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Classroom Celebrations School Community Input

Reported by on 5/26/17

The Welch PTA, in cooperation with the Instructional Leadership Team and Sarah Nowak, is reviewing the classroom celebration plans at Welch for the 2017 - 2018 school year. At this time, we are actively seeking input from Welch families to develop plans for next year’s three classroom celebrations. Please spend some time thinking about what is important to your family and what traditions and observances would be most meaningful for your children to celebrate in the classroom. We are encouraging unique and creative suggestions from which to develop our party plans for this year.

This week a letter and form were sent home to all Welch families. Please note that forms are due today. If you prefer, you may email me your ideas and preferences for Welch's classroom celebrations. The form can be found here:

Classroom Celebrations Preferences

Return your form to Welch's Main Office or email Sarah Nowak ( with your ideas by Friday, May 26, 2017.

Celebration plans must adhere to the IPSD 204’s mission in order to be considered:

IPSD 204 Mission

The Board of Education recognizes the value of certain celebrations and observances in promoting patriotism, secular (non-religious) traditions and good citizenship among the students. Room parties and school events are considered valuable experiences for children and are encouraged.

In planning room parties and/or other events, special collaborative efforts should be made to ensure that the activities selected coincide with the school’s supporting community viewpoints and beliefs.

The information gathered from this Celebration Input Survey will be compiled by the PTA Executive Board, Instructional Leadership Team and Sarah Nowak, and reviewed to ensure compliance with the district policy and student safety. A ballot listing all of the eligible celebration ideas will then be distributed to the Welch community for a vote. Voting results will help determine which parties will be held next year.

This plan is in compliance with the District’s policy concerning classroom celebrations. If you have questions, please direct them to one of the following:

Sarah Nowak, Welch Principal –
Marybeth Satvedi, PTA President –

Thank you.

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