Peterson Elementary School

Indian Prairie School District 204

Principal's Corner

April 2, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed their break! Soon staff and I will begin to develop the class lists for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents will again have the opportunity to complete the  Optional Parent Input Form for Classroom Placement 18-19 and share information you feel would be helpful in placing your child, so he/she can have the best year possible. Please know that our staff spends an extensive amount of time to create class lists. We consider each child’s unique learning and behavioral needs in order to place them in the best learning environment. If you feel you have information that may help us in this process, please complete the form (see blue link above) and return it to the office no later than Wednesday, May 2nd. If you have any questions regarding the completion of the form or the process, please contact me.

 

Yearbooks for Sale:
It’s not too late to order your yearbook!! They are $16 each. You can order online at https://book.hrimaging.com/book/Default.aspx or request a paper order form from the office. Orders are due by Friday, April 13th.

 

Spring Pictures:
If you would like to order Spring Pictures, we have extended the deadline to Tuesday, April 3rd.

 

18-19 School Supply Kits:
We are once again partnering with SchoolKidz this year and will be utilizing their School Supply Kit Program for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.  The supply kits create a uniform and organized learning environment while helping your child be prepared for the 1st day of school. Back to School shopping has never been so easy! Ordering info was sent home with students before spring break. The sale is currently open and will run through May 4th, 2018. If you would like to participate, please make sure to place your order online during the sale dates. No late orders will be accepted. Any questions regarding this program or the sale can be directed to Julie Sassano at jrsassano@gmail.com.

 

Attention all Fathers and Father-like Figures:    
It’s time to register for THE DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE!!!! This special night is April 13, 2018, from 7-9 p.m. Our theme this year is 
TIES & TIARAS.  This memorable night is not to be missed!

Register now by clicking on the link below. For those that register prior to the Dance, the cost is $15.00 per family or $20.00 per family at the door. Your student can bring the money in an envelope marked Daddy Daughter Dance and give to their teachers.

https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeDm3clDDtAYhJaA_…/viewform

Any questions please feel free to contact: Amie Strasma (331) 204-2998 or via email: bambina419@att.net

 

5th Grade Funway Trip:
The PTA is planning a field trip to Funway for the 5th graders as part of our 5th grade year-end celebration. Please see this link Funway Information and Registration for more details and to sign your child up.

Payment for Trip and Signs must be received by April 12th.  Make the check payable to PETERSON ELEMENTARY PTA.  Send to School in an envelope Marked:  "5th Grade FUNWAY Celebration" with your child's first and last name and class noted. 

Please note, you must complete both the online registration and send in a check in order to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lambert lambert4615@comcast.net 

 

Engage 204:
If you were unable to attend the last Engage 204 session, the presentation materials and a video of the presentation are online at http://engage204.org/sessions.aspx  You can find presentation material from all 5 Engage 204 sessions online. If  you watch the presentation and have any feedback, you can share that at engage-204@ipsd.org

 

PARCC Testing Information:
We will be administering the PARCC Assessment at grades 3, 4, and 5 once again this spring.  Below is the schedule for each grade level:

·       Grade 3: Tuesday, April 3rd – Friday, April 6th 
 

If you have specific questions about a particular grade level’s testing schedule, please contact your child’s teacher. A letter was sent via ConnectED on Friday, February 16th. If you would like more information about the PARCC assessment, this link provides a good starting point.  http://understandthescore.org/help-your-child/resources-for-parents/ Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 2nd – School Resumes
  • Friday, April 6th – 3rd Quarter Report Cards posted in HAC after 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 12th – PTA Meeting 9:15 am
  • Friday, April 13th – Spirit Day
  • Friday, April 13th – Daddy/Daughter Dance 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 19th – Spring Chorus Concert 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 25th – Multicultural Night 6:00pm-7:30 pm

Best,
Allison Landstrom

 

March 19, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

Our second graders did such a lovely job at their concert on Wednesday evening!! Thank you to Mrs. Luhn for making the concert a wonderful experience!

Kindergarten Orientation is this Wednesday, March 21st beginning at 6:30 pm in the LMC. Please note, this evening is for parents only!

Remember, there is no school Monday, March 26th – Friday, March 30th because of Spring Break. My next newsletter will be on Sunday, April 1st and I hope everyone has a terrific break!  

 

March Fundraiser- McDonald's 95th Street:
This month’s Peterson Elementary fundraiser is being held on Wednesday, March 21st from 4pm-8pm at McDonald's on 95th street. McDonald's will be donating 20% of sales back to the school. We will also have parent volunteers there that night selling apple pies. 

Peterson will get 100% of the pie sales and the classroom that has the most participation will get free ice cream! Please remember the flyer for the ice cream contest. It will come home with your child next week. 

 

Engage 204 on March 20th:
The community is invited to attend Engage 204 from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, March 20 at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This session will focus on the district's budget.

Previous sessions have looked at academic programs, demographics, and facilities. Some of the topics discussed by presenters and attendees have included class sizes, teacher pay, mental health support, facility use, and maintenance projects. At this session, presenters will discuss the cost of some of the ideas and attendees will be asked to prioritize the ideas. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to provide feedback on how to financially support the ideas considering the district's limited resources.

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education in July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required. For more information, visit Engage 204.

 

Personalized Bricks for Outdoor Learning Area:
The Peterson Elementary PTA is proud to offer commemorative bricks to enhance our outdoor learning area. Our goal is to establish brick walkways where your family can leave their mark on Peterson.  The brick project will be a permanent addition to Peterson and will be admired by faculty and students for years to come.  Information on how to participate in this opportunity and order your own personalized brick to be displayed in the outdoor learning area will be coming home with students after Spring Break.

 

Scullen PTSA Nominating Committee:
The Scullen PTSA is currently seeking volunteers to join our leadership team and serve as officers for the 2018-19 school year.  The positions are President, Vice-President,
Secretary, and Treasurer.  If you have a current fifth grade student who would be attending Scullen middle school in the fall and you're interested in serving, would like to recommend someone or would like more information about one of these positions, please contact Anita Kothari at anitakothari@gmail.com.

 

Daddy-Daughter Dance:
Attention all fathers and father-like figures, before you know it, the special night will be here!  In hopes that all fathers (and father like figures) will be available for the dance, I’ve attached a Save the Date card. Formal invites will be posted with more detail, as the evening gets closer. This night is always special for all the attendees.  Open the attachment below and make sure to save April 13th for a memorable night!!!!

 

Multicultural Night:
Peterson's 2nd Multicultural Night is on Wednesday, April 25th from 6:30-8:00. The multicultural evening will celebrate Peterson's diverse student population. In order to represent Peterson's diverse student population, we are looking for parent volunteers that would be willing to share a craft, game, dance, or cultural tradition from their heritage. If you are interested in doing this, please complete this survey:
https://goo.gl/forms/Ol3Sq0LL0CLb3b2G3

 

PARCC Testing Information:
We will be administering the PARCC Assessment at grades 3, 4, and 5 once again this spring.  Below is the schedule for each grade level:

·       Grade 5: Monday, March 19th – Thursday, March 22nd  

·       Grade 3: Tuesday, April 3rd – Friday, April 6th 
 

If you have specific questions about a particular grade level’s testing schedule, please contact your child’s teacher. A letter was sent via ConnectED on Friday, February 16thIf you would like more information about the PARCC assessment, this link provides a good starting point.  http://understandthescore.org/help-your-child/resources-for-parents/Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!

 

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, March 21st – Dinner Night at McDonald’s on 95th St. 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 21st – Kindergarten Orientation 6:30pm
  • Monday, March 26th – Friday, March 30th – No School - Spring Break
  • Friday, April 6th – 3rd Quarter Report Cards posted in HAC after 4:00pm
  • Thursday, April 12th – PTA Meeting 9:15am
  • Friday, April 13th – Spirit Day
  • Friday, April 13th – Daddy/Daughter Dance – 7:00pm

Best,
Allison Landstrom

 


File attachments:
Daddy Daughter Save the Date.jpg


 

March 12, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

Thank you to Kristina Beliveau for coordinating the science fair and thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make it an amazing event for our students!

 

Congratulations to Mrs. Kucera's Kindergarten class for coming in first for collecting the most box tops.  Mrs. Falck's 3rd grade class came in second and Mr. Slick's 5th grade class came in third.  All three classes will have a special surprise. There will be one last contest starting on March 12th and ends on May 11th so keep collecting and sending in those box tops!

Our Spirit Day winners were Ms. Yee’s class and Ms. Falck’s class! Congratulations to both of them and they will enjoy a special surprise!

Spring Pictures are this Thursday, March 15th.  Here are a few reminders: all students will be photographed individually, no money is needed on picture day, and shortly after picture day, your child will bring home 2 proof images, an order form, and instructions for online ordering.

 

March Fundraiser- McDonalds 95th Street:
This month’s Peterson Elementary fundraiser is being held on Wednesday, March 21st from 4pm-8pm at McDonald's on 95th street. McDonald's will be donating 20% of sales back to the school. We will also have parent volunteers there that night selling apple pies. 

Peterson will get 100% of the pie sales and the classroom that has the most participation will get free ice cream! Please remember the flyer for the ice cream contest. It will come home with your child next week. 

 

2018-19 Kindergarten Pre-Registration:
It’s already time to begin preparations for fall kindergarten! Kindergarten Orientation for parents will be held on Wednesday, March 21st beginning at 6:30 pm in the LMC. Please note, this evening is for parents only! Students may attend Kindergarten if they will be 5 on or before September 1st. If appropriate, please share this information with your neighbors as well! 

 

Daddy-Daughter Dance:
Attention all fathers and father-like figures, before you know it, the special night will be here!  In hopes that all fathers (and father like figures) will be available for the dance, I’ve attached a Save the Date card. Formal invites will be posted with more detail, as the evening gets closer. This night is always special for all the attendees.  Open the attachment below and make sure to save April 13th for a memorable night!!!!

 

Multicultural Night:
Peterson's 2nd Multicultural Night is on Wednesday, April 25th from 6:30-8:00. The multicultural evening will celebrate Peterson's diverse student population. In order to represent Peterson's diverse student population, we are looking for parent volunteers that would be willing to share a craft, game, dance, or cultural tradition from their heritage. If you are interested in doing this, please complete this survey:
https://goo.gl/forms/Ol3Sq0LL0CLb3b2G3

 

Engage 204 on March 20:
The community is invited to attend Engage 204 from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, March 20 at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This session will focus on the district's budget.

Previous sessions have looked at academic programs, demographics, and facilities. Some of the topics discussed by presenters and attendees have included class sizes, teacher pay, mental health support, facility use, and maintenance projects. At this session, presenters will discuss the cost of some of the ideas and attendees will be asked to prioritize the ideas. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to provide feedback on how to financially support the ideas considering the district's limited resources.

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education in July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at RSVP. For more information, visit Engage 204.

 

PARCC Testing Information:
We will be administering the PARCC Assessment at grades 3, 4, and 5 once again this spring.  Below is the schedule for each grade level:

·       Grade 4: Monday, March 12th – Thursday, March 15th  

·       Grade 5: Monday, March 19th – Thursday, March 22nd   

·       Grade 3: Tuesday, April 3rd – Friday, April 6th  
 

If you have specific questions about a particular grade level’s testing schedule, please contact your child’s teacher. A letter was sent via ConnectED on Friday, February 16th. If you would like more information about the PARCC assessment, this link provides a good starting point.  http://understandthescore.org/help-your-child/resources-for-parents/ Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!

 

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, March 14th – Second Grade Concert 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 15th – Spring Pictures
  • Wednesday, March 21st – Dinner Night at McDonald’s on 95th St. 4:00pm-8: 00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 21st – Kindergarten Orientation 6:30 pm
  • Monday, March 26th – Friday, March 30th – No School - Spring Break
  • Friday, April 6th – 3rd Quarter Report Cards posted in HAC after 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 12th – PTA Meeting 9:15 am
  • Friday, April 13th – Spirit Day
  • Friday, April 13th – Daddy/Daughter Dance – 7:00 pm

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
Daddy Daughter Save the Date.jpg


 

March 5, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

Thank you to Valerie Gremillion and Amy Welsh for the yummy snacks during Parent/Teacher conferences. The staff really enjoyed them!

The teachers had a wonderful day of learning at our Institute Day on Friday! Teachers were able to learn about a variety of topics, including Growth Mindset, Google Classroom, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Flexible Seating, and Socratic Seminar. Kudos to Brooke Falck, Traci Hamilton, and Heather Howiler who presented at our Institute Day!

 

PARCC Testing Information:

Earbuds/Headphones for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders:
All third, fourth, and fifth grade students will take the PARCC Assessment during the month of March and April. Earbuds/headphones are needed for this assessment. Many students already have these at school as this was part of the supply list for this school year. We would like all students to have these at school by tomorrow, Monday, March 5th. The earbuds/headphones will be stored at school until testing is complete.

PARCC Testing:
We will be administering the PARCC Assessment at grades 3, 4, and 5 once again this spring.  Below is the schedule for each grade level:

·       Grade 4: Monday, March 12th – Thursday, March 15th  

·       Grade 5: Monday, March 19th – Thursday, March 22nd   

·       Grade 3: Tuesday, April 3rd – Friday, April 6th  
 

If you have specific questions about a particular grade level’s testing schedule, please contact your child’s teacher. A letter was sent via ConnectED on Friday, February 16th. If you would like more information about the PARCC assessment, this link provides a good starting point.  http://understandthescore.org/help-your-child/resources-for-parents/ Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!

 

Science Fair:
The Science Fair is Tuesday, March 6th, from 6-8pm. Participants are also encouraged to bring their tri-fold poster board (not the experiment) to school on Tuesday morning.  They will be put on display in the gym for classrooms to view during the day.   Check-in begins at 5:45 in the lobby (Door #1). The Sensational Science Show will begin around 7:00. All Peterson students/families may attend.

We are still in need of volunteers to make this run smoothly.  Please volunteer at https://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054FAFAC29AA8-science1

 

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: 
Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 5th – April 20th – PARCC Testing Window in Grades 3-5 (Please see above for a more specific schedule.)
  • Tuesday, March 6th – Science Fair 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 14th – Second Grade Concert 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, March 21st – Kindergarten Orientation 6:30 pm
  • Monday, March 26th – Friday, March 30th – No School - Spring Break

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
Science Fair instructions 2018.docx

 


 

February 26, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

Thank you to Jason Tedrow and all the volunteers who made the Mother/Son event a huge success! As a reminder, there is no school this week on Thursday, March 1st and  Friday, March 2nd. Enjoy your long weekend!

