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Dear Parents, 

We are very excited to welcome many of our students in first through fifth grade back in person next week!  To help you prepare for your child’s first in-person day, please watch this short video.  You can also refer to the slides from this presentation if you prefer. Our Field staff has also put together a video for our students. Feel free to view it here

I know you are all incredibly busy and are getting a lot of communication from the school. I am hoping you have a little time to listen to the video. While this is addressed in the video and slides, I want to quickly remind you again about the self-certification process for when your child attends in-person learning. Students need to come with their self-certification completed or we will not be able to let them in the building. We will need to keep them outside until we can reach you. Please know that we do not want to do this, but we do need to ensure that we keep all students and staff safe. The detailed directions for the self-certification process are below. I know that this can be tricky to remember. A little trick that has been helpful to me was entering the web address for self-certification into my phone contacts. I entered the name as Elmhurst Self-Certification into my phone and the URL https://covid.elmhurst205.org.  This has allowed me to pull it up on my phone easily each morning. I was also able to click remember me and save my login information on my phone to make it easier daily. For multiple kids, you may want to add their login information to the notes on the saved contact. Please do not feel obligated to do so, this is just what worked for me.  Please remember that when your child is in-person we ask that you send a snack of fruits and/or vegetables daily. Students will eat their snacks during the break listed on their schedule.

As we continue to move towards our return to in-person instruction, I anticipate that the transition will take a little practice, but have every confidence in our staff to get into a routine that will allow us to meet all of our student's needs.  Our teachers will be teaching groups of students in two separate environments: in-person and remotely.  This will most likely mean those days that our hybrid students are remote, based on their groupings, and our remote only students may have closer to the 2.5 hours of synchronous time as outlined by the Remote Learning 2.0 Plan initially presented to the Board of Education.  During the past few weeks of remote learning, our students have had much more than 2.5 hours of synchronous time with teachers to support settling into routines. We will work to find an appropriate balance in order to continue to build relationships and personalize learning. We want to maintain the classroom community.  This may be slightly different depending on the classroom teacher and age of students, but as we settle into a routine, a typical lesson may begin with a mini-lesson/whole group time in the lesson (both in-person and remote). Students as age-appropriate will be released for purposeful practice to do their independent/asynchronous work. The classroom teacher may opt to keep the kids at home on the zoom as appropriate so they could check in with them. While they are working the kids in class will be doing independent work and conferring or meeting with the teacher. Then, all students back at the end to share/wrap-up the lesson. In full disclosure, due to distancing guidance and safety, it will look different than it has in the past, but we will continue to do our best to make learning fun and engaging. I hope this helps to build some background, we will continue to message as we put these plans into practice. There might be some hiccups along the way as we settle into new routines with students simultaneously in-person and virtual.  Please know that we will iron out the kinks and settle into the hybrid model within a few days, just as we did with full remote learning.  As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. 

For some of you, this is your first time dropping your child off at Field so I would like to review the carline drop off procedures. These are usually included in our first newsletter of the year, but as this was such a different start, I am sharing this information as the groups begin their return to school As you drop off, we ask that you remain in your cars and children should be ready to exit as soon as the car stops by the drop-off spot on Emroy.  Children should exit only by the sidewalk area.  Do not double park to drop off your children. Please abide by the signs in front of the building.  Remain in your car at all times.  There is no parking in front of the building from 7:45 to 8:15 AM.  When picking up, please have a sign displayed with your child’s last name. Circle the block until there is a place to pull up next to the curb.  Do not enter the parking lot and never park in front of the parking lot driveway to drop off or wait for students.  If you choose to park and walk to the sidewalk to meet your child, you can park on Emroy south of the parking lot driveway or on the south side of Melrose.  Load children as quickly as possible and pull out to allow the next family to pick up their child. A staff member may ask you to circle, please be patient and kind as we work to safely get all students loaded into their cars and on their way.  Also, inform anyone who may be dropping off or picking up your child of these procedures.  At all times, we ask that you please be patient and courteous.   

Thank you so much for your partnership in your child's learning.   

Sincerely,

Heidi Thomas 

Principal

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Dear Field Families,

It is hard to believe we have two full weeks of remote learning under our belt. Our Field staff are so excited to welcome our first group of students back to the building next week. I apologize for the length of this communication, but there is so much information to share. Please read through the information below as you are able. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at hthomas@elmhurst205.org

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

In This Newsletter:

  • Curriculum Night Date Change

  • Hybrid Schedule Information

  • Daily Student Health Self-Certification Process Required

  • Field Library Book Checkout

  • REACH Appeal Testing Update

  • REACH Parent Group Virtual Meeting 

  • D205 and Elmhurst Park Department Offering Club Ed ELearning Program for EC-5

  • D205 and Community Meal Programs

  • COVID-19 Safety Precautions in District 205 Video

  • Daily Student Health Self-Certification Process Required

  • Free Internet/WiFi Services

Field Curriculum Night Date Change - In my last communication there was a note regarding Curriculum Night which was scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2020. Given our upcoming changes from a Remote Learning Environment to a Hybrid Learning Environment, we felt that it would be best to move Curriculum Night to Thursday, September 24, 2020.  I am still committed to providing you with Hybrid Learning information on Thursday, September 10. This information will be sent to you in a recorded video similar to the Remote Learning Video at the beginning of the school year and the Kindergarten video that will be shared with kindergarten parents this evening. This video will hopefully answer many of your questions regarding the start to our Hybrid Learning Environment. On Thursday, September 24 our teachers will be providing you with information from a learning and teaching perspective in the classroom. The extra time they are given between September 10 and September 24 will offer them the opportunity to provide classroom routines and procedures, build relationships with each child in the classroom and continue to build a positive classroom environment. 

Hybrid Schedule - We are excited to welcome our kindergarten students that have selected in-person learning using a hybrid model next week beginning with our first group on September 8th. We will welcome our first group of first through fifth grade students on September 14th. As I mentioned above, I will be sharing more detailed information related to the hybrid instructional model on September 10th. However, I wanted to share some important information related to the days that your child will be in attendance as well as how to find out which group your child is in. The in person days for Group A are Monday and Tuesday. The in person days for Group B are Thursday and Friday. Students who have an IEP or qualify for ELL services will be designated Group AB and qualify to attend Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students who have selected remote will remain fully remote.  The school attendance day will be from 8:15 am -1:15 pm. Due to the five hour day, students will not be having lunch at school. They will have a snack break daily. Please note that the District places an emphasis on healthy snacks with a focus on fruits and vegetables. We ask that you please take this into account when planning your child’s snack. The doors open at 8:00 am and students that have been certified will be admitted to their classrooms at that time. Please see our Field Covid Handbook for arrival and dismissal procedures (this will continue to be updated as we refine). Students that qualify for busing (based on distance from school) will get their route information from our Field office with pickup and drop off times by the Friday before their first day of attendance. 

