Henry Puffer Post
September 25, 2022
Below are the topics in this week's Newsletter.
- Principal's Corner
- Celebrating Students & Staff
- Lens Into Learning
- Weekly Preview
- Looking Ahead
- PTA Posts
- Student Council
- Student Entry Time
- Threats to School
- District 58 Referendum
- Health/Physical Examination & Immunization Records - Due Oct 15th
- Library News
- District 58 Family Handbook
- Below the Line
Dear Henry Puffer Families,
Last week was another productive week at Henry Puffer. We had a very successful fire evacuation drill with our Downers Grove Fire Department. Our students and staff did an excellent job moving to their designated safe area in a timely fashion. We also had our first PTA meeting of the year. The turn out was great. We are very appreciative of all the support from our PTA. Looking ahead, we will have an active threat drill this Tuesday, September 27th. We will finish off the week with our Lung Run right after school on Friday, September 30th!
As always, please reach out to me at email@example.com with any questions or feedback.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter @HenryPufferDG58.
Celebrating Students & Staff
We love celebrating our students & staff both in and out of the classroom. This section is dedicated to celebrating our students and members of our staff, as well as shining a spotlight on the learning taking place in our school!
This week, Ms. Soderlund visited a few grade levels to introduce herself and the math puzzle bulletin board
10/5: Active Threat Drill (with PD) 9:00 a.m.
10/10: No School
10/11: Board of Education Meeting - O'Neill Middle School 7:00 p.m.
10/12: Student Council Elections 12:15-1:15 p.m.
10/13: Picture Day
10/18: Parent-Teacher Conferences 5:00-8:00 p.m.
10/19: PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.
10/20: Parent-Teacher Conferences
10/21: School Improvement Day/Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - No School
10/24: Board of Education Meeting - O'Neill Middle School 7:00 p.m.
10/27: PTA Pumpkin Carving Event 6:30 p.m.
10/28: Fun Lunch
Home Run Inn Pizza - Take n' Bake Fundraiser
Help support our PTA and order from the Home Run Inn Pizza Take N' Bake options in the link below. The money raised by our PTA fundraisers helps fund field trips, assemblies, dances, enrichment activities, and much more for our students.
Last Day to Order:
Monday, September 26, 2022
Pick Up Date:
Friday, September 30, 2022
Pick Up Location & Time:
Henry Puffer School
2220 Haddow Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Copies of the Halloween Volunteer Form will be sent home by our PTA this week
Student Council (5th & 6th Grades)
There will be an informational meeting on Monday, September 26th, for any 5th or 6th grade student who is interested in running for Student Council. The meeting will take place in Mrs. Batkiewicz's room (215) during lunch recess.
Mon. Sept. 26 - meet with interested candidates Room 215
Fri. Sept. 30 - Petitions are due
Wed. Oct 2 - Posters are due
Tues. Oct 11 - Speeches are due
Wed. Oct. 12 - Election! Right after lunch 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Student Entrance Time
Students and staff have done a nice job building routines at the start of the school year. Routine building is very important this year as many well-established practices were changed due to the pandemic. Now that schools have returned to normal operating procedures, the District is reestablishing many past practices.
To start the school year off, elementary students were permitted to enter the building early at
8:10 a.m. in order to provide more time to prepare to start the school day. Since we have been in school for approximately four weeks, well-established entry routines are now in place. As we shared earlier this year, entrance times would likely change once routines were established (see August newsletter).
Starting this Monday (September 26th), students will enter the building at 8:15 a.m. This aligns with our previous practice prior to the pandemic. Morning announcements will continue to take place at 8:20 a.m. Please note that while students will enter at 8:15 a.m., supervision will still start at 8:05 a.m. as usual. Bus route pick-up time will also remain the same. Allowing students adequate time to enter the building will be monitored closely throughout the year. In the event students are not able to be ready to go by 8:20 a.m., we will evaluate entry time once again.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me
School Safety Message from Dr. Russell
Dear Staff and Families,
District 58’s number one priority is ensuring that all our students and staff are safe. Last December, I sent this letter to all families outlining how seriously we take threats to our schools. The purpose of this letter is to be proactive in terms of safety and ask for your assistance. Preventing school violence is the responsibility of the entire community and we need your help.
