO Pop's Fundraiser (Open to Close)

A Note From The Superintendent



Dear District 91 Families,


Tuesday evening, the Board of Education discussed our current status and the recommendation for blended learning to begin. I am happy to say that we are on track and will open our buildings on Monday, September 28, 2020, for students who chose the district’s blended learning option.


In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 we have developed additional procedures and protocols for staff and students alike. It is important that all families follow these protocols and work with the district to take mitigating measures to reduce the spread. These measures include wearing a mask when at school and in other public places having large groups of people, washing or sanitizing your hands throughout the day, and practicing social/physical distancing of at least 6 feet.


It is our hope that by following the procedures and protocols in our Roadmap to Reopening document we will be able to keep our buildings open for on-site learning and keep our staff and students healthy.


We are using several metrics to guide our decision making:

  • weekly percent positivity rate

  • weekly number of new cases per 100,000

  • weekly number of new cases

  • weekly number of youth cases

  • number of CLI (COVID like illness - among staff & students)

  • number of positive cases (building & district-wide)

  • staffing levels at each building


We want families to know that there may be occasions when we will need to implement short-term closures to prevent/contain the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. We are monitoring metrics daily and will do our very best to give families as much notice as possible, should we need to close. We encourage all families to establish a backup plan for child care in case we need to close one or both of our buildings for a period of time. If this were to happen all students would resume remote learning for the duration of the closure.


We are very excited and are looking forward to having students back in the buildings! Please look for additional information about students returning to school from your child’s building principal. We are counting down the days!


Sincerely,

Donna Gray

Superintendent

Contact Tracing:

Ms. Gilkerson & Ms. Lacasse have been preparing for our student’s return. One step they have each completed, along with Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Koziol, and Mr. Jennings, is a course on contact tracing.

  • What is contact tracing?
    It is an effective tool that aids in slowing the spread of infectious diseases.

  • How does this slow the spread of illnesses?
    Contact tracing allows you to be notified that you have been exposed to an illness. You will be informed to monitor your health and what signs/symptoms to look for. You will be asked to recall specific information, such as: who you have been in contact with, places that you have been, if you live alone or with family, etc. You also are asked to isolate or quarantine.

  • Isolation vs. Quarantine:
    Isolation separates someone with a contagious illness from those who are not sick. Separation will take place throughout the duration of the illness. Quarantine restricts the movement of healthy individuals who were exposed to a contagious illness, to see if they develop symptoms.

  • Contact tracers need to be able to calculate the amount of time one should isolate or quarantine from others. The CDC and IDPH recommend 10-14+ days, dependent on the situation.

  • All information discussed is to remain confidential. It will only be shared with those who may need to know, such as your healthcare provider. Your name will not be shared with those you came in contact with.


You can find more information on contact tracing at


SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE

Through the SFS Program, ALL D91 students eat for FREE bagged lunch through December of 2020 REGARDLESS OF INCOME.



THE MEALS ARE 100% FREE OF CHARGE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS - All you need to do is OPT IN BY WEDNESDAY the 23rd September for your child(ren) to receive:



  • In person meals on blended attendance days AND/OR
  • Meals to pick up for at home / remote learning days


Families that do not respond will be automatically opted in for meals on in person attendance days to ensure all children have a meal at school. To get started with this meal program, log into ParentSquare and complete the form or complete the paper form and return ASAP. You will not order meals by day, just say yes or no for the full month.


FROM SEPT 28 - OCT 6th - students/guardians must pick up meals DAILY at Kelvin Grove OR Milne Grove (designate your pick up site on order form) between 9am and 10am. Also on these days, all students receiving lunch at school will be sent home with breakfast.


BEGINNING ON OCTOBER 7th, families will pick up ALL meals each Wednesday from 11:30am-12:30pm.


If you have questions, please contact:


Mrs. Dennis, Lunch Coordinator at Milne Grove

815-838-0542, ext. 2117

jdorion@d91.net


Mrs. Latham, Lunch Coordinator at Kelvin Grove

815-838-0737, ext. 1164

tlatham@d91.net


FAMILIES SHOULD STILL COMPLETE A FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION FOR JAN-JUNE 2021 & FEE WAIVER PURPOSES.

