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  • February 23, 2024

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 2/22/2024

    February 23, 2024

     

    Upcoming Assessments

     

    During March and April, students will be participating in several assessments. During the weeks of March 4 and 11, 3rd-5th graders will complete the Illinois Assessment for Readiness.  March13th-15th, fifth graders will complete the Illinois Science Assessment. MAP testing will start the week of April 15th for all Kindergarten through 5th grade students. 

     

    Food & Nutrition Services | Seasonal Menus

    The Food & Nutrition Services Department is continually working to provide our students with lunch menu items that they enjoy, while providing a variety of nutritious options for our students. To achieve this, the department has had seasonal menus this school year.  All elementary and middle schools will have a Fall (8/17-11/17), Winter (11/27-2/14), and Spring (2/20-5/31) Menu. Many of our favorite menu items will stay on the menu, however this allows us to add some new products to our menus!

    Our elementary and middle school students taste-tested a variety of new menu items this past fall, and we have selected several of those items to be placed on the spring menu (2/20-5/31). 

    Menu

     

    Multicultural Fair

    We are excited to share with you that our Multicultural Fair will be taking place in the evening this year! This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your family's cultural backgrounds! Also, this year families can bring their favorite snack or dessert to share from their background. Please see the flyer for more information. On the flyer, you can click the word HERE to see examples from the past. Click the word FORM to sign up by Friday, March 22nd. Please email Mrs. Hornberg at bhornberg@sd25.org if you have any questions. Let's make this fair bigger and better than ever!

     

    5Essentials Survey | Click here to take it

    If you have not already, please take a few minutes to complete the 5Essentials Survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at our school and guide improvement. A report will be generated only if we have 20 percent parent participation.

    Survey Link: https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/

    Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

     

    District 25 Pre-Registration is now OPEN
    Pre-Registration is NOW open to families with incoming new and kindergarten students for next year, 2024-2025! Please begin the registration process by visiting www.sd25.org/Registration and clicking on the 2024-2025 Pre-Registration drop down.


    ABC/25 T-Shirt Design

    Enter the ABC/25 T-Shirt Design Contest for a chance to have your design featured on this year's ABC/25 Foundation shirt. T-shirts will be provided with select ticket purchases for the ABC/25 Fun Fair coming on June 1, 2024! Click here for the official rules and to download the design form. All designs are due back to the office by March 1, 2024. 

    Fork Farm

    As part of this fundraiser, ABC/25 is partnering with A Mindful Kitchen from Monday, February 19th - Sunday, February 25th. They will be donating 20% of sales directly to the Fork Farm Initiative when the ABC/25 Foundation is mentioned, either verbally if buying in-store or by writing ABC/25 in the order notes sections of ordering online. A cool note about them is that they have frozen meal options if you're not feeling dinner that particular day but want to support the initiative! Visit their website for more information about their healthy and delicious options. https://amindfulkitchen.com/

     

    Summer U 2024 

    June 6 - June 27, 2024 at Thomas Middle School *Dates subject to change pending review of winter weather emergency days. Registration will begin on March 4, 2024 at 9 am and end on April 26, 2024, at 3 pm. Please visit www.sd25.org/summeru for a full list of courses and times. If you have any questions about Summer U, please email summeru@sd25.org for assistance.

     

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.

    Upcoming Events

    February 26 - 1st and 2nd grade Music Concert
    February 28 - PTA Meeting 7:15 pm
    March 8 - Gator Rock
    March 19 - No School - Election day
    March 25-29 - No School - Spring Break 
    April 1st - School is in session!
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  • February 16, 2024

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 2/16/2024

    February 16, 2024

    Thank you so much for attending Parent/Teacher conferences this week. Our partnership with you in educating your child is so important to us. Thank you, PTA, for the wonderful breakfast and dinner. What wonderful treats! Also, a big THANK YOU to our room moms for planning wonderful Valentine's parties for our students. 

