Family Newsletter- December 2021
SCHOOL BEGINS AT 7:45 AM; Breakfast: 7:20-7:50
December 1: Evanston Basketball goes to Xavier University- 6:00
December 6: High School Informational Meeting- 12:45 (virtual)
December 6: Evanston Basketball goes to Walnut Hills High School- 4:30
December 7: High School Enrollment Lottery Opens
December 8: Fall Sports Banquet (Flag Football and Soccer)- 5:00-6:00
December 8: LSDMC Meeting at 4:00 (date change due to break)
December 10: ILT Meeting at 7:20 (date change due to previous agenda)
December 14: Jets Parent Meeting at 2:30
December 17- End of Second Quarter
December 20-December 31: No School- Winter Break
January 3: School Resumes
January 7: Report Cards go Home
January 12: Conferences
January 19: LSDMC Meeting at 4:00
Fall Sports Banquet
ILT Parent Representatives:
- Kasey Drotar
- Dwonna Lenoir
LSDMC Parent Representatives:
- Dinisha Smith
- Lauren Smith
Jets Parent Committee
From: Ms. Larkins
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend yesterday's first Jets Parent Committee meeting of the school year. Your partnership is so valuable to your child's learning and the success of our school.
If you weren't able to make it, please take a minute to answer three quick questions to share your input. All responses are anonymous.
Save the date: The next Jets Parent Committee Meeting will be on Tuesday, December 14th at 2:30 pm. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Be on the lookout for more details this week!
High School Lottery
Mrs. Doctor, 1st grade
Our current standard for math is Operations and Algebraic Thinking. Students learned the meaning of the equal sign and determined if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false. We also use morning work as a time for students to get additional practice to solve equations independently. In addition, we played a math game with equation cards. The objective of the game was to choose equations that would make the balance beam the same as or not the same as. Our Volunteers joined in on the fun as we played the game. Choosing random equation cards helped some students with knowing math facts fluently. Students took the game home to play with family and friends. Several of our students reported that they played the game with family and it was a lot of fun!
Mrs. Green- Hatcher, Music
Ms. Brandstetter, Autism Classroom Teacher
“At least one in ten people are neurodivergent.” (neurodiversityhub.org)
What is neurodiversity?
A term originally coined by Judy Singer, an Australian Sociologist, in 1997. Singer was diagnosed with autism, as were her mother and daughter, which spurred her study into the science of neurological differences as an extension of greater biological diversity. Neurodiversity is defined as, “the diversity or variation of cognitive functioning in humans,” (exceptionalindividuals.com). Diagnoses that may include neurological variations include autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and Tourette Syndrome (neurodiversityhub.org). In other words, autism and other neurological differences are part of who the person is and to take away the autism is to take away from the person (exceptionalindividuals.com) At its essence, “neurodiversity is a viewpoint that brain differences are normal, rather than deficits. Neurodiverse people experience, interact with, and interpret the world in unique ways” (www.understood.org).
In the animal kingdom, often the creative member of the group solves the problems. For example, the raccoon who plots out her plan to open the garbage can routinely reaps more of the coveted refuse than the other raccoons that barge in with force and knock all the cans over, and then get chased away by the dogs. The chimpanzee that spends hours following the path of ants instead of eating them as he sees them, is often rewarded with an entire hill of delicious treats instead of a handful. This chimp might have been ostracized by the family for not finding enough food quickly. However, this chimp has found a source of food that will sustain him for much longer than one afternoon.
“Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will prove best at any given moment?”
— Harvey Blume, The Atlantic, 1998
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