To look up your child’s group designation in PowerSchool, please click this link for directions.

Elementary Hybrid Schedule: 

Group A:  in-person on Mon-Tues

Group B:  in-person on Thurs-Fri

Group AB:in-person on Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri

Remote:  Fully Remote (Monday - Friday)

Daily Student Health Self-Certification Process Required - As we begin to welcome our students back to in-person learning, the District has implemented a new safety measure that requires parent/guardian attention. A primary safety effort that is part of our Open D205 plan is to certify student health information every day. 

This request is being asked of all D205 faculty, staff and families to complete. We need parents/guardians to complete our daily “certification” process prior to their child attempting to enter the school building each day. Please see our steps to complete the health certification process and watch our 1:47 video tutorial to learn how. The certification process is quick (less than 20 seconds per child) and the system is available now for parents/guardians to login and practice the health certification process.

Field Library Book Checkout - The Field Library is offering drive through pickup for library materials.  Mrs. Talbot’s library lesson this past week for students in Grades 2-5, focused on how to place a hold on a library book. For additional information about the process, please follow the link to the information Mrs. Talbot posted in google classroom. 

REACH Appeal Testing Update - REACH appeal testing is complete and student data is currently being reviewed. Parents will receive notification no later than September 11th on student placement into the REACH program. 

REACH Parent Group Updates - REACH Parent Group Virtual Meeting, Friday, September 11th, 11:30 am (duration 60-90 mins) on Zoom, details forthcoming. 

REACH Parent Informational Meeting, Monday September 14th, 7:00 pm (duration 1-2 hrs) on Zoom, details forthcoming. Leslie Weber, D205 Director of Curriculum and REACH Coordinator will present a program overview, identification, expectations, appeals, along with details from the REACH Program Analysis conducted this past year. The primary focus is on those families new to REACH. 

Should you have any questions please contact our REACH Field representatives, Sarah Jensen (sljensen@me.com) or Lynnea Brown (lynnea.brown@yahoo.com).

D205 and Elmhurst Park Department Offering Club Ed ELearning Program for EC-5 - The start of the school year has been stressful for many families as parents struggle to balance work with remote and hybrid learning. Staff at the Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205  have been working behind the scenes for weeks to come up with the best solution to help as many families as possible during this tough transition. 

Club Ed -  Club Ed is a program offered through the Elmhurst Park District is slated to start on Monday, September 21 and will be held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The weekly cost will be $315 per child. Online registration will be held at 9:00 am on Thursday, September 10 at epd.org.
 
More information is available on the D205 website

D205 and Community Meal Programs - Breakfast and lunch options are now available for purchase for all D205 students during the remote learning period through the PushCoin Webstore! Meals may now be ordered on a weekly basis and may be picked up on the following schedule:

COVID-19 Safety Precautions in District 205 Video - Please view our special COVID-19 health and safety video, featuring D205 Facilities Department Director Todd Schmidt, to see the precautions and measures the district has taken to prepare for in-person learning and soon as safely possible. 

More details on our safety precautions can be found in the Open D205 section of our website, here.

Free Internet/WiFi Services -

  • Comcast Internet Essentials Is Free to New Customers: Low income families who live in a Comcast service area may sign-up for Internet Essentials with 60 days of complimentary service (normally available to all qualified households for $9.95/month). 

See internetessentials.com or es.internetessentials.com, or call 1-855-8-INTERNET.

  • Comcast Xfinity WiFi Is Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

  • AT&T is expanding “Access from AT&T,” our low-cost home internet offering to qualifying households AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. Click here for more information. PDF Download

Illinois state agencies released a wi-fi hotspot map to help students across the state who lack internet access in their homes. The wi-fi map has at least 200 hotspots students can use to complete coursework. Students and their parents or guardians should continue to practice social distancing by remaining in their cars while utilizing the hotspots. If a student or caretaker is sick or experiencing symptoms, they should remain at home.

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The start of the school year has been stressful for many families as parents struggle to balance work with remote and hybrid learning. Staff at the Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 have been working behind the scenes for weeks to come up with the best solution to help as many families as possible during this tough transition. 

Club Ed. is a new program for children K-5 that will offer a convenient, self-directed E-Learning opportunity at various D205 and Park District locations. This program will provide a structured schedule that alternates designated time for self-directed E-Learning and recreational activities including indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts. Children will be in a group of 15 participants or less in a format that meets all CDC health and safety guidelines. Face coverings will be required at all times except while eating. 

Club Ed. is slated to start on Monday, September 21 and will be held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The weekly cost will be $315 per child. Online registration will be held at 9:00 am on Thursday, September 10 at epd.org. If you do not currently have a household account, please be sure to create one prior to registration.
 
Club Ed. staff will coordinate the day’s activities around E-Learning schedules. Staff will not be able to assist or instruct children during E-Learning but will monitor them while on their chrome books. 

This program will be able to accommodate children whether Elmhurst School District 205 is on a remote or hybrid learning schedule. The number of available spaces for the program will be limited.

Efforts are underway to set up facilities, order supplies, and hire and train the appropriate number of staff. The Park District is making every effort to hire the necessary number of staff required to run the program but cannot guarantee that this goal will be achieved in time for the anticipated start date of September 21.  If you or someone you know may be interested in a position, please visit epd.org/jobs.

Locations are as follows:

Students from                  Club Ed. location
Conrad Fischer                  Conrad Fischer multi-purpose room
Edison Edison School        Multi-purpose Room
Emerson                            The Abbey at 407 S. St. Charles Rd. (EPD site)*
Field                          The former Redeemer Center (155 E. St. Charles Rd)(EPD site)*
Hawthorne                         Hawthorne School multi-purpose room
Lincoln                               Lincoln School gymnasium
Jefferson                            Lincoln School multi-purpose room*

*Transportation will be provided by D205 to the coordinating site only on scheduled in-person hybrid learning days.

For more information, please contact Program Supervisor Joanne Lamb at jlamb@epd.org or 630-993-8678 or visit the Club Ed. page at epd.org.