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ATTENDANCE REMINDERS

District 91 requires parents/guardians to contact the Attendance Office at (815)838-0737

extension 1, PRIOR TO 9AM whenever a child will be late to school or will be absent

for any part of the school day, whether they are missing virtual learning or in person

learning. The message must contain the following information:

 Student first and last name, their grade, and teacher name

 Detailed reason or symptom for the absence/late to school (students that

are not called in or are called in without a reason are considered TRUANT

and unexcused, and will be reported as such)


A ParentSquare notification is sent out to parents/guardians who have not called in their

child by 9AM and have not signed in by 9AM, and to parents/guardians that merely

indicate their child “will not be in school” or are “out due to a family emergency”

requesting the parent/guardian contact the attendance office immediately to advise the

details for the absence. Family emergencies may be considered an excused absence

depending on the details provided.

If you fail to contact the attendance office the child is placed on the Truancy List.

Student attendance, whether virtual or in person, is crucial to student success.

Appointments during the school day are discouraged. If you child needs to be dismissed

any time during the school day (e.g., dental or doctor appointment), please notify the

attendance office prior to the absence. Proof of the appointment is required in order for

the absence to be considered excused. See student/parent handbook on our website

regarding make up work and/or a pre-arranged absence.

PTO POP'S FUNDRAISER

Come dine in or carryout to support your PTO on Friday, October 16th!

More events to follow.

Principal's Page

With the return to partial in person learning this week, I know we are all feeling that we are starting all over again with routines and procedures. However, I can see that the kids already know many of the essential skills that will make October a successful month. I cannot begin to express how impressed I am with the blended students for their willingness to observe all of the safety measures without complaint. And our remote learners are rock stars too! They have been so patient as their teachers spend time preparing their classmates. Our parents have done an incredible job being the children's primary educators for most of 2020! In the next weeks, we will be asking for your input on how things are going - please feel free to provide input on anything you feel we can improve.


I have heard from parents recently that they have been overwhelmed by all the ParentSquare messages, emails, etc. It seems that in our attempt to adequately communicate, we may over communicate! Hopefully as we settle into a routine, there will be less new information to provide. If you experience a change in contact info, please let our district registrar or building secretary know right away. We thank you for initiating and responding to communications; please understand that a reply may take up to 24 hours depending on when it was sent.


If anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child(ren) home from school and report the symptoms to the school nurse. Our plan is built on social distancing and excluding anyone with symptoms. Although it may be inconvenient at times, this is the only way to ensure our doors can remain open.


Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve our students and their families.



Call me at 815-838-0542x2104 or email jkoziol@d91.net.


Jaime Koziol

Notes From the Nurse

October Happenings in the Health Office:


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! This year started out a little different for us all but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be the best school year to date!

October 15th is the deadline for all school physicals and eye examination forms. All new students and Kindergarten students need to have an Illinois Physical examination form with immunizations current by the October 15th deadline to avoid exclusion from school. All new students and Kindergarten students will need the Eye examination form completed by October 15th as well. The Dental examination form is due on May 15th, 2021 for Kindergarten, 2nd grade and all new students.


If your child is absent from school for any reason, please provide the attendance secretary with the reason for absence and a detailed description of their symptoms. This will help us track illness and keep our school and community safe and as healthy as possible!


Mrs. Shannon Gilkerson RN

sgilkerson@d91.net

815-838-0542ext#2106

The Latest from the LRC

Welcome to the start of a very different school year! We are all becoming accustomed to our new normal and things are beginning to feel easier. One thing that has not changed is storytime! Every Wednesday I host LRC Live! with each class and I am loving seeing all the kids and introducing them to new literature. Please make sure your child attends the Library Meets - it’s a nice break in the day.

My goal for your child is: To increase reading appreciation and comprehension through the joy and magic of books, while also learning how to find materials and be comfortable in libraries.

I will accomplish this goal by providing weekly read-alouds, teaching basic library skills, and making the library a welcoming and fun space. I cherish the relationships I build with your children and look forward to learning more about them so I can help them find books that spark their curiosity.

When we transition to our hybrid learning plan we intend to offer library book checkout to the kids. While they will not be able to browse in the library, I will be teaching them how to reserve books and how to place requests with me. Of course, all books will be properly quarantined after use.

In addition to the link to LRC Live!, the MG Library Google Classroom offers other activities and resources for your child, including recordings of each week’s session. Here are links to some of my videos that may be of interest to parents.



Contact me anytime via Parent Square, email me at ltumino@d91.net or call me at

815-838-0542 x2122

Mrs. Tumino LRC Expectation Night

Physical Education Feats

Welcome Back!


