When To Keep Your Child Home
Hi Parents! Here are some important guidelines to consider when you hear those words, “I don’t feel well; I can’t go to school today:”
When To Keep Your Child Home
It’s the phone call all parents dread (and all nurses hate to make)... LICE! Due to a recent increase in the number of cases, we wanted to provide you with some tips and tricks for prevention.
According to the CDC:
“Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1–2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.
The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:
•Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
•Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
•Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
•Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
•Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
•Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
•Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.”
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s school nurse. We are more than happy to answer any questions!
Rub Some Dirt On It…
...is NOT good advice on how to take care of a scrape.
Click here for some helpful tips on how to properly care for a wound.
The Top Ten Reasons to be Immunized
As summer is fast approaching and new physician’s physicals are being completed for the new school year, we thought you would be interested in the The Top Ten Reasons To Be Vaccinated
Concussion Law Takeaways
On September 1, 2016, Illinois’ new concussion law went into effect. This legislation focuses on the required concussion management at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels.
We have provided “Concussion Takeaways”
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Illinois approved a new Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, Public Act 099-245. Within the legislation, schools are required to implement new requirements for training and response should a student be diagnosed with a concussion. Visit our Health Topics section on Concussions to learn more and see the District 35 resources.
Welcome to Mr. Pituc’s Website
Hello and welcome to my website! I am extremely excited about helping our students grow into 21st century, digitally literate and responsible citizens! Here at Central School we offer a variety of technology-infused educational programming that includes:
-the 3nd year of our 1:1 iPad initiative in 7th and 8th grade
-our Innovation Lab as a quarterly integrated arts class (taught by Ms. Jean Dalleska)
-iPad pack classrooms in 5th and 6th grade for group projects and collaboration
-iPadcasters to record video for student projects
Technology Integration Specialist
Welcome to the new class website. Look here for pictures, videos, great links to other websites, and information about upcoming events. South School
Welcome to the website!!!
Welcome, parents! Please feel free to use the “useful links” section for great websites promoting literacy, math, and more! Click above to view your options.
¡Hola! Please take some time to explore the West School Spanish website for useful links and videos to practice Spanish outside of the classroom. For additional resources and information please email me, Señorita Evans.
¡Que tengan un buen año!
In art students will…
- Maximize creative and critical thinking skills through projects that challenge them to problem solve.
- Develop skills of observation, communication and respect for the opinions of others.
- Be encouraged to take learning risks.
- Have the opportunity to explore different media and techniques to create original and unique works of art.
Required Medical Forms
Please note the following medical record requirements for public schools. Should you have questions, please call the school nurse.
All children in kindergarten, sixth grade and new to the district must provide the school with documentation of a completed health exam within 1 year prior to the start of the school year.
NEW - All children entering sixth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade are required to provide proof of Tdap vaccination along with the school physical forms. Read the Tdap information here. Additionally, students entering 6th grade must show proof of 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV) on or after 11 years of age. Students entering Kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade are required to show proof of receiving two doses of chickenpox vaccine (varicella), the first received on or after their first birthday and the second dose no less than four weeks (28 days) after the first does. A physician can confirm past history of the disease – in lieu of vaccination – by having examined the infected child, documenting the parent’s description of the child’s history, or reviewing lab results. All forms must be turned in by October 15th. Download the HEALTH EXAM form here.
All children in 7th and 8th grade who will be participating in an interscholastic sports program must provide the school with documentation of a completed health exam. This form must be updated annually. Download the SPORTS HEALTH EXAM form here.
All children in kindergarten, second and sixth grade must provide the school with documentation of a completed dental exam within 18 months prior to May 15th deadline. All forms must be turned in by May 15th. Download the DENTAL EXAM form here. If you request a waiver from the dental requirement, please use this DENTAL EXAM WAIVER form.
Illinois law requires proof of an eye examination by an optometrist or physician who provides complete eye exams be submitted as a child enters kindergarten or is new to an Illinois school. The exam must be completed within one year prior to your child beginning school. All forms must be turned in by October 15th. Download the EYE EXAM form here.
Visit our Health Topic Section on Immunizations to learn more.
Welcome Back Message
Welcome back to the new school year.
Rube Golderg Challenge
Students did a great job with their Rube Goldberg challenge. Groups needed to come up with 6 steps and at least 3 different energy transfers leading up to popping a balloon.
