1 Wright Elementary s February 5, 2015 Virtual Backpack VIRTUAL BACKPACK WRIGHT s PTO Website WrIght I This Week s Contents: Mr. Wicker s Letter, PTO s Meeting w/ Mr. Heid Principal s Reading Challenge, Daddy Daughter Dance Invitation, Market Day PowerKnowlege Science Suite, Erin s Law (House Bill 6193) Black History Month Library Program, Hampshire Wildcat s LaCrosse, AAYO Baseball & Softball Registration, D300 Piano Festival Important Health Reminders for 15-16, Type to Learn, Box Tops TUESDAY - Feb 10 PTO meeting w/ Mr. Heid 6:45 p.m. in café MONDAY - Feb 16 NO SCHOOL - PRESIDENT S DAY SATURDAY - Feb 21 Daddy Daughter Dance 6:00-8:30 p.m. MONDAY - Feb 23rd 1st Grade Music Performance 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY - Feb 25 5th Grade Music/Talent Performance 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. THURSDAY - Feb 26 5th Grade Band Performance at HMS 7:00 p.m.
2 Wright Elementary School Community Unit School District Ketchum Road Hampshire, IL Don Wicker, Principal Wright Families, Next week on Friday we will be having our Valentine s Day parties. Please check with your classroom teacher on the specific party times and any other important information. Thank you for your continued support on our new policy on parents helping with parties, it s appreciated. I also wanted everyone to know that Mr. Heid our Superintendent will be joining us at our PTO meeting next Tuesday evening, February 10 th at 6:45 in the school s cafeteria. Please come out and join us for the evening. As always if there is anything that I can do for anyone please just let me know. Thank you again for all that you do for your children and everyone here at Wright! Sincerely, Mr. Wicker Family, school and community coming together to create students who are Respectful, Responsible and Ready
3 Please join us at our next GDW PTO GENERAL MEETING FEBRUARY 10,2015 6:45-8:00 PM COME AND MEET SUPERINTENDENT FRED HEID THIS IS YOUR TIME TO ASK ANY QUES- TIONS YOU HAVE REGARDING OUR SCHOOL, DISTRICT, ETC.
5 Registration Open! Ages 8 to 15 Practice starts the end of March 2015 SPRING SEASON Hampshire Youth Lacrosse is accepting registrations for the spring season. Boys and girls ages 8(2 nd grade) age 15 are welcome to join. NO experience necessary. Visit our website at for more information or to register. Games Run Mid- April to June Register online at hampshirelax.com HYLAX serves Hampshire and the surrounding communities An Introduction clinic will be held for those that are new to lacrosse. Watch our website for further details. Come and try out lacrosse and see if you like it. If you have any questions please Amy Tiedt at HYLAX PO Box 422 Hampshire, IL
6 2 nd Annual Black History Month Library Program For the second year, District 300 and the Algonquin Area Public Library have joined efforts to celebrate Black History Month. Chris Vallillo from The Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Speakers Bureau and award-winning folk singer will provide a presentation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of Vallillo will also perform essential songs that inspired and sustained participants in the Civil Rights Movement and discusses the importance of music to this vital chapter of American History. Title: Music of the Civil Rights Movement Date: Sunday February 15, 2015 Time: 2:00-3:00 pm Location: Eastgate Branch of the Algonquin Area Public Library, 115 Eastgate Drive, Algonquin, IL Attendance is FREE, but registration is required to plan for seating arrangements. Registration begins: February 1. Register by phone: x 143 Register online: Contact: Virginia Freyre Program Content: From "We Shall Overcome" to "This Little Light of Mine," music played a vital role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, spreading the message of equality and justice and rallying people to the cause. Songs both old and new spoke of the yearning for freedom and the struggle and determination to attain it in ways that engaged and energized the movement and the nation.
7 PRINCIPAL S READING CHALLENGE Read Every Day (you MAY count class reading assignments) Challenge runs January 19 th thru February 20 th. Record Minutes on Reading Log PreK Read 1 book 5 days/wk 5 books / wk 25 Total books Kdr 15 min./day 5 days/wk 75 min. / wk 375 Total 1 st 20 min./day 5 days/wk 100 min. / wk 500 Total 2 nd 20 min./day 5 days/wk 100 min. / wk 500 Total 3 rd 25 min./day 5 days/wk 125 min. / wk 625 Total 4 th 25 min./day 5 days/wk 125 min. / wk 625 Total 5 th 30 min./day 5 days/wk 150 min. / wk 750 Total NEW Grand Finale Prize! A Six Flags Ticket (Pirates Cove for PreK) The final award for completion of the program will be a Six Flags ticket (Pirate s Cove for PreK). You may still earn the ticket even if you get behind a week, as long as you make up your required minutes by February 20 th. The completed Reading Log needs to be turned in on Monday, February 23 rd to receive a free ticket.
