Ferson Creek eNews

October 28, 2022

Upcoming Dates


Monday, October 31st - Halloween: Parade at 1:45 pm


Wednesday, November 2nd - Biggby Coffee Fundraiser 6am-7PM

Friday, November 4th - End of 1st Trimester

Monday, November 7th -School Improvement Day -No school for students. Office closed until noon

Tuesday, November 8th - Election Day Holiday, No school for students

Wednesday, November 9th - California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser 11 am-9 pm

Friday, November 11th - Veterans Day assembly 9:00 am

Monday, November 21st - Friday November 25th - No School for Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 30th - Early release, elementary dismissed at 2:10 pm

Wednesday, November 30th -Crumbl Cookie Fundraiser 3-6 pm

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Big Hearts of Fox Valley

Ferson Creek is sponsoring 17 children from the D303 community this holiday season through Big Hearts of Fox Valley. Please click the flyer below to view wishlists for individual children. You will need to use the tabs across the top of the Sign Up Genius on the web version, or the drop down on a mobile device to view all wish lists.

No time to shop? Let PTO do the shopping for you! Click here to make a donation through PushCoin.

Halloween at Ferson Creek

Halloween is on Monday, October 31st. This year, we will hold our Halloween parade outside at 1:45 pm. Parents are welcome to view the parade from the blacktop area behind the school. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will move to the gym. Classroom celebrations will take place after the parade. While wearing costumes is optional, there are a few guidelines:

  • Props representing weapons are not allowed.
  • Students should not wear costumes which promote gore, violence, or inappropriate imagery.
  • No costume face coverings or masks can be worn.

October 31st – Classroom Celebrations

Pre-arranged volunteers should plan to sign in and have their license scanned, and get their visitor’s badges just prior to the start of the classroom celebrations. Our celebrations are scheduled from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM. Our parties will not include food or drinks, other than water. This is also true for any gift or party bags that are being sent home. Please help us with this by not sending in any food items, including candy, to be distributed to students.

From Nurse Holloway

There has been an increase of RSV in the community. According to the CDC, respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States. People infected with RSV usually show symptoms within 4 to 6 days after getting infected. Symptoms of RSV infection usually include

  • Runny nose

  • Decrease in appetite

  • Coughing

  • Sneezing

  • Fever

  • Wheezing

These symptoms usually appear in stages and not all at once. In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.

According to CUSD 303 absence guidelines, students must be 24 hours fever free prior to returning back to school. A fever is a temperature of 100 degrees F or greater. Students with a persistent, productive cough must remain home as well. Masking remains optional for all students.

There are steps you can take to help prevent the spread of RSV. Specifically, if you have cold-like symptoms you should

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, not your hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, shaking hands, and sharing cups and eating utensils, with others

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and mobile devices

Erin's Law

Erin's Law (Illinois Public Act 097-1147) requires public schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education for all children in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth annually. Please read this letter regarding Erin's Law in district 303.

Ferson Merch!

Tara Vanderheyden, a Ferson parent, has put together an AMAZING Ferson merchandise store for all things Ferson (including shirts and merch with the Ferson Way on them!). There are t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, aprons, pencil cases, hats, and much, much more! Unlike in the past, this store is open YEAR-ROUND for staff, students and the FC community. In addition, your purchases will be sent directly to your home and you can get free shipping for the next three days! And as always, all proceeds go to PTO. Happy shopping!

Upcoming CogAT Testing - 3rd & 5th Graders

CogAT testing for 3rd and 5th grade students will begin on Thursday, November 10th. 3rd grade will test on November 10th, 14th, and 15th. 5th Grade will test on November 10th, 11th, and 15th. Please find a letter from our assessment office regarding CogAT testing here.
October LRC Community Newsletter

This newsletter is designed to share information on literacy-based special events and programs in our area as well as promote a joy for reading and technology in the homes of D303 families

Veterans Day Assembly

We are excited to welcome back our in-person Veterans Day assembly. This year we will be celebrating Veterans Day on November 11th! Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor American veterans of all wars. Many of us know or have known men and women in our families or friends who have served in the armed forces to defend our country. This year we would like to take time to honor these individuals by acknowledging their time served and to honor them at an assembly beginning at 9:00 am on that day.

If there is a veteran that you would like to recognize by having them included in our Veterans Day video, please email our LRC director Renee Ignoffo at sharon.ignoffo@d303.org. In your email, please include your child's name, the veteran's name, the veteran's relation to your child, a picture of the veteran, and branch of the military. Please send all pictures to Mrs. Ignoffo no later than Tuesday, November 1st.

If your child has someone in your family, or a friend of your family, who they would like to invite to attend our assembly please rsvp to Audrey Hughes at audrey.hughes@d303.org, no later than Friday, November 4th so that we can plan accordingly.

Teaching Assistants Needed

Ferson Creek currently has multiple teaching assistant positions open. If you or someone you know is looking for a position with elementary students, please reach out to me at kristina.mcknight@d303.org.
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