Simon Elementary School Newsletter

November 2018

From the Principal

November: falling leaves, colder weather, shorter days. It's that time of year when we all typically spend more time inside due to fewer hours of daylight and the weather outside. The span between the beginning of November and the end of December can be a very stressful time for many people, including our kids. Adults can help to minimize the adverse effects for kids. The following two articles share some tips in how to help accomplish this.

https://www.verywell.com/holiday-stress-and-anxiety-in-children-620516

https://childmind.org/article/how-to-take-the-stress-out-of-the-holidays/


Thank you to everyone who was able to meet with your child's teacher during our recent Parent/Teacher conferences. We had a very high participation rate, which is spectacular. Your continued role in your child's education helps illustrate to him/her its importance. It also sets a good practice of being involved.


I hope that everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope that Simon Elementary is among that for which you are thankful. I am truly thankful for the outstanding staff here, the work they do with all children, and the kids themselves, who show a continual desire to learn and grow.

Family Reading Night

Please join us for Family Reading Night on Tuesday, February 13th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. During the evening school staff guest readers will be reading some of their favorite stories to groups. You and your child(ren) will be able to sit in on different stories during this time. Come for a bit or for the entire time. Attending events such as reading night provide an opportunity for quality family time and help show children the importance of education. We hope to see you!

As the Weather Gets Colder

Heading into November usually means that colder weather will become the norm for the next few months. Students will continue to have outdoor recess whenever conditions allow. If the temperature is below 15 degrees (windchill temp.), recess will be inside. Otherwise it will be outside.


Unless we have a winter like last year, we will likely see snow at some point. To help best equip your child for snowy conditions during school, please try to use slip on snow boots as opposed to those that tie. Coats that have multiple layers with multiple zippers can also be cumbersome or confusing to our students, especially since some are just learning the life skills of putting on and zipping coats.


If your child cannot go outside due to medical reasons, please provide a doctor's excuse for the child to remain inside.

Morning and After School Pick-up & Drop-off

We would like to remind parents that students are to be dropped off for school no earlier than 7:40, as morning supervision is not in place until that time. Classes begin at 8:05, and all students should be dropped off prior to then. Due to morning traffic, students should not be on the playground prior to school.


Students who are not riding the bus will be dismissed at 2:55. Students should be picked up no later than 3:05. We understand that sometimes extenuating circumstances arise; in the event you are running behind, please kindly call the Simon office to let us know.

Kids Club Update

Adopt-a-Family info: To receive help for Christmas (food and/or gifts) you must sign-up for Adopt-a-Family service no later than November 16th. Sign-up is at Simon Elementary, Monday-Friday, 8am-10am and 3pm-5pm. You must complete paperwork at Simon.


There will be no Kids Club services November 21-23 due to the Thanksgiving Break.

Preschool Screening - February 1, 2019

Winnebago CUSD #323 will conduct preschool screenings for the 2018-2019 school year on Friday, February 1st. These children may be eligible to attend the Winnebago School District Preschool for the 2018-2019 school year.


The preschool screening is to determine eligibility for our preschool program and for you to have a better understanding of your child's strengths and areas for improvement. We encourage everyone with preschool aged children (ages 3-5) to participate in screening regardless of your interest in the preschool program.


The screening will assess your child’s developmental skills in the following areas: academic concepts, gross and fine motor skills, speech and language, social, behavior, self-help skills, and vision and hearing.


Screening appointments take approximately one hour. Children have to be three years old at the time of the screening on February 1st.


The screenings will be held at Dorothy Simon Elementary 309 S. Benton St. Winnebago, IL 61088. Please call 815.335.2318 to make an appointment.

Weather-related Closings

Heading into November usually means that colder weather will become the norm for the next few months. Students will continue to have outdoor recess whenever conditions allow. If the temperature is below 15 degrees (windchill temp.), recess will be inside. Otherwise it will be outside.


Unless we have a winter like last year, we will likely see snow at some point. To help best equip your child for snowy conditions during school, please try to use slip on snow boots as opposed to those that tie. Coats that have multiple layers with multiple zippers can also be cumbersome or confusing to our students, especially since some are just learning the life skills of putting on and zipping coats.


If your child cannot go outside due to medical reasons, please provide a doctor's excuse for the child to remain inside.



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Upcoming Events

November

2 Discovery Center Night - 6:00-8:00

12 2nd Grade Thanksgiving Presentation Farm Bureau

13 Family Reading Night

13 AR Prize Day

16 2nd grade trip to Williams Tree Farm / Discovery Center

20 1st Grade Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feast~ afternoon

20 1st Grade Farm Bureau Thanksgiving

20 2nd Grade Thanksgiving Feast

21-23 No School - Thanksgiving

27 AR Prize Day


December

1 PTO Holiday Bazaar

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