8 STUDENT READING LOG Complete and return this sheet to your teacher MON. FEBRUARY 23rd Student Name (first name and last initial): Teacher: Welcome to the Principal s Reading Challenge! To participate, you need to read for your grade level minutes (see front). You can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books. Reading for homework or a class assignment DOES count. This log will help you keep track of all of your reading. List what you read and the time you spend reading. Have a parent or teacher initial this log every time you read. Return this page Monday, Feb 23rd to get your prize. Your prize will be given to you by your teacher near the very end of the year. Date What I Read Time Parent/Teacher Initials Total Amount of Time Read I certify that student named above has completed the required reading for this challenge. I am also aware that the one free admission ticket that my child will receive is valid only at participating Six Flags theme parks on select dates during the 2015 season. Dates will be included on the tickets. I also understand that late entries will not be accepted, and tickets are NOT valid for anyone over age 13, are not for resale and cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or damaged. Parent/Teacher Initials
11 Dear Families: We re excited to introduce you to the PowerKnowledge Science Suite! Students can access these resources anytime, anywhere you ve got internet from school, to home, and anywhere in between. The PK Science Suite, which includes Life Science, Earth & Space, and Physical Science, is an online resource specifi cally geared towards learners in grades 3-6. It gives students the tools to gather, describe and use information to understand the natural and designed world. Your child will get essential research, report, and homework help, along with fun and interactive games to reinforce skills and content. Hands-on science fair projects, experiments, and activities will keep your child involved, while text-to-speech and text highlighting provides essential support for readers of all levels. The PowerKnowledge Science Suite will work on your PC, Mac, ipad, Chromebook, and any IOS or Android device. Accessing PowerKnowledge Science Suite: To explore PK Science Suite at home, visit any of these urls and log in with our school-wide username and password. Once logged in, you can switch between all three resources by clicking the icons on the top left corner of the screen. Life Science: Earth & Space: Physical Science: Username: Password: Happy learning! 29 E. 21st St. New York, NY rosendigital.com
12 Wright Elementary School Community Unit School District Ketchum Road Hampshire, IL Don Wicker, Principal Dear Gary D. Wright Families, Erin s Law, House Bill 6193 was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, This new law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades pre-k through 12. Just like last year, the prevention educators at Community Crisis Center would like to assist our school in implementing this mandate at GDW. I am pleased to inform you that their services are free of charge. This school year ( ) the program is for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and will be held on various days during the last three weeks in February. The Community Crisis Center s presentations are developmentally appropriate, interactive and aligned with learning standards. The focus of the presentation is on teaching children basic skills that will help keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. We at GDW believe prevention to be the number one priority in making a difference in our society and our children s safety. The following are some of the concepts that will be discussed: Distinguishing different types of touch Safety rules at home and school Saying NO Secrets It s not the child s fault if someone touches him or her Telling a trusted adult Questions regarding the program? Feel free to contact the prevention educators at Community Crisis Center at (847) Requests to Opt-Out: If you would prefer your child opt-out of the prevention education session, please call Carolyn Trotz, School Social Worker, at or Linda Brodie, School Psychologist, at Sincerely, Don Wicker Principal Kathleen Stelton and Deanna Hynes Prevention Educators Community Crisis Center (847) Family, school and community coming together to create students who are Respectful, Responsible and Ready
13 No es muy temprano para hacer sus citas para los exámenes físicos y vacunas o inmunizaciones! Todos los estudiantes deben estar al día con los requisitos de los exámenes físicos y vacunas, todas las formas deben estar en la oficina de la enfermera antes del 1 o de agosto para asegurar que los estudiantes pueden comenzar clases el primer día. Los estudiantes no podrán asistir a clases hasta que no hayan cumplido con todos los requisitos de salud en su expediente. Requisitos de Salud Importantes para el Es un requisito que todos los estudiantes entrando al Prescolar, Kínder, Sexto y Noveno grado tengan un examen físico actualizado y usando la Forma aprobada por el Departamento de Salud de Illinois. Un examen físico para deportes no llena los requisitos. Un examen físico actual es uno que fue hecho dentro de un año hasta agosto del La parte de los padres al reverso de la forma en la parte de arriba, debe ser llenada y firmada. Todos los estudiantes deben cumplir con los requisitos del estado y tener sus inmunizaciones o vacunas al día por el Estado de Illinois, incluyendo las siguientes: Iniciando el año escolar todos los estudiantes ingresando al sexto grado, deben mostrar prueba de haber obtenido una dosis de la vacuna meningocócica (meningitis). Todos los estudiantes ingresando al doceavo grado deben mostrar prueba de haber recibido dos dosis de la vacuna meningocócica (meningitis), a menos que hayan recibido la primera dosis después de los 16 años de edad, si es así sólo se requiere una dosis. Todos los estudiantes iniciando de sexto a doceavo grado deben mostrar prueba de haber recibido una dosis de la vacuna Tdap. Todos los estudiante iniciando en kínder, primero, séptimo, noveno y décimo grado, deben mostrar prueba de haber recibido dos dosis de varicela (viruela). Las fechas de las inmunizaciones o vacunas pueden ser vistas en el Portal para Padres. Durante el año el D300 en conjunto con el Centro de Cuidado de Familias Greater Elgin (Greater Elgin Family Care Center) ofrece clínicas de exámenes físicos e inmunizaciones en las escuelas del D300. Por favor, visite el sito web de Servicios de Salud del D300 o comuníquese con la Oficina de Salud de cualquier escuela para informarse de las fechas y lugares donde se llevarán a cabo.
