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PE Reminder

Please be sure your child has gym shoes on their PE days. Students are more successful and safe when wearing the proper shoes during PE.

Kids Heart Challenge. You should have received information on our Kids Hearth Challenge. This week, students had an assembly on Monday to kick off our Kids Heart Challenge.

Student Birthdays

Just a reminder, please do not send any food, snacks, or drinks to school to celebrate a student's birthday. If a student wants to pass out an item for their birthday, we ask that the item is a nonedible item such as a pencil or eraser. Thank you for your cooperation.

Friendship Parties

Students will be celebrating Friendship parties on February 14th in their classroom. If a student is passing out a Valentine's Day card, we ask students to give a card to all the students in their classroom.

We also encourage the Valentine's Day cards not to have edible items/candy attached to the card. In the event there are edible items/candy attached to the card, please know all classrooms will be sending them home. If you do not want your child to receive Valentine's Day cards or Valentine's cards with candy attached please contact your child's teacher. Students will receive a bottle of water and pretzels for a snack. In addition, they will be completing Friendship crafts.

If you do not want your child to participate in any Friendship Classroom activities, please contact your child's teacher. Students may go to the media center for an alternate activity.


D202 launches Safe2Help Illinois crisis reporting system

D. 202 launches Safe2Help Illinois crisis reporting system

District 202 is participating in a new statewide school safety program called Safe2Help Illinois.

This 24/7 helpline will offer students a safe, confidential way to share information on school safety issues.

Safe2Help Illinois was launched by the State of Illinois in December 2020 and aims to help prevent suicide, bullying, school violence and other threats to student safety.

“These are real concerns with our students and to have one place to seek help will be a great benefit,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Glenn Wood. “The safety of our staff and students will always be our top priority.”

With Safe2Help Illinois, students can connect with a trained crisis professional during their own crisis or report a potential threat.

Students can share an alert via the following ways:

Once vetted, the information will be immediately shared with District 202 school officials, mental health professionals, and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip.

The program is not intended to punish, suspend, or expel students. Rather, the goal is to encourage students to “Seek Help Before Harm.”

District 202 staff and students will receive information about the Safe2Help Illinois program in January.

Students will view Safe2Help Illinois videos that are customized to their age level.

Learn more about District 202 school safety resources at

Visit the Safe2Help Illinois website at


It is the obligation of Plainfield School District 202 and Thomas Jefferson Elementary to provide the best possible education, within available resources, during the days that school is in session. Our goal is to increase and maintain excellent student attendance to best serve our students, families, and the community. Education is a partnership between our district staff, parents/guardians, and students. The quality of education we strive for can only be accomplished when students are consistently in attendance.

Parental Responsibility

In conformance with the State of Illinois Compulsory Attendance Law, parents/guardians are responsible for having his/her child in school when classes are in session. School attendance is not optional. Daily attendance and timeliness will increase the student’s probability for successful performance and foster the development of self-discipline and responsibility. Conversely, absences, repeated tardiness, and other truancies will have a negative effect on the student’s overall classroom experience and academic grade. Time missed from school can never truly be made up; the interaction in the classroom cannot be replicated by doing make-up work. If a student is not in attendance at school due to illness, he/she may not participate in performances or attend special events(such as book fairs or classroom parties) during or after school on that day, unless they have a medical note from a doctor or a dentist.

2023 Illinois Parent Survey - 5 Essentials

Please take the time to complete the 5Essentials survey.

The 2023 Illinois Parent Survey - 5 Essentials is a comprehensive based tool designed to drive improvement in schools. This system includes a diagnostic survey, scoring, reporting, and training and is an opportunity for schools and districts to identify areas of strength and those in need of support.

2023 Illinois Parent Survey

Link to survey:

Opens Jan. 24, 2023 and closes March 31, 2023.

Cookies for Troops

It's that time of the year!!!!!! Plainfield School District 2nd Annual.

"Cookies for Troops"

Tina Vasquez is a Special Ed Paraprofessional at BMLC. She is the Chairperson of this amazing event. Her heart is focused on supporting the military.
Her son Brandon graduated from PSHS and joined the Army immediately. He is an Active Duty Infantry Paratrooper and Combat Veteran from his recent deployment to Afghanistan in 2021.
There is a USO room at O'Hare and Midway airports designated for the Military to relax, eat and rest before their flight.

With this being Girl Scout Cookie Season, what better way than to donate cookies locally to the Military.

She is asking anyone who wants to support our Troops by donating GIRL SCOUT COOKIES or ANY STORE BOUGHT COOKIES.

The Girl Scouts already have the option to donate to the Troops, but we would like to donate locally and take the cookies right to both Chicago airports.

Last year we donated 550 boxes.

Arrival Procedures

Thank you to everyone for adhering to our arrival procedures. The safety of our students, families, and staff is first and foremost. TJ Arrival Procedures 22-23

A few reminders -

For the safety of our students and families, everyone should be using the crosswalks to cross the street and in the school parking lot.

For the safety of our students, only families in our specialized programs should be using the front of the school to drop off students. Only cars with our designated Nameplate will be permitted to access the front drive of our parking lot. Cars that enter the lot who are not permitted to drop off at that location, will be directed to pull around to the back of the building and exit the parking lot by the marquee.

We apprecaite your help and cooperation!

Personal Property

Students are not allowed to bring non-academic related personal property to the school. This includes, but is not limited to electronic devices, trading cards, toys, stuffed animals, and electronic games. These items will be confiscated and held in the office until retrieved by a parent. Any items not claimed by the end of the school year will be disposed of or donated.

