Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Vaccine Tips and Tricks

Parents: looking for tips and tricks during vaccinations? Look at this infographic from Cook County Department of Public Health for some helpful information!

2021-22 Required Medical Forms

Please note the following medical record requirements for the 2021-22 school year. Should you have questions, please call the school nurse.

All children in kindergarten, sixth grade and new to the district must provide the school with documentation of a completed health exam within 1 year prior to the start of the school year. All forms must be turned in by October 1st. Download the HEALTH EXAM form here.

All children in 7th and 8th grade who will be participating in an interscholastic sports program must provide the school with documentation of a completed health exam.  This form must be updated annually. Download the SPORTS HEALTH EXAM form here.

Illinois law requires proof of an eye examination by an optometrist or physician who provides complete eye exams be submitted as a child enters kindergarten or is new to an Illinois school. The exam must be completed within one year prior to your child beginning school. All forms must be turned in by October 1st. Download the EYE EXAM form here.

All children in kindergarten, second and sixth grade must provide the school with documentation of a completed dental exam within 18 months prior to May 15th deadline. All forms must be turned in by May 15th. Download the DENTAL EXAM form here. If you request a waiver from the dental requirement, please use this DENTAL EXAM WAIVER form.

Visit our Immunization Information Page to learn more.

Handwashing Video

In light of this flu season, brush up on your hand washing skills by watching this NBC video. The number one defense against ANY virus is proper hand hygiene!

Leadership Planning Committee

The Leadership Planning Committee, consisting of Board members, senior administrative staff, parents, and teachers, analyzed the current state and trends, as well as the input from our Board, teachers and administrators, as we begin to identify the priorities that will guide our District in the years 2020-2023. A working draft of key priorities will be shared with our broader community in mid-February.

When to Keep Your Child Home

The question of the cold and flu season: should I send my child to school? Here are some helpful tips for when you hear “I don’t feel well; I can’t go to school today.”
- When should I keep my child home?

Strategic Planning in District 35

In the fall edition of Inside Glencoe, Board President Kelly Glauberman informed the community that we had begun the Strategic Planning Process. This site will remain active as we share updates on our process and links to relevant information.

There have been great strides since we began our work in October 2019. Last month, the Leadership Planning Committee, consisting of Board members, senior administrative staff, parents, and teachers, analyzed the current state and trends, as well as the input from our Board, teachers and administrators, as we begin to identify the priorities that will guide our District in the years 2020-2023.  Later this month, our consultancy team of MBMD Strategic Consultants and C-Change Strategies will initiate a series of activities with residents and community leaders regarding these working priorities. Our community members, to whom we are obligated and dedicated to serving, will be represented by Village and New Trier Township leaders and taxpayers as we formulate ideas and plan for the future.  Focus groups, interviews,  community meetings and a community survey will provide us with valuable input to guide us throughout the process. Please note, the community survey will be launched in mid February. The input of community members will be reviewed and thoughtfully considered.

Throughout the spring of 2020, we will refine the preliminary framework based on stakeholder counsel. We anticipate a formal recommendation to approve the plan at the June District 35 Board of Education meeting. As a result of our Strategic Planning Process, a review of our mission and vision, as well as the goals and objectives needed to achieve that mission and vision, will be articulated and shared in earnest with all community stakeholders in the 2020-2021 school year.

On behalf of our entire District 35 team, we look forward to continuing to partner with our community as we plan for a very bright future for each and every student in Glencoe Schools.

In partnership,

The Top Ten Reasons to be Immunized

As summer is fast approaching and new physician’s physicals are being completed for the new school year, we thought you would be interested in the The Top Ten Reasons To Be Vaccinated.

Head Lice

It’s the phone call all parents dread (and all nurses hate to make)... LICE! Due to a recent increase in the number of cases, we wanted to provide you with some tips and tricks for prevention.

According to the CDC:

“Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1–2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.

The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:

•Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
•Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
•Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
•Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
•Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
•Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
•Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s school nurse. We are more than happy to answer any questions!


When To Keep Your Child Home

Hi Parents! Here are some important guidelines to consider when you hear those words, “I don’t feel well; I can’t go to school today:”
When To Keep Your Child Home

Welcome to my website!

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Concussion Information

Illinois approved a new Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, Public Act 099-245. Within the legislation, schools are required to implement new requirements for training and response should a student be diagnosed with a concussion. Visit our Health Topics section on Concussions to learn more and see the District 35 resources.

Welcome to Mr. Pituc’s Website

Hello and welcome to my website! I am extremely excited about helping our students grow into 21st century, digitally literate and responsible citizens! Here at Central School we offer a variety of technology-infused educational programming that includes:

-the 3nd year of our 1:1 iPad initiative in 7th and 8th grade
-our Innovation Lab as a quarterly integrated arts class (taught by Ms. Jean Dalleska)
-iPad pack classrooms in 5th and 6th grade for group projects and collaboration
-3D printers
-iPadcasters to record video for student projects

I value collaboration and communication with parents and students so please feel free to contact me via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or contact me by phone at: (847) 835-7600 VM: 7612 if you have any questions or concerns.

