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Fairview School Named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

Posted September 30th, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

Dear Fairview Families,

I have some very exciting news to share with you! Earlier today, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, announced that Fairview School has earned the National Blue Ribbon as an Exemplary High Performing School! Schools in this category are among their state’s highest performance schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. This is an outstanding achievement, and I couldn’t be prouder of our school for earning this national honor!

Regarding National Blue Ribbon Schools 2014:

  • The number of schools honored is 337 from 47 states, U. S. Virgin Islands and DoDEA schools in Germany and Japan
  • Of these, 287 are public (traditional, charter, choice, and magnet schools) and 50 are private schools
  • There are 25 K-12 schools; 239 Elementary Schools, 25 Middle Schools and 48 High Schools
  • 289 are being recognized as Exemplary High Performing Schools and 48 are being recognized as Exemplary Gap Closing Schools

The Fairview community, including staff, students, and families have worked hard to earn this honor. We are strongly supported by our District Office and would like to acknowledge our School Board, superintendent, associate superintendent, assistant superintendents, directors, coaches and mentors. This is a celebration for Fairview School and District 54! The School Board will recognize Fairview at the October 16thSchool Board meeting, and we welcome any families who would like to attend. We’re also planning a school-wide celebration and will send details at a later date.

The press release and announcement are available by clicking on the following links:

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-2014-national-blue-ribbon-schools and http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/53395916

Congratulations Fairview School!

Mrs. Judy Gurga

Principal

Superintendent’s Article on Senate Bill 16 – District 54 would lose $12.5 million

Posted September 28th, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

Several times throughout the school year, District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss writes an article which appears in the Daily Herald, on the District 54 website and in the emails that principals send to their parent community. This month, Superintendent DuRoss wrote about Senate Bill 16. If the Illinois General Assembly were to approve this bill, District 54 would lose $12.5 million, or about $1,000 per student. This would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students. Click here to read the article for more information.

Falcon Flash – September 19, 2014

Posted September 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

Dear Fairview Families,

We’re almost done with MAP testing, and are very proud of the effort each student is putting forth! We use the results from MAP to plan for instruction and setting individual student goals and action steps. You will discuss those goals with your child and child’s teacher during conferences on October 9 and 10.  We’re confident that through the combined efforts of school and home, our students will achieve, if not surpass, their goals!

If you are looking for additional math resources to support your children at home, please take a look at the websites below:

 

Student Arrival and Dismissal:

Safety for our students and staff is a top priority! Our parking lot is CLOSED for student drop-off during arrival and for pick-up during dismissal.  If you are tardy, please park in a designated spot and walk your child into the building to sign-in.  No one should make a three-point turn in the parking lot, driveway, or in front of the school. Please be aware that still applies rain or shine.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Upcoming Dates

Sep 24 – Half-day,* Teacher Inservice

*Grades 1-6 will be released at 11:40a.m.

* No school for kindergarten

Sep 26 – Picture Day

Sep 28 – Run to Read…hope to see you there!

Oct 1 – PTA meeting in library, 7:00p.m., childcare provided

Oct 9 – Half-day*, Parent-Student-Teacher conferences

*Grades 1-6 will be released at 11:40a.m.

* No school for kindergarten

Oct 10 – No School, Parent-Student-Teacher conferences

Oct 13 – No School, Columbus Day observed

 

Have a nice weekend!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Judy Gurga         Mrs. Christi Sosin

Principal                      Assistant Principal

September Falcon Flyer

Posted September 4th, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

Hello Fairview Families!

It was nice seeing so many of you at Curriculum Night last evening! Thanks to all of you who were able to be here. Below is a link for the first Falcon Flyer of the year, along with fliers for Box Tops for Education and two upcoming Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) classes.

Parking Lot Procedures

We put safety first arrival and dismissal times, so please keep in mind that the parking lot is closed from 8:25-8:50a.m. and 2:50-3:15p.m. The bus turnaround will be blocked in the morning as cars should not enter this area. If you drop off your child, please park on the street and have your child cross with the crossing guard, or if you are tardy, then park in a designated parking space and walk your child into the building. Cars should not make three-point turns on Arizona Blvd. or turn around in the east driveway or private driveways around the school.

Schaumburg Parent University
District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided.

This year we have already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on September 30 and Internet safety on October 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on September 16 and art projects on October 22. Before we plan the rest of the classes for this school year, we would like to hear from you. What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions)at  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1767964/Schaumburg-Parent-University-Surveyso that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Run to Read

Save $5.00 and receive a free t-shirt by registering for Run to Read by September 5! District 54 will host its 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, September 28, at Dirksen School in Schaumburg. Run to Read is a morning of races offering something for everyone. The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children. At 8:45a.m., we start our 5K run with the family walk beginning at 9:00a.m. All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To  register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website http://sd54.org/runtoread/. Finisher medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children. Mrs. Gurga will be participating in the family walk portion of the event and would love to walk with your family!