 

PARCC Testing Information:

Ear Buds/Headphones for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders:
All third, fourth, and fifth grade students will take the PARCC Assessment during the month of March and April. Ear buds/headphones are needed for this assessment. Many students already have these at school as this was part of the supply list for this school year. We would like all students to have these at school by Monday, March 5th. The ear buds/headphones will be stored at school until testing is complete.

 

PARCC Testing:
We will be administering the PARCC Assessment at grades 3, 4, and 5 once again this spring.  Below is the schedule for each grade level:

·       Grade 4: Monday, March 12th – Thursday, March 15th

·       Grade 5: Monday, March 19th – Thursday, March 22nd   

·       Grade 3: Tuesday, April 3rd – Friday, April 6th  
 

If you have specific questions about a particular grade level's testing schedule, please contact your child’s teacher. A letter was sent via ConnectED on Friday, February 16th. If you would like more information about the PARCC assessment, this link provides a good starting point.  http://understandthescore.org/help-your-child/resources-for-parents/ Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!  

 

Science Fair:
The Science Fair is coming up Tuesday, March 6th, from 6-8 pm.  All students can participate -individually or in groups of up to four.  Each student needs register online No Later than February 27th! Guidelines, Safety rules and helpful hints can be found under the STEM tab on the Peterson Website. This isn’t a requirement, but a fun family event that encourages curious kids to explore science. The evening will end with a Sensational Science Show that demonstrates a hovercraft, electro magnets, liquid nitrogen and more! Register here:
https://goo.gl/forms/v4PNXuAd545osAxu1 Any questions, please contact Kristina Believeau at kristinafeemster@hotmail.com

 

The PTA needs parents help to set up and judge the Science Fair.  There are volunteer opportunities to help set up the event after school starts, final prep before the event, check-in, and judging.  (No Science Experience needed- you just need to enjoy talking to kids about what they learned from their experiment! We provide sample questions! ) Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054FAFAC29AA8-science1

 

Engage 204:
Did you know District 204 maintains 4 million square feet of building space and more than 650 acres of property? That makes the district's acreage twice the size of Six Flags and its combined building space larger than the Merchandise Mart. Learn about the challenges of maintaining 35 buildings that span 80 years of construction and then give us your feedback at the next Engage 204 session from 7 to 9 pm on February 26 at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. The session topic is "The State of Our Facilities."

 

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education in July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at  RSVP. For more information, visit Engage 204.

 

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:
 Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, March 1st – No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, March 2nd – No School – County-Wide Institute Day
  • Monday, March 5th – April 20th – PARCC Testing Window in Grades 3-5 (Please see above for a more specific schedule.)
  • Tuesday, March 6th – Science Fair 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 14th – Second Grade Concert 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 21st – Kindergarten Orientation 6:30pm
  • Monday, March 26th – Friday, March 30th – No School - Spring Break 

 

Best,
Allison Landstrom


 

 

February 19, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

Thank you to everyone who asked questions regarding the attendance letters! Remember the purpose of the letters was to inform and to be proactive in ensuring student attendance. If your child is sick, please do not hesitate to keep him/her home. I hope to see many of you on Wednesday evening for our third Parent Academy. Please see below for more information. There is no school tomorrow. Enjoy your three-day weekend!

 

Parent Academy:
We are offering a Parent Academy in the month of February! The topic is Cultural Proficiency. Our presenter will be Ivette Dubiel, Director of Educational Equity. It is on Wednesday, February 21st from 6:30-7:30pm in the LMC. During this academy, we will learn about IPSD 204 commitment to educational equity, experience the same cultural proficiency professional development as District 204 staff, and engage in conversations with your school community. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

PARCC Testing Information:

Ear Buds/Headphones for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders:
All third, fourth, and fifth grade students will take the PARCC Assessment during the month of March and April. Ear buds/headphones are needed for this assessment. Many students already have these at school as this was part of the supply list for this school year. We would like all students to have these at school by Monday, March 5th. The ear buds/headphones will be stored at school until testing is complete.

PARCC Testing:
We will be administering the PARCC Assessment at grades 3, 4, and 5 once again this spring.  Below is the schedule for each grade level:

·       Grade 4: Monday, March 12th – Thursday, March 15th

·       Grade 5: Monday, March 19th – Thursday, March 22nd   

·       Grade 3: Tuesday, April 3rd – Friday, April 6th  

 

If you have specific questions about a particular grade level’s testing schedule, please contact your child’s teacher. A letter was sent via ConnectED on Friday, February 16th. If you would like more information about the PARCC assessment, this link provides a good starting point.  http://understandthescore.org/help-your-child/resources-for-parents/ Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!

 

Science Fair:
The Science Fair is coming up Tuesday, March 6th, from 6-8 pm.  All students can participate -individually or in groups of up to four.  Each student needs register online No Later than February 27th! Guidelines, Safety rules and helpful hints can be found under the STEM tab on the Peterson Website.  This isn’t a requirement, but a fun family event that encourages curious kids to explore science. The evening will end with a Sensational Science Show that demonstrates a hovercraft, electro magnets, liquid nitrogen and more! Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/v4PNXuAd545osAxu1 Any questions, please contact Kristina Believeau at kristinafeemster@hotmail.com

 

The PTA needs parents help to set up and judge the Science Fair.  There are volunteer opportunities to help set up the event after school starts, final prep before the event, check-in, and judging.  (No Science Experience needed- you just need to enjoy talking to kids about what they learned from their experiment! We provide sample questions! ) Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054FAFAC29AA8-science1

 

February Dinner Night:
Come join us on Tuesday, February 20th in supporting Peterson at Buona Beef on 1230 Ogden Avenue in Montgomery. The fundraiser runs from 10:30 am until 10:00 pm.  Please present a copy of the flyer (see attached) upon ordering, either through your mobile device or physical copy.   Dine-in, carryout, drive-thru and even catering orders placed and picked up that day, all count (Full-service catering orders do not). So please grab your family and friends as 20% of sales will go back to Peterson!

 

PDAC:
The next Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) meeting is on Thursday, February 22nd, 7-9:00 p.m., at Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora. The topic of the meeting is Understanding and Addressing Abilities Advantages: How do students’ abilities and disabilities advantage and disadvantage them in school?  Please visit these links to view the PDAC meeting calendar or to learn more about PDAC.

 

Mother/Son Event:
Attention all Moms and mother figures...it is time to grab your little jedi, padawan, wookie or spaceman and head to the Peterson 2018 Mother Son event!  This year's event will be held at the school on Friday, February 23rd from 7-9pm.  The theme this year is STAR WARS...space and sci-fi!  We'll have a DJ, inflatables, photo booth, snacks, games & much much more!  Dressing up is encouraged for both moms & kids! To register for the event use the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/u4LDOfUFiO65qPkz2

 

Volunteers please use the following link to help out at the event (Dads are encouraged to sign up and give the Mom's a night off) http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0945AFAC2FAAFB6-mother1 Please contact Jason Tedrow with any questions:  jason.tedrow@gmail.com

 

Engage 204:
Did you know District 204 maintains 4 million square feet of building space and more than 650 acres of property? That makes the district's acreage twice the size of Six Flags and its combined building space larger than the Merchandise Mart. Learn about the challenges of maintaining 35 buildings that span 80 years of construction and then give us your feedback at the next Engage 204 session from 7 to 9 pm on February 26 at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. The session topic is "The State of Our Facilities."

 

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education in July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at  RSVP. For more information, visit Engage 204.

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 19th – No School – President’s Day
  • Tuesday, February 20th – Dinner Night at Buona Beef
  • Wednesday, February 21st – Parent Academy: Cultural Proficiency 6:30-7:30
  • Friday, February 23rd – Mother/Son Dance
  • Saturday, February 24th – Robotics Competition at Still Middle School
  • Thursday, March 1st – No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, March 2nd – No School – County-Wide Institute Day
  • Monday, March 5th – April 20th – PARCC Testing Window in Grades 3-5 (Specific schedule listed above)
  • Tuesday, March 6th – Science Fair 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 14 – Second Grade Concert 6:30pm

Best,
Allison Landstrom


 

February 12, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

It was wonderful to see everyone at Open House and I hope everyone enjoyed the snow day and weekend! 

Hopefully, you were able to attend the Savvy Business Kids event held in the gym. The students who participated in that did such an excellent job; they should be so proud of all of their hard work!! Thanks to Colleen Keen and Jen Tedrow for organizing it!

The Science Fair is approaching quickly, don’t forget to think about your project!! The registration link will come out later this week and the Science Fair is on Tuesday, March 6th from 6-8pm. I can’t wait to see the amazing experiments!!

Don't forget the Box Tops Contest ends this Friday, February 16th!

 

Winter Recess:
IPSD Elementary Schools will continue to go outside for recess as long as the temperature is above 5 degrees with wind-chill and the recess area is clear/safe. Please ensure students come prepared for winter outdoor recess daily.   

The wood chips must be thawed 12 inches deep in order for our playground to be utilized during the school day, but students may still enjoy games on the shoveled blacktop or in the field. Snow pants and boots are required for play in the field once it is covered in snow, to ensure students have dry, comfortable clothes for the rest of the day.

When no recess space is considered safe, or it is below 5 degrees with wind-chill, students will enjoy an indoor recess with available indoor games and activities in their classroom.

While we understand that at times there is a legitimate need for a student to stay in from recess, a parent note that states the specific reason will only be allowed for 1 day. If a child needs to stay in for more than 1 day, we will require a note from the doctor.  

 

Show Your Love to the Peterson PTA:
The Peterson PTA needs your help. Due to the increased student population this year and the limited funds raised during the fall fundraiser, the PTA needs your donations to fund its spring events and academic supports. Please see attached flyer for more information on how you can show your love to the Peterson PTA.

 

Parent Academy:
We are offering a Parent Academy in the month of February! The topic is Cultural Proficiency. Our presenter will be Ivette Dubiel, Director of Educational Equity. It is on Wednesday, February 21st from 6:30-7:30pm in the LMC. During this academy, we will learn about IPSD 204 commitment to educational equity, experience the same cultural proficiency professional development as District 204 staff, and engage in conversations with your school community. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

February Dinner Night:
Come join us on Tuesday, February 20th in supporting Peterson at Buona Beef on 1230 Ogden Avenue in Montgomery. The fundraiser runs from 10:30 am until 10:00 pm.  Please present a copy of the flyer (see attached) upon ordering, either through your mobile device or physical copy.   Dine-in, carryout, drive-thru and even catering orders placed and picked up that day, all count (Full-service catering orders do not). So please grab your family and friends as 20% of sales will go back to Peterson!

 

Mother/Son Event:
Attention all Moms and mother figures...it is time to grab your little jedi, padawan, wookie or spaceman and head to the Peterson 2018 Mother Son event!  This year's event will be held at the school on Friday, February 23rd from 7-9pm.  The theme this year is STAR WARS...space and sci-fi!  We'll have a DJ, inflatables, photo booth, snacks, games & much much more!  Dressing up is encouraged for both moms & kids! To register for the event use the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/u4LDOfUFiO65qPkz2

 

Volunteers please use the following link to help out at the event (Dads are encouraged to sign up and give the Mom's a night off) http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0945AFAC2FAAFB6-mother1 Please contact Jason Tedrow with any questions:  jason.tedrow@gmail.com

 

TEAM IPEF SIGN-UP:
It's about more than just running.  Challenge yourself to be part of something big in 2018.  Consider signing up for Team IPEF and running in the 6th Annual Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon as a charity partner.  Team IPEF offers a unique opportunity to run for a cause and make a difference for your school.  Last year 335 runners raised more than $178,000 to help enrich education in all 33 of our District 204 schools. 


Runners commit to raise a minimum of $204 for 204 as they train and complete the half marathon or 5K on Sunday, October 21, 2018.  All charity runners receive a discount off race registration and get to choose a District 204 school they would like to represent.  Visit https://www.ipef204.org/teamipef/ to learn more or sign-up

 

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: Peterson: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, February 16th – Box Tops Contest Ends/Aimsweb Winter Benchmark posted in HAC
  • Monday, February 19th – No School – President’s Day
  • Tuesday, February 20th – Dinner Night at Buona Beef
  • Wednesday, February 21st – Parent Academy: Cultural Proficiency 6:30-7:30
  • Friday, February 23rd – Mother/Son Dance
  • Saturday, February 24th – Robotics Competition at Still Middle School
  • Thursday, March 1st – No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, March 2nd – No School – County-Wide Institute Day
  • Monday, March 5th – April 20th – PARCC Testing Window in Grades 3-5 (Specific schedule coming soon)
  • Tuesday, March 6th – Science Fair 6:00pm-8:00pm

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
BuonaBeef.JPG
Peterson PTA - Write a Check.pdf

 


February 5, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

Staff and students are getting ready and looking forward to Open House this week! Open House is on Thursday, February 8th from 6:30 pm -8:00 pm. Everyone is excited to show you all the amazing work and learning that has happened so far this year!! Please remember that due to the informal nature of the night, it will not be possible to conduct parent/teacher conferences. 

 

After you visit your child’s classroom, please remember to visit the LMC for a little shopping at the Book Fair. Proceeds from the Book Fair will be used to purchase new books and other materials for the LMC and classrooms.

 

Illness Prevention Guidelines:
As flu season is upon us, our goal is to promote a community of health and wellness at Peterson Elementary School.  We would like to take this opportunity to remind you again of the district guidelines, based on best practice standards, which are in place to maximize the health of our students and staff.

  1. If your child is running a fever of one hundred (100) degrees or greater, please keep your child at home until the temperature has been less than one hundred (100) degrees for twenty four (24) hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  2. If your child is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, please keep your child at home until these concerns have been resolved for twenty four (24) hours, and your child is tolerating food. 
  3. Colds and respiratory viruses are common during the school year.  If your child is coughing continuously or has green-colored nasal secretions, you may wish to consult with your medical provider and follow his/her directions.
  4. If your child is diagnosed with a contagious illness such as strep throat, measles, chicken pox, or pertussis, please notify the school as soon as possible. 

 

As a reminder, frequent hand washing with soap and water is the primary way to prevent the spread of illness.  Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to promote a healthy, happy school environment. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Marney Collins RN, BSN (630-428-7278), or Dena Klein RN, BSN, PEL-CSN (630-428-7251)

 

Show Your Love to the Peterson PTA:
The Peterson PTA needs your help. Due to the increased student population this year and the limited funds raised during the fall fundraiser, the PTA needs your donations to fund its spring events and academic supports. Please see attached flyer for more information on how you can show your love to the Peterson PTA.

