Ferson Creek eNews

March 13, 2020

From the Principal...Kristy McKnight

Below is communication that was shared earlier today by the district. You will continue to receive information from the school district during the closure. As mentioned in the letter, students who were absent today will be able to come to school on Monday to retrieve their belongings.


For the last several weeks we have been working on how we would respond if schools closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This afternoon, we have made the decision to cancel classes for students on Monday, March 16 and hold an Institute Day for staff. This will allow staff members the time to work on plans for classes that can be delivered remotely. Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, the district buildings will be closed to students through the end of Spring Break. All school activities are also cancelled.


At this time, we will use eLearning days beginning March 17 through March 27. Spring Break will still be observed March 30 through April 3. The tentative return date for on-campus classes is April 6.


Starting Tuesday, March 17, students in grades 3 through 12 should look for communication from their teacher(s) with assignment information. Assignments will be posted by the start time of each regular school day. Preschool, Kindergarten, First, and Second grade teachers will communicate directly with parents regarding eLearning materials. Teachers will be available during the school day online to answer questions for students and assist as needed. For more information about how our e-Learning days will operate, please visit our FAQ online.


As you know, all students were asked to take home any necessary materials including Chromebooks, reading materials, and books in preparation for eLearning days this afternoon.


If your child was absent today, he or she will have the opportunity to pick up their materials at the school on Monday. Only students will be allowed in the school to pick up their belongings.


Please continue to watch for information from the District. Communication to families will continue to be distributed by email and posted on the website.


For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the following websites or call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 1-800-889-3931.

Centers for Disease Control

Illinois Department of Public Health

Kane County Department of Health


Additionally, I recognize that all of this uncertainty can cause stress an anxiety in our children. Here is a resource that can help you address anxiety with your child.


Please know that the safety and well-being of your children is always our top priority.


Kristy McKnight

Just Shave It Event Rescheduled!

Our Just Shave It event that was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14th is being rescheduled for Saturday, April 25th at 5:00 pm. The event will still be held at St. Charles North.


Our t-shirt, wristband, and hair extension sales were AMAZING! If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please click here to support our Team Jimmy!


If you have any questions contact Stephanie Turner, Early Childhood teacher, at stephanie.turner@d303.org

PLTW Feedback Needed

This year, our building was fortunate to receive a grant from Project Lead The Way and the Bemis Corporation to support our Project Lead the Way program in grades K-5. Included as part of the grant reporting process is a parent survey. Please take a moment to complete the survey. Responses are anonymous and information gathered from the survey will help to provide feedback to Project Lead the Way as they plan for the future.

https://pltw.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7Vh1GhzsHBcBLqB

3rd- 5th Grade IAR Testing

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) testing will take place after Spring Break. Below you will find a letter explaining the assessments from David Chiszar, Director of Assessment. Here is the current testing schedule.
  • We have 5 assessments: 2 ELA and 3 Math

  • Tuesday, April 7th -ELA 1

    • 8:50-10:35 (3rd)

    • 8:50-10:50 (4th/5th Grades)

  • Wednesday, April 8th -ELA 2

    • 8:50-10:35 (3rd)

    • 8:50-10:50 (4th/5th Grades)

  • Tuesday, April 14th - Math 1

    • 8:50-10:20 (3rd/4th/5th Grades)

  • Wednesday, April 15th - Math 2

    • 8:50-10:20 (3rd/4th/5th Grades)

  • Thursday, April 16th- Math 3

    • 8:50-10:20 (3rd/4th/5th Grades)

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Camp Firefly 2020: June 1st - 19th

Camp Firefly is a summer camp held at Ferson Creek for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Students are able to choose two classes from the engaging options. See the brochure for course offerings. Fee includes a camp t-shirt that students will receive during the first week of camp.


Online registration is strongly prefered, register on-line through D303 Webstore / Pushcoin.

Upcoming Transition Events for 5th Grade Students


Parent Only Presentations:
  • Thompson - Monday 4/20 or Wednesday 4/22; 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Thompson Bilingual Family Night - Wednesday 4/29; 6:15 - 7:00
  • Wredling - Tuesday 5/5; 6:30 - 7:30pm


5th Grade Student Only Classroom Visits:

  • Friday, 5/8; 9:00 -10:30 am
Across the Board Newsletter

Interested in finding out details from the school board meeting? View the Across the Board newsletter!

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Bernie's Book Bank is Coming Soon!

The D303 donation drive for Bernie’s Books will be the two weeks right after spring break, April 6-17, 2020. Please consider bringing in new and gently used children’s books for birth through 6th grade to Ferson Creek during the donation drive. Parents or students may place books in the collection bins located in the front foyer. D303’s goal for the 2020 donation drive is 20,000 books. Every book will help us reach our goal.

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, March 16th - Teacher Institute Day
  • Tuesday, March 17 - Friday, March 27th All D303 school buildings closed, students participate in eLearning
  • March 30th - April 3rd; Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 7th & Wednesday April 8th IAR Testing 3rd-5th Grade
  • Tuesday, April 14th - Thursday, April 16th IAR Testing 3rd-5th Grade
  • Thurs. April 9th - No students in the afternoon - Spring Conferences
  • Fri. April 10th - Teacher Institute Day - no students