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Half Day School Weekly Newsletter - October 1, 2021

Students Investigate Soil Samples

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At Half Day School, fourth-graders are learning about what makes up soil in different regions, how physical and chemical weathering of rock takes place, and how erosion and deposition lead to new land formations. They are also learning about how fossil evidence can show us how the earth can change drastically over time.

This study of the earth systems is part of a fall unit on soils and weathering that students study in science. During science time, students are expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in asking questions, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Students are expected to use these practices to demonstrate an understanding of the core ideas.

The study of soil and weathering is part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.

To view pictures of the activity, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder.

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In the next few weeks, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to students in grades 2, 4, and 6, and any students who are new to District 103 in grades 3, 4, 5, and 7. The CogAT evaluates the level and pattern of cognitive development of students, as well as their abilities in problem-solving using verbal, quantitative, and spatial (nonverbal) reasoning. The test is composed of multiple “Batteries." For more information, please review the e-notice that went out recently that offers detailed information about the CogAT.
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Help Prevent the Spread of Illness

To help prevent the spread of illness, we would like to provide you with some sick day guidelines to help with your decision on whether or not to send your child to school. Please contact the school office in the following manner if your child presents with any of the following symptoms described in this Sick Day Guidelines sheet.

To report an absence please call 847-634-1484 or email Hd_attendance@d103.org. Provide your child’s first and last name, child’s advisory teacher, and a list of detailed symptoms.

Students MUST stay home with any of the following symptoms per the Illinois Department of Public Health guidance:

  • fever (100.4F or higher)

  • new onset of moderate to severe headache

  • shortness of breath

  • new cough

  • sore throat

  • vomiting

  • diarrhea

  • change or loss in sense of taste or smell

  • fatigue from an unknown cause

  • muscle or body aches from an unknown cause

At this time if an individual is experiencing any of these symptoms, the student will need a negative COVID diagnostic test (home test kits not allowed) to return, or a 10 day quarantine from onset of symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.

Further, in line with our usual sick guidelines, a student may not return to school, regardless of a negative COVID test until they have improved symptoms and have been free of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours without the use of medication.

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Masks & Water Bottles Requested

Masks: Please send your student to school with extra child-sized masks. One of the most important mitigation strategies is a good mask that fits properly. This CDC graphic provides information on the proper type and way to wear a mask. Please be sure that the mask covers the nose and mouth, is 2-3 layers, and does not have valves. Gaiters are not approved face coverings.

Water Bottles: Please send your student to school with a water bottle labeled with their name for use during the day.

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District 103 News

Parent-Student Handbook

The Parent-Student Handbook is available for student and parent review. Please find it under the parent and student tabs on the website.

The District annually publishes a Parent-Student Handbook with information on regulations, an explanation of the services we provide, as well as our expectations for the education of District 103 students. The handbooks are intended to provide a summary of Board of Education policies and procedures governing the district. The handbooks are provided electronically at the start of the new school year to each student’s family as informational resources.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.
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Community News

Vaccination Clinic

The Lake County Regional Office of Education is hosting a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination clinic for individuals 12 and older getting their first dose or third dose (if you qualify) at the Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville. People getting their first dose should sign up for Saturday, Oct. 9. People getting their third dose may sign up for Oct. 9 or Saturday, Oct. 30. The clinic is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please book an appointment today.

Metra Contest

Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest is back! For details about the contest rules, entry forms, and galleries featuring past winners visit our Metra website. You can also submit your entries electronically through the site or simply send them to us via email at metracontest@metrarr.com.

Food Pantry

Congregation Beth Am provides non-perishable food for the community. The congregation is also looking for non-perishable donations. Please visit the Congregation Beth Am website for more information on donating or picking up food items.

Join Scouts BSA Girls Troop

Do you have a sense of adventure, want to make new friends, have fun and learn new skills? Lincolnshire Troop 78 is launching a Scouts BSA Girls Troop. To find out more, please visit our Troop 78 website. Open house is Oct. 15.
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Half Day Upcoming Events