Ridge Circle Family Newsletter

October 21, 2022

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Red Ribbon--Celebrate Life Week

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Student Grades in Infinite Campus

Parent engagement is crucial to academic success, and as a District, we want to ensure our parents are informed and engaged in their child’s education. Infinite Campus is an online tool that gives parents and guardians access to their child’s attendance, teacher’s contact information, bus schedule (if applicable), and most importantly grades.

Visit u-46.org/reportcards for an overview of U-46 Student Progress Reports and Report Cards and instructions on how to access and navigate the Infinite Campus Parent Portal so that you are able to see your child’s in-progress grades. Remember that parents can customize the settings to be notified about assignment and grade updates.

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Internet safety for parents

Internet Safety For Parents

We missed you at the Internet Safety Event. Please check our of attached information to learn more and keep your child safe.

Special Thank You for Officer Ed for this presentation.

CogAT screening

Between October 24 and November 4, student in grade 6 will be taking the CogAT assessment as part of the gifted identification process. We will also be testing any 3rd grade student who was not assessed last spring.

Letters were sent home last Friday.

LAS Links Assessment

Dual Language students in grade 5 will be taking the LAS Links assessment between October 31 and November 14. LAS Links consists of 4 Spanish tests. (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) It assesses our students growth on their way to the Seal of Biliteracy at high school graduation. Student will be recognized for their Spanish Skills in the spring. Parents will receive the scores once they arrive.

Parent of Gifted Students

Parents who have children in U-46’s Gifted programs are invited to attend the virtual Parent Forum Series next week presented by the Illinois Association for Gifted Children. Attendees will learn how to support advanced learners socially, emotionally, and academically.

The U-46 Gifted department will cover the registration fee for parents and guardians who have children in IGNITE or the middle school gifted program.

Click here to learn more.

If you wish to attend, please fill out this form by noon on Monday, Oct. 24.

Comfort Dog to Visit RC

Streamwood Police Department has a new team member. Her name is "HOPE" and she is a comfort dog. Hope has been trained to provide comfort to people in need of emotional support during a time of crisis, reduce anxiety, and provide aid and comfort to individuals of the community. Hope will be visiting our 5th grade classes late in October/November as part of our DARE program. This is optional for students.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Raine.

Winter Coats

Ridge Circle has coats, hats and gloves donated by our community. If your child is in need of a new coat, please contact the main office.

Fall Parade

Dear Ridge Circle Parents,

Halloween is Monday, October 31. In the morning, we hold our classes as normal. Students may bring costumes to school in the backpack or a bag. We will put them on in the afternoon. To help us with costumes, please send items that your child can put on and take off by themselves inside the classroom. Please note: weapons, blood, gore, masks, makeup or clown attire will not be allowed with your child’s costume. Our annual RC Fall Parade will start at 1:30 pm (outside weather permitting). Parents are welcome to come and see our parade outside in the turn-around from 1:30-1:45 PM. We look forward to fun fall activities/crafts/curriculum after the parade. Food is not permitted.

Thank you!

Visitors to Ridge Circle

  • All visitors to Ridge Circle (during school hours) must have an appointment scheduled. Please call or email us to set up an appointment. Appointment enter RC at door 1.
  • Parents picking up a child during the school day is required to provide a valid ID. We check your ID to be sure you have permission to pick up the child.

Thank you for helping to keep our building safe.

The Dental Clinic is Coming to Ridge Circle!

Please look in your student's backpack for the permission form & return as soon as possible!

Kindergarten, 2nd Grade and 6th Grade students are required by the State of Illinois to have a dental exam completed before MAY of the current school year!

The In-School Dental Clinic fulfills this requirement, and is free of cost to students!

Morning Drop Off / Afternoon Pick Up

Drop off begins at 8:15am. (There is no supervision prior to 8:15am)

Before School Line Up Locations

Grade Kindergarten, 1st , 2nd by door 6 and 7 and enter door 5

Grade 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th on the basketball courts and enter door 4

**Bus Riders will line up by Door 1.

After School Pick Up

Students will exit the door they enter.

Critical Information

Our teachers need your child's pick up information. Please share with them whether your child is a parent pick up, walker, turnabout pick up, Boys & Girls club or older sibling picking up.

If you are driving your child to or from school, you must use the turnabout on Streamwood Boulevard. Drivers must stay in their cars. Staff will escort your child to their line up location. There is no parking in the turnabout.

Reminder--The staff parking lot is for staff. No parent parking or drop off is allowed.

We encourage all our parents to walk their child to school on the first days to see the traffic and better understand how drop off and pick up work.

** In order for our process to work, it takes patience. **

Food for reward or celebrations...

Ridge Circle has many students that are affected by food allergies. Due to this health concern, we do not allow food celebrations for student birthdays. We would love to celebrate your child's special day with items that all students will be able to enjoy. Individual items - such as pencils, erasers, stickers, or small toys - make perfect gifts. Another way to celebrate your child is by purchasing a whole class gift, such as a new book for the library or fun new game to use at indoor recess during those chilly winter months. We will continue to celebrate birthdays, however, we want to do this in a way all students can participate. Thank you for understanding.

Holiday Celebrations

As a District, we encourage students to make good choices around healthy eating and physical activity to promote positive outcomes. With the holidays around the corner, U-46 will continue this practice by promoting holiday celebrations with non-food items. To stay aligned with the USDA's Smart Snacks requirements, food-related celebrations or distribution of snacks to students to eat in the classroom during the school day will not be allowed. The USDA-defined school day hours are from midnight to 30 minutes after the end of the school day.

Unite 46

Since last spring, the Unite U-46 community engagement initiative has been seeking feedback on the District's facility and educational program needs through a series of meetings, an open house, and a building tour. We are now asking all members of the U-46 community to take a survey that will gauge opinions on the type of improvements being considered, how they should be funded, and how important investments in school districts are for the future. That survey, open until Oct. 21, can be found in English here and in Spanish here. (Links are also available on u-46.org home page.) It will only take about 10 minutes to complete. Please help us spread the word. Highlight the importance of participating in this #UniteU46 survey with your friends, neighbors, and social network - whether they have students or not in U-46. For more information about Unite U-46, visit uniteu46.org.
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African American Advisory Council

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Upcoming Events

10/24 - 10/28 Red Ribbon Week (Assemblies on Thursday)

10/28 - 5th grade DARE k-9 visit/assembly

10/31- Fall Parade at 1:30

10/24 - 10/28 Classrooms Decorate Pumpkins

10/24 - 11/4 CogAT assessment (6th grade and some of 3rd)

10/31 - 11/14 LAS Links (5th grade Dual Language Assessment)

Positions available in U-46

U-46 is looking for Para Educators, Noon Hour Supervisors and Substitute Teachers. Please go to U-46.org and click on CAREERS. Mrs. Raine is also available to talk to you about these amazing opportunities.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Click here for Tutoring Opportunities

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Looking for Child Care Before and After School?

Ridge Circle is a Boys & Girls Club outside of school hours. If you are looking for excellent child care with academic support, recreation, daily meals, enrichment programs, and friendship, B & G is the place for you child. Most families qualify for free programing. Visit the website for more information www.bgcelgin.org

Ridge Circle Administrative Team

Please contact us if you need anything.

Janelle Raine, principal janelleraine@u-46.org

Anissa Lanotte, assistant principal anissaupshaw@u-46.org

Sarah Hansen, resident administrator sarahhansen@u-46.org