Week at Windsor 5.25.20

Looking back and ahead at Windsor news and happenings...

Dear Windsor Families,

Happy Memorial Day! We hope this message finds you well.


It is difficult to believe we are approaching our final days of school. We are looking forward to these last learning days with our students.


We are also so excited about this Friday's All School Windsor Reverse Parade. We sent a separate communication home and have included details in this Week at Windsor as well.


All this month, we have been offering office hours on Tuesday mornings from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM by appointment. These appointments have been to support registration, printed copies, and other miscellaneous needs.

  • This week we will keep office hours during Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
  • Our Lost & Found will be available for families to visit. We also have some leftover donated games, puzzles, coloring books, etc. from our Windsor PTA Cares Committee, if families want to pick out free time activities for the summer days ahead.
  • Please use this form (link) to notify Ms. Boston, if you would like to visit one of these office hour days.
  • Visits again need to be by appointment only to maintain safety. Visitors should wear PPE.


Wishing everyone a wonderful rest of your weekend.


To all of you who have served our country or who have loved ones who served our country past or present, we thank you very much for your service and honor you this day.


Piper Boston, Principal @PrincipalBoston

Lindsay Anastacio, Assistant Principal @lindzana

Windsor Staffing Updates

Personnel and staffing is never finalized until the start of school in August and always subject to change. However, we want to share a few updates as we get ready to close this school year.


Because of our current anticipated class sections, we need to wish Mrs. Jennifer Licato, part-time Kindergarten teacher, good-bye. We are very sorry to have her go and are so thankful for her service to Windsor this past year. We wish Mrs. Licato all the best in her future endeavors. Additionally, Ms. Anna Bauer, EL teacher, will be transferring to Westgate Elementary School. She, too, has been a valuable member of the Windsor team. We know she will be a great addition there as well and are happy she is able to remain a member of the District 25 team.


Mrs. Julie Paxson and Mrs. Lisa Swedo's long-term job share teaching assignment will come to an end this school year. It has been a great partnership for students, colleagues, and families alike. We appreciate their time and efforts to make it work so well for everyone. We are happy to have them both at Windsor full-time next school year. Mrs. Julie Paxson will continue teaching first grade. Mrs. Lisa Swedo will bring her expertise back to our EL team teaching grades K-5 students.


Ms. Meghan Martin will be moving from third grade into a new special services Resource teacher position. She has been a wonderful teacher and team member the past two years for third grade. We are pleased to have her in this new position, where we know she will continue to be an asset bringing both her general education and special education teaching experiences and lenses to students, colleagues, and families alike here at Windsor Elementary School.


Our current third grade class has gone through their primary years with 5 class sections. Due to current enrollment and the full transition to intermediate, for next school year, we anticipate the need for only 4 sections of fourth grade at this time.


We are still very much in the process of registration. Both as a district and as a school, we continue to monitor primary and intermediate student enrollment and class sizes for optimal balance. Similar to other years, we will add class sections throughout the summer as needed.


With the announcement of Mrs. Gail Komarek's retirement, we are in the process of hiring a new Library Media Center (LMC) Director.

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Windsor's Reverse Parade

We want to see everyone before we close this school year!



Arrival times by students' last name first initials.

  • A-E → 2:00-2:15

  • F-K → 2:15-2:30

  • L-Se → 2:30-2:45

  • Sf-Z → 2:45-3:00

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ON FRIDAY!

Student Materials Collection Days

We have been advertising our Student Materials Collection Days of June 1-3. As you know, the school year is coming to a close. We want to make sure all students’ materials are returned to families. In addition, these days will also be an opportunity for families to drop-off/pick-up the following:

  • Technology (Borrowed Chromebooks and iPads),

  • LMC Books,

  • Any Classroom Supplies/Resources,

  • Medication from nurse’s office.


We sent home the below letter with more information.

LUNCH ACCOUNT BALANCES

If there is a balance left over in your student’s lunch account, that balance will be carried over for your student to use during the 2020-2021 school year. However, due to the extenuating circumstances caused by COVID-19, you have an option to request that the balance be returned to you via check at the end of this school year. Our Department of Food services will only honor this request if the leftover balance is greater than $10. If you would like that balance returned to you, please call the Department of Food Services at (847) 758-4883.

ABC/25 FOOD TRUCK FUNDRAISERS

The ABC/25 Foundation is excited to be hosting their first ever Food Truck Fundraisers!

Over the course of the next few weeks, 1-2 food trucks will be present at the Thomas Middle School parking lot from 5-8 pm. A portion of each sale will be donated to The ABC/25 Foundation. The vendors have modified their operations to provide for social distancing and taken all necessary health and safety precautions. Please read the specifics for each date at abc25.org/ftf or on the individual Facebook Event pages.

  • May 30th - Toasty Truck & A.Sweets Girl
  • June 6th - Five Squared Pizza
  • June 12th - Fat Tomato Taco & My Funnel Truck

Come out grab dinner and dessert while supporting a small business and The ABC/25 Foundation!

SUMMER KEYBOARDING

We are again doing the summer keyboarding challenge. Please communicate this to parents the week of May 24 and May 31st.


Please encourage your child(ren) to participate in the Summer Keyboarding Challenge. This is an extremely beneficial skill that students will use going forward. An email with each student’s username and password for the Typing Training site will be sent to parents the week of June 1st. The link below will provide more information.


Summer Keyboarding Challenge Information

Returning Windsor Library Media Center (LMC) Books

Our Student Materials Pick Up Days noted above are an opportunity to return any Windsor library books back to school.


