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August 13, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

I hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend! We have a couple more changes to our staff. Troy Adams was able to return to Welch due to their increased enrollment. Please welcome Meghan Daniels as the new 5th grade teacher. In addition, we will now have 5 sections of 3rd grade and Laurel Miner will be joining the 3rd grade team. I have included information about both of them here! I look forward to seeing some of you at the New Student Open House and many of you at the Meet and Greet!

New Student Open House:
If you are a new student in grades 1-5 come and join us for the New Student Open House on Monday, August 13th from 4:30-6:00!! You’ll have the chance to tour the school and learn more about Peterson during a presentation from 5:00-5:30 in the LMC. The PTA will be hand to answer questions and sell spirit wear. Kindergarten students and their families are more than welcome to come if they’d like. Kindergarten parents heard much of this information in March at the Kindergarten Orientation evening.

Student Classroom Assignments:
Student classroom assignments will be viewable in the Home Access Center (HAC) on Monday, August 13th beginning at 4:00pm. Students new to Peterson, including kindergarteners will need to register for a Home Access account. Here is the link to the Home Access Center (HAC): https://hacipe.sungardk12saas.com/HomeAccess and here are the directions to register for a Home Access account: http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/Uploads/eschool/Good/HAC%20Claim%20Account.pdf Please take some time to become familiar with the HAC system. The HAC system is where you will find information regarding bus routes, classroom assignments, as well as report cards. This link should be able to answer many of your questions: http://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/eSchoolPlus

Meet and Greet is Thursday, August 16 from 2:30 – 3:30:
Teachers will be available to meet their new students and parents in classrooms beginning at 2:30. This is the only opportunity for teachers to be available to meet their students prior to the start of school. Please keep in mind, this is a fun event for the children. It is not to be used as a time to conference with teachers. Thank you for understanding, as we want to provide an opportunity for ALL students to meet their teachers. The PTA will be on hand for questions and sell Peterson spirit wear.

Transportation Information:
Arrival/Dismissal Form:
This year, we will have students walking to school. In light of this addition, I am asking all families to fill out an Arrival/Dismissal form. This form will help us to better know how your child is arriving and leaving school each day. We are asking families to fill out a form for each child. The form is attached to this newsletter and will be available in your child’s classroom on Meet and Greet, which is on Thursday, August 16th

Bus Routes:

  • Bus stop information will be available on HAC on Monday, August 13th.
  • If you have a circumstance where your child will not be riding the bus, you are required to send a note.
  • If your child will be a car rider on a consistent basis, please fill out the Car Rider Form
  • Please note: Route change requests will only be considered if received in writing by the Department of Support Services. “Request to Add or Change a Bus Stop” form can be found on the district web-site at http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/Forms/BusRouteRequest.aspx
  • This form must be returned to the Peterson Office, will be reviewed, and then forwarded to the Department of Support Services for approval/denial. After school begins, route changes will not be made until after the third week of school unless there is a safety concern.

 

Parent-Student Handbook:
Here Peterson’s Parent/Student Handbook. Within the handbook is a link to District 204’s handbook. Please take the time to read both. They contain information regarding policies and procedures of both Peterson and our District.

First “Dinner” Night of the Year:
Let’s start off the year with a sweet treat! Yogurt Beach is hosting our first fundraiser for the year on Monday, August 20th all day. Grab all of your family and friends and stop by Yogurt Beach. Just mention Peterson Elementary at the checkout. Come out and support Peterson, as 30% of the proceeds will go back to our school.

Important First Day Information:
The First Day of School for students in Grades 1 – 5 is Tuesday, August 21st. Our Kindergarten students will come for a Kindergarten Visitation – see information below. Kindergarten Students will start on for their first full day of kindergarten on Wednesday, August 22nd.

Kindergarten Students will not ride the bus to school on Tuesday, August 21st. Instead, we invite you to bring your child to kindergarten on the first day for a thirty-minute orientation. This visit will familiarize your child with his/her new classroom, let him/her meet the teacher, and will prepare all of our students on their first day of school on August 22nd. Please plan your visit according to your last name and the schedule listed below:

o 9:30 – 10:00 A – D

o 10:00 – 10:30 E – H

o 10:30 – 11:00 I – L

o 11:00 – 11:30 M – Q

o 11:30 – 12:00 R – Z

Hot Lunch:
District 204’s hot lunch vendor is OrganicLife. For school lunch menus, please visit: http://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/SchoolLunches

You may check your child’s balance or create a new account by visiting: http://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/OnlineMealPayments. You must have your child’s ID number to complete this process. Please contact the school office if you do not have your child’s ID number. If your child had a balance from last year’s account, it will automatically roll over to their current lunch account.

