Bobcat Blog

Saturday, February 26

Notes and Reminders


  • February 28: Black History Month Virtual Assembly for all students
  • March 3: Trimester 2 Ends
  • March 11: Virtual Chat with Cheryl 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (zoom info coming shortly)
  • March 15: Institute Day - No School for students
  • March 18: 2nd Trimester report cards emailed home
  • March 28 - April 1: Spring Break

***Please label your child's belongings (lunch box, sweatshirts, etc.) There are many items in the Lost and Found so encourage your child to look for any missing things in the Commons.


Family Handbook 2021 - 2022

Recess Changes

Beginning Monday, grade level recess time will not use class zones. Instead, grade level teams have defined the outdoor parameters and the entire grade may play within that area. We will be making changes to the lunch recess in a week; we are currently working on properly preparing for that change. We can't wait to give students more freedom and know they have missed playing with their friends in different classes. At school, we will be reviewing the playground expectations.

Mark your Calendars - Grade Level Gatherings are Coming Back!

Announcing the next all-grade second grade meet-up!

March 19th

10AM-12PM

Stevenson Park

49 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302


Announcing the next all-grade first grade meet-up!

March 20th

10AM-12PM

Stevenson Park

49 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302

Ms. Eubeler and Ms. Ferguson's Class Hosted a Town Simulation Friday

Students in the class worked together as part of their economic unit. They created: hospitals, post offices, markets, fire and police stations and other components of a town. Ms. Carter and I enjoyed visiting their town and shopping at some of the stations. I even heard students voted to forego their recess so they could continue their town simulation. That shows how much students loved the project. Kudos to the teachers and students on a job well done.

DIVCO is sponsoring a Gender Equity Training hosted by Lurie on March 3

Gender Equity Training: March 3

District 97's DivCo is welcoming all parents, caregivers, teachers and educational volunteers to participate in Lurie Children's Hospital's Gender Equity Training. This training will help develop awareness on supporting and affirming gender identities and sexual freedoms amongst children and youth.


The training will include the following topics:

  • Overview of shared language/key concepts
  • Impact of gender on society
  • How to support anyone coming out
  • Institutional, leadership and personal best practices
This gender equity conversation will be held virtually on Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the following link: https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/98564989866.

If you would like to submit questions in advance of the training, you can submit them here: https://bit.ly/3LBNDGD. To view the program flyer, click here.

In Case you Missed It

Beye PTO Plant Sale



Look forward to Spring and mark your calendars for the Beye Plant Sale! This year the PTO will be offering a variety of annual flats, gorgeous hanging baskets, 12” pre-arranged sun and shade planters, veggies, herbs and pollinator plant kits. Orders will be taken between 2/28-3/11. Plants will be ready for pick-up or delivery on Friday, May 13 (we will also need lots of helping hands that day!). Watch your email for the order form starting Monday, February 28.

5Essentials Survey - Parents Please Complete Survey by March 11 - Let's Reach at least 30%

Parents/guardians from all 10 of our schools are encouraged to take the Illinois 5 Essentials Survey between now and March 11, 2022. Please click here to learn how parents/guardians can participate in this important endeavor and click here to access the parent/guardian version of the survey.


Currently, 21% of parents have completed the survey. (1 per household) Please take the short survey to help us collect more valuable data. Thank you for helping us!

New Message from our Social Workers

8 Week Session Begins Tuesday, March 22nd

Registration is open! Register by March 11th

This family-based bereavement support group provides support and grief education for children and their families. It's free and consists of 8 weekly sessions. Children are placed in groups with similar aged peers and the adults gather together to learn how to support the children.

At this time Sessions are in person, however this may change to Zoom if necessary.

Dates (families are expected to attend all dates as long as they are healthy and do not have any Covid-19 symptoms):


  • March 22

  • April 5

  • April 12

  • April 19

  • April 26

  • May 5

  • May 10

  • May 17

Meetings are 6:15-7:30 pm each week, and consistent attendance is requested.

All participants will need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

There is no cost to participate in Buddy's Place however program registration is required and then complete the 8 Week Session registration form - click here.

Additional information on Buddy's Place can be found at the Buddy’s Place website here.

District News

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Information about Acceleration Opportunities in District 97


Looking ahead to the spring, District 97 is preparing to implement the Single Subject and Whole Grade Level Acceleration process for students eligible for acceleration in the 2022-23 school year.

District 97 believes that all students should be challenged and supported to develop to their maximum potential. For students who demonstrate they may benefit from accelerated placement, we provide opportunities to participate in an instructional setting that is usually reserved for students who are older or in higher grades than the child. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Single subject acceleration
  • Whole grade acceleration

In accordance with the Illinois Accelerated Placement Act, District 97 has continued to refine procedures to ensure equitable access to acceleration opportunities for all students. New this year: all students who are grade eligible to take the Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR) must participate in the assessment in order to be deemed eligible for acceleration. The IAR is a critically important measure in determining the mastery of grade level standards and must be considered by the school team along with other sources of data.

Referrals for single-subject and whole-grade acceleration will be accepted from March 1 to May 15 of each school year. The general process is outlined HERE.

Information about the District 97 Accelerated Placement Program, including definitions and timelines, can be found at http://www.op97.org/acceleration. We will send additional communication to families as we near the opening of our referral and application windows next year. Additionally, Family Acceleration Night will be held Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This information session will provide an avenue for families to share questions as well as receive information about the acceleration process. Please find additional information in the information session flyer.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by visiting our Let’s Talk page (bit.ly/D97LetsTalk) and clicking the button labeled “Acceleration.”

UPDATED GUIDANCE - PLEASE READ

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William Beye Elementary School

Cheryl Sullivan and Sheila Carter

Co-Interim Beye Principals

csullivan@op97.org

scarter@op97.org