School News

News From Marion Jordan Elementary

Important Dates

  • Thursday, December 23rd - WINTER BREAK BEGINS
  • Monday, January 10th - SCHOOL RESUMES - PLEASE NOTE: Families will no longer be required to sign the daily certification lanyard post Winter Break. By sending your student to school, you are indicating they are healthy enough to be here. We will continue to send students home if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while at school.

School and Classroom Refresh

When we return from any break, it is vital that building and classroom expectations are revisited with students. This allows us to proactively approach behavior and refresh expectations with students.


During the first week back from winter break, every school in the district will be engaging in Whole-School Expectations revisits and Station Rotations. Teachers will also utilize the first weeks back from break to revisit classroom expectations.


Creating a safe and conducive learning environment, as well as being responsive to our students’ needs, is a priority. When classrooms run smoothly, instructional time is maximized and that is in everyone's best interest.

Information from Mrs. Grosch

Hi Marion Jordan Families,

Season's Greetings to all of you. It is typically a cold and snowy day when I sit to compose my message for the December newsletter. Today, at 60+ degrees, it feels more like March than December. In a school year where so many things are different, it seems even the weather isn't quite typical. As we prepare to pause for winter break, we take stock of the many blessings bestowed upon us, your child (ren), and by extension your family, are among those blessings. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to be part of our Marion Jordan Family. We take pride in meeting every student and family where they are and helping them grow. Growing together is what makes our school community the warm, successful place it is. We wish each family a wonderful winter break and all of the best in the New Year.

Mental Health Awareness Program

Community Consolidated School District 15 is committed to supporting every student’s academic growth as well as their social, emotional and behavioral growth. In our continuing efforts to support the well-being of our students, District 15 is implementing a comprehensive mental health screening process this school year to identify students who may benefit from additional support. The Mental Health Awareness (MHA) Program will be implemented for students in grades 4, 5, and 6 within a window from January - March. Kindly read the attached letter explaining this program in greater depth and note that you have the ability to opt your student out of this program if that is your preference.


Parent Letter

SUMMER READING OPPORTUNITY!

The Center for Literacy at National Louis University is offering a Summer Reading Program to help students who are experiencing reading and/or writing difficulties.

  • Tutors are licensed teachers who are earning their graduate degree as a Reading Specialist.

  • Students receive one-to-one tutoring in reading and writing one hour per day, four mornings per week, for five weeks.

  • The program will run from June 27-July 28, and daily attendance (virtual or in person) is mandatory.

  • Services will be available in English and Spanish.

  • D15 students can register for a discounted rate of $100!

    • The Multilingual Department will cover this cost with grant funding for any EL student. Parents can fill out the application online (link in the flyer) and do not need to pay anything. Our Department will collaborate with NLU to provide payment on behalf of our EL families.

    • Gen ed students experiencing reading/writing difficulties can also sign up for the discounted rate. Parents can sign up directly with NLU using the link on the attached flyers.

  • This program will fill quickly! Please help us fill the spots with D15 students who would benefit from this valuable opportunity.

Summer Reading Flyer

ACCESS Testing for Second Language Students

The 2022 ACCESS window will run from Wednesday, January 12, through Wednesday, February 9.

These assessments measure the English language proficiency level of your child in listening, speaking, reading and writing. All students who qualify for English language support are required to be administered this assessment regardless of whether or not they are currently receiving direct programming support or have refused services for the 2021-22 school year. Additional information is available in the letters linked below.


English

Spanish

Japanese

Bulgarian

Polish

Korean

Russian

If your student is not feeling well

Please remember to keep your student home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever 100.4 or higher, new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches.


If you wish to enroll your student in our weekly SHIELD testing, please use THIS FORM to provide your consent. Our testing day is Wednesday and results are typically back by Friday. SHIELD is a PCR saliva test.

Parent/Guardian Contact Information

Parents/Guardians - Please make sure you have all of your contact information updated in Infinite Campus (email address, phone number, and cell phone number) for absence calls, school, District, and Board newsletters, emergency notifications, etc.

To check your contact information, you can login in Infinite Campus to review and update.


Mobile App

The District 15 mobile app is available on the App Store and Google Play! To download the free app, search for "CCSD15."

This communication tool allows parents and students to quick access to important school and district information, including Campus Parent, the D15 Bullying Tip Line, a quick link to MyStop (bus stop location and pick-up times), lunch menus, schedules, parent/student handbook, directory information, school news and more.

  • To see integrated student information on the app, click the "student information" button and log-in using your email address and your Campus Parent password. If you are unsure of your password, please visit Infinite Campus and click "forgot password." If you are still having trouble, please contact your school's main office for assistance.

  • To make sure you aren’t missing any notices, make sure you turn notifications ON for the mobile app.

If you are not a D15 parent or staff member and would like to receive District updates, download the free mobile app to receive push notifications.

  • Go to Notifications, Settings, and choose the schools you wish to receive push notifications from.

Parent Nights 2021-2022

District 15 is excited to be partnering with local agencies to present information on the following topics for parents, guardians, families and community members. Mark your calendars and join us for these free, virtual workshops!


Self-Care

February 16, 2022

7-8 pm

Virtual


Motivation to Finish Strong

April 12, 2022

7-8 pm

Virtual


Pre-Registration would be greatly appreciated

so please fill out this form!