     

    Multicultural Fair

    We are excited to share with you that our Multicultural Fair will be taking place in the evening this year! This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your family's cultural backgrounds! Also, this year, families can bring their favorite snack or dessert to share from their background. Please see the flyer for more information. On the flyer, you can click the word HERE to see examples from the past. Click the word FORM to sign up by Friday, March 22nd. Please email Mrs. Hornberg at bhornberg@sd25.org if you have any questions. Let's make this fair bigger and better than ever!

     

    5Essentials Survey | Click here to take it

    If you have not already, please take a few minutes to complete the 5Essentials Survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at our school and guide improvement. A report will be generated only if we have 20 percent parent participation.

    Survey Link: https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/

    *Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.*

     

    Student Survey (Grades 4-8 ONLY)

    The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered at Greenbrier shortly. For a copy of the questions, click here.

    If you do not want your child to participate, fill out the information at the bottom of this form (linked here) and ask your child to return this sheet to their teacher.

     

    District 25 Pre-Registration is now OPEN
    Pre-Registration is NOW open to families with incoming new and kindergarten students for next year, 2024-2025! Please begin the registration process by visiting www.sd25.org/Registration and clicking on the 2024-2025 Pre-Registration drop down.

     

    ABC/25 T-Shirt Design

    Enter the ABC/25 T-Shirt Design Contest for a chance to have your design featured on this year's ABC/25 Foundation shirt. T-shirts will be provided with select ticket purchases for the ABC/25 Fun Fair coming on June 1, 2024! Click here for the official rules and to download the design form. All designs are due back to the office by March 1, 2024. 

    Fork Farm

    As part of this fundraiser, ABC/25 is partnering with A Mindful Kitchen from Monday, February 19th - Sunday, February 25h. They will be donating 20% of sales directly to the Fork Farm Initiative when the ABC/25 Foundation is mentioned, either verbally if buying in-store or by writing ABC/25 in the order notes sections of ordering online. A cool note about them is that they have frozen meal options if you're not feeling dinner that particular day but want to support the initiative! Visit their website for more information about their healthy and delicious options. https://amindfulkitchen.com/

     

    Summer U 2024 

    June 6 - June 27, 2024 at Thomas Middle School *Dates subject to change pending review of winter weather emergency days. Registration will begin on March 4, 2024 at 9 am and end on April 26, 2024, at 3 pm. Please visit www.sd25.org/summeru for a full list of courses and times. If you have any questions about Summer U, please email summeru@sd25.org for assistance.

     

    The Kids Heart Challenge™

    CELEBRATION continues!

     

    Hi Families,

     

    We are half-way through our Kids Heart Challenge Adventure, and if you haven’t already, the time is now to join the celebration!

     

    CLICK HERE to sign up! Our goal is to have 100% of our students register for Kids Heart Challenge and learn about Hands-Only CPR through Finn’s Mission

     

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    Once you are signed up, become a LIFESAVER and help your student complete Finn’s Mission.

    In doing so, you and your family will learn Hands-Only CPR and the warning signs of a stroke. Then, you’ll earn your very own Finn’s Lifesaver Award!

     

    Check out Phil’s story where he shares how completing Finn’s Mission helped him save a life!

     

    CONGRATULATIONS to the families who have already completed Finn’s Mission!

     

     

     

    Did you know that last year we had 10,656 students in Illinois learn Hands-only CPR through Finn’s Mission?

     

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    Download the KHC app and complete Finn’s Mission on the go!  

     

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.

    Upcoming Events

    February 19- No School
    February 26 - 1st and 2nd grade Music Concert
    February 28 - PTA Meeting 7:15 pm
    March 8 - Gator Rock
     
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  • February 9, 2024

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 2/9/2024

    February 9, 2024

     

    Valentine's Day 

    Valentine's parties are scheduled in elementary classrooms for February 14. Just like our Halloween parties, we will not serve or use food in any crafts or games. Instead, we will focus on games and activities. If your child passes out Valentine's cards to other students, the cards cannot have any candy or food attached. Trinkets such as pencils, erasers, stickers, etc., are great alternatives if they are not edible. Goodie bags filled with trinkets or candy are not allowed. We greatly appreciate our room reps and volunteers who organize and provide fun Valentine's experiences for our students.