14 Now is not too early to begin scheduling important physical and immunization appointments! All students must be up-to-date with physical examination and immunization requirements and all forms must be turned into the School Health Office prior to August 1 st to ensure students can begin school on the first day of attendance. Students will not be able to attend school until all required health information is on file. Important Health Requirements for All students entering Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Sixth and Ninth grades are required to have a current physical examination completed on the approved Illinois Department of Public Heath Form. A sport physical does not meet the requirement. A current physical is one that was completed within one year of August The parent portion on the upper back side of the form must be completed and signed. All students must be up-to-date with the State of Illinois immunization requirements including the following: Beginning with the school year all students entering sixth grade must show proof of receiving one dose of meningococcal vaccine (meningitis). Beginning with the school year all students entering twelfth grade must show proof of receiving two doses of meningococcal vaccine (meningitis) unless the first dose was given after the age of 16, then only one dose is required. All students entering grades six through twelve must show proof of receiving one dose of Tdap. All students entering kindergarten, first, sixth, seventh, ninth and tenth grades must show proof of receiving two doses of varicella (chickenpox). Immunization dates can be viewed through the Parent Infinite Campus Portal. D300 together with Greater Elgin Family Care Center offer physical and immunization clinics onsite at D300 schools throughout the year. Please visit the D300 Health Services website or contact any D300 School Health Office for dates and locations.
15 All 4 th and 5 th grade students will take a keyboarding assessment this spring. Results will be on the report cards. Type to Learn 4 is a keyboarding program recommended for 2-5 th grade students. Keyboarding is an important skill. We encourage all students to practice keyboarding. Below are directions on downloading the program which the district has paid for. If you do not have a computer, the library has free use of computers, and there are many free keyboarding websites. Kindergarten and first grade students can practice keyboarding by typing the alphabet or sight words, or playing keyboarding games on ABCya.com. Dear Parents, We are pleased to announce that the keyboarding program, Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information has been purchased for CUSD 300. This is a comprehensive keyboarding program with a futuristic theme, engaging activities, and real world typing. Grades 3 5 have been introduced to this program in the library media computer lab and may have additional access in the classroom. Fortunately, ALL students can use Type to Learn 4 from home if you have internet access! Please note that students in 4th and 5th grades are assessed yearly on their keyboarding skills and a grade will be given on the report card. This extra practice at home would be truly beneficial. How to download Type to Learn 4 on your home computer: 1. Go to the Type to Learn 4 website 2. Scroll down to Full Versions and select Full TTL4 Application Mac Web Version OR Full TTL4 Application Windows Web Version 3. Select Save rather than open or run (The application will be in your download folder) How to install Type to Learn 4: (Zip File) 1. Right mouse click on Type to Learn 4 zip file 2. Select Extract All 3. Select Extract 4. Double click on ttl41212a to launch the installer 5. Follow Set Up Wizard instructions: a. Select Next b. Select I agree c. Select Install d. Select Finish e. How to install Type to Learn 4: (If in Download Folder) 1. Go to download folder 2. Double click on the file TTL4 file 3. Click run 4. Follow set up wizard instructions to complete installation. How to log in: 1. Double click on TTL4 icon on desktop 2. Enter username: Student s district ID number 3. Enter password: Student s district ID number 4. Enter account code: Start typing!! For questions, please contact Debbie Kaczar at Thank you, Deborah Kaczar Library Media Specialist
16 WHEN: Tuesday, March 17 th, 2015 WHERE: Westfield Community School 2100 Sleepy Hollow Road, Algonquin TIME: Performance times assigned between 6:00 9:00 PM WHO CAN District 300 students and those students PARTICIPATE? within District 300 boundaries in grades 3 through 12 COST: $5.00 registration fee HOW TO REGISTER: On-line at after January 5 th, 2015 Questions?? Contact Jennifer Troy at
17 CUÁNDO: Martes, 18 de marzo del 2014 DÓNDE: Escuela Westfield Community 2100 Sleepy Hollow Road, Algonquin HORARIO: QUIEN PUEDE PARTICIPAR? Presentaciones asignadas de 6:00 9:00 PM Estudiantes y aquellos dentro de las áreas de asistencia Del Distrito 300 de 3 er a 12º grado COSTO: Cuota de registro $5.00 COMO RESISTRARSE: En línea en a partir del 7 de enero del 2014 Si tienen preguntas, por favor, comuníquense con Cathy Storm al
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