Beaver Bulletin

Weekly Update for Army Trail School Families

February 13, 2020

Beaver Bits

  • Valentines Dance is tomorrow February 14, from 6-8 in the Army Trail Gym.
  • Spring Pictures will take place on March 5, 2020. More information will be sent later this month.

Pick up / Drop off Reminders

Drop-off/Pickup Procedures: Kindergarten through fifth-grade students should arrive before 9:30 on Mondays and 8:45 on every other day. They are dismissed every day at 3:15 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Early Release days. Walking students should leave immediately after being dismissed and walk home. Students being picked up should wait on the east side of the building for the vehicle pickup line. Vehicle drop-off and pick-up is located on the East Side of Army Trail in the parking lot. Students can only be dropped off and picked up between Doors 6 and 7 in the Blue Zone (See map for more details). Please review the traffic pattern diagram for a detailed drawing. Any students remaining after 3:30 p.m. will be taken to the Army Trail Main Office. Parents or guardians must then pick up their child(ren) from the office. To keep the line moving as quickly as possible, please follow these guidelines:

  • Parents should not exit their vehicles
  • Students should only enter/exit the car on curbside or passenger side
  • Follow directions of staff members directing traffic
  • Pull as far forward as possible and safely pull up close to the car ahead of you

Additional safety considerations:

  • For safety reasons, students should not be dropped off on Highview Ave.
  • Parents are discouraged from parking in the lot and walking their students to the building
  • Please do not park in the driveway, our driveway in front of the building is not wide enough to accommodate two cars as parking in the driveway will keep other cars from getting through.
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Attendance Reminders

Attendance: Consistent school attendance is crucial to the learning process. However, if your child is ill, please use the Call-in number at 630-458-2575 before 9:00 a.m. to report your child’s absence. The Call-In line is available 24 hours a day.

  • Tardy to school: Students arriving after 8:50 (9:35) a.m. must be brought into the office by a parent and signed in. A tardy will be recorded and monitored in our attendance system throughout the school year.
  • Early Dismissal: Appointments during the school day are discouraged. If your child must have an appointment during the school day, a note must be sent to the classroom teacher telling the time of pick-up, who will be picking up the child, and the reason. Please come to the office to sign your child out.

Parent Teacher Conferences

The February parent/teacher conference information that was included in this week's Update. As in the past, winter conferences times have been reserved for parents of students that classroom teachers have identified as needing to conference with. Over the next few days, if your child's classroom teacher would like a conference with you a letter will be sent home. If you do not receive a letter, a conference is not needed at this time. However, even if you do not receive a request to conference and would like to discuss your child's progress with their classroom teacher, please reach out to them via email, Seesaw, phone, etc.

Note from the Nurse.

While student attendance is very important, it is just as important if your child is sick with a fever or flu like symptoms they are kept at home. Students who present to the Nurse’s Office with a fever and/or feeling poorly will be sent home. To prevent widespread flu in school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

CONSIDER KEEPING YOUR CHILD AT HOME for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
  • Headache
  • Mild stomach ache

DEFINITELY KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

TO HELP PREVENT THE FLU AND OTHER COLDS, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" and for a minimum of 24 hours. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before he/she is considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Keeping your ill child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom!

Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.

Dr. Ferney Returns

Please join us for the next presentation by Dr. Ferney on March 5 @ 6:00 PM in the Cafeteria. Coffee and light snacks will be provided along with child care.

See you there!

First Annual Science Night

Addison School District 4 is hosting its First Annual Science Night! It will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6pm to 8pm at Indian Trail Junior High. Any questions? Contact Eileen Santini or Vivi Frangidakis.

Students must register ahead of time so that we have enough materials for everyone! Please return the form below by January 31, 2020 Parents may observe the experiments as the students participate.

Childcare is available for preschool aged children!