Bobcat Blog

Friday, April 8

Notes and Reminders

  • April 5 - 12: IAR Testing for 3rd - 5th grade students
  • April 15: No School

***Watch for a district email coming out Monday. You will have the opportunity to fill out a student profile form giving us some information about your child as we think ahead to next year's class placements.

***Please see the Can Do Community Challenge information below. Let's show everyone how great the Beye Community is with helping others.

Last Call for Talent Show Submissions - Due Monday

Talent Show Info:

Date: April 27th at 6:00 pm

Video: Info Video

Form: Form

If students/parents are unable to attach the video to the form, their parents may send it to us via email at and

  • Acts should be no more than 2-3 minutes long.
  • Ideas for acts: singing, dancing, playing an instrument, skits, and any random talents you might have!
  • Videos must be submitted by Monday, April 11th. (Deadline was extended)
  • Students must have adult permission to participate in the show (skits/dances/all other acts should be approved by parents as well).
  • Rehearsals/meetings will start sometime during the week of the 11th.

Calling all Beye students! Sign up today for the Bobcat Bolt Fun Run!

Through this fun run, to be held during school hours on Friday, May 6, we will promote exercise and fun while raising money for our school.

Register or re-Login to your parent dashboard and complete your child’s student webpage with a PICTURE at School Identifier: 6231cfe597ac7

See full flyer that was included in the email highlighting the Bobcat Blog.

Music Information and Dates to Put on your Calendars

Dear Beye Families:

We are so excited to plan live concerts again! As we hurtle towards the end of the year, the 4th & 5th grade performing ensembles have several concert opportunities, which will be held in the evenings. In addition, EVERY Beye student will be preparing for a Spring Sing Performance with their grade level cohort.

With current guidelines, our students will be performing 3 ft. apart, with assigned spots for contact tracing. We will be able to have a live audience, but we will also have a Zoom available for friends or family who need to isolate. If these guidelines change, we will let you know prior to the concert.

Can you please fill out the Google Form below to indicate if your child will be participating in the concerts or not? (List of concerts at the end of the email.) That will help the music teachers with our planning.

Beye Spring Concert Form

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact your student's music teacher:

Ms. Theoni Acosta

K, 1, 2 General Music

Mr. Sha Ranney


Mrs. Gabrielle Rosenblum

3, 4, 5 General Music, Band, & Chorus

Thank you!

Mrs. R

Tuesday, May 3 - Beye Intermediate Band @ Julian

Report @ 5pm; Perform @ 6 pm

Tuesday, May 10 - Beye Intermediate Orch @ Brooks

Report @ 5pm; Perform @ 6 pm

Tuesday, May 10 - Spring Sing @ Beye

6:00 pm 3rd Grade Spring Sing

6:30 pm 4th Grade Spring Sing

7:00 pm Beginner Band & Chorus

Wednesday, May 11 - Jazz Band @ Julian

Soundcheck @ 6:00 pm; Perform @ 6:30 pm

Thursday, May 12 - Spring Sing @ Beye

6:00 pm Kindergarten Spring Sing

6:30 pm 1st Grade Spring Sing

7:00 pm 2nd Grade Spring Sing

Thursday, May 26 - Beye Beginner Orch @ Julian

Report @ 6:45 pm; Perform @ 7:30 pm

Friday, June 3 - Beye Beginner Band, Beginner Orchestra, & Chorus @ Beye

Perform @ 8:30 am

(Audience will be current 3rd grade ONLY)

Monday, June 6 - 5th Grade Event @ Beye

Report @ 5:30 p.m.; Perform @ 6:00 pm

CAN DO Community Challenge

The CAN DO Community Challenge is a hunger relief campaign sponsored by Beyond Hunger – schools compete to see who can collect the most points. We help raise food, funds and awareness to help end hunger locally. And our school is in it to win it. Contribute to our school’s Virtual Food Drive to help us win the Can DO Trophy. Beye School's CanDo Page:

We will be collecting a limited set of food donations for this year’s Challenge. We have a list of 10 non-perishable food items worth 5 points each:

• Jelly

• Peanut Butter

• Canned Chicken Soup

• Cheerios’ Cereal

• Canned Mixed Vegetables (low sodium)

• Diced Tomatoes

• Tomato Paste

• Bagged Rice (White or Brown)

• Refried and Dry Beans (Pinto and Black)

• Canned Pineapples

These are items we have trouble procuring and need to help stock our Despensa, an off-site pop-up pantry serving newly immigrant families that relies entirely on private donations. We are limited in space and staff/volunteers for sorting, so please stick to the list.

