September Words for the Wise

Owen Elementary School

Set Sail for New Adventures!

Ahoy Owen Family Members! Happy Labor-Less Day!

As Captain of the Owen Citizenship I want to thank you for trusting us with your child's welfare and education on this year's journey for Port Success. The passengers are full of life, energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity in exploring their new adventures. We are truly grateful you are on board!

We've set high expectations for everyone to exhibit respectful and safe "CHAMPion" behavior in all areas of the ship, cabin, and the ship's tender or dinghies. This is transportation to and from the ship such as a bus, car, and bicycle. We are practicing all our safety drills to ensure we are ready for any rough sea. Please ask your passenger what are the "CHAMPion" expectations in a particular area of the ship or ask them what does each letter in CHAMPS stand for. Here they are so you can help your passenger continue to be a true Champion on The Owen Citizenship. C: Conversation, H: Help, A: Activity, M: Movement, P: Participation, and S: Success.

Enjoy the remainder of the Captain's Log. If you have any questions, please contact us.

CHARACTER COUNTS! Wise Word of the Week! Moving From Character Education to Character Action!

Throughout our journey we will focus on a "Wise Word" each week. Yes, we will learn and discuss the characteristics and behaviors that someone may exhibit that shows he/she has internalized the meaning of the word.

Starting with character education and moving to character action is not a year-long journey, it is a life-long journey. We want our passengers to about character education, but more importantly we want our passengers to apply these character traits in their daily lives.

I invite you to team with us in this journey by looking for your child applying these positive characteristics in their lives outside of school. We'd enjoy hearing from you.

September 4th, Initiative

September 10th, Tolerance

September 17th, Excellence

September 24th, Trustworthiness, the first pillar of CC!

OWEN PICTURE DAY Tuesday, September 11th 9:30-12:30


Your child needs to return the completed picture envelope even if you are not purchasing pictures. The picture will be used for their student ID.

I suggest you purchase a package that includes the Owen yearbook. They are worth it at the end of the year.

CURRICULUM NIGHT Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

On behalf of the Owen teachers and staff, I want to personally invite you to this year’s Curriculum Night. We will continue to provide you with two sessions for classroom presentations and two opportunities to hear from our specials and support teachers. This includes our Special Ed, Reading, Speech, Project Arrow, ELL, Psychologist, Social Worker, Occupational, Physical and Adaptive PE Therapists, Interventionist, as well as, our Student Services Coordinator.

This evening is for you to hear from your child’s teachers about the curriculum he/she will be learning this year. There is no day care available, so please make arrangements for the evening for your child. Children can not be left unsupervised in the school.

We thank you in advance for completing the evaluation form at the end of the evening. We want to know what went well and what we could adjust to make the presentations for you even better.

For the safety of everyone, there is NO parking next to any fire lane (red curb). These are marked in the circle drive and along the sidewalk by the playground. This is an enjoyable and informative evening and I would be disappointed if anyone left and found a ticket on their windshield.

You will be hearing from your child's teacher soon, if he/she hasn't reached out already. If you have any questions, please contact the school or your child’s teacher for answers.

Below is the schedule for our presentations. We look forward to seeing you soon.

5:50 – 6:25 Session 1 - Support Staff and Special's Teachers

English Language Learners (ELL) - Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

Project Arrow (PA) - Room 234

Art, Music, and Physical Education Teachers - Room 118

Support Staff - Library Media Center (LMC)

6:30 – 7:05 Session 2 - Support Staff and Special's Teachers


PA-Room 234

Art, Music and Physical Education Teachers - Room 118

Support Staff - Library Media Center (LMC)

6:30 – 7:05 Session 1 Classroom Presentation

7:10 – 7:45 Session 2 Classroom Presentation

Students Who Earned a Positive Referral

Congratulations to the following Owl-Standing Owen Owls for earning a Positive Referral since setting sail this year for demonstrating exceptional character. Any staff member may acknowledge a student who exemplifies great character on a regular basis. We encourage you to celebrate this with your child. We recognize each student during morning announcements. He or she will sign our Kids for Character Positive Referral Book and place a personal Owl-Standing Owl of Character on our Kids for Character Tree in the main hallway. Please join me in recognizing the following students:

Dean Alberson, Lily Narney, Gwen Narney, Aiden McDonald, Jacob Reyes, Nolan Alberson,

Tevin Robertson (2), Miles Houser, Amir Houlden, Emily Lendraitis, Susanna Dvorak and

Aditi Subramaniam.

Owen PTA Fall Resale is a MUST SEE! Saturday, September 15th 7:00-1:30

Keeping Everyone Safe in 2018-19

1. Follow the Crossing Guard’s traffic directions. Crossing guards are an

extension of the Naperville Police Department. They may stop and direct traffic when needed at our crossing area.

2. Follow the directions of the Owen staff members who are outside during arrival and dismissal at all times. They are there to ensure everyone’s safety.

4. Follow the school speed limit and no parking signs.

5. All curbs painted RED are FIRE LANES. Do not park in these areas. No parking signs are posted. This includes the entire curb that runs along the circle drive closest to the building.

6. NO cell phone usage while in your vehicle on school property or in a school zone while driving. There is a minimum fine of $375.

8. Have your window sign placed on the dashboard inside the passenger side window for staff members to see when using the car pick up line after school.

9. EVERY TIME you make a change in how your child is going home that is

different from what you filled out on our arrival/dismissal form, CONTACT the office and write a note for your child’s teacher.

10. Do not bring animals on school property. Even though we love our pets, they can be a distraction in the car, and many children and adults are frightened and allergic to them.

Thank you for following the law, school safety procedures and having everyone’s safety in mind when coming to and from school.

11. Do not drive around a bus that has the stop sign extended even when the bus is stopped in the circle drive or parking lot.

Here is What's Coming Up at Owen!


6 Severe Weather practice drill

6 PTA Mtg. 7:00 p.m. in the LMC

11 Fall Pictures

12 Curriculum Night

14 Lock Down practice drill

15 Owen PTA Resale!

19 National Talk and Dress Like a Pirate Day (no lookalike swords or weaponry)

20 Third Grade Family Math Night in the gym 6:30-7:30 p.m.

2018 Assemblies for Students

Oct. 17th, Expect Good Things - 3 Screens - National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week

Nov. 8th Veterans Day Assembly in gym 9:30 a.m.

Grade Level Family Nights

Sept. 20th 3rd Grade Math Night 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Oct. 17th Kindergarten Literacy Night 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Oct. 24th 1st Grade Family Night 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Dec. 11th Winter Chorus Concert 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bake sale prior to and following the concert!

Kids First,

Captain Kim Earlenbaugh