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Waterbury Weekly - March 9, 2020

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
During the month of March, our students in Grades 3-5 will participate in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing. I have included some information about the assessment for you to review.
 
Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) - formerly PARCC
The Illinois State Board of Education requires all Illinois public school students in grades 3-8 to participate in state-administered testing in reading and math. The 2020 Illinois state achievement test is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and it replaces PARCC.
 
What happened to the PARCC exam?
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness replaced the PARCC exam in 2019. As the IAR uses the same test content and format as the PARCC exam, there will be no noticeable changes for students this year. This is somewhat advantageous as it will allow districts to continue tracking year-to-year student performance.
 
What is the Illinois Assessment of Readiness?
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the Illinois state achievement test given in the spring to all public school students in grades 3 through 8. The test measures a student’s general Math and English Language Arts skills. District 20 will begin testing the week of March 16. Your child’s classroom teacher will provide you with the exact dates your child will be testing. The IAR is fully aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and uses the same test questions from its predecessor, the PARCC exam. The IAR is taken on a computer and is designed to provide information about student progress toward the long-term goal of college and career readiness.
 
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has a section of its website devoted to the IAR. You can access the ISBE website by clicking ISBE IAR Resources.
 
What does the IAR test look like?
The IAR uses the same test items and questions as the PARCC exam, including practice tests that mirror the actual student tests. Please note that students test in both Math and English Language Arts.
 
Estimated Total Testing Time for IAR
Math
ELA
Grade 3
3 - 60 minute tests
2 - 75 minute tests
Grade 4-5
3 - 60 minute tests
2 - 90 minute tests
 
Is IAR testing mandated?
Federal law—specifically, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires each state to give a state achievement test to its students. Participation rates will affect a school’s overall accountability score on the Illinois School Report Card.
 
How can parents help to prepare their children for the IAR test?
  • Discuss and “do” real-life math with your child. Help him/her know basic math facts.
  • Try to ensure he/she is not scared or anxious about the tests.
  • Explain to your child that the tests will initially be more challenging.
  • Tell your child to do his/her best, and ensure them that a single test score does not represent all that your child can and cannot do.
  • Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home and make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before a test.
  • Above all, be positive and encouraging about the tests.
Thank you for your commitment to our children and our school. We appreciate your support.
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal

Incoming Kindergarten Information Night

 
Do you know a child who will be starting kindergarten in the fall?
 
If so, please share this date with their parent or guardian.
 
Thank you for your help!
 
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night
6:00 PM - Waterbury Multi-Purpose Room
 
American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge
 
Our student have been learning about heart-healthy habits through a variety of jump rope skills and fitness activities with Mrs. Herbers, our PE teacher, as part of the Kids Heart Challenge.
 
Do you still need to donate?:  Please use the envelope previously sent home and make a check payable to The American Heart Association, use Waterbury's donation link http://www2.heart.org/goto/waterbury, or download Kids Heart Challenge APP. CASH DONATIONS OVER $5 WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please know that donating is not required for participation in this PE program. A donation to the American Heart Association is optional. 
 
When students donate, they can receive a "thank you gift" as a token of appreciation, such as a key chain clasp. Key chain clasps get the students excited about being kind, eating healthy, and helping others and are given immediately to the student when a donation is made. Other gifts, for larger donations, will arrive in April. Please note that all donations are due on Friday, March 13.

Waterbury Weekly - March 2, 2020

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
During February, three grade levels have scheduled in-school field trips. These presentations from the Morton Arboretum and Rockford's Discovery Center Museum provided our students with new opportunities for learning through experience and have reinforced concepts that have already been learned in their classroom.
 
Grade 1 - Morton Arboretum – When It Snows
How do animals survive the long, snowy winter? Where do they go and what do they eat when it starts to snow? Our first graders discovered the answers to these questions by observing pelts, shells, and skulls in their classroom on Thursday, February 6. Educators from Morton Arboretum taught them about animal adaptations and seasonal changes with a book, games, songs, and other activities.

Grade 3 - Discovery Center Museum – Forces in Motion

Our students saw amazing feats come together to weave the story of Newton's Laws of Motion in this fascinating physics program presented by an instructor from Rockford's Discovery Center Museum that focused on third grade Next Generation Science Standards. In physics, force is a push or pull on an object. A force can cause an object to accelerate, slow down, remain in place, or change shape. The students' favorite part of this program was when the instructor demonstrated the physics and forces behind the game Angry Birds.
Grade 4 - Morton Arboretum – Hands-on Habitats
Our students have learned that a habitat is a home for plants and animals. Educators from Morton Arboretum helped them to discover what plants and animals make a home for themselves in Illinois' woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. The students also learned about the adaptations that animals have developed to live in certain ecosystems. They explored skulls and pelts and used microscopes to get a new view of our local herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores.
 
