The Fairview Connection

NOVEMBER 5, 2021

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL OPHUS

Dear Fairview Families,


Today marks the official end of the first trimester. It is hard to believe that one third of this school year has come to an end. I am so proud of our students for all they’ve accomplished already in the classroom, our staff for continuing to work hard creating positive learning experiences each day while adjusting to various pandemic related restrictions, and our parents for partnering with us by providing support to our students at home. First trimester report cards are due to be sent home with students on Friday, November 12th at the end of the school day. If your child is a regular concurrent student, the report card will be mailed home. Report cards are meant to provide you with feedback about your child’s performance, and we encourage you to reach out to the teacher if you have any questions after reviewing it.


We are looking forward to the first evening of Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, November 10th. Our partnership with parents is instrumental in the success of educating our students, and we thank you for your investment of time to foster positive collaboration with the Fairview staff. In light of the ongoing pandemic, I wanted to provide you with some expectations related to the safety measures that will be implemented for conferences.

  • All guests must wear a mask in order to enter the building. If you realize you forgot one as you are walking in, stop in the main office before entering the building any further and we can provide you with one.

  • Prior to entering the classroom, please sanitize your hands using one of the many hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the building. Many classrooms have one right outside the door.

  • Please refrain from handshaking as people have varied levels of comfortability with this type of contact at this time.

  • If you have any COVID symptoms or someone in your home has recently been diagnosed with COVID, email your child’s teacher to change your conference to a ZOOM conference.

  • Staff have been instructed to set up the conference to ensure six feet of distance.

Thank you for your help in maintaining a safe environment and ensuring all staff and guests feel comfortable during our conference evenings.


This week was the first week of the free lunch option across District 57. At Fairview, our students have done a great job following our procedures to quickly pick up their lunch when their homeroom is called and have had plenty of time to eat as a result of the hard work of our lunch supervisors and cooperation of our students. We have noticed that sometimes students are not sure if they ordered a regular or vegetarian lunch, so please share with them what you’ve ordered for them each day. In addition, when filling out the form, please just fill it out one time to make sure you aren’t counted twice for food ordering. We appreciate your help and hope that this has been a helpful option for you and your children. Thank you for taking the time to read through this week’s newsletter. Have a wonderful weekend ahead and don’t forget to change your clocks back an hour on Saturday!


Sincerely,


Dan Ophus

Fairview Principal

BOOK FAIR HOURS DURING PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES ARE 3:45PM-7:30PM. STUDENTS WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE BOOK FAIR WITH THEIR TEACHERS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.

DRESS FOR OUTDOOR RECESS

As the weather turns cooler, please make sure your children are dressed to go out for recess. Unless it is raining or the temperature /wind chill is too cold (15 degrees or below, real-feel temperature) the students will go out every day for recess. Please write your student’s last name on a tag in their coat as we already have a lot of lost coats and sweatshirts.


All students will go out with their class unless we have a doctor’s note limiting their participation. If a student has been ill and he/she is not feeling well enough to participate in all the activities of the school day, perhaps another day at home will insure a healthy return to school.

PICTURE RETAKE DAY

WAS YOUR CHILD ABSENT ON PICTURE DAY? ARE YOU UNHAPPY WITH THEIR PHOTOS? TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH FROM 9:00AM-10:30AM IS OUR PICTURE RETAKE DAY SO IF YOUR CHILD WAS ABSENT THEY WILL HAVE THEIR PICTURE TAKEN ON THAT DAY. IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY WITH THEIR PICTURES, PLEASE SEND THEM TO SCHOOL ON RETAKE DAY WITH THEIR PROOF ENVELOPE AND HR IMAGING WILL TAKE A NEW PICTURE AND YOU WILL BE PROVIDED WITH NEW PROOFS.

BIRTHDAYS

The Fairview PTO has a wonderful history of giving students a book for their birthday. For the 2021-2022 school year, they are continuing that tradition. If your child is celebrating a birthday this month or has celebrated a birthday since the beginning of this school year, please have them go onto ClassLink on their chrome book and go to the Birthday Book link or click on the graphic to access the link. They must choose a book that is on the Google document listing all the grade level books. Students who are learning from home can pick their birthday book up from the school.

PTO "NO STRESS" FUNDRAISER

Fairview's PTO supports our students and staff by offering fun family events along with sponsoring assemblies all during the year. Your support of the PTO gets you access to the on-line student directory, Directory Spot. Click the graphic for more information on how to support Fairview's PTO.