In partnership,

Walter Pituc
Technology Integration Specialist

New Website

Welcome to the new class website. Look here for pictures, videos, great links to other websites, and information about upcoming events. South School

Welcome to the website!!!

Welcome, parents!  Please feel free to use the “useful links” section for great websites promoting literacy, math, and more!  Click above to view your options.

Bienvenidos- Welcome

¡Hola! Please take some time to explore the West School Spanish website for useful links and videos to practice Spanish outside of the classroom. For additional resources and information please email me, Señorita Evans.
¡Que tengan un buen año!

In art students will…

- Maximize creative and critical thinking skills through projects that challenge them to problem solve.

- Develop skills of observation, communication and respect for the opinions of others.

- Be encouraged to take learning risks.

- Have the opportunity to explore different media and techniques to create original and unique works of art.

Finding Leveled Books at the Glencoe Public Library Grades K-4

Did you know that the Glencoe Public Library has EARLY READERS color-coded to help your child find books at their independent reading level?
GREEN DOTS- Are for beginning readers that need help with reading. Level Range- A-C
RED DOTS- Are for independent readers that still need some support. Level Range- D-F
BLUE DOTS- Are for independent readers that can read silently on their own. Level Range- G-I
YELLOW DOTS- Are for students reading early chapter books. Level Range- J- M

Volleyball Tryout Information

The tentative tryout dates for 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys’ volleyball are Monday, January 24, through Wednesday, January 26.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address): 6th Grade Boys’ Coach
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Basketball Coaches

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Expectations for Attending Home and Away Athletic Events

1. No student attendance
2. Two spectators per player/family
3. Families must be spaced at least 3 feet apart from other families at all times
5. NO food or drink in the building
6. Parents from the first game need to leave the building immediately after the game ends and meet their child outside
7. Parents who have a child playing in the second game should not enter the building until the first game is complete and spectators have left the building

2022 Access

District 35 will be administering the ACCESS test from January 12, 2022 - February 15, 2022.

The ACCESS test will include assessments in the four domains of language proficiency: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We anticipate receiving results in the fall of 2022 and individual results will be mailed home at that time.

If you have any questions about the ACCESS testing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s EL teacher at South, West, or Central School.

SEL in Glencoe Schools

Social Emotional Learning is a Priority in Glencoe Schools
Academic achievements are just as important as teaching and modeling life-long skills to enhance the development of the whole child. 

Central School has a new curriculum called Owning Up Empowering Adolescents to Create Cultures of Dignity and Confront Social Cruelty and Injustice.  Central School teachers and staff spent time during institute days to delve into the curriculum.  Our training involved participating in lessons taught by developers of the program.  To learn more about Owning Up

South and West Schools SEL curriculum is Second Step. The program promotes social-emotional development, safety, and well-being of children from Kindergarten - Grade 4.  Learn more about Second Step

Growth Through Mindfulness
We are please to partner with GTM to educate, embody and engage our students in a science based mindfulness curriculum.  Nurturing the world within leads to a desire to help others. For more information click here

See Something Say Something
We are dedicated to ensuring the safety all of our students.  To support this goal, we are proud to continue the See Something, Say Something campaign in collaboration with the Village of Glencoe, Glencoe Park District, Glencoe Public Library, and Family Service of Glencoe. Click here to make a report

Social Emotional Learning Lounge

Please click on pictures below for more information.


What is SEL?

Social-Emotional Learning is the way in which people manage emotions, develop healthy identities, feel and show empathy for others, establish supportive and positive relationships with others, make responsible decisions, and set and achieve goals.

Core Competencies
Self-awareness: The ability to recognize one’s own emotions
Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s own emotions
Social awareness: The ability to take into consideration others’ perspectives
Relationship skills: The ability to create healthy relationships with others
Responsible decision making: The ability to make positive and respectful choices

Benefits of SEL

Increased academic achievement:  Students who participated in evidence-based SEL programs showed an 11% point gain in academic achievement.

Improved behavior: Studies show decreased dropout rates, school and classroom behavior issues, drug use, teen pregnancy, mental health problems, and criminal behavior.

Preparedness: Better prepare students for future employment with skills such as teamwork, problem solving, work ethic, and integrity. 

To learn more about the benefits

SEL at Home

SEL Partnership
Student development is a journey we are on with families.  Schools and families working together to create safe and supportive environments helps our children thrive. SEL starts at home.
1. Take time to talk: share your feelings, help identify and name your child’s feelings.
2. Teach and model: be an example for positive ways to handle stress, disappointments and anger.
3. Raise awareness: Use story-time or shows to ask your child how they would feel if they were in a similar situation of the character.
4. Allow children think time: ask questions to help your child problem solve versing jumping to to give advice to fix the problem.
5. Discuss consequences by asking questions:  What might happen if you do that? or How might you feel if you were in that situation?

