Dear Meadow Glens Families,
At Meadow Glens, we are fortunate to have great kids who come to school ready to learn and eager for the day. We are surrounded by the loving families of our students, people who care deeply about their children and their school. We are lucky to have dedicated teachers who work harder and are more effective than any other faculty I have known. We have a nice building, plenty of materials, a terrific playground, and lots of smiles from almost everyone who walks in the door. It’s hard to think that we would want more for our students, but at Meadow Glens we are always looking for ways to improve and provide the best learning experience for all of our students.
For the past five years, the teachers and staff at Meadow Glens have been diligently redefining our learning environment for our students. Recently, our district adopted a “Library Learning Commons” vision that shifts our focus from a traditional library space to an environment which supports how our students learn in today’s world. Our children and students are digital natives and have always experienced a world that is changing at a fast pace, which is having a powerful impact on them as learners. They have embraced this digital world as it provides consistent relevance and meaning through an array of interactive experiences. Our recent adoption of the “Library Learning Commons” provides a model that more closely aligns to the way our students learn and aligns with their world.
To support this journey, Meadow Glens Home & School is supporting fundraising efforts to launch a “makerspace” in the Learning Commons at Meadow Glens Elementary School. What is a makerspace? Well, it is a place where students have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects. The maker movement has gained particular traction since the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards and is often associated with STEM-related concepts and technology-based activities. In planning the makerspace, we examined the ever-changing landscape of global technology trends to find tools for the makerspace that would inspire and allow for an environment rich with possibilities. The possible tools identified for the makerspace included the following: Legos, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey Kits, littleBits, Arduino Boards, Molecular Gastronomy Kits, Robot Kits, Papertronics, and Wearable Technology Items. A makerspace is one way for libraries to support innovation and creativity, using library space in ways that people want and need.
I am asking for your support of an upcoming Adult Social Fundraiser planned at the Alfred Rubin Community Center on March 10, 2017. The Adult Social will include an auction, in an effort to raise funds to enhance the makerspace in the Learning Commons. Please consider donating something for the auction. Home & School is a (501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations to Home & School are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please feel free to contact the Home & School Social Committee email@example.com if you would like additional information about this fundraiser or would like to make a donation.
On behalf of Meadow Glens, I would like to thank you, in advance, for your generous donation and support for helping to make this year’s event a success.
Arrival-Dismissal Traffic Patterns Study
Thank you for those of you using crosswalks, following traffic patterns, and modeling safe behavior for our students even when you are in a rush to get to your next destination. In an effort to keep our students safe, we must all work together to address concerns that have a significant impact on student safety. We are committed to ensure a safe and secure environment for our students, staff, and visitors.
Arrival and dismissal are busy times in an elementary school. Meadow Glens is no exception! This fall, SFCP, school community members, the school safety committee, D203 transportation department, the Naperville Police Department, and the City of Naperville Transportation and Engineering Department reviewed our arrival and dismissal procedures, practices and traffic patterns. SFCP prepared the attached document with findings from this study and the responses to questions from the public forum. We appreciate the time and effort each of these stakeholders had in reviewing and making recommendations to improve the arrival-dismissal procedures and traffic patterns at Meadow Glens.
Looking For Five Year Olds
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 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. Look for more information about our upcoming Kindergarten preview scheduled on March 8th.
Meadow Glens is Ranked #1 According to Niche 2017 Best Public Elementary Schools in Illinois
The 2017 Best Public Elementary Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings, and the overall quality of the school district.
Lego Engineering Club – After School STEM Enrichment program – 1st through 5th grade
Bricks 4 Kidz offers hands-on, interactive and engaging curriculum that introduces students to STEM concepts and mechanics using LEGO® bricks, gears, axles and motors. The program provides children the opportunity to build motorized models using proprietary model plans and kits. Bricks 4 Kidz will be offering sessions starting back after winter break on Tuesdays from 2:30 – 3:30pm (from January through May). The link below provides further details on the session and future upcoming sessions. Limited availability, register soon! Register online at www.bricks4kidz.com/naperville
Golden Apple Nominations
Is there a fourth or fifth grade teacher at Meadow Glens who deserves recognition for superior service to our students, school, and community? We invite you to please nominate them for a Golden Apple Award today! It’s easy to nominate a deserving teacher - just submit a nomination online from now until the deadline of December 31, 2016. To be eligible for the 2017 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, teachers must be actively teaching in a 4th-8th-grade class within Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, or Will counties and have served for a minimum of five years. This year, 10 award recipients will each receive a $5,000 cash reward, experience a spring quarter sabbatical at Northwestern University, and become a lifetime Fellow of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators. We greatly appreciate your nomination of an excellent teacher at Meadow Glens Elementary School. Nominations are due by December 31, 2016.
It Is Beginning to Look a Lot Like Winter!
The purpose of requiring students to wear snow pants, snow boots and mittens or gloves when playing outside in the snow during recess, is to keep our students safe and dry. There is nothing worse than sitting in your classroom after recess in cold, wet clothes and trying to learn. Therefore, if students are not wearing snow pants, snow boots, and mittens and gloves, students will not be allowed to play in the snow and must remain on the black top.
5 Essentials Survey
We encourage all parents to take the 5 Essentials Survey as soon as possible. The survey takes less than 10 minutes and will benefit Meadow Glens. Please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/
As soon as possible Return Incoming Kindergarten Information Form to School Office
December 22 All School Sing Along and Winter Celebration Parties
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM H & S Mtg MPR
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM SFCP Meeting
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 "Life Begins" 5th Gr Program