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News from Mrs. Nowak - November 11

Reported by on 11/11/19

It is a GREAT day to be a Welch White Tiger! Upcoming Dates…

Monday, November 11th
Wear Red, White, and Blue!
Veterans Day Assembly 2:15 PM
Xylophone Ensemble 3:35 - 4:45 PM

Tuesday, November 12th
Picture Retakes!
Choir 8:00 AM
5th Grade Basketball 3:35 - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, November 13th
LAST 5th Grade Ceiling TIle Club
3:35 - 5:00 PM
Welch Chess Club 3:35 - 4:30 PM

Thursday, November 14th
4th Grade Breakfast with Books 8:20 AM
5th Grade Basketball 3:35 - 5:00 PM

Welch Multicultural Night 6:00 PM
Friday, November 15th
School Store 8:50 AM

PICTURE RETAKES…Picture Retakes are this Tuesday, November 12th! If your child was absent or needs his or her picture retaken, please return the original picture package (if applicable). The unwanted pictures will be returned to the photographer.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES…Parent Teacher Conference sign-up is available now through Power PTC, which you access through the Home Access Center. Please see link below for directions on how to schedule a conference. If you have any questions or problems with Power PTC, please contact Sarah Nowak (—
for questions on how to access HAC, please contact Donna Essenfeld ( Thank you -

Scheduling a Conference in HAC

FOURTH GRADE BREAKFAST WITH BOOKS…Fourth Grade students and their parents are invited to Breakfast with Books on Thursday, November 14th at 8:20 AM. Students and parents will enjoy a read-aloud from a member of our community while enjoying a donut treat provided by Welch PTA. Students will then have time to read with their parents. What better way to start your day! We will be having Breakfast with Books for all grade levels, so please keep your eye out in the weekly news for upcoming dates! To RSVP to the Fourth Grade Breakfast with Books, please click here:

Grade 4 Breakfast with Books

Please RSVP by the end of the school day on Tuesday, November 12th!

RECESS… 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.

As we are in the start 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.

When to Stay Home

WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK…Parents across Illinois once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture 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 is 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 5 Essentials Survey
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. Thank you for your feedback.

CLOTHING NEEDS…The Welch Health Office is in need of gently used clothes! We especially need girls yoga pants, sizes 5-12, and boys athletic pull on pants sizes 5-12. Thank you!

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