Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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!

Concussion Law Takeaways

On September 1, 2016, Illinois’ new concussion law went into effect.  This legislation focuses on the required concussion management at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels.

We have provided “Concussion Takeaways

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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.

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 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.

Required Medical Forms

Please note the following medical record requirements for public schools. 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. 
NEW - All children entering sixth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade are required to provide proof of Tdap vaccination along with the school physical forms. Read the Tdap information here. Additionally, students entering 6th grade must show proof of 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV) on or after 11 years of age. Students entering Kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade are required to show proof of receiving two doses of chickenpox vaccine (varicella), the first received on or after their first birthday and the second dose no less than four weeks (28 days) after the first does. A physician can confirm past history of the disease – in lieu of vaccination – by having examined the infected child, documenting the parent’s description of the child’s history, or reviewing lab results. All forms must be turned in by October 15th. 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.

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.

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 15th. Download the EYE EXAM form here.

Visit our Health Topic Section on Immunizations to learn more.

Oct 16th Green Club

The Green Team learned how to plant fall bulbs for beautiful spring flowers.

Week in Review, Oct 13

This week the students learned about opinion writing.  They completed graphic organizers which will be turned into opinion paragraphs next week.  In science, the students separated the mixtures they had made the week before, and in math, the students learned about doubles facts, helper doubles facts, and turn-around facts.

Breakout EDU

This month, our staff participated in a Breakout EDU challenge related to the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. We have Breakout EDU kits available in each building. We look forward to designing challenges for our students next.

September Innovation Lesson: West School

In September, the 3rd and 4th grade students at West School designed and built fidget spinners. The fidget spinners had to fit in one hand, use only the materials provided, and spin for 5 seconds. This lesson corresponded with the Next Generation Science Standards. The students also read an article and completed a writing prompt titled “Is It Fair to Ban Fidget Spinners?” We had a blast creating our own fidget spinners!

Week in Review, Oct 5

This week the students learned that authors who write non-fiction are specialists about specific topics.  The students realized they have a lot of knowledge about certain topics, so each child chose a topic and began creating a specialist book.  The students also learned more about properties of matter during science and created three different mixtures.  Unit 2 in math started this week with a look at combinations of ten, doubles facts, and addition number stories.  In celebration of October, the students wrote pumpkin cinquain poems.  A highlight of the week was our stuffed animal day!

Week in Review, Sept 29

This week the students heard many different versions of The Three Little Pigs and started creating their own.  They made and separated a salt-gravel mixture during science and completed unit one in math. They began writing their own stories and participated in reading groups.  It was a spectacular September in second grade!  (This week’s photos were taken by the students!)

Green Club Sept. 25th

Students learned about planting techniques, and cool weather plants in order create fall planters. The club’s creations will beautify West School’s front entrance.

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

For more information, please contact:

Jason Glassman (5th & 7th grade)
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Heather Olson (6th & 8th grade)
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Amy Langendorf (District wide)
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Plant Dissection

Last week the class did a great job of dissecting a flower. They were able to identify the stigma, stamen, pistils, sepals, ovaries, seeds, and pollen.

Central School’s Service Club Hygiene Drive

Central School’s Service Club is collecting personal hygiene products to donate to The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to providing housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness. Students can bring in travel-size shampoo, soap, deodorant, antibacterial gel, toothbrushes, toothpaste and adult size tube socks and place them in the boxes near the front entrances to Central. We will be collecting starting Monday, September 18 until Friday, September 29. Join us in making a difference. Every little bit helps!

After the drive, join us for the Glencoe Park District’s Annual Community Give Back Event at The Takiff Center, Sunday, October 1st from 1-4 p.m. Bring your family (recommended for 6th grade-adults) for an afternoon of learning, acting, and celebrating.  We will watch a documentary, have a discussion, tour The Night Ministry Outreach Bus, prepare meals, assemble hygiene kits, all while EATING PIZZA and listening to a LIVE BAND! $15 per person or $50 for a family. Please pay at the door.  All proceeds go to support The Night Ministry.

