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Kindergarten Registration

Posted January 23rd, 2015 by Mrs. Peacock

Kindergarten registration will be held on Feb. 12

District 54 will hold kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year on Thursday, Feb. 12. Registration will take place from 9-11 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at all elementary schools. Parents should go to their neighborhood school to register their child, even if they are applying to attend another school. (Lincoln Prairie is not a neighborhood school).   A child whose fifth birthday falls on or before Sept. 1, 2015, is eligible to enroll in kindergarten in 2015. District 54 follows the Illinois regulations and does not admit students whose birth date is after Sept. 1.   The registration packet for new students includes the Student Enrollment Form, Family Census Form, Proof of Residency Form, Home Language Survey and a $50 Consumable Materials Fee. The parent or guardian must also provide the following information to complete the enrollment process:

  • Proof of immunizations
  • Birth Certificate (original with seal). Official birth certificates are issued by the county clerk in the county in which the child was born. Hospital certificates are not acceptable.
  • Phone numbers of people to be contacted in emergencies (neighbors, other family members and work numbers)
  • Proof of residence

More information on what parents need to bring to registration and how to prove residency, as well as some of the forms, can be found on our website at http://sd54.org/registration/.

5Essentials Survey

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Mrs. Peacock

Illinois offers 5Essentials Survey

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious Instruction.

All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high.

If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school.

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.

The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).

Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.

Teacher Survey All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.

The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

 

 

Principal’s Message

Posted January 12th, 2015 by Mrs. Peacock

Important Dates
January 12-15 Book Fair
January 15 – Half Day (11:40 dismissal and no Kindergarten Classes)
January 16 – No School Parent-Teacher Conferences
January 19 – No School Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

PBIS Goal
The PBIS focus for the month of January is Respectful Peer Interactions.  The staff agreed that January is the perfect month for students to show their classmates respect by using kind words and actions.  Student earn Fox Pride Tickets when teachers catch them exhibiting this respectful behavior.  These tickets earn them a chance to be chosen during our Friday drawings where they can earn a prize from the office.  Take some time this week to talk with your child about how they can follow the expectations and earn Fox Pride Tickets.

Culver’s Benefit Day/Night
Fox has partnered with Culver’s on Wise Road for a benefit day/night on Thursday, January 15th.  This is a half day for the school so it provides more flexibility for families.  If the attached flyer is presented Fox will be credited for anyone who eats there from 12 noon until 8 pm.  This means a portion of the proceeds comes back to our school!  There will also be a “Classroom Battle” where the classroom that raises the most money will get a free custard party supplied by Culver’s!!

 

 

 

 

School Closed Friday, January 8, 2015

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Mrs. Mackh

All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 9. The National Weather Service is calling for wind chill values as low as -21 in the morning, when children will be walking to school or waiting at bus stops.

We know that it’s frustrating to have three days off this week, especially after two weeks of winter break and especially for working parents. The District 54 staff wants students in the classrooms learning.

However, our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather.

The Hoffman Estates Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. We hope that this will help out some of our families. For more information, visit the websites below.

All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open. Thank you for your understanding and support.

School Closed Again Thursday, January 8, 2015

Posted January 7th, 2015 by Mrs. Mackh
All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, because the forecast continues to call for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. will be held.
The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).
District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

School Closed Wednesday January 7, 2015

Posted January 7th, 2015 by Mrs. Mackh

All District 54 schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, because the forecast calls for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

 

Food Drive

Posted January 5th, 2015 by Mrs. Peacock

We would like to thank all the families that made donations over the course of our food drive.  We were able to donate many boxes of food to our district’s food pantry.

Winter Break

Posted December 16th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Winter break begins at the end of the day on Friday, December 19th.  School will reopen on Monday, January 5th.  Everyone at Fox School wishes you a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Holiday Gift Mart

Posted December 11th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

This Saturday is our Holiday Gift Mart.  The event is from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Please make sure that you bring your ticket with you.  No one will be able to attend without it.  If you have any questions, please call the school office.

Principal’s Message

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Drop and Go Starts!
The “drop and go” is a safe and systematic process for parents to drop children off during arrival time. The main lot will be open for parents to drop-off students along the sidewalk in front of the school.  This drop and go system will run from December 1st until March 20th, which is spring break.  It is very important for the safety of the children that we follow the guidelines below:

  • Drop and go begins at 8:20
  • Do not arrive in parking lot before 8:20, this will alleviate no parking spots for our staff
  • When entering the parking lot follow the one way sign (ALWAYS!)
  • Parents stay in car (staff will assist small students)
  • Students exit at the front door ONLY (students do not exit car until in front of school)
  • Students must exit from the passenger side
  • Exit parking lot immediately following the car in front of you (do not pass car in front of you)
  • If the wind chill is below zero students enter front door, otherwise students walk to their classroom lines

When walking to school, please use sidewalks and avoid walking students through the parking lot.  Walking through the parking lot can pose a serious safety risk for students and impacts the flow of traffic.  In addition, keep in mind that it is unlawful to pass a school bus while its stop sign is out.  Thank you in advance for making adjustments to your morning schedule this winter season.