    KHC

    WOW! Our Kids Heart Challenge is halfway through, and we are so proud of the involvement so far! A special thank you to the students who have registered and completed Finn’s Mission. For those who have not yet, we’d love for you to join. All you have to do is click this link to register!
    Our School’s Stats:
     $21,604 Raised… we are so close to our goal of $27,000! Help us get there by sending out emails/ecards on the website or texts to family and friends on the APP!
     127 Students registered
     48 Students have completed Finn’s Mission and are officially LIFESAVERS!

    A special shout-out to our LIFESAVER STUDENTS for completing Finn's mission. There’s still time to complete all seven steps at home with your family. Please help our school win the IL Superbowl Challenge by completing all seven steps this weekend!

    Thank you, Greenbrier Elementary

    Your support means so much to our mission of fighting heart disease!

     

    Feb SD

    5Essentials Survey | Click here to take it

    If you have not already, please take a few minutes to complete the 5Essentials Survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at our school and guide improvement. A report will be generated only if we have 20 percent parent participation.

    Survey Link: https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/

    *Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.*

     

    Student Survey (Grades 4-8 ONLY)

    The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered at Greenbrier shortly. For a copy of the questions, click here.

    If you do not want your child to participate, fill out the information at the bottom of this form (linked here) and ask your child to return this sheet to their teacher.

     

    District 25 Pre-Registration is now OPEN
    Pre-Registration is NOW open to families with incoming new and kindergarten students for next year, 2024-2025! Please begin the registration process by visiting www.sd25.org/Registration and clicking on the 2024-2025 Pre-Registration drop down.

     

    ABC/25 T-Shirt Design

    Enter the ABC/25 T-Shirt Design Contest for a chance to have your design featured on this year's ABC/25 Foundation shirt. T-shirts will be provided with select ticket purchases for the ABC/25 Fun Fair coming on June 1, 2024! Click here for the official rules and to download the design form. All designs are due back to the office by March 1, 2024. 

    Fork Farm

    As part of this fundraiser, ABC/25 is partnering with A Mindful Kitchen from Monday, February 19th - Sunday, February 25h. They will be donating 20% of sales directly to the Fork Farm Initiative when the ABC/25 Foundation is mentioned, either verbally if buying in-store or by writing ABC/25 in the order notes sections of ordering online. A cool note about them is that they have frozen meal options if you're not feeling dinner that particular day but want to support the initiative! Visit their website for more information about their healthy and delicious options. https://amindfulkitchen.com/

     

    ABC/25 Event
    ABC/25 is hosting a STEM Event at Ivy Hill on Monday, February 19th, called Exploring Cryogenics with Mr. Freeze. Mr. Freeze from Fermilab will get kids (and adults) excited about science as he demonstrates cryogenics using liquid nitrogen. This event is free for members and $10 per participant for non-members of the ABC/25 Foundation. It's a fantastic show, but even with two show times, space is limited and filling up fast, so sign up now! Make sure to sign up each child individually here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0949A4AC2FA0FCCF8-46656888-thecoolestshow#/.

     

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.

    Upcoming Events

    February 15-16 - Parent /Teacher Conferences
    February 19- No School
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  • February 2, 2024

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 2/2/2024

    February 2, 2024

     

     

    Digital Citizen Week

    The week of February 5th, District 25 will be recognizing the importance of Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety by having a Digital Citizenship Spirit week! Get dressed up and learn about the best ways to be kind, safe, and responsible online!

