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News from Mrs. Nowak - January 29

Reported by on 1/29/19

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

I hope that everyone is staying warm! A HUGE thank you to Natasha Grover and all of the amazing staff and volunteers who made Friday night’s Multicultural Night such a success! I was sad to miss it, but when I got home from work on Friday I was greeted by two little girls with fevers, which turned out to be the flu. It is a good weekend to be at home with them snuggling! With the predicted cold and snowy weather over the next few days, please see information below about school closing and winter weather procedures. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns! Stay warm, White Tigers!

Tuesday, January 29th
3rd Grade Scratch, Jr. Club 8:00 AM

Wednesday, January 30th
Junior Achievement Training 9:30 AM

Thursday, January 31st
Choir 8:00 AM
Comedy Club 3:35 PM
Postal Club 3:35 PM

Friday, February 1st
Young Author’s Entries DUE!
Multicultural Club 8:00 AM
School Store 8:50 AM

YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST… It is time for the annual Welch Yearbook Cover Contest! The theme for this year’s yearbook is “Welch White Tigers Choose Kind!” Information and details about the contest are attached!

Yearbook Cover Information

WINTER WEATHER… Follow @ipsd204 on Twitter and be first to get the most important weather-related updates from the district! When winter weather occurs, the safety and well-being of our students is always a top priority. District 204 follows a plan whenever there is consideration of a school closing due to weather conditions.

Our winter weather guidelines are available at

Valentines and Friendship Cards… Students are invited to bring in Valentines or friendship cards for their classmates that will be distributed on Thursday, February 14th. Students that wish to participate should bring a card for every student in their class, but we ask that no food, candy or treats are sent in to be shared. Thank you!

5 Essentials Time! 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:

Visit 5 Essentials Survey Link
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 affect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.

This is our chance to let the State of Illinois hear about our great school community, so please set aside 10-15 mins. to complete the survey for Welch. We are currently at 16% and need 20% or more of our parents to complete the survey! Thank you!

2019-2020 KINDERGARTENERS… If you have a child who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2019, he or she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year. You are invited and encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Preview Night on April 24, 2019 at 6:00PM. At this meeting, we will provide a detailed look at what the kindergarten experience will offer. You will also be provided with more details related to registration requirements and deadlines. This night is designed for parents/guardians AND incoming kindergarten students only. We ask that siblings do not attend this event. We need the Kindergarten Information Sheet Welch completed prior to orientation so that we can begin planning kindergarten enrollment for the upcoming school year. This information will be used to form a kindergarten mailing list. Once on the mailing list, additional information will be mailed to eligible kindergarten parents. Information regarding registration will be available after April. If you have any neighbors who do not presently have school-aged children, but will have an incoming kindergartner, please give them a copy of this form or ask them to call our office at 630.428.7200 so that we can send them this information. I look forward to meeting you at the Kindergarten Preview Night. Please mark your calendars!

2019-20 Kindergarten Preview Night
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 6:00PM

TA RECRUITMENT… Do you have a Bachelor's or an Associate's Degree? Or 60 semester hours of college coursework? If so, you could be a Teaching Assistant with District 204. Teaching Assistant positions are perfect if you want to work full-time school hours and receive benefits. The District is now accepting applications, screening applicants and hiring individuals to start right away. Click the link below to learn more and/or apply now at Teaching Assistant Jobs. Teaching Assistant Information (pdf)

Special Education Teaching Assistant Flyer ( pdf)

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