We are so lucky to live in an area where these types of educational programs are available to us.  If your student has enjoyed these in-school programs, you may want to check out their websites for additional programs, activities, and exhibits open to children and families at their location.
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
 
"Reading is Out of this World!"
 
The week of February 24 was filled with activities focused on reading to celebrate this year's Read Across America! Ms. Zelman, our Reading Specialist, and her reading committee did an excellent job planning space-themed adventures! Staff and students celebrated the week by participating in an all-school kick-off assembly on Monday and dress up/activity days the rest of the week. On Thursday, February 27, Waterbury students were treated to a day filled with reading! Thank you to all of our guest readers! You were amazing! At the end of the day, several lucky students were winners of tote bags designed by our staff members.
American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge
 
Throughout February, students will be learning about heart-healthy habits through a variety of jump rope skills and fitness activities with Mrs. Herbers, our PE teacher, as part of the Kids Heart Challenge. The Kids Heart Challenge is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association. This year's theme is "Heart Heroes," and these heart heroes promote kindness and healthy habits.
 
Beginning in February, students will receive fundraising materials during their PE class. Not only do your donations help the American Heart Association, but a portion of the proceeds are given back to Waterbury to purchase new PE equipment. Last year, Mrs. Herbers was able to buy $300 worth of new PE equipment. Please know that donating is not required for participation in this PE program. A donation to the American Heart Association is optional. 
 
Ways to Donate: Use the envelope and make a check payable to The American Heart Association, use Waterbury's donation link http://www2.heart.org/goto/waterbury or download Kids Heart Challenge APP.  CASH DONATIONS OVER $5 WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
 
When students donate, they can receive a "thank you gift" as a token of appreciation, such as a key chain clasp. Key chain clasps get the students excited about being kind, eating healthy, and helping others and are given immediately to the student when a donation is made. Other gifts, for larger donations, will arrive in April. Please note that all donations are due on Friday, March 13.

 

Waterbury Weekly - February 24, 2020

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
From coast to coast, more than 45 million readers, both young and old, are gearing up for the nation's largest reading celebration - the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day. NEA’s Read Across America began in 1998 as a way to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Seuss by encouraging children to read. Since its creation, educators, parents, caregivers and students have embraced Read Across America and helped to turn it into the largest reading celebration that culminates every year on or around Dr. Seuss's birthday. This year, the nation will be celebrating on March 2, and Waterbury will celebrate on Thursday, February 27.
 
At Waterbury Elementary School, parents, teachers, staff members, and community members are doing their part to deliver the very important reading message: Kids who read, and who are read to, do better in school and help build great public schools. Research has shown that a child's ability to read has a direct effect on their future success. Reading with your child helps to increase their vocabulary and improves their reading fluency and comprehension.
 
As an educator, I ask everyone to participate in this worthwhile event. On March 2, I am encouraging EVERYONE to pick up a book and read to a child.  So, whether it’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book or something new and exciting, I encourage you to: Grab your hat and read with the cat!
 
Check out NEA's Read Across America website, https://www.readacrossamerica.org/ and see how you can get involved in what is going on across the country.
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
Gently Used Clothing Needed
 
As you start your spring cleaning, please think of us! Our Health Office appreciates any donation of gently used clothing that can be loaned to students. Every day students come to the Health Office for a change of clothing for so many reasons — spills, mud puddles, accidents, and weather. If you have any used clothing for boys and girls that you would like to donate, please drop it off in the school office. We would appreciate: unisex sweatpants, leggings, shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and socks.
 
American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge
 
Throughout February, students will be learning about heart-healthy habits through a variety of jump rope skills and fitness activities with Mrs. Herbers, our PE teacher, as part of the Kids Heart Challenge. The Kids Heart Challenge is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association. This year’s theme is “Heart Heroes” and these heart heroes promote kindness and healthy habits.
 
Beginning in February, students will receive fundraising materials during their PE class. Not only do your donations help the American Heart Association, but a portion of the proceeds are given back to Waterbury to purchase new PE equipment. Last year, Mrs. Herbers was able to buy $300 worth of new PE equipment. Please know that donating is not required for participation in this PE program. A donation to the American Heart Association is optional. 
 
Ways to Donate: Use the envelope and make a check payable to The American Heart Association, use Waterbury’s donation link http://www2.heart.org/goto/waterbury or download Kids Heart Challenge APP.  CASH DONATIONS OVER $5 WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
 
When students donate, they can receive a “thank you gift” as a token of appreciation, such as a key chain clasp. Key chain clasps get the students excited about being kind, eating healthy, and helping others and are given immediately to the student when a donation is made. Other gifts, for larger donations, will arrive in April. Please note that all donations are due on Friday, March 13.
 

