Ferson Creek eNews

March 5, 2021

From the Principal...Kristy McKnight

This week's eNews is packed with information! There are lots of flyers below...yearbook ordering, PTO recipe/memory requests, virtual book fair, and Market Day are some of the highlights you'll see this week.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the 5Essentials Survey. Our response rate is currently 17% and in order for me to receive the results, we have to have at least 20% participation. If you could please find a few minutes to provide your valuable feedback, I would greatly appreciate it. The link to the survey is here. Detailed directions and information regarding the survey can be found below.

I'm starting to feel old as I'm constantly talking about and referencing the weather in my eNews, but I just can't help myself. Did you see that it's going to be 60 degrees for the first half of next week!? Spring is on it's way! I am so excited for the kids to get more time outside in the fresh air!

Enjoy your weekend...and the 50 degree temps :)

Kristy McKnight

D303 Special Education Parent Advisory Committee

Save the Date!

The first meeting of the D303 Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (D303 SE-PAC) will meet virtually via Zoom on Tuesday March 23, 2021 from 7:00-8:30 pm. If you are a parent/guardian of a student entitled to special education services in D303, we are excited for this partnering opportunity. Participants will engage in small and large group discussions focused on our parent survey results. Please complete this short survey to support our planning. If you have any questions please contact Patti Palagi, Director of Instructional Interventions (patti.palagi@d303.org or 331-228-6457)

Attention 5th Grade Parents - IN PERSON AND REMOTE!

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The Yearbook Isn't Quarantined!

In a year when so much has changed, we are still documenting memories.

Buy a yearbook!

There have been no previous yearbook sales this year for the 2020-2021 yearbook. You can place an order through Interstate directly or we are also offering orders through Pushcoin(your child's d303 account). Hardcover color yearbooks are $18.00 each.

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Pushcoin link:


We Want your Recipes!

Please take a minute to have your child write a favorite recipe or celebration story for the yearbook! Click the flyer below for details and the forms. All recipes and stories need to be emailed to kristi@kaybcreative.com or brought to the office by Monday, March 7th.

Jump Roping in Physical Education Grades 1-5!

We are beginning our jump roping unit in physical education, and if your student would like to bring one for P.E. or recess I would highly recommend it! In my experience, the estimates below works pretty well:

  • 1st – 2nd = 7-8 foot ropes
  • 3rd – 5th = 8 – 9 foot ropes

Every student is different, so ultimately I leave it up to them, but many times when I see a student struggling it’s because their rope is too short and when I give them a bigger rope they are more successful – so it’s something to keep an eye out for.

The trick for measuring your rope is to stand on it and pull the handles up to see if they reach your shoulders. If it does, you've got the right size!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Darcy Tegtmeier


5Essentials Survey - Please take :)

District 303 participates in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey that collects feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. The responses will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide our improvement efforts. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Parent Survey is currently open and will remain so through April 2 2021. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey. As part of this communication, we have included graphics of the login page with additional information about how to access the survey. Most notably, make sure you enter Kane County in the box for county even if your home or your child’s school is in DuPage County. This will allow you to correctly select your child’s school.

All District 303 teachers, as well as students in 4th through 12th grades, are being asked to complete this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. Teachers will work with students to assist them with logging in and taking the student survey.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction

We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your input.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

PTO Update

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Ferson Creek PTO decided not to have monthly meetings to alleviate additional stress on our families during this time. Instead, we have any updates communicated through the weekly Ferson Creek e-news, our PTO Facebook www.facebook.com/Ferson-Creek-Elementary-PTO-1734006519985573 , PTO Instagram www.instagram.com/fersoncreekpto/ , and DirectorySpot emails as needed.

Please click here to view the PTO year review.

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Yearbook Photos

We still need Yearbook photos!! Students and families, though this year may look different than previous years, we still want to put together a great yearbook for your family and we need your help!! Please send us any photos you would like to be included. They could be of your child working on a school project, reading their favorite book, artwork, at home during remote school, having fun during an activity or practicing an instrument. Did they make a giant snowman over winter break and want to share it? Send it to us!

Our goal is to collect as many memories as we can for our 2020-2021 yearbook and remember we are still Better Together, even if we are not all under one roof. Additionally, if your children are remote and didn't get their picture taken for the yearbook, we would love to still include them! Please submit your own headshot to our yearbook coordinators.

Please email any photos or questions to Kristi Bruns and Ashley Holdsworth at aholdswo@gmail.com or via wetransfer.com using aholdswo@gmail.com.

*Remember to include the name of your student and grade level.

We appreciate your support!

Kindergarten Registration

The District 303 Kindergarten enrollment process for the 2021-2022 school year will be virtual! Between January 19 and March 12, families will be able to enroll their kindergarten-age children by visiting the Kindergarten Registration & Information page of the District 303 website. On the District 303 website you will find:

  • The New Student Intake Form (coming January 19, 2021)

  • The Kindergarten Step-by-Step Guide for registration

  • Health and Dental exams and immunization information

  • Contact information for all elementary schools

  • Information about Full Day and Half Day Kindergarten

Please direct any friends or neighbors with incoming kindergarteners to the D303 website to get all necessary information.

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  • Thursday, March 25th - Regular attendance day for students (8:00 am -1:40 pm)
  • Friday, March 26th - School Improvement Day, No School for Students
  • Monday, March 29th - Friday, April 2nd - Spring Break
Across the Board Newsletter

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