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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!

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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

Let the Summer Begin!

Posted June 16th, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

Dear Fairview Families,

I can’t believe this is the last Falcon Flash for this school year!  While the year flew by, we accomplished so much. We want to thank our PTA and our volunteers for the wonderful support they provided to Fairview this past year.  We would like to extend a special thank you to Jen Minch and Suzy Blakely for serving as our PTA co-presidents and to Nisha Patel for serving as vice president. They provided countless hours supporting our PTA committees and helping with many Fairview events.

We had a fabulous Field Day on the last day of school! The weather and the fun games made it a great day!  Many thanks to Mr. Hawkins for his planning and hard work, and to the volunteers for overseeing the activities.  Without our volunteers we couldn’t hold a Field Day.  In the afternoon, we held a Falcon Forum, which included a lot of student recognition for achievements and club participation. Students also had time in the classrooms to exchange autographs and say good-bye to one another.

We held the 6th Grade Rite of Passage Celebration on the last Wednesday afternoon to bid our 6th graders a fond farewell. We wish them the best as they move on to junior high.

Please be sure to check your child’s report card envelope for information on the progress he or she made this year. We strongly encourage your support in making time for both reading and math over the long break. We wish you a great summer!

Important Dates

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

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

Sep 1 – No School, Labor Day Observance

Sep 2 – First day of school for kindergarteners

Sep 3 – Curriculum Night 6:00-8:00

Sep 8-25 – MAP testing

Sep 24 – Half-day Teacher Inservice*

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

* No school for kindergarten

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Judy Gurga and Mrs. Colette Bell

Click the following link to access the Final Flash:  FinalFlash6.6.14

Falcon Flash – May 31st, 2014

Posted May 31st, 2014 by Mrs. Lewis

Dear Fairview Families,

I’m happy that the warm weather has finally arrived! Our students enjoyed the opportunity to go outside and play during lunch recess.  Mr. Hawkins is also happy that he can take PE classes outside now.

Math packets

All children will bring home a math packet to help maintain their math skills over the summer.  We strongly encourage your support in allowing time for both reading and math practice over the long break.  Students who bring their completed math packets to school during the first week back at school will receive a small incentive from their classroom teacher.  We do not have extra math packets, so please put them in a safe place.

Lost and Found

Please check or have your child check the Lost and Found before the last day of school as all leftover items will be donated over the summer. We also have several pairs of glasses and children’s jewelry being held in the office that have been turned in throughout the year.

Superintendent’s Article

Please take a moment to read Superintendent DuRoss’s recent Daily Herald article:

The English link is http://sd54.org/2014/05/superintendents-article-district-54-continues-work-toward-goals/.

The Spanish link is http://sd54.org/2014/05/el-distrito-54-continua-trabajando-para-alcanzar-las-metas/.

Important Dates

Jun 3 – Patriotic Day Ceremony at 8:45; students should wear red white, and blue!

Jun 4 – Sixth Grade Rite of Passage at 12:30; attendees must have a ticket as gymnasium seating is limited

Jun 5* - Last day of school; full day for grades 1-6 and AM and PM kindergartners hours are as usual

*Field Day in the morning

*Falcon Forum and PBIS Celebration in the afternoon

And looking ahead…

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

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

Sep 2 – First day of school for kindergarteners

 

Sincerely,

Mrs.Judy Gurga and Mrs. Colette Bell

Principal and Assistant Principal