Ridgeview Monthly Parent Bulletin December 2018
Upcoming December Events
December 4 - DHS Pathways Cookie Sales (1:30-2:00 p.m.)
December 6 - Band and Orchestra Concert (6:30 p.m.)
December 7 - Ridgeview Spirit Day
December 17 through December 21 - RES Spirit Week
December 20 - 5K Smile Train Fund Raising Event 8:00-9:30 a.m.
December 21 - Classroom Parties (1:00-1:30 p.m.)
December 21 - Winter Break Early Dismissal at 1:45 p.m.
December 22 through January 6 - Winter Break No School
January 7 - Students Return to School
January 11 - Report Cards Issued
January 17 - Ridgeview Parents Night 6:00 p.m.
January 18 - School Improvement Day 11:15 a.m. Dismissal
Illinois Bicentennial Monday, Dec. 3rd
We will celebrate Illinois' Bicentennial on Monday with some classroom activities. We encourage all students and staff to wear something related to our state on Monday, December 3rd. For further ideas, check out the Illinois Bicentennial site below.
Band and Orchestra Concert
Outdoor Recess Information
As stated in the elementary handbook since recess usually will be held outdoors, students must dress appropriately for these play periods. As a rule, students will go outside for recess when the temperature is 15 degrees or above (this includes wind chill temperatures). We also look at the conditions on the playground when making decisions. Students must have snow boots and snow pants to play in the snow. If not, students must remain on the blacktop. Decisions are typically made mid mornings.
Morning Traffic Pattern
Please remember to park in the front parking lot or the side parking lot of the school and walk your child across the lot to the front sidewalk to ensure a safe arrival to school. The lane in front of the school is a bus drop off and pick up lane only. When picking your child up at the end of the day, please follow the same procedures. Park in either the front or side parking lot and walk up to the front doors of the school to pick up your child. Students may not be dropped off before 7:25 a.m. Thank you for helping us ensure safety for all students.
Ridgeview Parents Night
5K Smile Train Fund Raising Event
When to Keep Your Child Home From School
• FEVER-A temperature of 100 or over is a sure sign to keep your child home. The child must be 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medication before returning to school. Giving a fever reducer and sending them to school will almost guarantee a call from school when the medicine wears off, as well as exposing other students to your child’s illness.
• VOMITING/DIARRHEA-If your child has been vomiting or having diarrhea during the previous evening, please keep them home. Consult your doctor if symptoms continue more than 48 hours or worsen instead of improving.
• CONTAGIOUS DISEASE-If your child is diagnosed with a contagious disease, such as strep, impetigo or pink eye they should be on prescribed antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.
• RASH- A rash is a characteristic symptom of infectious diseases. If your child has a rapidly spreading rash or any rash with fever, signs of other illness or behavioral change they need to be evaluated by a physician.
• NASAL DISCHARGE/COUGH-Keep your child home if they have heavy nasal congestion and/or frequent cough. They probably feel miserable and will not be focused on school work, as well as sharing their illness with others.
• RED, RUNNY EYES-If your child has crusty, red or weepy eyes with thick or sticky eye drainage please keep home until evaluated by a medical provider. Prescription medication may be needed depending on the diagnosis.
• LICE-We have a “No Live Lice” policy. Keep your child home until after the first treatment is administered.
• MALAISE-Any illness that prevents your child from participating comfortably in class or school activities.
Student Absences and Student Illness
If your child will need to leave school early due to an appointment or any other reason, please notify both the teacher and the office. Advanced notification will allow the teacher time to prepare for your child’s departure from the class. If your child will not be in attendance due to illness or any other reason, please email your child’s teacher as well as the office. If the office has not received notification of your child’s absence, a call will be placed to parents/guardians to confirm the absence. Any unconfirmed absence will remain unexcused.
Physical Education Excuses
A parent/guardian may excuse a student from physical education for up to two days. Any long term physical education excuse must be requested in writing from the student’s health care provider, specifying the length of time your child is to be exempted. A written note from the health care provider should be submitted for the student to resume full activities. Any child who is exempt from physical education for medical reasons will not be allowed to participate in outdoor recess activities. Re-injury on the playground could occur, resulting in prolonging the child’s healing and recovery period. A student who is excused from PE may read a book on the Fox Bench in the Commons during outdoor recess. Any child who is exempt from physical education for medical reasons will not be permitted to participate in school sponsored sports.
Shutterfly and TinyPrints Partnership with Ridgeview PTO
The Ridgeview Elementary PTO has partnered with Shutterfly and TinyPrints and 13% of your all your purchases will be donated back to RES. This is a simple way to raise money for our school! Use the following link to start earning: http://ridgeviewelementary.shutterflystorefront.com.
If you aren’t familiar with Shutterfly and TinyPrints please check them out! They have so much more than just your Holiday cards which includes photo books, every day stationary, address labels, photo prints, mugs, jewelry, gifts for pets, and so much more!
Thank you for your continued support of the Ridgeview Elementary School PTO!
Ridgeview Spirit Days
Ridgeview Spirit Days are held on the first Friday of each month. The next Spirit Day will take place on Friday, December 7th. During RES Spirit Days, students are encouraged to wear Ridgeview logo clothing or our Ridgeview colors of green and orange. PTO volunteers pop popcorn for our students; which is distributed during lunch time.
In addition, monetary donations are accepted on Spirit Days. Students are encouraged to bring in loose change to donate or to even work some extra chores around home to earn extra money. All monetary donations will be given to the Children's Home at the end of the school year.
Ridgeview students and staff have already collected $446.50!