Simon Elementary School Newsletter
Back to School 2019 Edition - August & September
From the Principal
-Learning is important.
-Always give your best effort.
-Don't give up just because something is difficult.
-Don't be afraid to ask for help.
-If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.
-You can do this!
-I believe in you.
At Simon, there are three main categories that compose our school-wide behavior expectations: Respectful, Responsible, and Ready. Examples of how children can show these qualities are shared in the classroom as well as during morning announcements. We ask for your help in reinforcing these to develop traits for success for students.
As we make our way through the year, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you have or assistance you may need regarding your child's education.
Our School Day & Attendance Info
Kindergarten-Grade 2 Student School Hours 8:05 a.m. - 2:55 p.m
Breakfast 7:40-8:00 a.m.
Kindergarten-Grade 2 Earliest Student Arrival Time 7:40 a.m
K-2 Bus Dismissal 2:45p.m.
Kids Club/Parent Pickup/Walkers Dismissal 2:55 p.m.
Preschool AM Session 8:05 a.m. -10:35 a.m. / PM Session 12:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
If your child is ill or is not able to attend on a given day, please be sure to notify the office by calling 815-335-2318.
School Bus Traffic Safety
Buses unload on Benton Street in front of the school between 7:40 and 8:00 a.m. Buses load at the end of the day between 2:45 and 2:55. Any traffic on Benton Street, between Winnebago Street and Cunningham Road, should not try to go around stopped school buses.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to ensure that all of our students are safe when boarding and departing our buses.
2019-2020 Student Handbook Available Online
Keeping your information current
Changing information can be done by stopping by the school office or by calling the office at 815-335-2318.
Nurse's Office Update
Each year, kindergarten students and any students new to the district shall provide evidence of completion of a school physical, including updated immunization records. Kindergarten and any new students also need to provide proof of an eye examination. The final deadline for this documentation is October 15th as set by school code, the Illinois law governing schools. If this is not done by October 15th, students shall not attend school until it is resolved.
The nurse's office has sent letters to anyone missing this information. If you received a letter, please take action promptly to ensure that that there are no interruptions in your child's attendance.
At any time, if there are health issues that arise with your child, changes in medication, or questions that you have, do not hesitate to call the nurse's office.
The importance of reading
- Supported cognitive development
- Improved language skills
- Prepare for academic success
- A special bond with your child
- Increased concentration and discipline
- Improved imagination and creativity
- Cultivate a lifelong love of reading
The importance of early literacy is undeniable. For the full article from The Children's Bureau on the value in reading to your child, click here.
Elementary Counseling Website
Simon Spotlight: Winnebago PTO
The Winnebago PTO does a great deal to support our students, teachers, and elementary schools. The PTO is an organization open to parents of all Preschool through 5th grade students. The organization is looking for parents who are willing to lend a helping hand. The events and activities coordinated through PTO rely on the work of individuals willing to volunteer. There are differing levels of involvement, ranging from helping with one particular event to serving as a PTO board member.
We invite and encourage interested parents to attend PTO meetings, which are held in the McNair Library at 4:00. Meetings will not take place every month but will follow this schedule:
Tuesday, October 8
Tuesday, December 10
Tuesday, February 11
Tuesday, April 1
The annual PTO spirit wear sale is under way and ends Friday, September 6th. Completed order forms should be turned in to the office by this date.
Kids Club Update
12.........School Picture Day
16-17....Erin's Law Presentations
19.........1st Grade field trip to Nicholas Conservatory/Curran’s Orchard
24.........Family Reading Night....more info coming soon!
27.........1st Trimester midterm