Third Quarter Projects
Sixth grade students will be creating a Pop Art self portrait and building a unique house using slabs of clay.
Seventh and eighth graders in Meditative Art will choose from a variety of projects to complete. This class provides students an opportunity to reset and relieve a little stress during their day.
Seventh and eighth graders in sculpture will be creating a coral reef using clay and glass.
MATH, Jan 23
Week in Review, Jan 19
This week the students participated in parent-led math centers, went ice skating for gym, and celebrated a crazy hair day. They explored erosion in science, began making clay cupcakes in art, and began researching presidents. They also learned about growth mindset vs. fixed mindset.
Social Work Services West
Welcome to the Social Work Corner! Social Work support at West is available to all third and fourth grade students who may be struggling with social or emotional issues that are impacting their academic success.
Difficulties may include:
-Family Stress (moving, divorce, loss, etc.)
-Maintaining Attention and Focus
Students may be referred for social work support by their parents, teachers, principals, or themselves! Social work support may take place in many different forms: individual, pairs, small groups, large group, or full classroom lessons.
There are a variety of groups available at West to help support students’ social and emotional needs. These groups include:
*Family Support Group
*Social Language Group
*New Student Group
*Friends with Allergies Group
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns!
Week in Review, Jan 12
Happy New Year! This week the students learned how to make change, performed Frog and Toad reader’s theater, and explored weathering. They also learned about background knowledge and questioning in reading while learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
US Symbols Project
US Symbols Open House
Animoto Video by Drake and Olivia
Social Work Services
Social work counseling is offered to students who are struggling with social or emotional issues that may be interfering with academic success. Any Central School student is eligible for social work services. Each of our social workers is assigned two grade levels. The grade level assignments rotate every year so that each student will have access to the same social worker all four years.
Difficulties may include:
- Peer relationship issues
- Family stress (divorce, loss, etc.)
- Motivational problems
- Self-esteem concerns
- Difficulty concentrating
- or any other issues that may be interfering with academic success
The social workers visit each advisory classroom at the beginning of the school year to introduce themselves, or in most cases re-introduce themselves to the students and explain how to access social work services as well as the types of situations that would typically require social work support. Students are encouraged to seek out social work support for additional assistance problem solving or coping with any given situation that is distracting them from their academic responsibilities.
Students may be referred for social work services by:
- Principal/Asst. Principal
For more information, please contact:
Jason Glassman (5th & 7th grade)
Heather Olson (6th & 8th grade)
Amy Langendorf (District wide)
Tips From Our Social Workers
We are in a tricky time of the school year. Everyone is getting back into the swing of things following Thanksgiving and many of our students and even the staff (yes we like vacations too) start to look toward winter break. With these built in breaks, it is easy to get distracted from the responsibilities we have on a daily basis and simply cross off days on the calendar as we inch closer to time off. We encourage everyone to stay in the moment. Stay on top of your work and enjoy other activities you are involved with including free time with friends. Too often we spend our moments looking ahead and forgetting about what we have now. Enjoy now. Work hard for now. Tomorrow is a whole lot easier and more successful if we take care of today!
America Recycles Day
In honor of America Recycles Day, West School students “Mixed it Up”. Students were asked to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new during lunch. Rather than sitting with their classmates, students were randomly assigned to a recycling themed table. Teaching Tolerance’s Mix It Up program is a national campaign that helps develop inclusive school communities.
Thanksgiving Green Club
This Green Club activity combined an opportunity for service learning and practice reusing. We used recycled materials to make festive gift bags filled with repurposed hotel toiletries. The bags will be donated to a shelter in time for the holidays.
Innovation Station STEAM Projects
Each month the innovation station has a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) challenge. In September the challenge was to create a working fidget spinner, using only the supplies in the innovation station. In October the STEAM challenge was to create a zipline mode of transportation to transport an injured bat. The students are all so creative!
Week in Review, Nov 8
This week we enjoyed a visit from author Carolyn Crimi, hosted two Readers are Leaders guests, and enjoyed two sessions of Drop Everything And Read. The students also read with their first grade pen pals, disguised turkeys, and began a fables unit.
