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News from Mrs. Nowak - November 28

Reported by on 11/28/18

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

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

Recess Reminder… With the cold temperatures upon us, I wanted to send a reminder regarding recess. A 15 minute recess is held each day following lunch. During the winter, we will go outside for recess if the wind chill index is at 5 degrees or above. The wind chill report will be obtained from the National Weather Service. Students are expected to dress appropriately for winter weather recess with hats, gloves, boots, and winter coats. When we have snow, boots and snow pants are required to venture off of the blacktop and out into the snow. All students participate in recess unless a doctor’s note including a medical reason is provided to the school. When a student is excluded from PE due to a medical concern, the exclusion will apply to all physical activities including recess, unless otherwise noted. The school nurse will follow up with the doctor’s office as needed. Please note that parents may write a note to excuse their student from all physical activities, including recess, for up to three days. If there is an ongoing or recurrent illness or need for exclusion, we will request a doctor’s note regarding the exclusion and the medical reason for the exclusion. Students who are unable to participate in recess will sit inside the lunchroom on the stage stairs reading, and will be supervised by our lunchroom supervisors. Please contact Welch’s main office with any questions. Our students’ safety is our concern.

Making the Right Call When Your Child is Sick… As we are in the midst of cold and flu season, a few reminders:

School Policy requires a child to stay home if he or she:
Has a fever of 100.0 or higher
Has been vomiting or has diarrhea
Has a sore throat with a fever
Has symptoms that keep your child from participating in school, such as:
Very tired or lack of appetite
Cough that he/she cannot control
Headache, body aches , or earache

24 Hour Rule:
FEVER: Keep your child home until his or her FEVER has been gone without fever reducing medicine for 24 hours. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow recovery and make others sick.
VOMITING or DIARRHEA: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the LAST time he or she vomited or had diarrhea.
ANTIBIOTICS: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the FIRST dose of antibiotics for anything like an ear infection or strep throat.

Please help others from becoming sick by keeping your child home if he or she is ill. One sick child can spread germs to all his or her classmates. For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the Welch Health Office.

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!

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
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.

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

Third-Party Educational Programs...The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:

Welch: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes

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