The Central Scoop
March 26, 2021
From the Principal's Desk...
Dear Central Families,
This week was filled with fun activities for students. Throughout the week, Central students participated in a school-wide STEAM challenge: create a Marble Maze! Using a paper plate, straws, wikki stix, construction paper and tape, students were challenged to design a maze that a marble could run through successfully. Students went through the design thinking process including: brainstorming, creating a prototype, testing the maze, and finally making modifications and improvements. Check out some of the awesome maze designs our students in Kindergarten through 4th grade came up with below.
For another special activity, we held a live all-school assembly on Zoom today in our fun beach day attire! It was nice seeing all of our Central School Foxes come together. We recited our Central School Pledge and Mrs. Gierke played the piano so we could all sing our Central School Song. We then enjoyed a video montage with pictures of our students and staff to celebrate what we like about Central School. Click HERE to watch our video!
We hope you and your family have a wonderful spring break. There is no school for students on Monday, April 5th because it's a planning day for staff. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back to school (and in-person) on Tuesday, April 6th. Please see information regarding COVID-19 updates and travel guidance below under "Updates from District 39" and "A Note From Nurse Zito,"
With Warm Regards,
~ Becky & Taylor
STEAM Challenge - Create a Marble Maze!
D39 Updates: Important Spring Break Travel Information
Please enjoy a happy and safe spring break next week! School will resume on Tuesday, April 6. As reminders, Monday April 5 is a non-attendance day for students. The A/B hybrid schedule continues for HMS and WJHS students April 6-9, and the daily in-person merged pod model for 5th-8th graders will begin on Monday April 12. Stay safe over break by practicing the three Ws: Wear a mask, Wash your hands and Watch your distance with those outside your household.
Covid-19 PCR Testing
Anyone traveling over break to an Orange state or internationally must complete a diagnostic PCR test. FREE PCR testing is available through the Township Covid-19 PCR April testing program at the end of Spring Break. Information regarding this and other PCR testing locations is available through the D39 COVID Testing webpage and on pages 18-21 of the D39 Family Response to Illness Booklet. For the most up-to-date guidance on travel, please review the CCDPH travel guidance for domestic travel and to CDC for international travel.
Other D39 Updates
The district’s SafeGuard Screening Program has been extended through the end of April. SafeGuard provides weekly screening to help to identify and isolate Covid-19, reduce the need for quarantines, further mitigate the risk of exposure, and maintain a healthy school environment for all. If you have not done so already, please register your child to participate. The next collection date for SafeGuard will be Monday, April 5.
Metrics Team Update
Our District 39 Metrics Reopening Advisory Team met this week. The D39 Metrics Dashboard and full report for this week are available online for those interested in reviewing it. The Metrics Team wishes to express its appreciation for our community’s continued adherence to mitigation strategies to help keep us all safe. Practicing the 3 Ws of washing hands, wearing masks and watching distancing remain critical to our success in reducing exposure and spread of the virus. Also critical is everyone’s adherence to travel guidance. If you travel or experience potential exposure of any kind, PCR testing is a critical step in identifying and isolating cases. Please do your part to help keep our schools and communities safe.
A Note From Nurse Zito: New COVID-19 Guidance!
I also wanted to send a quick reminder that if anyone in your household has developed symptoms or is awaiting test results due to exposure or symptoms, all students need to be kept home until a negative result is received. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.
**Call Central School "Attendance Line" For Absences: 847-512-6150
Student Absences & Schoolwork - Reminders
If a student is out sick or in quarantine, students can complete schoolwork that was missed that day. Teachers can collect anything appropriate from the day and parents can pick up materials outside of school (if they can’t be done electronically).
Vacation & Travel
Please do not ask your child’s teacher for missed assignments due to an extended family vacation. If a student is on vacation, there are plenty of online resources that can be accessed by families remotely. Please see the list of resources available and compiled for vacationers by our staff: d39 Virtual Library, Wonderopolis, The Kid Should See This, SORA e-books, and Scootpad.
New this year - if a student is absent for three or more days, we will have a paraprofessional check-in with that student at the end of each day for the duration of the absence. These paraprofessionals are well-versed in the grade level curriculum. Daily check-ins will occur around 2:30pm daily for students who are supposed to attend school in-person and are unable to do so. The office will be in contact with you should your child qualify for this support. For any questions, please email Cathy O’Reilly at email@example.com.
** Please note that it is not district practice for elementary teachers to have students "zoom in" to a class during absences.
Reminders From the Tech Department
IAR: State Assessment of Readiness
In-Person Learning Program - Families of 3rd and 4th grade students
Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state mandated assessment for students enrolled in public schools. A combination of both qualitative and quantitative data forms a complete picture of a child’s academic progress. IAR contributes one data point among many others. Although this assessment is administered in the spring, the results arrive from the state during the following academic year.
District 39 will administer IAR assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math to 3rd/4th grade students between April 26, 2021 and May 7, 2021. Please limit doctor appointments and other family obligations during this testing window. Also, there is nothing to do to prepare for this test besides a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast!
Specific dates and times for your child’s classroom will be sent by your child’s teacher.
Enhanced Remote Learning Program - Families of 3rd and 4th grade students
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) guidance states that all state assessments are required to be taken in-person for test security and validity. Testing will be scheduled between April 26, 2021 and May 7, 2021. Over the next few weeks, you will receive specific information such as dates, times, and testing site/location. Please note this is separate from the in-person enrichment experiences that will be offered to remote students starting after spring break.