Week in Review, Nov 3
This week the students wrote opinion paragraphs from the point of view of a turkey, practiced their addition and subtraction math facts, wrapped up the big changes science unit, and learned how to use Google Classroom. We also enjoyed a fun-filled Halloween celebration!
The Candy Corn Bandit BreakoutEDU
The candy corn bandit visited South School 1st graders and led them on a scavenger hunt. The students participated in a BreakoutEDU to solve the clues. We practiced our growth mindset as we unlocked the boxes and discovered the final prize!
October Innovation: South School
The students at South School planned and constructed spider webs using only tape and yarn. This lesson corresponded with our mathematics instruction. The students used shapes to plan their webs and tried to make them symmetrical.
October Innovation Lesson: West School
In October, the 3rd and 4th grade students at West School designed and engineered a bat zip line. The zip line had to travel independently down the line and allow the bat to “fly”. This lesson corresponded with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Halloween Green Club
Green Club members raided their recycling bins for old glass jars. We transformed them into amazing Halloween decorations using Modpodge and recycled paper.
Take a look at these photos from our Halloween Celebration!
Animoto Video by Zoe and Ella N.
Enjoy this video of events in our classroom from October 10th - October 20th. Made by Zoe and Ella Novack!
Week in Review, Oct 27
This week the students learned about reversible and irreversible changes in science, frames and arrows in math, and text features in reading. They enjoyed a sports day, created and shared storybook character pumpkins, and said a sad farewell to a moving student.
Tips For a Great, “Green” Halloween!
1. Make your own costume from things around the house.
2. Purchase non-toxic or hypoallergenic cosmetics.
3. Trade costumes with a friend, start a “costume closet” to share.
4. Buy treats with minimal packaging - or give pencils, erasers or money.
5. Use a reusable Trick or Treat bag or pillowcase.
6. Don’t be a litter bug.
7. Stay local to trick-or-treat, bike, wagon or carpool.
8. Use rechargeable batteries in your flashlight for trick-or-treating.
9. Don’t throw away the pumpkin seeds - bake and eat, or feed the birds.
10. Compost your old pumpkins.
11. Keep Halloween decorations so you don’t need to repurchase .
12. If you are hosting a Halloween party, use reusable dishes, tableware, cups napkins, etc. Serve from a pitcher instead of individual bottles and cans.
Stone Fox Book Club
In ELA (English Language Arts), our class has completed our first book club. We are read Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. While reading together we stopped three times to respond in writing about the literature. When we finished we composed a summary and completed a group project. This book club is done as a whole class this first time. Next week, we will be in small groups for book clubs. As a tie into the main character in this book, Little Willy, our class harvested potatoes in the West School Organic Garden. It was a fun tie in for all of us to experience.
Science: Structure & Function
In science, students have learned the parts of a flower, as well as, the function of each part. We recently completed a Recycled Plant Project in school . Students started by brainstorming what items would work to represent each flower part. Then we constructed our plants in the West School Innovation Station. In class we finished up with composing a paragraph explaining our plant parts and the functions of each. Everyone blossomed!
Week in Review, Oct 20
This week the students used Google Drive to write opinion paragraphs in which they asked their parents for various items. In science, they compared evaporated salt crystals to regular ones and also raced to see if sugar granules or sugar cubes dissolved faster. They learned about equivalent names for numbers and exploded coding apps in math and ended the week participating in parent-led math explorations.
Oct 16th Green Club
The Green Team learned how to plant fall bulbs for beautiful spring flowers.
Week in Review, Oct 13
This week the students learned about opinion writing. They completed graphic organizers which will be turned into opinion paragraphs next week. In science, the students separated the mixtures they had made the week before, and in math, the students learned about doubles facts, helper doubles facts, and turn-around facts.
This month, our staff participated in a Breakout EDU challenge related to the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. We have Breakout EDU kits available in each building. We look forward to designing challenges for our students next.
September Innovation Lesson: West School
In September, the 3rd and 4th grade students at West School designed and built fidget spinners. The fidget spinners had to fit in one hand, use only the materials provided, and spin for 5 seconds. This lesson corresponded with the Next Generation Science Standards. The students also read an article and completed a writing prompt titled “Is It Fair to Ban Fidget Spinners?” We had a blast creating our own fidget spinners!