El Distrito de Parques de Elmhurst se asocia con El Districto de Escuelas #205 para ofrecer el Club Ed. una programa de aprender electrónicamente (e-learning)

El comienzo del año escolar ha sido estresante para muchas familias, ya que los padres luchan por equilibrar el trabajo con el aprendizaje remoto y híbrido. El Distrito de Parques de Elmhurst y el Districto de Escuelas de Elmhurst (D205) ha estado trabajando durante semanas para encontrar la mejor solución para ayudar a tantas familias como sea posible durante esta transición difícil.

Club Ed. es un nuevo programa para niños de jardín de infancia (K-5) a cinco grado que ofrecerá una conveniente oportunidad de aprendizaje electrónico autodirigido en varias ubicaciones del D205 y del Distrito de Parques. Este programa proporcionará un horario con el tiempo designado para el aprendizaje electrónico autodirigido y actividades recreativas, que incluyen juegos en el interior y al aire libre, artes y manualidades. Los niños estarán en un grupo de 15 participantes o menos en un formato que cumpla con todas las pautas de salud y seguridad del CDC. Se requerirá cubrirse la cara en todo momento, excepto al comer. 

Club Ed. está programado para comenzar el lunes 21 de septiembre y se llevará a cabo de lunes a viernes de 8 de la mañana hasta las 5 de la tarde. El costo semanal será de $315 por niño. El registro en línea se llevará a cabo a las 9 de la mañana el jueves 10 de septiembre en la pagina www.epd.org. Si actualmente no tiene una cuenta familiar con el Districto de Parques de Elmhurst, asegúrese de crear una antes de registrarse. Se necesita ayuda, por favor llamar (630) 993-8900.

El personal de Club Ed. coordinará las actividades del día en torno a los horarios de aprendizaje electrónico. El personal no podrá ayudar ni instruir a los niños durante el aprendizaje electrónico, pero los supervisará mientras estén en sus libros Cromados.

Este programa podrá acomodar a los niños ya sea que el Distrito Escolar #205 de Elmhurst se encuentre en un horario de aprendizaje remoto o híbrido. El número de espacios disponibles será limitado.

Se están realizando esfuerzos para establecer los ubicaciones, ordenar suministros escolares y contratar personal al número apropiado para este sirvicio. El Distrito de Parques está haciendo todo lo posible para contratar la cantidad necesaria de personal requerido para el programa, pero no puede garantizar que esta meta se logre a tiempo para la fecha de inicio anticipada del 21 de septiembre. Si usted o alguien que conoce puede estar interesado en un puesto, visite www.epd.org/jobs. 

Las ubicaciones son las siguientes:

Estudiantes de 

la escuela:

 

Club Ed. ubicación será

Edison

Edison Escuela sala multipropósito

Emerson

The Abbey at 407 S. St. Charles Rd. (sitio del Districto de Parques de Elmhurst)*

Field

Anteriormente conocida como el Redeemer Center at 155 E. St. Charles Rd. (sitio del Districto de Parques de Elmhurst)*

Conrad Fischer

Conrad Fischer sala multipropósito

Hawthorne

Hawthorne Escuela sala multipropósito

Jackson

Eldridge Park Recreation Building at 363 Commonwealth Lane (sitio del Districto de Parques de Elmhurst)*

Lincoln

Lincoln Escuela gimnasio

Jefferson

Lincoln Escuela sala multipropósito*

*El Districto de Escuelas #205 proporcionará transporte al sitio de coordinación solo en los días programados de aprendizaje híbrido presencial.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con la Supervisora del Programa Joanne Lamb por correo electronico a jlamb@epd.org o por telefono a 630-993-8678 o visite el Club Ed. página en www.epd.org.

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  • Emerson
  • Field
  • Fischer
  • Hawthorne
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
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Dear Field Families,

What a first week of school! I would like to send a sincere thank you to all of our parents, students, and staff for their patience, flexibility, and grace amid this very different start of the year. The national Zoom partial-outage this week as well as the internet interruptions added layers of complexity to navigating this remote start to the school year that were not anticipated. That being said, our Field staff were so thrilled to begin working with and getting to know your children this week.  We have missed our Falcons tremendously. I can not tell you how thankful I am to be a part of such a wonderful parent community. I wanted to send a special thank you to our Field PTA and our Field families for your kind messages for our staff and the treats throughout this week. It made a big difference and we appreciate your thoughtfulness so much. If you do not already, I encourage you to follow Field on social media. You can follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @FieldD205

If you wouldn’t mind indulging me, I would like to take a minute to share my perspective as both an educator of over 20 years and as a parent for 13 with the goal of hopefully bringing some additional perspective to our challenges this year. As the school year begins each year, teachers and students begin the task of establishing routines, getting to know each other and rebuilding the necessary stamina to make it through the school day.  This happens each and every year even when we are in person. This year, this process is even more complex as their time out of the structured routine of school has been quite a bit longer than the traditional summer. The transition back to school and the energy and focus necessary can feel like a tremendous lift for many if not most children whether remote or in person. This year however, you have a front row seat for this and please believe me when I share that as a staff, we know how difficult that is for parents. Compounding this, at the start of the year, we traditionally begin with a shorter week for our elementary kids, beginning with a 3 day week as we know they struggle a great deal with stamina and independence. This was not possible this year due to the shift in our calendar. This is similar to beginning a new exercise routine, the muscles are sore and worn at the end of the day. However, this is also time-limited and critical for the cultivation of this skill that will contribute to their school success as they continue to develop this stamina and independence. If my children are any indication, it has been a long week, but it has also been a productive one. Their learning muscles and emotions may be tired but activated. We have already seen an increase in independence, collaboration, and relationships and we will celebrate those victories. Our Field staff and myself have every faith in our kids. They are incredible kids and it is a tremendous gift and great responsibility to ensure the social and academic development of each one of them. Our staff are beginning to know your children and are working incredibly hard to be flexible and build relationships that will allow us to personalize learning for each of our students. Please know that we continue to work hard to get kids back in the building with the hybrid plan set to begin on September 8th for kindergarten students and the 14th for grades 1-5. I will be sharing more information related to this next week. I continue to ask for you to extend your patience, flexibility, and grace amid this start of the school year. 

Masks - I wanted to address a question that a parent asked me this week related to staff members wearing masks. Our staff are expected to wear a mask in the building at all times unless they are alone in a space with the door closed. You may notice that staff members are either consistently or at times wearing their masks when on a ZOOM call with your children. As we have a great deal of staff members that utilize shared spaces and/or have individuals in and out of their rooms throughout the day, there will be times that staff members have their masks on. 

