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News from Mrs. Nowak - February 3

Reported by lynn_domek@ipsd.org on 2/3/20

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

Monday, February 3rd
Xylophone Ensemble 3:35 - 4:45 PM

Tuesday, February 4th
Choir 8:00 AM
Games Around the World Club 8:00 AM
Scullen MIddle School Band and Orchestra Registration 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 5th
Postal Club 3:35 - 4:15 PM

Friday, February 6th
School Store 8:50 AM

Thursday, February 13th
Second Grade Performance 6:00 PM
Open House! 6:30- 7:30 PM

YEARBOOK…The Yearbook Cover Contest is BACK! The theme for this year’s book is Welch White Tigers Have a Million Dreams! All first - fifth graders are eligible to participate and entries are due by February 6th. Please see link below for more information!

Yearbook Cover Contest 2019-2020

FRIENDSHIP PARTIES and VALENTINES…Welch White Tigers will be celebrating friendship on Friday, February 14th. Students are invited to bring in Valentines or friendship cards for their classmates that will be distributed that day. 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. Teachers will be sharing class lists and more specific grade level instructions for Valentines and Friendship Cards this week! Thank you! The Friendship classroom parties are on February 14th from 2:45PM-3:15PM.
If you would like to volunteer and supply a craft or a game, please sign-up below.

Friendship Parties Signup

SCHOOL LUNCH INFORMATION…As a reminder, Indian Prairie School District #204 schools are participants in the United States Department of Agricultures (USDA's) National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and our food service contract is with a company called OrganicLife. The required components of a "meal" to be offered include: fluid milk, grains, meat/meat alternates, fruits, and vegetables. Students are required to take 3 of
the 5 components offered and one component must be a full serving of fruit or vegetable. The cost of the meal is dependent on the meal meeting these required components. Cashiers are able to remind, but not enforce, students to take a fruit or vegetable. If a student doesn’t have the required meal components, cashiers will charge the student accordingly to maintain compliance with USDA program requirements. For example, if a student only has a chicken sandwich and a milk, they have 3 components (grain, meat and milk) but one of them is not a fruit. If the student does not take the fruit, the student will be charged for an entrée ($3.50) and a milk ($0.60) for a total of $4.10 instead of the cost of the full reimbursable meal if they would have taken a fruit or vegetable. Another example is if they only want a fruit and a milk, they would not be charged the full price for a reimbursable meal but instead $0.75 for the fruit and $0.60 for the milk totaling $1.35. If you have any questions, please see additional information on Indian Prairie School District #204 Food Service Program here:
School Lunches

ATTENDANCE…Every winter, bad weather — snow, slush, freezing temperatures — can present challenges to getting children to school. So do the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months. What can parents do to promote good attendance? Be sure to dress your child appropriately with warm winter clothes for travel to/from school. Teach your child healthy habits for cold and flu season. Research shows that something as simple as hand washing can improve attendance. Please see link below for more information about attendance and how to check your student’s attendance.

Winter Attendance

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

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