 

 

Parent Academy:
We are offering a Parent Academy in the month of February! The topic is Cultural Proficiency. Our presenter will be Ivette Dubiel, Director of Educational Equity. It is on Wednesday, February 21st from 6:30-7:30pm in the LMC. During this academy, we will learn about IPSD 204 commitment to educational equity, experience the same cultural proficiency professional development as District 204 staff, and engage in conversations with your school community. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

February Dinner Night:
Come join us on Tuesday, February 20th in supporting Peterson at Buona Beef on 1230 Ogden Avenue in Montgomery. The fundraiser runs from 10:30 am until 10:00 pm.  Please present a copy of the flyer (see attached) upon ordering, either through your mobile device or physical copy.   Dine-in, carryout, drive-thru and even catering orders placed and picked up that day, all count (Full-service catering orders do not). So please grab your family and friends as 20% of sales will go back to Peterson!

 

 

Mother/Son Event:
Attention all Moms and mother figures...it is time to grab your little jedi, padawan, wookie or spaceman and head to the Peterson 2018 Mother Son event!  This year's event will be held at the school on Friday, February 23rd from 7-9pm.  The theme this year is STAR WARS...space and sci-fi!  We'll have a DJ, inflatables, photo booth, snacks, games & much much more!  Dressing up is encouraged for both moms & kids! To register for the event use the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/u4LDOfUFiO65qPkz2

 

Volunteers please use the following link to help out at the event (Dads are encouraged to sign up and give the Mom's a night off) http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0945AFAC2FAAFB6-mother1 Please contact Jason Tedrow with any questions:  jason.tedrow@gmail.com

 

TEAM IPEF SIGN-UP:
It's about more than just running.  Challenge yourself to be part of something big in 2018.  Consider signing up for Team IPEF and running in the 6th Annual Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon as a charity partner.  Team IPEF offers a unique opportunity to run for a cause and make a difference for your school.  Last year 335 runners raised more than $178,000 to help enrich education in all 33 of our District 204 schools. 


Runners commit to raise a minimum of $204 for 204 as they train and complete the half marathon or 5K on Sunday, October 21, 2018.  All charity runners receive a discount off race registration and get to choose a District 204 school they would like to represent.  Visit https://www.ipef204.org/teamipef/ to learn more or sign-up

 

 

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: Peterson: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, February 8th – PTA Meeting in MPR at 9:15
  • Thursday, February 8th – Savvy Business Kids/Open House 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Friday, February 9th – Spirit Day
  • Friday, February 16th – Box Tops Contest Ends/Aimsweb Winter Benchmark posted in HAC
  • Monday, February 19th – No School – President’s Day
  • Tuesday, February 20th – Dinner Night at Buona Beef
  • Wednesday, February – Parent Academy: Cultural Proficiency 6:30pm-7:30pm in LMC
  • Friday, February 23rd – Mother/Son Dance 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Saturday, February 24th – Robotics Competition at Still Middle School
  • Thursday, March 1st – No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:00pm-8:00pm
  • Friday, March 2nd – No School – Teacher Institute Day
  • Monday, March 5th – April 20th – PARCC Testing Window in Grades 3-5 (More specific schedule coming soon)

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
BuonaBeef.JPG
Peterson PTA - Write a Check.pdf

 


January 29, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

We have reached 26% participation for our 5Essentials survey! Thank you to all of you who have completed it. The survey closes on January 31st and it takes 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey asks questions about communication, parent involvement, vision, and other topics. We use your feedback to celebrate our successes and make improvements to areas that need strengthening.

To take the survey:

  1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/
  2. Type and then select Dupage as District 204's County location. This is the county associated with the district, not the location of an individual school.
  3. 3. Type your school's name into the School field and then select your school.

 

Thank you to everyone for your patience on Wednesday with the bad weather! We did delay taking attendance because of it, so that students wouldn’t be marked tardy. The attendance letters will be arriving this week. Please don’t hesitate to call with questions. Remember, regular attendance and arriving on time are a vital to a student’s success in school. We are required by law to alert parents/guardians when your child’s absences (excused and unexcused), tardies, and/or early dismissals exceed 5% of school days. Recognizing we are only reviewing attendance patterns each semester, this may not be typical for your child.  We understand that students can have extended illnesses and family emergencies that cause a student to have exceeded the 5% of school days.

 

Mother/Son Event:
Attention all Moms and mother figures...it is time to grab your little jedi, padawan, wookie or spaceman and head to the Peterson 2018 Mother Son event!  This year's event will be held at the school on Friday, February 23rd from 7-9pm.  The theme this year is STAR WARS...space and sci-fi!  We'll have a DJ, inflatables, photo booth, snacks, games & much much more!  Dressing up is encouraged for both moms & kids! To register for the event use the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/u4LDOfUFiO65qPkz2

 

Volunteers please use the following link to help out at the event (Dads are encouraged to sign up and give the Mom's a night off) http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0945AFAC2FAAFB6-mother1 Please contact Jason Tedrow with any questions:  jason.tedrow@gmail.com

 

Parent Academy:
We are offering a Parent Academy in the month of February! The topic is Cultural Proficiency. Our presenter will be Ivette Dubiel, Director of Educational Equity. It is on Wednesday, February 21st from 6:30-7:30pm in the LMC. During this academy, we will learn about IPSD 204 commitment to educational equity, experience the same cultural proficiency professional development as District 204 staff, and engage in conversations with each other. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Car Line:
Please make sure you are following the Traffic Patterns outlined here: http://peterson.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx?id=432 Remember, cars should not be turning left to enter the west parking lot in the morning/afternoon and should not turn right when leaving during arrival and dismissal.

 

Young Author’s Contest:
It's time for celebration, honoring great writers at Peterson. The Illinois Reading Council and Illinois Language and Literacy Council
 is again sponsoring the Young Authors Conference to recognize enthusiastic writers.  In January and February, students are encouraged to develop and/or complete one writing project to publish for a "Young Author's" project at Peterson. The program encourages students to write and publish their writing. We have found that given opportunities to write and publish, students will often show us some of their best diligence and creativity. Students can use a current fiction or non-fiction piece of literature they are working on. Also, poetry selections, or another piece of writing are allowed from their current school year. Some classes at Peterson will use class time for the project, and students may work at home too. Students may also use a selection they have created at home. Google drive can be used to share their document between home and school. Edits can be done by the parent if the project is done at home. Each selection should include a title page with the author's full name. A final check will be done by the Young Authors' committee  at school before the final voting for a school-wide winner is chosen. Edits should be done for spelling, verb tenses, sentence structure, paragraphing, and conversation, with adults making suggestions for clarity, not ideas. The edits should be appropriate for the child's level of work. We want to keep the authenticity of the child's writing, please.  The final project can be typed or hand written, with illustrations added if the child wishes. Please help by promoting writing time at home. Illustrations (hand-drawn; no computer images), would best be done in rough form to be added only after the final pages are typed, printed, or written. Thanks for your help to assist our developing writers. 

 

The annual conference for Young Authors is planned for Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Normal Community West High School, Normal, Illinois.  Designed as a celebration to honor exceptional writing by students in grades Kindergarten through 8th, the conference provides an opportunity for young writers to meet published authors and to hear how the authors themselves create the characters and stories that have become their books. Illinois schools invite students to write and create a piece of literature. The schools will then choose one writer from their school to represent the school and present the child’s story or literary piece at the conference. The student winner from Peterson may invite his/her parent to volunteer to help with the conference as well. Mrs. Grahn, from Peterson, attended as a volunteer last year and thoroughly enjoyed the students, literature sessions, and author presentations. As a volunteer, parents stay with their child's group of young authors as they share their projects and experience the author presentations. The program lasts a few hours. Book purchases for the visiting authors are also available. If you have any questions about the Young Authors program, please contact Mrs.Brenda Grahn at Peterson. brenda_grahn@ipsd.org Good luck to your budding authors! Keep writing!

 

What is #FutureReady204?
Community members are invited to attend the next Engage 204 session on January 29 from 7 to 9 pm at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This session will focus on "What is #FutureReady204?" Experts have stated that the majority of students entering elementary school today will be working in jobs that have not been created yet, using tools that have not been invented yet, solving problems that have not been thought of yet. During this interactive session, administrators will share how education is changing to help students develop life and work skills that will be needed in the future.  

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education by July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Engage204RSVP. For more information, visit http://engage204.org.

 

PDAC:
On January 18, 2018, the Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) hosted a meeting titled, Understanding and Addressing Religious Advantages: How do students’ religions advantage and disadvantage them in school? Conversations on addressing religious and non-religious considerations took place, as well as deliberation over possible scenarios. The meeting presentation slides can be found under Archived Meeting Notes. Please visit the PDAC subpage for more information.

 

PDAC invites the community to a free screening of the film “Backpack Full of Cash” on January 25, 2018, 6:45 p.m., at Metea Valley High School. Narrated by Matt Damon, this documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. To learn about this film and to RSVP, please visit HERE.

 

Please save the date for April 19, 2018, 6:30 p.m., at Still Middle School for MULTICULTURAL READING NIGHT. This is a districtwide event for elementary students to be exposed to multi-lingual literature, receive a free book and engage with others in celebrating multilingualism. More information about this event will be forthcoming.

 

Special Survivor Games 2018:
All elementary and middle school students with multi needs and supported services are invited to attend. Special Survivor Games 2018 will be held on March 9, 2018 at Peterson Elementary School in southwest Naperville.  This fun event brings together volunteer peer buddies and District 204 elementary and middle school students with special needs to engage in relay style competitive races. See attached flier for details and learn more about the games by reading an article that was featured in the Naperville SUN and watch a video created by NCTV-17. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-survivor-for-kids-st-0320-20160319-story.html and https://www.nctv17.com/news/special-survivor-games-for-students/

Sign Up Now – Registration is Free! Simply send your child’s name, home school, current grade level, special needs, and parent’s name/email address/phone number to knkucharski@gmail.com. If you have questions, please contact Kristen Kucharski at 630-440-4792 and knkucharski@gmail.com

 

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: Peterson: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, February 8th – Savvy Business Kids/Open House 6:30-8:00
  • Friday, February 9th – Spirit Day
  • Friday, February 16th – Box Tops Contest Ends
  • Wednesday, February 21 st – Parent Academy: Cultural Proficiency 6:30-7:30pm in LMC
  • Friday, February 23rd – Mother/Son Dance

Best,
Allison Landstrom



January 21, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

Thank you to all of you who have completed the 5Essentials Survey!!! Our response rate is 19%. We are so close to having the 20% response rate needed in order to receive a report. The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete and asks questions about communication, parent involvement, vision, and other topics. We use your feedback to celebrate our successes and make improvements to areas that need strengthening.

To take the survey:

  1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/
  2. Type and then select Dupage as District 204's County location. This is the county associated with the district, not the location of an individual school.
  3. 3. Type your school's name into the School field and then select your school.

 

Regular attendance and arriving on time are vital to a student’s success in school. We are required by law to alert parents/guardians when your child’s absences (excused and unexcused), tardies, and/or early dismissals exceed 5% of school days. Recognizing we are only reviewing attendance patterns each semester, this may not be typical for your child.  We understand that students can have extended illnesses and family emergencies that cause a student to have exceeded the 5% of school days. We will be mailing the attendance letters this week.

 

Car Line:
Safety is very important to all staff at Peterson. Please adhere to these rules when using the Car Line:

  • Please make sure you are following the Traffic Patterns outlined here: http://peterson.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx?id=432
  • Cars should not be turning left to enter the west parking lot and should not turn right when leaving during arrival and dismissal.
  • Remember to move all the way up when asked to do so. This helps to alleviate congestion and allows for a faster arrival and dismissal.
  • Students should only exit or enter the car from the right passenger side. No students should be exiting on the left driver's side.
  • When waiting in the drop off/pick up line, please do not block resident’s driveways.
  • There should be no cell phone use in school zones.

 

Young Author’s Contest:
It's time for celebration, honoring great writers at Peterson. The Illinois Reading Council and Illinois Language and Literacy Council
is again sponsoring the Young Authors Conference to recognize enthusiastic writers.  In January and February, students are encouraged to develop and/or complete one writing project to publish for a "Young Author's" project at Peterson. The program encourages students to write and publish their writing. We have found that given opportunities to write and publish, students will often show us some of their best diligence and creativity. Students can use a current fiction or non-fiction piece of literature they are working on. Also, poetry selections, or another piece of writing are allowed from their current school year. Some classes at Peterson will use class time for the project, and students may work at home too. Students may also use a selection they have created at home. Google drive can be used to share their document between home and school. Edits can be done by the parent if the project is done at home. Each selection should include a title page with the author's full name. A final check will be done by the Young Authors' committee  at school before the final voting for a school-wide winner is chosen. Edits should be done for spelling, verb tenses, sentence structure, paragraphing, and conversation, with adults making suggestions for clarity, not ideas. The edits should be appropriate for the child's level of work. We want to keep the authenticity of the child's writing, please.  The final project can be typed or hand written, with illustrations added if the child wishes. Please help by promoting writing time at home. Illustrations (hand-drawn; no computer images), would best be done in rough form to be added only after the final pages are typed, printed, or written. Thanks for your help to assist our developing writers. 

 

The annual conference for Young Authors is planned for Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Normal Community West High School, Normal, Illinois.  Designed as a celebration to honor exceptional writing by students in grades Kindergarten through 8th, the conference provides an opportunity for young writers to meet published authors and to hear how the authors themselves create the characters and stories that have become their books. Illinois schools invite students to write and create a piece of literature. The schools will then choose one writer from their school to represent the school and present the child’s story or literary piece at the conference. The student winner from Peterson may invite his/her parent to volunteer to help with the conference as well. Mrs. Grahn, from Peterson, attended as a volunteer last year and thoroughly enjoyed the students, literature sessions, and author presentations. As a volunteer, parents stay with their child's group of young authors as they share their projects and experience the author presentations. The program lasts a few hours. Book purchases for the visiting authors are also available. If you have any questions about the Young Authors program, please contact Mrs.Brenda Grahn at Peterson. brenda_grahn@ipsd.org Good luck to your budding authors! Keep writing!

