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Reported by on 9/21/17

With the warmer temperatures we are experiencing, please don’t forget to send your student(s) with water bottles that can be refilled throughout the day! It’s a GREAT day to be a Welch White Tiger!

Upcoming Dates to Remember…

Monday, September 25
PTA Room Parent Meeting 9:30 - 10:00 AM
Robotics Club 3:35 - 4:30 PM
4th/5th Grade Wiffleball 3:35 - 4:30 PM

Tuesday, September 26
Fall Picture Day!
Welch Walkers 3:35 - 4:30 PM
First Grade STEM Club 3:35 - 4:30 PM
Comedy Club 3:35 - 4:30 PM

Wednesday, September 27
4th/5th Grade Wiffleball 3:35 - 4:30 PM
Welch 4th/5th Grade Chess Club 3:35 - 4:30 PM

Thursday, September 28
Choir Rehearsal 8:00 AM
Postal Club Informational Meeting 3:35 - 4:00 PM Friday, September 29
Book Box Training 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Picture Day… Picture Day is coming up next Tuesday, September 26th! Students were given Picture Day order forms/envelopes this week. Please return this on Picture Day with your student(s).

PDAC… On September 19th, the Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) hosted its first meeting of the school year with focused discussion on: Unpacking the “Invisible Knapsack” Students Bring to School: Understanding Implicit Bias, Advantages and Disadvantages. We engaged in dialogue about the prevalent dynamics of implicit bias that affect everyone and how we can work to become increasingly aware of them. PRESENTATION SLIDES from the meeting are now available. For upcoming PDAC meetings, please see the CALENDAR or visit PDAC subpage for further information.

World Cafe… Please mark your calendars for PDAC’s World Cafe. World Cafe is an evening to collaborate and network with colleagues, families, staff, board members and community. We will be exploring and understanding advantages and disadvantages of all students. World Cafe is on Tuesday, October 3rd at NVHS from 6:30 - 9:00 PM. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Sarah Nowak ( or 630.428.7210) by September 29th.

LMC Makerspace… The LMC is asking for donations for the Makerspace consumables. If you would like to donate any of the following items, please send in one item with your student: duct tape, painter's tape, transparent tape, wood craft sticks, drinking straws, string, yarn, play dough, aluminum foil, conductive fabric/thread, paper plates/cups, and/or altoids tins.

LMC Author Visit… Chicago author Lindsay Currie will present to 4th and 5th graders on Friday, October 13 (a perfect day for a scary book!). Students who order a book in advance will received an autographed copy. Orders are due Wednesday, September 27 by returning the attached form: Checks should be made out to Welch Elementary. Information about Lindsay Currie can be found at​—

Welch Clubs and Activities for 2017-2018… Please see attached document with information about the various clubs and activities offered at Welch Elementary School for the year.

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY Wednesday, October 4th!!! Welch White Tiger Walk to School Day is coming. We invite you to celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday October 4th. Thousands of schools and communicates will be participating in this event. Gather your neighbors and friends and join the movement. A police officer will be crossing students and their families at 87th and Skylane Drive. Upon your arrival at school we invite you to write your name on the sidewalk in chalk to show your participation. Any questions please contact Mary Beth Satvedi at

Room Parent and Party Volunteers… If you're interested in being a room parent or helping out with classroom parents please check out the link below. Sign up for up to two parties and if we need additional volunteers we'll let you know. If you have any questions please contact Mary Beth Satvedi at
Room Parent and Party Sign Up

Charleston Wraps Fundraiser… The Welch PTA Charleston Wraps Fundraiser is coming to an end. All order forms and money should be returned on Friday September 22nd. All checks are to be made out to "Welch PTA". If you need an extra packet or an extra order form we have them in the school office. Students who sell at least 25 items will be entered to win one of the 5 pigs and to race them for the top prizes. Thanks to our generous community retailers we have some very cool prizes to award for our pig race. We have tickets to Hollywood Palms, Learning Express has given us a Putty Kit, Putty, and a gift card ,Sky Zone has donated a Family Fun Pack and we have a gift card from Color Me Mine. Proceeds from this fundraiser will allow the Welch PTA to continue our current PTA programs throughout the year. A few of these programs are field trip funding, reading programs, classroom technologies, room parties, other supplies and learning materials and much more. Thank you in advance for your help! Any questions please contact Erin Arroyo at

Reflections 2017-2018… White Tigers - Don't miss the chance to receive certificates from Mrs.Nowak!!! Students are also recognized at the District, Regional, State and National level as their entries advance to that level. "Within Reach" is the theme of the year. There are 6 categories, namely, Literature, Music Composition, Film Production, Photography, Dance Choreography and Visual Arts. There is also a special artist division. Students can submit their original arts project in multiple categories. Please contact Vidya Ramakrishnan at 630-423-6342 or for detailed rules or questions.

Third-Party Educational Programs...The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:
Welch: Ya-Ma Learning Robotics Classes
Welch: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids
Welch: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

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