We are also taking questions from our audience that will be answered during the workshops so please pre-register.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email Keli Swierczek at swierczk@ccsd15.net.


Spanish translation services will be offered during workshops.

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Upcoming D15 Job Fairs

District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates. Come apply onsite and Be a Part of Our Team!


Dates:

  • Monday, November 1, 2021
  • Monday, December 13, 2021
  • Monday, January 24, 2022
  • Monday, March 7, 2022


Location: Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067

Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.


We are looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!


Please contact Chanell Lopez at lopezc@ccsd15.net or Lori Thum at thuml@ccsd15.net in the Human Resources department with any questions.

Student Data Privacy

Privacy and student data protection is a key priority for the District. Our three main technology departments (instructional technology, technology, and data services) work to make sure our systems and vendors comply with the requirements of the Student Online Personal Protection Act or SOPPA, which regulates how student information is protected by school districts and education technology vendors they use. Our student privacy web page outlines our privacy related actions and protective measures.


We also employ a number of measures like on-site filtering, student device monitoring, and security tools which protect our network from outside threats. Students participate in digital citizenship curriculum, and staff can employ tools to support students in making good digital choices. Lastly, our district participates in several state and national consortiums, collaborating with other districts to keep informed on best practices and new resources that may support our data privacy policies.


Thank an MJ Staff Member

Looking for a special way to say THANK YOU to a staff member at Marion Jordan? Each submitted THANK YOU is shared with the staff member it was submitted for. The SMILES this produces are PRICELESS! If you feel so inclined, warm a HEART with your appreciation today!

Thank A Teacher Form

From the Health Office

Frequently Asked Questions about Test To Stay


Who qualifies for the Test to Stay regimen?

Any student who is deemed a close contact to a confirmed, positive case of COVID while at school (in the classroom or on the bus) has the opportunity to participate in Test to Stay. A nurse or contact tracer will determine whether or not the student qualifies, as the positive COVID-19 case and the close contact must have been engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks at the time of exposure.


Who does NOT qualify for Test to Stay?

The following populations do not qualify for Test to Stay:


  • Household contacts

  • Students with mask exemptions

  • Students in the early childhood program (as they are not able to maintain physical distancing)

  • Close contacts identified in the lunchroom (when not 6 ft distanced)

  • Close contacts identified during other times when individuals are unmasked

  • Outbreak status (when 3 confirmed cases of COVID elicits the closure of a classroom)

  • Fully vaccinated individuals - not considered close contact and do not need to be excluded

  • Definition of “fully vaccinated”: two weeks have passed since the second dose of the vaccine was administered.

  • Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 within prior 90 days and are currently asymptomatic - not considered close contact, does not need to be excluded

  • Students in our self-contained special education classrooms

  • YMCA or KinderCare attendees


What does the Test to Stay regimen entail?

  • Students should test at least twice following a known exposure, and always on day 7 after exposure. The school nurse or contact tracer will work with parents to determine which dates the student should be tested, and will send parents the appropriate documentation that should be completed prior to the student’s testing regimen begins.

  • Test To Stay testing will take place on school days from 7:00 am - 9:00 am at the District Office located at 580 North 1st Bank Drive, Palatine. Everyone entering the District Office for T2S must be fully masked at all times.

  • Students can only test at the district office presently, as tests from outside facilities are currently not accepted while participating in Test to Stay.

  • Students are not able to ride the school bus for the duration of time that they are participating in Test to Stay, and must be dropped off and picked up from school.

  • Students are required to keep their masks on during recess until they’ve been cleared of their testing regimen (after day 7 following exposure); recess coordinators will be made aware of this

  • The school nurse or contact tracer will notify parents and teachers the date in which students can resume bus ridership as well as de-mask during recess.


What if parents choose to not participate in Test to Stay?

10 days of exclusion would be required for all close contacts who wish not to participate in the test to stay regimen, with concurrent learning being available to them for the duration of their exclusion.


As we have seen throughout last year and this year, guidance is subject to change pursuant to shifts in public health conditions.


Wishing you good health,

Sherin Thomas, School Nurse

Marion Jordan Elementary School

Family Resources

  • During this busy time of the year, remember to slow down and enjoy being together with the people you love. Take a walk, snuggle, talk, listen to music, dance, laugh, read aloud, play together, learn together, just be together. For more family fun ideas, check out these 40 Wintertime Family Bucket List Activities.
  • This can be a stressful time for many kids AND adults. Be sure to check out our 25 Tips to Help Cope With Stress handout for great ways to manage at any age.



Contact Us!

Welcome to Marion Jordan Elementary School, Home of the Blue Jays! We are located at 100 N. Harrison Ave. Palatine, IL 60067


Our main office phone number is 847-963-5500. Our Absence Line is 847-963-5501.


Principal: Mrs. Jennifer Grosch 847-963-5505 groschj@ccsd15.net


Assistant Principal: Mr. Andrew Wilson 847-963-5504 wilsona@ccsd15.net


School Office Staff: Ms. Jamie Wieckiewicz 847-963-5580 wieckiej@ccsd15.net


School Nurse: Ms. Sherin Thomas 847-963-5502 thomass2@ccsd15.net