 

PTA Directory:
The PTA directory is here! The print directory went home to PTA members this week. The online directory can be accessed by PTA members by logging in to https://petersonpta.membershiptoolkit.com. There are print directories available for purchase in the office for $10.00. The directory is one of the many perks of joining the PTA, which gives you class lists and email addresses and phone numbers for birthday parties and play dates.

 

Savvy Business Kids:
Attention young entrepreneurs!  Savvy Business Kids is coming up on February 8th at the Peterson Open House.  Details will be coming home this week.  Please note that this year Savvy is open to Grades 2-5, and to sign-up you must complete an online form in addition to the paper form.  Link for full directions: savvy form-2018.pdf and please see the following link for online sign-up component: https://goo.gl/forms/sNa2EkeXZvR7LIMs1. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Tedrow at jennifertedrow@sbcglobal.net

 

Box Tops Contest:
The next classroom vs. classroom box top contest is starting. The top 2 classrooms that collect the most box tops will win a special surprise!! Collecting box tops is an easy way to earn money for Peterson.  We earn $.10 for every box top we turn in, so don't be afraid to ask your family and friends to help you collect. This past fall we earned over $700 and we hope can earn just as much or more this time around.  Box tops can be found on many products you use every day.  For a listing of products, go to https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products. Each classroom has a container where the box tops can be placed in. Just have your children bring in any box tops that you collect, trimmed along the dotted line, and placed them in the containers.  The contest will end on February 16th. Please contact Joann Frisby at joannfrisby@gmail.com if you have questions. Good luck and happy collecting!

 

What is #FutureReady204?
Community members are invited to attend the next Engage 204 session on January 29 from 7 to 9 pm at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This session will focus on "What is #FutureReady204?" Experts have stated that the majority of students entering elementary school today will be working in jobs that have not been created yet, using tools that have not been invented yet, solving problems that have not been thought of yet. During this interactive session, administrators will share how education is changing to help students develop life and work skills that will be needed in the future.  

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education by July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Engage204RSVP. For more information, visit http://engage204.org.

 

PDAC:
On January 25, 2018, beginning at 6:45 p.m., at Metea Valley High School, PDAC invite the community to a free screening of “Backpack Full of Cash”. A documentary that explores the growing privatization of public schools. To learn about this documentary and to RSVP, please visit HERE.

 

Special Survivor Games 2018:
All elementary and middle school students with multi needs and supported services are invited to attend. Special Survivor Games 2018 will be held on March 9, 2018 at Peterson Elementary School in southwest Naperville.  This fun event brings together volunteer peer buddies and District 204 elementary and middle school students with special needs to engage in relay style competitive races. See attached flier for details and learn more about the games by reading an article that was featured in the Naperville SUN and watch a video created by NCTV-17. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-survivor-for-kids-st-0320-20160319-story.html and https://www.nctv17.com/news/special-survivor-games-for-students/

Sign Up Now – Registration is Free! Simply send your child’s name, home school, current grade level, special needs, and parent’s name/email address/phone number to knkucharski@gmail.com. If you have questions, please contact Kristen Kucharski at 630-440-4792 and knkucharski@gmail.com

 

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: Peterson: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, January 25th – Donuts with Dads 8:15-8:50 
  • Thursday, February 8th – Savvy Business Kids/Open House 6:30-8:00
  • Friday, February 9th – Spirit Day
  • Friday, February 16th – Box Tops Contest Ends
  • Friday, February 23rd – Mother/Son Dance

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
Special Survivor Games 2018.pdf


 

January 15, 2018

Dear Peterson Families,

Before break, PTA provided staff with a Holiday lunch. It was delicious and we really enjoyed it!! Thank you to Valerie Gremillion and Amy Welsh for all their work coordinating and getting it set-up! Thank you to Joann Frisby for making sure each lunch was taken care of and PTA for sponsoring it!!

 

Our Spirit Day winner for Primary was Mrs. Grundner's class and for Intermediate it was Ms. Falck's class! Congratulations to them!!

 

Our response rate for the 5Essentials Parent Survey is 10%. We need at least 20% of our parents to respond in order to receive a report. The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete and asks questions about communication, parent involvement, vision, and other topics. We use your feedback to celebrate our successes and make improvements to areas that need strengthening.

To take the survey:

  1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/
  2. Type and then select Dupage as District 204's County location. This is the county associated with the district, not the location of an individual school.
  3. Type your school's name into the School field and then select your school.

This month all students will take Benchmark assessments in reading and math. These brief Illinois Learning Standards aligned assessments evaluate student academic performance and growth in the areas of reading and mathematics. Students do not need to do any preparation or studying for these assessments.

 

Remember there is no school tomorrow, Monday, January 15th and Tuesday, January 16th!

 

Report Card Information:
Report cards for second quarter will be available for viewing on Friday, January 19th beginning at 4:00 pm. Here are the directions for Viewing and Printing Report Cards. There is also a help site for parents: eSchoolPlus Home Access Center. You will need your log-in information in order to access the report card. Please call the office (630-428-5678) if you have any questions!

January Dinner Night:
Mod Pizza fundraiser (South Naperville location 2835 Showplace Drive) is on Thursday January 18th. The fundraiser runs all day and 20% of sales will go back to Peterson! Please bring a copy of the printed flyer (attached) or a digital version to receive credit. Please note, online orders will not count towards the fundraiser, only in the restaurant or call ahead. 

PTA Directory:
The PTA directory is here! The print directory went home to PTA members this week. The online directory can be accessed by PTA members by logging in to https://petersonpta.membershiptoolkit.com. There are print directories available for purchase in the office for $10.00. The directory is one of the many perks of joining the PTA, which gives you class lists and email addresses and phone numbers for birthday parties and play dates.

Savvy Business Kids:
Attention young entrepreneurs!  Savvy Business Kids is coming up on February 8th at the Peterson Open House.  Details will be coming home this week.  Please note that this year Savvy is open to Grades 2-5, and to sign-up you must complete an online form in addition to the paper form.  Link for full directions: savvy form-2018.pdf and please see the following link for online signup component: https://goo.gl/forms/sNa2EkeXZvR7LIMs1. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Tedrow at jennifertedrow@sbcglobal.net 

Box Tops Contest
The next classroom vs. classroom box top contest is starting. The top 2 classrooms that collect the most box tops will win a special surprise!! Collecting box tops is an easy way to earn money for Peterson.  We earn $.10 for every box top we turn in, so don't be afraid to ask your family and friends to help you collect. This past fall we earned over $700 and we hope can earn just as much or more this time around.  Box tops can be found on many products you use every day.  For a listing of products, go to https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products. Each classroom has a container where the box tops can be placed in. Just have your children bring in any box tops that you collect, trimmed along the dotted line, and placed them in the containers.  The contest will end on February 16th. Please contact Joann Frisby at joannfrisby@gmail.com if you have questions. Good luck and happy collecting!

What is #FutureReady204?
Community members are invited to attend the next Engage 204 session on January 29 from 7 to 9 pm at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This session will focus on "What is #FutureReady204?" Experts have stated that the majority of students entering elementary school today will be working in jobs that have not been created yet, using tools that have not been invented yet, solving problems that have not been thought of yet. During this interactive session, administrators will share how education is changing to help students develop life and work skills that will be needed in the future.  

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education by July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Engage204RSVP.

For more information, visit http://engage204.org.

PDAC:
On January 18, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at Crouse Education Center (CEC), 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora, the Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) will host its next meeting: Understanding and Addressing Religious Advantages: How do students’ religions advantage and disadvantage them in school?  To learn more about PDAC or future meetings, please visit the PDAC subpage.

On January 25, 2018, beginning at 6:45 p.m., at Metea Valley High School, PDAC invite the community to a free screening of “Backpack Full of Cash”. A documentary that explores the growing privatization of public schools. To learn about this documentary and to RSVP, please visit HERE.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, January 15th – No School – Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Tuesday, January 16th – No School – School Improvement Planning & Teacher Work Day
  • Thursday, January 18th – Dinner Night at Mod Pizza
  • Friday, January 19th – Report Card Opens at 4:00pm in HAC
  • Thursday, January 25th – Donuts with Dads 8:15-8:50 (Information coming soon!)
  • Thursday, February 8th – Savvy Business Kids/Open House 6:30-8:00
  • Friday, February 9th – Spirit Day
  • Friday, February 16th – Box Tops Contest Ends
  • Friday, February 23rd – Mother/Son Dance

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
S Naperville 1-18-MOD Pizza Fundraiser Flyer9111218.pdf


 

 

January 8, 2018

 

Dear Peterson Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful break!!! I’m excited to see all the smiling faces tomorrow and don’t forget this Friday is our Spirit Day!

 

Please see below for information about the 5Essentials Parent Survey as well as the directions for taking it. It is so important for you to take this survey and provide your feedback! As of January 4th, our parent response rate was 6% for the 2018 Illinois Parent Survey. We need at least 20% of our parents to respond in order to receive a report. The survey window closes on January 31st

 

I have attached a flyer to this email regarding our district’s Teaching Assistant Recruitment. 

 

5Essentials Parent Survey:
Teachers, parents, and middle and high school students across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. As a parent, your voice is essential to help us understand the conditions at your child's school and guide improvement.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school. You may also complete the survey more than once if you have more than one child in the same school. All survey responses will be kept confidential. University of Chicago asks parents for an email address when they begin the survey only for the purpose of sending a confirmation once the survey is completed. University of Chicago will never connect your identity and survey responses to you or your child or share the information with your school, the district or the Illinois State Board of Education.


1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/
2. Type and then select Dupage as District 204's County location. This is the county associated with the district, not the location of an individual school.
3. Type your school's name into the School field and then select your school.

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, January 8th – School resumes
  • Thursday, January 11th – PTA meeting at 9:15 in MPR
  • Friday, January 12th – Spirit Day and Last day of First Semester
  • Monday, January 15th – No School – Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Tuesday, January 16th – No School – School Improvement Planning & Teacher Work Day
  • Friday, January 19th – Report Card Opens at 4:00pm in HAC

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
TA Recruitment Ad 2017-18.pdf


December 18, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

You may have heard your child(ren) talking about coding this month! Since early December, many teachers and their classes have participated in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code began as a one-hour introduction to computer science. Its purpose was to help demonstrate that anybody can learn the basics of coding as well as to increase participation in the field of computer science. The students and teachers have learned so much! I highly encourage you to visit the site: https://hourofcode.com/us/learn and continue the learning with your child!

Thank you to those of your who have participated in our Helping Hands project! Tomorrow, December 18th is the last day. Please have all gift cards returned to school by Wednesday, December 20th, so that we can get them to the families before break.

I forgot to congratulate our Spirit Day winners last week! It was a tie for our primary winner, both Mrs. Grundner's and Ms. Yee's class won. Our intermediate winner was Ms. Falck's class. Great job panthers!!

My next weekly update will be on Sunday, January 7th. I wish all of you a wonderful and safe Winter Break!

 

5Essentials Parent Survey:
Teachers, parents, and middle and high school students across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. As a parent, your voice is essential to help us understand the conditions at your child's school and guide improvement.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school. You may also complete the survey more than once if you have more than one child in the same school. All survey responses will be kept confidential. University of Chicago asks parents for an email address when they begin the survey only for the purpose of sending a confirmation once the survey is completed. University of Chicago will never connect your identity and survey responses to you or your child or share the information with your school, the district or the Illinois State Board of Education.

As of December 14th, our parent response rate was 4% for the 2018 Illinois Parent Survey. As a reminder, we need at least 20.0% of our parents to respond in order to receive a report. Please take this short survey. The directions are listed below:


1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/
2. Type and then select Dupage as District 204's County location. This is the county associated with the district, not the location of an individual school.
3. Type your school's name into the School field and then select your school.

 

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: 
Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, December 25th – Friday, January 5th No School – Winter Break
  • Monday, January 8th – School resumes
  • Thursday, January 11th – PTA meeting at 9:15 in MPR
  • Friday, January 12th – Spirit Day and Last day of First Semester
  • Monday, January 15th – No School – Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Tuesday, January 16th – No School – School Improvement Planning & Teacher Work Day
  • Friday, January 19th – Report Card Opens at 4:00pm in HAC

Best,
Allison Landstrom


 

December 11, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

Please join me in congratulating our students whose entries for the National PTA Reflections art contest have advanced from District (IPPC) level to DuPage West Region: Reesa P., Shritha R., Trisha S., and Trudy W. We are so proud of them and wish them good luck for the next round!

I hope you were able to visit the PTA Holiday Shop! I know the students really enjoyed it! Thank you to Jen Tedrow, Colleen Keen, Kim Wightkin, and all of the volunteers for making this event possible!

 

Cookies for Courage:
Peterson Student Council is collecting store-bought sweets to deliver to our local fire stations, police station, and doctors' offices. We will be honoring the courage of our community helpers. Please see the link below for more details. Collection dates are Wednesday, December 6th – Wednesday, December 13th. Student Council members will be writing Thank You notes to attach to the treats. If your family would like to add a note, please send it with your child. Thanks so much for helping us honor and thank the helpers in our area for watching out for the safety of our Peterson families and students in south Naperville. 
For more information: https://docs.google.com/a/ipsd.org/document/d/1xNECXtyfEjIests1yDzkptYNT6Hy1eIcnQG_ny_kJVU/edit?usp=sharing  

 

Dinner Night:
December Dinner Night is coming soon! Culver’s fundraiser dinner on Wednesday, December 13th from 4:00pm-8:00pm at the Culver’s (13449 S. Rt.59 corner of 135th & Rt. 59) in Plainfield. Come out and support Peterson as 15% of the proceeds will go back to our school! Bring in the flyer to receive a free scoop of custard! Getting credit is easy, just bring the flyer (attached) and present it when checking out. Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Niziolek hannah_niziolek@yahoo.com or Beth Sessa elizabethsessa@att.net 

 

The Helping Hands Project:
Thank you to everyone who has already donated!! The Helping Hands Project will continue through Monday, December 18th. Third grade is again supporting families in need with The Helping Hands project. The Helping Hand Tree is located in the LMC and it is decorated with paper mittens. On each paper mitten will be a name of store that the family frequents or restaurant/place that is special to the family. There are no monetary amounts listed on the mittens and participation is completely optional.

 

5Essentials Parent Survey:
Teachers, parents, and middle and high school students across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. As a parent, your voice is essential to help us understand the conditions at your child's school and guide improvement.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school. You may also complete the survey more than once if you have more than one child in the same school. All survey responses will be kept confidential. University of Chicago asks parents for an email address when they begin the survey only for the purpose of sending a confirmation once the survey is completed. University of Chicago will never connect your identity and survey responses to you or your child or share the information with your school, the district or the Illinois State Board of Education.