Central School’s Service Club meets every other Tuesday from 3:30-4:15 in L41 (Mrs. Creer’s Room), across from The Oasis.  Our next meeting will be September 26th.  We hope to see you there!

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)

Week in Review, Sept 22

This week the students worked as engineers and created ice cube keepers. They also learned about even and odd numbers and greater than, less than.  On the first day of fall, they created word clouds about fall using the Tagul website.  They also learned more about word sorts and about literacy centers, and they played Hedbanz!

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!

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.
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Week in Review, Sept 15

This week the students learned about text connections.  They heard many versions of The Little Red Hen and then wrote their own version.  They also learned about buddy reading, word/picture sorting, number grids puzzles, and making tens.  They had an ice cube melting race in science and learned about the power of yet.  They also earned an extra recess!

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.



Snowflake will be undergoing exciting new changes for the 2017-2018 school year.  In the past, a small group of 8th graders worked all year preparing for one big presentation to 6th grade students.  Now, we are taking a much larger group of both 7th and 8th grade students to work with the 5th and 6th grade students REGULARLY throughout the year.  7th and 8th graders in Snowflake will be put in small groups and work with one advisory per group all year long, providing them with the opportunity to create a bond with those younger students in more of a mentor role.  8th graders will be assigned to a 6th grade advisory and 7th graders will be assigned to a 5th grade advisory.  Meetings will be Wednesdays during 7th and 8th grade lunch periods.

Animoto Video

Check out an Animoto video made by Tommy and Dane!

Slideshow Video

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.
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Week in Review, Sept 8

This week the students made All About Me books, created iMovies about their favorite books, learned how writers get ideas, and reviewed number lines, coins, and number grids.  They also enjoyed their first science lesson in our big changes unit by exploring solids and liquids.  Ask your child about meeting a new teacher named Miss Take and reading The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes.

Week in Review, Sept 1

Second grade is off to an amazing start!  The students have already begun to build their classroom community by learning about CARES: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.  They have enjoyed a number of books and have created two class books.  They have played two math games, set goals for the school year, and learned to be bucket fillers.  The students also took a number of beginning of the school year assessments so that proper goals can be created for each individual student.

We Love Reading! 

We have spent a ton of time diving into great books during the first two days of 4th grade. We love to read, think about our reading and discuss the books we are into!

Back to School!

Our classroom is ready for a brand new school year! I am excited to get to know a new batch of students tomorrow morning.  Parents, I hope you can make Go to School Night this Thursday, August 31 at 8:00pm.

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.

First Quarter Art Projects

Sixth grade students will have 1 major project. They will be creating a unique, personalized Edo Bell out of slabs of clay.

Seventh and eighth grade students in metals will have 1 major project. They will be creating a decorative pin using various jewelry tools, sheet metal and wire.

Seventh and eighth grade students will have 1 major project. They will be sculpting a Day of the Dead sugar skull out of clay.

5th Grade Art

Welcome to fifth grade art. During our nine weeks together I want to help each student realize that art is for everyone, not just the individual who is talented. They will complete 4 projects and take a quarter review. Students will be learning how to draw using 2 point perspective. They will create a vase using a clay and slab coil building technique. Students will explore color theory through a value painting and for their final project they will create a unique FLW inspired print. Through these educational exercises I believe students will enhance their creative skills as well as their critical thinking skills; skills that will help them be effective problem solvers in and outside of school.

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!

Middle School Book Resources

Don’t forget to check out Central’s CLC Fun & Interesting SItes for book recommendations that are just right for your middle schooler.  Included in the list are the Rebecca Caudill winners which are voted on by 4th through 8th graders throughout Illinois.  Scroll to the bottom of the Book Recommendations page for more links to websites that can help you find more great book choices.

Student Created Video: Why Should I Read Over the Summer?

Have you ever heard of the summer slide?  Are you being diligent about encouraging your child to read over the summer?  Please watch this video (created by Mrs. DIerolf’s 5th grade class ‘16-’17) about the importance of summer reading and how much of an impact it has on our students’ success.
student created video

Two Wonderful Tech Tools That make Summer Reading Fun!

