The Simon School Days Newsletter

December 7, 2015

Dear Parents and Families of Simon Elementary:

Just a reminder that winter break is from December 21 through January 1. Students return to school on January 4, 2016.

Friday, December 18 is an Early Dismissal Day. Simon is dismissed at 12:40. Lunch will be served this day. No PM EC/PREK this day. There is Kids Club services this day.

Kids Club Field Trip on 12/18
Sign-up opens: 12-1-15
Sign-up closes: 12-11-15
Account MUST be current to attend.
All paperwork and fees for the trip must be turned in by 12-11-15.

No Kids Club services over Christmas break.

School resumes on Monday, January 4, 2016

School Closing due to Weather Events

Should weather or some other unexpected circumstances require the school to be closed or the students to be dismissed early, the district will be using the School Messenger system and information will be broadcast over radio station WROK (1440 AM) in Rockford or other local radio or television stations.

WIFR even offers text messaging of school closings. If you are interested in this option, go to their web site at Parents are asked to listen for early school closings during days of bad weather conditions.

When school is dismissed early for emergency reasons, (inclement weather, specific school building problems/situations, etc.) all after school activities at that building are cancelled, unless noted otherwise. Winnebago Kids Club is cancelled in the event of such emergency cancellations of school as well.

Lost and Found Items

Please put names on all coats, sweaters, hats, boots, etc., so items found can be quickly and easily returned to their owners. Students who find lost articles are asked to bring them to the lost and found areas at Simon. Students who have lost articles may check the lost and found on the lower level bulletin board next to the nurse's office before and after school, or at other times with teacher permission. Any articles not claimed at the end of the school year will be given to a charitable organization

Reminder about Remind

Instead of placing tons of information into a newsletter, we use a different way to "get the word out". Remind is a free text messaging service that will be used to send daily and/or weekly announcements to you to be informed about what is going on at Simon Elementary. How do you sign up to receive these text messages?

1. Enter this number (815) 401-9303 with this message @simon1516

2. Click here for additional directions

By joining the group on Remind, you’re choosing to receive class messages via push notifications, SMS, or email. Don’t worry, your phone number will not be shared with the teacher or anyone else in the group.

That's it! You will start receiving messages next week.

Music Notes from Ms. Volkert

The 2nd grade concert is Monday, December 7, 2015, in the Simon Elementary Gymnasium.
Classes performing at 6:00pm - Mrs. Bartscher and Mrs. Waggoner
Classes performing at 7:00pm - Mrs. Cowman and Mrs. Benning
Students and families should arrive 10-15 minutes before their concert time.
Come for an evening of fun and entertaining holiday songs!

Concerts for Kindergarten and First Grade students will be later in the school year.
First Grade concert will be Monday, March 14, 2016.
Kindergarten concert/celebration will be Friday, May 27, 2016 (pending on school closing due to weather).

Preschool Screening - January 15

Winnebago CUSD #323 will conduct preschool screenings for the 2015-16 school year on Friday, January 15. These children may be eligible to attend the Winnebago School District Preschool for the 2015-16 school year.

The preschool screening is to determine eligibility for our preschool program and for you to have a better understanding of your child's strengths and areas for improvement. We encourage everyone with preschool aged children (ages 3-5) to participate in screening regardless of your interest in the preschool program.

The screening will assess your child’s developmental skills in the following areas: academic concepts, gross and fine motor skills, speech and language, social, behavior, self-help skills, and vision and hearing.

Screening appointments take approximately one hour. Children have to be three years old at the time of the screening on January 15.

The screenings will be held at Dorothy Simon Elementary 309 S. Benton St. Winnebago, IL 61088. Please call 815.335.2318 to make an appointment.

A Note From the Nurse

Dental examinations are required by the State of Illinois for students entering Kindergarten and 2nd grade.

Many dental exams were received at the beginning of the school year. If you have not turned in an examination please do so as soon as possible. Exams will be collected until May 15th. Thank you.

Simon Art Room Dontation

The holiday season brings lots of fun and exciting projects and activities.
The art room is in need of bits or pieces of wrapping paper, wrapping paper tubes, used or new greeting cards (any holiday), yarn, flour and salt. I know this list may be strange but all items will be used for a holiday surprise. Thank you for all the donations in the past and what is to come.

Have a creative and sparkly holiday.

Beth Melancen
Simon Art Teacher

PTO Yearbook Information - 1st Due Date is Dec 25 (Get Your Lowest Price!)

Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase this important keepsake of the school year. The 2015-2016 Dorothy Simon and Jean McNair Elementary ALL COLOR yearbook is packed full of the memories you never want to forget!

Order NOW to reserve a copy for your son or daughter.

Order online at , find Dorothy Simon Elementary School and place your order.

The cost of the 2016 ALL COLOR yearbook is $25 if you wait until spring, but purchase by Dec. 25 and get a special sale price of $16 . Prices will increase after that date to $18 and then to $20.

*We will NOT be accepting any cash until March 5th, all orders must be placed ONLINE at until then.*

December Calendar Events

If you do have any specific questions about events or functions, please call the school office at 815.335.2318.