The Western Weekly

Issue 30: April 14th, 2019

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Mid-Month PBIS Celebration: Smash Those Critters!

This past Friday, Western Avenue came together as a community for our mid-month PBIS celebration. The children cheered each other on as digital critters crawled up the walls of our gym. Dodgeballs were thrown at the bugs to create critter explosions all over!

It was such a blast! The kids had a wonderful time, and our teachers and staff always love bringing our school together in order to celebrate all of the positive things that we are doing as a school community. A very special thank you to our PBIS coaches, Mrs. Kubas and Mr. Hood, for organizing this celebration for us. More picture are below! Go Wolves!

Kindergarteners Share Their Art Masterpieces!

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IAR Testing Update and Schedule for Grades 3-5

We have just completed the first week of testing for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in both 3rd and 4th grades. Testing went relatively smooth in these grade levels, and we will begin makeup testing for students who missed any sessions this week. In addition to makeup testing, the 5th graders will begin their testing schedule this week. The 5th graders will have one day off for Good Friday. Testing for 5th grade will resume on Monday, April 22nd, with makeups to follow. The testing window will close on Thursday, April 25th for all students.

Parents, please remember that this is an assessment in both English Language Arts (ELA) and math, and it will be taken on your child's chromebook. We have had more than a few students arrive to school with chromebooks that are not charged, or without headphones. Please remember that a charged chromebook and headphones are necessary for the completion of this assessment. We appreciate your partnership and support as we continue testing for the next two weeks.

The student scores for this assessment are what will determine a portion of our ESSA designation for the Illinois School Report Card. Where we use the MAP assessment to look closely at student growth, the IAR gives us data on levels of student grade-level proficiency. Both student growth and grade level proficiency are important indicators for academic achievement.

The testing calendar for the entire IAR window is below, and I will keep posting this in our Western Weekly for the month of April.

There are things that you can do at home to help prepare your child for days when they have to test at school. Please make sure that your child receives a good night's sleep before they take any of their assessment units. Each grade level will test for a total five days. Please make sure that you child arrives to school on time and that they have had a healthy breakfast. All of our units are scheduled for the mornings when our children are fresh and ready to give their best. This assessment is administered on our chromebooks, so please make sure that your child's chromebook is charged the night before their test. Finally, please make sure your child has a snack packed, as testing can make kiddos very hungry!

If you have any questions or concerns about IAR testing, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher. Go Wolves, we will continue to crush the IAR!

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Angels Sports Clinics!

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Traffic Flow at Arrival and Dismissal

Parents, we understand that everyone is rushing to get their days started in the morning. However, we need to do a better job driving safely in the drop-off and pick-up lines. We have three staff members directing traffic at the front lot, two staff members posted at door I (primary playground), and multiple people posted at the playgrounds and blacktop area between the playgrounds. We also have one person stationed in the North parking lot. Please remember that there is a traffic flow. Students must be dropped off in the designated car lines. Please do not drop off your children on any other street or sidewalk other than the designated lines. Please do not wait in line to make sure your child walks to the door because that stops the flow for other parents behind you. And please be very mindful when you are pulling away from the car line. There should only be one priority for morning drop off and afternoon pick up--and that priority is the safety of all our kids at Western Avenue. If we all work together, we can ensure the safety of all students. Thank you!

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful week!