TJ Art Room Newsletter

Bad Weather Info Reminder

As the bad weather season approaches, we want to remind our families, staff, and community that DISTRICT 202 DOES ITS BEST TO keep our schools open whenever possible. FAMILIES SHOULD ALWAYS PLAN FOR SCHOOL TO BE OPEN UNLESS weather is so severe that it is impossible to ensure our children can get to school safely.

District officials work with our transportation and local public safety officials to determine road conditions "in the moment" so we will announce our plans as early as possible through Connect-ED and local media When weather or other emergencies dictate that school cannot be open for students, District 202 may cancel school using an emergency day or use an E-Learning day to provide our students with a continuation of learning.

E-learning days are synchronous.

Please click here for more detail regarding student expectations for e-learning.

Additional information regarding weather closures is also available here.

Thank you for your cooperation and always remember to be safe first!

E-Learning Days

E-Learning Days

E-Learning Days are used when all students in the district are in a remote learning setting because of an emergency (Snow Day/Emergency Weather Closure Day).

The schedule for each level will be synchronous learning.

  • Assignments for the day will be posted to the Google Classroom by the end of the school day by the teacher.
  • The remainder of the 5-hour instructional day will be asynchronous student learning.
  • High School students will log into their first period at 7:05 and follow their daily schedule.
    • Plainfield Academy, TAP, Turnabout, and PSTEP will log into their teacher's Google Classroom according to the attached schedule found on the high school document
  • Middle School students will log into their first period at 7:55 and follow their daily schedule.
    • Plainfield Academy and TAP Middle School will log into their first period at 7:45 and follow their daily schedule in the Middle School Document
  • Elementary Students will log into their teacher’s Google Classroom at 9:05 am

Students should be taking their laptops home daily.

Students should know how to access their Google Classroom. If you or your child is having difficulty accessing their Google Classroom, please contact your child's teacher.

Thomas Jefferson E-Learning Day Schedules

Social and Emotional Learning

Our focus for February is Emotion Management.

Students have learned that everyone feels a lot of different feelings. We feel these feelings in our bodies. Some feelings are comfortable, and others are uncomfortable, but all of them are okay! This week, notice what feelings you have. Pay attention to clues in your body and in the situation to help you understand how you feel. Which feelings are comfortable, and which ones are uncomfortable? See if you can name your feelings.

It’s okay to have strong feelings. But when you have strong feelings, it can be hard to think about what to do. You can get back in control by calming down. The first step is to use a stop signal to catch your own attention and to tell yourself to stop. You might say “Chill out!” “Stop!” or “Relax!” Next, use your feeling detective skills to name your feeling. When you recognize your feelings, the thinking part of your brain can start to manage them. Take a moment to decide what stop signal you will use this week.

Colder Weather & Snow Reminders

With the changing temperatures, please have your child prepared for recess, arrival, and dismissal by dressing appropriately.

Students will go outside for recess when the wind chill temperature is 20 degrees or above. Please have your child dressed appropriately, including such items as boots, hats, and gloves.

Students will not be permitted to play in the snow during recess or during arrival and dismissal. Please give your child reminders to keep the snow on the ground. If you are picking up your child as a walker, we would appreciate your help with reminding your child to keep the snow on the ground.

ABCDE Calendar

Planfield School District 2022-2023 Calendar

Arrival and Dismissal

We are asking for your cooperation and patience with arrival and dismissal to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and families. If your child is a car rider, please place a nameplate in the front window of your car that is visible to staff. Your child's teacher can provide you with a nameplate or you can get one from the office.

If you and your child are walkers, we are asking everyone to cross using the designated crosswalks in the parking lot and in front of the school for your safety.

We are asking all families who are picking up their children as walkers to remain on the sidewalk and out of the grass. Please stay behind the bike racks to allow students room to dismiss safely.

Please know the safety of our students is first and foremost, they will not be able to change their dismissal arrangements unless the office has been notified. Please contact the office prior to 3:00 with any dismissal changes.

Thank you to everyone for your cooperation!

Student Laptops

Please have your child charge their computer nightly and bring their charger to school with them daily. Also, all students and parents/guardians are required to complete the District 202 Acceptable Use Policy each year. Please click on the link below:

District 202 Student Laptop Acceptable Use Policy

Student Information

Please be sure your child's emergency contact information is updated. If you need to make any changes to your contact information, please contact the main office.

Important Dates

2/13 -2/24 OLSAT 2nd grade and new students (grade 3-5):

2/20 - President's Day No School

2/21 - Empathy Week Dress Up Day Flyer

3/3 District Institute - No Student Attendance

3/10 End of Quarter 3

3/13 School Improvement Day No Student Attendance

4/3 - 4/7 Spring Break - No School


Megan Orto - President

Angela Roman -Vice President

Misty Dawn Yau - Secretary

Samantha Navarro -Treasurer


15- Free Family Fitness

20- No School

23-Spirit Monkeys sold at lunch

24- Paint Night


2- Spirit Monkeys sold at lunch

7- PTO meeting

10- Popcorn Friday

17- Lucky Day

24- Candy Bar Bingo

29- Family Fitness

30- Spirit monkeys sold at lunch


12-family Fitness

13-Spirit Monkeys sold at lunch

14- Popcorn Friday

21- Donut Day

27-Spirit Monkeys sold at lunch

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