Week in Review, Oct 5
This week the students learned that authors who write non-fiction are specialists about specific topics. The students realized they have a lot of knowledge about certain topics, so each child chose a topic and began creating a specialist book. The students also learned more about properties of matter during science and created three different mixtures. Unit 2 in math started this week with a look at combinations of ten, doubles facts, and addition number stories. In celebration of October, the students wrote pumpkin cinquain poems. A highlight of the week was our stuffed animal day!
Week in Review, Sept 29
This week the students heard many different versions of The Three Little Pigs and started creating their own. They made and separated a salt-gravel mixture during science and completed unit one in math. They began writing their own stories and participated in reading groups. It was a spectacular September in second grade! (This week’s photos were taken by the students!)
Green Club Sept. 25th
Students learned about planting techniques, and cool weather plants in order create fall planters. The club’s creations will beautify West School’s front entrance.
Last week the class did a great job of dissecting a flower. They were able to identify the stigma, stamen, pistils, sepals, ovaries, seeds, and pollen.
Third Grade News 9 /22/17
As students continue to work on developing their keyboarding skills at school, it would be beneficial for them to have additional practice at home through Typing.com. Details on how they can do this were sent home earlier this week. If you are unable to find these, I would be happy to send home another copy.
From West School Website:
Wednesday, September 27th: Tom Watson, author of the fun and popular children’s book series, Stick Dog and Stick Cat, will visit with West School third graders. Mr. Watson’s book, Stick Dog has been nominated for the 2018 Bluestem Book Award, Illinois Children’s Choice Award. Mr. Watson will be happy to sign and personalize books for students. Please print out the book order form and return to Mrs. Kelly in the West CLC by today, September 22nd
We are still working on our first math unit, Unit 1: Math Tools, Time, and Multiplication. In addition, to nightly Homelinks, regular practice on Xtramath.com is an effective way for students improve their fact fluency. Your child’s pin number can be found on the inside of their green home folder.
I am always happy to pass along information and afterschool plans to students while at school, but please be aware that there are some days that I am not able to get to my email in a timely manner or before dismissal. However, there is always someone in the West School office available to take a message or pass along details to your child. (847) 835-6600.
Thursday, October 5: Field Trip to Botanic Gardens
Friday, October 6 – No Student Attendance – Teacher Institute Day
Monday, October 9 – No School – Columbus Day
Thursday- Friday, October 19-20: PTO Scholastic Book Fair
Friday, October 20: West School Fair 5:30 - 7:00 pm
This Week’s TOP TEN REASONS Why it is Great to be in THIRD GRADE:
1. Having our first fire drill
2. Reading about Auggie’s terrible Halloween at his new school in our WONDERFUL read aloud, Wonder
3. Estimating Max’s pasta
4. Writing about places we want to visit
5. Reviewing multiplication and division in math
6. Discussing positive reading behaviors (e.g. rereading, reading captions, using pictures/captions, making predictions, and making connections)
7. Learning more about Casey, our “Student of the Week”
8. Continuing to work on our Monthly Journals
9. Practicing more “clock climbers” in cursive
10. Soaking in the beautiful summer weather (even though it’s now officially fall)
Week in Review, Sept 22
This week the students worked as engineers and created ice cube keepers. They also learned about even and odd numbers and greater than, less than. On the first day of fall, they created word clouds about fall using the Tagul website. They also learned more about word sorts and about literacy centers, and they played Hedbanz!
Spartan Tech Team Off to a Great Start to the Year
The Spartan Tech Team is off to a wonderful start of the school year! The Spartan Tech Team met this morning to plan out some of the activities for this school year. As team building is an essential component of the club, team members participated in a challenge that involved trying to lift a tennis ball off the ground.
Our major initiative this Fall and Winter is to open up a student run Genius Bar for students and staff to drop in for questions about technology during lunch hours. Over the course of the next few weeks, Spartan Tech Team members will be undergoing training in preparation for the opening of the Genius Bar that covers Customer Service, App Support, Device Support, and Google Drive.
We will be accepting members throughout the school year so feel free to join us Tuesday mornings before school at 7:40a in the Spartan Lab!
First Green Club Meeting
Green Club members learned what can and can not be recycled in Glencoe. We also watched a video that showed how paper, glass and plastic are processed at the recycling center. We tested our knowledge by playing a fun recycling relay team game.