Parents will soon receive an email if your child has any checked out items along with titles, etc. to help you know and prepare them for return. We thank you in advance for returning everything!

20-21 School Supplies Ordering

This year Windsor families have 2 vendors to choose from if ordering school supplies through the Windsor PTA. Here is a link with more information. https://windsorpta.org/2020/05/12/2020-school-supplies/


Note: A percentage of sales benefits the Windsor PTA! When ordering, please review and make sure you are ordering the correct grade for your child and save your email confirmation for receipt. Also, kits do not include headphones. Please plan to reuse or purchase headphones separately if requested by your student’s grade level.


Questions: Please contact Windsor PTA School Supply Committee, Courtney Childs (cechilds@gmail.com or 312-502-6553) or Kristine Gruzewski (kmorin72@yahoo.com or 773-704-7579).


You are also welcome to purchase supplies on your own. Here is a link to Windsor's 20-21 School Supplies.

Windsor PTA News

Welcome to the new Executive Board.


Join me in welcoming our newest officers to the Windsor PTA Executive Committee… officers for 2020-2021 voted in and duly installed on May 12th:

  • President – KATY WENDT
  • President-Elect – CAROLYN WARNEMENT
  • Secretary, serving a 2nd term – ELYSE COVAL
  • 1st VP of Means & Ways, serving a 2nd term – CASEY DEJA
  • 2nd VP of Student Programming – GINA TOURTELOT
  • Treasurer – MELISSA ANDERSON

Thank you to our nominating committee and your commitment to our PTA.


Thank you for being a member, for fundraising, organizing, volunteering, donating, encouraging, sharing, attending, inspiring… the list goes on. We couldn’t do all we do without the many hands that have helped along the way! As we count down the end of our academic school year, we send best wishes for a WONDERFUL SUMMER!!


And a special thank you to all “graduating” 5th grade parents! Heather Leopold, Windsor PTA President

2020-2021 School Registration

Student Online Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year opens May 4th!


All returning District 25 students and all new students who have pre-registered with their school, will receive an email by the end of the day on May 4th, 2020 with student specific instructions for completing online registration for the 2020-2021 school year.


To pre-register a NEW student (K thru 8th grade), please click on the applicable link below for information about the pre-registration process and form.

For information on Early Childhood (3 & 4 year olds), please contact Karen Pilli at Greenbrier School - (847) 398-4211


To Pre-Register a KINDERGARTEN STUDENT for the 2020-2021 school year, CLICK HERE

To Pre-Register a NEW STUDENT (Grades 1 - 8) FOR 2020-2021, CLICK HERE

Remote Learning Pages

We share the week's remote learning plans for all grade levels Sunday evenings. You will also always find this link on our main website under Families and Windsor Remote Learning.


Teachers will also continue to send a link to each day's plan in the morning to best meet the differing preferences and needs of parents/guardians supporting remote learning.


We will post all previous remote learning plans on our website to close this school year for interested families to reference this summer.

Arlington Heights School District 25 Food Service Program

This is just a reminder that District 25 is offering COVID19 meal pick up and delivery services to ANY families in need of assistance during this time of crisis and school closings. More can be found at this link. https://www.sd25.org/COVIDFood


PLEASE CALL OR COME BY AS NEEDED. Additions are being made each week.


MEAL DISTRIBUTION DETAILS

Day: Every Wednesday

Time: 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Where: South Middle School (400 S. Highland Avenue)

Thomas Middle School (1430 N. Belmont Avenue)

Who: Any family with a student 18 years or younger is eligible to come pick up meals.

COVI19 Communications

Here is a link to all previous COVID19 District communications from Dr. Bein and Dr. Fitzpatrick. https://www.sd25.org/domain/45

District 25 COVID-19 Resources Page

This page features many different resources for parents to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

https://www.sd25.org/Page/1478


As the Illinois stay at home and school closing order came through on Friday, we just want to highlight the above page once more for families. It contains a number of different local and state resources.


Additionally, the Illinois Department of Human Services launched a free emotional support text line for Illinoisans experiencing stress related to COVID-19: Call4Calm. This isn’t a crisis hotline, but a source of support. If you want to speak to a counselor, text TALK to 552020, or HABLAR for Spanish speakers.


You can also access a wider array of supports using the same number on your mobile phone. Text 552020 with keywords such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” to receive information to help you navigate getting assistance.

District E-Flyers

This link features different community information for all District 25 families. It is good to regularly check out this link for various events and activities.

Windsor Twitter Feed

We will never only use Twitter to communicate happenings but this is another wonderful way to follow reminders and various Windsor happenings. We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

District 25 Food Service

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor's Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

District 25 2019-2020 Calendar Dates

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

Windsor Website

We will continue to feature this link as an easy reference for families.

District 25 Parent-Student Handbook

Our District 25 Parent-Student Handbook is always shared as part of each year's online registration process. Typically, we will highlight sections throughout the school year. Here is a link for families to reference anytime. https://www.sd25.org/cms/lib/IL01904427/Centricity/Domain/24/2019-2020%20-%20UPDATED%207-23%20936am.pdf

Wildcat Way and Mission

We value our Windsor community that is strengthened by diversity, inclusion, and a growth mindset.


  • We believe in a kind, safe and responsible community because our students are important.
  • We believe in designing lessons that promote inquiry, academic risk taking, and flexible thinking.
  • We believe in supporting cultural, emotional, social, and academic diversity.
  • We believe in working collaboratively as a school community for continuous improvement in a trusting environment.