This Week at Windsor 2.19.2021
Teachers make a difference at any distance...
Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who helped with picture day(s) this week, the process went so smoothly! Also, a huge thank you to the PTA who purchased new recess equipment for our students! We can't wait for the students to use it!
Windsor Drive Drop and Go
Please continue to pull up as far as you possibly can to let your child out, this will ensure more cars can fit onto Windsor Drive. We have multiple staff outside on Windsor Drive as well as at every door entrance, once your child exits your car, please know they are being monitored by staff as they make their way into the building, there is no need to watch them walk into the building as this holds up the carline. Remember, you can park on a nearby side street and walk your child up to the door. Also, please only cross the street at the intersection of Windsor and Miner with our crossing guard. It is very dangerous to cross in the middle of Windsor Drive. If you send someone new, like a grandparent, aunt, etc to pick up your child, please make them aware of the process.
Stay well and stay warm,
Mrs. Anastacio and Mrs. Soprano
- Friday, March 12th- Elementary Report Cards will be mail home
- Monday, March 22nd-Friday, March 26th- Spring Break
CogAT: 3rd and 5th Grade Only
Here are the times going forward of tests that still need to be completed.
Remote Learners (3rd & 5th Graders)
Monday, February 22nd 9:15-10:15 AM
3rd Graders : 11:15-12:15
5th Graders: 1:15-2:15
If you have any further questions please reach out to your child’s teacher or Mrs. Soprano.
Parents, students, and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the ninth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of Windsor School. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:
· Effective Leaders
· Collaborative Teachers
· Involved Families
· Supportive Environments
· Ambitious Instruction
All 4th and 5th-grade students will be responding to this survey during the week of March 8th. 5Essentials Reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2021 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.
Additionally, we have chosen to provide the Parent Supplement survey. If at least 20 percent of Windsor parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated.
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at Windsor School and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
Please take few minutes to complete the survey linked below. The survey window will close on April 2, 2021.
Link for parents to take the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Notes from the Health Office...
Please be sure you let us know if anyone in your home develops any symptoms of COVID and keep all of your children home. Of course, also let us know if your children were a close contact of anyone with COVID and keep them in quarantine for 14 days.
UPDATED TRAVEL GUIDANCE:
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) has updated its travel guidance (linked here).
1. Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list (linked here) is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in suburban Cook County (this could be after you return) or quarantine for a 10-day period.
2. Children under the age of 18 are exempt from quarantine if they traveled with others who have received a negative COVID-19 test no longer than 72 hours prior to your return (or after your return). Children who travel alone are recommended to follow the guidance in #1 above.
Now that we have larger groups of children within a classroom, we are not able to keep 6 ft distance between children. It is important for you to understand close contact.
A close contact is an individual who is within 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes to a confirmed positive covid-19 case or probable covid-19 case.
A probable covid-19 case is when an individual is symptomatic AND was recently exposed to a positive covid-19 individual.
***Please note, when we send home a student with symptoms, and they have had NO known exposure, we do not send home close contacts until they are confirmed a positive covid-19 case. However, we will send home any siblings or other individuals who reside in the same home.
Darlene Carpenter, RN
Windsor School Nurse
Mrs. Stella's Station
Who tuned in to Perseverance landing on Mars yesterday? Even watching it after the fact was an exciting thing! If your family loves all things science and space, check out this list of fun STEM ideas you could do at home this weekend from our friends at Science Buddies. These activities are written as lesson plans, but can easily be adapted for just your family. Click here for some out of this world fun! Have a great weekend, and keep reaching for the stars!
The State of Illinois is approved to provide new Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT) benefits to all eligible Illinois Students. If you feel you may qualify but have not already completed a Household Eligibility Application to determine eligibility for free or reduced meal status, please submit one immediately. Applications can be downloaded from the district website or pick up an application from your child's school.
Please read the attached letter for more information.
Kids Heart Challenge
Windsor Elementary Parents,
We are officially launching our virtual Kids Heart Challenge experience at Windsor! Sign up at www.heart.org/khc to take a challenge to stay healthy today (and earn a FREE wristband!)
Click HERE for a message from our friend Emilie at the American Heart Association made especially for Windsor!
Click on the website link for all the details:
As inductees into the Heart Hero training program, students will be able to complete daily and weekly missions HERE from now through March 5. When students complete these missions, they will be a true Heart Hero, prepared and ready to battle Heart Disease in our community.
You can get a head start with your student by downloading the Kids Heart Challenge app and register for our team; please follow this link: www.heart.org/khc
We are proud to help the American Heart Association as they are supporting our community in many ways during this pandemic. In a normal year, heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but now people who have had a stroke or live with heart disease make up more than 40% of those hospitalized for COVID-19. The AHA has already funded $2.5 million in rapid-response grants to study COVID-19’s effects on heart disease patients and launched a COVID-19 Data Registry that is used by hundreds of hospitals nation-wide. This has made it possible to learn from COVID patients quickly and improve treatments more rapidly. The more that is discovered, the more research is needed. The AHA’s full COVID-19 response here.
We understand that not every family may be able to donate this year, but all students will enjoy (and learn from) the weekly missions and have the opportunity to share about heart disease in your family and community. If you are able to help raise funds, the American Heart Association will put those to work right here in our area!
Senior Youth Market Director
American Heart Association
300 S. Riverside Plaza Suite 1200
Chicago| IL | 60606
Important Tech Tip:
Please remind your students that they should power down their Chromebooks at least once a day and maybe at lunchtime as well. That will help the "glitchiness" many are experiencing.
iPads should also be rebooted occasionally to prevent connectivity issues. Instructions are below.
To turn off your Chromebook completely, try one of these options:
- At the bottom right, select the time. Select Power .
- At the bottom right, select the time. Select Sign out Shut down.
- Press and hold the Power key for 3 seconds.
- Press and hold the Power button until you see a menu to Power off or Sign out
To Power Down Your iPad:
- Press and hold the On/Off/Sleep button at the upper-right corner of the iPad. Slide the bar to Power off.