The 2020-2021 school year is off and running! This year is looking different in many ways, and PE is going to be different as well.

When we return to the hybrid schedule and students are back in the building, they will be attending PE everyday they attend school. On alternating days, when the students are at home, they will have an assignment to complete in their PE Google classroom. This assignment will be similar to what they have been completing while I was out on maternity leave. For families that have chosen to learn completely remote, your child will have 5 PE assignments to complete from their Google classroom weekly. On Wednesdays, PE will be live.


The schedule is as follows…


8:40-9:05 Bolte

9:05-9:30 Podwika

9:30-9:55 O’Halloran

9:55-10:20 Stanly

10:20-10:45 Lyons

12:30-12:55 Georgopulos

1-1:25 Steed

1:30-1:55 Preboy

2-2:25 Adams

2:25-2:50 Richardson

This schedule will begin on Wednesday’s only, starting September 30th.


On days your child is attending school, please make sure that they have PE appropriate shoes. Sandals and boots are not appropriate. PE will consist of many fitness based lessons, so proper shoes are important for their safety. I have been advised that PE will be held outside as much as possible, so sending the student’s with a light jacket will always be a good idea.


Please note that I was out on maternity leave for the first full week of teacher institute, so I am currently trying to learn and make up for lost time. Technology is not my strong suit, so I am going to be doing the best I can. The format and schedule of PE over the next few weeks can and most likely will change. Keep an eye out of any updates from me on ParentSquare. If you have any questions please email me at KDraper@d91.net.


-Mrs. Draper

Mrs. Visser's Reading Corner

Welcome back to school! For those of you who may not know me I am the Reading Specialist at Milne Grove. Thank you so much for all the support you are giving at home during remote learning!

One question I often get asked by parents is: How do I know which book is the right book for my child to read? The way to choose a just right book is by following the “5 finger Rule”. The Five Finger Rule is a simple way for your child to choose a book. Have your child choose a book and open to any page. Have your child read the page; hold up a finger everytime your child either does not know a word or struggles with a word. Using the chart in the image below the number of errors tells you whether the book is too easy, too hard or just right for your child. Hopefully this little tip will make choosing books easier for you and your child. Happy Reading!!

3rd Grade

ELA:

  • Students will practice identifying the elements of a story, and make connections as they read. We will also begin reading the novel, Crenshaw.


Math:

  • Please work with your student on fact fluency for multiplication each night. If you would like additional resources for fact practice, please visit the third grade page under math.


Science/Social Studies:

  • We recently sent our Flat Stanley's out on their adventure! We can’t wait to locate on our map all the places they have visited and learn about the locations they experienced.


Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.


Thank you,

The Third Grade Team


Mrs. Georgopulos, 3rd grade teacher, rgeorgopulos@d91.net

Mrs. Steed, 3rd grade teacher, csteed@d91.net

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist, avisser@d91.net

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher, lfiday@d91.net

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide, bphillips@d91.net

Third Grade Website

2nd Grade

We are very proud of our students during remote learning. They have shown responsibility by being on time to their google meets and getting assignments completed. They are being extremely respectful to their peers during the google meet.


Parents, thank you for all the work you are doing behind the scenes. It is greatly appreciated.


Language Arts: Please continue to review assignments and study vocabulary with your child to assist in their language development.

*Capitalization

*Punctuation

*Parts of speech (nouns, verbs, and adjectives)


Reading: While reading at home with your child it is important to ask your child questions. Below are some examples.

*Who are the characters?

*Where and when does the story take place? (Setting)

* What are the characters doing?

*What happened first, next, after before or last? (Sequencing)


Math: During the month of October we will continue to study numbers to 1,000 including:

*modeling place value

*representing numbers in different ways

*counting on and back by 10s and 1s

*comparing numbers


Science: We will continue with our Physical Science Unit. We will explore many properties of materials.

Social Studies: We will continue our unit, Working to Meet Our Needs. Students will learn about needs and wants, goods and services, and consumers and producers.