 

Waterbury Weekly - February 17, 2020

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Thank you to all of the parents who scheduled a parent-teacher conference last Friday. Please look for your child’s report card and winter MAP test scores to come home on Wednesday, March 4.  Please remember that report cards are a reflection of your child’s progress over the entire trimester. Review the report card and comments carefully with your child being sure to recognize successes, as well as offering support in areas that may need improvement. Emphasize with your child that report cards are personal and private. They are communication between the school and the family and do not need to be shared with friends. If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please contact your child’s teacher.
 
We have seen a recent increase in tardies and absences due to illness and other issues. When children are sick, please remember they must be symptom-free (vomiting/diarrhea) and fever-free for 24 hours before they can return to school.
 
There has also been an increase in the number of students arriving late to school. Arriving at school late disrupts learning for those who have arrived on time. Students should arrive between 8:15-8:25 AM so they are ready to walk into the building with their classmates when the entrance bell rings. Our teachers start their learning day promptly at 8:30 AM. If your child is going to be late to school, please notify the school office. When your child arrives, a parent/guardian needs to come into the office to sign them in.
 
Attendance and promptness to school are very important to help your child be successful. Our teachers have a lot of curriculum to cover and instruction begins soon after the bell rings. We’re starting the third trimester, so we’re very focused on our students growing academically, behaviorally, and socially. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.
 
I am looking forward to a great third trimester!
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
 
Reading Incentive Programs for Students
 
Ms. Zelman, our Reading Specialist, would like to remind everyone that reading logs for Six Flags Read to Succeed and Santa’s Village Azoosment Park reading programs are due no later than Wednesday, March 11. Reading logs for students to record their reading minutes were distributed before Winter Break. If your child needs another log, please have them ask their teacher. When students read for 360 minutes or 6 hours and submit the online reading log for Six Flags Great America or turn in the reading log for Santa’s Village Azoosment Park before or by March 11, they will earn one free ticket to the amusement park of their choice!
American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge
 
Throughout February, students will be learning about heart-healthy habits through a variety of jump rope skills and fitness activities with Mrs. Herbers, our PE teacher, as part of the Kids Heart Challenge. The Kids Heart Challenge is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association. This year’s theme is “Heart Heroes,” and these heart heroes promote kindness and healthy habits.
 
Beginning in February, students will receive fundraising materials during their PE classes. Not only do your donations help the American Heart Association, but a portion of the proceeds are given back to Waterbury to purchase new PE equipment. Last year, Mrs. Herbers was able to buy $300 worth of new PE equipment. Please know that donating is not required for participation in this PE program. A donation to the American Heart Association is optional. 
 
Ways to Donate: Use the envelope and make a check payable to The American Heart Association, use Waterbury’s donation link http://www2.heart.org/goto/waterbury or download Kids Heart Challenge APP.  CASH DONATIONS OVER $5 WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
 
When students donate, they can receive a “thank you gift” as a token of appreciation, such as a key chain clasp. Key chain clasps get the students excited about being kind, eating healthy, and helping others and are given immediately to the student when a donation is made. Other gifts, for more substantial donations, will arrive in April. Please note that all donations are due on Friday, March 13.
 
On March 13, Mrs. Herbers is asking the entire school community to support the American Heart Association by wearing red to school. By wearing red, we will be supporting the fight against heart disease.

 On Thursday, March 12, from 6:00-7:30 PM, the District will be holding another Parent Café in the Spring Wood Library. The topic is entitled Keeping Kids SAFE Online: Social Media Safety and Awareness. We hope you can join us to learn from an internet safety expert about how to keep your children safe online and when using social media. Food, childcare, and Spanish and Polish interpreters will be available. Please register for this program by March 4 using this link or the flyer that was sent home with your child.

 

 

Waterbury Weekly - Februrary 10, 2020

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in our SOUP-ER Bowl Challenge. The students and staff were excited to place their soup and other food pantry items in the Kansas City Chiefs or the San Francisco 49ers Team Box for their choice to hopefully be the Super Bowl LIV Champions. It was a very close race from the start. In the end, the San Francisco 49ers were Waterbury’s prediction to win Super Bowl LIV! While our students did not predict the winner, the students and staff did have a good time wearing their team’s colors and participating in our food drive challenge. Congratulations to both teams for an exciting Super Bowl game and to the Kansas City Chiefs on their victory!
 