 

To take this short survey:

 

1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/
2. Type and then select Dupage as District 204's County location. This is the county associated with the district, not the location of an individual school.
3. Type your school's name into the School field and then select your school.

 

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, December 13th – Dinner Night at Culver's 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Monday, December 25th – Friday, January 5th No School – Winter Break
  • Monday, January 8th – School Resumes

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
December 2017 Flyer.pdf

 


December 4, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

Don’t forget this Friday, December 8th is Spirit Day! I hope to see everyone wearing their purple and gold!! This week the temperature is supposed to drop, so please make sure your child is dressed appropriately to go outside.

The Helping Hands Project:
Third grade will again support families in need with The Helping Hands project. The Helping Hand Tree will be located in the LMC. It will be decorated with paper mittens. On each paper mitten will be a name of store that the family frequents or restaurant/place that is special to the family. There are no monetary amounts listed on the mittens and participation is completely optional. Donations will be collected from Wednesday, December 6th thru Monday, December 18th. A note will go home with students this week.  

Gift Wrap Donations Needed
PTA is in need of items to wrap gifts the students buy at Holiday Shop.  Please consider sending donations into school (collection box will be in the front entryway).  Examples are small gift bags, tissue paper, tape, bows, ribbon, wrapping paper, name tags, etc.  We will be collecting until Monday, December 4th.  Thank you!

Next Engage 204 on Dec. 7:
The second Engage 204 session takes place December 7 from 7 to 9 pm at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This session will focus on "Changing Enrollment: Balancing Buildings and Boundaries."

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204 to ensure a strong future for the district and its students. The community engagement sessions explore different aspects of the district, including, enrollment, district finances, and other key issues involved in maintaining a successful educational experience for students. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Key findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education by July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at http://ipsd.us/KJWKJ. For more information, visit http://engage204.org.

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: 

Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, December 5th – Winter Chorus concert at 6:30pm in Gym
  • Wednesday, December 6th – Holiday Shop
  • Thursday, December 7th – Engage 204 7:00-9:00pm
  • Friday, December 8th – Spirit Day
  • Monday, December 25th – Friday, January 5th No School – Winter Break
  • Monday, January 8th – School resumes

Best,
Allison Landstrom

 


November 27, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Break! Below, I’ve updated the "Upcoming Events" through winter break; it’s hard to believe it is only 4 weeks away! As a reminder, please make sure that your child(ren) are dressed appropriately for the weather. Students will go outside to recess when it is 5 degrees or above with wind chill.

PTA Holiday Shop:
PTA Holiday Shop is coming up on Wednesday, December 6th!  This is a chance for Peterson Students to shop for small items for family members and have gifts wrapped.  Volunteers help students shop during the day or you can return with your student in the evening. Volunteer signups and envelopes to send money and give direction will be coming home after Thanksgiving.  If you are interested in selling items at holiday shop, please see link below!

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS-1.docx

Gift Wrap Donations Needed:
PTA is in need of items to wrap gifts the students buy at Holiday Shop.  Please consider sending donations into school (collection box will be in the front entryway).  Examples are small gift bags, tissue paper, tape, bows, ribbon, wrapping paper, name tags, etc.  We will be collecting until Monday, December 4th.  Thank you!

Next Engage 204 on Dec. 7:
The second Engage 204 session takes place December 7 from 7 to 9 pm at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This session will focus on "Changing Enrollment: Balancing Buildings and Boundaries."

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204 to ensure a strong future for the district and its students. The community engagement sessions explore different aspects of the district, including, enrollment, district finances, and other key issues involved in maintaining a successful educational experience for students. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. District residents who attend will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education. Key findings and recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education by July 2018. All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at http://ipsd.us/KJWKJ. For more information, visit http://engage204.org.

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the program, visit:
 Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, December 1st – Progress Reports go home
  • Tuesday, December 5th – Winter Chorus concert at 6:30pm in Gym
  • Wednesday, December 6th – Holiday Shop
  • Thursday, December 7th – Engage 204 7:00-9:00pm
  • Friday, December 8th – Spirit Day
  • Monday, December 25th – Friday, January 5th No School – Winter Break
  • Monday, January 8th – School resumes

Best,
Allison Landstrom


 

November 20, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

A special thank you to Valerie Gremillion, Amy Welsh, and PTA for providing lunch and snacks to Peterson staff last Monday during conferences. It was a delicious treat!!

Congratulations to all of our Reflections participants: Saphia E., Anjali C., Joshua M., Trisha S., Kaylin L., Shritha R., Ian W., Vivaan V., Kailin M., Trudy W., Srivardhan A., Reesa P., Shreya B., Rohan C., and Ian L. – all of you did a tremendous job!

As a reminder, we do not have school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday this week. I hope everyone is able to relax and recharge during our Thanksgiving Break!

Toiletry Drive: 
In the spirit of giving thanks and helping others, Peterson PTA is once again collecting Toiletry items and working with Fry Elementary PTA to provide essential items to students in need in our district.  Collection runs from Tuesday, November 14th- Tuesday, November 21st. Flyer with details is attached.  Please consider donating, thank you!  (Questions? Jennifertedrow@sbcglobal.net)

STEM Connect Fair:
On Saturday, December 2nd there will be a STEM Connect Fair at the Illinois Math and Science Academy(IMSA) from 10:00am-1:00pm. Students will have the chance to meet STEM professionals with curious minds and interesting careers! There will be over a dozen different STEM based vendors on site, with professionals from Argonne, Fermi Lab, Comcast, Girls Who Code, and many more! Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th – No school – Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 1st – Progress Reports go home
  • Tuesday, December 5th – Winter Chorus concert at 6:30pm in Gym
  • Wednesday, December 6th – Holiday Shop
  • Friday, December 8th – Spirit Day

Best,
Allison Landstrom

File attachments:
toiletry drive flyer-2017.docx
112-2-17 STEM Connect Flyer.docx

 


November 13, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

Congratulations to our Spirit Day Winners!! Our primary winner was Ms. Yee’s Class and our intermediate winner was Mrs. Decker’s Class.

Another congratulations to Mr. Slick’s 5th Grade class for coming in first for collecting the most box tops.  Mrs. Quinn's 2nd class came in second.  Both classes have won an extra recess.  Overall, Peterson students collected 6,850 box tops, which is $685.00 for our school.  Great job!! There will be one another contest starting soon, so keep collecting and sending in those box tops! Congratulations again to our top 2 classes!

Please remember that there is no school tomorrow because of Parent/Teacher conferences.

Attend Engage 204 on Nov. 14:
You are invited to attend Engage 204, Indian Prairie School District's new community engagement program on November 14 from 7 to 9 pm at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This is the first of a series of Engage 204 sessions hosted by community leaders on behalf of the district. The November 14 meeting will feature a special State of the District presentation by Superintendent Karen Sullivan.

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204 to ensure a strong future for the district and its students. The Engage 204 sessions will explore different aspects of the district, including, enrollment, district finances, and other key issues involved in maintaining a successful educational experience for students. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education.

All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at http://ipsd.us/1F1FW. Learn more at http://www.engage204.org.

November Dinner Night:
Dinner Night for November is on Wednesday 11/15 from 4:30pm-8:30pm at the Chipotle at 2856 S. Rt. 59 in Naperville. Come out and support Peterson as 50% of the proceeds will go back to our school! Getting credit is easy, you can bring the flyer in, pull it up on your phone or just mention Peterson Elementary when checking out. Online orders do not count toward our fundraiser total.  Hope to see you there!!

Toiletry Drive: 
In the spirit of giving thanks and helping others, Peterson PTA is once again collecting Toiletry items and working with Fry Elementary PTA to provide essential items to students in need in our district.  Collection runs from Tuesday, November 14th- Tuesday, November 21st. Flyer with details is attached.  Please consider donating, thank you!  (Questions? Jennifertedrow@sbcglobal.net)

Free Community Event:
On Friday, November 17th from 6:30-7:30pm at Waubonsie Valley High School Auditorium meet Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered—larger than T. rex—and hear the incredible story of how this prehistoric giant was almost lost to science, before being brought back to light with the help of a remarkable young paleontologist, Dr. Nizar Ibrahim, a National Geographic Explorer. With amazing video recreating the lost world of the Cretaceous Era Sahara, Ibrahim will tell the story of Spinosaurus’ discovery, loss, and rediscovery, and explain what makes this ancient monster unique. Please see the attached flyer for more details!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, November 13th – No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences: 8:00-3:00pm and 4:30-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 14th – Engage 204
  • Wednesday, November 15th – Dinner Night at Chipotle
  • Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th – No school – Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 1st – Progress Reports go home

Best,
Allison Landstrom

File attachments:
toiletry drive flyer-2017.docx
Final_School District 204 Flyer 11.17.17.pdf
Chipotle flyer.pdf

 


November 6, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

Thank you to everyone who donated to IPPC's coat/winter items drive. Peterson alone collected 13 boxes! Altogether, IPPC collected over 830 winter coats, over 800 light weight jackets and vests, 160 pairs of winter boots and too many hats scarves and gloves to count!

We look forward to seeing some of you on Thursday, November 9th for our evening conferences. If you have not scheduled a conference, your child’s classroom teacher will be contacting you to schedule a time.

In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to recognize members of our community who have served our country both past and present. Please fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/t36Jo1qqaHhke54A3, so they can be included in our announcements on Friday.

Attend Engage 204 on Nov. 14
You are invited to attend Engage 204, Indian Prairie School District's new community engagement program on November 14 from 7 to 9 pm at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. This is the first of a series of Engage 204 sessions hosted by community leaders on behalf of the district. The November 14 meeting will feature a special State of the District presentation by Superintendent Karen Sullivan.

Engage 204 is a collaborative process between the community and District 204 to ensure a strong future for the district and its students. The Engage 204 sessions will explore different aspects of the district, including, enrollment, district finances, and other key issues involved in maintaining a successful educational experience for students. Key to the success of this process is the collaboration and discussion between participants. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to share ideas and discuss topics in small groups in order to provide feedback to the Board of Education.

All District 204 residents are invited to participate in Engage 204. RSVP is appreciated, but not required at http://ipsd.us/1F1FW. Learn more at http://www.engage204.org.

PDAC Meeting:
The next Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) meeting is on Tuesday, November 7th, 7-9:00 p.m., at Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora. The topic of the meeting is Understanding and Addressing Race Advantages: How do students’ race advantage and disadvantage them in school?  Please visit these links to view the PDAC meeting calendar or to learn more about PDAC.

November Dinner Night:
Dinner Night for November is on Wednesday 11/15 from 4:30pm-8:30pm at the Chipotle at 2856 S. Rt. 59 in Naperville. Come out and support Peterson as 50% of the proceeds will go back to our school! Getting credit is easy, you can bring the flyer in, pull it up on your phone or just mention Peterson Elementary when checking out. Online orders do not count toward our fundraiser total.  Hope to see you there!!

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, November 9th – PTA Meeting at 9:15am in MPR
  • Thursday, November 9th – Parent/Teacher Conferences: 4:30-8:00pm
  • Friday, November 10th – Spirit Day
  • Monday, November 13th – No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences: 8:00-3:00pm and 4:30-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 14th – Engage 204: 7:00-9:00pm at Still Middle School
  • Wednesday, November 15th – Dinner Night at Chipotle
  • Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th – No school – Thanksgiving Break

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
Chipotle flyer.pdf

 

October 30, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

Monster Mash Bash was a wonderful event!! Thank you so much to Joann Frisby and Angela Soderquist as well as the many volunteers who helped to make it a success!!

We have our fundraising totals from Team IPEF. The total raised was $6,071.00. Peterson will receive half of that, which is $3035.50!! Thank you to Team IPEF and to all of you who supported us!!!

As reminder, no costumes should be worn to school on Tuesday. Our students who choose to celebrate Halloween wore costumes at Monster Mash Bash.

Parent Academy Information:
Thank you again to those parents who were able to attend the Parent Academy last Thursday. We had another session of great discussions, questions, and learning! I feel that it’s important to share the PowerPoints from those academies. Here is the link to the Growth Mindset Presentation and here is the link to the Assessment Presentation. I encourage you to view both of them and please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!

 

Arrival and Dismissal:
A few reminders regarding arrival and dismissal:

  • If you need to pick up your child early, please do so before 3:15pm.
  • When dropping off your child in the morning, remember, your child should be in their seat by 9:05, therefore drop off should be between 8:50-9:00am.
  • Students should only exit or enter the car from the right passenger side. No students should be exiting on the left driver’s side.
  • When waiting in the drop off/pick up line, please do not block resident’s driveways.
  • There should be no cell phone use in school zones.
  • Please follow the traffic patterns outlined here: http://peterson.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx?id=432These patterns have been established to keep our students safe!

Dinner Night:
Potbelly's fundraiser dinner is on Monday, October 30th from 5pm-8pm at the Naperville Crossings location (2860 Showplace Drive).  Please present the flyer or show it on your smart phone when you place your order at Potbelly's that night.  Grab your family and friends and head out to Potbelly's on 10/30 as 25% of the funds raised go back to the school!

Online Sign-Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences:
Thank you to those of you who have signed up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please do that by November 2nd at 5:00pm. Please contact the office if you have any questions or are having any difficulty signing up! Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday, November 9th 4:30-8:00pm and Monday, November 13th 8:00-3:00pm and 4:30-8:00pm. Please do not schedule a separate conference with your child’s math teacher. Your child’s homeroom teacher will share your child’s progress in math.

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 30th  - Dinner Night at Potbelly’s
  • Friday, November 3rd – Report Cards open in HAC after 4:00pm
  • Thursday, November 9th – PTA Meeting at 9:15am in MPR
  • Thursday, November 9th – Parent/Teacher Conferences: 4:30-8:00pm
  • Friday, November 10th – Spirit Day
  • Monday, November 13th – No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences: 8:00-3:00pm and 4:30-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 15th – Dinner Night at Chipotle
  • Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th – No School – Thanksgiving Break

Best,
Allison Landstrom

File attachments:
PetersonPTA Potbellys.pdf

 


October 23, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

The weather held out and it was a great day for the Naperville Half-Marathon and 5K!! Thank you to all the Team IPEF Runners and Kids Marathoners who supported Peterson; I can’t wait to see what Peterson’s final fundraising totals will be! It was wonderful to see parents at our first Parent Academy! We had a great evening of learning, discussions, and questions. See below for information about our Parent Academy this week on Thursday evening! Please remember that cell phones should not be used in the pick-up/drop line.