PTO "READ-A-WAY" PROGRAM

Read-A-Way is a reading incentive program from the Fairview PTO partnership with Station 34 in Mount Prospect. Students have a chance to earn a free kids pizza every month by meeting their daily reading goals. The program begins today and is expected to continue through April.


Click on the graphic for more information and November's reading log calendar.


Concurrent students can drop their completed calendars off at the school. We will contact you once your certificate is ready to be picked up for your free pizza.

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LOST AND FOUND

Our lost and found is already overflowing and it's not even winter. Please tell your student(s) to check the lost and found rack outside the front office if they lost a sweatshirt or water bottle. We also have several pairs of eyeglasses in the front office.


When you are at the school for Parent-Teacher Conferences check the lost and found in the front foyer to see if any of the items belong to your son or daughter.

STUDENT DROP-OFF ZONE

If a Fairview staff member, directing traffic in the drop-off zone is not outside, it is necessary for you to come to the front of the school to drop off your student(s). The drop-off zone supervisor comes back into the building shortly after 8:45am when the first entry bell rings. We only have supervision in that area and our bus turnaround from 8:35am-8:45am. Students need to be in their classrooms at 8:50am which is when the school day starts.

REMINDER


Please remember to put a bag with some extra masks in your student(s) backpack.

DISTRICT 57 EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The District 57 Education Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of Mount Prospect community members whose mission is to raise money to fund grants in the areas of curriculum, wellness, and technology. Grant requests may be written and submitted by district teachers, staff, students, and parents. The grants enrich the educational experiences of all students, helping them to achieve at their highest potential. Funded grants allow teachers to have access to the resources they need to support teaching and learning at Westbrook, Lions Park, Fairview, and Lincoln schools.

Over the years, the Foundation has funded computers, iPads, ELMO projectors, Smartboards, musical instruments, art supplies, fitness equipment, and supplemental reading material - all to enrich our children’s educational experiences. We are currently in a new Grant Request Cycle. A description of the grant request submission process and form is located within the Grants section of our website at https://www.57edfoundation.org


Grant requests are due by 12/17/2021 to the Ed Foundation at d57edfoundationgrants@gmail.com


Parent community members who are interested in submitting a grant request should contact the school principal to which the grant will benefit. The Ed Foundation will review all requests at our February meeting. Please contact the Ed Foundation Grant team at d57edfoundationgrants@gmail.com with any questions.


Thank you for your continuous support of the D57 Education Foundation.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION STAN'S VAN FUNDRAISER

Pre-order your donuts today for pick up November 14 from 9:00am-noon.

RAPTOR VISITOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

All visitors, including parents, will be required to present valid state-issued identification that will be entered into our system before gaining access to the school beyond the main office. In addition, the Raptor system provides alerts about people who may jeopardize the safety of the school, including registered sex offenders who are not allowed entry into schools.


As we have done in the past, all parents and visitors will be asked to wear a visitor lanyard. In addition, a visitor badge will be printed and placed inside the plastic sleeve on a lanyard. The visitor badge will include the visitor’s name and photograph.


We believe this safety procedure will keep our schools safer and provide instant information about who is in our schools in the event of an evacuation. We ask for your cooperation as we implement this new system. While visitors will likely take a bit more time to check in with our schools’ front office teams, we know that this system will add another important layer of security.


Please click here for sign-in instructions.

STUDENT SIGN-IN/SIGN-OUT PROCEDURE

The office's procedure for those times when you need to sign your child in or out of school has changed. We maintain an electronic sign-in/sign-out sheet in the office so all you have to do is drop your student off (if arriving late) and we will sign them in and get them down to their class. If you need to sign your child out, ring the doorbell, tell us who you are picking up, and we will send your student out the front door.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EVACUATION PROCEDURES

PLEASE READ THIS AS IT INFORMS YOU WHERE FAIRVIEW'S RELOCATION SITE IS IF WE NEEDED TO EVACUATE OUR BUILDING IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

KEEP THE FRONT OFFICE INFORMED

When emailing your student's teacher regarding vacation plans, illness, doctor appointments, etc., please include the front office staff in your communication.


Also, please contact Fairview School’s office if your home/cell phone number, emergency contact numbers, or email address have changed.


If you have moved, please immediately contact the front office so we can update your student's records.


Chris Trezise, 847-394-7320, ext. 4001 - ctrezise@d57.org

Carolyn Young, 847-394-7320, ext. 4000 - cyoung@d57.org

Contact Us

Dan Ophus, Principal / dophus@d57.org

Una Durkan, Assistant Principal / udurkan@d57.org


Office: 847-394-7320/Fax: 847-394-7328

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