One Book One District
We are delighted to announce that the Central School "One Book One School" program will be expanding this year to become "One Book One District!" We would like to thank the Ed Foundation and our PTA for their generous support. Details for this May event will be shared after Spring Break.
We will be hosting conferences on Zoom on April 22nd and 23rd. Conference sign-up will begin on April 5th and families will receive an email on April 1st with the information that you need. Please remember that conferences cannot be scheduled outside of the designated dates and times.
Wilmette Warriors - This Week!
In an effort to recognize our outstanding students, each classroom teacher is identifying a student from class for a weekly special recognition. Each week, students will be selected for showing characteristics such as kindness, respect, trust, caring, friendship, courage and community. Selected students will receive a certificate and recognition through a short celebration video that will be shared on Friday afternoons. Please Click HERE to see the video celebrating our WILMETTE WARRIORS from this week!
State of Illinois: Erin's Law
The State of Illinois has a law known as “Erin’s Law,” which requires all public school districts to implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. This program teaches students in grades Early Childhood-12th grade age appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult.
Erin’s Law is important because child sexual abuse happens every day across the country, across all populations, to children in all socioeconomic and education levels, across all racial and cultural groups, and in rural, suburban, and urban areas. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before age 18. 90% of child sexual abuse is committed by someone they know and trust.
District 39 will provide a classroom-based program using age-appropriate strategies, language, and materials. Information for Kindergarten and 1st grade will include information from No Trespassing - This is My Body.. Information for grades 2-4 will include information from Health World’s, “Keeping Kids Safe: An Erin’s Law program” (http://www.healthworldeducation.org). LEEP Early Childhood will use materials from the Second Step Child Protection Unit (https://www.secondstep.org/child-protection.)
During April, 2021 these presentations for the Personal Body Safety Program will occur in our elementary schools in LEEP Early Childhood-4th grade in-person and remote classrooms with instruction from our school social workers.
These programs are designed to empower and educate the children. The presentations will cover a combination of the following concepts:
Safe vs. Unsafe touching
The Safety Rule about Touching (No one should touch your private parts except to keep you clean and healthy)
Safe vs. Unsafe Secrets
Identifying and learning to tell safe adults
You are the boss of your body
If someone breaks the safety rule, it is not the child’s fault
If you would like to opt your child out of the program or if you have any questions about the content of the programs, please feel free to contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can make sure our children have the right to be safe, and know where to go for help from adults.
Jami Jacobs, LCSW email@example.com
Karin Bader, firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration OPEN NOW for ALL Students = Last Posting
Returning Student Registration
Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened in the PowerSchool Parent Portal on Monday, March 8th. Parents may complete registration by signing in to the same account used to view report cards. Fees will be assessed through the portal in April.
New Student Enrollment
For students who are new to District 39, visit wilmette39.org/enroll for instructions to complete the four steps to enrollment process.
Student Placement - Parent Input Due TODAY - Last Posting!
We are approaching the time of the year when we begin to consider student placement for the next school year. Starting immediately after spring break, we review each child’s individual learning needs with the corresponding team of teachers. The team of teachers includes your child’s classroom teacher, the related arts teachers, as well as the special education staff. In addition, we consider other factors such as learning styles, academic needs, social/emotional needs, class size/space, and overall make-up of a class. As you can imagine, a lot of thought is put into classroom placement. We consider each child individually and place him/her with an appropriate classroom mix, as well as a good student/teacher combination.
If you feel that extraordinary factors exist that the school should be aware of, please complete this Google Form by March 26th, before spring break. We approach each year with a fresh start. Parent input from previous years will not be included in our process this year. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact us directly. Please know that we will work diligently to ensure the most appropriate placement for every student.
Also note that Highcrest has a separate form/process/timeline that is different from the elementary schools. The administrators from Highcrest will be reaching out to current fourth grade parents separately about their placement process at a later date.
Central Avenue Construction Update for 3/26
Monthly Birthday Bash with the Principals
Here is the Zoom link:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 864 2424 5957
- League of Women Voters of Wilmette has provided a Voters Guide 2021 for Municipal Elections on April 6th.
- Scout Troop 2 Wilmette hosts and Open House for boys and girls ages 11 and older on Sunday, March 14th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Crow Island Woods in Winnetka.
- Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding players to their girls 8-12 year old spring and summer teams.
- Wilmette Baseball Association’s 2021 Spring House League registration is now open for Kdg. through 8th graders.
- Cub Scouts Pack 1 Welcomes all McKenzie students! Contact email@example.com to sign up.
- Covid Catch Up Tutors offers free virtual tutoring by qualified high school students for Pre-K through High School grade levels.
- Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.
- Join Girl Scouts! Daisy Launch Event for Pre-K and Kindergarten students and Virtual Girl Scout Events are being held.
Join us on Twitter!
Central School is on Twitter!
- We have TWO Twitter accounts. Please "follow" us at Twitter.com! Explore Central 39 (with our actual "handle" as @explorecentral). With this account, we mostly share student activities that are completed in the Learning Commons (but other activities are often included as well). We are also providing this Twitter feed on our Central School homepage.
- There is also a principal page @BeckyLittmann where you can follow a variety of school happenings including all-school events, classroom activities, PTA enrichment, and school goals.
Save the Dates...
March 29-April 2nd
- No School: Spring Break
Monday, April 5th
- Conference Sign-Up begins online
- No School: A Non-Attendance ISBE Planning Day
Tuesday, April 6th
- Students return to school for in-person learning
Thursday, April 22nd
- No School for AM Kindergarten
Friday, April 23rd
- No School: Conferences