The Second Grade Team


Mrs. Bolte, 2nd grade teacher, mbolte@d91.net

Miss Podwika, 2nd grade teacher, kpodwika@d91.net

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist, avisser@d91.net

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher, lfiday@d91.net

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide, bphillips@d91.net

1st Grade

Superkids Reading Program:


  • Spelling and reading words with the consonant digraphs -- “sh”, “ch”, and “th”

  • Read memory words -- who, which, where, what, why and when

  • Understand and identify onomatopoeia in stories

  • Understand characters in a story

  • Determine important ideas in a story

  • Observe punctuation and read with expression


Language and Writing:


  • Recognize and understand questions and question marks

  • Writing question sentences

  • Understand the many uses of punctuation marks

  • Discover that certain words need to be written with a capital letter


GO Math:


  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction

  • Add within 20

  • Subtract within 10

  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction

  • Continuing to practice addition flashcards within 10



Social Studies

  • October is Fire Prevention Month - we will learn about workers in our community



Science


  • First graders will be learning about the life cycle of a plant and all it needs to survive

  • We will plant seeds in the classroom to observe and document our plants as they grow


Mrs. Lyons, 1st grade teacher, jlyons@d91.net

Mrs. O'Halloran, 1st grade teacher, mohalloran@d91.net

Mrs. Stanly, 1st grade teacher, lstanly@d91.net

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist, avisser@d91.net

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher, lfiday@d91.net

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide, bphillips@d91.net

Kindergarten


*The Kindergarten class is using Superkids and Jolly Phonics curriculum to explore all about the letters and their sounds . Each letter has a motion and song to go along with it.

There are also some great phonics and letter songs at:

Alphabet Songs (Learn the ABCs - Over 1 HOUR with 27 ABC SONGS)

*In Math continue to practice naming shapes, writing numbers 0-5, matching numbers to sets and counting to 20.


For number writing practice:

I Can Write My Numbers! (writing numbers 0-9 for kids)
For counting practice:
The Number Rock

The Kindergarten Team


Mrs. Adams, Kindergarten Teacher, sadams@d91.net

Mrs. Preboy, Kindergarten Teacher, cpreboy@d91.net

Mrs. Richardson, Kindergarten Teacher, nrichardson@d91.net

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist, avisser@d91.net

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher, lfiday@d91.net

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide, bphillips@d91.net

Early Learners Preschool

Upcoming Events:

Week of September 28th - The Early Learners will tell us about their families and friends. They will also create pictures of their families and what they like to do together. The Early Learners will also be introduced to the number zero.

Week of October 5th – The Early Learners will start a study on balls. They will also be introduced to the letter B, the circle shape, and the number one.

Week of October 12th – The Early Learners will continue their study of balls. They will also be introduced to the letter K for kicking, and the number two.


Week of October 19th – The Early Learners will continue their study of balls. They will also be introduced to the letter O for outside, the color orange, and the number three.


Week of October 26th – The Early Learners will continue their study of balls. They will also be introduced to the letter R for rolling, the diamond shape, and the number four.

Dates to Remember:

Friday, October 2nd, Virtual Grandparents Day Event from 2:30p.m. to 3:00p.m.

Monday, October 12th, NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day



The PK Team

Mrs. Torkelson, PK Teacher, rtorkelson@d91.net

Ms. Jonikas, PK Aide, gjonikas@d91.net

Mrs. Pederson, Bilingual Liaison, spederson@d91.net

Supporting Parents and Remote Kids

Video on Washing Hands

Healthy Handwashing Habits

Back to School Routine

Back to School Routine Live or Remote

How to Help Your Child Understand and Label Emotions

Create a Feeling Wheel

Mrs. Nikki’s Speech News

I wanted to introduce myself since I am new to the district this year. My name is Mrs. Nikki McGushin and I am the new speech-language pathologist at Milne Grove! This is my sixth year working in the field. I am a University of Illinois graduate and received my Master’s degree from Saint Louis University. I love all Chicago sports, my family, my 120 pound Newfoundland dog, and being outside.


I am looking forward to working with parents this year. Why do Therapists need parents?

Parents are EXPERTS about their children! They know what their children like and dislike. They know their strengths and weaknesses. They know what motivates their children. Parents also spend quite a bit more time with their children- more than I ever do or can! Because of this, parents can provide their children with additional opportunities to work on their goals/activities outside of the therapy room. Taking all of these factors into consideration, it’s easy to see why parents are a critical part of a child’s development and success in therapy.


My job as a therapist is to help children learn to communicate more effectively. I will help diagnose delays and disorders, develop goals and learning objectives that are specific to each child, and plan activities to help children meet their goals.


When therapists and parents work together, it benefits the child the most!


