Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful holiday and is excited to finish up the school year strong. There is a lot of information below, but I wanted to send a quick thank you for all of the support and feedback about school safety. More information is in the paragraphs below about school safety. Please be patient with us as we implement new procedures to make the school safer. The most helpful thing that parents can do would be to always have your photo I.D. available. If you are picking up your child, our secretaries will ask for a photo I.D. from everyone (even if they are familiar with you). We want everyone to get in the habit of showing their I.D. to us. If you are walking into the building for volunteer purposes, we ask that you leave your I.D. with us in the office. Thank you for helping us in a small way to make things safer at Prairie Grove.
Prairie Grove Elementary and Junior High were both recognized by the Illinois PBIS Network for implementing PBIS in its schools. I have attached a letter recognizing both schools!
This is just a reminder that the end of the quarter is quickly approaching. All uncompleted homework should be turned in by this Friday, January 11, 2013.
Health officials encourage those with flu-like symptoms to stay home to avoid infecting others. Flu symptoms, which can be mild or severe, include:
· Fever (not everyone will experience it) or feeling feverish/chills
· Sore throat
· Runny or stuffy nose
· Muscle or body aches
· Fatigue (very tired)
· Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
People who experience one or more of these symptoms for several days should contact their physician.
Students must also be fever-free for 24 hours, and have had no diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours in order to return to school.
* If your child will not be at school, please remember to call the attendance line at (815) 459-6967 by 8:00 AM for the Junior High and 9:00 for the Elementary!
I wanted to update parents as to our progress on further safety measures for the school:
1. Volunteer Form – All volunteers are asked to fill this out prior to entering the school. Any form not completely filled out will automatically eliminate a parent from volunteering.
2. Licenses – In order to ensure that volunteers leave through our front offices and sign out, we will be asking ALL volunteers to leave their I.D. in the front office and pick it up before they leave.
3. Door Buzzer/Video System – We have received quotes for door buzzer systems for both schools’ front entrances and will be getting those installed within the next month (hopefully sooner).
4. Emergency Buckets – In the event of an emergency in which students may be locked in a room for long periods of time, we would like to create Emergency Buckets for each room in our buildings. A Boy Scout, Justin Legare, is working on this for us and his Eagle Project. We are looking for donations of disposable water bottles, toilet paper, flashlights along with batteries, and markers. If anyone would like to donate extra supplies or materials not on the list, please contact Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each office will be accepting items towards the creation of these buckets.
Save the Date. A flyer is attached for your viewing.
All students in second through eighth grades will be taking the winter Measures of Academic Growth beginning next week. The testing is a computer-based assessment and the questions adjust as the student takes the test. It is a great measure of how our students are performing in math and reading and we often use this data as a part of identifying accelerated students or students who may need additional support.
1. This month’s PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, January 10th at 7PM in the Junior High Library.
2. Please save these dates for the Variety Show: Friday, January 25, 7PM, and Saturday, January 26, 3 PM.
The Canine Club will be kicking off its annual fundraiser, The Puppy Love Wall of Fame, from Wednesday, January 16th until Thursday, January 31st. All proceeds will go to Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Woodstock. Puppy Love forms can be purchased in the Jr. High office for $1.00. Forms will include a section on "What I love about my dog" and can include a photo (4X5" or smaller), if desired. Puppy Love forms will be displayed outside of the Jr. High office.
Vision Screening for eighth grade students will be taking place soon. Please see the attached letter for more information.
*Track Coaches Wanted*
The Junior High is looking for track coaches. We are in need of three coaches for the spring season. Anyone interested can contact Jeanne Salazar (Athletic Director) or Vic Wight at 815-459-3557.
Athletic Director’s Report (from Mrs. Jeanne Salazar)
The Prairie Grove Panthers have done it again!!! The boys’ basketball season proved to be another success this year.
The elementary students had a wonderful assembly on Monday! Thank you to the PTO for providing this opportunity to our children. Bill Buzcinski is a poet, who has provided thousands of assemblies for schools over the last 15 years, as well as motivation to write poetry. Bill has been holding writing workshops to our students and reading poems each morning this week. For more information please visit his web site:http://www.childs-voice-poetry.com/
4th Grade Holiday Concert
The 4th Grade Holiday Concert has been rescheduled for January 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. We are sorry for the cancellation due to the potential storm that day, but we would rather be safer than sorry.
Kindergarten Registration for the 2013-2014 school year will be tomorrow. Please read the attached document for further details.
Early Childhood Education Program
-Mr. Vic Wight - Principal