I am sure you could anticipate that I am receiving quite a few parent emails and phone calls. This is understandable in such a different time and please know that I do welcome them. I can be reached most easily at hthomas@elmhurst205.org. I continue to do my best to respond to each message in a timely manner. 

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

Field Elementary Principal 

Important Information Shared Last Week - 

Parent Technology Support - Please visit our D205 Remote Learning Resources and Tutorials for Parents.  This will continually be updated to add more resources and is a place for you to watch quick tutorials if you want to familiarize yourself with the tools your child is using.

Standards Based Reporting - Students in grades K-5 will continue to learn in a standards-based system. This summer D205 developed a website for parents for parents to describe what proficiency means for all our standards. We hope you find this site helpful.  If you have any questions about the standards or the parent guides, please contact your classroom teacher. If you have any questions regarding the content of the parent site, please contact Nikki Tammaru, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership, at ntammaru@elmhurst205.org

Wednesdays Are Remote Learning Days - Wednesdays are remote learning days for students. Students will report on Wednesdays for remote learning as they would on the other days of the week. There are NO late arrival days for students until further notice. 

Elmhurst Public Library Supports Remote Learning - Elmhurst Public Library is here to support your 2020-21 school year with resources and services. Since the building reopened in June, we want students and families to know that using the EPL looks a bit different now. The library still offers homework help, books, and databases, as well as enrichment opportunities with online events. However, the library now limits capacity and requires reservations for visits. The new grab-and-go service model does not accommodate group or long-term visits. For more information about the Elmhurst Public Library, visit elmlib.org.  

Open D205 Field Parent Handbook - Here is a the Field parent handbook that will guide procedures for an in-person hybrid return.  This handbook will continually be updated as we approach September 14, 2020.  It will also be reviewed in detail during the Parent Orientation Video sent prior to an in-person hybrid return. 

Required Health Forms -  As we welcome your student at the beginning of the school year, we want to remind you of the health requirements for school attendance. Please see the letter (English; Spanish) which explains the requirements.  These requirements apply to all students, even those who plan to remain remote. If your child has already had the required exam and vaccinations within the required time frames, please submit the physical exam and immunization record to our Field nurse, Dipika Patel, via email at dpatel@elmhurst205.org.  We advise you to keep a copy of all paperwork you submit to the school.  If your child still needs to get the exam and required vaccinations administered, please schedule the appointment with your child’s healthcare provider as quickly as possible in order to meet the deadline requirement.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Patel.

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Heidi Thomas

Dear Parents, 

We are very excited to welcome many of our students in first through fifth grade back in person next week!  To help you prepare for your child’s first in-person day, please watch this short video.  You can also refer to the slides from this presentation if you prefer. Our Field staff has also put together a video for our students. Feel free to view it here

Dear Parents, 

We are very excited to welcome many of our students in first through fifth grade back in person next week!  To help you prepare for your child’s first in-person day, please watch this short video.  You can also refer to the slides from this presentation if you prefer. Our Field staff has also put together a video for our students. Feel free to view it here

I know you are all incredibly busy and are getting a lot of communication from the school. I am hoping you have a little time to listen to the video. While this is addressed in the video and slides, I want to quickly remind you again about the self-certification process for when your child attends in-person learning. Students need to come with their self-certification completed or we will not be able to let them in the building. We will need to keep them outside until we can reach you. Please know that we do not want to do this, but we do need to ensure that we keep all students and staff safe. The detailed directions for the self-certification process are below. I know that this can be tricky to remember. A little trick that has been helpful to me was entering the web address for self-certification into my phone contacts. I entered the name as Elmhurst Self-Certification into my phone and the URL https://covid.elmhurst205.org.  This has allowed me to pull it up on my phone easily each morning. I was also able to click remember me and save my login information on my phone to make it easier daily. For multiple kids, you may want to add their login information to the notes on the saved contact. Please do not feel obligated to do so, this is just what worked for me.  Please remember that when your child is in-person we ask that you send a snack of fruits and/or vegetables daily. Students will eat their snacks during the break listed on their schedule.

As we continue to move towards our return to in-person instruction, I anticipate that the transition will take a little practice, but have every confidence in our staff to get into a routine that will allow us to meet all of our student's needs.  Our teachers will be teaching groups of students in two separate environments: in-person and remotely.  This will most likely mean those days that our hybrid students are remote, based on their groupings, and our remote only students may have closer to the 2.5 hours of synchronous time as outlined by the Remote Learning 2.0 Plan initially presented to the Board of Education.  During the past few weeks of remote learning, our students have had much more than 2.5 hours of synchronous time with teachers to support settling into routines. We will work to find an appropriate balance in order to continue to build relationships and personalize learning. We want to maintain the classroom community.  This may be slightly different depending on the classroom teacher and age of students, but as we settle into a routine, a typical lesson may begin with a mini-lesson/whole group time in the lesson (both in-person and remote). Students as age-appropriate will be released for purposeful practice to do their independent/asynchronous work. The classroom teacher may opt to keep the kids at home on the zoom as appropriate so they could check in with them. While they are working the kids in class will be doing independent work and conferring or meeting with the teacher. Then, all students back at the end to share/wrap-up the lesson. In full disclosure, due to distancing guidance and safety, it will look different than it has in the past, but we will continue to do our best to make learning fun and engaging. I hope this helps to build some background, we will continue to message as we put these plans into practice. There might be some hiccups along the way as we settle into new routines with students simultaneously in-person and virtual.  Please know that we will iron out the kinks and settle into the hybrid model within a few days, just as we did with full remote learning.  As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. 

For some of you, this is your first time dropping your child off at Field so I would like to review the carline drop off procedures. These are usually included in our first newsletter of the year, but as this was such a different start, I am sharing this information as the groups begin their return to school As you drop off, we ask that you remain in your cars and children should be ready to exit as soon as the car stops by the drop-off spot on Emroy.  Children should exit only by the sidewalk area.  Do not double park to drop off your children. Please abide by the signs in front of the building.  Remain in your car at all times.  There is no parking in front of the building from 7:45 to 8:15 AM.  When picking up, please have a sign displayed with your child’s last name. Circle the block until there is a place to pull up next to the curb.  Do not enter the parking lot and never park in front of the parking lot driveway to drop off or wait for students.  If you choose to park and walk to the sidewalk to meet your child, you can park on Emroy south of the parking lot driveway or on the south side of Melrose.  Load children as quickly as possible and pull out to allow the next family to pick up their child. A staff member may ask you to circle, please be patient and kind as we work to safely get all students loaded into their cars and on their way.  Also, inform anyone who may be dropping off or picking up your child of these procedures.  At all times, we ask that you please be patient and courteous.   