Check out this video to learn more.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2d0da6BZWA

Go Green - Stay Green at Home

Westies - want some ideas how to practice “being green” at home? Please check the CLC e-learning page, where you will find a Steam challenge, green tips, Earth Day information and art projects.

March 9th Green Club

Thanks to the an ongoing district collection, Green Club was able to assemble 75 Hygiene Kits to donate. If you are traveling this spring break, please consider collecting mini bottles of shampoo, soap, etc. from your travels. Your donation to The Night Ministry helps to provides medical, psychological and non-denominational pastoral services for people struggling with chronic homeless and food insecurity. Also, many dental offices give away toothbrushes and sample size toothpastes which are much needed. Please send your donations to any school office.

February 3rd Green Club

This morning we made Valentine decorations and gifts from recycled materials-It’s the green way to go!

January 13th Green Club

Today we recycled our lunch milk cartons into bird feeder/shelters for small birds like finches and sparrows.

Please protect children & the planet

The Central School Green Team would like to remind those who drive their children to school to be considerate and prevent idling as much as possible.

Please click here for more information. 

Green Your Holidays

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice! The holidays are special, but this year’s festivities don’t have to negatively impact our environment. There are a number of measures that all of us can take to lessen the amount of trash we produce.

Please click here for holiday tips.

December 9th Green Club

This morning students recycled both magazines and glass jars to create beautiful holiday gifts.

West School: December Innovation Challenge

The 3rd grade Innovation challenge tied in with the study of Chicago. Students worked in pairs to design and build a rotating Ferris wheel around a central axis. Classes read Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Gibbs Davis. As they read, students discussed the design of the Ferris wheel with special attention to the wheel and axle.
The 4th grade Innovation challenge explored energy transfer. Students used Little Bits to create an object that transferred energy to produce motion, sound, heat, or light. Students also explored Makey Makey’s to identify conductive materials that transfer electrical energy.

West School Healthy Helpers

This year West School participated in the National Day of Design throughout the month of November. The November STEAM challenge focused on making healthy food choices. The Healthy Helpers Mission was to design a robot prototype that will help people shop for healthy food that meets their nutritional needs.

Timeline of the Process

November 11th Green Club

The Green Club is always looking for ways to recycle, repurpose, and reuse items that may normally be discarded. As a combined opportunity for civic engagement and to repurpose, the Green Club collected travel size toiletries like shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes and lotion.  At the meeting, we assembled 100 hygiene kits to donate to Night Ministry. Thank you to everyone who donated to this project. Toiletries, plastic bags, batteries and printer cartridges collection bins are in the Green Corner in West’s front hallway.

Tips for a Green Thanksgiving

1. Use reusable dinnerware, glasses & napkins
2. Purchase local and organic foods when possible.
3. Turn down the heat. If all your holiday cooking doesn’t heat up your house, your guests will.

4. Decorate with nature. Forget the petroleum-based plastic and synthetic decorations and adorn your table with natural and homemade festive decor.

5. Compost your kitchen scraps.

6. Recycle on Thanksgiving and every day!

November 4th Green Club

We took advantage of the nice weather and planted fall bulbs for a beautiful spring display!

Pumpkin Smash & Compost Event

Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Glencoe Community Garden (380 Old Green Bay Road) will be hosting their second annual pumpkin smash event! Community members are invited to bring their pumpkins to the garden to be smashed and composted. Support our community and our planet with your participation at this free event!

October 28th Green Club

Students upcycled their T-shirts and made reusable Trick or Treat bags for Halloween. A big Thank You to Mrs. Durkes for assisting club members at the sewing machine!

PE BreakoutEDU

West School students participated in a BreakoutEDU about teamwork and problem-solving. BreakoutEDU brings “escape room” strategies to the classroom. BreakoutEDU is a game that has students thinking critically, problem-solving, troubleshooting, and working collaboratively. Students worked in teams to complete a physical fitness challenge and then used their brains to unlock boxes.

Green Halloween

Tips For a Great, “Green” Halloween!
1. Make your own costume from things around the house.
2. Purchase non-toxic or hypoallergenic cosmetics.
3. Trade costumes with a friend, start a “costume closet” to share.
4. Buy treats with minimal packaging - or give pencils, erasers or money.
5. Use a reusable Trick or Treat bag or pillowcase.
6. Don’t be a litter bug.
7. Stay local to trick-or-treat, bike, wagon or carpool.
8. Use rechargeable batteries in your flashlight for trick-or-treating.
9. Don’t throw away the pumpkin seeds - bake and eat, or feed the birds.
10. Compost your old pumpkins.
11. Keep Halloween decorations so you don’t need to repurchase .
12. If you are hosting a Halloween party, use reusable dishes, tableware, cups napkins, etc. Serve from a pitcher instead of individual bottles and cans.

October 7th Green Club

Did you know that an aluminum can can go from your recycle bin and back to the store shelves in 60 days? Today not only did we talk about recycling, but turned our cans into fun Halloween lanterns.

