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October 7, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Our PTO Book Fair and Family Reading Night will be held next week. This week I am sharing some information from the Reading Is Fundamental’s Literacy Central website https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/parents. There are many interesting ideas in the Tips and Resources section under the headings Helping Children to Read, Reading Activities, Literacy Activities, and Activity Calendars.
 
One of the best ways to help children discover the joy of reading is to read aloud to them. It’s never too early - or too late - to start. All children, even infants and teens, can benefit from listening to you read aloud.
 
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOUR CHILD?
Research shows that families play an important role in children’s reading success. By reading aloud with your children and encouraging them to read on their own, you are helping them become better readers, better listeners, and better students. You are also helping them build vocabulary and language skills, and helping them gain knowledge about the world around them. When you read aloud together, children learn quickly that reading is important. Most of all, they learn that reading is fun!
 
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Reading is more than just making sense of words on a page. It’s an adventure! It’s a chance to explore new places, discover new things, and meet new people. Plus, it’s something you and your children can do together. Reading aloud can be a special time for you and your children to bond. You can cuddle together as you share stories, laugh at silly characters, root for heroes, and wag your fingers at villains. You’ll get to know each other better as you talk about what you read. You’ll feel especially satisfied knowing that you’re helping your children develop a lifelong habit of reading.
 
When you open a book with your children, you are opening the world for them. You are making them think and wonder and want to know more. You are helping them to do well in school. Best of all, you are enjoying time together as a family.
 
I hope to see many families at our Family Reading Night and PTO Book Fair next Wednesday evening, October 16!
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
Dr. Kelly Hird Visits With 2nd Grade
 
On Friday, October 4, Dr. Kelly Hird, a emotional support therapist, visited with our 2nd graders. Dr. Hird is the owner of The Healing Hird: An Emotional Support Animal Farm in Manhattan, Illinois. As part of her practice, Dr. Hird uses farm animals in her therapy sessions to improve the emotional well-being of her patients. The second graders got the opportunity to pet and feed pigs, chickens, and a goat! This experience aligns with the second grade Science and Social Science Standards on habitats and communities. Thank you, Dr. Hird, for sharing your animals with us!
 
Have you scheduled your Parent-Teacher Conference?
 
Thank you to all the parents who attended Curriculum Night land signed-up for a scheduled conference during our Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday, November 25, and Tuesday, November 26. If you have not scheduled a conference yet, please contact your child’s teacher.
Thank you for your Walk-A-Thon Donations!
 
The PTO, staff, and students would like to give a big THANK YOU to all of the families who donated to the 13th Annual PTO Waterbury Wildcat Walk-A-Thon last month. Due to your generous contributions, the PTO raised $4213.39 to help fund activities and materials to support learning, assemblies, and field trips!
Mark Your Calendar
 
No School - Friday, October 11 - Teacher Institute Day
 
School will be closed Monday, October 14, in honor of Columbus Day.
 
Fun Fact: Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that honors the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in many cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until 1937.
New District 20 Attendance Policy
 
Keeneyville School District 20 has worked to develop new Attendance/Truancy procedures to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly and on time. All three District schools started the procedures listed in the attached document at the start of this school year. Your child should have brought a packet of information home. Please return the sign-off slip indicating you have read the new procedures to your child’s teacher, if you have not done so already.

September 30, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Recently, our first through fifth-grade students took two online tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We give students MAP tests to determine a child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year in the areas of Reading and Mathematics.
 
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Your child spent a total of about two hours completing these tests during two or more testing sessions.
 
Each school year, students in Grades 1 through 5 take the MAP tests in September, December, and May. Kindergarten students will participate in the May MAP testing sessions. Following each testing period, you will receive a report with your child’s report card showing your child’s growth.
 
We are genuinely excited to continue to focus on every child’s individual growth and achievement. Partnering to help all kids learn, parents and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children.
 
For more information on resources for parents,
download the Parent Toolkit at:
 
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
 District 20 Back to School Picnic
 
Please join us for a free Back to School Picnic hosted by District 20 and the Parent Cafe on Thursday, October 3, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Spring Wood Middle School. All District 20 families are welcome for Hot Dogs & Fun!  We hope that you can join us!
State Representative Michelle Mussman Visits Waterbury
 
State Representative Michelle Mussman visited Waterbury on Thursday, September 26, as part of the Illinois Principal Assocation’s Principal for a Day Program. During that morning, Representative Mussman led our students in the Pledge of Allegiance, attended a classroom Morning Meeting, spoke with our 3rd graders about her role as a community leader, and took a tour of the school. The Principal For A Day program provides opportunities for principals and other administrators to build and refine relationships with their State and Federal legislators. A big Thank You to Representative Mussman for taking the time out of her buy schedule to learn more about Waterbury and our students!
 