To watch the video click here
Week in Review, Sept 15
This week the students learned about text connections. They heard many versions of The Little Red Hen and then wrote their own version. They also learned about buddy reading, word/picture sorting, number grids puzzles, and making tens. They had an ice cube melting race in science and learned about the power of yet. They also earned an extra recess!
Trends in Smartphone Apps
A new app came out over the summer called Sarahah that can work in conjunction with SnapChat. This is an app that allows others to post pictures and comments on your profile anonymously. It is possible to prevent this by unchecking the box in settings to not “allow anonymous people to post”, but the default is to allow. While the app has an appeal because it allows for kind comments and compliments that you may be too shy to share if identified, it also allows for the type of pictures and comments you would never send if you were identified. The connection with SnapChat does allow for the messages to be screenshot and passed on. Attached is a good read for parents about Sarahah. If your child has Sarahah, do not panic, just help them to put measures in place to protect themselves from any unkind or unwanted messages and remind them that you are here to listen if they or their friends have any negative experiences.
Snowflake will be undergoing exciting new changes for the 2017-2018 school year. In the past, a small group of 8th graders worked all year preparing for one big presentation to 6th grade students. Now, we are taking a much larger group of both 7th and 8th grade students to work with the 5th and 6th grade students REGULARLY throughout the year. 7th and 8th graders in Snowflake will be put in small groups and work with one advisory per group all year long, providing them with the opportunity to create a bond with those younger students in more of a mentor role. 8th graders will be assigned to a 6th grade advisory and 7th graders will be assigned to a 5th grade advisory. Meetings will be Wednesdays during 7th and 8th grade lunch periods.
Roaring Reader: Volume 1 Issue 1
Check out an Animoto video made by Tommy and Dane!
Chess Club, Spartan Tech Team, and STEM Club
I’ll be sponsoring the Chess Club, Spartan Tech Team, and STEM Club (w/Mrs. Rosensen) this year. Here is some key information to know:
Central School Chess Club is a place for students to improve their chess game, build camaraderie with other students, and have fun! We welcome all abilities and both competitive and casual players to our club. Chess club club meets Wednesdays after school in the Spartan Lab in the CLC from 3:30-4:30p. During club meetings, students can expect a short chess lesson from me in the first 10 minutes followed by free play. Chess encourages perseverance, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
Meets Wednesdays after school at 3:30p (see calendar) Starts 9/20.
Parent Chess Club Resources Google Drive Folder
Spartan Student Tech Team
Students will work with Mr. Pituc and the technology department to learn about how Central’s technology department works. Students will have the opportunity to run their own “Genius Bar” in the library during lunch for students and staff members to visit. They will also explore technology in the corporate, non-profit, and governmental sectors with a field trip planned for the Apple Store to see a “behind the scenes” tour. Much like Google does with their 20% Time program with their employees, students will have time to work on and explore a individual topic or interest of theirs with teacher support as needed. Being student technology leaders, club members will also get to voice their opinions that impact technology decisions at our school. So whenever we have new tech equipment or education software we want to test out, we want to know what students think!
Meets Tuesday mornings before school at 7:40am. (see calendar) Starts 9/19.
Parent Spartan Tech Resources Google Drive Folder
5th and 6th Grade STEM Club
In this club, 5th and 6th grade students will be introduced to the engineering and the design thinking process. Club members will get a chance to collaborate on a number of design projects using a variety of mediums. During last year’s major project, students constructed a life-size floor mat piano using Makey-Makey circuit boards and computer programs. Students will get to explore computational thinking, problem-solving, and develop empathy for end-users and stakeholders involved in creating products or processes.
Starts January 2018
Week in Review, Sept 8
This week the students made All About Me books, created iMovies about their favorite books, learned how writers get ideas, and reviewed number lines, coins, and number grids. They also enjoyed their first science lesson in our big changes unit by exploring solids and liquids. Ask your child about meeting a new teacher named Miss Take and reading The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes.
Week in Review, Sept 1
Second grade is off to an amazing start! The students have already begun to build their classroom community by learning about CARES: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. They have enjoyed a number of books and have created two class books. They have played two math games, set goals for the school year, and learned to be bucket fillers. The students also took a number of beginning of the school year assessments so that proper goals can be created for each individual student.
We Love Reading!
