The Fairview Connection

DECEMBER 10, 2021

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL OPHUS

Dear Fairview Families,


It is hard to believe that we only have one more school week until winter break begins! Before we begin winter break, we have a couple of events planned for our students to enjoy next week. First, we are very excited to host our first ever Fairview Winter Singalong. All students and parents are invited to come to the Fairview bus turnaround on Tuesday, December 14th to listen to a couple of short performances by our Fairview Choruses followed by a whole group singalong where we will enjoy singing some familiar tunes together using song books that will be provided. Special thanks to our PTO for helping sponsor this event by selling glow sticks, hot chocolate and donuts and to Fairview music teacher, Christine Happ, for planning and organizing this event. The event starts at 6:00 pm, but we will not begin singing until 6:30 pm. We hope to see you there!


As we’ve shared in the past couple of newsletters, our students have continued participating in our thankful chain project over these past couple of weeks. This activity will culminate on Wednesday as students will create their thankful chains and take them home to share with you. In one of the final pages of the book, Thankful, by Elaine Vickers, she writes, “Tomorrow my family will read aloud the first links in our thankful chains,” so we encourage you to do just that! When you see your child come home with this project, you can hang it somewhere in the house and read another link each day. Our students will enjoy sharing their ideas with you, and we hope it sparks some good conversations at home in the weeks to come.


As shared last week, many of our students have now had the opportunity to have both of their COVID vaccinations. Once you’ve done this, we encourage you to send a photo or copy of your child’s vaccination card to Fairview nurse, Kelly Brunning, at kbrunning@d57.org. You can also make a copy and drop it off in the front office if you prefer. The guidelines provided by local health authorities related to quarantining for close contacts change for students who are vaccinated, so it is helpful for us to have this information on file.


Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s newsletter. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing our students again on Monday!

Sincerely,


Dan Ophus

Fairview Principal

FAIRVIEW WINTER SINGALONG

Head on over to Fairview's bus turnaround on Tuesday, December 14th for our very first Winter Singalong featuring 3rd grade and Advanced chorus members. The PTO will have hot chocolate, Krispy Kreme donuts, and glow sticks for sale. Click on the snowman for more information.
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FAIRVIEW'S GIVING TREE

Fairview School's community is absolutely amazing...all gifts on the Giving Tree have been purchased. This is a reminder that your gift should be wrapped and delivered to Fairview school by Monday, December 13th. Remember to tape a piece of paper on the wrapped gift with a brief description of the gift and the family number.


Please contact Fairview’s social worker, Katherine Ciruelas with any questions (kciruelas@d57.org).


Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

FROM FAIRVIEW'S LRC

The Fairview PTO is excited to welcome author and illustrator Peter Reynolds on Thursday, January 20th. Mr. Reynolds will be visiting us via Zoom. To order a copy of one of Mr. Reynold’s books, please click on the graphic to view the order form. Return the order form along with cash or check payable to the Fairview PTO by Tuesday, December 14th. An autographed bookplate will be included with your book. Book orders will arrive mid to late January.

LEAPIN' INTO LITERATURE

PTO's program, Leapin' into Literature, returns this February! We are seeking volunteers to read wonderful new library books to their children's classrooms during lunch recess (11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m. for Grades 4 & 5; 12:20-12:50 p.m. for Grades 2 & 3). Each classroom has the opportunity to participate in Leapin' into Literature once a week during February. If you are interested in reading to your child's class, please click on the frog and fill out the form.

PTO "READ-A-WAY" PROGRAM

Read-A-Way is a reading incentive program from the Fairview PTO partnership with Station 34 in Mount Prospect. Students have a chance to earn a free kids pizza every month by meeting their daily reading goals.


Click on the graphic for more information and December's reading log calendar. Don't forget to turn in your completed November calendar.


Concurrent students can drop their completed calendars off at the school. We will contact you once your certificate is ready to be picked up for your free pizza.

REMINDER

Students should arrive at school in the morning wearing a mask. Also, please remember to put a bag with some extra masks in your student(s) backpack in case they need another one during the school day.


Also, anyone entering our building must be wearing a mask.

FROM NURSE BRUNNING

Please send a copy of your child's COVID vaccination card to the health office after your child receives dose #2 of the COVID vaccine. This information is important to have on file as students who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks post 2nd dose) do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact (per IDPH guidelines).

BIRTHDAYS

The Fairview PTO has a wonderful history of giving students a book for their birthday. For the 2021-2022 school year, they are continuing that tradition. If your child is celebrating a birthday this month or has celebrated a birthday since the beginning of this school year, please have them go onto ClassLink on their chrome book and go to the Birthday Book link or click on the graphic to access the link. They must choose a book that is on the Google document listing all the grade level books. Students who are learning from home can pick their birthday book up from the school.