In just one week, we collected 317 items. 173 items were in the 49ers box, and 144 items in the Chiefs box. All items were donated to the Community Food Pantry, which is located within Roselle United Methodist Church at 206 South Rush Street in Roselle. The food pantry is open on Saturdays from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM by appointment only.
 
For more information, contact Vicki Johnson, 630-529-1309, ext. 5 or vicki.johnson@roselleumcpantry.org
 
Thank you again for making this service project a success. Our SOUP-ER Bowl of Caring was a great way to reinforce the Waterbury spirit of helping others.
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
Reading Incentive Programs for Students
 
Ms. Zelman, our Reading Specialist, would like to remind everyone that reading logs for Six Flags Read to Succeed and Santa’s Village Azoosment Park reading programs are due no later than Wednesday, March 11. Reading logs for students to record their reading minutes were distributed before Winter Break. If your child needs another log, please have them ask their teacher. When students read for 360 minutes or 6 hours and submit the online reading log for Six Flags Great America or turn in the reading log for Santa’s Village Azoosment Park before or by March 11, they will earn one free ticket to the amusement park of their choice!
American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge
 
Throughout February, students will be learning about heart-healthy habits through a variety of jump rope skills and fitness activities with Mrs. Herbers, our PE teacher, as part of the Kids Heart Challenge. The Kids Heart Challenge is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association. This year’s theme is “Heart Heroes,” and these heart heroes promote kindness and healthy habits.
 
Beginning in February, students will receive fundraising materials during their PE classes. Not only do your donations help the American Heart Association, but a portion of the proceeds are given back to Waterbury to purchase new PE equipment. Last year, Mrs. Herbers was able to buy $300 worth of new PE equipment. Please know that donating is not required for participation in this PE program. A donation to the American Heart Association is optional. 
 
Ways to Donate: Use the envelope and make a check payable to The American Heart Association, use Waterbury’s donation link http://www2.heart.org/goto/waterbury or download Kids Heart Challenge APP.  CASH DONATIONS OVER $5 WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
 
When students donate, they can receive a “thank you gift” as a token of appreciation, such as a key chain clasp. Key chain clasps get the students excited about being kind, eating healthy, and helping others and are given immediately to the student when a donation is made. Other gifts, for more substantial donations, will arrive in April. Please note that all donations are due on Friday, March 13.
 
On March 13, Mrs. Herbers is asking the entire school community to support the American Heart Association by wearing red to school. By wearing red, we will be supporting the fight against heart disease.
District 20 Parent Café – Thursday, March 12
 
On Thursday, March 12, from 6:00-7:30 PM, the District will be holding another Parent Café in the Spring Wood Library. The topic is entitled Keeping Kids SAFE Online: Social Media Safety and Awareness. We hope you can join us to learn from an internet safety expert about how to keep your children safe online and when using social media. Food, childcare, and Spanish and Polish interpreters will be available. Please register for this program by March 4 using this link or the flyer that was sent home with your child.
 
 

 


 

Waterbury Weekly - February 3, 2020

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
The date has been set for this year’s Explore More Day, but the PTO needs your help to make it a success!  Waterbury’s 15th Annual Explore More Day will be held on Thursday, May 21. Explore More Day is a day when students put aside their “regular curriculum” and have an opportunity to explore and experience a variety of interests. To make this huge undertaking work, the PTO needs approximately 45 classes for the day. The PTO provides all the information and supplies for individuals who are running each class. The PTO is still looking for instructors. If you are good with kids and can create a fun and relaxing learning environment, the PTO NEEDS YOU! Hesitant to try teaching a class on your own? Call a friend and run a class together! If you have any questions about Explore More Day or would like to join the committee, please contact the Explore More Day Team at waterburyemd@gmail.com.
 
The PTO is also looking for volunteers to help with various committees to keep current programs up and running next year. Volunteers are needed to support committee chairs for a variety of activities and events. The students and staff look forward to these events and would be very disappointed if they did not continue. Please consider giving your time and talents to keep these events in the 2020-21 school year.
 
Everyone is welcome to attend our PTO meetings to learn all about the wonderful things this group of individuals does for our students and staff. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 PM. If you have any questions, please contact our PTO President, Mrs. Gina Grossmann, at rfurball2325@yahoo.com.
 
I hope to see many new faces in attendance.
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge
 
Throughout February, students will be learning about heart-healthy habits through a variety of jump rope skills and fitness activities with Mrs. Herbers, our PE teacher, as part of the Kids Heart Challenge. The Kids Heart Challenge is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association. This year’s theme is “Heart Heroes” and these heart heroes promote kindness and healthy habits.
 
