TJ's September Newsletter

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Principal's Message

TJ Community:


I hope the first few weeks of school have been as positive for you and your children as it has been for all of us at TJ. We are very happy to have our students back at TJ and we are pleased with how well everyone is doing as we adjust to new routines and schedules.


Now that more students are getting dropped off by cars in the morning, we have noticed some students arriving late. I want to remind everyone that schools starts at 7:50. Since students go directly to their class when they arrive, it is even more important that everyone arrives on time and are in their seats ready to go when the bell rings at 7:50.


When a student arrives late, their whole day starts off on the wrong foot and it’s not a good way to start their day. Please be conscious of when you get your children up each morning, and make sure they get to school with enough time to get to their classroom, put away their stuff and are ready to learn when the bell rings at 7:50.


If our front doors are closed, that means the school day has started and your child is late. Parents will need to walk their child to the front doors so we can find out the reason they are late.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the school. 847.963.5400.


Sincerely,

Dr. Sasso

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Parent/Student Handbook 2021-22

The 2021-22 Parent/Student Handbook is now available online! You can view it here.


  • The annual handbook is a summary of Board of Education policies governing District 15. The complete School District 15 Board of Education Policy Manual is available for public review at the District office and on the District 15 BoardDocs website. State and federal laws require school districts to notify parents and students about certain rights, responsibilities, and procedures; you will find that information in this handbook. This handbook may be amended during the year.


  • The handbook offers information pertinent to the District as a whole. Some programs and procedures may differ from school to school, based on the size and location of the building, the grades served, the facilities available, and the programs conducted at the school. Your school administrators will inform you of these additional procedures. The handbook is intended to be a handy resource, but is not meant to take the place of personal communication between home and school. Please feel free to call your child’s school if you have any questions on programs or procedures, or consult your school’s website.


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  • ¡El Manual para padres / estudiantes 2021-22 ya está disponible en línea! Puedes verlo aquí.

  • El manual anual es un resumen de las políticas de la Junta de Educación que rigen el Distrito 15. El manual completo de las políticas de la Junta de Educación del Distrito 15 está disponible para ser revisado por el público en la oficina del Distrito y en el sitio web de BoardDocs del Distrito 15. Las leyes estatales y federales requieren que los distritos escolares notifiquen a los padres y a los estudiantes sobre ciertos derechos, responsabilidades y procedimientos; usted encontrará esa información en este manual. Este manual puede ser enmendado durante el año.


  • El manual ofrece información pertinente para el Distrito en su conjunto. Algunos programas y procedimientos pueden diferir de una escuela a otra, según el tamaño y la ubicación del edificio, los grados atendidos, las instalaciones disponibles y los programas que se llevan a cabo en la escuela. Los administradores de su escuela le informarán sobre estos procedimientos adicionales. El manual está destinado a ser un recurso útil, pero no reemplaza la comunicación personal entre el hogar y la escuela. No dude en llamar a la escuela de su hijo/a si tiene alguna pregunta sobre programas o procedimientos, o consulte el sitio web de su escuela.

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Our Students are Excited for SHIELD Testing to Start

We will begin our weekly SHIELD testing soon for the students whose family has opted in to doing this weekly test. Students will come down to the cafeteria and stand at designated spots marked on the floor in order to keep everyone socially distanced while they remove their mask and put saliva in the test tube.


This video shows the students at TJ what to expect when they come down to the cafeteria to do the SHIELD testing. For other information on what to expect, you can also watch this video.


Please contact the school with any other questions.

Speaking of Awesome Pictures

Picture retakes and pictures for our virtual students is scheduled for September 30th. Pictures will start at 8:30 and will run through the morning. More information will come out closer to the date.

Volunteers in the Building

We place a high value on welcoming volunteers into our classrooms at TJ. As you are aware we have found ourselves in the circumstance where we have had to reduce volunteers to put safety and everyone's well-being above all else.


We are happy to once again be able to open our doors to volunteers but need to comply with the parameters of the governor's mandates. Any visitors/volunteers coming into the building will need to adhere to the following:


We will...


1. Check to make sure that volunteers who do not have a child attending that school are approved volunteers (meaning they have gone through Human Resources and had a background check.


2. Parents and other volunteers must follow the Illinois Mandates of wearing a mask in the building and either prove vaccination status or test weekly.


Each time a volunteer comes into our building they will need to show either their vaccine card or a negative covid test taken within the last 7 days.


We will not be making copies of any of these pieces of information. Rather, we will simply ask you to show your vaccine card or negative results from a Covid test taken within the last 7 days.

If You Are Picking Up Your Child During the School Day......