Multicultural Books Options for Read Alouds

Multicultural literature serves as a powerful tool in enabling students to gain a better understanding of both their own culture and the cultures of others. It helps to stimulate an understanding of diversity in the classroom and the world around them. Below are various read aloud options that promote multiculturalism and inclusiveness.

A New Home by Tania Regil
A Ticket Around the World by Kim Smith
Abuela by Arhtur Dorros
All Are Welcome by Suzanne Kaufman
Biblioburro by Jeannette Winter
Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan
Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee
Dear Primo by Duncan Tonatiuh
Drawn Together by Minh Le
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal by Paul Fleischman
Happy in Our Skin by Fran Munushkin
Home by Carson Ellis
I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien
It Takes a Village by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Last Stop on Market Street     Matt de La Peña
Lovely by Jess Hong
Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown
Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs
My Brother Charlie by Ryan Elizabeth Peete
My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
Our Gracie Aunt by Jacqueline Woodson
Pablo’s Tree by Pat Mora
Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kosteckii-Shaw
Say Hello by Rachel Isadora
Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
The Water Princess by Susan Verde
This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe
This is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson
Tía Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina
What We Wear by Maya Ajmera
When We Were Alone by David Robertson
Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt

Innovation Club

The fall Innovation Club is in full swing at South and West School. Students at South work on problem-solving projects, the LEGO wall, and working in teams to complete challenges. West students take ownership of their own ideas and create projects. These projects ranged from designing a miniature car that drives to finger knitting.

First Green Club Meeting

Green Club members learned what can and can not be recycled in Glencoe. We also watched a video that showed how paper, glass and plastic are processed at the recycling center. We tested our knowledge by playing a fun recycling relay team game.
To watch the video click here

Google Suite for Education

All of our students have their own Google accounts. The Google Suite for Education web-based apps provide many ways to go paperless through sharing and collaboration options. Teachers are scheduling time with the CLC director and Tech Integration Specialist to introduce these tools. Student reviewed Internet safety and learned the basic functions of Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Slides.

Innovation Station

Have you seen the Innovation Station at South or West School? This is a space to foster the 4Cs - collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication - as our students tinker with everyday items to solve challenges. Students will be introduced to the engineering design process that involves asking questions, imagining possible solutions, planning, creating and improving on a plan. The maker movement is all about teaching our children to think for themselves, to think creatively, and to look for innovative solutions. The Innovation Station at South School is located in the CLC. At West school, the Innovation Station is off of the CLC. Ask your child to tell you more about the Innovation Station.

Welcome to 7th and 8th grade science

Welcome to 7th and 8th grade science.  The year will be filled with challenges, excitement and a lot of opportunities.  Try hard, work up to your highest standards, and ask for help if you struggle.  Seize every moment to improve your understanding and become better problem solvers.  I guarantee that you will become more knowledgeable along the way.

Please Help

As we begin the holiday season, it is also a time when our thoughts go to those for whom the last year has brought hard times. As a combined opportunity for service learning and to practice reusing, the Green Team is collecting travel size toiletries like shampoo, soap and lotion. So if you recently returned from a trip and have these around the house- please consider donating them. A collection bin will be in West School’s Green Corner.

Using the Class Website

Please use our class site to find weekly assignments in the documents section.

Some assignments will not be on this site, as they are more individualized. Please email me if you need a Words Their Way list, etc.

EL Level Descriptors

When a student takes an WIDA Access screener, you get a score. Often you’ll also get some indication of what that score means, expressed as an English level or label, for example “beginner” or “advanced”. There are many different English leveling systems in use, which have implicit or explicit leveling systems built into their scoring.

Level 1: Beginning - Entering
This student is often a new arrival with little previous English training and—this is the key—a very limited vocabulary. This student is lost in the classroom and has nothing on which to base his ability to function, comprehend, and respond.  The student has no knowledge of English beyond answers to simple questions like “What’s your name?” He/she may respond with “yes” or “no,” but not always consistently or correctly. He/she may not be able to write in Western script. He/she lacks sufficient vocabulary and oral comprehension to be able to follow directions or do simple classroom assignments. This student may have no knowledge of the American classroom and its participatory style. He/she is not able to work at grade level, even if he/she is placed in first or second grade.

Level 2: Emerging
This student can understand some classroom directions and attempts to do simple assignments but with great hesitancy and misunderstanding. Vocabulary is still greatly limited to commonly-used words. He/she reads and writes with great difficulty, usually below the assigned grade level. This student may be unable torespond to some activities which involve independent decision making, due to differences in the American classroom or teacher style. This student responds very positively to extra attention from the instructor or other students.

Level 3: Intermediate - Developing
This student participates in most classroom activities and follows directions adequately, though with frequent misunderstandings.  Vocabulary is limited but rapidly improving.  He/she may feel comfortable enough in the classroom to respond orally, despite frequent errors and incorrect word selection. This student may be able to do academic work close to grade level but needs frequent writing and vocabulary support. He/she exhibits growing confidence in his/her ability to comprehend and respond in English.

