Simon Elementary School Newsletter

October 2018

From the Principal

These first few weeks of school have been exciting, and it has been great to see students "settle in" as they become more acclimated with their new teachers, classmates, and classrooms. Throughout the year, much time is spent on building positive relationships with students, but this is even more prevalent in the beginning of the year.

As the old adage goes, "It takes a village to raise a child." I invite you to play an active role in the "village" that is our school. I encourage you to remain in contact with your child's teacher, to volunteer in the school when able, to support our PTO, and to help reinforce the importance of school with your child. Together, we can make a positive difference for children.

Nurse's News

Nurse Beth will be conducting vision and hearing screenings during the months of September, October, and November. You will be notified only if there is a concern. This is ONLY a SCREENING. If you have any concerns regarding your child's vision or hearing, do not hesitate to contact your physician.

All health record documentation (physicals, immunizations, etc.) are due no later than October 15. Illinois School code states that students who do not have the proper documentation submitted to a school by October 15 shall not be permitted to attend until the information is provided.

Please feel free to call with any questions at 815-335-2318.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent / Teacher Conferences will be taking place on October 24th and 25th. This is an excellent time to hear progress updates for your child and also to ask your child's teacher about what they see in the classroom setting.

There are a few tips that I suggest regarding conferences:

1) Please be on time and plan not to run over the amount of time that has been set aside. 2) If you are unable to meet during regular hours, please contact your child's teacher to set up a time that works for both you and the teacher. 3) The best conferences are those in which both teachers and parents work together for the one purpose of helping your child succeed.

Some questions to ask may include:

1) How well does my child get along with others? 2) Does my child put forth the level of effort that is needed? 3) Does my child participate in class discussions and activities? 4) Have you noticed any changes in my child's behavior? 5) What specific suggestions do you have to help my child better?

If you have not yet set up a conference time at this point, please contact your child's teacher to do so. We look forward to meeting soon!

Preschool Screenings

Our next round of preschool screenings will be taking place on February 1st, 2019. If you have or know someone who will have a child who will be 3 by February 1st, please call the Simon office at 815-335-2318 to reserve a screening appointment.

The Importance of Reading

Gaining early literacy skills is arguably one of the top three most important factors in ensuring a primary elementary student's future academic successes.

The article in the link below shares some strategies of how you can support your child as growing readers at home.

As Weather Changes...

We are entering that time of year when the temperature outside can fluctuate significantly from one day to the next. Please take this into consideration when dressing and preparing your child for school each day.

PTO News

As you are likely aware, our PTO fall fundraiser recently concluded. This year's fundraiser was a success thanks to everyone who sold or bought items. Proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit Simon and McNair through a variety of ways. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way with this year's fundraiser.

If you are interested in learning more about the PTO or what they are supporting at Simon and McNair, you are welcome to attend PTO meetings, which take place the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the McNair Library.

Mark your calendars for Night at the Discovery Center on November 2nd from 6:00-8:00. This is a fantastic opportunity for families to learn together.

Our Cafeteria Needs Your Help

Our cafeteria and kitchen regularly utilize the help of volunteers. If you are interested in helping out within the school, this is an excellent opportunity. Please visit the link below to sign up for any times that you might be available. Thank you in advance for your support!

Upcoming Events:

Here is a list of events that are upcoming in October:

8-12 Fire Prevention Week - Survive Alive Trailer

16 IceHogs reading assembly

17 Kindergarten Trip to Skelley’s

19 Scholastic Book Fair set - up Library Closed

22-25 Scholastic Book Fair - Library Closed

23 Fall Picture Retakes

24 Early Release - 12:40 P/T Conferences 4:00-7:30

25 P/T conferences 1:00-7:30 -- No student attendance

26 School Improvement Day

29 Preschool trip to Severson Dells trip