Friday Focus

January 14, 2022

In this Issue:

  • A Message from Marcie
  • Meet Mr. L
  • MAP Testing Continues
  • Uncle Pete's Lunches
  • Young Authors 2022
  • 5 Essentials Survey Now Open

Don't miss the PTO Spotlight!

  • NEW for purchase - South Park Winter Spirit Wear
  • Family Bingo Night - Postponed
  • Order Marla's Lunch - January-June
  • Fun Lunch Volunteering - We NEED you!
  • Cute pictures? Send to the Yearbook!

A Message from Marcie

Happy Friday, South Park!

This week felt much calmer with fewer COVID-related absences among students and staff. We are hopeful that this trend continues!

We continue to strongly recommend sending your child to school with an age-appropriate and form-fitting KN95 or N95 mask, if possible. Cloth masks are not effective against the new Omicron variant.

SHIELD testing will continue every Thursday afternoon at South Park. We are still waiting for a few results to trickle in, so be vigilant as you head into the weekend.

If one of your children or family members within your household tests positive for COVID over the weekend, please continue to contact Nora Moskos ( to keep our school informed. We will continue to ask that you keep siblings home unless or until they test negative. While guidance states that vaccinated siblings can come, our experience with the Omicron variant is that all of the kids get it if one gets it. If your child participates in our Livestreaming program, please review this document to understand the expectations of Livestreaming and how this differs from last year's remote learning.

This week, many of our teachers guided students through activities to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy he left behind. In our morning announcements, we reinforced how Dr. King promoted the idea of nonviolence and the importance of using our words to inspire change. Hopefully, many of our students will share their learning with you.

Enjoy the 3-Day weekend.


Meet Mr. L

While Mr. Mann is on paternity leave, we are thrilled to have Mr. Ross Langlois filling in as one of our PE teachers for the remainder of the school year.

Ross Langlois, or as the kids call him, "Mr. L," grew up in Island Lake, Illinois, and attended Monmouth College. After graduation, he ventured out to California for three years and eventually moved back to the northwest suburbs. He continued his education at Northeastern Illinois University where he earned his PE teaching license. Mr. L has really enjoyed these first two weeks getting to know his new South Park students and looks forward to more great days to come!

MAP Testing Continues Next Week

We continue to MAP test following the schedule below. MAP reports will be mailed out to our families on February 9th.

If your child is out of school due to a COVID-related quarantine, your child's teacher will be in touch with you about makeups.

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Uncle Pete's Lunches

South Park School has a long tradition of participating in a program called Uncle Pete’s Lunches. Uncle Pete’s Lunches is a group of people that delivers sack lunches to the needy. Peter Zonsius, from Niles, was a man who was devoted to helping the less fortunate. In honor of his memory, Uncle Pete’s Lunches will help us disperse bag lunches prepared by South Park Families.

Next Thursday, January 20th, all students will receive a brown paper bag with directions as to the food items needed to prepare a lunch for this program. All filled bags should be brought to school on the morning of Wednesday, January 26th. Volunteers from Uncle Pete’s Lunches will collect all of the sack lunches and deliver them to local shelters that day. This is a wonderful hands-on activity for our students to give to people in need.

Young Authors 2022

Young Authors is a great opportunity to write and publish a piece of writing. Students can write in any genre they want and be creative! They will receive feedback from Ms. Ward and a hardcover book to publish their own story! Manuscripts are due by February 18, 2022. Please reach out to Ms. Ward if you have any questions at
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Again this year, parents across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, it allows you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. Your responses also help guide district improvement.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction

To take the Parent Survey, please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. Your identity and responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

In addition to parents, 4th through 8th-grade students will also be responding to this survey. Per school board policy 7:15, you may opt your child out of any survey. If you would not like your child to participate in the 5Essentials Survey, please contact Marcie Faust.

Important Dates

January 10-28 - MAP Winter Testing Window

January 17 - No School - Martin Luther King's Birthday

January 20 - Middle School World Language Zoom at 6:30pm (Link will be shared soon)

February 21 - No School - President's Day

February 22 - No School - Institute Day


This opt-out will be for testing on Thursday, January 13th.

Fill out this Google Form prior to 7 AM on THURSDAY, 1/20.

*Please note that if you have consented but want to opt out of a week, you must fill out the form every week.