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    Valentine's Day 

    Valentine's parties are scheduled in elementary classrooms for February 14. Just like our Halloween parties, we will not serve or use food in any crafts or games. Instead, we will focus on games and activities. Room reps should double-check with their classroom teachers to verify the start time. If your child passes out Valentine's cards to other students, the cards cannot have any candy or food attached. Trinkets such as pencils, erasers, stickers, etc., are great alternatives if they are not edible. Goodie bags filled with trinkets or candy are not allowed. We greatly appreciate our room reps and volunteers who organize and provide fun Valentine's experiences for our students.

    KHC

    Greenbrier Elementary is having so much fun with the Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association! Alongside this year’s heart heroes, we’re learning about healthy hearts and life lessons like getting active, asking for help, resting well, and being kind.


    BONUS: your student will get a free wristband for joining HERE or using the AHA Schools app.

     

    Book talk

    Click HERE to RSVP for the LMC Book Talk

     

     

    5Essentials Survey | Click here to take it

    If you have not already, please take a few minutes to complete the 5Essentials Survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at our school and guide improvement. A report will be generated only if we have 20 percent parent participation.

    Survey Link: https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/

    *Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.*

     

    Student Survey (Grades 4-8 ONLY)

    The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered at Greenbrier shortly. For a copy of the questions, click here.

    If you do not want your child to participate, fill out the information at the bottom of this form (linked here) and ask your child to return this sheet to their teacher.

     

    District 25 Pre-Registration is now OPEN
    Pre-Registration is NOW open to families with incoming new and kindergarten students for next year, 2024-2025! Please begin the registration process by visiting www.sd25.org/Registration and clicking on the 2024-2025 Pre-Registration drop down.

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.

    Upcoming Events

    February 6 - K-2nd Healthy Kids Gym Night

    February 7 - 3rd -5th Healthy Kids Gym Night
     
    February 15-16 - Parent /Teacher Conferences
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  • January 26, 2024

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 1/26/2024

    Valentine's Day 

    Valentine's parties are scheduled in elementary classrooms for February 14. Just like our Halloween parties, we will not serve or use food in any crafts or games. Instead, we will focus on games and activities. Room reps should double-check with their classroom teachers to verify the start time. If your child passes out Valentine's cards to other students, the cards cannot have any candy or food attached. Trinkets such as pencils, erasers, stickers, etc., are great alternatives if they are not edible. Goodie bags filled with trinkets or candy are not allowed. We greatly appreciate our room reps and volunteers who organize and provide fun Valentine's experiences for our students.

    Book talk

    Click HERE to RSVP for the LMC Book Talk

     

    District 25 Pre-Registration is now OPEN
    Pre-Registration is NOW open to families with incoming new and kindergarten students for next year, 2024-2025! Please begin the registration process by visiting www.sd25.org/Registration and clicking on the 2024-2025 Pre-Registration drop down.

     

    For Fifth Grade Families

    The annual 5th grade World Language Choice system for current 5th graders is live. Families received personalized letters on Friday, January 19, with their login info. The window is open from Monday, January 22nd - Wednesday, January 31st. 

     

    Kids Heart Challenge™ is HERE!

    Kids Heart Challenge has officially kicked off!

     

    Our kids will feel good by doing good, knowing they made a difference for kids just like them!

    • Start by downloading the Kids Heart Challenge APP or click this link [HERE] to sign up 
    • Complete Finn’s Missions: learn TWO lifesaving skills as a family TONIGHT!
    • Become a Heart Hero: Send emails/e-cards on the website or texts via the app to invite friends and family asking for support. 

     

    Watch the official kick-off video HERE to get to know our heart heroes!

    PLUS, this Online Envelope will show you all the thank you gifts your student can earn.

     

     

     

    Together, as a school community, we are helping kids like Everly

     

     

     

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           CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

     

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    OR DOWNLOAD THE

    KIDS HEART CHALLENGE APP

     

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    Thank you so much for supporting our school

    and the American Heart Association!

     

    Interested in learning more about advocating for the Association? Join You’re the Cure.

     

    © Copyright 2023 American Heart Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. All rights reserved.

