Field Flash

September 17, 2021

Dear Field Parents and Guardians,

We hope that you and your family have had a nice week! We are certainly in the swing of things here at Field! Students are hard at work, and are enjoying connecting with their friends and peers at lunch and recess. Big thanks to our PTO for a successful first pizza lunch this past Tuesday!

We are slated to begin SHIELD testing next week. Our weekly testing date is Tuesday, so September 21st will be our first testing day. If you've opted your child in for testing, please talk about this with your child over the weekend. Your child's teacher will review this with the class next week, too. You can share that your child will go to the MPR with their classroom teacher and classmates. They will be asked to share their birthdate (we have cards with their name and birthdates on them to assist our younger students). Students will then be asked to spit into the tube. The SHIELD staff members wear gloves, masks, and scrubs. You might want to reassure your child this will not be a painful process, and that it will be quick and easy. SHIELD does ask students to refrain from eating or drinking for a set amount of time before testing, so we've crafted our schedule to allow for those windows at the start of the day and after lunch.

As a continued reminder, everyone should continue to monitor their health and stay at home if they develop any symptoms. In addition, all unvaccinated family members must remain home if a household member exhibits symptoms and/or is awaiting test results. Please know that COVID-19 symptoms vary widely, especially it seems in children. Our primary focus is to keep students safe and in-person, learning together.

Thank you for your partnership!

A few additional important reminders:

  • Arrival: Thank you for continuing to arrive close to 8:40 a.m. We have noticed at some children are arriving closer to 8:25 or 8:30 - please do try to have children arrive no earlier than 8:35 when outdoor supervision begins. Please remind your children that when they arrive to school, their job is to line up outside their door. With the large number of students and parents, it is not a safe time to play football, tag, or other games or activities. Thank you for your help with this.
  • Toys/Fidgets: Most of us have quite a few "pop its" or other fidgets in our house these days. Unless your child has an approved accommodation for sensory breaks/needs, please have your child leave these toys at home as they pose a distraction in class, both for the child using the toy and for others in the class. In addition, children should leave other valuables (Pokemon cards, favorite toys) at home, too.
  • Picture Day Ordering: I've included information below for picture day ordering, if you are interested. Our picture day is on Friday, September 24th and ordering is done in advance of the day (online).
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: we are planning to host in-person parent-teacher conferences in mid-October. Your child's teacher will be sharing information soon about how to sign up for a conference time slot.

I hope that you have a nice weekend!


Mrs. Courtney Goodman


Dates to Remember

  • Friday, September 17th: V-Show Event at 5:00 p.m. (see flyer)
  • Thursday, September 23rd: Board of Education meeting at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 24th: Picture Day! Please see details below for ordering
  • Friday, September 24th: Hearing and Vision Screening - we'll conduct our required hearing and vision screenings for certain grade levels today.
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Pizza Day Parent Volunteers!

Pizza Day started this past Tuesday, and PTO needs volunteers to help us serve pizza! Please use the link below to sign up:

There are two different lunch sessions — first lunch: 11:25–11:55am (4th & 5th Grade) and second lunch: 11:55am–12:25pm (1st, 2nd & 3rd grade). You are welcome to join us for one or two shifts – however, per the district's COVID guidelines, all volunteers must be vaccinated with proof of vaccination and proper mask-wearing will be required in the building and while serving pizza. Thank you for volunteering — we could not do it without you!

Picture Day Ordering

Picture Day is on Friday, September 24th. If you'd like to order photos of your child(ren), please follow this link for more information.

Field's Green Team Shares Tips for Lunch

Our Field Green Team created this very helpful video for how you can pack a more sustainable lunch for your child. Watch and enjoy. Special thank you to parent Nicole Burmingham for producing!

From our School Social Workers

Field has two school social workers who help support all students' social-emotional growth and well being. This week, Ms. Vanessa Kaegi, one of our social workers, is sharing this helpful resource for helping your child when he or she gets "stuck in the negative". Take a look!

