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Rules of Thumb

This week, students participated in an assembly during their lunch periods for 1st-5th and in the classroom for Kindergarten, focused on our Rules of Thumb. Students learned about our school wide expectations for being Safe, Responsible, Respectful and Ready. Students can earn "thumbs up" awards for following these expectations!

Please join us for our Virtual Curriculum Night on 9/8/2021

Wednesday September 8th 2021

1st & 2nd at 6:00-6:30

3rd - 5th at 6:45-7:15

Informational session for English Language Learners (ELL) will be held at 5:30

Parents: This is a chance for you to hear from your child’s teacher about topics they will study, school /classroom rules and routines, and learn how you can best support your child at home.

Join and hear about:

  • ELA

  • Math Common Core State Standards

  • Social Emotional Learning

  • And more!

Zoom links will be shared via email by classroom teachers. Additional pre-recorded informational videos will be shared by the Project Arrow Teacher, Intervention Team, Specials Team, and Social Emotional Learning Team. All informational sessions will be recorded and shared for families that are unable to attend.

Cowlishaw Birthday Book Club Is Back!!!


Cowlishaw’s LMC has the answer! Donating a book to Cowlishaw’s LMC helps to build our library collection and make your child feel special at the same time.

At some time during the month of your child’s birthday, we will invite your child to come down to the LMC and choose a book from the birthday cart. If your child’s birthday is in June, July or August, we will invite him or her to come down to the LMC during the month of his or her half birthday. There will be a flat $10.00 price for each book.

When your child chooses a book, we take his/her picture to put in the front of the book with a bookplate commemorating the donation. Your child’s name will go up on the Birthday Book Club bulletin board in the LMC, and your child will be the first to check out the book he/she chose! What an opportunity!

The registration for Cowlishaw’s Birthday Book club can be found in the PushCoin Webstore.

Please see the document below if you need help with accessing the Webstore:

How to access the IPSD Webstore

Thank you for considering this program!

It’s a great way for your child to feel special and to support the Cowlishaw LMC at the same time.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

State mandated vision and hearing screenings will be taking place at Cowlishaw starting Wednesday, 9/8 - 9/15.

All students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, and selected students in grades 4 and 5 will be screened for hearing and/or vision. If your child wears glasses, please make sure they have them at school.

Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if a report from an optometrist or ophthalmologist has been completed/submitted to school (administered within the last 12 months). If an examination report is not on file at the school, students in the mandated age/grade/group will be screened.

If your child fails either of the screenings, you will be informed of the results.

Up Ahead

9/6/2021-No School Labor Day

9/7/2021-No School-Teacher Institute Day

9/8/2021-Curriculum Night

9/22/2021-Picture Day

Fall Benchmarking

We are in the process of administering our fall benchmark assessment for students Kindergarten through 5th Grade. These brief Illinois Learning Standards aligned assessments evaluate student academic performance and growth in the areas of reading and mathematics. Specifically, depending on grade level, literacy measures will assess vocabulary, phonological awareness, word recognition, reading comprehension and reading fluency. Additionally, depending on grade level, numeracy measures will assess number sense, operations, algebraic thinking, measurement/data, geometry, fractions and ratios/proportions. The assessment results are used by teachers and administrators to assist with instructional planning and differentiation at the grade, classroom and student level.

Should you have any questions regarding benchmark assessments please contact Danielle Culberson, Interventionist.

IPSD 204 District COVID Dashboard

Positive cases of COVID-19 each school in Indian Prairie 204 can be found on the District's COVID Dashboard. The dashboard includes all positive cases of COVID-19 reported to District 204 for individuals who were on campus. The information is updated each Monday by 4 pm. If your child is in close contact with someone who tested positive, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team will notify you directly regarding the need to quarantine as a precaution. Additional information found on this page includes the current transmission level and a link to the corresponding mitigation strategies.

Parent Information in case of quarantine

In the event that your student needs to quarantine, there is a plan in place to ensure that students still have access to meaningful and thoughtful learning experiences. Please use the link below to review the learning procedure for students that need to quarantine.

Quarantine plan for K-2

Quarantine plan for 3-5

PTA Updates

PTA Updates

Labor Day Weekend

Happy Friday Koala Families,

This weekend will be Labor Day Weekend and we would like to remind you that there’s no school in session for Monday September 6th and Tuesday 7th due to Institute Day.

We wish you a great and safe Labor Day weekend! We will be resuming classes on Wednesday, September 8th.

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to fill out your membership and volunteering forms to join the PTA. We’ll be sending those out in your kids’ folder this week.

Save the Date for Friday, September 17th; Donuts with Dad before school starts. More information to come.

Thanks again for your ongoing support and to make this year great!


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Lunch and Breakfast Service

This year, we will continue to provide a grab and go style lunch at no charge to all Cowlishaw students. Please visit the IPSD website for more information on the free meal program and for menu options.

Health and Safety Measures

Please use the link below to view the Covid Mitigation strategies and quarantine guidance per district guidelines.

Elementary School Hours

Regular Hours:

Arrival: Doors open at 8:50. Bell rings at 9:05. Students should be in class and ready to learn at 9:05.

Dismissal: 3:35 Every Day


Arrival on Wednesdays ONLY-Doors open at 9:00 and bell rings at 9:15.

Dismissal: 3:35