Please feel free to contact Mrs. Nikki McGushin, at 815 838-0542 Ext. 2107 or email at nmcgushin@d91.net


From Super Duper Handy Handouts # 622

By Rynette R. Kjesbo, M.S., CCC-SLP

Relationship Roundup with Mrs. Reynolds

During SEL Live on September 9 your child and I reviewed vocabulary for emotions (feeling words) and discussed that there are comfortable and uncomfortable feelings. Feelings aren't bad as much as they are uncomfortable. We don’t like how they feel. But all feelings are part of who we are, and we can learn from them. It is important to realize that all feelings come and go. Comfortable and uncomfortable feelings will pass. We enjoy riding the wave of excitement. But we can realize that anger and frustration are waves, too. They will settle down and go away.


Authors Yael Schonbrun and Elizabeth Corey wrote about accepting our feelings and our situation regarding COVID-19, shutdowns, and remote learning for our children. Their full article is worth your time if you have a few minutes. I’ll give you my take-aways here.




  • It’s only possible for both parents to both work when all the kids are in school. Working parents are angry and frustrated with remote learning and lack of child care options.

  • There are, quite simply, no good solutions to be had. Not every problem can be solved. So, here we are: Parents can’t solve the problems we face in a pandemic, as individuals, and it isn’t likely that we will stop feeling anger and frustration.

  • What can we do? In a word: Accept. We can stop fighting the situation, if only in our heads. Accepting pandemic realities doesn’t mean resigning ourselves to them. Rather, it means we don’t waste energy expecting a situation outside of our control to be different than it is.

  • “When we talk about acceptance, we’re talking about acceptance of our internal experiences, not endorsing an external situation with a stamp of approval,” says Jill Stoddard, clinical psychologist and author of Be Mighty.

  • Uncomfortable emotions are like quicksand. The harder we try to resist them, the more our discomfort intensifies.

  • For most working parents, the anger we feel right now is not (exclusively) a sign that someone or something has wronged us. Rather, it’s a signal that we are going through an exceedingly difficult period. Our anger indicates that things beyond our control are wearing us out and asking more of us than we can possibly deliver.

  • Once you notice rage coming, pause. In that pause, engage a behavior that calms you. You can use common grounding strategies like breathing deeply, splashing water on your face, calling a friend, or labeling your emotions aloud or in writing. Each of these activities helps to calm the limbic system and gets the prefrontal cortex re-engaged.

  • Practice choosing a deliberate response to your anger. Ask yourself, “What do I need most in this moment?”

  • Take heart: Locking yourself in your bathroom can be healing if you appreciate the solitude of that one minute. Being deliberate in choosing action brings small pleasures and has the added benefit of preventing you from inflicting damage on relationships with your children or partner.

  • Anger will continue to come and go, depending on the day’s challenges and the latest news. Work on accepting that. When you do get a rare opportunity to enjoy your tea or coffee, make a more deliberate choice. Savor the moment. Stockpile serenity whenever you can.







Check out the blog at http://mrsreynoldsmilnegrove.weebly.com/


Contact Mrs. Reynolds at mreynolds@d91.net

Art

Welcome Back All Milne Grove Artists!

I hope your summer was memorable and it was wonderful to see all parents at Expectation Night - although virtually! If any questions were left unanswered, please feel free to contact me anytime.


The fall months ahead yield many wonderful projects for all grades. Each Milne Grove artist has created their own personal sketchbook for all pre planning, practicing, and brainstorming prior to projects assigned. Although we completed this activity at home, everyone did a wonderful job with the art of collage. We warm up in art - just like sports or in music - so we will use our sketchbooks daily. We will also be completing many creative writing assignments in our sketchbooks as well. All students will have an ongoing book of their art journey in the 2020-2021 school year!

All grades are also working on a digital portfolio to photograph and store all their artwork completed. We have already started decorating and designing the first few slides and have added project #1 into place. I am so very proud of all the time, effort, and motivation each student has been putting forth as we start the school year. Thank you to parents and caregivers for all the extra help you have provided - we appreciate you wholeheartedly.




Mrs. Cravens


jcravens@d91.net

Technology

At MG Technology class is off to a great start!


Never would we have ever imagined a time where we would have to use technology so much.

I know it is not always easy and computers can give us problems but I appreciate all your hard work.