This interactive current events app features five high-interest news stories from around the world every day. Colorful photographs, interactive maps, video snippets, and a “read-to-me” option add to the fun! The news stories are child appropriate and best suited for children between the ages of 7-12. They are from serious to just plain wacky! Kids will look forward to reading their news everyday!

Epic is an all you can read ebook library that kids can use to read from any device! It offers a huge array of titles as well as a variety of options for keeping track of reading stats, like time spent reading and books read. The first month is free!

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 November and April. That’s a lot of plastic saved from the landfills!

2017 Children’s, Teacher’s, & Young Adult’s Choices Reading List

When it comes to engaging your child with reading, we know the importance of choice. We know that when children can select the books they want to read, with topics in which they are truly interested, they are more likely not only to read them, but also to understand and to reflect upon them. With that in mind, we are delighted to bring to you the 2017 Choices Reading Lists—Children’s Choices, Teachers’ Choices, and Young Adults’ Choices. These highly anticipated lists come just in time, whether you’re looking to squeeze in some summer reading with your children, or to build up your home library.

Childrens’, Teachers’ and Young Adults’ Choices Reading Lists


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.

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.

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. The Green Guides also help bring the compost outside and put it in our collection of Green Cone Compositors. We hope students will develop lifelong green habits and practice them at home.

Plastic Bag Recycling

For the sixth 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.

Going Green around West

Check out the Green Corner in the front passageway to learn about all things Green at West School. In the Corner are recycling bins for batteries, printer cartridges, and plastic shopping bags. All classrooms are equipped with recycle bins, Plastic Bag Recycling boxes and “be nice use it twice” paper containers. These hold paper that is only used on one side. Students will use the other side and then recycle the paper in order to reduce our paper use and save trees. We look forward to our greenest year yet!

Westies - Join the Green Team!

The West School Green Club meets at 8:00 am on a Monday. Session 1 dates are 9/18, 9/25, 10/16, 10/30, 11/20, and 12/11.
The Green Team works to promote appreciation of the environment, to cultivate and implement ideas to reduce waste, and to encourage students to make good choices that help reduce the carbon footprint of West School. With the goal of developing awareness and understanding of the importance of recycling, the club members will participate in a number of projects. These projects tie into the 4th grade study of ecosystems and 3rd grade study of the prairie. The Glencoe PTO has generously funded this club. Questions? Contact Mrs. Salzman or Mrs. Durkes.

Math Unit 2

On Thursday, September 29th, your child will bring home the final Unit 1 Math assessment. Please be sure to sign the bottom of the cover letter and cut off on the dotted line so that I can see you received the packet of assessment scores. We will begin Unit 2 on Tuesday, upon our return from the four day weekend. The focus of the coming unit is multiplication and geometry. The students will learning about square number patterns, area formula for rectangles, multiples, prime and composition numbers, multiplicative comparisons, classifying triangles and quadrangles, and finding line symmetry.

Digital Citizenship

Internet Safety

Dear Parents,

During library class, your child participated in an Internet safety lesson. The topic for this session was keeping your personal information private and safe while online. 

Students have been taught to ask for permission from parents before giving out private information online.  Private information includes:       
      • Full name (first and last)        • Email address                  
      • Street address                   • Phone numbers                  
      • Name of school                 • Passwords                              
      • School address                   • Photos

Please visit the West School website and the new Internet safety web page to locate the Fall Internet Safety Newsletter for more information and resources.

Welcome to Ms. Meyer’s Website!! 

To see notes, videos and activities from class, please go to Google Classroom! 

Science Google Classroom

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Math Google Classrooms

Period 2 Students

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Period 4 Students

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Heller Nature Center

What a great morning we had at the Heller Nature Center!  First we learned about bees and their jobs in the hive.  Then we went out and put on bee suits and had a chance to go in to the area where the hives are.  We all learned so much!


This week has been spent setting up routines and expectations for the Reader’s Workshop.  The students have been busy building up their reading stamina and are currently at 9 minutes!
Students have had mini lessons on choosing just right books, how to respond to books, why we abandon books, and thinking and talking about reading.  These are important skills to learn for when they are reading independently each day.

