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News from Mrs. Nowak - December 3

Reported by on 12/3/18

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

Monday, December 3rd
School Store 8:50 AM
Felting Club 3:35 PM

Tuesday, December 4th
5th Grade Basketball 3:35 PM
Xylophone Ensemble 3:35 PM

Wednesday, December 5th
White Tiger Wednesday!
5th Grade Basketball 3:35 PM
Green Club 3:35 PM
LAST Welch Chess Club 3:35 PM

Thursday, December 6th
Choir 8:00 AM
5th Grade Basketball 3:35 PM
Postal Club 3:35 PM

Friday, December 7th
Multicultural Club 8:00 AM
3rd Grade Coding Club 8:00 AM
School Store 8:50 AM

Tuesday, December 11th
Choir Concert 7:00 PM

Spirit Wear…Welch Spirit Wear is now available for purchase! We are excited to offer two different designs this year. Please follow the below link to place your order.

Welch Spirit Wear Order Form

It is preferred that you place your order online, however if you prefer to pay via check, order forms will be going home with your students next week. All online orders must be placed by Friday, December 14th. This ensures that the spirit wear will be delivered to your child’s classroom prior to Winter Break. If you have any issues or questions regarding your order, please reach out to Desiree Jules @ (630) 487-1054 or

Vacations…. This is the time of year when many of our families take extended vacations. Please contact the school office at 630-428-7200 x3 to report your child’s absence. Please keep in mind, as per district policy, homework will not be provided in advance. When your child returns, the necessary work, along with a reasonable “make-up timeframe” will be given. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

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 Five Essentials Survey Link
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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