Beginning in February, students will receive fundraising materials during their PE class. Not only do your donations help the American Heart Association, but a portion of the proceeds are given back to Waterbury to purchase new PE equipment. Last year, Mrs. Herbers was able to buy $300 worth of new PE equipment. Please know that donating is not required for participation in this PE program. A donation to the American Heart Association is optional. 
 
Ways to Donate: Use the envelope and make a check payable to The American Heart Association, use Waterbury’s donation link http://www2.heart.org/goto/waterbury or download Kids Heart Challenge APP.  CASH DONATIONS OVER $5 WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
 
When students donate, they can receive a “thank you gift” as a token of appreciation, such as a key chain clasp. Key chain clasps get the students excited about being kind, eating healthy, and helping others and are given immediately to the student when a donation is made. Other gifts, for larger donations, will arrive in April. Please note that all donations are due on Friday, March 13.
 
On March 13, Mrs. Herbers is asking the entire school community to support the American Heart Association by wearing red to school. By wearing red, we will be supporting the fight against heart disease.

 

Waterbury Weekly - January 27, 2020

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Wow! The month of January has flown by, and I hope that our cold and snowy days are behind us quickly! It looks like the next few weeks are going to be a very busy time! In addition to all of the learning activities taking place, there will be our annual Souper Bowl Challenge, Valentine’s Day Activities, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and the 100th Day of School celebrations! I am so proud of the Waterbury staff and students who are learning and working hard every day. It’s great to be a Waterbury Wildcat!
 
On Thursday, February 13, Waterbury will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. Each teacher is planning activities for their students on this day. A note about the activities planned will be coming home from your child’s teacher. Students may bring valentines to school to exchange with their classmates. It is voluntary if your child wants to participate in the exchange. We do ask that if your child chooses to participate that a valentine is given to each student in the class.
 
By now, you should have been contacted by your child’s teacher if a parent-teacher conference has been scheduled for Friday, February 14. If you have not heard from your child’s teacher, but would like to meet to discuss your concerns, please call your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment. Please keep in mind that scheduled conference dates are the formal opportunities to meet and discuss student progress. The teachers and I encourage informal, direct communication between home and teacher throughout the entire school year.
 
I am looking forward to Spring!
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
Let’s celebrate “SUPER BOWL SUNDAY” by participating in a “SOUPER BOWL” Challenge!
 
On Friday, January 31, we are asking our staff and students to participate in 2 activities in honor of                                     Super Bowl Sunday!
 
Challenge #1 - Who will win this year’s Super Bowl? Which team do you want to win?  If you will be cheering for the:
  • San Francisco 49ers wear BLACK
  • Kansas City Chiefs wear RED
Challenge #2 - Who will win this year’s “SOUPER” Bowl?
Please bring a can of soup or any canned good to school and place it in your team’s box located by the school office. Let’s see which team will have the most canned goods and be declared this year’s “Souper” Bowl winner! The winning team will be announced at the end of the day! All canned goods will be donated to a local food pantry. We hope everyone will join in the fun!
 

 

Waterbury Weekly - January 20, 2020

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Will your family take the Attendance Challenge?
It is the intent of the School Board, school administration, and school staff at all three D20 schools that all students have maximum opportunities for academic growth and achievement. Absenteeism affects student performance and reduces a student's opportunity for success, both academically and in the workforce. As part of our school-wide goal, we are striving to get and keep our attendance at 96% or above for the year. It is so important that students are here on time!
 
Your child’s daily, on-time attendance is critical to their success in school. And while some challenges to your child’s school attendance are unavoidable, it’s important to understand the impact of each absence. The Absences Add Up campaign emphasizes to parents the importance of consistent school attendance and the impact absences have on their children’s academic outcomes. The campaign demonstrates that absences add up, and as early as elementary school, students who miss just two days of school per month are more likely to fall behind and less likely to graduate high school.
 
The good news? Attending school every day increases a child’s chances of success in school and in life.
 
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success - both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior, and have a better chance of graduating from high school.
 
For more information on student attendance, visit the Attendance Works website:
 
I look forward to seeing your children in school each day!
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
 It’s Not Too Late to Fill out the 5Essentials Survey!
 
Thank you to everyone who has completed the 5Essentials Parent Survey!  If at least 20% of Waterbury Elementary School parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated for our school. We are currently at 14%. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.
Please Put A Name on it!
 
Whether it’s a jacket, snow pants, a lunch box, or lunch money, please put a name on it! Especially lunch money... a couple of dollars sealed in a zip-lock bag found in the hallway is nearly impossible to track to the rightful owner. All money should be labeled with the student’s full name and teacher’s name. Please identify personal items with a last name or even initials — it will help in our detective work! We appreciate your help and support in this matter.

