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News from Mrs. Nowak - April 27

Reported by lynn_domek@ipsd.org on 4/27/20

Good Afternoon! I hope everyone had the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the milder temperatures and sunshine yesterday! Please see below for important information!

Upcoming Dates and Events…

Monday, April 27th =
D = Dance Day

Tuesday, April 28th =
E= Exercise Day
First Grade Pajama Jam - 7:00 PM
Third Grade PJ Jam - 7:35 PM

Wednesday, April 29th
Teacher Institute Day - No Remote Learning
F= Fruit Day!

Thursday, April 30th
G = Game Day!

Friday, May 1st
H = Hat Day!

Monday, May 4th
I = Insect Day - hunt for an insect!

CATCH YOUR STUDENT(S) READING… During April and May in past years teachers have "caught" students reading. Students were given a caught reading slip and returned the slip to a jar in the LMC. Every friday, slips were drawn for a chance to win a poster left over from the book fair display. If parents wanted to carry on this tradition at home - they could use the attached file to print out caught reading slips. They could "catch" their children reading at home and collect slips. Instead of winning a poster, a weekly drawing at home could be held for perhaps a free hug or movie of their choice (or whatever the family comes up with).

Caught Reading Slips

TALKING ABOUT CORONAVIRUS WITH KIDS…Mrs. Domek shared this great resource with me to help talk to my own kids about Coronavirus. If you are struggling with how to talk about it with your kids, or are looking for another resource, please check out this amazing free resource! Talking About Coronavirus with Kids

WELCH READS! Our Welch staff miss everyone desperately! To help our White Tigers stay connected to us, we will be sharing a bedtime story every few days read aloud by one of our White Tiger staff! Please enjoy! The first one will be coming this evening, a read aloud by Mrs. Gleason, our incredible art teacher!

PAJAMA JAMS…Our fabulous Reading Specialist Team has started having “Pajama Jams” for different grade levels - the first one was last week for our second graders, and it was a fun evening of a read aloud, trivia, and a chance to see friends! This week there are First and Third Grade Pajama Jams scheduled - please see the link in the event calendar to join!

PLANNING FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR…Despite the uncertain times we currently find ourselves in, the district and school must still prepare for the 20-21 school year. There are a few things that I want to draw your attention to:

District 204 is moving to a new student information system in June. Therefore, registration for the 20-21 school year will not occur until June. At some point, you will be asked to use Home Access to indicate if you INTEND to return. We will use this information in our planning for next year. Please stay tuned for additional information. If you and your family are planning a move prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the form linked below:
Welch Moving Form

If you have a child who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2020, he or she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. An updated presentation has been posted to the Welch website with information about Kindergarten Registration. Kindergarten Information

Please click on the link below to complete the Kindergarten Information Sheet. Please complete the google formHERE OR scan and return the attached Kindergarten Information sheet to Donna_Essenfeld@ipsd.org as soon as possible. This form will help us start planning kindergarten enrollment for the upcoming school year.

26 DAY COUNTDOWN… One of our favorite end of year traditions is our school-wide 26 day countdown— although we can not participate together in person, we are hopeful that our students will participate virtually. Please see the link below for our schedule of days!

2020 Welch ABC Countdown

MEALS AVAILABLE TO ALL…Organic Life is offering curbside pick-up of grab and go breakfast and lunch at no cost for all students. The pickup locations are at
each elementary school near door 1, between 11 am and 1 pm, Monday through Friday. If your family needs meals, let us know by completing this form. This meal service is available to ALL of our families. You simply need to complete the form (attached to the link above). If it is more convenient for you to pick up your meal at another school location, you may do so. Please contact me with any questions!

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

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