Last school year, the United States once again experienced senseless acts of school violence. School shootings in Oxford, Michigan, and Uvalde, Texas, underscore the urgent need for all of us to be vigilant. I am asking all families to once again speak with their child (ren) in an age-appropriate manner regarding school safety. Please emphasize with your child(ren) the following:
If you see something, say something.
Making any kind of joke about violence toward someone else or the school is not permitted.
Making a threat against someone else or a school (in-person or online) is not permitted.
Possessing a weapon or a look-alike weapon is not permitted.
Talking about a weapon or a look-alike weapon is not permitted.
Please remind your child(ren) that if he/she makes a threatening statement or brings a weapon or lookalike weapon to school, they will immediately be referred to the Downers Grove Police Department. Police consequences may include arrest, referral to the State’s Attorney, and the Juvenile Court System. Further, your child(ren) will receive significant consequences at school, which may include expulsion (see Board Policy 7:190). We will not take any chances when it comes to the safety of our students and staff. District 58 is also here to help any student or family that is struggling with mental health issues. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us right away.
I am once again asking for your assistance to help ensure the safety of our students and staff. Please speak with your children about the importance of being safe at school. As I shared last year, I view every student and staff member in our District as a part of my family. Let’s continue to be proactive and collaborate with one another, as the safety of our students and staff is the highest priority. If you see something, say something. District 58 staff are ready to assist anyone in need and we are grateful for your partnership.
Dr. Kevin Russell
District 58 Superintendent of Schools
District 58 Referendum
District 58 will place a proposal on the Nov. 8, 2022 ballot to issue $179 million in bonds to improve District 58’s facilities. To learn more about the District 58 referendum, please visit www.dg58.org/referendum.
This website contains helpful information, including the District’s Master Facility Plan, frequently asked questions, ballot language, voter information, tax impact, facility presentation and videos and much more. If you have any questions about the referendum not answered on the website, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Please know, as a school district, we can provide factual information about a referendum, but we cannot advocate for or against it.
Parent Teacher Conferences: October 18th, 20th, & 21st
October 6 Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling window opens at 11 AM
October 17 Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling window closes at 11 AM
Health/Physical Examination & Immunization Record due October 15th
As required by law, all new students, as well as students entering grades K, 2 and 6, must receive health examinations and immunizations and submit completed health forms by October 15th. To learn more check out the Health Services page on the District 58 website.
Thank you to many of the families who have already completed and submitted these forms. If you have not already scheduled your appointment this is a good time to plan ahead! Failure to comply with these requirements by the end of the day on Oct 15, or 30 days following registration for first-time registrants, of the current school year will result in the student's exclusion from school until such requirements have been met according to Illinois law. All sections of the child examination form must be completed including the health history, which must be completed by the parent.
District 58 communicates frequently regarding these requirements as it is our hope to avoid school exclusion for all of our students. If you are in need of additional assistance, our school nurse, (insert name here phone number, and email), would be happy to assist you in accessing resources or assisting in removing other barriers to completing this requirement.
District 58 Family Handbook
District 58 has published the 2022-23 Schools of 58: A Handbook for Families. Please take time to review this important handbook with your child, as it offers an overview of the District’s policies, procedures, resources and student expectations. During the first full week of school, all families will receive a handbook receipt to sign, acknowledging that they and their child reviewed and understood the handbook. Please sign and return the handbook receipt at Curriculum Night or sooner. Here are the links to this year’s family handbook. If you need a print copy, please contact the school office at 630-968-0294, and we can print you a copy.
Henry Puffer Office Contact Information
Mark Leipart, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Srabian, Secretary email@example.com
Cynthia Burcham, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 2220 Haddow Avenue, Downers Grove, IL, USA
2022-2023 Calendar Details
The Board of Education approved the 2022-23 school year calendar. Calendar highlights include:
- First Day of School: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022
- Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 23-25, 2022
- Winter Break: Dec. 19, 2022 -Jan. 2, 2023
- Spring Break: March 27-31, 2023
- Last Day of School: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 (if no emergency days are used)
Attendance Updates & Change of Dismissal
We are excited about all the updates to our building this summer! The list includes asbestos abatement, tuck-pointing the bricks outside, new floors through our main hallway, repaved parking lots, and the beginning of installing an updated fire alarm system.