 

Waterbury Weekly - January 13, 2020

 
Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
As we begin 2020, I would like to take this time to remind everyone of our Traffic and Safety Procedures that were designed to help protect all of our students as they enter and leave school. Thank you for you cooperation and patience as we problem solve to make our traffic situations better. At this time we are asking our car riders to go back to the zipper method when entering our DROP OFF/PICK UP lines. Vehicles may enter the driveway from either direction. The District and the school staff are continuing to work with the Roselle Police Department to find ways to make our current traffic situation better. As improvements are made, we will inform the school community of these changes.
 
As of now, please remember when:
 
Dropping off students is permitted in the ENTER ONLY driveway.
  • Adults must remain in their vehicles.
  • Cars must be pulled to the right and as far forward as possible before allowing children to exit.
  • ALWAYS have children exit on the passenger side; NEVER on the driver side.
  • Once you are stopped, have all children exit the car. Students have easy access to all lines from any portion of the DROP OFF / PICK UP LINE.
  • When all children have safely exited the car, carefully pull to the left, clearing the way for the next stage of vehicles, and continue around the U-turn.
  • Exiting the DROP OFF / PICK UP LINE and parking lots is a right turn only.
Picking up students is permitted in the ENTER ONLY driveway only.
  • Adults must remain in their vehicles.
  • Students will be waiting with supervision near the basketball hoops, looking for their car. Students being picked up in a vehicle are not permitted to play on the playground while they wait.
  • Cars must be pulled to the right and as far forward as possible before children will be released to the vehicle.
  • ALWAYS have children enter the car on the passenger side; NEVER on the driver side.
  • When fully loaded and children are buckled, carefully pull to the left, clearing the way for the next stage of cars, and continue around the U-turn.
  • Exiting the DROP OFF / PICK UP LINE and parking lots is a right turn only.
In addition,
  • Cell phone use in a vehicle is NOT permitted in a school zone, including on school grounds.
  • Busses load in the front of the school. It is against the law to pass a school bus (in either direction) when its STOP sign is out.
  • All children leaving school grounds NOT in the car rider line (walking, bike riding, going to a parked car with a parent, etc.) are considered WALKERS and will be exiting the building and waiting near the shade structure if meeting an adult. Students are not permitted to play on the playground after school without an adult present. All walkers should cross at designated crosswalks.
  • No parking is allowed in the front of school, on either side of Rodenburg, during DROP OFF/PICK UP times.
  • Parking for DROP OFF/PICK UP is allowed in the visitor/north and backlots; however, those students are considered WALKERS and Must be accompanied by an adult when crossing at the crosswalk from the parking lot.
  • Students and Parents must use the crosswalks at either end of the driveway. No one should cross through the parking lot or driveway.
  • Please follow all vehicle signage, including Handicap and No Parking signs.
  • Do not block crosswalks, and do not park in neighborhood or school driveways.
  • Outdoor supervision begins at 8:15 AM, students enter the building at 8:25 AM, and school starts promptly at 8:30 AM. Students arriving after 8:30 AM must be brought into the front office and signed in by an adult.
 Our #1 goal is the safety of our students and families, so your cooperation is GREATLY appreciated!  Thank You for your support in following our traffic and safety procedures.
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal

 

Reading Incentive Programs for Students
 
Ms. Zelman, our Reading Specialist, would like to remind everyone that reading logs for Six Flags Read to Succeed and Santa’s Village Azoosment Park reading programs are due no later than Wednesday, March 11. Reading logs for students to record their reading minutes were distributed before Winter Break. If your child needs another log, please have them ask their teacher. When students read for 360 minutes or 6 hours and submit the online reading log for Six Flags Great America or turn in the reading log for Santa’s Village Azoosment Park before or by March 11, they will earn one free ticket to the amusement park of their choice!

 

Waterbury Weekly - January 6, 2020

 Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Happy New Year to our Waterbury families from all of us at Waterbury Elementary School! We have had a great first half of the school year, and it won’t be long before we are on spring break! The staff and students have done an excellent job focusing on academic, behavioral, and social-emotional learning skills, and we know their focus on these areas will continue to be strong in the new year.
 
On days when the temperature becomes a factor in deciding if we come inside or stay outside in the morning before school and whether we stay indoors or go out for recess, there is a temperature guideline of 10 degrees. If the temperature is below 10 degrees (including the wind chill factor), students will enter the building at 8:15 AM and stay inside for recess until the temperature warms above that mark. If the temperature is 10 degrees or higher, students will line up outside and have outdoor recess. To be on the safe side, please have your child dress for the colder weather with coats, outdoor boots, hats, and gloves or mittens. Once the snow lands, students need to have snow pants and boots to play in the snow or on the equipment.
 
