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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.

 

November 18, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Waterbury Elementary School has some very talented Wildcats!  There are several opportunities coming up to see our students sharing their talents with us!
 
On Wednesday, November 20, at 7 PM, the first every Keeneyville Choir Festival will be held in the Spring Wood Thunderdome. Students from Waterbury, Greenbrook, and Spring Wood have been working on some fantastic musical pieces to share with you this evening. The program will include two songs showcased by each school’s choir, along with a combined musical selection for their finale. We hope that you will be able to join us for this first-ever event!
 
Our Waterbury WOW Talent Show will be held on Friday, November 22, at 7:00 PM, in the Spring Wood gym. There will be many different acts where students will be showing off their talents by performing gymnastics, dancing, singing, karate, musical performances, and comedy. We hope you can join us on this evening of student talent. There may even be a surprise guest act! A big thank you to our staff members Mrs. Del Valle, Mrs. Sopoci, Mrs. Downey, Mr. Abel, and Mrs. Peterson, for working with our students and organizing this show for us!
 
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!
 
On Monday, December 16, both 5th grade bands from Waterbury and Greenbrook will hold a joint band concert at Spring Wood beginning at 7 PM. This concert will be their very first performance in front of an audience! Our 5th grade band director, Mrs. Teresa Hill, has been working with the students on several musical pieces that are sure to put us in the holiday spirit.
 
We hope all of our families and friends can join us to see our talented students in action!
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
Are You Cleaning Out Your Closets?
 
If you are cleaning out your closets this holiday season, please consider donating any socks, sweatpants, leggings, and any easy to put on-shirts that your children may no longer need. The Health Office would appreciate any donations for those times when accidents happen, a student gets a bloody nose, or when children get wet or fall in the mud at recess.

 

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