Go-To-School Night

Parents and students, our “Go-To-School Night” is Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30-7:30.  Please go to your child’s advisory classroom to start the evening.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Innovation Station

The South and West School Crawford Learning Center is proud to continue our newest learning spaces, The Innovation Station. 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.

Google Drive at South School

This year, all our students have their own Google Drive accounts. These 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. We look forward to seeing how these tools grow at South School!

It’s A Musical Year!

We are making music at West School!

Me Gusta

The Just Right App

Parents often ask how we choose apps for our school iPads. The App Store currently has 1.5 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 need to 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 Graphite. Common Sense Media, in partnership with Bill Gates, launched Graphite, a free service that makes it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their classrooms. Check it out!

Test for Website

This is a test story

Structure and Function

We have been very busy at school. Our class has been busy in the Organic Garden these past two weeks because we have started the science unit, Structure and Function. We planted carrot seeds on August 30th and have been watching them grow by recording their growth in our Science Journals. We have learning about the plant parts which include: stems, roots, sepals, filaments, sepal, ovary, ovule, petal, and pistil. Learning about the plant parts allowed us to transition to learning about how plants need animals and the process of pollination. We went outside and made observations in the pollinator section of the garden which supported students’ learning about pollination. It is so wonderful that we take literally take our learning outside and apply our new knowledge to the plants growing in the garden. We even got to pick a pumpkin from the garden and placed it in our classroom. Students got to see the flowers growing on the pumpkin vines which allowed us to review how a flowers can transform. We are so lucky!

VIsiting the garden

Today our class went out to the West School garden.  It was great to make observations and see what is growing.  We even voted on which pumpkin our class wanted and Dr. Rongey harvested it for us.  Take a look at the pictures and see the HUGE pumpkin we got!

Early Childhood Screenings

Glencoe School District #35 will be offering early childhood development screenings for children birth through 5 years of age. The screenings are open to Glencoe residents who have concerns about their child’s development in the areas of: speech-language, fine motor skills, concept development, and/or social/emotional growth. Vision and hearing screenings are also provided. We ask that children participate in all components of the screening. These early childhood screenings are being conducted in an effort to identify children who may benefit from special education services and/or consultation during early development. The screening is not designed to determine kindergarten readiness.
Screenings will be held on:

Monday, October 23, 2017:  2 years and 6 months – 5 years
Tuesday, October 24, 2017:  Birth – 5 years

To schedule a screening please contact Kim Badie at 847-835-7838.

If you have questions about the process or specific questions about your child please contact Valerie Lamberti, Director of Pupil Services, via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)..

Introduction to Pupil Services in District 35

The District 35 philosophy supports a belief that all students can be served in a general educational setting to the degree it serves their special needs and allows for the natural progression of the general education program.  Each building based Pupil Services Team assists general educators in meeting students’ individual needs across educational settings.  Parents are an integral part of the team and are encouraged to participate in all aspects of their child’s education.  Building-based Pupil Service Teams consist of the Principal, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Reading Specialist, Speech and Language Therapist, School Nurse, General and Special Education Teachers, and Director of Pupil Services. 

A wide array of supports and services are available within the Glencoe School District through the Pupil Services Department.  The Department supports the identification of students who may be eligible for 504 Plans, Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) and Response to Intervention Plans (RTI). Teachers, related service team members, and parents can make referrals to the Pupil Service Team.

District 35 is a member of the North Suburban Special Education District (http://www.nssed.org).  This affiliation allows each member district access to additional support services and programs to meet the needs of students. 

For more information about the Pupil Service Department please contact Valerie Lamberti, Director of Pupil Services at 847-835-7800 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Class Specials

Our Class Specials
Monday: CLC at 9:00 - 9:30, P.E. 9:00 - 9:30, Book check out 2:35 - 2:45
Tuesday: Music at 9:00 - 9:30, P.E. 9:30 - 10:00
Wednesday: Spanish at 11:15 - 12:15
Thursday: P.E. at 9:30 - 10:00 and Art from 11:15 - 12:15
Friday: Music at 9:00 - 9:30 and P.E. from 9:30 - 10:00

Our Specials schedule

Music-Monday and Friday 10:10-10:40
CLC-Wednesday 10:00-10:30
Art-Thursday 10:05-11:05
P.E.-Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 2:05-2:35
Spanish-Tuesday and Thursday 2:40-3:10

We Are off to a Great Start!

