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News from Mrs. Nowak - February 7

Reported by on 2/7/20

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

Monday, February 10th
Student Council Meeting 8:15 AM
Xylophone Ensemble 3:35 - 4:45 PM

Tuesday, February 11th
Choir 8:00 AM
Games Around the World 8:00 AM
PTA Meeting 9:30 AM

Wednesday, February 12th
Book Fair Sales 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
4th Grade Felting Club 3:35 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, February 13th
Book Fair Sales 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM— 5:00 - 8:00 PM
2nd Grade Music Performance 6:00 PM
Open House 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Friday, February 14th
School Store 8:50 AM
Day of Play!
Book Fair Sales 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friendship Celebrations 2:45 - 3:15 PM

Monday, February 17th
No School - Presidents’ Day

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. PLEASE NOTE, IN ORDER FOR US TO HAVE THE CELEBRATIONS, WE NEED THREE VOLUNTEERS PER CLASSROOM! WE WILL NOTIFY FAMILIES ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11th IF WE DON”T HAVE ENOUGH VOLUNTEERS AND NEED TO CANCEL THE CELEBRATIONS.

Friendship Party Signup

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES…Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, February 27th from 1:00-8:00 pm (this is not a student attendance day). Spring conferences are on an “as needed” basis. If the teacher is requesting a conference, parents/guardians will be notified on or before February 14th. Parent Teacher Conference sign-up will be available on Monday, February 17th at 10:00 AM through Power PTC, which you access through the Home Access Center. Please see link below for directions on how to schedule a conference. If you have any questions or problems with Power PTC, please contact Sarah Nowak (—
for questions on how to access HAC, please contact Donna Essenfeld ( Please note that conference sign up will close on February 26th at 8:00 AM. Thank you -

Scheduling a Conference in HAC

DAY OF PLAY…On Friday, February 14th, Welch Elementary Students will be participating in a Day of Play. This day was created to celebrate how important playing is to a child’s development and well being. In schools we have so much to teach children in one year that playing often gets pushed to the side. All Welch staff and students will be spending the day playing, problem solving, and using 21st century skills. We are excited for this amazing day of play!

AIMSWEB+...In January, Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 administered the aimswebPlus benchmark assessments to students in kindergarten
through eighth grade. These brief Illinois Learning Standards aligned assessments evaluate academic performance and growth in the areas of early literacy/reading and early numeracy/mathematics. These benchmark assessments are administered again in May. The purpose of these assessments is to evaluate student academic growth toward end of year expectations. These assessment results are used by teachers and administrators to assist with instructional planning and differentiation at the grade, classroom and student level. Student scores will be available in HAC on Friday, February 14th. Please see link below for more information and directions on accessing your student’s scores.

2020 aimsweb+ Parent Letter

BOOK FAIR.....Next week Scholastic's Book Fair will be coming to Welch. Student previews will be held on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11. The book fair will be open for sales Wednesday through Friday (February 12, 13, 14) from 9:00am-3:00pm and in the evening during Open House on Thursday, February 13 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Can't make it to school to order? Online ordering is available February 5 through February 18 at Book Fair Website (Note the numeral 1 after welchelementaryschool). Parents are welcome to forward this link to grandparents or family members living outside of Naperville. New this year are FREE reusable book bags will be given to the first 250 students that use Scholastic's eWallet. This way your child does not have to bring cash to school. It is simple and easy! Save a plastic bag and reuse your bag next time. Look for the green "Go Cash Free" Box in the book fair link below to sign up for eWallet!

3rd GRADE BOOK CLUB…This school activity is for any 3rd grade student who can attend ALL sessions listed on the attached permission form. Students are expected to bring a book they are currently reading. Students will also have the opportunity to share out. The goal is for children to get excited about reading! Students will lead discussions and offer opportunities to recommend books to other students. Questions? Email If interested, please print and return the attached form with a parent signature no later than Wednesday, February 12 ATTN: LMC/Mrs. Domek.

KANE COUNTY COUGARS’ OZZIE READING CLUB.....Any student who reads 15 minutes daily from February 18-April 14 can earn tickets to a Kane County Cougars game on May 25 at 1:00pm. Permission forms (due to the LMC no later than April 16) can be printed out here:

AUTHOR EVENT- 4th and 5th GRADES......Gaming and Reading combined! On March 25 at 11:00 students in Grades 4 and 5 will be invited to an event hosted by Towervale Towervale Information. A writer and character from the world of Towervale will be giving an inspiring talk that will encourage students to read and write. Towervale is unique in that students read a chapter of a book and go online to Students will not be able to master the game level if they haven't read the chapter in the book. Books are available for preorder at Towervale Book Order Form. Get your book before the event!

STEM SCHOOL…Parents who are interested in applying for a space for their student at the STEM Partnership School for the 2020–2021 school year are invited to attend an upcoming parent information meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the STEM Partnership School, located at University Banquet Hall 1410 Marseillaise Place, Aurora, IL 60506. Information that will be addressed includes the concept of the STEM Partnership School, curriculum and courses of study, student application and selection process. Learn more at or in the flyer linked below:

2020-2021 STEM School Information Night

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