Dear Meadow Glens Families,
Welcome back to school. I hope that you and your family enjoyed winter break. The teachers and I were happy to see the kids and get on with the business of school. There is so much that needs to be done between now and spring break that it is hard to live in the moment and not waste energy anticipating all the items on the “to do” list. I think that is a curse of modern day life, don’t you? I have a sign in my office that I refer to whenever I get this “hurry up” feeling. It says “Enjoy Life. This is not a dress rehearsal!”… Good advice for a cold winter’s day. Katy Lynch
Severe Weather- Late Start
Naperville School District 203 will continue to run a late start schedule for all schools on severe weather days. The late start schedule provides the flexibility to begin school two hours later than normal, allowing time for roads to be cleared and temperatures to rise. This alternative eliminates a situation where severe weather in the early morning leads to a decision to close schools for an entire day when it is not warranted.
On late start schedule days district buses will arrive at the scheduled pick-up points two hours later than their regularly-scheduled time. Students who walk or drive to school should arrive at (not prior to) the times listed below. In the event a late start schedule is utilized, dismissal times will not change. Sodexho, our food service provider, will continue to serve meals as usual.
Drop off will be at 10:00 AM with a 10:15 school start. Dismissal will remain at 2:30 PM.
YMCA’s Safe ‘n Sound Program
AM programs will not be offered; PM programs will be in session.
Field trips will be cancelled as will all intra-school transportation.
School closures and late starts will be announced by 5:45 AM on District 203’s website – http://www.naperville203.org – and through the District’s Talk203 notification system (encompassing email, SMS and telephone calls). In addition, school closures and late starts are reported to the Emergency Closing Center, which broadcasts the information on the following Chicago stations: WGN-AM (720), WBBM-AM (780), and CBS-TV (2), NBC-TV (5), ABC-TV (7), WGN-TV (9), FOX-TV, and CLTV cable. Families may also call the District Administrative Offices – (630) 420-6300 – to hear a recorded telephone message concerning a school closing or late start. On late start days, parents and staff are encouraged to continue to monitor the District’s website for updates on the status of after-school activities. Information will be posted no later than 2 PM.
The Student Council has been very busy this year. They have successfully planned and carried out three Spirit Days, which the students thoroughly enjoyed. The purpose of these days is to promote a sense of community among staff and students. Four more Spirit Days are planned for the year: January 27 Pajama Day, February 3rd Sports Day, April 28th Hawaiian Day, and May 12th Color Competition Day.
ACCESS testing begins January 9th. The Illinois State Board of Education allows a 5-week window for the administration of the entire test (January 9 – February 10, 2016). If your child qualifies for ELL services they will be tested during this window.
Dodgin’ 4 Lou Gehrig’s Disease 6th Annual Dodge Ball Tournament
HS Gymnasium and Field House starting at 5pm. This tournament was created in 2012 in honor of our Meadow Glens Elementary school gym teacher’s (Chris Benyo) wife, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The 6th Annual tournament will be in honor of Denise (Chris Benyo’s wife), who lost her battle with the disease in July. All of the proceeds from this tournament will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Check out the event website: www.dodgin4lougehrigs.com
Yes, it is that time of year when we look in every nook and cranny for five year old children, who will be attending Meadow Glens kindergarten in August 2017. A child will be eligible for kindergarten if he/she is five years old by September 1st and lives in our attendance area.
On Wednesday, March 8th we will be hosting our annual Kindergarten Preview. Students will be able to visit the classrooms and parents will have an opportunity to learn about the kindergarten program and ask questions about our school. Please help us get the word out to any new families who should attend the meeting. For more information, call 630-420-3200.
We will not attend school on Monday, January 16th in honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.
A Message from the past…
On the third Monday in January of each year, we celebrate a very special holiday. We honor the life of a man who saw injustice; who witnessed firsthand the horror of discrimination; who suffered the sting of racism- someone who knew all that, yet did not allow it to defeat him. He peacefully fought for the rights of all humanity and widened the publics’ lens to the complex world of tolerance, appreciation and acceptance of others. I speak, of course, of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In today’s world, it is more important than ever to help students develop a core set of skills that help navigate life’s moral and interpersonal challenges. In a society that often finds entertainment in the degradation of others, our students are inundated with mixed messages. At Meadow Glens, administration, teachers and support staff help students develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. These skills include recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.
Intolerance is a complex social issue that calls upon parents and family members to actively support the school in encouraging positive, constructive, and responsible student behavior. Emotionally intelligent students stand out. Their ability to empathize, control emotions, communicate effectively, make responsible decisions, solve problems, persevere and get along with others earns them many friendships and respect.
Our classroom teachers reinforce SOAR expectations throughout the year and help instill a set of skills students can use to control impulses and make thoughtful decisions, nurturing an internal locus of control in students and illuminating options. Through ongoing classroom meetings and targeted social emotional learning lessons provided by our social worker and school psychologist, we are teaching students skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically. The power that family involvement has to positively influence student behavior is without question. Together, we can deal a mighty blow to the intolerance that threatens to consume our children, but that’s the way it will definitely have to be done—together.
So it is that we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We honor his efforts and his struggle for human rights that will continue while humanity endures. By his actions and words, he taught us what it meant to be both academically and emotionally intelligent. Let us honor Dr. King and everything he stands for now, on this special day, and in our hearts and minds and actions throughout the year to come.
HOME &SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
Adult Social/Learning Commons Fundraiser
Preparation for our Adult social is in full swing, and we need your help! Please consider being a part of this fun committee. From small to large time commitment, we could really use all the help we could get. The theme is “Luck of the Eagles” and we will be hosting this event on Friday, March 10th 2017. This is a BIG fundraising event for our school and we are in need of volunteers to help us make this a GREAT event! Attached is the signup genius, we would love to add you to the team. Any questions please email: email@example.com.
SFCP will meet Tuesday, January 17, at 6-7pm in the MPR. STEM Discovery Night and Science Olympiad will be discussed. Save the date for our third annual STEM Discovery Night- pi day- March 14, 2017. Attend the SFCP meeting and bring ideas for improving this amazing evening event. Much help will also be needed, and the call for volunteers will be coming soon.
Reading Incentive Program
Home & School is in the process of organizing a reading incentive program for this year. Please look for information coming home in your child’s backpack.
Nominations for Home & School Board
Information regarding H&S Nominations will be going home next week. I encourage you to consider supporting your child(ren) and Meadow Glens Elementary School by volunteering for a board position.
Lego Engineering Club – After School STEM Enrichment program- 1st through 5th grade
You can register for the winter and spring sessions for Bricks 4 Kidz at www.bricks4kidz.com/naperville
January 16 No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. day observed
January 26 K-5 Open House 6:30-8:00
January 30 Foodraiser at MOD Pizza- information will be coming home
February 27 Band and Orchestra Concert 7:00-8:00 in gym
February 27 Kick-off for One School, One Book Event
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Focus 203 - Spring Session
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM Focus 203 - Spring Session
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Board of Education
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM K-5 Open House
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM "Life Begins" 5th Gr Program