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News from Mrs. Nowak - November 19

Reported by lynn_domek@ipsd.org on 11/19/18

It is a GREAT day to be a Welch White Tiger!

Monday, November 19th
School Store 8:50 AM
Fourth/Fifth Grade Game Club 3:35 PM

Tuesday, November 20th
Student Council 8:15 AM

Wednesday, November 21st - Friday, November 23rd
No School - Thanksgiving

Week of November 26th
Book Fair

Monday, November 26th
Fourth/Fifth Grade Game Club 3:35 PM

Tuesday, November 27th
Xylophone Ensemble 3:35 PM

Wednesday, November 28th
Student Council Compliment Day!
Welch Chess Club 3:35 PM

Thursday, November 29th
Choir 8:00 AM
Postal Club 3:35 PM
Welch Comedy Club 3:35 PM

Friday, November 30th
Third Grade Coding Club 8:00 AM
Multicultural Club 8:00 AM

GIVING TREE...The Holidays are quickly approaching! For many of us, the holidays are a season filled with family, friends, and food. It is a time meant for sharing our love of each other and enjoying the peace of the season. Welch Elementary School would like to extend the spirit of giving by offering an opportunity to contribute to families who are currently experiencing hardships within our Welch community. We will be collecting gift cards and monetary donations of any amount for groceries, gas, and gifts to help make the holiday season a time of joy for all of our families. Gift cards can be dropped off in the office and your child will be given an ornament to write his/her name to hang on the Giving Tree. Gift cards and monetary donations need to be donated by Friday, December 14, 2018 Thank you so much for keeping the holiday spirit alive at Welch!
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CLIMATE SURVEY - WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK! Parents, students and teachers across Illinois will once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:
1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/
2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)
3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. Parents will have until January to participate in the survey.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE… School attendance is essential to academic success. As you review your child's first quarter report cards, you may also check your child's attendance in Home Access.

Direction on checking your child's report card and attendance are located here.

Did you know that absenteeism in the first month of school can predict attendance throughout the school year? Research shows that half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school by the end of the year. (attendanceworks.org) Remember any lost class time, whether excused or unexcused results in missed learning opportunities. Help your children develop positive habits for attendance from an early age! For more information or assistance with improving your child's attendance, please contact your classroom teacher or school principal.

MULTICULTURAL NIGHT... Unity through diversity-Welch will be hosting its annual Multicultural Night on January 25th, 2019. We want to promote a greater awareness and appreciation of our cultural, regional, and learning diversity. Come explore what makes the Welch community unique. Help is needed in creating booths, organizing interactive demonstrations, music, decorating, coordinating food, set up, clean up. If you are interested in helping please contact Natasha Grover at natashag99@gmail.com

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT! Would you like to inspire and prepare our children to succeed? If so, JA is for you! We are looking for volunteers to teach classes on Wednesday mornings starting on February 6, 2018. Please contact Darrell Ortiz at Darrell.Ortiz@cdmsoft.com for more information or to volunteer!

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