Ruth M. Schneider Elementary

March 2022 Newsletter

Illinois Assessment of Readiness - April 4th-8th

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. IAR assesses the New Illinois Learning​ Standards and will be administered in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The 2021 assessment window opens in March. Third grade students are the only grade level at Schneider who participate in IAR testing. Schneider’s 3rd grade testing dates will be April 4-8. Students will take six tests during these 3 days, three math and three English Language Arts.

Pre-K Screenings - March 31 and April 1

The developmental screening is for children who are 3 or 4 years old at the time of the screening. Children who turn 5 on or before September 1, 2022 are not eligible for the screening. Please allow up to 2 hours for the screening. We ask you not to bring other children with you since you will be asked to join us during your child’s appointment. Parents will be asked to complete an information packet and return it to the school a week before the appointment. Please call Schneider Elementary at (309)928-2611 to schedule an appointment or ask any questions. Thank you!

Talking About Grades

Take Time One on One

Select a quiet time and place to have a conversation with your child and give ample time and your full attention, without interruptions. Choose a place to talk that is free from the distraction of electronics and other people in the house. It helps to make a “statement of intent” prior to the conversation so your child can prepare.

Start Positive

Reviewing grades is a chance to give credit where your child is excelling. Highlight their strengths with a positive opening statement like "I see you're doing really well in spelling. That's great!" to help build motivation. Assure your child that there is time for improvement and that you are here to help come up with a plan for success.

Focus on Effort

Combined with grades and teachers’ notes, effort marks help you understand your child’s attitude toward learning. Giving credit and encouragement for effort is especially important for kids who have trouble academically. If your child is trying their best and feels their efforts are seen, they'll be more enthusiastic and resilient learners.

Exemplary Knights Staff Member

Schneider's Exemplary Staff Member is Michelle Wills. Michelle is a special education teacher at Schneider Elementary. She is being recognized for her dedication to her students and colleagues. Michelle creates individualized learning for a variety of different students with varying needs. She goes above and beyond to be an advocate for her students and communicates well with all stakeholders.

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Schneider Exemplary Knights

We are excited to announce several Exemplary Knights this month. These students were selected for a variety of purposes from kindness, hard work, helping classmates, positive attitude and more. We celebrate these students in multiple ways. Students receive a “Student of the Month” bracelet, the principal recognizes their accomplishment and shares why the student was selected in front of the student’s class, the reason for being nominated is also shared in a schoolwide morning message, and the principal also contacts the parent to share why they were selected. This month’s Exemplary Knights are:

Brynnen Soliday (K) - Brynnen comes to school with a smile on her face and a cheery “Good Morning!”. She’s always ready to learn. Brynnen follows classroom rules and routines and is a great example to others. She is kind and helpful to her classmates and teachers. She works well with others and is a great encourager.

Brantley Clark (1st) - Brantley is a great friend and helper to his peers. He works really hard in the classroom and has become quite the reader. He has made great growth this year and has been a good role model for his friends.

Ella McIntyre (2nd) - Ella is an extremely hard worker who always does her very best not matter what she is asked to do or how long it takes her to do. She is a kind and generous friend to everyone. If someone is having a rough day or upset, she is the first person to offer help. She is a great role model for her peers!

Roslyn Freden (3rd) - Roslyn has been working very hard in the classroom. She comes to school everyday ready to work. She uses her time wisely and is getting things done quickly and accurately. Roslyn is always willing to help in and outside of the classroom. She has excellent attendance whether in-person or remote. Roslyn tries everyday to be the best she can be!

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Yearbooks for 2021-2022

Click here to order this year's yearbook! If you have any questions please email Mrs. Hardesty at

The yearbook will be delivered in August of 2022 to your child's school and distributed the first week or two of school.

Upcoming Events


8 Kindergarten Registration, 5:15 and 6:15 p.m. Schneider Cafeteria

10 P.I.E., 6:00 p.m.

11 End of 3rd Quarter

15 Spring Picture Day; 2nd and 3rd Grade Spring Concert, BRHS Old Gym, 7:00 p.m.**

16 Board Meeting, HS Library 7:00 p.m.

18 Report cards go home; 2:20 p.m. Early Dismissal

21-25 Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

28 School Resumes

31 Pre-K Screenings


1 Pre-K Screenings

4-8 Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing (3rd Graders)

7 Schneider Open House, 6-8:00 p.m.

14 P.I.E., 6:00 p.m.


20 Board Meeting, HS Library 7:00 p.m.

22 Progress reports go home

25 School Improvement Day - NO SCHOOL