We have spent a ton of time diving into great books during the first two days of 4th grade. We love to read, think about our reading and discuss the books we are into!
Back to School!
Our classroom is ready for a brand new school year! I am excited to get to know a new batch of students tomorrow morning. Parents, I hope you can make Go to School Night this Thursday, August 31 at 8:00pm.
7th and 8th Grade iPad Training
Welcome back to school! The excitement in the air as I walk the halls of Central School are palpable. During the first week back at school all 7th and 8th graders will undergo iPad training with the CLC staff and myself during their literacy blocks.
During the trainings we will explore the best ways to maintain student iPads, student iPad expectations, and the how to use the many school apps in our Self-Service.
5th Grade Art
Welcome to fifth grade art. During our nine weeks together I want to help each student realize that art is for everyone, not just the individual who is talented. They will complete 4 projects and take a quarter review. Students will be learning how to draw using 2 point perspective. They will create a vase using a clay and slab coil building technique. Students will explore color theory through a value painting and for their final project they will create a unique FLW inspired print. Through these educational exercises I believe students will enhance their creative skills as well as their critical thinking skills; skills that will help them be effective problem solvers in and outside of school.
Go to School Night
I look forward to seeing all fourth grade families on Thursday, August 31st, at 6:30pm for our Go to School Night!
Middle School Book Resources
Don’t forget to check out Central’s CLC Fun & Interesting SItes for book recommendations that are just right for your middle schooler. Included in the list are the Rebecca Caudill winners which are voted on by 4th through 8th graders throughout Illinois. Scroll to the bottom of the Book Recommendations page for more links to websites that can help you find more great book choices.
As usual West School participated in the Trex Challenge. Students learned about plastic film and bag recycling. West students collected 866 pounds of plastic between November and April. That’s a lot of plastic saved from the landfills!
2017 Children’s, Teacher’s, & Young Adult’s Choices Reading List
When it comes to engaging your child with reading, we know the importance of choice. We know that when children can select the books they want to read, with topics in which they are truly interested, they are more likely not only to read them, but also to understand and to reflect upon them. With that in mind, we are delighted to bring to you the 2017 Choices Reading Lists—Children’s Choices, Teachers’ Choices, and Young Adults’ Choices. These highly anticipated lists come just in time, whether you’re looking to squeeze in some summer reading with your children, or to build up your home library.
Students use a variety of robots and programming capabilities.
LEGO EV3 Robots
Students build and program LEGO robots.
Students create and play their own video games with Bloxels!
Students Reimagine Post-It Wars
Students create digital art based on the popular Post-It Wars implemented in NYC building windows.
Makey, Makey and Scratch
Students use Makey, Makey and Scratch programming to play a musical piano!
Students are designing and editing .stl files, and printing with the Dremel Idea Builder printer.
Our Field Trip to the Chicago History Museum
On Tuesday, December 6 our class went to the Chicago History Museum. We were all so excited to see some of the artifacts that we have been learning about in the classroom. We spent time walking around the exhibits. We loved seeing Lincoln’s carriage and death bed. We also enjoyed our classroom experience and learning more about the World’s Columbian Exposition. Everyone had a great time and learned so much about the Second City!
A Digital Citizen
Recently in CLC, West School students learned what it means to be a digital citizen. A digital citizen is a member of a worldwide community linked by the Internet. Students learned a good digital citizen is someone who acts safely, responsible, and respectfully online. All West students will sign a digital citizenship pledge, pledging to:
- Communicate responsibly and kindly with one anther.
- Protect our own and other’s private information.
- Stand up to cyberbullying.
- Respect each other’s ideas and opinions.
- Give proper credit when we use others work.
- Talk to our parents or another trusted adult when we have questions about the things we see or do online.
Please visit the West School website or the Internet safety web page to locate the Internet Safety Newsletter for more information and resource.
Math Unit 3
In this unit, students explore fraction equivalence and compare and order fractions using different representations. They then extend their understanding of fractions to decimals, comparing and ordering decimals using the same methods as for comparing fractions. Please be sure to look at the Family Letter as it explains the concepts in more depth, provides Do Anytime Activities, vocabulary definitions, and answers to the Home Link questions.