Level 4: High Intermediate - Expanding
This student easily participates in classroom and social activities, constantly adding to his/her knowledge of vocabulary, American culture, and teacher expectations. His/her speech still exhibits a considerable accent, but grammar and vocabulary errors should be receding. This student’s English is changing rapidly at this point, and his/her confidence level should be increasing at the same rate.

Level 5: Advanced - Bridging
This student is able to participate and excel in all classroom and social activities, requiring less frequent teacher intervention with vocabulary and directional assistance. He/she should be able to read at near-grade level with the help of a dictionary, but writing skills may require more teacher support. A noticeable accent may still be present, depending on the age the student was when he/she arrived in the US. This student can function adequately at grade level and often does extremely well because of a high motivation level.

How Can Children Learn English Using Websites?

Children Learning English on Websites

Work Together and Learn Together
Explore various websites and apps together. Let your child explore the various options and model your enthusiasm to learn.

Find Topics that Interest Your Child
Find your child’s interest and explore topics that personally motivate them to want to learn more

Make it Fun
Play games on the computer, have friendly competitions and make it interactive.

Don’t Take Too Long
Limit activities online to 10 minutes or less.  If you are reinforcing an activity, spend no more than 20 to 30 minutes a day depending upon their age. 

Browse and explore various websites where your kids can learn English at home and school.

Parent Guide for Access Scores

In January of each year, your child will receive an English Language Assessment.  This assessment will measure the progress that your child is making in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English.  In addition, it also determines whether or not your child continues to be an English Learner, and if so, the amount of support your child will receive. 

I received my students Access Score Report.  A parent guide to interpret EL scores from the Access assessment.

The Just Right App

Parents often ask how we choose apps for our school iPads. The App Store currently has 2 million apps to choose from! Many of these apps are focused on lower-level thinking skills. We search for apps that require problem-solving and creative thinking. The first question teachers ask is not, “What apps do I use?”, but rather, “What is my learning goal?” Finding the app to support the learning goal helps teachers stay focused on learning. We carefully research apps before making a purchase. One great place for educators to research an app is Common Sense Media reviews. Common Sense Media offers in-depth editorial reviews that provide detailed information on educational apps and teaching tips. This makes it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their classrooms. Check it out!
Common Sense Media Reviews

Welcome to 4th Grade!

Welcome to 4th Grade!  We have an exciting year ahead!  We will be busy in the garden planting fall crops, exploring energy all around us, visiting the regions of the U.S. and building American symbols.

English Learners in District 35

EL Learners = English Language Learners

Educational Program for students who speak or are exposed to more than one language.
Need Support in understanding English used in the Classroom & by Peers

What does my Child do in EL Class?
- We work on Listening, Speaking, Reading, & Writing
- Offer support in Core Subjects such as Science, Social Studies, Math & Language Arts
- Students work one - on -one, small groups, and use technology.

How do I know my Child is learning?
- Progress Reports mailed home by EL Teacher every Quarter
- Report Cards posted on Family Access
- Parent Teacher Conferences in November (Central, West, South) & February (South Only)
- Access Testing takes place in January and February.  Results are mailed to Parents in September.
- Phone Calls & Emails
- Updates from Your Classroom Teacher
- Gradebook & Schoology

Should my Child learn in our Home Language?
It is very valuable for children to learn more than one language.  If possible teach your child to read, write, listen, and speak in your home language!
Use his or her primary or home language as a vehicle to help learn in English.

What can I do with my Child to help at Home?
- Read in both languages with your child
- Have your child write in both languages
- Help with homework anyway that you can
- Come to school function, like Open Houses/Parent Teacher Conferences
- Ask your child about their day
- Go to the public library for books and events
- Communicate with your child’s teacher

Ideas for Learning Extension at Home:
- Alphabet Flashcards / “Go Fish”
- ABC Books for all ages
- Sight Word Games
- RAZ Kids
- Keep A “fun” journal or a travel journal on your trips.


Social Work Services

Social work counseling is offered to students who are struggling with social or emotional issues that may be interfering with academic success. Any Central School student is eligible for social work services. Each of our social workers is assigned two grade levels. The grade level assignments rotate every year so that each student will have access to the same social worker all four years.

Difficulties may include:

- Peer relationship issues
- Family stress (divorce, loss, etc.)
- Motivational problems
- Self-esteem concerns
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Difficulty concentrating
- or any other issues that may be interfering with academic success

The social workers visit each advisory classroom at the beginning of the school year to introduce themselves, or in most cases re-introduce themselves to the students and explain how to access social work services as well as the types of situations that would typically require social work support. Students are encouraged to seek out social work support for additional assistance problem solving or coping with any given situation that is distracting them from their academic responsibilities.

