Graves Sailor NEWS
September 11th, 2020
Welcome Back!: Navigating Unchartered Waters
Our school's theme this year is..."Navigating Unchartered Waters".
Our collective success equation this year is PATIENCE+ EMPATHY X COLLABORATION= GROWTH.
Our expectations for our students have always been to instill/promote the love of life long learning, set high expectations and respond to the child's needs. Our needs have been ever changing and we are "navigating unchartered waters", but with mutual support and co-partnership between teachers and families, our sailors will continue to grow. Most of all they will be prepared for a future that is very different from our personal experience within education and jointly we will have shaped a culture of collaboration that is culturally and linguistically responsive.
We are a phone call away, an email away or a live virtual Zoom meeting away. We are in this together! Please be sure to maintain the teacher as your primary point of contact through this remote learning experience. Reaching out to teachers via email and/or a message via the online platforms will be best; however given that teachers are teaching students live for most of the day, please be patient as they will return messages after the duration of live virtual instruction. We are always here to support you. The school main office number is (708) 458- 7260.
Kindergarten Orientation & EL Screening
Kindergarten parents met their child's teacher in person, by appointment, and visited their child's assigned classroom. We are so excited to meet our Kindergarten families! Additionally, Kindergarten families completed their home language survey and students were screened by EL interventionists, as needed, to determine their English language proficiency level, as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. The WIDA K-Model screening exam was utilized as the state mandated language assessment tool, listening and speaking domains. Results of the screener will be utilized to determine English language proficiency levels and as one of the baseline data indicators to examine their English language development annually. Graves students who are new to the district were administered a Spanish assessment to determine their comprehension, fluency and general Spanish language development.
Virtual Open House
1st-4th grade families met their teacher virtually via Zoom. Teachers reviewed their expectations, the platforms that will be utilized such as Seesaw and Zoom. During remote learning, it is imperative that teachers and parents work together to assure each student has a positive learning experience and feels supported through this non-traditional approach to learning. Additionally, administration hosted an evening virtual open house in which a general overview was provided of what to expect, student schedules and an opportunity for questions and answers. Thank you to the parents who were able to attend!
Attendance will be taken daily at 7:50a.m.-8:05a.m. and again at 12:20p.m. Families who are not in attendance by 8:05a.m. are considered tardy. Parents, please call the main office to report absences, (708) 458-7260. If you are having difficulty with your WiFi connection, outages in your area or any other technology challenge, please call the office and let us know. Also, please contact your child's teacher via email and/or the online platform. Reminder teachers will be teaching, so will not be able to respond until later in the day. It is understandable that we will all face unanticipated challenges during this remote learning experience so please maintain open communication with the teacher.
Kindergarten Orientation & EL Screening
Virtual Open House
There will be a second supply distribution day, Tuesday September 15th, coordinated for grades K, 2, 3, 4 . Students will receive their supplies via the Bus Turnaround (Door #7) If you are unable to pick-up your child's supplies please call the office. Please contact the office with any questions.
Below is the schedule:
K: 10:30 a.m.
2nd: 11:30 a.m.
CCSD 104 Important Information
CCSD 104 Remote Learning Links
Note: Device repairs - Devices needing repair should be brought to the HMS front office. Please include a note of the problem and contact information. Our technology team expects to return most devices the next day.
Graves Elementary School
6021 S. 74th Ave.
Summit, IL 60501
Guillermina Arteaga, Principal
Kathleen Dunn, Pre-K Director
Vanessa Figueroa, Assistant Principal
Ms. Becky and Ms. Patty
New to the Graves Team
Molly Manning, Speech Pathologist
Maria Rodriguez, Para-professional (returning)
Remote Learning Expectations
Parents, please review the following list of expectations and support your child in achieving these daily goals:
- Eat breakfast
- Be on time
- Be in a quiet place: Check your surroundings, find a quiet location, wear headphones especially if you share a space with others in your household/childcare center.
- Be prepared: Computer is charged, have all of your materials at your table/desk
- Be dressed in appropriate clothing
- Communication: Mute yourself when your teacher or another student is talking.
- Be Respectful: kind, considerate and patient, we are all learning something new each day.
- Participation: Be focused, attentive, be an active participate
Lastly, parents, our goal is to build each child's independence. It will be a gradual process and one that is dependent on their age/stage of development. We need the adults in the life of the child to support the child with the end goal of building their level of independence. Eventually, students may just require an adult to help with the log-in process. Children typically learn to navigate the technological tools at a faster rate than the adults. They can do this! Thank you for your support.