May 8, 2020
This week was teacher appreciation week, and I want to reiterate the appreciation for everything our teachers and staff are doing to maintain connections, routines, and learning for our students. Their hard work does not go unnoticed any year but especially this year. Thank you to our PTO for the wonderful signs they hand-delivered to all of us along with gift certificates to various businesses in St. Charles. We appreciate the kindness and generosity.
As we approach our final weeks of school we continue to see our students working hard, but also it is time to celebrate the end of a very unique year. Classrooms, teachers, staff, and students should be proud of what they have accomplished this year. Over the final two weeks, we will have opportunities to share and celebrate our learning, and culminate our year "Building something awesome together" through non-traditional virtual gatherings!
Be on the lookout! We are working on a plan for classroom cleanout and will be sharing the details and process through a ParentLink message on Monday afternoon.
I will host a few more virtual recesses the schedule is below. Second grade is sharing their writing using Flip grid so we can see each student reading their book and we can comment, a virtual writing celebration-the link was shared in this morning's announcements. Last Friday in our morning greeting kindergarteners shared their problem posters, such great critical thinking and problem solving done by our youngest students!
Virtual Recess--In an effort to maintain connections and have kids informally socialize I am scheduling virtual recess. We did this the past few weeks, kids go to https://meet.google.com/ and then join the meeting inputting the code below.
They cannot join ahead of time, I have to open the meeting, so if early keep trying the code.
We will share, talk, and possibly play would you rather or another game.
- 1HVR-9:30 (1st Grade Virtual recess)
- ALL Kindergarten students-KVR 10:00 code ADKVR
- 2nd Grade-11:00- 2KVR
- 3VR-9:45-Third Grade virtual recess
- 4UVR 10:30
- 5VR 11:00
Books between Bites
The Google Meet name for Books Between Bites is bbb123. Click the links below for more information about how to join a Meet from an iPad, Chromebook, or personal computer.
SEL Lessons: Week 5 SEL
This week’s SEL lesson focuses on relationship skills and their development through communicating effectively. Make sure to check out the information and resources highlighted for parents. This weeks competency is:
Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
The challenges and uncertainty facing families and children are impactful on overall mental health and well being. We are hopeful the resources shared will be a support to parents/guardians and children. If you have any questions on the information provided or are seeking additional support for yourself or child, please contact Patti Palagi, Director Instructional Interventions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 331-228-6457).
FROM THE SECRETARY:
2020-2021 Returning Student Registration Information:
This is moved to an online format that is currently open. The form will be located in the Parents/Community menu of the District website. Please refer to the parent guide located on the web page for detailed instructions on how to complete the form.
All acknowledgments and authorizations are contained in a single electronic, online registration form that will be easily accessible from most electronic devices (computer, Chromebook, and Smartphones).
Parents can sign into the Returning Student Online Registration form using their Home Access Center (HAC) credentials, select individual students, and complete their registration. The form will be located in the Parents/Community menu of the District website - Annual Student Registration Update Form
Registration fees for elementary and middle school will be available in Pushcoin beginning April 27. An early bird discount of $10.00 will be reflected in your account if you pay by May 22, 2019. The annual Registration for elementary and middle school students should be completed by June 1.
For families who may qualify for a fee waiver, and are not directly certified by the state, a 2020-2021 district fee waiver application will be available on the District 303 website in July, accessible from the Parent/Community menu.
Be a Part of the Band!
Fourth Graders and Families!
Check out this short band presentation and fun videos for you and your child. Band Registration is coming soon!
4th Graders and Families-
Take a look at this band video. High School students from East and North share their music and thoughts about being in the D303 Band Program!
Fridays During Remote Learning
We want students to learn every day! Monday through Thursday our teachers will be providing lessons. Friday is a day to continue learning by completing lessons, catching-up on past or missing work, or doing enrichment lessons.
Please visit the website D303 Optional Remote Learning For Students to access enrichment lessons. In addition to the weekly SEL activity, the website houses a variety of optional learning experiences in the areas of math, digital citizenship, English Language Arts, college and career, and STEM. We encourage you to ask your child to engage in the SEL lessons before exploring the other choice options. Although these optional learning experiences were designed for use on Fridays, students are welcome to engage in the learning experiences on the website anytime.
Incoming Thompson Students--message from Mr. Morrill
Soon to be 6th grade families.....Be on the lookout for a recorded Thompson Middle School Presentation that will be sent to you, via parent link, by Mr. Steve Morrill, Thompson Middle School principal. Middle School is just around the corner!
Information from the Nurse about medication pick up
If your child has medication (Epi-Pen, Inhaler, diabetic supplies, etc.) in the health office that you need to retrieve at this time, please email Wendy Landers email@example.com or JoAnne Lefelstein firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
As Mrs. Woodring has already explained, when guidance for public access to school settings is received from the Illinois Department of Public Health/CDC, details on a general medication pick up process/timeframe will be shared. Thank you for your understanding and support at this time
Meals provided for any student or family
District 303 is providing meals for any student who needs it. The district is expanding the distribution, please see the attached information for the various locations and times for food distribution.
We have also heard from the USDA that there are SNAP scams happening. We are attaching a press release from them with a warning.