Upcoming Dates

Sep 8-25 – MAP testing

Sep 17 – Breakfast With Mom

Sep 17 – PTA meeting at 7:00p.m. in the Fairview library

Sep 24 – Half-day Teacher Inservice*

*Grades 1-6 will be released at 11:40a.m.

* No school for kindergarten

Sep 26 – Picture Day

Sep 28 – Run to Read…hope to see you there!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Judy Gurga and Mrs. Christi Sosin

Principal and Assistant Principal

 

Click the following link to access the September Falcon Flyer:  FalconFlyerSept2014

Click the following link to access the Box Tops flyer:  BoxTops

Clcik the following link to access the STEM flyer:  STEMflyer

Click the following link to access the Erin’s Law flyer:  ErinsLaw

Falcon Flash – August 29, 2014

Posted August 30th, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

Dear Fairview Families,

As expected, we’ve had a fabulous start to the school year! This week has been busy, and our students have settled quickly into their routines. Thanks to everyone who was able to be here for Welcome Back to School Night – it was nice seeing our returning families and meeting our new families.

We use the first few weeks of school to establish behavior expectations using our school-wide PBIS program. We held our first Falcon Forum on Thursday followed by Station Rotation. During Station Rotation, classes go to different parts of the building with their teacher to learn expected behaviors (washroom, arrival/dismissal, playground, etc). To anchor the learning, we teach the behavior expectation where we expect to see it. The purpose of the Falcon Forum is to meet monthly with students in grades 1-6 to recognize student achievement, look at behavior data to set a goal for an area of improvement, and announce whether we met the previous month’s goal. We also hold Minute-to-Win-It contests between staff and students as a fun way to create positive energy and motivate our students. We did not, however, have a Minute-to-Win-It contest on Thursday. Instead, we took the students outdoors to watch as Mrs. King, Mrs. Bekielewski and Mrs. Gurga, completed the Ice Bucket Challenge. We had been nominated by Miss Garcia and Mrs. Kondras. Here’s the youtube video link for your enjoyment! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xA6IfqqJp4&feature=youtu.be

 

Curriculum Night

We will hold Curriculum Night this Wednesday, September 3. This is an adult-only event where families can learn about the upcoming school year from their child’s teachers. This is the schedule for the evening:

5:30-5:55 – Gifted Meeting in the library with Mrs. Watson.*

*This is only for families of students who are receiving gifted services.

6:00-6:30 – Welcome Back presentation and General PTA meeting in the gym

6:35-7:05** – Grade-level Curriculum presentation, Session I

7:10-7:40** – Grade-level Curriculum presentation, Session II

*These presentations are identical to accommodate families with multiple children.

7:45-8:15*** – Accelerated Math presentation, Session I

8:20-8:50*** – Accelerated Math presentation, Session II

***These presentations are identical to accommodate families with multiple children. This is only for families of students who are in accelerated math.

 

Run to Read

District 54 will host its 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, September 28, at Dirksen School in Schaumburg.  Run to Read is a morning of races offering something for everyone.  The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children.  At 8:45a.m., we start our 5K run with the family walk beginning at 9:00a.m.  All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54.  To register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website http://sd54.org/runtoread/.  Register by September 5 to save $5.00 on your registration fee and reserve a race T-shirt in your size.  Finisher medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children. Mrs. Gurga will be participating in the family walk portion of the event.  Hope to see you there!

 

Letter from State Superintendent

Please read the link below for a letter from our state superintendent, Chris Koch.

 

Upcoming Dates

Sep 1 – No School, Labor Day Observance

Sep 2 – First day of school for kindergarteners

Sep 3 – Curriculum Night, see above schedule

Sep 8-25 – MAP testing

Sep 17 – Breakfast With Mom (invitation coming home next week)

Sep 17 – PTA meeting at 7:00p.m. in the Fairview library

Sep 24 – Half-day Teacher Inservice*

  • Grades 1-6 will be released at 11:40a.m.
  • No school for kindergarten

Sep 26 – Picture Day

Sep 28 – Run to Read…hope to see you there!

 

Have a relaxing, long weekend! We hope to see all of you at Curriculum Night!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Judy Gurga and Mrs. Christi Sosin

Principal and Assistant Principal

 

Click the following link to access the State Superintendent letter: StateSuperintendent KochLetter8-14

Welcome Back Students!

Posted August 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

Fairview School opened it’s door to students today.  There were many smiling faces!

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Summer Fun!

