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News from Mrs. Nowak - January 21

Reported by lynn_domek@ipsd.org on 1/21/20

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

Tuesday, January 21st
Choir 8:00 AM
5th Grade Growth and Development Presentation

Wednesday, January 22nd
Scullen Family STEM Night at SMS 5:30 -7:00 PM

Thursday, January 23rd
Welch Postal Club 3:35 - 4:15 PM

Friday, January 24th
School Store 8:50 AM

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

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 14%. 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.

E-LEARNING DAYS…You have likely seen communication from District 204 regarding E-Learning Days as a replacement to the traditional Snow Days. The following has been posted on our district website regarding this change:

The State of Illinois has made available the option for school districts to hold e-learning days instead of canceling school when there is severe weather. Our district may use this option, if needed, starting this winter. This new approach provides the opportunity to have a continuum of instruction that models for students that learning can happen anywhere and anytime. It also helps students further develop the technical and organizational skills necessary to work independently. If severe weather would prevent our schools from opening, we will announce an e-learning day the same way we have informed you in the past of weather related school closings. The announcement will be made by 6 am and posted first on Twitter (@ipsd204) and at www.ipsd.org. We will also make a Connect ED phone call to alert you of the information.

Welch Staff have created an E-Learning Day Choice Board for students to utilize in the event of an E-Learning Day. Please note, this Choice Board is not to be done ahead of time - it is only to be utilized in the event of an E-Learning Day! This Choice Board can be found here:

Welch E-Learning Choice Board 2019-2020

Again, we ask that students only utilize and complete the activities on the Choice Board in the event of an E-Learning Day. This Choice Board will be shared again electronically the morning of any E-Learning Day. Please reach out if you have any concerns or questions!

YOUNG AUTHOR’S PROGRAM…Welch is excited to once again be participating in the Young Authors’ Program. The program is Co-sponsored by the Illinois Language and Literacy Council and the Illinois Reading Council. The Young Authors’ Program is intended to generate interest in, appreciation, and recognition for children’s writing. This year, the district will no longer be participating in the statewide Young Authors’ event. However, all Young Author participants will receive a Young Authors ribbon as well as will be invited to a Young Authors Café at Welch to share their books. Each student’s work must be an original story, essay, play, concept book or collection of poems completed by the child. The work may be handwritten or typed. A parent may type the story, as the child dictates. Writing may be illustrated, but illustrations, photographs or computer generated drawings are not required. Every child at Welch may participate in the program— however it is optional. Student entries are due by Friday, February 21. All students who “create a book” automatically becomes a District 204 Young Author. The school representative will be selected by a Young Authors’ Committee and will be announced at a Young Authors Café for students on Thursday, March 19th. FORMAT REQUIREMENTS ●—— Books should have a front cover securely attached to the book. ●—— Books should have a title page. ●—— Books may have a dedication page, but it is optional. ●—— Names should be written on the BACK cover of the book. We hope to have many Welch Young Authors this year! Please contact Laura Diqui with any questions - 630.428.7292 or laura_diqui@ipsd.org.

STEM FAMILY NIGHT...Scullen is hosting a STEM Night on Wednesday, January 22nd from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. STEM Night is a free event for all current and incoming Scullen students and their families to engage in hands-on learning about STEM. Bring the whole family to learn a few new things about science, technology, engineering, and math. Thanks and we hope to see you Wednesday, January 22nd from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

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