It's a great day to be a Gator! (September 29, 2023 Edition)
From the Principal's Desk
Hello Adler Park Families,
Dates to Remember
Gator Gallop Rescheduled!
Sunday, Oct. 8th, 2pm
1740 North Milwaukee Avenue
Newspaper Club Starting Soon!
If you are a third, fourth, or fifth grade student interested in writing for Adler Park School's student newspaper, please join us for Newspaper Club. We are looking for student reporters, writers, and illustrators to contribute to the student newspaper published three times this school year. Writers will be writing their articles during their free time and meeting with the club to edit and publish their work. Newspaper Club will take place most Tuesdays during recess in Mrs. Marsh's classroom.
Our first Newspaper Club meeting will be on Tuesday, October 3rd.
Destination Imagination Club
In Destination Imagination, students work together in teams to solve open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) challenges. DI encourages kids to have fun, take risks, and work with others.
To learn more about Destination Imagination, please check out these videos:
- D70 informational video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dKYbx7ci9im3QVgLgYw90nY0iSmbLwEK/view
- From students who have participated in DI before: https://youtu.be/3Y3w8kXIrG0?si=Mf-X499_oIvpnHuy
- About the 2023-2024 Destination Imagination Challenges: https://www.destinationimagination.org/challenge-experience/challenge-previews/
Who: There can be up to 7 students on a team. Participants range from kindergarten through fifth grade. Each team needs at least one adult team manager to help students stay on track. Team managers do not determine how to solve a challenge, instead they guide students as they figure out their solution. Team managers are often parents.
What: Challenges are developed each year by a team of educators and industry experts who target a particular area of the curriculum and its related standards of content and performance. Each challenge focuses on one of the following areas: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Structural, and Service Learning. There is also an Early Learning non-competitive challenge for students in grades K-2.
When: Each DI season takes place from September through May. Depending on the challenge, teams typically spend 2 to 4 months developing and practicing their challenge solutions. Teams typically meet once a week, and often a bit more around competition time. District 70 will pay for the registration for the Local competition (held in February) and the State competition (held in April). If teams decide to attend the Global competition, the competition fees are funded by the team itself.
If this sounds like a program you want to be involved in, sign up HERE!
If you have any questions, please contact Adler's Destination Imagination sponsor Leanne Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know? Adler is a PBIS School!
PBIS stands for “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports” and is an evidence-based, tiered framework for supporting students’ behavioral, academic, social, emotional, and mental health.
PBIS improves social emotional competence, academic success, and school climate. It also improves teacher health and wellbeing. It is a way to create positive, predictable, equitable and safe learning environments where everyone thrives. You may have heard your student talk about a few of the fun PBIS incentives going on at school–but we wanted to share details with you so that you are “in the know” about how we celebrate positive behavior and choices.
Positive Consequences: As a school, it is important to recognize and give attention to those students who follow The Gator Way and exhibit excellent student behavior. Here are just a few ways that we can reinforce positive student behaviors:
Gator Gold Tickets are to be given to students who are following expected behaviors in different settings throughout the school day. Each Friday, Mrs. Miller visits the classroom to pull tickets and award prizes to students.
Kind Kid Lunches:each month, a new skill or focus is shared with the building. At the end of the month, each class nominates two classmates who best followed these skills or focus areas. For example, in October, the focus is “showing respect in the lunchroom.” Students will nominate peers who consistently showed respect in the lunchroom during October. These students will then have a pizza party with Mrs. Miller in the principal’s office or library.
Gator Gotchas: students can be nominated by their classroom teacher, specials teachers, support staff members, administrators, etc. when they are seen doing something “above and beyond” and are consistently demonstrating The Gator Way. Students will be able to choose a prize, engage in an extra recess, get their picture taken by the “Gator Gotcha” board, and get a positive email home.
Way to Go Assemblies: These are full school celebrations of students following The Gator Way. We traditionally have guest speakers and performers. Some of our past guests include “The Pro Kids Show” and BMX bike rider, Matt Wilhelm.
Gator Gotcha! Award
Given to students who go above and beyond The Gator Way
Gator Gold Tickets
Given to students who show expected behavior through The Gator Way
The Golden Spoon Award
Given to the class who best demonstrates The Gator Way in the lunchroom every month
October Parent Teacher Conferences
Let’s make sure we are all on the same page with Parent Teacher Conferences!
The platform that Adler has used historically, PTC Wizard, has experienced some major technical difficulties. Therefore, we are moving to Google Form sign up sent out by classroom teachers via email. If you have not gotten this email, please directly email your student’s classroom teacher. The Google Form is the only way to sign up for October Parent Teacher Conferences.
Please make sure you have signed up–we value speaking with you about your student! Conferences are held October 18th from 5:15-8:15 and October 19th from 3:15-8:15 at Adler Park School.