Posted August 23rd, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

While Fairview staff have been working hard over the last few weeks to get ready for the school year, they enjoyed their summers with family and friends!  Whether it was having a baby,  going to a Cubs game or swimming with dolphins, Fairview staff knows how to relax and have fun!

MissGarciaFishMsThomsonLondonMs.EknerWeddingMissMennellaEuropeMrs.LeeWeddingMissMogilinskiNashvilleMrs.ChinBabyMrs.StachuraBeach Mrs.ShermanHawaii Mrs.ParisiFamily Mrs.LewisColonialWilliamsburg Mrs.OsmanskiCubsGame Mrs.GordonDolphins Mrs.FaithRockyMtn Mrs.DaviesHouston Mr.HawkinsArizona MissZahnenRavinia MissRyanBirthday MissNishbachBiltmore

Falcon Flash – August 13th

Posted August 14th, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

Dear Fairview Families,

We’ve had many new students enroll this summer, especially over the past week. The number of students per classroom in grade 1-2 now exceeds the School Board goal, and we are going to hire a new teacher. This means we have to create new class lists for grade 1-2 and adjust the master schedule. Additionally, this week, Miss Colgrove was offered the opportunity to teach in a dual language program at another District 54 school, so we will hire a replacement for her at grade 5-6. While it’s hard to say good-bye, we wish Miss Colgrove the very best in her new position!

Due to these changes, we cannot mail classroom placement letters this week as we had planned. The letters will be mailed next week, as early in the week as possible. If you haven’t received your child’s placement letter by Friday, August 22, please call the office.

We are in the process of interviewing multiple candidates as we are seeking the best teachers for our students. Thank you for your patience as we working diligently to ensure that all of our students will have the best possible school year.

I’ve also attached a link below with a letter outlining upcoming events, the first day of school arrival directions, arrival/dismissal procedures after the first day, and lunch times. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

 

Judy Gurga

Principal

 

Click the following link to access the Welcome Back letter: WelcomeBackAug14

Welcome Back

Posted August 11th, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

Dear Fairview Families,

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!  We hope you are enjoying your summer and the extra time you’ve had with your children.  The dedicated Fairview staff have devoted a significant amount of time this summer attending training, holding planning meetings, and setting up their classrooms.  We anxiously await the arrival of your children on August 26, and are looking forward to a fabulous year with you!

Please join me in welcoming several new staff members to Fairview!  Mrs. Christi Sosin was appointed as our assistant principal in June, Ms. Amy Ekner and Mrs. Rebecca Zabiello will join us as grade 1-2 teachers, and Mrs. Nicole LaFalce will teach kindergarten in the mornings only.  Look for more information about our new staff members in an upcoming PTA newsletter.

You will receive a welcome back letter in the mail this week, which will include your child’s classroom assignment.  If you have not received this letter by August 18, please contact the office at 847-357-5700.

This Thursday, August 14 is Information Day from 9:00a.m.-12:00 noon and 6:00-8:00p.m.  You may drop off registration information, physical paperwork, update email addresses and phone numbers, and pay consumable materials fees.  If you have moved over the summer, please bring in the proper documentation to serve as proof of residency.  If your lease expired over the summer, please bring your new lease information.

District 54 will host the 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, September 28.  All profits from this event will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54.  It would be great to see Fairview families joining in the fun!  To register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s websitehttp://sd54.org/runtoread/

Important Dates

August 25 – Welcome Back to School Night – 5:00-6:30p.m.

August 26 – First day of school for grades 1-6

September 1 – No School – Labor Day Observed

September 2 – First day of school for kindergarten

September 3 – Curriculum Night – 6:00-7:45

September 8-25 – MAP testing

September 24 – Half-day Teacher Inservice:

  • Grades 1-6 will be released at 11:40a.m.
  • No school for kindergarten

 

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer break!

 

Mrs. Judy Gurga

Principal

Beginning of Year Important Dates

Posted July 31st, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

Hello Fairview Families!

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer break!  Please note the following reminder and a few important dates:

Some District 54 schools will hold an Information Day on August 14, but Fairview will not. Instead, student classroom placement letters will be mailed home to all students the week of August 11. If you have not received your child’s classroom placement letter by August 18, please call the office.

 

Important Dates

August 25 – Welcome Back to School Night, 5:00-6:30p.m.

August 26 – First day of school for grades 1-6

September 1 – No School, Labor Day observed

September 2 – First day of school for kindergarten

September 3 – Curriculum Night, 6:00-8:00

September 8-25 – MAP testing

September 24 – Half-day* Teacher Inservice:

*Grades 1-6 will be released at 11:40a.m.

*No school for kindergarten

 

To view the 2014-15 calendar so you may plan for all of our days off, please see the district calendar at http://sd54.org/calendars/ .

 

Sincerely,

Judy Gurga

Principal