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News from Mrs. Nowak - January 29

Reported by on 1/28/20

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

Tuesday, January 28th
Choir 8:00 AM

Wednesday, January 29th
4th Grade Felting Club 3:35 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, January 30th
Postal Club 3:35 - 4:15 PM

Friday, January 31st
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

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 16%. 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.

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:
Food Service Program

PTA FRIENDSHIP PARTIES...The Friendship classroom parties are on Friday, February 14th, 2:45PM-3:15PM. If you would like to volunteer and supply a craft or a game, please sign-up below.

Friendship Party Signup

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 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 was sent via email. 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

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