Good Afternoon Patton Community,
This is been quite a busy week as students have been going through different testing sessions so that we can find out more about them as learners and how we can best support them in the classroom. This weekend update has two updates in one, the Patton Update, and the PTA update. Check out some of the tweets of the week to see what is happening in some of our classes. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Back To School Bash this evening. It looks like the weather is going to hold out for us! Thank you to the PTA for being flexible and rescheduling this great event for our community.
Below are just a few pieces of new information to share with you.
Bears School Spirit Day - Monday
Student Council is sponsoring a Bears Spirit Day in honor of the Bears vs. Jets game. Please show your Bear pride by wearing orange and blue.
School Start TimeThis is just a reminder that the doors to the school open at 8:55am, and instruction begins at 9:05. We know that there are times when families run late for a variety of unplanned reasons. As best you can, please try to have your child dropped off early enough so they can enter at 8:55 with their classmates.
Kindergarten and First Grade Assessment Information Night
The kindergarten and first grade teachers are putting together a presentation on our literacy assessments, what the data means, and how we use it in the classroom. Stay tuned for a date in the near future. All Kindergarten and First Grade parents will receive an invite when a date has been established. It will be an evening activity that will most likely have a 7pm start time to maximize parent attendance.
Social Service Club
For those students interested in joining the social services club, please check out the video below.
If you are interested in joining, please click on this link to sign up: http://goo.gl/Hvknrb
Information Regarding PARCC & ISAT
Below is a short overview from the Technology and Assessment Office regarding PARCC and ISAT:
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As a reminder, the Illinois State Board of Education has adopted a new assessment of student achievement developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). This will replace the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) that has been used for the past decade. PARCC will require more testing time than ISAT as the PARCC assessment will have two testing windows compared to one for ISAT. The two sessions for PARCC include the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) and the End of Year Assessment (EOY). During each window students will be assessed in reading and math although the test will have different question types and methods.
As a district we continually review our assessments to help provide meaningful instructional information for our staff and parents as well as for the amount of time required for student participation. We will continue to communicate developments regarding PARCC over the next several months.
Additional resources can be found here:
Tweets of the Week
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you at the Bash!
Eric Larson, Principal
PTA Update 09.19.14
Back to School Bash Tonight! Friday, September 19th, 6:00-7:30 pm
Please join us for a fantastic family fun event on the blacktop, weather permitting. Please contact Carrie May at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering!
Front Row Seat Drawing!
PTA will hold a drawing at the Back to School Bash for 4 front row seats to each grade level’s musical performance for this year. Every PTA member will receive a free ticket and additional tickets will be for sale - 1 for $3 or 4 for $10. We look forward to seeing you at the Back to School Bash!
First Grade Family Night - Friday, September 26th, 6:30-7:30
Come celebrate back to school with other first grade families! Students and their families are invited to come for the fun! Activities will include games and an open gym. If you have any questions, please contact Amy M. at email@example.com. Click on the flyer for more information.
Yearbook Classroom volunteers - only a few more needed!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to be responsible for yearbook pictures for a specific classroom. We are still in need of a volunteer for the following classes: Ms. Millichap AM, Mrs. Heisler, Mrs. Buch, Mrs. Anderle and Mr. Reckard. If interested, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers simply need to get an all class picture and photos of events throughout the school year.
Innisbrook Gift Wrap Sale
The Innisbrook gift wrap sale is going on until September 26th. Patton PTA will receive 45-50% of the total from this sale. Please return your payment slip and your cash or check by September 26th. If you have any questions you may contact Leanna Rocks at 847-749-0886 or email@example.com. We appreciate your support of the Patton PTA!
Yankee Candle Sale for ABC/25
The Yankee Candle Fundraiser begins today and runs through Monday, October 6th. Packets were sent home today in backpack mail with all selling information. Orders can be placed 2 ways. Family and friends can order using the hard copy order form in your packet or online at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com using group number 990023846. Checks need to be written to ABC/25 Foundation Patton and returned with both the yellow and white copies (keep the pink for your records) and returned by Monday, Oct. 6th. This will be the only fundraiser for ABC/25 Foundation this year, funding teacher grants which will be awarded in January. Last year ABC/25 foundation awarded almost $23,000 in teacher grants throughout our district. In the past, these valuable grants have provided Patton students with digital cameras, climbing walls in the gym, musical instruments, iPads, books, Kindles, digital microscopes, and many, many more educational enhancements. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Schmit at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-805-4161.
Running Club for 4th and 5th graders will begin on Oct. 2nd. Please be sure to have those who signed up bring a water bottle and dress in comfortable clothing. If you volunteered to help you will be contacted next week regarding your date. Permission slips were due into the office by Friday, September 19th but will be extended until Tuesday, September 23rd. If your 4th or 5th grader did not receive a permission slip please have them ask their teacher for a copy . Please contact Bonnie Alcaro (email@example.com) or Mary Goumas (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Questions or Ideas?
Do you have a question or a great idea you want to share with PTA? A topic you would like to see on a PTA Meeting Agenda? Please email your ideas to Patton PTA at email@example.com. Thank you!
PTA Meeting Minutes
Patton School General PTA Minutes for September 9th, 2014 The PTA meeting was called to order by Co-President Jenny Stanhope at 7:30 pm.
Principal’s Report: Eric Larson