The Next Event:
Andy Duran, CEO of LEAD: Raising a Drug-Free Teen
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Location: Highland Middle School - North Gym
Raising a Drug-Free Teen - An Operating Manual for Perplexed Parents
The teenage years are often filled with new experiences, freedoms, and challenges that can be both exciting and daunting for parents and teens alike. One of the most critical challenges is the issue of substance use. Teens who don't drink or use drugs say that the number one reason they have made that choice is you! Talking with your teen about difficult topics is one of the hardest and most important things we will ever do as a parent. We at LEAD hope to help you with these conversations.
Don't miss this opportunity to equip yourself with the essential tools and knowledge to guide your teenager through this challenging yet critical phase of their life. Together, we can make a difference in ensuring our teens grow up to be happy, healthy, and drug-free.
Annual Safety Drill Notification
To ensure Adler is in compliance with Illinois School code and to promote safety, students will be reviewing many emergency procedures throughout the months of September and October. A school bus evacuation, fire evacuation, and by school code, a law enforcement drill will be conducted.
The law enforcement drill must address a school shooting / intruder incident. The drill taking place will review the protocol of how to lockdown the building. We encourage all students to participate in this drill, however, parents concerned may request to exempt their child from this drill. Before doing so, please contact Mrs. Miller to address your concerns.
Zones of Regulation: Social Emotional Learning @ Adler
As a part of Adler’s ongoing commitment to social and emotional learning, all staff members and students will begin using the Zones of Regulation curriculum. Our goal is to help adults and students understand their emotions and better understand the emotions of others. Knowing our own emotions or “zone” helps students move through the day and be ready to learn and engage positively with peers. During your next visit to Adler, you will notice Zones of Regulation posters, conversations, and staff lanyard tags.
What can you do to help?
—Ask your student what zone they are in when they return from school.
–Talk about what zone you are in! Consider expressing how you are feeling in a real-life situation. For example, if you are sitting in traffic, tell your student that you are in the “yellow” zone.
–Talk openly about how you are feeling and remind your student that all feelings are welcome and OK! Feelings are not about good or bad–rather understanding our feelings and understanding that feelings change.
Study Hall will be available to all Adler Park students starting on September 26th. Study Hall is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch recess in Mrs. Gasick’s room. This is a great opportunity for students to complete classroom assignments or homework. Attendance is strictly voluntary. Students who would like to attend need to simply inform their classroom teacher who will let Mrs. Gasick know. Any questions can be directed to Mrs. Gasick.
Mrs. Ashley Zeinz received our staff “Gator Gotcha!”
Mrs. Zeinz is a special education teacher and a building leader. She is a mother of two children and does an amazing job supporting our students and staff members on a daily basis. We are so fortunate to have her expertise, passion, and positive attitude in our building. She is highly organized and always puts students first!
D70 Foundation for Excellence
Now in its first full year, the Foundation is a recently formed parent-run, non-profit organization dedicated to securing our legacy in D70 by providing additional resources to support our students and staff. As a 501c3 that can collect tax-deductible donations, the Foundation operates as a private fundraising arm that will help the District where tax dollars stop short of meeting our expectations for our children.
The Foundation is different from anything D70 has seen in the past, but foundations have been running very successfully for years in many districts around us. The D70 Foundation's goal is to financially compliment the many resources the District already puts into its amazing schools. Unlike a family association who focuses money on their specific school, the Foundation will benefit all five campuses in the district, and will revolutionize how our students play and learn. Our school district enjoys significant resources, but the D70 Foundation will accomplish things above and beyond what can be funded through taxpayer dollars.
Below are some of the areas the Foundation plans to contribute to:
- Enhanced security measures such as Electronic Door Access for all campuses
- Curriculum Enhancing Educational Opportunities such as Arts, STEM, and STEAM
- More Innovative Classrooms that help put D70 Students at the forefront of Education
- Teacher Mini Grant Program
- Highland Ninja Warrior Style Fitness Course (playground)
We hope that all families in the district will consider contributing to the Foundation, and we are actively seeking corporate sponsors as well! If you can help us connect with your company, please email Holland Burton. Many companies match donations!
Have you made a donation to the D70 Foundation for Excellence yet? If not, do so here.
Two 3rd grade students enjoy their Kona Ice provided by the Adler Family Association at the annual Family Picnic.
Sporty Visits Lunch
To advertise the Gator Gallop, Sporty made a surprise appearance to all lunch periods.
4th Grade is Cozy!
Fourth grade students in Mrs. Bauer's class enjoy hot apple cider by the "fire" as a special treat
Sporty Visits Lunch
CKLA in K-5
Our CKLA reading and writing curriculum is off to a great start! Students have been loving the end of unit projects!
Art is a hit!
1st grade student, Nora, shows off her robot made in art class
5th grade students gave a speech to petition for spots on the Adler Student Council.