Reading Fluency and Ways to Help Your Child at Home- K-5
As your child progresses through the grade levels you will hear a lot about your child’s reading fluency development from their classroom teacher. Click the link below for information about Reading Fluency and ways to help your child at home.
Phonological awareness means being able to hear the sounds that make up a word. Children who have developed phonological awareness are able to recognize words that are similar, including words that rhyme like “cat” and “hat” and words that start with the same sound like “cat” and “car.” They are also able to recognize when words are different from “top” and “cow.” Children who have developed phonological awareness usually have an easier time learning to read.
Chicken Coop (K-3)
Match the beginning sound using picture clues
Human Body Sounds (K-3)
Say the sound provided at the beginning of a word.
Phoneme Pop (K-3)
“Catch” the letter that makes the provided sound.
Learning the Alphabet
The alphabetic principle is the idea that words are made up of letters that represent sounds. When children develop an understanding of the this principle, they recognize that the letters they see in printed words are related to the sounds they hear when they say the word out loud. This helps children that the relationship between letters and sounds can be used to help them read new words.
ABC Game (K-3)
Click on a letter box to hear the letter name and sound.
Which Letter is…....? (K-3)
Choose the correct letter.
Decoding means being able to recognize and analyze a printed word to connect it to the spoken word it represents. These skills include the ability to recognize the basic sounds and sound blends that make up a word.
Learn to Read
A variety of games requesting children to match words with pictures. Targets numerous decoding skills.
Numerous stories are orally read highlighting introduced sound. (K-4)
The interactive reading games are ideal for developing the reading skills of children. (Grades K-2)
Coconut Vowels in an educational computer activity that provides spelling practice with vowels. Coconuts with words in them fall to the beach. The student must match missing letters to the correct word coconut. If a coconut reaches the surfboard before you blast it, your stage will end. Hits and misses are recorded at the bottom of the screen. (Grades 3,4,5)
Early Stages of Reading Development Survey
Take this quick survey to determine your child’s current stage of reading development. This is a useful tool for identifying reading areas to develop with your child at home.
Parent Guide to Phonics Rules
Brush up on your phonics rules and help your child with their decoding and spelling skills. Click the link for learning more about phonics.
What Should I Do With the Little Books My Child Brings Home K-2
Are you looking for some fun ways to help your child develop their reading skills using simple leveled books?
Before reading the book- The Picture Walk:
Going on a simple picture walk with your child, before reading the book can stimulate their natural curiosity and spark an interest in the story. By taking a picture walk with your child you are activating their prior knowledge of the book’s topic, discussing new vocabulary words that may be difficult for them to read and basic story structure. Taking a picture walk is as simple as flipping through the book, page by page, without reading any of the words. You ask questions about each picture they see and try to prompt answers that are based on the images on the pages. Always stop before the last page and predict how the story is going to end. Then read to see how the story does end. Use the simple picture walk strategy below as a guided for you and your child. Eventually this will become a simple habit.
During the reading of the book- Reading Together Strategies:
A beginning reader needs help and encouragement getting through the text in a new book. A wonderful reading together strategy for the early reader is called echo reading. This strategy helps the child gain confidence in reading aloud, develops their sight vocabulary and models what fluent reading sounds like. In echo reading the parent reads a sentence first and points to each word. The child then becomes the echo, reading the sentence back to the parent and pointing to each word. It is very important to remind the child to point to each word as he/she reads.
Another excellent reading together strategy for the early reader is called choral reading. This strategy also helps develop a child’s reading confidence and builds an enjoyment in the whole reading process. In choral reading the parent reads aloud slowly and the child reads in unison with the parent. Both the child and parent should be looking and pointing at the words while reading together.
Using Context clues to figure out unknown words while reading:
When your child comes to a word he/she does not know, there are many different choices they can make. They can skip it and continue reading, they can ask an adult for help, or they can look it up in a dictionary. Usually the strategy of using context clues is helpful in finding the meaning of words in the text that a child does not know. Click on the attachment below for all of these during reading activities.
After Reading the Book- Check for Understanding:
Story Mapping Using Question Cards: Most children’s stories have a basic structure; one or two main characters, a setting where the story takes place, a goal that one character wants to achieve, or an obstacle, and a resolution of the conflict or goal. After reading a story with your child, use the question approach to check your child’s understanding of the story. Go back to the illustrations and text if needed and reread to support your child’s answer.