A lot of students who celebrated their birthdays in August, September, October, and November have not selected their birthday book yet. Make sure to go to ClassLink or click on the birthday cake to make your selection...don't forget to pick the tab for the appropriate grade level list.

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DRESS FOR OUTDOOR RECESS

As the weather turns cooler, please make sure your children are dressed to go out for recess. Unless it is raining or the temperature /wind chill is too cold (15 degrees or below, real-feel temperature) the students will go out every day for recess. Please write your student’s last name on a tag in their coat as we already have a lot of lost coats and sweatshirts in our Lost and Found.


All students will go out with their class unless we have a doctor’s note limiting their participation. If a student has been ill and he/she is not feeling well enough to participate in all the activities of the school day, perhaps another day at home will insure a healthy return to school.

PTO "NO STRESS" FUNDRAISER

Fairview's PTO supports our students and staff by offering fun family events along with sponsoring assemblies all during the year. Your support of the PTO gets you access to the on-line student directory, Directory Spot. Click the graphic for more information on how to support Fairview's PTO.
WHAT IS ANXIETY?

CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION AND WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL HELPFUL INFORMATION.

Anxiety in Children & Adolescents: How to Recognize It and What to Do

LOST AND FOUND

Our Lost and Found keeps growing!!!! Please tell your student(s) to check the Lost and Found rack outside the front office if they lost a sweatshirt, jacket, hat or gloves.. We also have a couple pairs of eyeglasses in the front office as well. All items not claimed will be donated before winter break.

DISTRICT 57 EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The District 57 Education Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of Mount Prospect community members whose mission is to raise money to fund grants in the areas of curriculum, wellness, and technology. Grant requests may be written and submitted by district teachers, staff, students, and parents. The grants enrich the educational experiences of all students, helping them to achieve at their highest potential. Funded grants allow teachers to have access to the resources they need to support teaching and learning at Westbrook, Lions Park, Fairview, and Lincoln schools.

Over the years, the Foundation has funded computers, iPads, ELMO projectors, Smartboards, musical instruments, art supplies, fitness equipment, and supplemental reading material - all to enrich our children’s educational experiences. We are currently in a new Grant Request Cycle. A description of the grant request submission process and form is located within the Grants section of our website at https://www.57edfoundation.org


Grant requests are due by 12/17/2021 to the Ed Foundation at d57edfoundationgrants@gmail.com


Parent community members who are interested in submitting a grant request should contact the school principal to which the grant will benefit. The Ed Foundation will review all requests at our February meeting. Please contact the Ed Foundation Grant team at d57edfoundationgrants@gmail.com with any questions.


Thank you for your continuous support of the D57 Education Foundation.

STUDENT SIGN-IN/SIGN-OUT PROCEDURE

The office's procedure for those times when you need to sign your child in or out of school has changed. We maintain an electronic sign-in/sign-out sheet in the office so all you have to do is drop your student off (if arriving late) and we will sign them in and get them down to their class. If you need to sign your child out, ring the doorbell, tell us who you are picking up, and we will send your student out the front door.

STUDENT DROP-OFF ZONE

If a Fairview staff member, directing traffic in the drop-off zone is not outside, it is necessary for you to come to the front of the school to drop off your student(s). The drop-off zone supervisor comes back into the building shortly after 8:45am when the first entry bell rings. We only have supervision in that area and our bus turnaround from 8:35am-8:45am. Students need to be in their classrooms at 8:50am which is when the school day starts.

KEEP THE FRONT OFFICE INFORMED

When emailing your student's teacher regarding vacation plans, illness, doctor appointments, etc., please include the front office staff in your communication.


Also, please contact Fairview School’s office if your home/cell phone number, emergency contact numbers, or email address have changed.


If you have moved, please immediately contact the front office so we can update your student's records.


Chris Trezise, 847-394-7320, ext. 4001 - ctrezise@d57.org

Carolyn Young, 847-394-7320, ext. 4000 - cyoung@d57.org

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EVACUATION PROCEDURES

PLEASE READ THIS AS IT INFORMS YOU WHERE FAIRVIEW'S RELOCATION SITE IS IF WE NEEDED TO EVACUATE OUR BUILDING IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

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Contact Us

Dan Ophus, Principal / dophus@d57.org

Una Durkan, Assistant Principal / udurkan@d57.org


Office: 847-394-7320/Fax: 847-394-7328