Students may be referred for social work services by:

- Parents
- Teachers
- Principal/Asst. Principal
- Themselves


Lunchroom Composting

The Green Team is excited that West School has been chosen to pilot a new composting program for the district.  Lunchroom food scraps will be picked up weekly by Collective Resource, inc.  and will become ​a nutrient-rich soil amendment. West School students have been composting for many years using Green Cone Digesters and a traditional compost bin. The addition of a service will greatly increase the volume of compost, especially in the winter. In addition to all food products, we will now be able to add napkins, compostable utensils, and other paper products. Go Green!

Social Work Services West

Welcome to the Social Work Corner!  Social Work support at West is available to all third and fourth grade students who may be struggling with social or emotional issues that are impacting their academic success. 

Difficulties may include:

-Friendship Concerns
-Family Stress (moving, divorce, loss, etc.)
-Anger Management
-Social Language
-Maintaining Attention and Focus

Students may be referred for social work support by their parents, teachers, principals, or themselves!  Social work support may take place in many different forms: individual, pairs, small groups, large group, or full classroom lessons. 

There are a variety of groups available at West to help support students’ social and emotional needs.  These groups include:

*Family Support Group
*Friendship Group
*Social Language Group
*New Student Group
*Friends with Allergies Group

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Third Grade News 9 /22/17

As students continue to work on developing their keyboarding skills at school, it would be beneficial for them to have additional practice at home through Typing.com.  Details on how they can do this were sent home earlier this week.  If you are unable to find these, I would be happy to send home another copy. 

From West School Website:
Wednesday, September 27th: Tom Watson, author of the fun and popular children’s book series, Stick Dog and Stick Cat, will visit with West School third graders.  Mr. Watson’s book, Stick Dog has been nominated for the 2018 Bluestem Book Award, Illinois Children’s Choice Award.  Mr. Watson will be happy to sign and personalize books for students.  Please print out the book order form and return to Mrs. Kelly in the West CLC by today, September 22nd

We are still working on our first math unit, Unit 1: Math Tools, Time, and Multiplication.  In addition, to nightly Homelinks, regular practice on Xtramath.com is an effective way for students improve their fact fluency.  Your child’s pin number can be found on the inside of their green home folder. 

I am always happy to pass along information and afterschool plans to students while at school, but please be aware that there are some days that I am not able to get to my email in a timely manner or before dismissal.  However, there is always someone in the West School office available to take a message or pass along details to your child.  (847) 835-6600.
Looking ahead:

Thursday, October 5: Field Trip to Botanic Gardens
Friday, October 6 – No Student Attendance – Teacher Institute Day
Monday, October 9 – No School – Columbus Day
Thursday- Friday, October 19-20: PTO Scholastic Book Fair
Friday, October 20: West School Fair 5:30 - 7:00 pm

This Week’s TOP TEN REASONS Why it is Great to be in THIRD GRADE:

1. Having our first fire drill
2. Reading about Auggie’s terrible Halloween at his new school in our WONDERFUL read aloud, Wonder
3. Estimating Max’s pasta
4. Writing about places we want to visit
5. Reviewing multiplication and division in math
6. Discussing positive reading behaviors (e.g. rereading, reading captions, using pictures/captions, making predictions, and making connections)
7. Learning more about Casey, our “Student of the Week”
8. Continuing to work on our Monthly Journals
9. Practicing more “clock climbers” in cursive
10. Soaking in the beautiful summer weather (even though it’s now officially fall)

Spartan Tech Team Off to a Great Start to the Year

The Spartan Tech Team is off to a wonderful start of the school year! The Spartan Tech Team met this morning to plan out some of the activities for this school year. As team building is an essential component of the club, team members participated in a challenge that involved trying to lift a tennis ball off the ground.

Our major initiative this Fall and Winter is to open up a student run Genius Bar for students and staff to drop in for questions about technology during lunch hours. Over the course of the next few weeks, Spartan Tech Team members will be undergoing training in preparation for the opening of the Genius Bar that covers Customer Service, App Support, Device Support, and Google Drive.

We will be accepting members throughout the school year so feel free to join us Tuesday mornings before school at 7:40a in the Spartan Lab!

Trends in Smartphone Apps

A new app came out over the summer called Sarahah that can work in conjunction with SnapChat.  This is an app that allows others to post pictures and comments on your profile anonymously.  It is possible to prevent this by unchecking the box in settings to not “allow anonymous people to post”, but the default is to allow.  While the app has an appeal because it allows for kind comments and compliments that you may be too shy to share if identified, it also allows for the type of pictures and comments you would never send if you were identified.  The connection with SnapChat does allow for the messages to be screenshot and passed on.  Attached is a good read for parents about Sarahah.  If your child has Sarahah, do not panic, just help them to put measures in place to protect themselves from any unkind or unwanted messages and remind them that you are here to listen if they or their friends have any negative experiences.


