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Reported by lynn_domek@ipsd.org on 1/8/18

Happy New Year!!

Upcoming Dates:
Monday, January 8th
Classes Resume!
School Store @ 8:50 AM

Wednesday, January 10th
Green Club @ 3:35 PM

Thursday, January 11th
Choir @ 8:00 AM
Postal Club @ 3:35 PM

Friday, January 12th
End of Quarter 2
2M/2W Coding Club 8:20 AM
School Store @ 8:50 AM

Monday, January 15th
No School - MLK Day

Tuesday, January 16th
No School - School Improvement Planning

Wednesday, January 17th
PTA Meeting @ 7:00 PM

Thank you… Prior to the Winter Break, our students participated in Winter Celebrations! A huge THANK YOU to Terri Foley, Tonia Brock, and all the volunteers who made these parties possible for our students.

Parent Survey... We Need YOU!! Please take a few moments to complete the State of Illinois Survey on Welch Elementary School. This information will help us make Welch the best it can be. Currently, only 2% of our families have completed the survey, but our goal is at least 25%. We can do this! To take this short survey:
1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/.
2. Type and then select Dupage as District 204's County location. This is the county associated with the district, not the location of an individual school.
3. Type your school's name into the School field and then select your school.

End of 2nd Quarter/Grades...Grades will be posted on Home Access on Friday January 19 after 4:00. If you do not have your student’s log-in, please contact the school office BEFORE January 19 at 630.428.7200. Thank you!

Young Authors… Encourage your student(s) to write! Welch will again participate in the Young Authors' program. The program is Co-sponsored by the Illinois Language and Literacy Council and the Illinois Reading Council. Every child at Welch may participate in the program— however student participation is optional. Students interested in participating will need to submit their entries by Friday, February 2nd. The work selected to represent Welch will be announced at a Young Authors' Café on Tuesday, February 27th. For additional program details, please see the attached .pdf document.

Recess Reminder… With the cold temperatures upon us, I wanted to send a reminder regarding recess. A 15 minute recess is held each day following lunch. During the winter, we will go outside for recess if the wind chill index is at 5 degrees or above. The wind chill report will be obtained from the National Weather Service. Students are expected to dress appropriately for winter weather recess with hats, gloves, boots, and winter coats. When we have snow, boots and snow pants are required to venture off of the blacktop and out into the snow. All students participate in recess unless a doctor’s note including a medical reason is provided to the school. When a student is excluded from PE due to a medical concern, the exclusion will apply to all physical activities including recess, unless otherwise noted. The school nurse will follow up with the doctor’s office as needed. Please note that parents may write a note to excuse their student from all physical activities, including recess, for up to three days. If there is an ongoing or recurrent illness or need for exclusion, we will request a doctor’s note regarding the exclusion and the medical reason for the exclusion. Students who are unable to participate in recess will sit inside the lunchroom on the stage stairs reading, and will be supervised by our lunchroom supervisors. Please contact Welch’s main office with any questions. Our students’ safety is our concern.

Arrival and Dismissal… Due to the cold temperatures, we have a larger number of parents driving their students to and from school. Please allow a few extra minutes to ensure that students are IN THEIR CLASSROOMS by 9:05 AM. Students who are not in their classrooms when the 9:05 AM bell rings will be marked tardy. Please note that the doors open at 8:50 AM. To ensure that all of our students are safe, please follow the procedures listed below:
If you are dropping your student off by car, you MUST use the carline in the parking lot off of Cedar Glade. It is unsafe to drop students off in the street in front of the school, as they often will then cross without the assistance of a crossing guard.
Please ensure that students exit and enter vehicles from the passenger side so they are not walking around the car in the carline.
The circle drive in the front of the building is for buses only— cars are prohibited from entering or using the circle drive exit as a place to turn around or drop off students.
Please ensure that if you are picking your student up in the car line in the afternoon that your car has a tag on the passenger window with your last name and their grade level(s). This will assist staff in getting students to their cars as quickly as possible. This tag can be on any piece of paper, or you can request a tag from Sarah Nowak (sarah_nowak@ipsd.org). Your students’ safety is our number one concern. With over 700 White Tigers in our building, it is essential that procedures are in place and followed. Thank you for your support.

Vacations… This is the time of year when many of our families take extended vacations. Thank you for contacting your child’s teacher and the attendance office at 630-375-3200 x3. Please keep in mind that homework will not be sent in advance. Your child will have adequate time for make up work upon his/her return.

Making the Right Call When Your Child is Sick… As we are coming into cold and flu season, a few reminders:
School Policy requires a child to stay home if he or she:
Has a fever of 100.0 or higher
Has been vomiting or has diarrhea
Has a sore throat with a fever
Has symptoms that keep your child from participating in school, such as:
Very tired or lack of appetite
Cough that he/she cannot control
Headache, body aches , or earache
24 Hour Rule:
FEVER: Keep your child home until his or her FEVER has been gone without fever reducing medicine for 24 hours. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow recovery and make others sick.
VOMITING or DIARRHEA: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the LAST time he or she vomited or had diarrhea.
ANTIBIOTICS: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the FIRST dose of antibiotics for anything like an ear infection or strep throat.
Please help others from becoming sick by keeping your child home if he or she is ill. One sick child can spread germs to all his or her classmates. For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the Welch Health Office.

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