Health & Safety Protocols: Quarantine

The new school year is underway! District 64 has implemented health and safety protocols to reduce the transmission of COVID 19. Below is important information to keep in mind should your child be directed to quarantine:

  • If you have information about a potential COVID exposure, please contact your building nurse.

  • District 64 is providing access to remote learning in the event that a student is directed to quarantine by the school nurse.

  • Students who are sick who have not been directed to quarantine by the school nurse will take a typical “sick day” and are not eligible for the remote learning class. Students who are awaiting a COVID test result are not eligible for remote learning.

  • Remote learning classes are taught via Zoom by District 64 substitute teachers and are made up of students at the same grade level from schools across the district.

  • It may take 24-48 hours for a student to be placed in a remote learning class.

  • Your child’s classroom teacher will share information with the substitute about the instruction that will take place during your child’s quarantine. Because students from across the district will participate in the same quarantine class, activities will support grade-level learning standards but will not be the exact activities that your child would be completing in person.

  • Students should access the Zoom link to their Quarantine Class through Seesaw or Schoology.

  • If you experience a tech challenge, please contact your school office and ask to speak with the Building Technologist.

Lunch & Recess - Weather Information

We wanted to share additional information about our lunch & recess plans, as well as how and when we make our decisions about lunch and recess.

Our primary plan is to eat lunch outside and have recess outside. On our warmer days (like we've been having), the District uses the National Weather Service Heat Index Chart. When we consider the air temperature and humidity, we will plan to be outside for the full lunch and recess time when those measures place us in the yellow zone (caution). When we are in the light orange (extreme caution), we will eat inside and have recess outside.

Because weather changes so quickly in our area, we make our final lunch and recess decisions by 11:00 a.m. If you would like to know our decision, please call the main office after 11:00 a.m.

As the weather cools off, we'll share additional information about air temperature and wind chill.

As a reminder, when we eat outside, students are seated on towels. When we eat inside, they are seated at a table in an assigned seat in either the north gym, south gym, or MPR.

Children are also permitted to leave school for the lunch recess hour. Parents need to come to the main office and sign out their child(ren). Students would remain home for the full hour of lunch/recess, which runs from 11:40 until 12:35 (Wednesdays from 11:15-12:10).

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Join the Field PTO!

The 2021-2022 Field School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) annual membership drive is underway. Your $25 PTO annual membership dues are key to funding the wonderful programs and activities that our kids enjoy such as author visits, Playways and electronic books for the LRC, the Field Follies, field trips and the Halloween/Valentine’s Day parties, the volleyball team and teacher grants for new supplies.

With your membership you will automatically be entered into a raffle drawing for the following items:

  • “Virtual” Coffee with Principal Goodman and Assistant Principal Donnelly in October, one parent per grade level selected (six winners)

  • Reserved parking spot in the teacher/administrator parking lot for morning drop off and afternoon pickup (four winners: one winner for morning drop off and one winner for afternoon pickup during January, and the same for February)

  • Complimentary copy of the School Yearbook (one winner)

  • Twenty-five dollar ($25) Amazon gift card (two winners)

For members who have already joined, thank you! Your name will also be added to the drawing, which will take place on October 8. In addition to the chance to win one of the above prizes, you will obtain access to the online directory of PTO members and a "Field CARES" yard sign to share your Field pride.

Join the Field PTO today!

Show Your Field Spirit: Grade-Level Shirts Available Now from PTO

Field School would like to continue our beloved tradition of grade-level tee shirts for our staff and students to show school spirit and solidarity. We plan to wear these shirts on the last Friday of every month, for field trips, or just to show how much we love our school.

Please click here for more information and to place your order. All orders placed by September 13th are expected to arrive around the middle of October.

Park Ridge Environmental Clean-Up

The Field School Green team in collaboration with Go Green Park Ridge invites you to join us for another "Every Day is Earth Day" clean-up event. The Field group will meet Saturday, October 16th from 1-3pm at the John Traeger Family Picnic Area (2311 W. Touhy between Talcott & Dee). If you can attend, please email Nicole at We hope to see you there!

For more information, click here.

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