Sorrick Family Focus
Week of January 7, 2019
As we ring in the new year, it is the perfect time to commit to New Year's resolutions that will help us achieve our goals. One of our goals this year is to teach our students about the importance of maintaining good attendance and arriving on time. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. We hope that you will help us build this habit in PreK, Kindergarten and 1st grade so that your child will learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. This month, we will launch our "paw-fect" attendance program and discuss the importance of regular attendance with our students. Every week, students who maintain good attendance will be recognized with badges and certificates. Classes with the best attendance will receive special rewards.
Ways You Can Help:
- Set a regular bed time and morning routine
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before
- Don’t let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to your child's teachers and school social worker for advice on how to make him or her feel comfortable and excited about learning
- Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent
- Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session. Plan vacations around the District 117 breaks. See the academic calendar for these dates.
At Sorrick, we know that early absences correlate with reading difficulties and poor attendance patterns in later years. According to www.attendanceworks.org, only 17 percent of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade. With your help and support, we can ensure that your child has the best possible chance of success. Please know that the staff at Sorrick is willing to support you in any way in order to ensure your child is able to maintain good attendance. Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you need our support.
Have a great week!
Your partner in education,
Principal of Sorrick School
Events this Week
Teacher Institute Day - No School
Tuesday, January 8th
Wednesday, January 9th
TEAM Day - Early Dismissal
PTA Meeting - 9:15 AM
Pre-K Family Fun Night at Dorn
Thursday, January 10th
This Week's Breakfast Menu
This Week's Lunch Menu
Team Day Schedule
Reminder: Wednesday, January 9th is TEAM Day
The TEAM Day schedule is as follows:
1st Grade, Bilingual Kindergarten and Ms. Golden's classes:
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cougar Snapshots of the Week!
Follow us on Twitter @SorrickNPD117 to see the latest photos of our students doing amazing things at Sorrick School!
5Essentials Survey for Parents
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for parents will be available until February 15, 2019. This survey is to be completed by parents, guardians, or other caregivers with a child in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. The parent survey is available in both English and Spanish, and only takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.
If you have more than one child and they attend the same school, you may elect to participate multiple times. For parents with children enrolled in multiple schools, we recommend that they participate in the survey for each school. Only one parent per household may participate in the survey.
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or email@example.com.
Outdoor Recess in Winter Weather
Please remember to send your child to school with appropriate attire for the cold weather. If the temperature is 20 degrees and above (including windchill), students will have outdoor recess. If the temperature dips below 20 degrees, students will have indoor recess.
Student Absence/Late Arrival
It is very important to send your child to school on time each day. However, if your child is ill and is going to be absent, please call our 24-hour attendance line: (708)598-5743. Please state your first and last name, your child's name, the date(s) of the absence and reason for the absence. If your child is going to be late to school, call our office: (708)233-8200.
All parents who volunteer at school (whether it be in the classroom or on a field trip) must fill out our NPD117 Volunteer Guidelines forms and submit a copy of their photo ID. New volunteer guidelines are available to download here. Please read carefully, sign and return both pages fully completed with a current photo ID to the Sorrick office at least 7 days before attending.