Friday Focus

December 17, 2021

In this Issue:

  • A Message from Marcie
  • Traffic Safety Reminder
  • Library Commons Corner
  • Optional Vaccine Disclosure

Don't miss the PTO Spotlight!

  • 2021 Wrap Up and Thank You
  • Save the Date - Family Bingo Night - Jan 30th, 4pm
  • Marla's Lunch - Winter ordering LIVE - early January deadline is during winter break
  • Fun Lunch Volunteering - NEW dates available - we need you!
  • Winter Enrichment - registration open
  • Cute pictures? Send to the Yearbook!

A Message from Marcie

Hello, South Park!


As we head into our two-week winter recess, I want to begin by thanking our incredible South Park parent community for their support this entire school year. We are so fortunate to work in a community with families who chose to partner with our school to make the learning experience a positive one for all of our students.


This morning, Janet Gruenwald and I reminded our incredible staff how much we appreciate all that they do for the students at South Park. Teaching amid COVID is challenging beyond measure, but our teachers and staff show up each day with smiles, enthusiasm, and love for their students. During these next two weeks, we invited our whole staff to turn off their email and school-related work so that they can tune into their families and loved ones. We want the same for our students and families so that everyone feels refreshed and restored in January after this well-deserved break.


We wish everyone a safe and restful winter break and a very happy new year. See you in 2022!


-Marcie

Traffic Safety Reminders

As we head into the new year, I want to take a moment to remind families about traffic safety at South Park to keep all of our students safe. Please take a moment to review the following reminders:


    • Always require your children to enter and exit your vehicle from the passenger side to the school-side sidewalk. In other words, don’t let them step in the street.

    • If you drop your child off in the front circle, do not exit your vehicle. If your child needs help, please roll down your window and ask a staff member to assist your child.

    • To improve traffic flow, drive clockwise around the school — keeping your car on the school-side of the road. Always turn right into the school. Cars that travel counterclockwise congest the flow and increase the danger.

    • Follow the posted speed limit for school hours, and never drive through a bus stop arm or stop sign.


Thank you for your cooperation.

Library Commons Corner

The South Park Learning Commons is a great place to find all kinds of books, even some written by our very own penguins! Last year, the Library Squad had the great idea to start a Student Book Shelf, which began online due to the pandemic. Now, our Student Bookshelf is moving to a physical format. Student-written books are placed on a special shelf in the LC for all to enjoy. The new shelf is just getting started, and we could use a lot more books. If your child has written a story, poem, article, or other piece of writing that would make a great addition to our Student Book Shelf, please share it with Mrs. Jahng, kjahng@dps109.org. You can also visit our online Book Shelf, right here!


OPTIONAL VACCINE DISCLOSURE FOR STUDENTS AGES 5+


Many families have recently chosen to have their 5-11-year-old student vaccinated.


As a reminder, your child is not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after receiving their second dose.


You can complete an optional form in Family Access to let DPS 109 know that your child is vaccinated. This is the same form that was made available to students ages 12 and older earlier this year. Please click below to log into Family Access.


Why are we asking for this information?

A major benefit of completing the form is that if your child is deemed to be a close contact to a positive case, either in school or outside of it, our contact tracing team will quickly be able to potentially rule out quarantine for those that have voluntarily disclosed their child’s vaccination status or minimize the number of additional tests required to participate in the test to stay program.


Again, filling out this form is entirely optional. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to communications@dps109.org and we will put you in touch with the appropriate department.

Important Dates

December 20-31 - No School - Winter Break

January 3 - School Resumes

January 10-28 - MAP Winter Testing Window

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

LOOKING TO OPT OUT OF NEXT WEEK'S SHIELD TESTING?

This opt-out will be for testing on Thursday, January 6th..


Fill out this Google Form prior to 7 AM on THURSDAY, 1/6.


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