Sorrick Family Focus

Week of January 7, 2019

Weekly Update

Dear Families,


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,


Natalie Profita

Principal of Sorrick School

Events this Week

Monday, January 7th

Teacher Institute Day - No School


Tuesday, January 8th

School Resumes

No ASSETS


Wednesday, January 9th

TEAM Day - Early Dismissal

PTA Meeting - 9:15 AM

Pre-K Family Fun Night at Dorn


Thursday, January 10th

No ASSETS

Popcorn Day

Birthday Books

Cook-a-Book

This Week's Breakfast Menu

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This Week's Lunch Menu

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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


AM Session

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


PM Session

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 5essentials@uchicago.edu.