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News from Mrs. Nowak - March 10

Reported by on 3/10/18

It is a GREAT day to be a Welch White Tiger! Upcoming Dates:

Monday, March 12th
Whole School PAJAMA Day and flashlight read-in!
School Store 8:50 AM
Last Art Club 3:35 PM
Floor Hockey 3:35 PM
Crosstown Bluestem Battle 5:00 PM @ Graham ES

Tuesday, March 13th
Student Council 8:10 AM
5th Grade Farewell Smencil Sales 8:50 AM
PARCC Testing - Grade 4 AM and Grade 3 PM
**K and 4 will be switching lunch periods (K will eat at 10:50 AM and grade 4 will eat at 11:40 AM)

Wednesday, March 14th
PTA Meeting 9:30 AM
PARCC Testing - Grade 4 AM and Grade 3 PM
**K and 4 will be switching lunch periods (K will eat at 10:50 AM and grade 4 will eat at 11:40 AM)
Chess Club 3:35 PM
5th Grade Floor Hockey Playoffs 3:35 PM

Thursday, March 15th
Choir 8:00 AM
PARCC Testing - Grade 4 AM
**K and 4 will be switching lunch periods (K will eat at 10:50 AM and grade 4 will eat at 11:40 AM)
Peer Buddies 3:35 PM
Postal Club 3:35 PM
STEAM Club 3:35 PM

Friday, March 16th
LAST 5th Grade Coding Club 8:20 AM
School Store 8:20 AM
PARCC Testing - Grade 3 PM
*Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 21st from 6:00 - 7:00 PM for Welch’s Open House!

Kindergarten 1819… If you have a child who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2018, he or she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year. Please see link below for important information about enrollment.

Young Authors… Thank you to everyone who participated in the Young Authors’ Program this year! Welch had close to 130 students participate, which is incredible! A big congratulations to this year’s winners: Aahana Gupta and Zara Rahman. And congratulations are also in order for our students who received Honorable Mention: Eshika Shah, Allen Xu, and Emilio Salgado. Fine work, White Tigers!

Illinois Science Assessment… Parents of fifth graders, please see attached letters for information about the upcoming Illinois Science Assessment.

Lost and Found… Our Lost and Found is overflowing! Please encourage your students to check the Lost and Found for any missing items over the next few weeks, and please note that parents are invited to come take a peek, as well! We will be donating remaining items over Spring Break!

Engage 204 on March 20… The community is invited to attend Engage 204 from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, March 20 at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This session will focus on the district's budget. Previous sessions have looked at academic programs, demographics, and facilities. Some of the topics discussed by presenters and attendees have included class sizes, teacher pay, mental health support, facility use, and maintenance projects. At this session, presenters will discuss the cost of some of the ideas and attendees will be asked to prioritize the ideas. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to provide feedback on how to financially support the ideas considering the district's limited resources.

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education in July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204.

RSVP is appreciated, but not required at RSVP. For more information, visit Engage 204.

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: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

PTA Science Fair… Thank you to everyone who participated in last night’s Science Fair! What a talented group of students we have at Welch!

Welch PTA Officer Nominations… Would you like to be part of the Welch PTA leadership? Elections will be held at the April meeting, but nominations are taking place now. PTA Officer positions are President or Co-President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. At this time, there are no candidates for the Vice President, and Treasurer positions. Please contact the Nominating Committee at welchelementarypta@gmail. com if you are interested in an officer position!

Assessment - Spanish (pdf)

Assessment - English (pdf)

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