OLSON OUTLOOK APRIL 20 - 24

EDITION #34

SCHOOL YEAR 2019 - 2020

This is not what anyone expected. Leaving school on March13th, we thought and hoped and expected that we would be back to finish the school year. Unfortunately, that's not what's happening.


Governor Pritzker's announcement on Friday, April 17th made it clear that our 2019 - 20 school year will continue with remote "eLearning" and we will not be back in our classrooms.


The health and safety of our school community is paramount, and while we're saddened by the way the school year will end and anxious about what all of this means, we absolutely know that we're doing the right thing with staying at home, social distancing, wearing masks in public, and providing solid opportunities for our students to learn at home.


Please watch for updates from D200. We know there are many questions about students' belongings that are still at school, summer school options, how we will prepare for next year, yearbooks, and what happens next.... and we will share information as decisions are made.


MOST IMPORTANT right now is that you continue to encourage and support your children as they work with their teachers and classmates to participate in eLearning. The Daily Plans will continue to come to you through the school webite (https://www.woodstockschools.org/domain/799) and through Dojo and email messages from teachers. Class meetings, literacy and math instruction, PE, art, STEM, and music lessons are important structures for students. Establishing schedules and structure for each day will help our children work through the unpredictability and uncertainty of the days.

REGISTRATION FOR 2020 - 2021


  • Contact Lisa Furst(lfurst@wcusd200.org) in you would like assistance with registration for for the 2020 - 21 School Year.
  • Step by Step Video found on the district website - www.woodstockschools.org/registration
  • You will need your student's "Snap code" to access the system.
  • Registration fees may be paid at a later date.
  • Registration by May 1, 2020 ensures your child will remain at his/her current building.



The registration system includes the current information the school has about your child. You will need to verify and/or correct the information provided. Your child’s assigned school for next year is also indicated on the online registration forms. Questions about this assignment should be directed to your child’s school.


Lastly, you will have the option to pay your registration fees through the online registration system. The system accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Information is also included for parents to choose an alternate form of payment - check, cash, payment plan, or apply for a fee waiver.



Elementary parents are reminded to submit their forms no later than May 1, 2020. Students whose elementary registration forms are received after that date may be placed at a different elementary school to balance class size.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH AVAILABLE

D200 continues to provide a "Grab and Go" breakfast and lunch service from 9am - noon on Mondays - Fridays. There are several locations with specific drop off times, but Olson continues to be one of the main locations with service from 9am to noon.


A special thank you to our Olson cafeteria team - Colleen Roth, Mary Savino, and Marga Jeschke.


Again, check the website for more information about where these meals are available.

MC HENRY COUNTY DEPT OF HEALTH RESOURCE GUIDE

In an effort to provide the county with the most up to date guidance regarding COVID-19, we’ve created the McHenry County Department of Health Resource Guide. This tool will provide guidance on seeking medical care along with recommendations on staying safe during this time. While this tool will not diagnose or treat COVID-19, it is a resource to help you make the best medical decision.

NOTES FROM THE NURSE

Attention parents of 2nd grade students: If your student has had a recent dental exam and you have not yet turned it in to school, please do so by emailing it to jdiamond@wcusd200.org or by having it faxed to Olson. If your student hasn't had a recent dental exam done, please don't worry. We understand that most dental providers are not seeing patients for routine exams at this time, and we will accept the dental exam whenever you are able to get it completed in the future.


Additionally, we are working on getting the dental clinic that was to be hosted at Olson, rescheduled for another time in the future. If you have paid for your student to participate in the clinic already, rest assured that we are coming up with a plan to refund these payments soon.

HOW TO TALK WITH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19)

Your kids are hearing about coronavirus (COVID-19). You want to make sure they get reliable information — and you want them to hear it from you. Here's how to talk about it.

Find Out What Your Child Already Knows:

Ask questions geared to your child's age level. For younger children, you could say, "Have you heard grownups talking about a new sickness that's going around?" This gives you a chance to learn how much kids know — and to find out if they're hearing the wrong information.

Follow your child's lead. Some kids may want to spend time talking. But if your kids don't seem interested or don't ask a lot of questions, that's OK.

Offer Comfort — and Honesty. Focus on helping your child feel safe, but be truthful. Don't offer more detail than your child is interested in.

If your child asks about something and you don't know the answer, say so. Use the question as a chance to find out together. Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for up-to-date, reliable information.

Speak calmly and reassuringly. Explain that most people who get sick feel like they have a cold or the flu. Kids pick up on it when parents worry. So when you talk about coronavirus and the news, use a calm voice and try not to seem upset.

Give kids space to share their fears. It's natural for kids to worry. Let your child know that kids don't seem to get as sick as adults. Let them know they can always come to you for answers or to talk about what scares them.

Know when they need guidance. Be aware of how your kids get news and information. Point them to age-appropriate content so they don't end up finding news shows or outlets that scare them or have incorrect information.

Give your child specific things they can do to feel in control. Teach kids that getting lots of sleep and washing their hands well and often can help them stay strong and well. Explain that regular hand washing also helps stop viruses from spreading to others. Be a good role model and let your kids see you washing your hands often!

Talk about all the things that are happening to keep people safe and healthy. Young kids might be reassured to know that hospitals and doctors are prepared to treat people who get sick.

Put news stories in context. If they ask, explain that death from the virus is still rare, despite what they might hear. Watch the news with your kids so you can filter what they hear.

Kids often worry more about family and friends than themselves. For example, if kids hear that older people are more likely to be seriously ill, they might worry about their grandparents. Letting them call or Skype with older relatives can help them feel reassured about loved ones.

Let your kids know that it's normal to feel stressed out at times. Everyone does. Recognizing these feelings and knowing that stressful times pass and life gets back to normal can help children build resilience.

Keep the Conversation Going. Keep checking in with your child. Use talking about coronavirus as a way to help kids learn about their bodies, like how the immune system fights off disease.

EDITION #34 - WEEK OF APRIL 20

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