As winter weather approaches, the possibility exists for storms that would require the Superintendent to institute an emergency school closing. In the event of a school closing, you will be able to find information on the District 20 website, www.esd20.org, or by listening to emergency closing reports on the radio or television. Dr. Castillo tries to make this decision as early as possible so parents can make childcare arrangements.
 
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020 to you and your family!
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
Waterbury Arrival Reminders
 
Parents, it is important that your child is in school daily and on time. Every minute of the day counts towards providing the best educational experience for your child. Let’s work together to make sure your child is here on time by 8:25 AM.  Please remember…
 
*   Staff supervision outside begins at 8:15 AM and ends at 8:30 AM.
*   Parents can start dropping off students at 8:15 AM.
*   Students who have breakfast at the school should arrive between 8:15 - 8:20 AM.
*   The school entrance bell rings at 8:25 AM.
*   Students are expected to be in their rooms and ready to learn at 8:30 AM. 
*   Students are marked tardy as of 8:30 AM.
 
Thank you to everyone for helping us have a smooth start to the school day!
It’s Not Too Late to Fill out the 5Essentials Survey!
 
Thank you to everyone who has completed the 5Essentials Parent Survey!  If at least 20% of Waterbury Elementary School parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated for our school. We are currently at 14%. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.
 
Congratulations to Kataryna Anoszczenko-Robak and Magda Rodriguez for completing the survey before Winter Break!  They were the lucky winners of a $25 Thornton’s Gas Card!

 

Waterbury Weekly - December 16, 2019

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Are you looking for some interesting family activities to try during winter break? The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s website offers a flurry of winter fun including sledding, snow tubing, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and more! Here are just a few activities that are listed on their website:

When there’s more than 3 inches of snow, individuals can snow tube down the 800-foot run on Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville. Inner tube rentals are at the base of the hill and are $10 per tube per day.

Visitors can also explore the forest preserves by snowshoes. If you don’t have a pair, they can be rented for $10 for two hours or $15 for the day.

At Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, visitors can enjoy 20-minute horse-drawn sleigh rides when there is at least 4 inches of packed snow. Rides are $5 per person ages 5 and up and are free for kids under 5. Kline Creek Farm will also host several “Farm Life in Winter” days where visitors to the farm will see several different activities in action! Please note, starting January 1, Kline Creek Farm will be asking for a suggested admission donation of $5 per person for ages 3 and up (under 3 free).
 
Cross-country skiing trails are offered at a variety of forest preserves including Blackwell in Warrenville, Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, Mallard Lake in Hanover Park, Meacham Grove in Bloomingdale, and Waterfall Glen in Darien.
 
A complete list of their winter programs and activities can be found on their website:
 
I hope everyone enjoys our winter break, and I look forward to seeing everyone back at school in the new year!
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
Last Chance to Win a Thornton’s Gas Card!
Fill out the 5Essentials Survey Today!
 
Thank you to everyone who has completed the 5Essentials Parent Survey! If at least 20% of Waterbury Elementary School parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated for our school. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. Don’t forget! If you complete the survey prior to December 20 and fill out and return the survey slip that was sent home with your child, you will be entered into the raffle to win one of two $25 Thornton’s Gas Cards! The winners will be drawn on the afternoon of December 20.
The Weather Outside is Frightful!
Let it snow.. Let it snow.. Let it snow!
 
Please be sure to dress your child for the cold and snowy weather. Remember those hats, mittens, gloves, snow pants and boots! Labeling your child’s items is a good idea as there always seems to be many lost items in our lost and found.
Unless it is very cold or rainy the students will go out for recess.
 
Our lost & found area continues to grow! If you are missing any coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, or other articles, please stop by and check to see if anything belongs to your child. Please be sure to check by Friday,     December 20, as we will give all unclaimed articles to a worthy charity during the holiday break!
As winter approaches, the possibility exists for storms that would require the Superintendent to order a delayed opening or an emergency closing. It is the parent’s responsibility to be aware of delayed openings and school closings by listening to the radio or TV and making arrangements for childcare. We encourage you to sign up for the Emergency School Closing website:
 
 
For more information about delays and emergency early closings, please log on to our District website at http://www.esd20.org/
 

 

Waterbury Weekly - December 9, 2019

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Are you looking for a few good books to read aloud with your family this holiday season? These Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa books for children will ring in a memorable family reading tradition. Reading stories out loud benefits children's language development and literacy skills and also helps to develop their vocabulary, creativity, and love of reading. It can even allow you to read chapter books that may be too challenging for your child to read independently, while still exposing them to new genres, authors, and storylines. 
 