The Free Lunch and Fee waiver applications may found online at Fee Waiver Information. If you should need any more information about our school lunch program, please visit the following website: http://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/SchoolLunches

Upcoming Events:

  • August 13th – Kindergarten and New Student Open House: 4:30-6:00pm
    • Tour the building and listen to a presentation to learn about Peterson from 5:00-5:30
  • August 13thTeacher Assignments listed in Home Access Center (HAC) at 4:00pm
  • August 16th – Teacher Meet and Greet: 2:30-3:30pm
  • August 21st – First day of school for 1st – 5th Grades/Kindergarten visitations
  • August 22nd – First full day for Kindergarten students
  • August 23rd – 1:1 Chromebook Presentation for 2nd – 5th Grade Parents (More detailed info will be provided.)
  • August 31st – No School – Institute Day
  • September 3rd – No School – Labor Day
  • September 12th – Curriculum Night 6:00-8:00pm

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
1819 Arrival Dismissal form.docx
Yogurt Beach Flyer.docx



 

Former Posts

August 6, 2018

Hello Peterson Families-

I hope all of you have enjoyed the summer and remember it’s still not over!!! We are getting ready to begin the year and I am looking forward to having our school filled with students and staff!! We have staff members in new positions this year and many new faces! I have listed the changes below and if you’re interested in learning more about our new staff please click here!

I will have information about Arrival/Dismissal, accessing bus routes in Home Access Center (HAC) as well as a link to our Parent/Student Handbook on Sunday evening, August 12th. Our website is being updated with information for the 18/19 School Year! Please be sure to check it: http://peterson.ipsd.org/Default.aspx

If you or someone you know is looking for part-time work, we have two part-time positions open at Peterson, Lunchroom Supervisor on Tuesdays and Thursday and Crossing Guard (AM 8:45-9:15 and PM 3:30-4:10). Please contact me if you or someone you know is interested!!

Student classroom assignments will be viewable in the Home Access Center (HAC) on Monday, August 13th beginning at 4:00pm. Students new to Peterson, including kindergarteners will need to register for a Home Access account. Here is the link to the Home Access Center (HAC): https://hacipe.sungardk12saas.com/HomeAccess and here are the directions to register for a Home Access account: http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/Uploads/eschool/Good/HAC%20Claim%20Account.pdf Please take some time to become familiar with the HAC system. The HAC system is where you will find information regarding bus routes, classroom assignments, as well as report cards. This link should be able to answer many of your questions: http://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/eSchoolPlus

New Grade Levels/Names:

  • Lauren Quinn moved to Kindergarten
  • Melinda Lippe moved to 2nd Grade
  • Sue Corbin moved to 2nd Grade
  • Traci Hamilton moved 4th Grade
  • Ann Marie Decker moved to 5th Grade
  • Julie Washburn will now be a Supported Education Teaching Assistant
  • Heather Wulf got married and is now Heather Consalvo!

New Faces!

  • Brittany Bennefield came to us from Brookdale and will be in 3rd Grade
  • Troy Adams came to us from Welch and will be in 5th Grade
  • Rachel Witkowski came to us from Graham and will be the new Student Services Coordinator
  • Persis Sidwah came to us from Builta and will be our new ELL teacher
  • Saurabh Mehta came to us from Gombert and will be our new Art teacher
  • Debi Steffenhagen comes to us from Gombert and will join Mr. P as a PE teacher
  • Don Sweeney comes to us from White Eagle and Brooks and will be our Psychologist
  • Jessica Mantovani will be our new Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Jami Shelbrock will be a new 4th Grade teacher
  • Niki Manita will be a new 4th Grade teacher
  • Aarthy Shanmugam will be a new Supported Education Teaching Assistant

 

First “Dinner” Night of the Year:
Let’s start off the year with a sweet treat! Yogurt Beach is hosting our first fundraiser for the year on Monday, August 20th all day. Grab all of your family and friends and stop by Yogurt Beach. Just mention Peterson Elementary at the checkout. Come out and support Peterson, as 30% of the proceeds will go back to our school.

Upcoming Events:

  • August 13th – Kindergarten and New Student Open House: 4:30-6:00pm
    • Tour the building and listen to a presentation to learn about Peterson from 5:00-5:30
  • August 13thTeacher Assignments listed in Home Access Center (HAC) at 4:00pm
  • August 16th – Teacher Meet and Greet: *2:00-3:00pm (*Time is tentative.)
  • August 21st – First day of school for 1st – 5th Grades/Kindergarten visitations
  • August 22nd – First full day for Kindergarten students
  • August 23rd – 1:1 Chromebook Presentation for 2nd – 5th Grade Parents (More detailed info will be provided.)
  • August 31st – No School – Institute Day
  • September 3rd – No School – Labor Day
  • September 12th – Curriculum Night 6:00-8:00pm

Best,
Allison Landstrom, Principal


File attachments:
Yogurt Beach flyer 2018.docx


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