We are also excited about our next renovation project to the gutters of the kindergarten entrance. While the entrance is structurally sound, the gutters give off the appearance of the roof being sagged. We are looking forward to that being updated and giving off a fresh look to that entrance.
Student Materials and Building Access
Important Note: Please know that students cannot return to the school after hours to pick up forgotten materials. Even though Champions (after care program) or park district leagues may be in the building, these groups are not able to let students in to access classrooms or cubbies. Additionally, if you are picking up your child from Champions or park district leagues, classrooms and other areas of the buildings should not be accessed after school hours.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our school building safe!
Safe 2 Help (Previously shared in Communicate 58)
District 58 launches the Safe2Help crisis reporting system ••
District 58 has partnered with Safe2Help to give students a safe and confidential way to report potential threats or crises. Safe2Help was launched by the State of Illinois in December 2020 and aims to help prevent suicide, bullying, school violence and other threats to school safety.
With Safe2Help, students can connect with a trained crisis professional during their own crisis, or to report a potential threat. Students can submit a Safe2Help alert via the following ways:
- Website: https://app.safe22helpil.com
- Text: SAFE2 (72332)
- Phone: 844-4-SAFEIL (844-472-3345)
- App: "Safe2Help Illinois" app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
- Email: HELP@Safe2HelpIL.com
All alerts are responded to by a trained Safe2Help crisis professional. Safe2Help is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
District 58 staff are not the initial responders to the alert and will receive each alert after the Safe2Help professional provides support. District 58 staff will review alerts sent by Safe2Help during regular school hours, unless the nature of the alert necessitates immediate school action.
Learn more about Safe2Help and District 58's crisis resources.
Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
Students may arrive at Henry Puffer School beginning at 8:05 a.m. each day when adult supervision begins. In order to assist with a timely and safe arrival process, the school playground will be closed before school. Upon arrival, students should line up by their assigned door. Students will be directed to enter the building beginning at 8:15 am. Anyone arriving after 8:20 a.m. should enter through Door One for an office pass.
Following daily dismissal at Henry Puffer School (2:00 p.m. on Monday and 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday), all students who are not scheduled to remain in the building must leave the school grounds and check in at their destination as there is no supervision on school grounds. We want to ensure the safety of all students.
Students may return to the playground after school hours and/or on the weekends. This will be done at family discretion, as our district playgrounds also function as community parks outside of school hours.
*Please note that entrance times may change as students build routines. We have not used our normal entrance procedures in several years, and we recognize that it may take students longer at the start of the school year to be ready to start the school day. The District also recognizes that bus arrival times vary during the first few weeks of school as drivers learn new routes. As students build routines and bus arrival times become more consistent, student entry times may get pushed back. This will allow our teachers the necessary time to prepare for the day. Supervision times will remain the same and any changes will be communicated in advance.
District 58 School Board Governance Recognition
District 58’s Board of Education is one of only 33 Illinois school boards to earn this year’s School Board Governance Recognition from the Illinois Association of School Boards.
This recognition is given to school boards that model behaviors that lead to excellence in local school governance to support quality public education.
Congratulations, District 58 Board of Education! Our Board has accomplished a lot in the past couple of years, all while leading District 58 through a pandemic.
Click here to learn more about this recognition, including some of the reasons our School Board earned it.
Please Pack a Snack
Please make sure your child has a snack each day. Snack breaks should consist of nutritious food choices such as fruits, vegetables, and other portable snacks. This aligns with Policy 6:50. The health and safety of our students are our highest priorities. Therefore certain snacks or foods may be prohibited in your child’s classroom due to food allergies. A daily snack can be provided for students who qualify for free/ reduced lunch.
We are looking to fill 5 Lunch & Recess Supervisor positions and identify potential substitutes to fill in from time to time. Our lunch & recess block goes from 11:30-12:10 each day. Please fill out this form if you would be interested in helping out in any of those roles this year.
Phone/Wearable Technology Use
We wanted to remind everyone that while a student may bring their electronic device (including cell phones and AirPods) to school, all non-district-issued technologies are to be silenced and out of sight throughout the school day. Students may wear smartwatches, but they are to be silenced during the entire school day, including lunch & recess. The district-provided technology will be utilized for students to participate in lessons and complete assignments. Please be sure to go over the expectations with your student as the policy was recently amended by our school board.