Mable Woolsey Weekly Update

Week of March 13, 2023

Mission and Vision

Mable Woolsey Vision Statement: We will build a nurturing community of life long learners while fostering opportunities for social, emotional, and academic growth to ensure that we help create productive members of society.

Mable Woolsey Mission Statement: We will provide a safe and stimulating environment. We will nurture a rigorous and adaptive learning community. We will support a child's natural desire to learn. We will inspire students to discover their fullest potential.

A Note From the Principal

Dear Families,

If you could please take the 5 Essentials Survey linked below, it gives great feedback for our school! Our goal is to have at least 20% of parents take this. We appreciate your support!

I know the nurse has sent out information this week about different viruses still spreading here at school. My son was throwing up again Friday night, and I understand everyone's frustration and exhaustion this school year! With Spring Break coming up, this would be a great time to wash and disinfect backpacks, lunchboxes, and coats! Hopefully with a week off we can all recover and have a healthy last quarter of school. Again, your child must be vomit free for 24 hours to return to school.

In the morning after drop off in the front of the school, please do not pull around to the back of the school. There are students being dropped off by buses on the east side of the building, and it is not safe for staff and students who are walking into the building from the parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation on this!

Thank you,

Mrs. Keever

The 2022-2023 5 Essentials Parent Survey is Now Open!

Beginning January 24, students and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the eleventh 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, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. 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

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 4thth through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2023 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional Parent survey supplement. If at least 20 percent of Mable Woolsey parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted January 24, 2023 through March 31, 2023. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UChicago Impact Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or

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Author Visit

On Tuesday March 7th author David Biedrzycki came to present to the K-4 students at Mable Woolsey! They were all inspired by his presentation. He also signed books for students! Thank you to Mrs. Fleisher and Mrs. Shrader for organizing this event!

Knoxville Baseball Association Registration Update

Baseball registration ends Tuesday, February 28. There will be an in person sign up that evening from 6-7:30 at Big Catz. Beginning March 1, a $25 late fee is assessed until teams are full.

Knoxville Girls Softball

Registration for 7u-14u softball is now open through Knoxville Girls Softball Association. In person registration will take place on Saturday, March 4th from 9-11 am in the KJHS cafeteria. Forms for registration will be available at this in person event. Hard copies of registration forms will be available in both the KJHS and MWES offices on or before March 1st. Registration forms can also be printed from the PDF attached below or by visiting the Knoxville Girls Softball Association group and selecting the "files" tab. If you are unable to attend in person registration, hard copies should be mailed to the address on the forms no later than March 20th. Please reach out to the Knoxville Girls Softball Association with additional questions.
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A Reminder about Pre-arranged and Extended Absences


Parents must notify the school and classroom teacher one week prior to taking a child out of school for a trip. This includes vacations, extended weekend trips, and family visits.

No advance work will be assigned prior to prearranged absences. The nature of our curriculum necessitates teacher assistance in making up work following a child’s return to school. The teacher, student, and parent will work together to ensure the student has met academic expectations within the classroom. Homework will be given to the student upon return. Students will have the number of days missed plus one additional day to complete the work.

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Below are the rules posted at school for coats and jackets!

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Character Strong Theme: Cooperation


For the month of March we will focus on cooperation.
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Mable Woolsey Way Tickets

Everyday students earn tickets for being safe, respectful and responsible at Mable Woolsey. On Fridays names are drawn by grade level for a prize! These students were rewarded for being safe, respectful, and responsible this week at Mable Woolsey.

Positive Office Referrals

This month we began to give Positive Office Referrals. Students who show any of the traits that we have practiced at school come up to the office with a positive referral. All of the students below have shown amazing character this week!
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Blessings in a Backpack

We are now sending home food regularly each Friday!

We still are raising money so that we can continue the program for many years to come!

If you would still like to donate money check out the link below! After clicking the link make sure to enter our school name, Mable Woolsey Elementary, and the money will go to our school.

Here is the address to mail donations to-

Please make out all checks to “Blessings in a Backpack” and send to the following address:

Blessings in a Backpack Lockbox

P.O. Box 950291

Louisville, KY 40295

*If you’d like to designate your support to help feed children at a current program site, please include the program’s name on the check’s memo line.

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Ms. King's Counseling Corner

Click Below for Some Amazing Resources

Ms. King has put together some wonderful resources for students and families. Click below to use these at home with your child!
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Box Tops For Education

The Box Tops app makes it easy to earn cash for Mable Woolsey! Just click the button above to download the app and scan your receipts when you shop.

Peanut Policy Update

We have updated our Peanut Policy at Mable Woolsey. We will now be offering individually wrapped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at lunch and allowing nut products in student lunches. Nut-free items will still be required for classroom snacks. Read the letter linked below for more information.