Here are several of the most delightful books identified in the Scholastic Parent’s newsletter to choose from this holiday season:
 
It's Christmas, David! by David Shannon (Pre K-2)
There is plenty of mischief to be had around Christmas time, and your child will giggle along with David (and learn valuable lessons about good behavior!) as he finds trouble in this book. As the often-misbehaving David plays with delicate ornaments or struggles to behave at fancy holiday dinner parties, Santa is watching to see if he is being naughty or nice!
 
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz (Pre K-2)
A family drives through the snow to visit their beloved bubbe, who has spread out a delicious Chanukah dinner for everyone to enjoy. But things go wrong when she accidentally eats a dreidel she thought was a bagel — and the family must try to stop her as she goes on to eat oil, latkes, and even menorahs!
 
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro (Pre K-2)
So many family memories are set to a soundtrack of laughter, and this book will most certainly provide that for you. Everyone will be laughing out loud as you enjoy this cumulative, fantastical story that builds on a pattern where kids can easily follow along. 
 
The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll (Pre K-3)
A charming installment of a bestselling series, this is the story of two mice on a mission to find the very biggest Christmas tree (something your young readers might aspire to each year, too!). Who will find the very biggest one? This is a great read to bring a smile to your child's face and to get them excited about your own family's Christmas tree hunt.
 
K Is for Kwanzaa by Juwanda G. Ford (Grades 1-3)
With this one-of-a-kind alphabet book, your little ones can learn about Kwanzaa, a week-long annual holiday that celebrates African-American heritage. This book includes the seven Kwanzaa principles and is packed with information and stunning illustrations. 
 
Top Elf by Caleb Huett (Grades 3-7)
This is a great chapter book for kids! It can be difficult to find appealing holiday chapter books for older readers, but this one 100% fits the bill. In it, Santa is in search of his successor and the elves are eager to enter the contest. Silliness ensues as elves Ollie and Celia try out, and must squeeze through impossible chimneys, race runaway sleighs, and sweet-talk a squad of rowdy reindeer.
 
Swindle #8: Jingle by Gordon Korman (Grades 3-7)
When Griffin Bing and his friends get signed up to volunteer at a local Christmas extravaganza — as elves — instead of going away for winter break, they are less than thrilled. There's a Doberman who's playing Rudolph and making up the rules as he goes and a Santa who is bad news, but nothing compares to when a prized Christmas possession worth more than 10 million dollars gets stolen from under their noses! These elves must solve the mystery and track down a Christmas thief. 
 
Revenge of the Angels by Jennifer Ziegler (Grades 3-7)
The Brewster triplets Dawn, Darby, and Delaney usually love Christmas, but this year, nothing is going right. They wanted to play the three wise people in the local pageant but got cast as angels instead, just because they're girls (so not fair!). To make things worse, their loved ones are stuck in snowy weather, and someone is stealing decorations and baked goods from their neighbors' houses. In this hilarious story, the girls have to find a way to make things right and recover the holiday cheer. 
 
Happy Holiday Reading!
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
 

 

Waterbury Weekly - December 2, 2019

 
Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Teachers, para professionals, parents, and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the eighth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.
 
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environments and Ambitious Instruction.
 
Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.
 
All teachers, paraprofessionals, and students in grades 4-8 will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in April 2020 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.
 
Additionally, our district has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. If at least 20 percent of   Waterbury Elementary School parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.
 
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
 
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted through February 14, 2020. To take the survey please visit School News (top of page) or https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.
 
We would like to encourage you to complete the survey and return the survey slip that was included in your child’s report card to their teacher by Friday, December 20. On Friday, December 20, two slips will be drawn at random from the returned slips and awarded a $25 Thornton’s Gas gift card! 
 
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
 
3rd Graders will be Rocking Around the 1950s!
 
This year’s 3rd grade program will be held on Wednesday, December 4, at 7 PM, in our gym. Our third graders are going back in time and will be singing some golden oldies during their musical performance, entitled Rocking Around the 1950s! They have been hard at work, rocking all around the clock, to make sure everyone at their performance has a great time
Entrance Procedures in Bad Weather
 
When students cannot line up outside in the morning due to extreme weather, please note the school doors do not open for students until 8:15 AM. Please do not drop off your students any earlier as there is no outside supervision before this time. Staff members will be stationed at Door 4 and the main entrance at 8:15 AM. Car riders should use the drop off line and enter the building through Door 4 and should be ready to exit the vehicle as soon as it stops in the drive up line to keep the traffic moving. Please consider leaving your home a few minutes earlier than usual as traffic is greater on inclement weather days so that your child will arrive to school on time. Also, please be patient with your fellow drivers as safety is our number one concern for our students.

 


 

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