Friday Focus

November 12, 2021

In this Issue:

  • A Message from Marcie
  • Conference Sign-Ups
  • South Park's Winter Holiday Showcase
  • What's Good in 109: Vote for our Red Ribbon Week Photo finalist!

  • Take 5 Minutes to Define 109

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Registration
  • District 113 - Future 113 Highland Park High School Tour - 2nd Opportunity

Don't miss the PTO Spotlight!

  • Winter Enrichment Sign up - Nov. 15 @ 9am
  • Yearbook Cover Contest - due by Nov. 16th
  • Winter Gear Drive - Bring items now until winter break
  • Cute pictures? Send to the Yearbook!

A Message from Marcie

Hello, South Park!

We had a great week learning together at South Park. Thank you so much for your contributions over the past two weeks to the 109 Gives Back Food and Supply Drive. Our school's donations will make a tremendous difference in our community.

Earlier today, I spent some time outside at recess and was concerned to see that some students still did not come to school with coats, hats, or gloves. We encourage you to please send your children to school every day with appropriate clothing for outdoor play. Once we have an accumulation of snow, students are required to wear boots and snow pants if they want to play in the snow otherwise they will have to remain on the blacktop. We also recommend that you send an extra set of dry clothes to keep in school.

REMEMBER: We let kids go outside if the temperature/wind chill is 10 degrees or warmer and it is not raining or snowing too hard.

Finally, before you head into the weekend, please be aware that our typical SHIELD testing day was shifted from Thursday (yesterday) to today. We hope that the results will come back during the day tomorrow. Though no news is good news, because of the higher volume of districts using SHIELD Illinois for surveillance testing, it is taking longer than expected to get those results.

Have a wonderful weekend! Stay warm!


Conference Sign-Ups

Parent-teacher conferences will be held via Zoom on Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23.

Conference sign-ups were sent out in a standalone email this past Monday. It is not too late to sign up! Please CLICK HERE to sign up for a conference.

We hope that families who choose to travel during the week of Thanksgiving will take advantage of the virtual conference structure and sign up for a time slot during our teachers' designated conference times.

South Park’s Winter Holiday Showcase

Winter is the perfect time to celebrate and appreciate other cultures through our holiday traditions. Does your family celebrate a special winter holiday? South Park is proud to celebrate our many cultures and we would love to feature your family’s winter holiday! Right now we are collecting interest, so please click here to complete the form and Mrs. Cichelli, South Park’s EL Teacher, will reach out to you soon. All interested families should complete the form by Friday, November 19th.
What's Good in 109: Vote for our Red Ribbon Week Photo finalist!


Take 5 Minutes To Answer One Big Question... and help Define 109!

Our community ThoughtExchange is open and runs through next Friday! We want to hear from you on this one question: What is the most important skill that students today need to have for them to live fulfilling and meaningful lives? You are allowed to leave as many thoughts as you want and rate as many as you want. It's all anonymous! If you've already participated, log back in and leave or rate new thoughts that have come in!

Define 109 ThoughtExchange Question for November

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Registration

There are spots open at the clinics being held by Passport Health at Shepard Middle School starting next week. Due to a number of cancellations, please feel free to share the below link with families that do NOT have a DPS 109 student. The last thing we want are unused spots! Please note these clinics are ONLY for 5-11 year olds. Click here to sign up your child.

District 113 - Future 113 Highland Park High School Tour - 2nd Opportunity

Did you miss the opportunity to tour the HPHS facilities on October 5 as part of the District 113 long-term planning and sustainability discussion? If so, a second tour will be offered on Wednesday, November 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. The tour will begin in the HPHS Cafeteria. Park in the West Parking Lot and enter through the H20 (pool) doors. This event is only a tour of the facilities. The tour will provide a high-level overview of the building's facilities needs. Please note that face coverings are required. For more information, go to

Important Dates

November 19 - Report cards posted online at 3:00 p.m.

November 22 - Regular student attendance day and evening conferences for parents and teachers

November 23 - No School, daytime conferences for parents and teachers

November 24-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Break


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