Thank you so much for your partnership in your child's learning.   

Sincerely,

Heidi Thomas 

Principal

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Heidi Thomas

Dear Field Families,

It is hard to believe we have two full weeks of remote learning under our belt. Our Field staff are so excited to welcome our first group of students back to the building next week. I apologize for the length of this communication, but there is so much information to share. Please read through the information below as you are able. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at hthomas@elmhurst205.org

Dear Field Families,

It is hard to believe we have two full weeks of remote learning under our belt. Our Field staff are so excited to welcome our first group of students back to the building next week. I apologize for the length of this communication, but there is so much information to share. Please read through the information below as you are able. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at hthomas@elmhurst205.org

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

In This Newsletter:

  • Curriculum Night Date Change

  • Hybrid Schedule Information

  • Daily Student Health Self-Certification Process Required

  • Field Library Book Checkout

  • REACH Appeal Testing Update

  • REACH Parent Group Virtual Meeting 

  • D205 and Elmhurst Park Department Offering Club Ed ELearning Program for EC-5

  • D205 and Community Meal Programs

  • COVID-19 Safety Precautions in District 205 Video

  • Daily Student Health Self-Certification Process Required

  • Free Internet/WiFi Services

Field Curriculum Night Date Change - In my last communication there was a note regarding Curriculum Night which was scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2020. Given our upcoming changes from a Remote Learning Environment to a Hybrid Learning Environment, we felt that it would be best to move Curriculum Night to Thursday, September 24, 2020.  I am still committed to providing you with Hybrid Learning information on Thursday, September 10. This information will be sent to you in a recorded video similar to the Remote Learning Video at the beginning of the school year and the Kindergarten video that will be shared with kindergarten parents this evening. This video will hopefully answer many of your questions regarding the start to our Hybrid Learning Environment. On Thursday, September 24 our teachers will be providing you with information from a learning and teaching perspective in the classroom. The extra time they are given between September 10 and September 24 will offer them the opportunity to provide classroom routines and procedures, build relationships with each child in the classroom and continue to build a positive classroom environment. 

Hybrid Schedule - We are excited to welcome our kindergarten students that have selected in-person learning using a hybrid model next week beginning with our first group on September 8th. We will welcome our first group of first through fifth grade students on September 14th. As I mentioned above, I will be sharing more detailed information related to the hybrid instructional model on September 10th. However, I wanted to share some important information related to the days that your child will be in attendance as well as how to find out which group your child is in. The in person days for Group A are Monday and Tuesday. The in person days for Group B are Thursday and Friday. Students who have an IEP or qualify for ELL services will be designated Group AB and qualify to attend Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students who have selected remote will remain fully remote.  The school attendance day will be from 8:15 am -1:15 pm. Due to the five hour day, students will not be having lunch at school. They will have a snack break daily. Please note that the District places an emphasis on healthy snacks with a focus on fruits and vegetables. We ask that you please take this into account when planning your child’s snack. The doors open at 8:00 am and students that have been certified will be admitted to their classrooms at that time. Please see our Field Covid Handbook for arrival and dismissal procedures (this will continue to be updated as we refine). Students that qualify for busing (based on distance from school) will get their route information from our Field office with pickup and drop off times by the Friday before their first day of attendance. 

To look up your child’s group designation in PowerSchool, please click this link for directions.

Elementary Hybrid Schedule: 

Group A:  in-person on Mon-Tues

Group B:  in-person on Thurs-Fri

Group AB:in-person on Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri

Remote:  Fully Remote (Monday - Friday)

Daily Student Health Self-Certification Process Required - As we begin to welcome our students back to in-person learning, the District has implemented a new safety measure that requires parent/guardian attention. A primary safety effort that is part of our Open D205 plan is to certify student health information every day. 

This request is being asked of all D205 faculty, staff and families to complete. We need parents/guardians to complete our daily “certification” process prior to their child attempting to enter the school building each day. Please see our steps to complete the health certification process and watch our 1:47 video tutorial to learn how. The certification process is quick (less than 20 seconds per child) and the system is available now for parents/guardians to login and practice the health certification process.

Field Library Book Checkout - The Field Library is offering drive through pickup for library materials.  Mrs. Talbot’s library lesson this past week for students in Grades 2-5, focused on how to place a hold on a library book. For additional information about the process, please follow the link to the information Mrs. Talbot posted in google classroom. 

REACH Appeal Testing Update - REACH appeal testing is complete and student data is currently being reviewed. Parents will receive notification no later than September 11th on student placement into the REACH program. 

REACH Parent Group Updates - REACH Parent Group Virtual Meeting, Friday, September 11th, 11:30 am (duration 60-90 mins) on Zoom, details forthcoming. 

REACH Parent Informational Meeting, Monday September 14th, 7:00 pm (duration 1-2 hrs) on Zoom, details forthcoming. Leslie Weber, D205 Director of Curriculum and REACH Coordinator will present a program overview, identification, expectations, appeals, along with details from the REACH Program Analysis conducted this past year. The primary focus is on those families new to REACH. 

Should you have any questions please contact our REACH Field representatives, Sarah Jensen (sljensen@me.com) or Lynnea Brown (lynnea.brown@yahoo.com).

D205 and Elmhurst Park Department Offering Club Ed ELearning Program for EC-5 - The start of the school year has been stressful for many families as parents struggle to balance work with remote and hybrid learning. Staff at the Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205  have been working behind the scenes for weeks to come up with the best solution to help as many families as possible during this tough transition. 

Club Ed -  Club Ed is a program offered through the Elmhurst Park District is slated to start on Monday, September 21 and will be held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The weekly cost will be $315 per child. Online registration will be held at 9:00 am on Thursday, September 10 at epd.org.
 
More information is available on the D205 website

D205 and Community Meal Programs - Breakfast and lunch options are now available for purchase for all D205 students during the remote learning period through the PushCoin Webstore! Meals may now be ordered on a weekly basis and may be picked up on the following schedule:

COVID-19 Safety Precautions in District 205 Video - Please view our special COVID-19 health and safety video, featuring D205 Facilities Department Director Todd Schmidt, to see the precautions and measures the district has taken to prepare for in-person learning and soon as safely possible. 

