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News from Mrs. Nowak - January 13

Reported by lynn_domek@ipsd.org on 1/13/20

We had a great first week back to school! The students have settled in and are back to their routines. We are in the process of beginning the winter session of curriculum benchmarking which are brief assessments in the areas of reading and math. We utilize this data, along with other indicators, to determine the need for interventions and instructional groupings. We are always amazed at the progress our students make!! Please contact your student’s teacher with information as to specific testing schedules! It is a GREAT day to be a Welch White Tiger!

Upcoming Dates…

Monday, January 13th
Student Council Meeting 8:15 AM

Tuesday, January 14th
Choir 8:00 AM
PTA Meeting 9:30 AM
Scullen Elective Overview Evening for Parents 6:30 - 7:30 PM @ SMS

Thursday, January 16th
Postal Club 3:35 - 4:15 PM

Friday, January 17th
School Store 8:50 AM

Monday, January 20th
No School! Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Save the Date…
Second Grade Performance! Thursday, February 13th 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Welch Open House! Thursday, February 13th 6:30 - 7:30 PM

REPORT CARDS POSTED…Report cards for Quarter 2 were posted on Home Access this past Friday. If you do not have your Home Access Login information, please call Welch’s main office (630.428.7200). We highly encourage you to log in and review your child’s report card. Please partner with us as we provide information on your child’s progress.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT…We have partnered with Junior Achievement (JA) since 2006 to provide free interactive programs focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness. JA provides an opportunity for students to connect what they are learning in school with “real world” experiences. This year we are bringing these fun educational programs to ALL of the students at Welch (not just the Before School
crowd). Would you like to volunteer to help lead JA activities? This ‘JA in a Day’ will be held the morning of Wednesday, January 29th in each classroom at Welch. We invite you (or family member, friend, neighbor) to be a JA volunteer for the morning! You
can lead a class by yourself or with a partner. A teacher will be in each classroom also. Reserve a classroom and then you will choose from 2 dates to attend an overview/training to become familiar with kit materials and how to prepare for the day. JA will provide all games/activities and Guide Book with the lesson plans to follow. New JA volunteers are required to attend an Overview/Training: Wednesday, Jan. 15th from 9:30 – 10:30 OR Jan. 21st from 9:30 – 10:30am at Welch (choose one to attend). Please see attachment below for more information! Welch JA In A Day!

ADULT FREE ENGLISH AND CITIZENSHIP CLASSES… Please see flyer below for information on FREE English and Citizenship Classes offered by the College of Dupage.

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.
Welch currently has a response rate of 12%. 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 affect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. Thank you for your feedback.

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