Online Sign-Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences:
Thank you to those of you who have signed up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please do that by November 2nd at 5:00pm. Please contact the office if you have any questions or are having any difficulty signing up!

Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday, November 9th 4:30-8:00pm and Monday, November 13th 8:00-3:00pm and 4:30-8:00pm. Please do not schedule a separate conference with your child’s math teacher. Your child’s homeroom teacher will share your child’s progress in math.

Dinner Night:
Potbelly's fundraiser dinner on Monday, October 30th from 5pm-8pm at the Naperville Crossings location (2860 Showplace Drive).  Order from Potbelly's that night and mention that the order is for Peterson Elementary School; no flyer needed.  Please grab your family and friends and order at Potbelly's on 10/30 as 25% of the funds raised go back to the school!

Winter Coat & Boot Drive:
Peterson is participating in the IPPC winter coat and boot drive again this year to benefit families in need within our district.  Please consider donating gently used coats, boots & winter accessories now through October 27th.  See flyer for more details!

Monster Mash Bash:
It’s that time of year again!  Everyone is invited to the MONSTER MASH BASH on Saturday, October 28th from 1pm-3pm.  We have an exciting afternoon planned which will include a Cake Walk, Games, Bingo and several Inflatables!  To order your wristbands, please copy and paste this link into a new web browser: https://goo.gl/forms/Zss2oZ3FwpTO5d7O2

All students need a wristband to participate in all of the activities. The cost is $10.00.  Wristbands will also be available at the door the day of the event for $10.00.  

We will need many volunteers to make this event a success.  You can sign up to be a volunteer on Sign-Up Genius.  If you are able to help, please sign up at Monster Mash Bash Sign-up genuis

We will also need donations for the Cake Walk. All of the cakes will be store bought packaged cakes with the ingredients on them. We are asking the winners do not to eat or open the cakes at the event. Please note that Cake Walk will be held in a classroom separate from the other events at Monster Mash. Please consider donating store-bought baked goods for the Cake Walk.  This is one of the favorite activities at the Monster Mash Bash and more goodies results in more winners! If you can donate, please indicate that when you order your wristbands. More details about drop-off to come!

In an effort to support our families with allergies, the PTA and I would like to provide a listing of the food being served at the Monster Mash Bash. Please click on this link: Monster Mash Bash Food List for the list of foods. We look forward to seeing everyone there! If you have any questions, please contact Joann Frisby joannfrisby@gmail.com and Angela Soderquist scottandangela117@yahoo.com

Parent Academy:
This year we will be offering Parent Academies. The purpose of these academies is to help our parents gain a better of understanding of different topics or initiatives related to Peterson and the District. Please note, these academies are for parents only.

“Assessments and How They’re Used”, which is on Thursday, October 26th from 6:30-7:30 in the LMC. During this academy, we will share the assessments the district uses and how those assessments are used to determine placement in our Project Arrow and Math Acceleration programs. The purpose of this academy will be to inform you of the types, timeline, and selection process, and answer questions you may have regarding these assessments and programs. This academy will not be a time to discuss concerns or questions specific to your child. It is our hope that after attending the academy, you will have a better understanding of our Assessments and how they are used to ensure our students are achieving their highest potential.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, October 26th – Parent Academy: “Assessments and How They’re Used” at 6:30pm in LMC
  • Friday, October 27th – End of First Quarter
  • Saturday, October 28th – Monster Mash Bash 1:00-3:00pm
  • Monday, October 30th  - Dinner Night at Potbelly’s
  • Friday, November 3rd – Report Cards open in HAC
  • Thursday, November 9th – PTA Meeting at 9:15am in MPR
  • Thursday, November 9th – Parent/Teacher Conferences: 4:30-8:00pm
  • Friday, November 10th – Spirit Day
  • Monday, November 13th – No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences: 8:00-3:00pm and 4:30-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 15th – Dinner Night at Chipotle

Best,
Allison Landstrom

File attachments:
Coat Drive Flyer.doc


October 16, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

It was wonderful to see everyone dressed in purple and gold on Friday! Our primary Spirit Day winner was Ms. Yee’s class and our intermediate Spirit Day winner was Ms. Falck’s class! We also had grade level winners. Our primary grade level winner was 2nd grade and our intermediate grade level winner was 4th grade. Great job!! Don’t forget this Wednesday, October 18th is our first Parent Academy. Please see below for more information and I hope to see you there!

Online Sign-Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences:
District 204 is using PowerPTC, a new online service that allows parents at all grade levels to easily schedule parent-teacher conferences. You should have already received an email with your Activation Code. If you have not, please let us know! You will need to set-up an account in order to schedule a conference.

Sign-Up Schedule:

  • Elementary: Parent scheduling opens October 17 at 9 am, closes November 2 at 5 pm
  • Middle School: Parent scheduling opens October 17 at 5 pm, closes November 8 at 12pm
  • High School: Parent scheduling opens October 17 at 4 pm, closes November 8 at 12 pm

Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday, November 9th 4:30-8:00pm and Monday, November 13th 8:00-3:00pm and 4:30-8:00pm. Please do not schedule a separate conference with your child’s math teacher. Your child’s homeroom teacher will share your child’s progress in math.

Winter Coat & Boot Drive:
Peterson is participating in the IPPC winter coat and boot drive again this year to benefit families in need within our district.  Please consider donating gently used coats, boots & winter accessories now through October 27th.  See attached flyer for more details!

Monster Mash Bash:
It’s that time of year again!  Everyone is invited to the MONSTER MASH BASH on Saturday, October 28th from 1pm-3pm.  We have an exciting afternoon planned which will include a Cake Walk, Games, Bingo and several Inflatables!  To pre-order your wristbands, please copy and paste this link into a new web browser: https://goo.gl/forms/Zss2oZ3FwpTO5d7O2

Please pre-order your wristbands by October 16th.  Wristbands cost $8.00 per child if ordered by October 16th.  After October 16th, the cost is $10.00.  Wristbands will also be available at the door the day of the event for $10.00.  All students need a wristband to participate in all of the activities.

We will need many volunteers to make this event a success.  You can sign up to be a volunteer on Sign-Up Genius.  If you are able to help, please sign up at Monster Mash Bash Sign-up genuis

We will also need donations for the Cake Walk. All of the cakes will be store bought packaged cakes with the ingredients on them. We are asking the winners do not to eat or open the cakes at the event. Please note that Cake Walk will be held in a classroom separate from the other events at Monster Mash. Please consider donating store-bought baked goods for the Cake Walk.  This is one of the favorite activities at the Monster Mash Bash and more goodies results in more winners! If you can donate, please indicate that when you order your wristbands. More details about drop-off to come!

In an effort to support our families with allergies, the PTA and I would like to provide a listing of the food being served at the Monster Mash Bash. Please click on this link: Monster Mash Bash Food List for the list of foods. We look forward to seeing everyone there! If you have any questions, please contact Joann Frisby joannfrisby@gmail.com and Angela Soderquist scottandangela117@yahoo.com

Parent Academy:
This year we will be offering Parent Academies. The purpose of these academies is to help our parents gain a better of understanding of different topics or initiatives related to Peterson and the District. Please note, these academies are for parents only. We have two in October, “What is Growth Mindset?” and “Assessments and How They’re Used”.

The first, “What is Growth Mindset?” is on Wednesday, October 18th from 6:30-7:30pm in the LMC. During this academy, we will explore Carol Dweck’s work on Mindset. We will learn about the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset. We will also look at some research on the brain and how we learn. Finally, we will discuss how Growth Mindset is being implemented at Peterson. Many teachers at Peterson have already read her book, Mindset. Here is a link to learn more about Carol Dweck and her book: https://mindsetonline.com/abouttheauthor/. It is our hope that after attending the academy, you will have a better understanding of Growth Mindset and how we are using it to help our students to achieve their highest potential.

The second, “Assessments and How They’re Used”, which is on Thursday, October 26th from 6:30-7:30 in the LMC. During this academy, we will share the assessments the district uses and how those assessments are used to determine placement in our Project Arrow and Math Acceleration programs. The purpose of this academy will be to inform you of the types, timeline, and selection process, and answer questions you may have regarding these assessments and programs. This academy will not be a time to discuss concerns or questions specific to your child. It is our hope that after attending the academy, you will have a better understanding of our Assessments and how they are used to ensure our students are achieving their highest potential.

Reflections: 
If your child has an artistic side, this is the time to start planning for this year’s National PTA's Reflections Arts program. Reflections, which has been running in public schools across the country for several years, is a program that allows students to submit their original creative works in different categories to compete for national awards and recognition. The entries are judged at a school level and a maximum of five entries in each category per grade division advance to the national level where they are pitted against entries from other schools.  

This year’s Reflections theme is “Within Reach” Entries are due by Friday October 20th2017 and can be submitted to the students’ home room teachers. Entries can be submitted in one or more of the six available categories – Visual ArtsPhotographyLiteratureMusic CompositionDance Choreography, and Film Production.  There is also a Special Artist category for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504.

Each original work must meet the applicable submission guidelines and must be accompanied by a completed form (attached to this email). If you have any questions or need more information, please reach out to our Reflections Chair, Richa Kumari (richa.kumari@gmail.com)

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 17th – Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, October 18th – Parent Academy: “What is Growth Mindset?” at 6:30pm in LMC
  • Thursday, October 26th – Parent Academy: “Assessments and How They’re Used” at 6:30pm in LMC
  • Friday, October 27th – End of First Quarter
  • Saturday, October 28th – Monster Mash Bash 1:00-3:00pm
  • Friday, November 3rd - Report Cards open in HAC 
  • Thursday, November 9th – PTA Meeting at 9:15am in MPR
  • Thursday, November 9th – Parent/Teacher Conferences: 4:30-8:00pm
  • Friday, November 10th – Spirit Day
  • Monday, November 13th – No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences: 8:00-3:00pm and 4:30-8:00pm

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
Coat Drive Flyer.doc
05. 17-18 Entry Form - Peterson Editable.pdf

October 9, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

I hope all of you are enjoying the weekend! Remember there is no school on Monday, October 9th. There is a lot of information in this week’s newsletter. Some of the information is new and some is repeated from last week. As always if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Online Sign-Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences:
District 204 is using PowerPTC, a new online service that allows parents at all grade levels to easily schedule parent-teacher conferences this year. In order to use the service, you will need to create a PowerPTC account using an activation code that will be emailed to you on October 10th. The email will include instructions to easily set up your account. For more information on scheduling your conference, visit PowerPTC tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2NaY0yyaTg&feature=youtu.be

Parent-teacher conferences are November 9th and 13th. Watch your email on Tuesday, October 10thfor your PowerPTC activation code. 

Winter Coat & Boot Drive:
Peterson is participating in the IPPC winter coat and boot drive again this year to benefit families in need within our district.  Please consider donating gently used coats, boots & winter accessories now through October 27 th.  See attached flyer for more details!

Monster Mash Bash:
Monster Mash Bash is a fun family event that will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 1:00-3:00pm at Peterson. Please pre-order your wristbands by October 16th.  Wristbands cost $8.00 per child if ordered by October 16th.  After October 16th, the cost is $10.00.  Wristbands will also be available at the door the day of the event for $10.00.  All students need a wristband to participate in all of the activities.

We will need many volunteers to make this event a success.  You can sign up to be a volunteer on Sign-Up Genius.  If you are able to help, please sign up at Monster Mash Bash Sign-up genius

We will also need donations for the Cake Walk. All of the cakes will be store bought packaged cakes with the ingredients on them. We are asking the winners do not to eat or open the cakes at the event. Please note that Cake Walk will be held in a classroom separate from the other events at Monster Mash. Please consider donating store-bought baked goods for the Cake Walk.  This is one of the favorite activities at the Monster Mash Bash and more goodies results in more winners! If you can donate, please indicate that when you order your wristbands. More details about drop-off to come!

In an effort to support our families with allergies, the PTA and I would like to provide a listing of the food being served at the Monster Mash Bash. Please click on this link: Monster Mash Bash Food List for the list of foods. We look forward to seeing everyone there! If you have any questions, please contact Joann Frisby joannfrisby@gmail.com and Angela Soderquist scottandangela117@yahoo.com

Parent Academy:
This year we will be offering Parent Academies. The purpose of these academies is to help our parents gain a better of understanding of different topics or initiatives related to Peterson and the District. Please note, these academies are for parents only. We have two in October, “What is Growth Mindset?” and “Assessments and How They’re Used”.

The first, “What is Growth Mindset?” is on Wednesday, October 18th from 6:30-7:30pm in the LMC. During this academy, we will explore Carol Dweck’s work on Mindset. We will learn about the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset. We will also look at some research on the brain and how we learn. Finally, we will discuss how Growth Mindset is being implemented at Peterson. Many teachers at Peterson have already read her book, Mindset. Here is a link to learn more about Carol Dweck and her book: https://mindsetonline.com/abouttheauthor/. It is our hope that after attending the academy, you will have a better understanding of Growth Mindset and how we are using it to help our students to achieve their highest potential.

The second, “Assessments and How They’re Used”, which is on Thursday, October 26th from 6:30-7:30 in the LMC. During this academy, we will share the assessments the district uses and how those assessments are used to determine placement in our Project Arrow and Math Acceleration programs. The purpose of this academy will be to inform you of the types, timeline, and selection process, and answer questions you may have regarding these assessments and programs. This academy will not be a time to discuss concerns or questions specific to your child. It is our hope that after attending the academy, you will have a better understanding of our Assessments and how they are used to ensure our students are achieving their highest potential.

Reflections: 
If your child has an artistic side, this is the time to start planning for this year’s National PTA's Reflections Arts program. Reflections, which has been running in public schools across the country for several years, is a program that allows students to submit their original creative works in different categories to compete for national awards and recognition. The entries are judged at a school level and a maximum of five entries in each category per grade division advance to the national level where they are pitted against entries from other schools.  

This year’s Reflections theme is “Within Reach” Entries are due by Friday October 20th2017 and can be submitted to the students’ home room teachers. Entries can be submitted in one or more of the six available categories – Visual ArtsPhotographyLiteratureMusic CompositionDance Choreography, and Film Production.  There is also a Special Artist category for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504.

