The Simon School Days Newsletter

May 1, 2015

Dear Parents and Families of Simon Elementary:

What a wonderful year it has been! I appreciated all of your smiles and laughs throughout the school year. I wanted to take a moment to tell all of you, “Thank you.”

Thank you to all the volunteers that assisted at Simon Elementary this year. You supplied your time and effort to assist with our children.

Thank you to our wonderful PTO for all that you do. We would not be able to do many of the things we do at school without your support and funding for programs and projects.

Thank you to the parents that helped plan holiday parties, chaperone field trips, communicate expectations for their child, and assist in the educational process of all our children.

Thank you to all the wonderful staff at Simon Elementary. Your long hours, dedication to the children of Winnebago and professionalism is a model for all educators to follow.

Most of all, thank you to all of the children that we came in contact with this year. We are all very proud of you and we were happy to be part of your lives this year.

We look forward to next year and to be working with the families, community members, and of course, the children of the Winnebago School District.

The Simon School office will be closed June 12 until August 7. The office will reopen for the 2015-16 school year on August 10 from 8:00-3:00 Monday-Friday.

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2015-16 Registration Information

Student registration packets for the 2015-2016 school year were sent home May 1.

Forms need to be completed, secured in an envelope, and returned to your child’s school office by May 15, 2015.

Please note a payment/discount structure is also being implemented beginning May 1.

  • $35 discount for Instructional Materials Fees payments (cash, check or online) received on or before May 15, 2015 – send to your child’s school office
  • $25 discount for Instructional Materials Fees payments (cash, check or online) received between May 16 and July 31, 2015 – drop in the lockbox in front of McNair Elementary School
  • $20 discount for Instructional Materials Fees payments PAID ONLINE on or after August 1, 2015 – checks submitted on or after this date will receive no discount

Students WILL NOT receive a registration packet if there is a question regarding residency or if you have moved to another location in the district and have not verified your new address in the district or unpaid registration fees.

Elementary class lists will be posted on Friday, August 21 at each elementary school.

No student will be placed on a class list if proper documentation of a required physical, updated immunizations, (Early Childhood and Kindergarten), copy of certified birth certificate, and proof of district residency are not on file at your child’s school prior to the start of school on August 26.

No Milk Break for the 2015-16 School Year

Starting with the 2015-16 school year, Simon Elementary will no longer be offering a "milk option" at snack time during the school day. We will still offer a milk option for purchasing breakfast and lunch per the state and federal guidelines.

Students are more than welcome to bring a drink from home if they want it for snack time, such as water, juice box, etc.

This will align with all other schools in the district that do not offer a milk option for snack.

Outstanding Milk and Lunch Balances

It is VERY important to keep your child’s lunch and milk accounts up to date. We will not allow students to charge milk or lunches. If you have questions about your account balance, please call Beth Swigart at Simon 335-2318 between 7:15 –3PM.

Also, the last day that Simon will serve breakfast and milk at snack break will be Thursday, May 28.

Jump Rope for Heart A Huge Success!

Thank you to all of the students who raised money and participated in Jump Rope for Heart this year. Simon raised a total of $6707.20! The top class who earned an extra PE class was Mrs. Edler's class who raised $763. The top individual earner was Bailey Otto, who will assist Mr. Flynn in PE for a day. She raised $360.

All prizes will be handed out during PE classes. Again, thank you to everyone who helped with the event this year!

Mr. Flynn, PE Teacher

Mark Your Calendars - Kids Club 2015-16 Registration Night

Kids Club will be holding their 2nd registration night for the 2015-16 school year on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 4pm-5:30pm in the Simon Cafeteria. $10 off registration fee. Account must be current to register for next year.

PE News – Field Day is Coming!

Field Day has been scheduled for first and second grade students on Wednesday, May 20 at Dorothy Simon Grade School / Monday, May 18 will be for Kindergarten, PREK, and Early Childhood. The children will participate in groups, by grade levels, and in a number of events.

Lunch will be provided as usual with some modifications according to scheduling. All students must wear tennis shoes, long pants/slacks, or shorts, T-shirts, shirts, or blouses, and have a sweater or jacket. Please dress appropriately for the days events and weather.

VOLUNTEER PARENTS ARE NEEDED TO ASSIST WITH EVENTS on May 18 and May 20. If you are interested, please call 815.335.2318 and leave your name and telephone number. Volunteer parents are not to bring pre-school children with them. Any help that parents, grandparents, etc. can provide is greatly appreciated.

Volunteers are to meet at 8:45 a.m. in the gym at Dorothy Simon Grade School on Wednesday, May 20.

Simon Awards Day - Thursday, May 28

Simon Elementary will be holding its annual Awards Day on Thursday, May 28. Grades 1-2 participate at our awards assembly in the Simon cafeteria. Awards presentations are approx 45 minutes.

Schedule for awards distribution:

8:30-9:15 1st grade

9:15-10:00 2nd grade

Kindergarten recognition ceremony at Simon Elementary will be on May 29 starting at approx 1:30 in the Simon Gym.

D.rop E.verything A.nd R.ead Day is Friday, May 29

An annual end of the school year event at Simon is DEAR Day (Drop Everything And Read) Day on May 29. This is day will be packed with reading, guest readers, and retelling of favorite stories. We are looking a "book swap" this year also. Look for an informational flyer to come home in the coming weeks.

Last Days of Attendance

Simon (PreK/EC) – May 29 will be the last day for children. All materials should be taken home that day or earlier.

Simon (K-2) – June 1 8:05-12:40. Lunch will be served. All school materials should be taken home on June 1 or earlier. Thank you.

May Calendar Events

If you do have any specific questions about events or functions, please call the school office at 815.335.2318.