Peterson Elementary School

Indian Prairie School District 204

Principal's Corner

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 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 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 3rdReport 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 27th.  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
    • Sunday, September 17th  – First Ever Peterson 5K/1M Fun Run/Walk  beginning at 8:00am (Registration details coming soon!)

    Best,
    Allison Landstrom, Principal


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