Each original work must meet the applicable submission guidelines and must be accompanied by a completed form (attached to this email). If you have any questions or need more information, please reach out to our Reflections Chair, Richa Kumari (richa.kumari@gmail.com)

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, October 12th – PTA Meeting at 7:00 in LMC
  • Friday, October 13th – Spirit Day
  • Tuesday, October 17th – Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, October 18th – Parent Academy: “What is Growth Mindset?”
  • Thursday, October 26th – Parent Academy: “Assessments and How They’re Used”
  • Friday, October 27th – End of First Quarter
  • Saturday, October 28th – Monster Mash Bash 1:00-3:00pm

Best,
Allison Landstrom


File attachments:
Coat Drive Flyer.doc
05. 17-18 Entry Form - Peterson Editable.pdf


October 2, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

Thank you to the PTA for a wonderful “Back to School” breakfast on September 20th. It was a terrific way to begin our day!!! With our weather being so varied, please remember to help your child to dress appropriately for school.

Online Sign-Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences:
District 204 is using PowerPTC, a new online service that allows parents at all grade levels to easily schedule parent-teacher conferences this year. In order to use the service, you will need to create a PowerPTC account using an activation code that will be emailed to you on Tuesday, October 3rd. The email will include instructions to easily set up your account. For more information on scheduling your conference, visit PowerPTC tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2NaY0yyaTg&feature=youtu.be

Once your account is set up, you will be able to schedule your conferences during the following times:

  • Elementary School: Scheduling opens October 10 at 5 pm, closes November 2 at 5 pm.
  • Middle School: Scheduling opens October 17 at 5 pm, closes November 8 at 11:59 pm.
  • High School: Scheduling opens October 17 at 4 pm, closes November 8 at 11:59 pm.

Parent-teacher conferences are November 9th and 13th. Watch your email on Tuesday, October 3rd, for your PowerPTC activation code.

Parent Academies:
This year we will be offering Parent Academies. The purpose of these academies is to help our parents gain a better of understanding of different topics or initiatives related to Peterson and the District. Please note, these academies are for parents only. We have two in October, “What is Growth Mindset?” and “Assessments and How They’re Used”.

The first, “What is Growth Mindset?” is on Wednesday, October 18th from 6:30-7:30pm in the LMC. During this academy, we will explore Carol Dweck’s work on Mindset. We will learn about the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset. We will also look at some research on the brain and how we learn. Finally, we will discuss how Growth Mindset is being implemented at Peterson. Many teachers at Peterson have already read her book, Mindset. Here is a link to learn more about Carol Dweck and her book: https://mindsetonline.com/abouttheauthor/. It is our hope that after attending the academy, you will have a better understanding of Growth Mindset and how we are using it to help our students to achieve their highest potential.

The second, “Assessments and How They’re Used”, which is on Thursday, October 26th from 6:30-7:30pm in the LMC. During this academy, we will share the assessments the district uses and how those assessments are used to determine placement in our Project Arrow and Math Acceleration programs. The purpose of this academy will be to inform you of the types, timeline, selection process, and answer questions you may have regarding these assessments and programs. This academy will not be a time to discuss concerns or questions specific to your child. It is our hope that after attending the academy, you will have a better understanding of our assessments and how they are used to ensure our students are achieving their highest potential.

Reflections: 
If your child has an artistic side, this is the time to start planning for this year’s
National PTA's Reflections Arts program. Reflections, which has been running in public schools across the country for several years, is a program that allows students to submit their original creative works in different categories to compete for national awards and recognition. The entries are judged at a school level and a maximum of five entries in each category per grade division advance to the national level where they are pitted against entries from other schools.  

This year’s Reflections theme is “Within Reach” Entries are due by Friday October 20th 2017 and can be submitted to the students’ home room teachers. Entries can be submitted in one or more of the six available categories – Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.  There is also a Special Artist category for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504.

Each original work must meet the applicable submission guidelines and must be accompanied by a completed form (attached to this email). If you have any questions or need more information, please reach out to our Reflections Chair, Richa Kumari (richa.kumari@gmail.com)

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 3rd-Friday, October 6th – CogAT testing at 2nd and 5th grades
  • Tuesday, October 3rd – World Café 6:30-9:00 at NVHS
  • Monday, October 9th – No School Columbus Day
  • Thursday, October 12th – PTA Meeting at 7:00 in LMC
  • Friday, October 13th – Spirit Day
  • Tuesday, October 17th – Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, October 18th – Parent Academy: “What is Growth Mindset?”
  • Thursday, October 26th – Parent Academy: “Assessments and How They’re Used”

Best,
Allison Landstrom

 

File attachments:
05. 17-18 Entry Form - Peterson Editable.pdf


September 25, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

The students have done a wonderful job displaying respectful, responsible, and safe behavior!! Because of that, we have filled the BINGO wall and that means that the students have earned an all school recess! I am so proud of the students and I hope they continue this for the rest of the year. Their next incentive is to duct tape me to the wall! They will have to earn this before 1st quarter is over. Based on how well they have done so far, they are well on their way!

Last week, I mistakenly left off some individuals who helped with our Fun Run/Walk. Thank you to Neha Patodia and Hannah Niziolek for all their hard work to make the event successful!!! Thank you to all of you who donated school supplies to Houston! I was glad that we could do something to help those students.

Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC):
On September 19th, the Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) hosted its first meeting of the school year with focused discussion on: Unpacking the “Invisible Knapsack” Students Bring to School: Understanding Implicit Bias, Advantages and Disadvantages. We engaged in dialogue about the prevalent dynamics of implicit bias that affect everyone and how we can work to become increasingly aware of them. PRESENTATION SLIDESfrom the meeting are now available. For upcoming PDAC meetings, please see the CALENDAR or visit PDAC subpage for further information.

Please consider joining me, PTA board members, and Peterson staff at the World Café on Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:30-9:00 at Neuqua Valley High School. The purpose of this evening is to collaborate and network with colleagues, families, staff, board members, and community. Please see this flyer for more information and if you are interested, please send me an email!!!

Dinner Night: Fundraiser Dinner @ Jets Pizza: 

This month’s Peterson Elementary fundraiser dinner is on Wednesday, September 27th at Jets Pizza (3344 S. Rt. 59).  Jets will be donating 20% of sales back to Peterson.  You will need to either present the printed or digital version of the flyer to the cashier or delivery driver for us to receive credit.  Flyers will be sent home early next week. Make sure to grab your family and friends and come out and support Peterson Elementary!  The event will run all day! 

Reflections: 
If your child has an artistic side, this is the time to start planning for this year’s National PTA's Reflections Arts program. Reflections, which has been running in public schools across the country for several years, is a program that allows students to submit their original creative works in different categories to compete for national awards and recognition. The entries are judged at a school level and a maximum of five entries in each category per grade division advance to the national level where they are pitted against entries from other schools.  

 

This year’s Reflections theme is “Within Reach” Entries are due by Friday October 20th2017 and can be submitted to the students’ home room teachers. Entries can be submitted in one or more of the six available categories – Visual ArtsPhotographyLiteratureMusic CompositionDance Choreography, and Film Production.  There is also a Special Artist category for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504.

Each original work must meet the applicable submission guidelines and must be accompanied by a completed form (attached to this email). If you have any questions or need more information, please reach out to our Reflections Chair, Richa Kumari (richa.kumari@gmail.com)

Parent Only Event at NVHS:
On Thursday, September 28 at 7 pm in the Neuqua Valley Auditorium we will have an outstanding public talk from Kevin Sabet, former White House Drug Policy Advisory. While this topic might seem too heavy or not age appropriate for pre, elementary, or middle school age students, the talk is aimed at parents. It is a talk that all parents should hear.

Mr. Sabet served as Drug Policy Advisor during an era when many states legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use despite current federal law. He will speak on the potential consequences of “big marijuana” as corporate producers follow in the footsteps of “big tobacco” in terms of recruiting young customers in the hopes they will become lifelong customers. He will also share some of the health, legal, and policy implications of increased legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. What does it mean for a generation of children coming of age in an era when marijuana seems “not that bad” given the lowered criminal consequences, increased access, and growth in use?

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, September 29th – Progress Reports Home
  • Tuesday, October 3rd-Friday, October 6th – CogAT testing at 2nd and 5th grades
  • Tuesday, October 3rd – World Café 6:30-9:00 at NVHS
  • Monday, October 9th – No School Columbus Day
  • Thursday, October 12th – PTA Meeting at 7:00 in LMC
  • Friday, October 13th – Spirit Day
  • Tuesday, October 17th – Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, October 18th – Parent Academy “What is Growth Mindset?”

Best,
Allison Landstrom

 File attachments:

05. 17-18 Entry Form - Peterson Editable.pdf


September 18, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

What an amazing week! I hope all of you enjoyed hearing about your child’s classroom and came away with a better understanding of what your child is learning and doing each day.

Our first ever Fun Run/Walk was an incredible success!!! It was wonderful to see so many families this morning! There are so many people that helped to make this day possible!! A huge THANK YOU to Steve Lome, Helen Lome, Venu Cherukuri, Christine Ficks, Julie Sassano, Joann Frisby, Jessica Elliot, Andrea Fischer, Sarah Siffer, Jen Tedrow, Sarah Doll, and Leslie Shepherd. Thank you to the Peterson staff who helped and participated: Steve Patterson, Paul Popovich, Heather Wulf, Michelle Kurasz, Amanda Yee, Marti Warren, Jenny Kucera, Kim Cagwin, Beth Corbat, and Brenda Grahn. Don’t forget you can view your results and photos at:  http://www.j3timing.com/race-results.html. Finally if you took pictures and would be willing to share, please email me at allison_landstrom@ipsd.org.

Reminder for 4th and 5th Grade Students:
Chorus begins Thursday, September 21st at 8:00 AM!  Please visit this link to sign your student up for this year's Peterson Singers. Registration will close on Monday, September 18th at 4:00PM. Here is the sign-up link: http://bit.ly/2eq3OYV

Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) World Café:
Please consider joining me, PTA board members, and Peterson staff at the World Café on Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:30-9:00pm at Neuqua Valley High School. The purpose of this evening is to collaborate and network with colleagues, families, staff, board members, and community. Please see this flyer for more information and if you are interested, please send me an email!!!

Help for Houston:
Please don’t forget our Help for Houston school supply drive!!!! Our school in cooperation with the City of Aurora, the City of Houston, and supplybucket.com are collecting school supplies to assist the children of Houston.  Many people forget that school is starting for all students in the City of Houston on September 11th.  One of the biggest struggles from Hurricane Harvey is that students will not have the necessary school supplies.  We are collecting various school supplies to assist students and teachers as they bring some normalcy to their lives. Please click on the following link for a list: School Supplies Needed  This is a great opportunity to show some Panther pride and help others!!!

Collections can be dropped off during school hours in the lobby.  The collection runs from September 11th through the 22nd.  For more information or for other ways to assist, please see the Houston Independent School District website:http://www.houstonisd.org/harvey

A special thank you goes out to www.supplybucket.com for their facilitation with the City of Aurora and Indian Prairie School District.  www.supplybucket.com was started by four Indian Prairie students to facilitate the collection of school supplies at the end of the school year in order to repurpose the supplies.

Third-Party Educational Programs
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 19th – Fall Picture Day
  • Friday, September 29th – Progress Reports Home
  • Tuesday, October 3rd – World Café 6:30-9:00 at NVHS
  • Monday, October 9th – No School Columbus Day
  • Wednesday, October 12th – PTA Meeting at 7:00 in LMC
  • Friday, October 13th – Spirit Day
  • Tuesday, October 17th – Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, October 18th – Parent Academy “What is Growth Mindset?” (More details coming next week)

Best,
Allison Landstrom


September 11, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

It was wonderful to see so many students dressed in their purple and gold! Our spirit day winner for primary was Ms. Yee's class! We had tie for our spirit day winners in intermediate. Congratulations to both Mrs. Decker’s room and Ms. Falck's room for showing Peterson spirit!

I am excited to see many of you on Wednesday night for Curriculum Night! The classroom presentations will consist of 2 sessions with both sessions containing the same information. We repeat the sessions for those of you who have more than one child in our school. Session A will be from 6:30 – 7:00 and Session B will be from 7:15 – 7:45. Please remember, this evening is for parents only.

Thank you to everyone for their patience with our bus arrival and dismissal! The bus company, transportation department, and I have been reviewing the bus route change requests and have begun processing some of those requests. In addition, we have had to revise some our bus routes. Please check Home Access Center this evening or tomorrow morning to ensure you have the correct stop and pick-up/drop-off time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Help for Houston:
Our school in cooperation with the City of Aurora, the City of Houston, and supplybucket.com are collecting school supplies to assist the children of Houston.  Many people forget that school is starting for all students in the City of Houston on September 11th.  One of the biggest struggles from Hurricane Harvey is that students will not have the necessary school supplies.  We are collecting various school supplies to assist students and teachers as they bring some normalcy to their lives. Please click on the following link for a list: School Supplies Needed  This is a great opportunity to show some Panther pride and help others!!!

Collections can be dropped off during school hours in the lobby.  The collection runs from September 11th through the 22nd.  For more information or for other ways to assist, please see the Houston Independent School District website: http://www.houstonisd.org/harvey

A special thank you goes out to www.supplybucket.com for their facilitation with the City of Aurora and Indian Prairie School District.  www.supplybucket.com was started by four Indian Prairie students to facilitate the collection of school supplies at the end of the school year in order to repurpose the supplies.

Kids Marathon:
There is still time to sign-up for the Kids Marathon!!! Peterson is in the lead with 43 students signed up. Our school receives $13 for each participating student. Registration closes on September 15th. Here is the link to sign-up: https://www.ipef204.org/kidsmarathon/

Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC):
The Parent Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) is hosting its first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 19th, 7:00-9:00 pm, at Crouse Education Center (CEC), 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora. The focus of the meeting is to discuss Unpacking the ‘Invisible Knapsack’ Students Bring to School: Understanding Implicit Bias, Advantages & Disadvantages. To learn more about PDAC meetings throughout the year, please see the CALENDAR. To learn more about PDAC, please visit the PDAC subpage.

Peterson PTA Partnerships:
Engineering for Kids will start this week. The session dates will be September 11th, September 18th, September 25th, and October 2nd.  To register please go to: http://www.engineeringforkids.net/location/cws/commclasses.  Registration is $120 through 9/11. 

