Monroe Memo 10/10/2021

Mrs. Reingruber's Weekly Update

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Upcoming Events

Monday, October 11th

  • NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day


Tuesday, October 12th

  • Clips tech bootcamp 7:50-8:20 in library


Wednesday, October 13th

  • Clips tech bootcamp 7:50-8:20 in library
  • Green Club begins - 3:05-4:00 p.m. Pick up will be at the flagpole at 4:00.


Friday, October 15th

  • Clips tech bootcamp 7:50-8:20 in library
  • 1st-5th grade NWEA MAP reports sent home


Week of October 18th

  • Monroe Book Fair
  • Unity Week (see below for a list of events)


Wednesday, October 20th

  • PTO General Meeting (virtual) 7:00pm


Thursday, October 21st

  • Bookfair family night and PTO Trunk or Treat 4:30pm-6:00pm

Wednesday, October 27th

  • Picture retake day



See the following calendars for more important dates and information

Upcoming Holidays and Cultural Celebrations

At Monroe School, our students and families honor a variety of cultural celebrations - here's what's coming up!


Thursday, October 7th - Friday, October 15th - Navaratri

  • Navaratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights and is celebrated every year in the autumn. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian cultural sphere. (source - Wikipedia)

Health, Safety, and Travel Guidelines

Please review correct mask-wearing with your child and ensure that they have a mask that fits appropriately. Their nose and mouth should be covered continuously while inside the building (outside of lunch). Masks are not required outdoors, but are encouraged for the non-vaccinated..


International Travel:


  • Per the CDC and IDPH, any unvaccinated individual returning from international travel is required to:
    • Quarantine for 7 days and get a PCR test on days 5-7, OR
    • Quarantine for 10 days if not getting tested.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine unless they become symptomatic.
  • There is currently no restriction when returning from domestic travel

Surveillance Testing

The District is offering optional weekly surveillance testing to students or staff who are interested. The test is a nasal swab PCR test provided by Loop Medical. There is no cost to families, staff, or the District for this test.


  • Student Signup: If you would like to sign up your student for weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing, you can do so by logging in to Skyward, selecting the Forms tab, and checking the permissions box. A new signup is required for this year, even if you signed up last year (just click to edit the form within Skyward to update it).


We are pleased to share that as a result of our work with Loop Medical to simplify the testing process, you will no longer need to register your tests on a weekly basis and do not need to create/log into your Loop Medical account when you submit your test.


  • Starting with the next test administration, (which will be Tuesday, Oct. 12, because of the Monday holiday) you only need to complete the nasal swab testing process and turn in your pre-labeled test — no account login, questionnaire, or account registration will be required.


Only “Positive” Results Will Receive Notification

The District COVID team will only notify individuals whose test results come back as “positive.” Those who submitted their tests and received a “negative” result will not receive communication.

Fifth Grade Band and Orchestra Update

Our fifth grade students loved learning more about various instruments this week!


Moving forward...


After you receive the instrument recommendation certificate - you can register online by Friday, October 15th.


Make instrument rental arrangements with Quinlan & Fabish or procure an instrument, accessories & music on your own. Please be sure to stay with our recommended brands & supplies.


Please contact our staff with any questions:

Band: Laura Stibich - Lstibich@d181.org

Orchestra: Meghann Talbot - mtalbot@d181.org

BE TRUE OCTOBER FOCUS - UNITY!

October is National Bully Prevention Month


We have many activities planned to continue to promote unity through kindness, acceptance, and inclusion at Monroe School. Each morning during announcements, students will learn about how to identify various signs of bullying (both in-person AND online). In line with our "BE TRUE" theme, we continue to promote learning opportunities for our students to help them develop the tools to be a positive catalyst for change and help put a stop to bullying for good. Working together, we will promote unity and a safe and caring environment for all!


We encourage our students to show their support for putting an END TO BULLYING by participating in our October spirit week activities!


Monday October 18th - TEAM UNITY - Show your grade level spirit by uniting around a color!

  • Kindergarten - Wear RED
  • 1st grade - Wear YELLOW
  • 2nd grade - Wear GREEN
  • 3rd grade - Wear BLUE
  • 4th grade - Wear PURPLE/BLACK
  • 5th grade - Wear PINK/WHITE
  • Outdoor assembly by Matt Wilhem (thank you to the Monroe PTO and D181 Foundation)


Tuesday October 19th - UNITE WITH A BUDDY - Share your favorite hat or hairstyle with your new buddy - Crazy hat and hair day!

  • Grade levels will pair up to kick off BOOK BUDDIES. Students will pair up and read with a student from another grade level.


Wednesday, October 20th - UNITY DAY - WEAR ORANGE

  • Today, we all come together in UNITY to put an end to bullying.
  • All students and staff will receive a MONROE UNITED orange wristband (thank you Monroe PTO!)
  • Students will participate in a unity pledge activity


Thursday, October 21st - ACTIVE AND UNITED - Wear your favorite sports or active wear.

  • Students will unite in an an activity as a class to prevent bullying and stand for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion

Friday, October 22nd - TRUE COLORS UNITE - Wear your BE TRUE shirts, any Monroe spiritwear, or green

  • The entire school will gather for a school-wide unity activity!


Parents and school personnel are the most powerful defense against bullying. On-going conversations with trusted adults about how to interact with peers, how to respond to potential negative interactions and how to report situations where they might need help are crucial. Working together, we can provide a safe and caring learning environment for all of our children.


Community Consolidated School District 181 does not tolerate bullying and takes all reports of bullying seriously. Consistent with School District Board policies, bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors and providing all students equal access to a safe, non-hostile learning environment are important District goals. Bullying of any type should be reported immediately. Please visit our District website to learn more and report any instances of bullying. https://www.d181.org/parents/report-bullying

Morning Arrival begins at 8:30am

  • Staff are not on duty to supervise students until 8:25am

  • Doors remain open for arrival from 8:30am - 8:40am

  • Our school day officially begins at 8:40am


Please do not arrive prior to 8:25am, as we do not have supervision prior to this time.


For our families who also have CHMS siblings to drop off, we understand that your morning is quite busy. CHMS allows drop-off PRIOR to Monroe - starting at 8am. Their doors open at 8:15am and instruction begins at 8:25am.

Reporting an absence

If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please complete the appropriate absence form, which can also be found on the Monroe School website.


Reporting your student absent for an illness-related reason


Reporting your student absent for a non-illness-related reason


We ask that you please report your child's absence prior to 8:30am via our attendance line (630-861-4298) and/or the links above. Upon request of the parent, the reason for an absence will be kept confidential. If we do not receive a report in advance of the start of the school day, we will make phone calls to check on any student for whom we have not received prior information from a parent.

D181 COVID-19 Reporting

The D181 Positive Case Report Spreadsheet is posted on the D181 website and updated daily on student attendance days at 4 p.m.

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