Chess Club, Spartan Tech Team, and STEM Club

I’ll be sponsoring the Chess Club, Spartan Tech Team, and STEM Club (w/Mrs. Rosensen) this year. Here is some key information to know:

Chess Club
Central School Chess Club is a place for students to improve their chess game, build camaraderie with other students, and have fun! We welcome all abilities and both competitive and casual players to our club. Chess club club meets Wednesdays after school in the Spartan Lab in the CLC from 3:30-4:30p. During club meetings, students can expect a short chess lesson from me in the first 10 minutes followed by free play. Chess encourages perseverance, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
Meets Wednesdays after school at 3:30p (see calendar) Starts 9/20.
Parent Chess Club Resources Google Drive Folder

Spartan Student Tech Team
Students will work with Mr. Pituc and the technology department to learn about how Central’s technology department works. Students will have the opportunity to run their own “Genius Bar” in the library during lunch for students and staff members to visit. They will also explore technology in the corporate, non-profit, and governmental sectors with a field trip planned for the Apple Store to see a “behind the scenes” tour. Much like Google does with their 20% Time program with their employees, students will have time to work on and explore a individual topic or interest of theirs with teacher support as needed. Being student technology leaders, club members will also get to voice their opinions that impact technology decisions at our school. So whenever we have new tech equipment or education software we want to test out, we want to know what students think!
Meets Tuesday mornings before school at 7:40am. (see calendar) Starts 9/19.
Parent Spartan Tech Resources Google Drive Folder

5th and 6th Grade STEM Club
In this club, 5th and 6th grade students will be introduced to the engineering and the design thinking process. Club members will get a chance to collaborate on a number of design projects using a variety of mediums. During last year’s major project, students constructed a life-size floor mat piano using Makey-Makey circuit boards and computer programs. Students will get to explore computational thinking, problem-solving, and develop empathy for end-users and stakeholders involved in creating products or processes.
Starts January 2018

7th and 8th Grade iPad Training

Welcome back to school! The excitement in the air as I walk the halls of Central School are palpable. During the first week back at school all 7th and 8th graders will undergo iPad training with the CLC staff and myself during their literacy blocks.

During the trainings we will explore the best ways to maintain student iPads, student iPad expectations, and the how to use the many school apps in our Self-Service.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). I would be happy to chat.

Go to School Night

I look forward to seeing all fourth grade families on Thursday, August 31st, at 6:30pm for our Go to School Night!

Plastic Recycling

As usual West School participated in the Trex Challenge. Students learned about plastic film and bag recycling. West students collected 866 pounds of plastic between last November and April. That’s a lot of plastic saved from the landfills! Trex collection bins are in the lunchrooms and hallways of West School.


Students use a variety of robots and programming capabilities.

LEGO EV3 Robots

Students build and program LEGO robots.


Students create and play their own video games with Bloxels!

Students Reimagine Post-It Wars

Students create digital art based on the popular Post-It Wars implemented in NYC building windows.

Makey, Makey and Scratch

Students use Makey, Makey and Scratch programming to play a musical piano!

3D Printing

Students are designing and editing .stl files, and printing with the Dremel Idea Builder printer.

Our Field Trip to the Chicago History Museum

On Tuesday, December 6 our class went to the Chicago History Museum.  We were all so excited to see some of the artifacts that we have been learning about in the classroom.  We spent time walking around the exhibits.  We loved seeing Lincoln’s carriage and death bed.  We also enjoyed our classroom experience and learning more about the World’s Columbian Exposition. Everyone had a great time and learned so much about the Second City!

A Digital Citizen

Recently in CLC, West School students learned what it means to be a digital citizen. A digital citizen is a member of a worldwide community linked by the Internet. Students learned a good digital citizen is someone who acts safely, responsible, and respectfully online. All West students will sign a digital citizenship pledge, pledging to:

- Communicate responsibly and kindly with one anther.
- Protect our own and other’s private information.
- Stand up to cyberbullying.
- Respect each other’s ideas and opinions.
- Give proper credit when we use others work.
- Talk to our parents or another trusted adult when we have questions about the things we see or do online.

Please visit the West School website or the Internet safety web page to locate the Internet Safety Newsletter for more information and resource.

Math Unit 3

In this unit, students explore fraction equivalence and compare and order fractions using different representations. They then extend their understanding of fractions to decimals, comparing and ordering decimals using the same methods as for comparing fractions. Please be sure to look at the Family Letter as it explains the concepts in more depth, provides Do Anytime Activities, vocabulary definitions, and answers to the Home Link questions.

Reading Fluency and Ways to Help Your Child at Home- K-5

As your child progresses through the grade levels you will hear a lot about your child’s reading fluency development from their classroom teacher. Click the link below for information about Reading Fluency and ways to help your child at home.
Fluency FAQs

Early Stages of Reading Development Survey

Take this quick survey to determine your child’s current stage of reading development.  This is a useful tool for identifying reading areas to develop with your child at home.

How Can I Help My Child Read an Early Reader

Are you looking for some fun ways to help your child develop their reading skills using simple leveled books?