We are getting into a routine, and starting to dive into learning. We have a great class, and are building our classroom community.

Please use the documents section for homework copies, and the assignment section for Words Their Way homework.

In addition I have our class schedule ready for viewing in the documents section.

Locker Clean Out

Students went through and cleaned/organized their lockers.  Some did not need so much work but others really worked hard to find needed textbooks and supplies to help with their organization skills.  Way to Go!


We are back in the swing.  Students will learn to organize their homework binders and prepare how to complete their homework at home so it will be less work during study time.  Students will learn quick abbreviations to be sure to get their assignments written in their assignment notebook before leaving school.  Students will learn the steps to complete an assignment in the most efficient way so everything gets completed correctly and accurately.  Techniques the students will learn are: Proper Headings on papers, RCRC, Active Reading, T/F tests(what to watch for to avoid common errors), using acronyms to memorize lists of words or facts, how to take notes from written material and lectures, mapping material, answering questions by using part of the question for a complete answer, proofreading techniques.

Keyboarding for Strategies

Once students complete Strategic Studies, they can continue to practice their typing skills at home.  Students can use their own username and password given from class to continue with their typing skills by logging into the program on the web.  https://www.typetolearn.com.

University of Chicago Mathematics - Unit 1 Overview

To learn about what your child will be working on in Unit 1 of our math program, please click on the following link.  The answers to each one of their home links is also found in this document.


Welcome to 3rd Grade!

First 2 days!

What an action packed first 2 days we had. We have been busy learning routines and learning our way around West.  We had a great first day assembly where the students learned about making good choices at West School.  We were lucky enough to get out for recess both days which was fun.  We even started interviewing our classmates.  It is going to be a great year!

Welcome to 4th Grade!

Welcome to 4th grade!  It’s going to be an exciting year ahead.  Check out website for news stories written by 4th graders in our class, for useful links to access in school or at home, and for pictures of our class in action.

Welcome to West

Welcome to West School! We are going to have a terrific year together in third grade. I look forward to meeting you at Move in Day, on August 24th from 1-2. If you ordered school supplies through our PTO, they will be delivered directly to our classroom.  Enjoy these last few days of summer!!

AM Art Club

This year AM Art Club begins on Wednesday September 6th. Am Art Club runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 8:15 am and is open to all Central students. There is a 2 day a week minimum participation for all AM Art Club members. Students should arrive between 7:30 and 7:50. We meet in the Central School art room (L02). AM Art is an open studio format where students come in and work on projects and with materials of their choice. Every so often AM Art participants will work together on a group project for the community or Central School. Come join in the fun!

No AM Art Club Dates:
Friday Oct. 13
Thursday Oct. 19
Friday Nov. 3
Monday Nov. 6
Friday Jan. 19
Friday Feb. 9
Friday April 13
Friday May 11

Green Team

Please make yourself at home on our website and be sure to click on the Gallery tab at the top of the page.  We will be featuring green news, and photos from the Go Green Club, the lunchroom, and classrooms. 

Have you Heard About the Summer Reading Slide?

Read the article Keeping Kids Off the Summer Slide from education.com,  to find out how you can help your child this summer.
Keeping Kids Off the Summer Slide

Finding Leveled Books at the Glencoe Public Library Grades K-2

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
**Watch this short video on how to help your child use the 5 Finger Rule for selecting books at his/her independent reading level.
Finding Just Right Books

Leveled Reading Book Lists K-4

During the summer it is important to provide your child access to high interest books at his/her independent reading level. Included below are links to books at independent reading levels C to Z. Many of these books are at the public library or the bookstore. Please check with their classroom teacher if you do not know your child’s independent reading level.
Leveled Book List- C to I
Leveled Book List- H to M
Leveled Book List- L to P
Leveled Book List- O to T
Leveled Book List- S to W
Leveled Book List- V to Z

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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Glencoe, Illinois 60022

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