The Peterson PTA has partnered with Illinois Chess Teachers to provide after school activities. Sign-ups have begun for Session 1 that will take place on Thursdays (September 14th, 21st, 28th, October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and November 2nd). Activity fee is only $129. Click for sign-up details. http://www.IllinoisChessTeachers.com

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: 
Peterson: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club
Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 13th – Curriculum Night
    • Session A: 6:30 - 7:00pm
    • Session B: 7:15 - 7:45pm
  • Thursday, September 14th – PTA Meeting at 9:15am in MPR
  • Thursday, September 14th – Blast into Scouting
  • Sunday, September 17th  – First Ever Peterson 5K/1M Fun Run/Walk  beginning at 8:00am
  • Tuesday, September 19th – Fall Picture Day

Best,
Allison Landstrom


September 4, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the Labor Day weekend and remember, there’s no school tomorrow. On Thursday, you should have received a letter explaining our Benchmark Assessments that are given in September, January, and May. Here is a copy of that letter. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Curriculum Night:
Curriculum Night is on Wednesday, September 13th from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm. The classroom presentations will consist of 2 sessions with both sessions containing the same information. We repeat the sessions for those of you who have more than one child in our school. Session A will be from 6:30 – 7:00 and Session B will be from 7:15 – 7:45. This evening is for parents only. It is a time for parents to learn about their child(ren)’s classroom teacher’s philosophy, expectations, and teaching techniques for the year. The teacher will also give a general overview of the curriculum as well as the learning goals for the grade level.  You will receive specific information from your child’s teacher on the location of your presentation.

Spirit Wear:
NEW Peterson Spirit Wear is available!!! Our first spirt day of the school year is Friday, September 8th, so don't get caught without your purple and yellow!! Go online TODAY to purchase new apparel.  Orders need to be placed by August 30th in order to receive your new apparel by September 8th. Thanks for supporting Peterson and showing your Panther Pride and Happy Shopping!! http://spiritcorner.com/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=SHOPBYSCHOOLORTEAM&Sub=393&isThumbs=Yes&Thumbs=200

Lunch Reminders:
Please remember to send your child with a spoon or a fork if they are bringing cold lunch. Also, please do not use glass containers when packing your child’s lunch. Glass containers pose a safety hazard if they accidentally fall on the floor and break.

Car Line:
Safety is very important to all staff at Peterson. Please adhere to these rules when using the Car Line:

  • Students should always exit on the right side. (Closest to the sidewalk.)
  • Please pull all the way up.
  • Do not get out of your car. If you child needs assistance a staff member will help him/her.
  • Please do not park in the staff parking lot and cut through the car line. The West lot is for drop-off or pick-up only. If you need to bring your child into school for any reason during arrival or dismissal, please park on the street in the front of the school (Chinaberry Lane) and use the sidewalks to enter Door 1.

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: 
Peterson: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 4th – No School – Labor Day
  • Friday, September 8th – Spirit Day
  • Wednesday, September 13th – Curriculum Night
    • Session A: 6:30 - 7:00pm
    • Session B: 7:15 - 7:45pm
  • Thursday, September 14th – PTA Meeting at 9:15am in MPR
  • Thursday, September 14th – Blast into Scouting
  • Sunday, September 17th  – First Ever Peterson 5K/1M Fun Run/Walk  beginning at 8:00am
  • Tuesday, September 19th – Fall Picture Day

Best,
Allison Landstrom


 August 28, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

What a wonderful first two days of school! I hope your child has shared at least two exciting things that they did last week.  Hopefully one of the things your child shared with you is our school-wide Motto of R.I.S.E! (Reaching Individual Successes Every day.) This year, as part of our work with Growth Mindset, Peterson will focus on a specific motto every month to help students better understand this mindset. There are specific lessons that coincide with each of these mottos. In August/September, our Monthly Motto is everyone can learn in safe environment. During the months of August and September, students will be learning about the skills that are needed to ensure a safe environment for everyone, how to work effectively in a group, how the brain learns, and be introduced to fixed vs. growth mindset. Here is a brief video that introduces Growth Mindset: https://youtu.be/O8WUcv4WI8g I will continue to share resources with you on this topic. The staff and I look forward to developing this mindset with our students and with each other!

As a reminder, if you need to drop off your child’s lunch, please do so at least 10 minutes before his/her lunch and label it with his/her name. The lunch schedule start times are listed below:

  • 5th Grade: 10:45
  • 4th Grade: 11:15
  • 3rd Grade: 11:45
  • 2nd Grade: 12:15
  • 1st Grade: 12:45
  • Kindergarten: 1:15

Curriculum Night
Curriculum Night is fast approaching on September 13th from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. The schedule will be similar to last year with repeated sessions for those of you who have more than one child in our school. You will receive more specific information next week. This evening is for parents only. It is a time for parents to learn about their child(ren)’s classroom teacher’s philosophy, expectations, and teaching techniques for the year. The teacher will also give a general overview of the curriculum as well as the learning goals for the grade level. 

Spirit Wear:
NEW Peterson Spirit Wear is available!!! Our first spirt day of the school year is Friday, September 8th, so don't get caught without your purple and yellow!! Go online TODAY to purchase new apparel.  Orders need to be placed by August 30th in order to receive your new apparel by September 8th. Thanks for supporting Peterson and showing your Panther Pride and Happy Shopping!! http://spiritcorner.com/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=SHOPBYSCHOOLORTEAM&Sub=393&isThumbs=Yes&Thumbs=200

Third-Party Educational Programs
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: 
Peterson: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

Peterson: Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes for Kids

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, September 1st – No School – Institute Day
  • Monday, September 4th – No School – Labor Day
  • Friday, September 8th – Spirit Day
  • Wednesday, September 13th – Curriculum Night 6:30-8:00pm
  • Thursday, September 14th – Blast into Scouting
  • Sunday, September 17th  – First Ever Peterson 5K/1M Fun Run/Walk  beginning at 8:00am
  • Tuesday, September 19th – Fall Picture Day

Best,
Allison Landstrom


August 21, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

It was wonderful to see so many new faces at our New Families to Peterson Event! I am very excited to get our school year started! There is a new link for eSchool: https://ipe-hac.eschoolplus.powerschool.com/HomeAccess. Please update your records with this new link. It has been updated on Peterson’s and the District’s website.

This newsletter has some of the same information from last week, but there are also new items that have been included. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at our Meet and Greet!

Twitter:
This year, Mrs. Schimmoler and I hope to use Twitter more often to tell Peterson’s story. Every day, I see the staff and students do many amazing things. I know that many of you are interested in seeing and learning more about what happens at Peterson and I hope our tweets will do just that! Twitter allows you share information and pictures, while only using 140 characters. Here are three links that will help you sign up for Twitter and can answer many of the questions that you may have: Signing up with TwitterNew User FAQs, and Getting Started with Twitter. Please follow me, my Twitter handle is @AlliLandstrom and to follow Mrs. Schimmoler, her Twitter handle is @ASchimmoler. We’ll be using #RISE to help organize tweets about Peterson. Hope to see you on Twitter!!

PD Wednesday:
On Wednesdays, teachers and administrators in each school set aside time to collaborate with the goal of helping students achieve academic success. School will start at 9:15 with doors opening for student arrival at 9:05. AM bus routes will remain the same, with pick up approximately 10 minutes later. Dismissal time remains the same and buses run their regular routes.

Communication:
Communication between home and school is essential. All office correspondence will occur through email, phone calls, and the school website. On Sunday at 5:00pm, an email detailing upcoming events and happenings will be sent. In order to receive school email and phone calls, it’s crucial for you to update your Home Access account with current email and phone information.

Spirit Wear:
NEW Peterson Spirit Wear is available!!! Our first spirit day of the school year is Friday, September 8th, so don't get caught without your purple and yellow!! Go online TODAY to purchase new apparel.  Orders need to be placed by August 30th in order to receive your new apparel by September 8th. Thanks for supporting Peterson and showing your Panther Pride and Happy Shopping!! http://spiritcorner.com/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=SHOPBYSCHOOLORTEAM&Sub=393&isThumbs=Yes&Thumbs=200

“Dinner” Night:
Let’s start off the year with a sweet treat!  Yogurt Beach is hosting our first fundraiser for the year on Monday, August 21st all day.  After the teacher meet and greet, grab all 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 Thursday, August 24th. 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 Friday, August 25th.

Kindergarten Students will not ride the bus to school on Thursday, August 24th. 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 for their first day of school on August 24th. 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

Arrival/Dismissal:
Please visit the following link to review our Arrival/Dismissal Traffic Patterns for Peterson: http://peterson.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx?id=432. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Parent Student Handbook:
Here is 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.

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

Peterson’s 5K/1M Fun Run/Walk: 

Please join us for Peterson’s first ever 5K/1M Fun Run/Walk to support Peterson and Team IPEF! The purpose for this Fun Run/Walk is to raise money for Peterson!  Fourteen members of Team IPEF who are running on Peterson’s behalf in the Naperville Half Marathon and the Peterson PTA have joined forces to raise money for Peterson. The money raised will be used to support digital resources, alternate seating for students, and books as well as other resources. This will be PTA’s only fundraiser for the year!

When: Sunday, September 17th
 - 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:00am
 - 5K Run begins at 9:00am

Where: Commissioner’s Park, 3704 111th Street, Naperville

Cost: $20/adult, $10/kid, $60/family (4-7), $80/ family 8+ (Cost includes a free t-shirt)

Registration: Please register here: http://PetersonPantherFamilyFunRunandStroll.itsyourrace.com/ by Tuesday, September 5th.

 

Third-Party Educational Programs:
The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit: 
Peterson: Illinois Chess Teachers Chess Club

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, August 21st – Teacher Meet and Greet: 2:30-3:30pm
  • Thursday, August 24th – First day of school for 1st – 5th Grades/Kindergarten visitations
  • Friday, August 25th – First full day for Kindergarten students
  • Friday, September 1st – No School – Institute Day
  • Monday, September 4th – No School – Labor Day
  • Friday, September 8th – Spirit Day
  • Wednesday, September 13th – Curriculum Night 6:00-8:00pm
  • Sunday, September 17th  – First Ever Peterson 5K/1M Fun Run/Walk  beginning at 8:00am
  • Tuesday, September 19th – Fall Picture Day

Best,
Allison Landstrom


August 14, 2017

Dear Peterson Families,

I hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend! I look forward to seeing some of you at the New Student Open House!

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 14th from 4:30-6:00pm!! 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. Parents heard much of this information in March at the Kindergarten Orientation evening and Kindergarten students will get tours of the school with their class on Friday, August 25th!

Bus Routes:

  • Bus stop information will be available on HAC on Monday, August 14th.
  • 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.

    Student Classroom Assignments:
    Student classroom assignments will be viewable in the Home Access Center (HAC) onWednesday, August 16th 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  

    Parent Student Handbook:
    Here is a link to the 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. 

    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

    Important First Day Information:
    The First Day of School for students in Grades 1 – 5 is Thursday, August 24th. 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 Friday, August 25th.

    Kindergarten Students will not ride the bus to school on Thursday, August 24th. 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 the students for their first day of school on August 25th. 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

    Peterson’s 5K/1M Fun Run/Walk 
    Please join us for Peterson’s first ever 5K/1M Fun Run/Walk to support Peterson and Team IPEF! The purpose for this Fun Run/Walk is to raise money for Peterson!  Fourteen members of Team IPEF who are running on Peterson’s behalf in the Naperville Half Marathon and the Peterson PTA have joined forces to raise money for Peterson. The money raised will be used to support digital resources, alternate seating for students, and books as well as other resources. This will be PTA’s only fundraiser for the year!

    When: Sunday, September 17th
     - 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:00am
     - 5K Run begins at 9:00am

    Where: Commissioner’s Park, 3704 111th Street, Naperville

    Cost: $20/adult, $10/kid, $60/family (4-7), $80/ family 8+ (Cost includes a free t-shirt)

    Registration: Please register here: http://PetersonPantherFamilyFunRunandStroll.itsyourrace.com/ by Tuesday, September 5th.

    Upcoming Dates:

    • Monday, August 14th – New Student Open House: 4:30-6:00pm  
      • Tour the building and listen to a presentation to learn about Peterson from 5:00-5:30pm
    • Monday, August 14th – Bus Routes posted in HAC
    • Wednesday, August 16th – Kindergarten Preview day at Still Middle School: 9:00-11:30/1:00-4:00
    • Wednesday, August 16th – Teacher Assignments listed in Home Access Center (HAC) beginning at 4:00pm
    • Monday, August 21st – Teacher Meet and Greet: 2:30-3:30pm
    • Thursday, August 24th – First day of school for 1st – 5th Grades/Kindergarten visitations
    • Friday, August 25th – First full day for Kindergarten students
    • Friday, September 1st – No School – Institute Day
    • Monday, September 4th – No School – Labor Day
    • Wednesday, September 13th – Curriculum Night 6:00-8:00pm
    • Sunday, September 17th  – First Ever Peterson 5K/1M Fun Run/Walk beginning at 8:00am


    Best,
    Allison Landstrom


     

    August 7, 2017

    Hello Peterson Families- 

    It's August and the countdown has officially begun!!  I am looking forward to seeing our students in the building!! Please note that much of this newsletter contains the same information as the one sent on July 24th. I will have information about Peterson's 5K/1M Fun Run/Walk, hot lunch, and accessing bus routes in Home Access Center (HAC) as well as a link to our Parent/Student Handbook on Sunday evening, August 13th. Please be sure to check our website as well for information and dates. http://peterson.ipsd.org/Default.aspx

    Student classroom assignments will be viewable in the Home Access Center (HAC) on Wednesday, August 16th 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 

    Upcoming Events:

    • Monday, August 14th – New Student Open House: 4:30-6:00pm (Note: Time change from previous publications)
      • Tour the building and listen to a presentation to learn about Peterson from 5:00-5:30pm
    • Wednesday, August 16th – Kindergarten Preview day at Still Middle School: 9:00-11:30/1:00-4:00
    • Wednesday, August 16th – Teacher Assignments listed in Home Access Center (HAC) beginning at 4:00pm
    • Monday, August 21st – Teacher Meet and Greet: 2:00-3:00pm
    • Thursday, August 24th – First day of school for 1st – 5th Grades/Kindergarten visitations
    • Friday, August 25th – First full day for Kindergarten students
    • Friday, September 1st – No School – Institute Day
    • Monday, September 4th – No School – Labor Day
    • Wednesday, September 13th – Curriculum Night 6:00-8:00pm