Read, Cover, Remember, Retell: is another great strategy for checking your child’s understanding of a story. Introduce the strategy by first modeling it to your child. Read only as much as your hand can cover. Usually a paragraph in a chapter book or a few lines in an early reader. Cover the words with your hand and think about what you just read. It’s okay to peek if you forget. In YOUR OWN words retell what you just read. Click the after reading link below for a bookmark of these two strategies.
Choosing Books for Independent Reading Grades 5-8
Students in grades 5-8 are administered the Star Reading Assessment two times during the school year- September and February. One of the purposes of the assessment is to identify your child’s Lexile level. A Lexile score is like a thermometer, except rather than measuring temperature, the Lexile Framework measures a text’s complexity and a reader’s skill level. Books can be found within your child’s lexile range at Lexile.com. Ask your child’s reading teacher for more details about your child’s lexile.
Understanding Your Teen as a Middle School Reader
The following links discuss many reading topics a parent of a middle schooler may encounter:
What Makes Children Read Independently
The Importance of an at Home Library
Help build a great home library for your child. Click the link and then hit the “Get Started” tab to learn how. Build the Best Home Library for Your Child
Retell Bedtime Stories and Boost Your Child’s Comprehension
Tips For Reading With Your Child at Home-Grades K-8
Reading with parents and family members at home is one of the most important parts of a child’s literacy development. Even as your child grows older and becomes more independent, reading together at home can continue to be an engaging and meaningful experience. For specific tips on reading with your child at home throughout grades K-8, click on the link below. Tips_for_Reading_with_Your_Child_at_Home.pdf
West’s Green Lunchroom
What are Green Guides? Green Guides are the name for our students that help with recycling and composting. Each week three 3rd grade and three 4th grade students are chosen to man our three recycling stations. All students learn to separate trash, compost and recyclable items on their lunch trays and deposit them in the correct containers. Our student Green Guides help with this effort as students go through the station. Students bringing lunch from home are encouraged to pack lunches in reusable containers and lunch bags. The Green Guides also help bring the compost outside and put it in our collection of Green Cone Compositors. We hope students will develop lifelong green habits and practice them at home.
Plastic Bag Recycling
For the sixth year, West School has joined the Trex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge. Students wil learn the importance of plastic recycling and keeping plastic out of the landfills. Plastic that is ordinarily not part of Glencoe’s recycle program will be collected in classrooms and the Lunch Room. The bags will be sent to the Trex company where they are made into building materials and home products. The school that collects the most bags will win a bench made out of the recycled plastic. We have won the Chicago area Challenge twice and second place twice! What a great way to help the environment! Look at our video section to see what exactly what can be recycled and how Trex transforms the plastic.
Going Green around West
Check out the Green Corner in the front passageway to learn about all things Green at West School. In the Corner are recycling bins for batteries, printer cartridges, and plastic shopping bags. All classrooms are equipped with recycle bins, Plastic Bag Recycling boxes and “be nice use it twice” paper containers. These hold paper that is only used on one side. Students will use the other side and then recycle the paper in order to reduce our paper use and save trees. We look forward to our greenest year yet!
Westies - Join the Green Team!
The West School Green Club meets at 8:00 am on a Monday. Session 1 dates are 9/18, 9/25, 10/16, 10/30, 11/20, and 12/11.
The Green Team works to promote appreciation of the environment, to cultivate and implement ideas to reduce waste, and to encourage students to make good choices that help reduce the carbon footprint of West School. With the goal of developing awareness and understanding of the importance of recycling, the club members will participate in a number of projects. These projects tie into the 4th grade study of ecosystems and 3rd grade study of the prairie. The Glencoe PTO has generously funded this club. Questions? Contact Mrs. Salzman or Mrs. Durkes.
Math Unit 2
On Thursday, September 29th, your child will bring home the final Unit 1 Math assessment. Please be sure to sign the bottom of the cover letter and cut off on the dotted line so that I can see you received the packet of assessment scores. We will begin Unit 2 on Tuesday, upon our return from the four day weekend. The focus of the coming unit is multiplication and geometry. The students will learning about square number patterns, area formula for rectangles, multiples, prime and composition numbers, multiplicative comparisons, classifying triangles and quadrangles, and finding line symmetry.