News

Principal’s Message

Posted April 16th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

The year certainly has gone quickly. We have already begun our planning for the 2014-15 school year.  Please spread the word that kindergarten registration has started and the Kindergarten Round-Up night will be held on April 24th at 6:00 pm.  If you know anyone that has not already enrolled for kindergarten, encourage them to enroll as soon as they can so we can ensure that we are properly staffed.

This time of year brings anticipation as families turn their attention toward next year and wonder who their child’s teacher will be for 2014-15.  All grade levels will continue to be Multigrade with the exception of kindergarten.  There will be five first/second grade classrooms, six third/fourth grade classrooms and five fifth/sixth grade classrooms.  The increase in enrollment in third and fourth grades has caused us to add an additional classroom at this level.  Given this, not all students will be able to have their current teacher next school year.  The Fox Staff has a common goal with families:  class placements that allow each child to flourish and grow.

To achieve this result a team of staff members work together to combine their knowledge of all students across a variety of contexts.  Our placement decisions involve team input and are completed with great care.  Our classroom teachers, child study team members, specials teachers and administrators are involved in the process.  The decision is not made lightly nor by one individual staff member, including the principal.  Our commitment is to create balanced classrooms by considering a variety of factors such as gender, academic ability, and social/emotional development.  Our goal is to place each child in a class that we feel will provide the best opportunity for continued growth.

Sincerely,

Cyndie Gordon:
Principal

 

Continuing student registration due April 11

Posted April 4th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Families of students currently enrolled in District 54 should have received a letter in the mail this week, with information about registering their students for the 2014-15 school year.

Families with a parent portal account, received a letter with instructions asking them to log on to our portal site http://sd54.org/portal/  to enroll their students for next year.

Other families received a pre-printed registration form, which must be reviewed, signed, dated and returned to the school your child is currently attending.

Please re-register your child by Friday, April 11 in order to have your child placed on a future class list and to ensure busing is set up for the 2014-15 school year for students who qualify for free busing.

 

 

 

Important Note for Kindergarten Parents

Posted April 2nd, 2014 by Mrs. Mackh
Due to the weather forecast, we are cancelling the Spring Valley Kindergarten field trips (both AM and PM) on Thursday and Friday.

Week of the Young Child – April 7th – 11th

Posted April 1st, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Help the pre-k team celebrate the week of the young child with a week full of fun dress up days.

Monday – Anne Fox School Spirit Day

Tuesday – Favorite Sport Team Day

Wednesday – Pink/Red Day

Thursday – Favorite Character T-shirt Day

Friday – College Day

 

 

Anne Fox Students Featured in Hanover Park Park District Art Show

Posted March 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Mackh

Hanover Park Park District is hosting Anne Fox students’ Artwork along with other Hanover Park students’ Artwork. Their work can be seen starting Friday March 28, 2014 – Sunday, March 30, 2014. The reception for the Artists will be in conjunction with the Kids at Hope Fair, Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Artwork will be located upstairs in the Art Gallery and surrounding hallways.

Parent Survey

Posted March 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Mackh

Beginning March 17, teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help us guide school improvement.

The Illinois 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
  • Ambitious Instruction

Parent Survey — for all District 54 parents

All District parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in a District 54 preschool program, elementary school or junior high. The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes.

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. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names (for example Jane Addams Junior High would be listed under J, not A for Addams).

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey. If you do not have access to a computer, you can use one at one of our local libraries. We will also make computers available to parents at our schools. 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 30 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 30 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.

To take the parent survey, please visit http://Illinois.5-essentials.org between March 17 and April 25, 2014. When searching for your school’s name, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).

Student Survey – for sixth through eighth grade in District 54

Only students in grades 6 through 12 will take the survey. District 54 schools will provide time at school for our students in grades 6 through 8 to take the survey during the week of April 14 through 17. You can review the questions asked of students by visiting http://Illinois.5-essentials.org. The questions are at a fourth-grade reading level and accommodations will be allowed. If you do not want your child to participate, please contact your school principal by April 1, 2014. If you have children at more than one school in grades 6 through 8, you must contact the principal at each school.

Parent and student identities will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at (866) 440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Andrew D. DuRoss

Announcement

Posted March 5th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

We will be using drop and go until spring break.  Students will be dropped off at the front door but continue to line up outside on their lines, as they normally do, unless the wind chill is below 0, then we will let them in through the front door beginning at 8:25.  Please do not drop off your children before 8:25.

Principal’s Message

Posted February 28th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Please take time to read the read the Fox Tales.  It is filled with dates, reminders, and all sorts of happenings here at Fox.  It also includes upcoming Schaumburg Parent University Classes and information about Early Childhood and PTA.  Take a look!

The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) assessment window is from March 3rd-March 14th for students in grades 3-6.  If you have a child in grades 3-6, we are asking for your help!  We would like every student to have a letter of encouragement from their family on their first day of ISAT testing.  Read the Fox Tales to find out more about this!  It is also essential that students are present at school during this time.  Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments.

Superintendent’s Article
Superintendent DuRoss’ most recent article written for the Daily Herald was published in print today.  The article is accessible on the District 54 website at http://sd54.org/.  Mr. DuRoss also appears in a video related to the article content.  The link to the video, which is cited in the article, is http://sd54.org/board/mission/.

PTA Membership
It is not too late to become a PTA member for this school year!  For the bargain price of $5, you can help this wonderful parent organization that gives back to our school in so many ways.  PTA sponsors our Back-to-School Night, purchases books for the children on their birthdays, provides transportation for our all school field trip, interesting assemblies, lunch for field day, numerous family nights and much more.  Your membership helps make these beneficial programs and events possible.

PBIS Newsletter
The following link is to the PBIS Family and Community Meeting about Cyber-bullying scheduled for March 13.   click here
This event will take place in the Rafferty Administration Center.

Stay warm,
Cyndie Gordon
Principal

Blanca Leal
Assistant Principal

 

 

Drop and Go

Posted February 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Mackh

Due to the extreme cold, we’ll be having Drop and Go all week–the barricades will not be put up before school so that you can drop your children off right at the front door beginning at 8:25 a.m. each day.  To make sure that everyone stays safe, we ask that you follow these simple rules:

  • Pull your car as far forward as possible in the drop-off lane, then stop.
  • Children should get out of the car on the passenger side of the vehicle after it comes to a stop.
  • Staff members will be in the drop-off lane to help students.
  • Parents should not get out of the car.
  • Please do not park your car in the parking lot and walk to the front door.

Thank you for following these rules to keep all of our students safe.

News

Posted February 14th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Attendance
We have begun to see an increase in students coming late to school.  Please remember we start instruction promptly.  Students miss important instruction when they come in late.  Please help us in getting your children to school time.

State Assessment
We are beginning to prepare for the Illinois Standard Achievement Test for students in grades 3-6.  The assessment window is from March 3rd – 14th.  It is essential that students are present at school during this time.  Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments or vacations.