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Wolverine News February 23rd

The Wolverine News February 23rd, 2024

Happy Friday!

It's been a great week at school! Thank you to those who supported our PTA Dining Night at MOD Pizza this week and those who attended our Family Self Defense Night with Mrs. Andrews. Today, iReady winter benchmark scores and reports are available in ParentVUE. Please see the information below as to how to access and interpret the data.

We look forward to connecting with many parents at next week's Parent/Teacher Conferences. Just a reminder that students are not in attendance next Thursday or Friday.

Have a great weekend!

-Mrs. Kempski


February 26th - March 1st

Monday, February 26th

  • 3:35-4:30 - Eco Club (for registered 4th and 5th graders)

Tuesday, February 27th

  • 7:50 - Chorus Rehearsal

  • 3:35-4:30 - Advanced Rubik's Cube Club (for registered 4th and 5th graders)

Wednesday, February 28th - Late Start (school starts at 9:15)

Thursday, February 29th

  • No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, February 23rd

  • No School - Teacher Institute Day



Winter iReady Benchmark Reports

Recently, all students completed our iReady winter benchmark assessments. Results from our most recent benchmark period are now available in ParentVUE for you to review. Please read the attached letter for more specific information regarding the assessments and how to access the parent reports.



23-24 iReady Follow Up Letter - Winter.pdf


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23-24 iReady Follow Up Letter - Winter - Spanish.pdf


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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/teacher conferences will take place on Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 1:00 - 8:00 PM. Please note this is a non-attendance day for students.

These conferences are scheduled on an as needed basis. Teachers will send home letters with individual students for whom they are requesting a conference for. If you would like to request a conference with your child's teacher, please email them directly to set up a conference time.


IAR Testing

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be completing the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) assessments. Alternatively, students with significant educational needs in grades three through eleven will complete the Dynamic Learning Maps – Alternative Assessment (DLM-AA) within the Wednesday, March 13 through Wednesday, May 8 window. Please read the attached letter regarding the IAR assessment. Classroom teachers will share classroom/grade level specific testing schedules with parents prior to testing beginning the week of March 4th.



2024 IAR and DLMAA Notification Letter.pdf


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2024 IAR and DLMAA Notification Letter Spanish (1).pdf


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Important Car Line Reminders

Our car line has proven to be a safer and more efficient process for pick up and drop off. However, we need your help! In order to ensure the safety of all students and to ensure students are in their classrooms on time to start the day we kindly remind you of the following:

  • Students should be the only ones exiting the car. Drivers and other passengers should never exit their car.

  • Students should be READY to exit the car when the car enters and comes to a stop in the loading/unloading zone (starting at the blacktop area). This means shoes, coats and backpacks are on and ready.

  • Students should only exit/enter the car from the passenger side. It is not safe for anyone to walk in front of or behind the cars to get to/from the driver's side.


5 Essentials Survey

Your feedback is important to us! If you haven't already, please complete the 5 Essentials parent survey today!

5 Essentials Survey



Mental Health Symposium - Saturday, March 9th

Indian Prairie School District 204 is inviting you to attend our second annual Mental Health Symposium on Saturday, March 9, at Metea Valley High School from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The symposium will include a keynote session and panel discussion, multiple breakout sessions for teens and parents, and a community resource fair. Childcare will be provided for children ages 3 - 10.

The keynote session will be presented by Dr. Devorah Heitner, author of Growing Up in Public and Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World. Dr. Heitner's work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and CNN Opinion. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology & Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul and Northwestern. Following the keynote, a panel of local experts will discuss the relevance of Dr. Heitner’s presentation in our schools and local community.

For more information, please visit the Mental Health Symposium webpage or Register Here.


PTA Flower Sale

Let the May Watts PTA and Schaefer’s Greenhouse help color your patio this spring! Choose from a variety of hanging baskets, patio pots and even an herb garden. Orders are due Thursday, February 29th and pickup will be at/near May Watts on Thursday, May 8th!

Order Here: May Watts PTA Flower Sale


PTA Trivia Night

Trivia Night is coming up on March 9th and we need sponsors! If you would like to be a Sponsor, or would like to learn about sponsorships, please click here. For questions or more information, please contact Kate Nayak ( or Jackie Pfundt (


PTA Officer Nominations: We need your input!

May Watts PTA is seeking nominations for leadership roles in the 2024-2025 term, and we're counting on you! Positions available include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director of Membership. While we've had enthusiastic volunteers already come forward for President, Secretary, and Director of Membership, our primary need is for Treasurer and Vice President roles. Check our website,, for detailed position descriptions and the election process outlined in our bylaws. Please complete a nomination form and return it to the Nominating Committee Chair, Kelly Stewart at You can find the form on the website under the Helpful Forms tab on our website or you can click this link.

Whether you're nominating someone exceptional or putting yourself forward, complete the PTA Nomination Form and return it to the Nominating Committee Chair, Kelly Stewart, at or you can send it to the May Watts Office in an envelope labeled, "TO: Kelly Stewart, RE: PTA Nominations".

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 4th, 2024.


Save the Date

Please be sure to save the date for these upcoming events:

  • 3/21 - 4th/5th Grade Chorus Concert at Hill Middle School - students report at 6:00 PM, concert at 7:00 PM

  • 4/10 - 2nd Grade Musical 6:30 PM

  • 4/18 - Open House 6:00-7:00 PM, PTA Meeting 7:00-8:00

  • 5/6 - 5/10 - Teacher Appreciation Week

  • 5/24 - 5th Grade Farewell (during the school day)


Fridays are School Spirit Days!

We encourage all May Watts students, staff and community members to show their school spirit on Fridays! Consider wearing our school colors (blue and gray) or spirit wear to school on Fridays!

May Watts Parent/Guardian Guidebook

Much of the information contained above in this edition's of the Wolverine News has been taken directly from the May Watts Parent/Guardian Guidebook. Please refer to this guide for information pertinent school information and procedures.

IPSD School Year Calendar



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