Field Flash

September 10, 2021

Dear Field Parents and Guardians,

We hope you've had a great week! It was such fun to see so many of you last night at the PTO Back-to-School picnic. It was a gorgeous evening, and we are so appreciative of the PTO's planning. Speaking of the PTO, you'll see information below about our first Pizza Day and a volunteer opportunity for parents.

We are slated to begin SHIELD testing next week - I'm awaiting additional information about our specific day of the week. I will share that information when I have it, as well as any other pertinent information related to that. As a continued reminder, everyone should continue to monitor their health and stay at home if they develop any symptoms. In addition, all unvaccinated family members must remain home if a household member exhibits symptoms and/or is awaiting test results. Please know that COVID-19 symptoms vary widely, especially it seems in children. You received a detailed email from our District nurse Andrea Zito yesterday. I encourage to you to read it closely. Our primary focus is to keep students safe and in-person, learning together.

Thank you for your partnership! A few important reminders:

  • Arrival: Thank you for continuing to arrive close to 8:40 a.m. Please remind your children that when they arrive to school, their job is to line up outside their door. With the large number of students and parents, it is not a safe time to play football, tag, or other games or activities. Thank you for your help with this.
  • Toys/Fidgets: Most of us have quite a few "pop its" or other fidgets in our house these days. Unless your child has an approved accommodation for sensory breaks/needs, please have your child leave these toys at home as they pose a distraction in class, both for the child using the toy and for others in the class. In addition, children should leave other valuables (Pokemon cards, favorite toys) at home, too.
  • Picture Day Ordering: I've included information below for picture day ordering, if you are interested. Our picture day is on Friday, September 24th and ordering is done in advance of the day (online).
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: we are planning to host in-person parent-teacher conferences in mid-October. Your child's teacher will be sharing information soon about how to sign up for a conference time slot.

I hope that you have a nice weekend!


Mrs. Courtney Goodman


Please click on the image below to learn more about our teachers!

Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, September 14th: Pizza Day for students
  • Wednesday, September 15th: PTO meeting (virtual) at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17th: V-Show Event at 5:00 p.m. (see flyer)
  • Thursday, September 23rd: Board of Education meeting at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 24th: Picture Day! Please see details below for ordering
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Pizza Day starts on Tuesday, September 14th!

Pizza Day starts on Tuesday, September 14th, and PTO needs volunteers to help us serve pizza! Please use the link below to sign up:

There are two different lunch sessions — first lunch: 11:25–11:55am (4th & 5th Grade) and second lunch: 11:55am–12:25pm (1st, 2nd & 3rd grade). You are welcome to join us for one or two shifts – however, per the district's COVID guidelines, all volunteers must be vaccinated with proof of vaccination and proper mask-wearing will be required in the building and while serving pizza. Thank you for volunteering — we could not do it without you!

Picture Day Ordering

Picture Day is on Friday, September 24th. If you'd like to order photos of your child(ren), please follow this link for more information.

Field's Green Team Shares Tips for Lunch

Our Field Green Team created this very helpful video for how you can pack a more sustainable lunch for your child. Watch and enjoy. Special thank you to parent Nicole Burmingham for producing!

Health & Safety Protocols: Quarantine

The new school year is underway! District 64 has implemented health and safety protocols to reduce the transmission of COVID 19. Below is important information to keep in mind should your child be directed to quarantine:

  • If you have information about a potential COVID exposure, please contact your building nurse.

  • District 64 is providing access to remote learning in the event that a student is directed to quarantine by the school nurse.

  • Students who are sick who have not been directed to quarantine by the school nurse will take a typical “sick day” and are not eligible for the remote learning class. Students who are awaiting a COVID test result are not eligible for remote learning.

  • Remote learning classes are taught via Zoom by District 64 substitute teachers and are made up of students at the same grade level from schools across the district.

  • It may take 24-48 hours for a student to be placed in a remote learning class.

  • Your child’s classroom teacher will share information with the substitute about the instruction that will take place during your child’s quarantine. Because students from across the district will participate in the same quarantine class, activities will support grade-level learning standards but will not be the exact activities that your child would be completing in person.

  • Students should access the Zoom link to their Quarantine Class through Seesaw or Schoology.

  • If you experience a tech challenge, please contact your school office and ask to speak with the Building Technologist.

Lunch & Recess - Weather Information

We wanted to share additional information about our lunch & recess plans, as well as how and when we make our decisions about lunch and recess.

Our primary plan is to eat lunch outside and have recess outside. On our warmer days (like we've been having), the District uses the National Weather Service Heat Index Chart. When we consider the air temperature and humidity, we will plan to be outside for the full lunch and recess time when those measures place us in the yellow zone (caution). When we are in the light orange (extreme caution), we will eat inside and have recess outside.

Because weather changes so quickly in our area, we make our final lunch and recess decisions by 11:00 a.m. If you would like to know our decision, please call the main office after 11:00 a.m.

As the weather cools off, we'll share additional information about air temperature and wind chill.

As a reminder, when we eat outside, students are seated on towels. When we eat inside, they are seated at a table in an assigned seat in either the north gym, south gym, or MPR.

Children are also permitted to leave school for the lunch recess hour. Parents need to come to the main office and sign out their child(ren). Students would remain home for the full hour of lunch/recess, which runs from 11:40 until 12:35 (Wednesdays from 11:15-12:10).

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Join the Field PTO!

Why join the Field PTO?

Membership helps fund a variety of initiatives that directly impact your child, and offers the following advantages to families and students:

  • Make an Impact. By getting involved in the PTO, you’ll help to have a positive impact on the school. In previous years, our PTO has helped to fund educational initiatives like the LRC guest authors and classroom field trips, as well as family/social events such as the back-to-school picnic and Field Follies.

  • Get Connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening at Field. Your membership fee also provides access to the online Field School family directory on AtoZ Connect.

  • Tap into a Network. PTO functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.

The PTO meets approximately once a month (typically 2nd Tuesday of the month) to discuss our school and potential experiences our PTO may offer our children. Please join us at our September 15th virtual meeting to learn more about the exciting ways in which you can get involved!

Become a member today!

Show Your Field Spirit: Grade-Level Shirts Available Now from PTO

Field School would like to continue our beloved tradition of grade-level tee shirts for our staff and students to show school spirit and solidarity. We plan to wear these shirts on the last Friday of every month, for field trips, or just to show how much we love our school.

Please click here for more information and to place your order. All orders placed by September 13th are expected to arrive around the middle of October.

Park Ridge Environmental Clean-Up

Join us to help clean up our little piece of Earth! For the third time this year, we are heading out into our local Park Ridge forest preserves and local woodlands to clean up litter, trash, and other manmade detritus that has built up over the past decades. Join us! Get outside into the trees and fresh air, engage in service, and help us clean up our environment.

Organizational leaders and school groups, please contact the Event Coordinator Joseph Steinfels at for zone coordination & assignment.

Individuals or families, please meet us at Dam No. 4 Woods (across from Maine South) at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 16. Bring work gloves, enthusiasm, and a smile.

Let's all work together to make Park Ridge even more of...A Wonderful Place!

For any questions or concerns, contact me at Thanks!

See what’s going on in our community!

From the library to the park district, our communities of Park Ridge-Niles have lots to offer, even virtually. For information on all the latest happenings, be sure to check the Community Info & Events webpage.