Field Flash

September 26, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Fall is officially here even if the temperatures have felt more like summer recently. As the temperature drops, please remember to help your student dress appropriately for the weather. It's also a good idea to send a sweater or sweatshirt your student can leave in his or her locker for those days that just feel a little cooler than what they thought at home. I'd certainly encourage you to rotate that sweater or sweatshirt so they can be washed occasionally throughout the cooler months, but having one is just a nice thing on the day you feel chilled.

October is also National Bullying Prevention Month. At Field, we are going to call this month Understanding October. Our teachers use Second Step to teach Social-Emotional Learning and this curriculum includes bullying prevention materials for each grade level. Throughout the month in addition to the curricular link, we will also be promoting empathy and kindness through our Wishtree activities, announcements, and in class discussions.


Dr. Jason Bednar

Principal, Field School

(847) 318-4383

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A note from District 64 School Health Services

A note from District 64 School Health Services

To all District 64 Families:

Autumn days predictably bring cooler weather, changing colors and of course, cold and flu season. Since influenza viruses vary from year to year, it may be difficult to predict the flu season's beginning and peak. Flu activity in the U.S. peaks between December and February, but can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.

Current recommendations state that everyone 6 months of age and older, especially those at high risk, receives influenza vaccination annually. To prepare your family for the 2019-20 Influenza Season, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for basic flu facts, prevention tips, and treatment information by clicking here.

For Your Good Health,
Margaret Temari, RN, MEd.

Certified School Nurse & Facilitator, School Health Services

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ELF to host Third Annual Halloween Hustle

ELF, the Park Ridge Elementary Learning Foundation, will host its third annual Halloween Hustle 5k Run and Walk in Hodges Park at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. This family-friendly fun run will help ELF raise money to fund innovative grants that are awarded to District 64 schools.

While the race won’t be timed, it includes an inter-school competition component. Runners can align themselves with a specific school when they register; the school with the highest participation percentage will win the highly coveted ELF Trophy to proudly display for an entire year. So be sure to affiliate yourself with your school of choice.

And, because it is a Halloween-related event, runners are encouraged to wear costumes for the event. There’s something for everyone – The event is stroller-friendly for those too little to run. The littlest runners will have a loop around Hodges Park allowing kids from 1-5 to race against each other and pick up a medal for their efforts. There will also be a modified 3K route for those who aren’t quite up to a 5K distance yet.

ELF needs parents, teachers and families to come and cheer on the runners and to help with the "day of" event logistics. If you’re interested in volunteering, sign up here. For sponsorship opportunities, click here. Registration is available now on the Halloween Hustle website.

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Deadline for Health documents for entering Kindergarten

This message is being sent to all families of kindergarten students. If you have submitted documentation of requirements, please disregard this email.

If you have not already done so, this is a reminder that October 15, 2019, is the State of Illinois and District 64 deadline for submitting proof of health requirements for entry into kindergarten. Failure to comply with the October 15th deadline will result in your child’s exclusion from school beginning on October 16, 2019.

In addition, students entering kindergarten must also undergo a complete vision examination performed by a physician or licensed optometrist. A Snellen chart vision check completed in a pediatrician’s office does not meet the requirement for a “complete eye examination.” The completed report must be submitted by October 15, 2019. Failure to present proof by this date requires written proof of an appointment for a scheduled eye examination within the next 60 days following October 15th.

If you have questions or concerns regarding these requirements, please contact your school’s Building Nurse directly:

Carpenter School

Field School

Franklin School

Roosevelt School

Washington School

Thank you for your cooperation.

Margaret Temari, RN, M.Ed., PEL-CSN

Facilitator, School Health Services

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Early Childhood Developmental Screenings

On a monthly basis the D64 Early Childhood Diagnostic Team conducts screenings of children ages three to five. Additionally, the team conducts screenings for children birth to three on a bi-annual basis. The screenings are conducted by a team consisting of an occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, school psychologist, and social worker. The areas assessed include motor, communication, play skills, pre-academic and thinking skills. If you have concerns about your child's development in any of these areas, please call 847-318-5360 to schedule an appointment for a screening.

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