Friday, March 20, 2015

It's Almost Spring Break and March Worthy Wildcats!

Enjoy your spring break which begins Friday afternoon after dismissal! We hope you have a very relaxing time whether you are staying home, (staycation) going somewhere to get the warmth and the sun, or skiing, we wish you the very best!  Please have your children read over break. We also encourage students to write about their travels or adventures in a journal.  This is a great way to remember all the activities,  and has them storytelling and writing!   Certainly, practicing keyboarding is also something that can be completed over spring break!
Congratulations to the March Worthy Wildcats!  These students were selected for being kind, following school rules, being role models and helping others! 
Nicely Done to Kindergartener-Masataka F., First Grader-Mina B., Second Grader-Nora M., Third Grader-Tommy J., Fourth Grader-Maia J. and Fifth Grader-Decker A. 
Masataka B. 

Mina B. 

Tommy J.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Progress Reports...Now What?

Second trimester progress reports are going home in backpacks today, along with benchmark updates for our students who have IEPs. These documents are intended to provide guidance for students and families on how students are progressing across subjects and goal areas. Here are some things to consider as you review these reports.

1) Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students do not receive letter grades on their progress reports. When reading, consider your child's progress across the skill sets that make up each subject area. Look for relative strengths and weaknesses. The teachers' comments should provide a brief guide for progress in each subject area as well.

2) Third, 4th and 5th graders do receive grades for each subject. The grades are aligned with standards within each subject and calculated based on scores your child receives on classroom assessments, participation, etc. Please don't allow your child to get "stuck" on the letter grade...instead they should be focused on if they are making progress in preparing for the next grade level. As with the primary report cards, teachers' comments may provide information about your child's social/emotional/behavioral growth as well.

3) Please talk with your students about their progress reports. Things to ask might include the following:
*Does your child enjoy each subject? Why/why not?
*What does he/she find most challenging and/or exciting about learning?
*Does the information on the progress report reflect what you see at home?
*What goal would your child like to set for the third trimester? Where would he/she like to improve most?

4) As you already know, we will not host March parent-teacher conferences. If you and your child feel good about his/her progress, there's no need to meet with your child's teacher. If you have specific questions or concerns, we encourage you to email or call. If you feel a face-to-face meeting is needed, please contact your teacher to set something up at a mutually agreeable time.

5) The third trimester is often when parents begin thinking about the next academic year and raise questions or thoughts about class placements for their child. Please remember that we do not accept specific teacher requests. Our teachers take their role very seriously in placing children into both socially and academically balanced classes. There are many, many factors to take into account and we are proud of the time and effort our staff puts into this process. If you have thoughts about next year, feel free to share them with your current teacher as feedback, understanding that he/she will not be able to guarantee any specific placements. If you have questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact Mrs. Fabrizio or Ms. Hiltz.

We look forward to one more great trimester full of fun and learning!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Summer School Information is Online!

This is the time of the year when believe it or not, we start talking about summer programming for students. Arlington Heights School District 25 has a wonderful array of summer school classes for students to choose from this year. Please take some time to go onto the Summer U website to see the kinds of review courses available in reading and math or enrichment courses.

Summer U Information

Registration ends on MAY 1st!  We will continue to remind you as that deadline is firm. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Students who were PARCC testing did a great job this week!  They worked very hard, while some of the test was certainly difficult!

THANKS to ALL OF THE WINDSOR TEACHING STAFF!  They go above and beyond every day!
They work on the weekends and in the evenings especially at this time of the year.