Simon Elementary School Newsletter
From the Principal
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.
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.
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!
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...
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!
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 Day29 Preschool trip to Severson Dells trip