Have you scheduled your Parent-Teacher Conference?
 
Thank you to all the parents who attended Curriculum Night land signed-up for a scheduled conference during our Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday, November 25, and Tuesday, November 26. If you have not scheduled a conference yet, please contact your child’s teacher.
Outdoor Recess Information
 
As fall weather approaches, we would like to remind parents that students will still be going outside for lunch recess. Our policy is to go out for recess unless the temperature is below 10 degrees. Please make sure your child brings a  sweater or jacket to school each day, so they are appropriately dressed for the weather.
 
Mark Your Calendar
 
No School - Friday, October 11 - Teacher Institute Day
 
School will be closed Monday, October 14, in honor of Columbus Day.
 
Fun Fact: Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that honors the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in many cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until 1937.
 
New District 20 Attendance Policy
 
Keeneyville School District 20 has worked to develop new Attendance/Truancy procedures to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly and on time. All three District schools started the procedures listed in the attached document at the start of this school year. Your child should have brought a packet of information home. After reading the procedures, return the sign-off slip indicating you have read the new procedures to your child’s teacher by September 30.

September 23, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Waterbury Elementary School is on Twitter! If you want to see what our Waterbury Wildcats are doing, follow me on Twitter! From my account, Dr. Debbie J. Guzan @WBPrincipal, I will be tweeting the many different events and learning situations happening in and around our school and in our classrooms.
 
Using Twitter is fun and easy. You can Twitter on Twitter.com with a desktop or laptop or with a mobile app on your smartphone. You can quickly navigate the Twitterverse with just a few commands. Even Twitter etiquette is straightforward and simple. Before you know it, you’ll be sending Tweets and following on Twitter like an expert. You can search for my account on Twitter with my name or username. To learn more about Twitter, visit the Twitter help site!
Check out other Waterbury Twitter sites:
 
Keeneyville School District @KeeneyvilleD20  #esd20learns
Ms. Yohnk @yohnk_amanda
Mrs. Trippiedi1 @ptrippiedi1
Destiny @Ms Kari
Mrs. Sopoci  @SopocToBeClever
Mrs. Gillette  @Wildcats131
 
Happy Tweeting!
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
 
Walk-A-Thon Donations Due
 
Thank you to everyone who has supported this year’s Waterbury Wildcat PTO Walk-A-Thon. The weather was perfect, and the students and staff had a great time! All the money raised will help our PTO to provide a variety of activities for our students. If you still have donations to turn in, please send them to school by Friday, September 27.
Some Things to Remember about Arrival and Dismissal Times
 
Thank you very much to all of our parents and guardians for following our arrival and dismissal procedures. Please remember:
  • To be respectful of our community by not parking in or blocking private driveways,
  • Although the posted signs indicate specific hours of no parking during our regular arrival and dismissal times, no parking is allowed in these locations during our Wednesday Early Dismissals,
  • It is unlawful for a driver to pass a school bus that has stopped to load or unload children when its stop signal arm is extended, and
  • The speed limit in school zones when students are present is 20 mph.
Thank you for helping to keep our students safe!

Mark Your Calendar

No School - Friday, October 11 - Teacher Institute Day
 
School will be closed Monday, October 14, in honor of Columbus Day.
 
Fun Fact: Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that honors the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in many cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until 1937.
New District 20 Attendance Policy
 
Keeneyville School District 20 has worked to develop new Attendance/Truancy procedures to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly and on time. All three District schools started the procedures listed in the attached document at the start of this school year. Your child should have brought a packet of information home. After reading the procedures, return the sign-off slip indicating you have read the new procedures to your child’s teacher by September 30.
Couldn’t Attend Curriculum Night?
 
Thank you to all the parents who attended Curriculum Night. During the evening, parents had the opportunity to sign-up for a scheduled conference during our Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday, November 25, and Tuesday, November 26. If you were unable to attend, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule your November Parent-Teacher Conference.

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