More details on our safety precautions can be found in the Open D205 section of our website, here.

Free Internet/WiFi Services -

  • Comcast Internet Essentials Is Free to New Customers: Low income families who live in a Comcast service area may sign-up for Internet Essentials with 60 days of complimentary service (normally available to all qualified households for $9.95/month). 

See internetessentials.com or es.internetessentials.com, or call 1-855-8-INTERNET.

  • Comcast Xfinity WiFi Is Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

  • AT&T is expanding “Access from AT&T,” our low-cost home internet offering to qualifying households AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. Click here for more information. PDF Download

Illinois state agencies released a wi-fi hotspot map to help students across the state who lack internet access in their homes. The wi-fi map has at least 200 hotspots students can use to complete coursework. Students and their parents or guardians should continue to practice social distancing by remaining in their cars while utilizing the hotspots. If a student or caretaker is sick or experiencing symptoms, they should remain at home.

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Heidi Thomas

Dear Field Families,

What a first week of school! I would like to send a sincere thank you to all of our parents, students, and staff for their patience, flexibility, and grace amid this very different start of the year. The national Zoom partial-outage this week as well as the internet interruptions added layers of complexity to navigating this remote start to the school year that were not anticipated. That being said, our Field staff were so thrilled to begin working with and getting to know your children this week.

Dear Field Families,

What a first week of school! I would like to send a sincere thank you to all of our parents, students, and staff for their patience, flexibility, and grace amid this very different start of the year. The national Zoom partial-outage this week as well as the internet interruptions added layers of complexity to navigating this remote start to the school year that were not anticipated. That being said, our Field staff were so thrilled to begin working with and getting to know your children this week.  We have missed our Falcons tremendously. I can not tell you how thankful I am to be a part of such a wonderful parent community. I wanted to send a special thank you to our Field PTA and our Field families for your kind messages for our staff and the treats throughout this week. It made a big difference and we appreciate your thoughtfulness so much. If you do not already, I encourage you to follow Field on social media. You can follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @FieldD205

If you wouldn’t mind indulging me, I would like to take a minute to share my perspective as both an educator of over 20 years and as a parent for 13 with the goal of hopefully bringing some additional perspective to our challenges this year. As the school year begins each year, teachers and students begin the task of establishing routines, getting to know each other and rebuilding the necessary stamina to make it through the school day.  This happens each and every year even when we are in person. This year, this process is even more complex as their time out of the structured routine of school has been quite a bit longer than the traditional summer. The transition back to school and the energy and focus necessary can feel like a tremendous lift for many if not most children whether remote or in person. This year however, you have a front row seat for this and please believe me when I share that as a staff, we know how difficult that is for parents. Compounding this, at the start of the year, we traditionally begin with a shorter week for our elementary kids, beginning with a 3 day week as we know they struggle a great deal with stamina and independence. This was not possible this year due to the shift in our calendar. This is similar to beginning a new exercise routine, the muscles are sore and worn at the end of the day. However, this is also time-limited and critical for the cultivation of this skill that will contribute to their school success as they continue to develop this stamina and independence. If my children are any indication, it has been a long week, but it has also been a productive one. Their learning muscles and emotions may be tired but activated. We have already seen an increase in independence, collaboration, and relationships and we will celebrate those victories. Our Field staff and myself have every faith in our kids. They are incredible kids and it is a tremendous gift and great responsibility to ensure the social and academic development of each one of them. Our staff are beginning to know your children and are working incredibly hard to be flexible and build relationships that will allow us to personalize learning for each of our students. Please know that we continue to work hard to get kids back in the building with the hybrid plan set to begin on September 8th for kindergarten students and the 14th for grades 1-5. I will be sharing more information related to this next week. I continue to ask for you to extend your patience, flexibility, and grace amid this start of the school year. 

Masks - I wanted to address a question that a parent asked me this week related to staff members wearing masks. Our staff are expected to wear a mask in the building at all times unless they are alone in a space with the door closed. You may notice that staff members are either consistently or at times wearing their masks when on a ZOOM call with your children. As we have a great deal of staff members that utilize shared spaces and/or have individuals in and out of their rooms throughout the day, there will be times that staff members have their masks on. 

I am sure you could anticipate that I am receiving quite a few parent emails and phone calls. This is understandable in such a different time and please know that I do welcome them. I can be reached most easily at hthomas@elmhurst205.org. I continue to do my best to respond to each message in a timely manner. 

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

Field Elementary Principal 

Important Information Shared Last Week - 

Parent Technology Support - Please visit our D205 Remote Learning Resources and Tutorials for Parents.  This will continually be updated to add more resources and is a place for you to watch quick tutorials if you want to familiarize yourself with the tools your child is using.

Standards Based Reporting - Students in grades K-5 will continue to learn in a standards-based system. This summer D205 developed a website for parents for parents to describe what proficiency means for all our standards. We hope you find this site helpful.  If you have any questions about the standards or the parent guides, please contact your classroom teacher. If you have any questions regarding the content of the parent site, please contact Nikki Tammaru, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership, at ntammaru@elmhurst205.org

Wednesdays Are Remote Learning Days - Wednesdays are remote learning days for students. Students will report on Wednesdays for remote learning as they would on the other days of the week. There are NO late arrival days for students until further notice. 

Elmhurst Public Library Supports Remote Learning - Elmhurst Public Library is here to support your 2020-21 school year with resources and services. Since the building reopened in June, we want students and families to know that using the EPL looks a bit different now. The library still offers homework help, books, and databases, as well as enrichment opportunities with online events. However, the library now limits capacity and requires reservations for visits. The new grab-and-go service model does not accommodate group or long-term visits. For more information about the Elmhurst Public Library, visit elmlib.org.  

Open D205 Field Parent Handbook - Here is a the Field parent handbook that will guide procedures for an in-person hybrid return.  This handbook will continually be updated as we approach September 14, 2020.  It will also be reviewed in detail during the Parent Orientation Video sent prior to an in-person hybrid return. 

Required Health Forms -  As we welcome your student at the beginning of the school year, we want to remind you of the health requirements for school attendance. Please see the letter (English; Spanish) which explains the requirements.  These requirements apply to all students, even those who plan to remain remote. If your child has already had the required exam and vaccinations within the required time frames, please submit the physical exam and immunization record to our Field nurse, Dipika Patel, via email at dpatel@elmhurst205.org.  We advise you to keep a copy of all paperwork you submit to the school.  If your child still needs to get the exam and required vaccinations administered, please schedule the appointment with your child’s healthcare provider as quickly as possible in order to meet the deadline requirement.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Patel.