In Kindergarten and First grade our classes are learning and practicing how to double click, drag/drop, and create basic algorithms. We are using the program Code.org.

Second and Third grades are also using this program and they are learning how sequence, bug, debug, and loop.

Also, all grades will be spending one day in class organizing their drives and emails. This is an important skill for not just the kids but adults too!

Music Notes

September 2020 MG News

We want to get all D91 Families Singing and Making Music Together.

Check Music Web Pages for links to songs to sing together.

Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director

Email: srandolph@d91.net

PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140


SPECIAL REQUEST: when sending me emails or contacting me, please always include student’s first and last name, grade, and homeroom teacher. Thank you.


Thank you so much to all of the parents and people helping our students during remote learning. A SPECIAL THANK YOU for your patience, support, and understanding while we ALL learn how to use technology to help us teach remotely!!


All D91 Students will be studying Music:

Through Google Classroom Music & completing WEEKLY Assignments by deadline - found under Classwork and D91 Music Web Pages by Grade


SEPTEMBER: Patriotism (love of country) and patriotic music + celebrating September 14, 1814 the day Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the “Star-Spangled Banner” (our National Anthem)

history of Star-Spangled Banner https://youtu.be/Umg8v6DLZjs

web sing a long https://youtu.be/vPKp29Luryc

OCTOBER: Seasonal Music + Drumming


MUSIC FUNDRAISERS (See Music Web page for more pictures):

HORNET MAGNETS & FATHEAD STICKERS($5 @) CRYSTAL INSTRUMENTS ($20 @):

METAL TABS off cans. Please send tabs in a ziplock bag or WIDE Mouthed container, then have students empty it into the Music Tab buckets at school



D91 Music Web sites:

Music HOME Page https://randolphd91music.weebly.com/

Milne Grove Music https://randolphd91music.weebly.com/milne-grove.html

Kindergarten Music https://randolphd91music.weebly.com/kindergarten.html

First Grade Music https://randolphd91music.weebly.com/1st-grade.html

Second Grade Music https://randolphd91music.weebly.com/2nd-grade.html

Third Grade Music https://randolphd91music.weebly.com/3rd-grade.html


Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me as we explore the many areas of Music. Musically Yours, Mrs. Randolph

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REMOTE Students Wednesday, October 14th

Sign up times between 8:30am-11:30am on Parent Square for all Remote students


GREEN Students in person during school Thursday, October 15th


GOLD Students in person during school Friday, October 16th

Attendance Reminders

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District 91 requires parents/guardians to contact the Attendance Office at (815)838-0737

extension 1, PRIOR TO 9AM whenever a child will be late to school or will be absent

for any part of the school day, whether they are missing virtual learning or in person

learning. The message must contain the following information:

 Student first and last name, their grade, and teacher name

 Detailed reason or symptom for the absence/late to school (students that

are not called in or are called in without a reason are considered TRUANT

and unexcused, and will be reported as such)


A ParentSquare notification is sent out to parents/guardians who have not called in their

child by 9AM and have not signed in by 9AM, and to parents/guardians that merely

indicate their child “will not be in school” or are “out due to a family emergency”

requesting the parent/guardian contact the attendance office immediately to advise the

details for the absence. Family emergencies may be considered an excused absence

depending on the details provided.

If you fail to contact the attendance office the child is placed on the Truancy List.

Student attendance, whether virtual or in person, is crucial to student success.

Appointments during the school day are discouraged. If you child needs to be dismissed

any time during the school day (e.g., dental or doctor appointment), please notify the

attendance office prior to the absence. Proof of the appointment is required in order for

the absence to be considered excused. See student/parent handbook on our website

regarding make up work and/or a pre-arranged absence.

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We would like to give a special thanks to the D91 community for your continued support to the D91 Education foundation by using smile.amazon.com and choosing District 91 Education as your charity. This simple action while you shop goes a long way! Thank you!

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LOCKPORT SCHOOL DISTRICT 91 BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE APRIL 6,2021 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION


In the spring 2021 election, District 91 voters will be electing School Board Members.

There are four 4-year seats and one 2-year seat up for election. If you, or any D91

community member you know, is interested in running for the D91 School Board,

candidate petition packets are available now for pick up through the Will County Clerk’s

Office, 302 North Chicago Street, Joliet, or can be accessed via their website,

www.thewillcountyclerk.com

Completed nominating petition packets are due back to the county clerk’s office by the

December 21, 2020 filing deadline.