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Half Day School Weekly Newsletter - September 17, 2021

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

The idea for Hispanic Heritage Month began as a way to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic-Americans — specifically, those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Communities mark the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans with festivals and educational activities.

The 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month theme invites us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope. It also encourages us to reflect on all the contributions Hispanics have made in the past and will continue to make in the future.

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from Sept.15 to Oct. 15. It is a time to appreciate and celebrate the colorful cultures, rich histories, and diversity of the American Latino community. Half Day invites families to read some of the literature about Hispanic cultures that have characters who are representative of Hispanic cultures, and/or are written/illustrated by people of Hispanic descent.

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Picture Proofs In

Proof Order Forms have arrived. The order form will have the online ordering address of www.srphoto.com and their own individual password. Parents will also receive an email from Stuart-Rodgers with the same information they need to access their student's picture gallery online and then purchase a package if they wish. All picture packages ordered will be sent to the student's home. Orders placed by Sept. 29, 2021 will be shipped free of charge.

Orders paid by credit card should be done online. If you wish to send a check, there is an order form attached to the Proof Order Form or can be printed online. Orders paid by check SHOULD NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL. They should be mailed directly to Stuart Rodgers as noted on the form. The mailing address is: Stuart-Rodgers Photography, 2504 Green Bay Rd. Evanston, IL 60201.

If there are any questions Stuart-Rodgers can be reached at 847-864-7322 or email at info@srphoto.com.

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Student Pick Up Reminders

It is imperative for the safety of our children that parents/guardians follow Half Day School staff instructions when picking up students at Half Day School.

Some helpful tips follow:

  • We encourage all families to have their students use District 103 Transportation TO and FROM school each day to alleviate traffic congestion and backup. When applicable, we respectfully ask that carpooling be considered, if possible.

  • If you are picking up your child after school, please enter the front drive and join the carpool line by following the designated traffic flow pattern on the traffic flow diagram.

  • Please stay in your car for pick up and follow the direction of teachers and staff (crossing guards) outside during this time. If you need to pick up or load an instrument, we ask that you wait to do so until you pull up to the end of the carpool line.

  • Please remember not to use your cell phone in our school zones; all cell phone use is prohibited while driving in a school zone.

  • If you choose to park, please park in one of the school parking lots on either side of the building or across the street and cross at the crosswalk following crossing guard instruction. If parking at the church, you must park in the paved lot only. Please do not park on the grass. If parking at the library, please park in a designated spot.

  • Street parking is not allowed.

  • 103 Club families, please use the west parking lot to pick up children from after-school care. No parking is allowed in the front drive.

The safety of all our students and staff is our top priority, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated!
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Plans Change? Send a Note

Should your child's after school plans veer from their normal routine, please send a "paper" note (NOT an email) to school with your child.

Note for Pre-Arranged Plans Should Include:

  • date

  • child's name

  • teacher's name

  • details, such as " being picked up by parent and will not be riding the bus home after school" or "will not attend 103 Club and will take the bus home", etc.

Paper notes are important because they are used to notify the teacher and/or substitute teacher, the office, sometimes the bus driver, and the 103 Club.

  1. The teacher reviews the note in the morning and sends it to the office.

  2. The office makes copies of the notes for reference at the end of the day.

  3. The original note is then sent back to the classroom at 2:00 p.m. so the child has the note as a reminder at the end of the day.

Please use the sample note of a "Note from Home". These notes are available for you to print and copy at home. Yellow note pads are sold by our PTO and are available in the school office for purchase at one pad for $3.00 and two pads for $5.00.

Last Minute Plans - If your plans change during the day, please call the office at (847) 634-6463 before 2:00 p.m. and we will get a message to the classroom. We ask that you not email the office or the teacher. When you get to school, please bring your phone with you to the office since we use that device to sign students in and out of school through our QR code.

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Extra Masks Requested

Please send your student to school with extra child-sized masks. One of the most important mitigation strategies is a good mask that fits properly. This CDC graphic provides information on the proper type and way to wear a mask. Please be sure that the mask covers the nose and mouth, is 2-3 layers, and does not have valves. Gaiters are not approved face coverings.

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Tech Updates

Please add a nightly reminder to your calendar to charge school iPads each evening, which also provides them with needed updates.
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ASA Registration

Limited Registration opens on Friday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, September 20. During the Limited Registration Period families may enroll students in ONE Fall After School Activity.

Regular Registration opens on Tuesday, September 21 through Thursday, September 23. Families may enroll students in all remaining classes that have not yet filled up.

  • Classes begin the week of Monday, September 27 (see schedule listed on the online registration).
  • Prompt parent pick up is required at 4:30 p.m. or 103 Club students registered for that day can return to the 103 Club after class. There is no bus transportation.
  • Classes include jewelry making, sports, recycling, and more. Detailed class information can be found on the Half Day website.
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District 103 News

Test to Stay - Update

If your child is identified as a close contact at school, they may be eligible for the Test to Stay option instead of quarantining for 10 days at home. Please complete the permission form in Unified Classroom indicating that you give the district permission to administer the BinaxNOW test. You do not need to sign up for weekly PCR testing to be included in the Test to Stay option, but we highly recommend it.

To sign your child up for free weekly testing, please review the COVID news updates for more information. If it is your first time signing up, families need to sign up by Sunday at 6 p.m. if you want your child to begin testing that week. You only need to sign your child up once to be included in weekly testing for the school year.

For information about COVID prevention and COVID cases across D103 schools, please see the following web pages:

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.
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Challenging Child Behaviors

Using the 3 C's: Connection, Communication, Capability to Combat Challenging Behaviors Author Katherine Reynolds Lewis will present virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual presentation is now open.
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Community News

Foundation Walk/Run

Lace-up and get moving in the Stevenson Foundation's hybrid 5K walk/run, Stevenson Move-A-Thon! This event, which includes both virtual and in-person ways to participate, is a fun way to stay healthy and support SHS students and families with limited resources.

Vernon Library

The library is open! Here are the items and services that are available for students, teachers, and staff whether you are in person, using the drive through system, or accessing the library through our online portal. Learn about all that the Vernon Area Public Library has to offer and about how we continue to work to keep you safe!

YMCA Activities

See what is new at the North Suburban YMCA for your child! Visit our website for programs and schedules.

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