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

Dear Field Families,

Our staff have been excitedly preparing for next week and are looking forward to getting to know your children better. Our teacher teams have worked incredibly hard to prepare for next week. We are all looking forward to our first week of remote learning.

Dear Field Families,

Our staff have been excitedly preparing for next week and are looking forward to getting to know your children better. Our teacher teams have worked incredibly hard to prepare for next week. We are all looking forward to our first week of remote learning. We are excited to see our students in their virtual classrooms on Monday. Over the first few days of school, teachers will be working on building strong classroom communities and routines that will support student independence. Academic work will increase throughout the first week as your child gets acclimated to their classroom schedule and develops relationships with their classmates and their teacher. As I mentioned in the orienation video shared Wednesday, we want to partner with you and we are here to support you and your child through this unique year. If your child needs support or you have a question, please reach out to your child's teacher or me at hthomas@elmhurst205.org

I would like to send a big thank you to our Field PTA and our staff volunteers for helping us run our supply pick up for all of our families. Your supply bag contains your district issued technology device and charger, log in information, and other materials for your child’s grade level.  *Please note: There is a mistake on the student login cards that were sent home at supply pick-up this week. The emails are missing the "2" in "205". Your child's email should be their ID@elmhurst205.org.*

Parent Tutorials - Please visit our D205 Remote Learning Resources and Tutorials for Parents.  This will continually be updated to add more resources and is a place for you to watch quick tutorials if you want to familiarize yourself with the tools your child is using. 

Standards Based Reporting - Students in grades K-5 will continue to learn in a standards-based system. This summer D205 developed a website for parents for parents to describe what proficiency means for all our standards. We hope you find this site helpful.  If you have any questions about the standards or the parent guides, please contact your classroom teacher. If you have any questions regarding the content of the parent site, please contact Nikki Tammaru, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership, at ntammaru@elmhurst205.org

Wednesdays Are Remote Learning Days - Wednesdays are remote learning days for students. Students will report on Wednesdays for remote learning as they would on the other days of the week. There are NO late arrival days for students until further notice. Thank you for the opportunity to clarify any confusion. We look forward to seeing you next week

Elmhurst Public Library Supports Remote Learning - Elmhurst Public Library is here to support your 2020-21 school year with resources and services. Since the building reopened in June, we want students and families to know that using the EPL looks a bit different now. The library still offers homework help, books, and databases, as well as enrichment opportunities with online events. However, the library now limits capacity and requires reservations for visits. The new grab-and-go service model does not accommodate group or long-term visits. For more information about the Elmhurst Public Library, visit elmlib.org.  

REACH Appeals - REACH services will be provided to students regardless of the learning environment chosen. At the elementary level, students will begin REACH math on August 25th. We will begin REACH ELA enrichment services on Monday, August 31st. This will allow time for students to participate in their language arts block with their classroom and learn the routines and expectations during literacy with their class.

We will begin the REACH appeal process at the elementary level for those who have filed an appeal the week of August 24th. Families will receive an email by the end of this week notifying them of the day and time that their child will be taking the MAP assessment remotely as well as directions for the testing session. REACH teachers will be proctoring assessments through a Zoom meeting beginning at 1:45pm and will send an invitation/link prior to the session to their groups of students.

Our goal is to ensure that students who qualify for REACH through the appeal process are placed into their appropriate class as soon as possible. Please see the REACH appeal rubric here. Notifications of placement will be sent to families no later than September 11th, and earlier if possible.

Open D205 Field Parent Handbook - Here is Field's parent handbook that will guide procedures for an in-person hybrid return.  This handbook will continually be updated as we approach September 14, 2020.  It will also be reviewed in detail during the Parent Orientation Video sent prior to an in-person hybrid return. 

Required Health Forms - As we welcome your student at the beginning of the school year, we want to remind you of the health requirements for school attendance. Please see the letter (English; Spanish) which explains the requirements.  These requirements apply to all students, even those who plan to remain remote. If your child has already had the required exam and vaccinations within the required time frames, please submit the physical exam and immunization record to our Field nurse, Dipika Patel, via email at dpatel@elmhurst205.org.  We advise you to keep a copy of all paperwork you submit to the school.  If your child still needs to get the exam and required vaccinations administered, please schedule the appointment with your child’s healthcare provider as quickly as possible in order to meet the deadline requirement.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Patel.

Important Date: Monday, August 24th at 8:15 AM: First day of remote learning with classroom teachers

Sincerely,

Heidi Thomas 

hthomas@elmhurst205.org

Field School Principal

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Heidi Thomas

Welcome Back Field Families!

Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 school year!  I am excited to welcome you back to school. I feel very lucky to work with an amazing group of educators that I know will work incredibly hard to support a smooth transition for our students. Mrs. DeLaRosa and I are excited to work closely with you to ensure the success of all of our Field students. 

Welcome Back Field Families!

Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 school year!  I am excited to welcome you back to school. I feel very lucky to work with an amazing group of educators that I know will work incredibly hard to support a smooth transition for our students. Mrs. DeLaRosa and I are excited to work closely with you to ensure the success of all of our Field students. 

August 12th District Communication -  As a reminder, Dr. Moyer shared the following information in his August 12th communication:  After careful consideration of all available options, the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education authorized the D205 administration to begin the 2020-21 school year as scheduled on Monday, August 24 in remote learning. D205’s Remote Learning 2.0 presentation to the BOE is now available to review. Specific remote learning schedules also will be coming from principals shortly. 

All D205 schools will then shift into hybrid learning at all grade levels, with the exception of Madison Early Childhood Center, which plans to open with full in-person learning, on Monday, September 14, 2020 if the health metrics for DuPage County and D205 staffing availability permit. All other grade levels, with the exception of half-day kindergarten, will operate on a five-hour day, eliminating lunch on site. 

School Updates - Our teachers have been participating in professional learning all summer long and those opportunities will continue through the next few weeks as we launch the new school year!  The professional development for remote and hybrid learning will continue as the year goes on so we can be responsive to changing schedules and the needs of our staff. All teachers received professional learning this summer in the new science curriculum, which has online modules for students.  Webinars on the reading and writing workshop model for literacy were offered and an overwhelming number of teachers took advantage at Field!  Our Instructional Coaches and volunteer teachers across the district have been working tirelessly to create and present strategies and technology tools for remote learning.

