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Weekly Announcements 11-18-19

Reported by michelle_loughran@ipsd.org on 11/19/19

Fry Elementary School Weekly Announcements 11/18/19


Thanksgiving Collection-This Week!
The Fry Staff is once again organizing our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit local families. We will collect food AND GIFT CARDS (Jewel, Walmart, Target) this week Nov. 18th - 22nd. Please see the attached flyer for more info on what you might add to your shopping list. This is a great opportunity to involve kids and teach about gratitude and helping others. Thanks for your support of this wonderful annual tradition!

E-Learning Day Information
This year, District 204 has added the option of "E-Learning" days. This means there is the potential to have students learn at home on a snow/cold day. If an E-Learning day is called (via the district's typical communication routes, i.e. Connect Ed, IPSD website, etc.), teachers will provide families with the day's assigned work by 9:00 AM. This week, teachers will share some information with you in advance about what you can expect on an E-Learning Day. We hope this preview will help you plan ahead and understand expectations for this type of day.

We Need Your Feedback!
Parents across Illinois once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.
To take this short survey:
1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/
2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)
3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.
Thank you for your feedback.

District 204 Elementary Assessment Information
District 204 offers a variety of academic programs to meet the needs of our students. Although assessment occurs throughout the school year for all students, some programs require the gathering of additional information in order to determine appropriate placement. Our identification process for Project Arrow and Accelerated Math programs includes the use of multiple measures when considering the total child for academic programming. We consider standardized and normed assessment data including, but not limited to, the following: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), aimswebPlus, classroom assessments and students’ learning characteristics. A timeline for our standardized and normed assessments is below.

Project Arrow & Accelerated Math
Elementary Identification Timeline
Accelerated Math Project Arrow
September-
November • Cognitive Abilities Test administered to all students in Grades 2 and 5
• Notification of PA assessment procedures
January • Letters sent to parents of Grade 2 - 5 students recommended to participate in testing for the Project Arrow Program
• Selected elementary students participate in PA testing (Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test)
February • Letters sent home to parents of 2nd -5th grade students regarding permission to participate in Accelerated Math Testing • Letters sent to parents of all 5th grade Accelerated Math students regarding math placement test for Grade 6 PA Math
March • Placement tests for Accelerated Math administered to all Grade 2 and selected Grade 3 – 5 students • IAAT Testing for Grade 6 PA Math
April • Letters sent home to parents of students qualifying for Accelerated Math for the upcoming school year (Grades 3-5) • Letters sent to parents of students qualifying for Project Arrow at the elementary and middle school for the upcoming school year (Grades 3-5)
Summer • Elementary PA students placed in cluster classrooms for the upcoming school year

*aimswebPlus universal screeners of literacy & numeracy development occur three times during the school year (fall, winter, spring)


Important Dates:
11/18 Fry Food Drive (All Week)
11/21 Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00 pm (Regular School Day)
11/25 NO SCHOOL – Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00-8:00 (No Student Attendance)
11/26-11/29 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

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:

Fry: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/uploads/promo/FryFallOff11.25.pdf

Thanksgiving Food Drive 2019 ( pdf)

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