Weekly Update: September 21, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, September 20

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM School Starts 8:45 AM

Tuesday, September 21

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM School Starts 8:45 AM

Wednesday, September 22

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM School Starts 8:45 AM
  • High School Homecoming Parade downtown at 6:00 PM

Thursday, September 23

  • Late Start Thursday - Doors open at 9:15 AM, school starts at 9:30 AM

Friday, September 24

  • Doors Open at 8:30 AM School Starts 8:45 AM
  • High School Homecoming Football Game
  • Have a Great Weekend!

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IN THIS ISSUE

 

Parking Reminder

Please do not park in the staff parking lot (behind the school) before or after school

 

Employment Opportunities

We currently have 2 paraeducator positions open here at West Elementary. If interested please click the link below and apply. 
 
The District is working to fill several positions. We are seeking several part and full-time positions. If you are interested, please click the link to see what might fit you best. If you are not interested, please feel free to pass around the information! We could really use your help with these positions.

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WSO Information

On Monday night we had our first WSO meeting of the year. It was a great meeting with a lot of things discussed. The best part was we were able to have an in person meeting for the 1st time in about a year and a half. Thank you to all of those parents who came to our meeting. If you want to know more about this great organization or all the things they do for our school please come to our meetings.  

Below is a link to sign up if you want to become a part of our WSO. Our WSO is an amazing group of people who do so much for our school. We are always very thankful as well as grateful for having such a great group of parents that help support as well as fund so many great things that happen here at West Elementary. A lot of people do not know this but our WSO funds all of our field trips here at West and we do not charge our students any extra fees for field trips. They also pay for fun assemblies we have, they do a lot with Family Reading Night, and a lot of things we have in our building is because of them. We have a great WSO and we are always looking for people to help.  

WSO Sign Up Form

 

Technology Class Update

Want to know what your student has been doing during tech class?

 

Library Books, Library Books, Library Books

Please make sure students are returning their library books every Wednesday. On Friday, students will go to the library and check out new books. 

 

2020/2021 Yearbooks

If you are interested in still purchasing last year’s yearbook we do still have some left. The cost is $10.95. 

 

West Elementary Choir Sign-up

West 4th and 5th grade elementary choir is a chance for your child to be coached on having a solid singing foundation and to sing some very fun choral music. Each elementary school will have their own in person choir that meets once a week before school.

Choir will rehearse Tuesday mornings from 7:50- 8:30. If you have a child that is in Walk to Learn, they can leave choir early then go to the middle school for class that day. The first day of choir will be October 5th. 

We have two scheduled concerts this year, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.  and May 2nd (time TBD) You can also pencil in a trip to a sing-in-the-stands event for the Chicago Wolves on March 13th. We will announce other singing opportunities that may arise during the year.

We will be asking the choir members to wear our choir shirt to each concert. The choir T- shirt will feature the new Sycamore choir logo and will be between $10.25- $8.25 depending on quantities ordered.  If you do not wish to order a shirt please provide a plain black T-shirt for the concerts. We will send an email about paying for the T-shirts after choir has begun with the exact price.

Choir Sign-Up

 

BAND ANNOUNCEMENT

5th Grade Parents, it's not too late to register your child for Band! Just click here and click on the "Register Here" link. We've extended the online registration through Wednesday, September 15, 2021. If you have any questions, please feel free to click on the "Band Handbook" link, or contact one of the band directors at the following e-mails: smertens@syc427.orgkgoodman@syc427.org, or icrawl@syc427.org. Also, if financial considerations are a concern, but you'd like for your child to have this opportunity, please let us know. Thank you!

 

4th Grade Recorder

In 4th grade, learning to play the recorder has been an integral part of the elementary music curriculum. We have always requested that students have a recorder for use at their home so they can do their homework while the students used a school recorder during music class. This year out of an abundance of caution, all students will need to bring their recorder to and from music class. If your family owns a recorder that is not being used by a 5th grade child it is completely fine to use that. They can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the school district, they are washed through the dishwasher.

If you are in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the school district for $5 through the online store. All students who have purchased a recorder through the district will receive them from their music teacher on the first day they begin recorder. We are hoping to begin recorder mid to late September and will send home the exact dates as we get closer.  Thank you if you have already purchased your recorder through the web store!

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5TH GRADE RECORDER

We will be playing recorder again this year during the 5th grade music special. All 5th grade students will need to bring their home recorder to class beginning the week of October 4th. We will begin with a review of recorder basics and then each child will be working on recorder music at their individual level and will each be setting goals for their progress. If you purchased a recorder last year, that recorder will still work for this year's music class.  

If you did not participate in music last year, you may use an older sibling’s recorder (they can be washed in hot soapy water and air dried. If they are Yamaha recorders, previously purchased through the school district, they are washed through the dishwasher.)

If you are still in need of a recorder, they are available for purchase through the school district for $5 through the online store.  All students will need a recorder for their class starting October 4th.

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STUDENT ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURE

Arrival

  • Students will arrive at school between 8:30-8:45 AM
  • They will enter doors: W2 for K-2nd and W1 for 3rd-5th
  • Students will either go to the cafeteria for breakfast or immediately to the classroom for morning work.
  • Bell at 8:45 AM  announcements and the start of our day.
  • There is not supervision on the playgrounds in the morning or after school

Dismissal

  • Students will be dismissed beginning at 3:25 PM.
  • Walkers and riders will be dismissed at 3:30 PM from doors W2, W1, E1, and N1. Kindergarten and 1st Grade E1, 2nd Grade- W-2, 3rd and 4th Grade W1, and 5th Grade N1. 
  • Bus riders will be dismissed at 3:25 PM from doors W2 and W1

The U shape parking in front of our school is for buses only. When dropping off or picking up please park in the front designated parking areas. 

Reminder: If you are going to pick your child up from school please notify the office before 2:00 PM

 

INTERNET SUPPORT

Federal aid is now available specifically to help families pay for high-speed internet service, plus a computer or tablet. It’s called the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and it provides discounts of up to $50 a month for high-speed internet along with a one time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.  

Households qualify if anyone in the household is eligible for the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast programs; participates in SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline; received a Federal Pell Grant this year; or lost significant income due to furlough or job loss since Feb. 29, 2020. Please see the link below for more details about this support program.

Internet Support

 

September Core Value

Respect: thinking and acting in a way that shows others you care about their feelings and their well-being.  When you respect someone you treat them kindly and use good manners.

Google Slide Respect Lesson

What is Respect? How do you show respect?

What can you do if you see someone not being respectful?

Books about Respect with video read alouds online:

  • Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
  • The Way I Act by Steve Metzger
  • What If Everybody Did that? By Ellen Javernick
  • My Mouth Is A Volcano! By Julia Cook
  • Know And Follow Rules by Cheri Meiners

Resources

 

UPCOMING DATES

September 27th

  • Battle of the Books Practice

September 28th

  • Board of Education Meeting @7:00 PM 

October 3rd-9th

  • Fire Prevention Week

October 12th

  • School Pictures