During our upcoming Institute Week, August 17th through the 21st, teachers and paraeducators will rotate through sessions scheduled by the Learning and Teaching Department on remote/hybrid learning topics related to planning for mini-lessons, small group instruction, differentiation for individual needs, formative assessment, giving students feedback, utilizing technology effectively, and more with the goal that we are all prepared and ready to embark on this adventure of a year!  

Field Staff Updates - I wanted to take this opportunity to share some updates related to Field staffing for next school year.  As was communicated in the Spring, Field will have three all-day kindergarten classes next school year. I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Kelly Castaldi and Mrs. Kristi Heckinger are both very excited to work with our youngest learners and will be joining Miss Ross to form the kindergarten team for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Mrs. Christine Rysko has joined the fifth grade team and we will welcome a few new staff members to Field as well. Mrs. Megan Liewergen will join the third grade team. Mrs. Liewergen is joining us having most recently taught third grade at Fischer. Mrs. Jill Hipp has joined our fourth grade team from Sandburg Middle School. Mrs. Nikki Prafke has joined the Hawthorne Staff as their new Instructional Coach, we are very excited for her and know she will be excellent in this new role, but will miss having her at Field. Ms. Kathryn Scott will be joining the Field 3rd grade team. She comes to us from teaching 3rd grade in Mt. Prospect for the past few years.  As I shared in the spring, Mrs. Egan has moved to a full-time EL position in the District. Mrs. Nicole Laverty will join us at Field as our new Spanish teacher. I know they will all serve as wonderful additions to Field and will appreciate the amazing Field community we have. 

2020-2021 Field Staff Overview

Instructional Coach - Ms. Katie Murphy

Kindergarten - Mrs. Kelly Castaldi, Mrs. Kristi Heckinger, Miss Jennifer Ross

First Grade - Mrs. Jennifer Gallagher, Ms. Kyra Hollars, Ms. Ashley Stevenson

Second Grade - Mrs. Elizabeth Firak, Mrs. Gayle Greenberg-Smith, Miss Lauren Joyce

Third Grade - Mrs. Megan Liewergen, Ms.Kathleen Manning, Ms. Kathryn Scott

Fourth Grade - Ms. Valerie Baxter, Mrs. Jill Hipp, Ms. Sara Kalinsky

Fifth Grade - Mrs. Laurie Giblin, Mrs. Kelly McKissack, Mrs. Christine Rysko

REACH - Mrs. Leanne Rider

EL Teachers - Miss Colleen Brogni, Ms. Lisa Ferraris

Reading Specialists - Ms. Rachel Washburn, Ms. Whitney Brown

Special Education Resource: Mrs. Michele Johnston, Mrs. Ashley Reynolds

Library - Mrs. Karla Talbot

Music - Mrs. Tracey Lukritz

Physical Education - Mr. James Kolb

Art - Mrs. Amanda Heiman

Spanish -  Mrs. Nicole Laverty

SPED Instructional Coach - Ms. Heather Noncek (Edison, Emerson, Field & Jackson)

School Psychologists: Mrs. Alexandra Annen (2 days), Ms. Emily McDonough (1 day)

Social Worker: Ms. Nicole Salaman

Speech Pathologist: Mrs. Amber Woods

Parent Orientation Video - On Tuesday, August 18th, I will be sharing a Parent Orientation video.  This will be a recording walking parents through a slide deck with important information for the start of the school year, such as how to set your child up for success with remote learning, technology tips for the first days, as well as how remote learning will differ from the spring.  Please be on the lookout for the email with that link, and feel free to email me at hthomas@elmhurst205.org with any questions.  

Supply Boxes, Learning Materials, and Device Pickup - Student supply boxes (for parents who ordered in the spring) and materials for remote learning will be available for pickup on Wednesday, August 19th for students whose last name begins with A-K and Thursday, August 20th for students whose last name begins with L-Z.  Pick up will be from 2:00-5:00 PM in the Field parking lot utilizing the same drive-thru model as the spring. Be sure to have your child’s last name written clearly and in large print displayed, do not exit your car or open windows, and a staff member or volunteer will place materials into the trunk.

In addition to supply boxes that parents would have ordered in the spring, your child will also receive a math workbook and practice book for Modules 1 & 2, a handwriting workbook for grades K-2, whiteboard and dry erase marker, and an iPad for students in grades K-1 or Chromebook for students in grades 2-5. As all students will be receiving a device, please complete this Technology Agreement for each child at Field prior to the start of school.

If you still have Field library books checked out, please place those books in a bag, leave them in your trunk, and we will take them when we place belongings in your car.  

Class Assignments and Virtual Teacher Meet-and-Greet - Teacher assignments will be sent out no later than the morning of Friday, August 21st. The classroom teacher will email you a link soon afterwards so that your child can join a Virtual Meet-the-Teacher on Friday, August 21st at 1:30 pm.  *Please note that classroom assignments that were viewed through the clever and app login may not be accurate. There have been many necessary updates to classroom placements as we balance lists and prepare for a hybrid model, you will recieve an email from me next week with information on how to access your child's placement through PowerSchool. 

Physical Examination/Immunization Requirements for School Entrance - As we welcome your student at the beginning of the school year, we want to remind you of the health requirements for school attendance. Please see the letter (English ; Spanish) which explains the requirements.  If your child has already had the required exam and vaccinations within the required time frames, please submit the physical exam and immunization record to the Nurse at your child’s school via email. We advise you to keep a copy of all paperwork you submit.If your child still needs to get the exam and required vaccinations administered, please schedule the appointment with your child’s healthcare provider as quickly as possible in order to meet the deadline requirement.  If you have any questions, please email Dipika Patel, Field’s School Nurse at dpatel@elmhurst205.org

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, August 18th: Parent Orientation Video sent via email

  • Wednesday, August 19th: Supply/Material/Device Pickup at Field from 2-5 PM for students with last names that begin with A-K

  • Thursday, August 20th:  Supply/Material/Device Pickup at Field  from 2-5 PM for students with last names that begin with L-Z

  • Morning of Friday, August 21st: Teacher assignments emailed to parents; classroom teacher will email Zoom link for Virtual Meet-and-Greet 

  • Friday, August 21st at 1:30 PM:  Virtual Teacher Meet-and-Greet via Zoom

  • Monday, August 24th at 8:15 AM: First day of remote learning with classroom teachers 

 

I apologize for the length of this communication, but there is a great deal of information to share. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at hthomas@elmhurst205.org.

Sincerely,

Heidi Thomas 

  • Field