Ferson Creek eNews

March 18, 2022

Monday is World Down Syndrome Day!

On 3/21, we celebrate those born with Down Syndrome as it signifies the triplication of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down Syndrome. To celebrate and honor those with Down Syndrome, we choose to Rock Your Socks! Join us in wearing brightly colored and mismatched socks on Monday to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!

Last Call for Yearbooks!

Yearbook ordering has been extended until Monday, March 21st! They are a wonderful keepsake for your child!

Color, hardcover yearbooks are $19.00 and available online at https://inter-state.com/order with school code-63373Y. If you are unable to order online, contact Ashley Holdsworth at aholdswo@gmail.com.

After School Enrichment

Thank you to our PTO and parent volunteers for an amazing two weeks of ASE! It was wonderful to see our students participating in such fun activities after school. For all of the organizing, communicating, and time, we give a HUGE THANKS!!

The Ferson Way- Celebrating 2000 Foxes!

Our celebration of 2000 foxes took place over two days and focused on helping Ukrainian refugees. In collaboration with the PTO, students listened to a story, painted a mural, created a sunflower, and decorated sunflower seed packets. It was such a wonderful experience to celebrate the success of our students while helping others!

The seed packets, colored and filled by our Ferson students, are for sale with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Global Empowerment Mission Ukraine and World Central Kitchen Ukraine. The flyer below includes the link to purchase your seed packets through PushCoin. Students also came home with an "advertisement" including a ready-to-plant sunflower seed. There are some pictures below documenting the students' activities and progress throughout the two days. A huge thank you to Dr. DuCharm and our PTO for coordinating this fun and philanthropic activity. It was an amazing way to celebrate being Kind, Respectful, Learners!

Cal's Angels - Just Shave It!

For many years, we have participated in the Cal's Angels "Just Shave It" event to honor Ferson student Jimmy Schafer.

To support this event, you can cut your hair to donate, shave your head, or just donate to our team, Team Jimmy.

If you would like to join our team, please use this link and select "Team Jimmy" from the fundraiser drop down.

If you would like to make a donation, please use this link and select "Team Jimmy" from the fundraiser drop down.

We will also have some fun ways at school to raise money for our team. More information will come out about that after Spring Break.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Stephanie Turner


Equity Audit Parent Focus Groups

As part of the district’s equity audit, parent 1 hour focus groups will be held across the district via Zoom during the month of April to give families an opportunity to share their thoughts on our district’s strengths, areas of need, and long-term opportunities for providing the best educational experience for all students. Focus groups will be constructed and led by our partners in the equity audit process- the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC). There will be morning and evening focus groups available for parents. Every school’s goal is to have 15 families agree to participate in a focus group. During the week of March 21st, a member of our school staff will begin calling parents from a document with families’ names listed in random order to invite prospective participants to be part of a focus group and at that time will share specific dates and times. All parents are welcome to email your own written responses to the focus group questions to CEC should you not be selected to participate in a focus group but desire to share your opinions (A list of the focus group questions and a place for submitting your answers to them will be posted on the district website beginning April 4th). We thank you for your commitment to equity in education, and we are excited about this next step in gathering the voices of our district so that we can create a comprehensive plan for moving forward. If you have any questions regarding the focus group process, please contact our Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Dr. Tracy Taylor, at tracy.taylor@d303.org.

Ferson Creek Talent Show

We are excited to be planning for our Spring Talent Show which will be held on Friday, April 29th at St. Charles North High School. Here you will find a Google Form permission slip that includes specific information regarding the Talent Show. If you already turned in your paper permission slip, there is no need to complete this one. Our event will follow all current mitigation strategies and may need to be adjusted if current guidelines change.

Hearing and Vision Screenings

Vision and hearing screenings are provided annually to District 303 students at the State-mandated grade levels, as designated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. All students in special education programs, students transferring into the District who have not previously been screened, and students to be tested related to classroom teacher requests are screened during this annual program.

Screenings are performed by District 303 nurses and trained technicians who are certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Screenings at Ferson will take place during the week of April 11th.

Scheduled intervals for Vision and Hearing screenings are:

Vision screenings

  • Preschool, Kindergarten, 2nd and 8th grades
  • Special Education students (includes students in speech)
  • Foster care and transfer students from out of state

Hearing screenings

  • Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades
  • Special Education students (includes students in speech)
  • Foster Care and transfer students from out of state
  • Students having known or suspected hearing loss

For additional information please see this letter from CUSD 303 Health Services.

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Important Dates

Wednesday, March 23rd - Early Release - 2:10 PM Dismissal

Monday, March 28th - Friday, April 1st - Spring Break - No School for Students

Wednesday, April 6th - Thursday, April 14th - IAR testing for 3rd-5th Grade Students

Friday, April 15th - Institute Day - No School for Students

Wednesday, April 27th - Early Release - 2:10 PM Dismissal

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Students in grades 3-5 participate in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) beginning the Wednesday week after spring break. Students will not take more than one test per day. Regular testing will be completed on Thursday, April 14th. Specific testing times will be shared by classroom teachers. Please find a letter from our assessment department regarding both state assessments here.

5th Grade Transition to Middle School Opportunities

Parents of 5th graders - there are multiple transition opportunities offered at both middle schools this spring and summer. Click here Thompson and here Wredling dates and information.

Both Thompson and Wredling are have opened their online spiritwear store for incoming 6th graders. 5th grade students are encouraged to wear their middle school shirts on the last day of school. If you are interested in ordering, t-shirts are delivered to Ferson in early May. Please click the links for ordering information. Both online stores are open until March 25th.

Thompson SpiritWear

Wredling SpiritWear

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Across the Board Newsletter

Interested in finding out details from the school board meeting? View the Across the Board newsletter!