Lions Park Remote Learning Update

Letter from the Principal

Dear Lions Park Families,


Congratulations to all on the completion of two full weeks of remote learning! It has been a busy and exciting time, and we are so proud of the efforts of our students, staff and families. I hope you and your families will be able to find some time this weekend to relax, have fun or do some combination of both!


Starting next week and continuing over the next few weeks, students will be engaging in our fall assessments. We gather this data about student performance to guide our instructional planning and identify students who may need additional support. The assessments students will take are listed below. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

  • Students will take the aMath and aReading Assessments through Fast Bridge. Students will be asked 30-60 questions during this adaptive assessment that provides more challenging questions as students answer correctly. This assessment will take the place of the MAP assessment we typically take during the fall. The MAP assessment would be challenging to administer and supervise via Zoom as both of these applications cannot run simultaneously.

  • Students will also take the FastBridge Math CAP (Math Concepts and Applications), which asks students to solve a variety of math problems in fifteen (2nd and 3rd grades) or twenty minutes (4th and 5th grades).

  • The FastBridge Reading CBM screener will be administered to measure students’ reading fluency. This test involves having students read three passages aloud for one minute per passage.

  • Students will read a quick “where to start” word list assessment with our literacy support and enrichment staff to give teachers a snapshot of each student’s reading level.


During the first weeks of school, we have been teaching your children the expectations for behavior in our Zoom classrooms. Our school expectations are that students be safe, be respectful and be responsible. By the end of next week, Ms. Dillon and I will have visited every class to discuss what safety, respect and responsibility look like on Zoom. Teachers have spent significant amounts of time explicitly teaching routines, procedures and expectations for their own classrooms. We have great confidence that our students will do a wonderful job of being safe, respectful and responsible during their school days.


Dr. Aumiller will be sending a district survey for you to share feedback about the remote learning experience. Please do share your thoughts on this survey. If there are specific questions or issues relating to your child, please feel free to reach out to me directly. I am working from my office at Lions Park and can be reached at (847) 394-7330 x 3012 or via email at kkelly@d57.org.


Warmly,


Katie Kelly

Principal

Lions Park School

MESSAGE FROM DISTRICT OFFICE

Dear District 57 Community:


As you are aware, District 57 will be starting the school year with remote learning. Quest Food Management Services is busy reopening the kitchen and making modifications to the program to ensure safe serving. The menu has been modified and will include pre-packed meals for distribution for each school in District 57. Cold entrees will be offered; you will also have the choice to pre order a la carte items.


Although there will be modifications to the “way” we serve our food during this time, we want to assure you that the quality of “what” we serve will not change. We will be preparing meals daily, from fresh, high quality ingredients that adhere to Quest’s Food Philosophy. Modifications to the way we serve are outlined below:


Pre- Ordering with My Meal Order
Quest has made modifications to ensure your meal is served in the safest and freshest way possible. Because meals will be primarily served in a remote environment, the District is using an online ordering system (My Meal Order). Below are the steps for ordering weekly A la carte options.


Starting Tuesday September 8th the entire district will have the capability to order lunch and A la Carte items off of a new ordering platform.


• Please create an account with My Meal Order – Instruction attached. This will allow you to select the daily meals and/or a la carte options.

• Meal orders must be submitted by Thursday at Midnight for the next week.

• You will be required to create an account and transactions will happen at the point of order.

• It is highly recommended that the “low balance” notification is set up for your My Meal order account to ensure continuous food service. Insufficient funds will result in delayed ordering and may result in your order for the next week not being processed.

• First orders will be due September 8th at midnight for meal distribution on Tuesday the 15th and Thursday the 17th.


Meal Distribution
Meal Distribution will take place at Lincoln Middle School in D57 between 11:10-12:50pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week

• Orders for Tuesdays will be picked up Tuesday at Lincoln Middle School

• Orders for Thursday will be picked up Thursday at Lincoln Middle School

• Meals will be labeled with the student’s name and ID number


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Quest’s District Manager, Anthony Ferrazzuolo, at anthony@questfms.com or, Food Service Director at District 57. Donna Niesen at Donna.Niesen@questfms.com

Tardies, Absences and Early Dismissals

If your child will be missing any portion of the school day (8:50-11:50 and 12:50-3:20), it is important that you report the absence to the Lions Park office at (847)394-7330 or by using the form on our website. We appreciate your cooperation!

Message from the Lions Park PTO


PTO Meeting Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3443179323

PTO Meeting Dates: 9/14, 10/5, 11/2, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3

Technology Issues

Although technology can work well, there are times when it just does not work correctly. Teachers will not be available to respond to emails during instructional times. Instead, please submit a Remote Learning Technology Support form by clicking here. Once submitted, someone from our District Technology Team will contact you to provide assistance.



If you experience a technical issue, please follow these steps to troubleshoot the problem:


  • Restart the Chromebook (make sure it turns all the way off before turning back on).

  • Quit any unused applications.

  • Sign out of an application if it's not working, and sign back in.

  • Move closer to your internet router if you are experiencing connectivity issues.

  • Turn off any accessibility features i.e., contrast mode, special cursor that may be set on the Chromebook. These can cause applications to run slow.

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MPPL

Video from MPPL can be found at this link.