Items can be brought to Beye School throughout April.

A critical component to ending hunger in our communities is raising awareness. This year your school or group has the opportunity to gain more points by helping educate others about good nutrition and using their combined voices to become anti-hunger advocates. Teachers or team captains can share videos and examples of group activities in the following ways:

1. Create a Video Work together to create a 1 minute shareable video about how your school is raising awareness, food, and funds for Beyond Hunger. Send that video or public link to so that we can brag about your efforts through our social media channels. 150 Points

2. Share a MyPlate Activity Head to for activities that are appropriate for different age groups like KIDS, TEENS or PRESCHOOLERS. Submit examples of activity sheets, or send us a summary of one of the apps for points. Email photos or submission to 50 Points

3. Create your own Cooking Video Choose one of the Healthy Recipes from our website and create your own cooking video for us to share to our social media and YouTube channel. Once we post your video be sure to share it with your friends.

2nd Grade Market was a Big Success

Thank you to Ms. Louthan, Ms. Mabry and Mr. Ricker for giving the students the opportunity to participate in today's 2nd Grade Market. The students did a fantastic job creating things to sell. Thank you families for your at home support. It was great to see the students' enthusiasm as they bought items from their peers. This was a great culminating event of their economic and money units.

In Case you Missed It

District 97 to Resume Hot Lunch on April 11 - Menus Now Available

District 97 to Resume Hot Lunch on April 11 - Menus Now Available
Beginning Monday, April 11, all District 97 schools will resume serving hot lunch. The new menus and nutritional information are linked below.

Lunch Reminders

  • Meals brought from home must be nut-free.
  • Lunch will continue to be served at no cost to families.

One Book One School - We will all read Wishtree in April

“People come from all over town to adorn me with scraps of paper, tags, bits of fabric, snippets of yarn, and the occasional gym sock.

Each offering represents a dream, a desire, a longing.”

Beye Elementary School will be starting “One Book, One School” on Monday, April 4.

Every family, teacher and staff member will be given a copy of this wonderful book. As a community, we will read, feel and discuss dreams and possibilities as the story unfolds.

We will enjoy this timeless and timely tale as spring begins and hope returns.

Your family’s copy will be sent home on Monday, April 4.

We will be sharing a schedule of how many chapters to read at home each week. Students may either read the book independently, have a family member read it to them, or listen to the audio recordings that will be shared. In school, questions will be asked and rich discussions will happen in the classrooms.


Books have been purchased with funds provided by the Beye School PTO. We appreciate this generous support.

District News

Base Camp

BASE Camp registration is off to a great start! We at OPEF know that the mad rush to register for summer camps is over, and now is the time to review all the choices and fill in the gaps! There are still openings in several of our most popular camps such as Frisbee Physics, Anime Quest and Lego Mindstorms. Visit for the latest camp information and to see what’s open. We strive to create camps that are fun and engaging, while simultaneously teaching them about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Give your children a summer camp experience they will never forget!

Information about Acceleration Opportunities in District 97

District 97 believes that all students should be challenged and supported to develop to their maximum potential. For students who demonstrate they may benefit from accelerated placement, we provide opportunities to participate in an instructional setting that is usually reserved for students who are older or in higher grades than the child. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Single subject acceleration
  • Whole grade acceleration

In accordance with the Illinois Accelerated Placement Act, District 97 has continued to refine procedures to ensure equitable access to acceleration opportunities for all students. New this year: all students who are grade eligible to take the Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR) must participate in the assessment in order to be deemed eligible for acceleration. The IAR is a critically important measure in determining the mastery of grade level standards and must be considered by the school team along with other sources of data.

Referrals for single-subject and whole-grade acceleration will be accepted from March 1 to May 15 of each school year. The general process is outlined HERE.

Information about the District 97 Accelerated Placement Program, including definitions and timelines, can be found at We will send additional communication to families as we near the opening of our referral and application windows next year. This information session will provide an avenue for families to share questions as well as receive information about the acceleration process. Please find additional information in the information session flyer.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by visiting our Let’s Talk page ( and clicking the button labeled “Acceleration.”


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William Beye Elementary School

Cheryl Sullivan and Sheila Carter

Co-Interim Beye Principals