    Kids Heart Challenge is a trademark of the Association. Unauthorized use prohibited.

     

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.

    Upcoming Events

    January 26 - Sign-up for parent-teacher conferences will be emailed to parents.

    February 6 - K-2nd Healthy Kids Gym Night

    February 7 - 3rd -5th Healthy Kids Gym Night
     
    February 15-16 - Parent /Teacher Conferences
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  • January 19, 2024

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 1/19/2024

    Valentine's Day 

    Valentine's parties are scheduled in elementary classrooms for February 14. Just like our Halloween parties, we will not serve or use food in any crafts or games. Instead, we will focus on games and activities. Room reps should double-check with their classroom teachers to verify the start time. If your child passes out Valentine's cards to other students, the cards cannot have any candy or food attached. A trinket such as pencils, erasers, stickers, etc., are great alternatives if they are not edible. Goodie bags filled with trinkets or candy are not allowed. We greatly appreciate our room reps and volunteers who organize and provide fun Valentine's experiences for our students.

     

    District 25 Pre-Registration is now OPEN
    Pre-Registration is NOW open to families with incoming new and kindergarten students for next year, 2024-2025! Please begin the registration process by visiting www.sd25.org/Registration and clicking on the 2024-2025 Pre-Registration drop down.

     

    Greenbrier’s rockin’ annual talent show event 

          Date: Friday, March 8th

         Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

         Place: Thomas Middle School

    Click HERE for information about performing at Gator Rock!

     

    Winter Movie Night

    Tonight, Friday Jan 19th.

    Arrival at 6.20

    Featuring "Inside Out" in the Greenbrier Commons.

    $5/ Child  or $10/Family. 

    Parents must come in the building to drop K-5 students. EC students may attend, but a parent must stay.

    Contact Katelyn Lorenz (KJLorenz27@gmail.com) or Karyn Woolsey (KNelson42@gmail.com) with any questions.

     

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.

    Upcoming Events

    January 23 - PTA meeting 7:15
    January 26 - Sign-up for parent-teacher conferences will be emailed to parents.

     

     

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  • January 12, 2024

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 1/12/2024

    January 5, 2024

    Thank you all for your flexibility as we transitioned from an e-learning day to an emergency day. I hope that you all stay warm and safe this weekend. Please watch for updates as the very cold weather moves in this weekend.

     

    District 25 Pre-Registration is now OPEN
    Pre-Registration is NOW open to families with incoming new and kindergarten students for next year, 2024-2025! Please begin the registration process by visiting www.sd25.org/Registration and clicking on the 2024-2025 Pre-Registration drop down.

    Greenbrier Elementary Families,

    Kids Heart Challenge™ is Coming!

    It’s time to CELEBRATE heart health with the Heart Heroes!

    Our school is kicking off a service-learning program, Kids Heart Challenge on

    1/19/24

    Get started by clicking the link below.

     

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    REGISTER YOUR STUDENT BY CLICKING HERE

     

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    OR DOWNLOAD THE

    KIDS HEART CHALLENGE APP

     

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    PLUS, any student who completes Finn’s Mission BEFORE Kickoff Day will be recognized at the Kickoff Assembly!

    *Finn’s Mission is located at the top of your student’s website after you log in!

     

    Thank you so much for supporting our school

    and the American Heart Association!

     

    Interested in learning more about advocating for the Association? Join You’re the Cure.

     

    © Copyright 2023 American Heart Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. All rights reserved.

    Kids Heart Challenge is a trademark of the Association. Unauthorized use prohibited.

     

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.

    Upcoming Events

    January 15 - No School
    January 19 - Movie Night
    January 23 - PTA meeting 7:15
    January 26 - Sign-up for parent-teacher conferences will be emailed to parents.
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  • December 22, 2023

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 12/22/2023

    December 22, 2023

     

    We wish you a wonderful, healthy, and fun filled winter break! Thank you for sharing your children with us. They bring a smile to our faces every day! Enjoy time with your families and friends. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, January 9, 2024!!