Please call or email the office if you are going to pick up your child(ren) during the day (especially at lunch). You can leave a message on the attendance line (847) 963-5401 or call the office (847) 963-5400. Another option is to email the office staff as well.

Mrs. Cunningham cunnina@ccsd15.net or

Mrs. Pezzella pezzelll@ccsd15.net


The office staff will make sure the teacher knows your child will be picked up.

Band/Orchestra Enrollment at TJ

5th Grade & 6th Grade Instrumental Music is Ready to Start! This year we are pleased to offer instrumental music to all 5th and 6th grade students! Click here for more information and to sign up! We offer financial assistance if needed. Please reach out!


¡La música instrumental de 5to Grado y 6to Grado está lista para comenzar! ¡Este año nos complace ofrecer música instrumental a todos los estudiantes de 5to y 6to grado! ¡Haga clic aquí para obtener más información y registrarse! Ofrecemos asistencia financiera si es necesario. ¡Comuníquese!

Student Safety Drills

Dear Parents and Guardians:


District 15 is strongly committed to school safety. Each year, school are required by by Illinois School Code to conduct the following drills:

  • Three evacuation drills. One of the three evacuation drills must be supervised by the fire department.

  • One bus evacuation drill.

  • One severe weather/shelter-in-place drill.

  • Two law enforcement (lockdown) drills. One of these two law enforcement drills must be a staff initiated lock-down. The schools also conduct an annual drill review meeting with principals and representatives from police and fire departments to continuously improve each school’s readiness to respond to an emergency and/or crisis situation.

House Bill 2400 (The School Safety Drill Act) states:

  • All lockdown drills will be announced to all school personnel and students prior to the commencement of the drill.

  • Schools will provide sufficient information and notification to parents and guardians in advance of any lockdown drill that involves the participation of students.

  • Schools will provide parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill.

  • Schools will provide alternative safety education and instruction related to an active threat or active shooter event to students who do not participate in a walk-through lockdown drill to provide them with essential information, training, and instruction through less sensorial safety training methods.

Building administrators will notify families of upcoming drills at least one week in advance of the drill. If you prefer your child does NOT participate in the yearly required lockdown drills, please complete this form. Please submit one form for each of your children you are opting out.


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Estimados padres y tutores:


El Distrito 15 está fuertemente comprometido con la seguridad escolar. Cada año, las escuelas están obligadas por el Código Escolar de Illinois a realizar los siguientes simulacros:

  • Tres simulacros de evacuación. Uno de los tres simulacros de evacuación debe ser supervisado por el departamento de bomberos.

  • Un simulacro de evacuación del autobús.

  • Un simulacro de clima severo/refugio en el lugar.

  • Dos simulacros de aplicación de la ley (encierro). Uno de estos dos simulacros de cumplimiento de la ley debe ser un cierre iniciado por el personal. Las escuelas también llevan a cabo una reunión anual de revisión de simulacros con los directores y representantes de los departamentos de policía y de bomberos para mejorar continuamente la preparación de cada escuela para responder a una emergencia y/o situación de crisis.

El proyecto de ley 2400 (Ley de simulacros de seguridad escolar) establece:

  • Todos los simulacros de cierre serán anunciados a todo el personal de la escuela y a los estudiantes antes del comienzo del simulacro.

  • Las escuelas proporcionarán suficiente información y notificación a los padres y tutores antes de cualquier simulacro de cierre que implique la participación de los estudiantes.

  • Las escuelas proporcionarán a los padres y tutores la oportunidad de eximir a sus hijos, por cualquier motivo, de participar en el simulacro de cierre a pie.

  • Las escuelas proporcionarán educación e instrucción de seguridad alternativa relacionada con una amenaza activa o un evento de tirador activo a los estudiantes que no participen en un simulacro de cierre a pie para proporcionarles información esencial, capacitación e instrucción a través de métodos de capacitación de seguridad menos sensoriales.

Los administradores del edificio notificarán a las familias de los próximos simulacros por lo menos una semana antes del mismo. Si usted prefiere que su hijo/a NO participe en los simulacros de cierre requeridos anualmente, por favor complete este formulario. Por favor, envíe un formulario para cada uno de sus hijos que está optando por no participar.

Upcoming Calendar Dates

Monday, September 6: Labor Day (Schools Closed)

Wednesday, September 8: CCSD15 School Board Meeting @7:00 Sundling School

Tuesday, September 14: PTA Meeting @7:15

Friday, September 17: PTA Back to School Picnic (4:30-6:30)

Thursday, Spetember 30: Picture Retakes 8:30-10:30

Please Click on the Links Below for Other Important Information

District's Health and COVID webpage

Get the most up to date information about the District's procedures and guidelines.