Before reading the book- The Picture Walk:
Going on a simple picture walk with your child, before reading the book can stimulate their natural curiosity and spark an interest in the story.  By taking a picture walk with your child you are activating their prior knowledge of the book’s topic, discussing new vocabulary words that may be difficult for them to read and basic story structure.  Taking a picture walk is as simple as flipping through the book, page by page, without reading any of the words.  You ask questions about each picture they see and try to prompt answers that are based on the images on the pages.  Always stop before the last page and predict how the story is going to end. Then read to see how the story does end.  Use the simple picture walk strategy below as a guided for you and your child. Eventually this will become a simple habit.

During the reading of the book- Reading Together Strategies:
A beginning reader needs help and encouragement getting through the text in a new book.  A wonderful reading together strategy for the early reader is called echo reading. This strategy helps the child gain confidence in reading aloud, develops their sight vocabulary and models what fluent reading sounds like.  In echo reading the parent reads a sentence first and points to each word.  The child then becomes the echo, reading the sentence back to the parent and pointing to each word.  It is very important to remind the child to point to each word as he/she reads.

Another excellent reading together strategy for the early reader is called choral reading.  This strategy also helps develop a child’s reading confidence and builds an enjoyment in the whole reading process.  In choral reading the parent reads aloud slowly and the child reads in unison with the parent.  Both the child and parent should be looking and pointing at the words while reading together.

Using Context clues to figure out unknown words while reading:
When your child comes to a word he/she does not know, there are many different choices they can make.  They can skip it and continue reading, they can ask an adult for help, or they can look it up in a dictionary.  Usually the strategy of using context clues is helpful in finding the meaning of words in the text that a child does not know.  Click on the attachment below for all of these during reading activities.


After Reading the Book- Check for Understanding:
Story Mapping Using Question Cards: Most children’s stories have a basic structure; one or two main characters, a setting where the story takes place, a goal that one character wants to achieve, or an obstacle, and a resolution of the conflict or goal. After reading a story with your child, use the question approach to check your child’s understanding of the story.  Go back to the illustrations and text if needed and reread to support your child’s answer.

Read, Cover, Remember, Retell: is another great strategy for checking your child’s understanding of a story.  Introduce the strategy by first modeling it to your child.  Read only as much as your hand can cover.  Usually a paragraph in a chapter book or a few lines in an early reader.  Cover the words with your hand and think about what you just read.  It’s okay to peek if you forget.  In YOUR OWN words retell what you just read.  Click the after reading link below for a bookmark of these two strategies.


Choosing Books for Independent Reading Grades 5-8

Students in grades 5-8 are administered the Star Reading Assessment two times during the school year- September and February.  One of the purposes of the assessment is to identify your child’s Lexile level. A Lexile score is like a thermometer, except rather than measuring temperature, the Lexile Framework measures a text’s complexity and a reader’s skill level. Books can be found within your child’s lexile range at Lexile.com.  Ask your child’s reading teacher for more details about your child’s lexile.

Tips For Reading With Your Child at Home-Grades K-8

Reading with parents and family members at home is one of the most important parts of a child’s literacy development.  Even as your child grows older and becomes more independent, reading together at home can continue to be an engaging and meaningful experience.  For specific tips on reading with your child at home throughout grades K-8, click on the link below.  Tips_for_Reading_with_Your_Child_at_Home.pdf

Green Club Recycles Plastic

West School’s Trex recycling boxes were overflowing, so on October 17th, the Green Club got busy collecting and counting plastic bags. We also learned about bringing reusable bags when shopping to cut down on plastic bag use. Today we collected 9,600 bags! So far Mrs. Juozaitis’ class has recycled the most.  That’s a lot of plastic saved from the landfills. Go Green!

West’s Green Lunchroom

What are Green Guides? Green Guides are the name for our students that help with recycling and composting. Each week three 3rd grade and three 4th grade students are chosen to man our three recycling stations. All students learn to separate trash, compost and recyclable items on their lunch trays and deposit them in the correct containers.  Our student Green Guides help with this effort as students go through the station. Students bringing lunch from home are encouraged to pack lunches in reusable containers and lunch bags. We hope students will develop lifelong green habits and practice them at home.

Plastic Bag Recycling

For the seventh year, West School has joined the Trex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge. Students wil learn the importance of plastic recycling and keeping plastic out of the landfills. Plastic that is ordinarily not part of Glencoe’s recycle program will be collected in classrooms and the Lunch Room. The bags will be sent to the Trex company where they are made into building materials and home products. The school that collects the most bags will win a bench made out of the recycled plastic. We have won the Chicago area Challenge twice and second place twice!  What a great way to help the environment! Look at our video section to see what exactly what can be recycled and how Trex transforms the plastic.

Glencoe District 35 Mission Statement

The mission of the Glencoe School District is to provide each child with an educational foundation for life-long learning as a socially responsible member of a global society by dedicating resources toward the development of the whole child within a secure school environment.

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