    Winter Break emails

    I have asked the staff to unplug and recharge. They will be putting away messages on their email accounts and will not respond to any issues or concerns when they return on Monday, January 8th.

     

    Early Childhood Lottery Form- Link Error

    Our District 25 Early Childhood Program offers preschool classes Monday - Thursday in the morning (9:10 am - 11:40 am) and afternoon (12:50 pm - 3:20 pm) at a tuition cost of $350/month following the D25 school calendar.

    We offer a lottery for the open tuition spots. The link in last week's Gazette was not recording any information. Please click here to complete the 2024-25 Lottery Form. Please complete it again if you submitted it using the link in last week's email. The lottery is open until January 25, 2024 at 4:00 pm.

    For more information, please visit our website, stop by our booth at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library | Preschool Information Night on January 17th, or contact us at 847-398-4211.

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    Pre-Registration for Kindergarten 2024-2025

    Pre-registration will open for Full Day Kindergarten on Friday, January 12, 2024. Information and step-by-step registration guidance will be available on our website at www.sd25.org/Registration on that date.

     

    Attendance letters

    Attendance letters will go out after winter break. Sorry for the delay.

     

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.

    Upcoming Events

    December 25 - January 8th - Winter Break
     
    January 9 - School resumes
     
    January 15 - No School
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  • December 15, 2023

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 12/15/2023

    December 15, 2023

    Lost and Found

    This week, we will have the lost and found items out on the stage. Please ask your children to check the stage if they are missing any items. We will donate all leftover items over winter break.

     

    Pre-Registration for Kindergarten 2024-2025

    Pre-registration will open for Full Day Kindergarten on Friday, January 12, 2024. Information and step-by-step registration guidance will be available on our website at www.sd25.org/Registration on that date.

     

    Early Childhood Lottery Form

    Our District 25 Early Childhood Program offers preschool classes Monday - Thursday in the morning (9:10 am - 11:40 am) and afternoon (12:50 pm - 3:20 pm) at a tuition cost of $350/month following the D25 school calendar.

    We offer a lottery for the open tuition spots. Please click here to complete the 2024-25 Lottery Form. The lottery is open until January 25, 2024 at 4:00 pm.

    For more information please visit our website, stop by our booth at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library | Preschool Information Night on January 17th, or contact us at 847-398-4211.

     

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.

    Upcoming Events

    December 21st - We Are GB Day - Wear your green We are GB shirt

    December 25 - January 8th - Winter Break
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  • December 8, 2023

    Posted by Donna Bingaman on 12/8/2023

    December 8th, 2023

    Staffing Update

    Please welcome Lisa Passmore to the Greenbrier Pond. She will be the new administrative assistant, working alongside Karen Pilli. She will be training on December 8 and 15th, and will start full-time on the 18th. Amanda Spence will be helping with the training on days when she is not at Dunton. Amanda's last day at Greenbrier will be December 22nd. 

     

    MAP Testing Continues

    Kindergartners, first and second graders will take the reading MAP test on December 14th. Third, fourth, and fifth graders will take the reading MAP test on December 12th. Please try to have students in attendance on those days.

     

    attendance

    Sometime before Winter Break, I will send letters to the parents of students who have missed 10% or more of the last 180 days of school. We realize that the majority of absences reported are due to illness or injury. We want all students to do their best and be successful. School attendance is an important factor in attaining this goal. It is important that students be in attendance to receive the greatest benefit. There is no substitute for direct teacher instruction and class interaction, regardless of homework availability. Below is information regarding student attendance from the Parent Handbook. Please read this carefully and try to plan appointments and vacations for non-attendance days. 

    REGULAR ATTENDANCE

    Success in school requires regular attendance. All children are expected to attend regularly, unless they are ill or important family matters arise.

