Panther News

November 7th, 2021

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A Note From Mr. Christ

Dear Paddock Families,

With the weather getting colder, it is great to see students wearing hoodies, jackets, hats, and gloves to stay warm at recess. Unfortunately, this has led to many clothing items being left outside. I would recommend putting something that identifies the student or classroom on the tag of coats, hats, gloves, etc. in case they get misplaced. Also, our lost and found is now located in the main hallway. Students can check this as they walk by and parents will be able to search for items when they come in for parent-teacher conferences. We hope this will help to get clothing items back to their owners quickly.

Have a great rest of your weekend!


Jason Christ


Car Drop-Off

As it starts to get colder outside and more families are driving their students to school in the morning, it is important to remember the car drop-off expectations. These expectations are in place to keep everyone safe, avoid car accidents, and ensure the drop-off line is moving as fast as possible.

  • Pull as far forward as you can before dropping off. There is a sign indicating how far to pull up if you are the lead car. This helps keep the line moving quickly.
  • Stay in your car. With the two-way traffic, it very dangerous to get out of your car at drop off. Staff will help open doors, give students backpacks, etc.
  • Do not drop-off and make a U-turn. There are buses coming in and cars that are exiting. This can cause an accident or back up traffic.
  • Do not drive through the parking lot. This will take you past the buses while they are dropping off and it is illegal to pass buses dropping off or picking up students.

Following these expectations will help to keep everyone safe and the drop-off line moving. Please reach out to Mr. Christ if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation!

Paddock Multicultural Week

This year, in lieu of doing an evening multicultural event, the week of November 15th-19th will be Multicultural Week at Paddock School! Students have the option to create a variety of different projects that represent their culture to be put on display in the hallways of Paddock. Displays will remain up through Parent-Teacher Conferences for everyone to see. Please review the flyers below to see how your child can participate in this exciting event!

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Up

The sign up genius for Parent-Teacher Conferences will be open until Friday, November 12th. After the 12th, if you need to sign up for or change a conference time, please email your student's teacher directly.

Please use the linked document to sign up for your student's parent-teacher conference. Conferences are 20 minutes long and will be held in-person, at Paddock School unless otherwise requested. The conference schedule is:

  • Monday, November 22nd from 12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 23rd from 7:30am - 11:30am

If you are attending your child's conference virtually, please follow the links below for information on how to join using Google Meets or Zoom.

Joining a Google Meet (parent/guardian)

Joining a Zoom Meeting (parent/guardian)

Contact your child's classroom teacher with any questions.


Please make sure you are sending at least 1-2 additional clean masks with your child each day. These masks should be well fitting and cover both the student's nose and mouth without the student needing to continually pull the mask up. Having a well fitting mask is imperative to keeping our students safe and limiting close contacts, should a positive case arise. Thank you for your help in this.

Book Fair Extention

We have extended our Anderson Virtual Book Fair for one week! The new deadline to get your orders in is Wednesday, November 10th. Anderson’s Book Fairs have some of the best hand picked selection of books available. This is a wonderful way to support our school. Paddock will receive 45% of the profits in new books for our library! With the holidays right around the corner this is a perfect time to purchase books for gifts for friends and family. You can have your books delivered to school or, to keep them secret for your child, they can be delivered to your home! Go to and start your order today!


Paddock is excited to welcome back the Snapology after school STEAM enrichment program.

Sessions for grades 1-3 are on Mondays from 2:35-3:45

Sessions for grades 4-6 are on Wednesdays from 2:35-3:45

Spots are limited and parents must be able to transport their student home. Please see the flyer for details on how your child can join this fun, educational experience.

Toys For Tots

The Palatine Police and Fire Benevolent Association is proud to bring back their annual Toys For Tots holiday toy drive. Collection boxes will be located in the main vestibule at Paddock School starting November 8th.

Winter Wishes

Winter Wishes is a program that, in the past, has shown the unbelievable generosity from our community to make sure all our Paddock students have clothing, books, toys and winter outwear. Given these uncertain times, this program is as important as it has ever been.

This year, we are asking for hats, gloves, shorts, leggings, masks, snacks and gift cards (NO ELECTRONIC CARDS) to Walmart, Jewel and Target. For gift cards, any amount is welcome but denominations of $25 and under are most helpful. Gift cards can be brought to or mailed to the main office or turned into your student's teacher. Items will also be collected at Paddock School. There is a labeled bin in the vestibule at the main door. Collection begins during Parent-Teacher Conferences and will end December 8th.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Worst

Calling All Student Artists

Show us your creative talents! We are looking for student artwork to showcase at the District 15 central office for 2022.

Theme: Our School, Our District, Our Community

The submission deadline is Friday, December 10, 2021. See the flyer for more information (English & Spanish).

For questions, contact Katie Dengler at or 847-963-3133

Please include these images in your upcoming newsletters:

D15 Artist Showcase (English)

D15 Artist Showcase (Spanish)

Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)

Privacy and student data protection is a key priority for the District. Our three main technology departments (instructional technology, technology, and data services) work to make sure our systems and vendors comply with the requirements of the Student Online Personal Protection Act or SOPPA, which regulates how student information is protected by school districts and education technology vendors they use. Our student privacy web page outlines our privacy related actions and protective measures.

We also employ a number of measures like on-site filtering, student device monitoring, and security tools which protect our network from outside threats. Students participate in digital citizenship curriculum, and staff can employ tools to support students in making good digital choices. Lastly, our district participates in several state and national consortiums, collaborating with other districts to keep informed on best practices and new resources that may support our data privacy policies.

District 15 Job Fairs

District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates. Come apply onsite and Be a Part of Our Team!


  • Monday, December 13, 2021
  • Monday, January 24, 2022
  • Monday, March 7, 2022

Location: Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067

Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

We are looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at in the Human Resources department with any questions.

Box Tops

The General Mills Box Tops program has officially moved to digital submissions (replacing paper Box Tops). Please click on the flyer and follow the directions on how to submit Box Tops that earn your student's classroom money!

New Family PTA Liaison

The Paddock PTA has a new family liaison! This parent will help in welcoming new families and is available to answer questions a new family to our community may have. Please see the attached flyer for additional details.

PTA Volunteer Opportunities

Please review the available PTA volunteer opportunities and sign up for as many as you’re interested in helping with. The committee chair in charge of the event will contact you. The events are subject to change depending on District COVID guidelines.

Paddock Spirit Wear

Fridays will be Panther Spirit day at Paddock. To show school spirit, every Friday we encourage students to wear blue, yellow, or their favorite Paddock shirt. Additional Paddock Spirit Wear is available for sale at I can't wait to see everyone's school spirit!

Join The Paddock PTA!!

Paddock's PTA is an organization of families and teachers working together to provide an enriching learning environment for our students and a welcoming community for our families. Your PTA membership is used to host school activities, student programs, and school assemblies. It helps our families connect with each other, know what’s happening at Paddock, give parents opportunities to volunteer and provide support to our teachers. The more members our PTA has, the more good we can do.

To join the PTA please visit the Paddock PTA website.

Health Office

If your child has a Health Care plan for asthma or an allergy OR has medication they need to take at school, please make sure you read the linked documents and get in contact with Mrs. Pool, our Paddock nurse. You can reach her at 847-963-5802 or

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • November 15th-19th - Multicultural Week
  • November 22nd - Parent Teacher Conferences @ 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • November 23rd - Parent Teacher Conferences @ 7:30am-11:30am
  • November 24th-26th - No School
  • December 1st - PTA Meeting @ 7:00
  • December 6th - Holiday Shop