    Students absent from classes on the day of an extracurricular event may not be allowed to participate in that day’s activities or events. Prior planning by parents and school helps eliminate any such conflicts. 

    TRUANCY

    District 25 recognizes the impact of regular school attendance on educational performance. It is also important that the students have a good start to the school day by arriving on time. To that end, the district has a truancy officer to monitor student attendance. The truancy process is begun when a student has been absent or tardy for more than 5% of school days. School staff will work with families to help students and families with these issues. However, if these efforts are not successful, the truancy officer will contact the family to address this concern. For more information regarding truancy, contact the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.

    REPORTING AN ABSENCE

    Parents/guardians are required to report a child’s absence on the day of the absence. 

    Early Childhood and Elementary School: Some elementary schools want parents to call the school office to report an absence; others use the District 25 voice mail system or the online absence reporting form to be found online. Check with your school office for specific procedures or visit here: www.sd25.org/Absences. Please let the school know of an absence before 9:30 a.m. If the absence is for the afternoon only, please call by 1:15 p.m.

    If a student is absent several consecutive days, please notify the school each day of the absence.

    If the school office has not been notified of a child’s absence by the designated time, the school will call the child’s parents/guardians. If they cannot be reached, the school will attempt to call the emergency contact persons listed on the emergency form. This form is included in the registration packet. This procedure is followed so that parents will know each day that their child has arrived safely at school.

    EXCUSING CHILDREN FOR RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS

    Absences due to religious holidays that fall on days when District 25 is in session will be considered excused, and students will be given the opportunity to make up any work missed. The district will make every effort to ensure that major testing and significant school events are not held on religious holidays.

    EXCUSING CHILDREN FOR FAMILY VACATIONS

    If you are planning a vacation that will cause your child to miss school, you should discuss the matter with the school principal well in advance of the absence. You should be aware of the effects such an absence may have on your child’s progress.

    The principal will outline for you what the teachers will do to prepare your child for the absence. While no assignments prepared for a vacationing child can substitute adequately for actual school attendance, the school will work with you and your child to ensure continued progress in classroom work.

    We strongly encourage parents to plan vacation periods at a time other than when school is in session. It is extremely difficult for a student to make up missed work over an extended period because of the sequential teaching and learning processes.

    Parents who find they must take their child from school for an extended absence are requested to discuss the matter first with the principal well in advance of the date of the absence. Although parents must make the final decision regarding a student’s absence from school, the principal and teachers are glad to discuss with each parent the probable effects upon the child. Schoolwork missed as a result of a family vacation should be handed in no later than (3) days after returning from the vacation or per the final agreement established between teacher and student/parent.

    MAKE UP WORK

    When a student is absent from school for any reason, parents may request missed work on the 3rd consecutive school day of the absence. Please email your student’s teacher or contact the main office if you would like work provided. Work will then be available for pick up, in the student office after 3 pm or emailed directly to the parent or student when possible.

    When a student is absent from school, it is the student’s obligation to return the completed assignments and resource books to their classroom teachers. Typically a student is given 1 day for each day absent to return given materials, however a teacher may specify different expectations to the student or parent.

    EXCUSING CHILDREN FOR MENTAL HEALTH DAYS

    Students are allowed to take up to five mental or behavioral health days per year. A medical absence note from a physician is not required and students will be given the opportunity to make up any work missed. Following the second day, a student may be referred to the appropriate school personnel.

    Your cooperation to ensure good school attendance is very important. Being absent just seven days a year in elementary school is equal to missing a quarter of a year of school. Please contact us if we can be of any assistance to you in ensuring good attendance for your child.

     

    Lost and Found

    Over the next two weeks, we will have the lost and found items out on the stage. Please ask your children to check the stage if they are missing any items. We will donate all leftover items over winter break.

     

    Weekly E-Flyers

    Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.

    Upcoming Events

    December 14th - 5th grade Band Concert

    December 21st - We Are GB Day - Wear your green We are GB shirt

    December 25 - January 8th - Winter Break
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