This is a friendly reminder that health forms for incoming kindergarten students and students transferring into D97 are due on or before October 15, 2019. Nurse Jamie has been in contact with families who need to submit the required health forms. Please submit these forms to the school nurse by October 15th, 2019 in order to remain in compliance with mandates from the State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health and Oak Park School District 97. Exclusion from school will take place starting on October 16th for students who do not have a Certificate of Child Health and updated vaccination records on file in the health office. A vision exam is required for all kindergarten students by October 15th but will not result in exclusion. Feel free to call with any questions or need for assistance at 708-524-3089 or email [email protected].
FREE/REDUCED LUNCH FORMS
If you are interested in applying for a free or reduced lunch for your child, the deadline is September 30th. Here is the Free and Reduced lunch information and application.
ATTENTION PARTICIPANTS OF THE SUMMER MATH CHALLENGE
Please plan on claiming your prize and taping Mr. Hodge to the wall this coming Wednesday, September 25. Students who participated will be called down just before the end of the school day to receive their prizes! Questions can be emailed to Nina Diehl [email protected].
DOGS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
Our student body includes children who have a variety of pets at home and also children who have extreme allergies or fear of certain animals. Due to these and other safety reasons, dogs are not allowed on school grounds unless they are service dogs or part of a program (such as a therapy dog program). In addition, there is a village ordinance (5-5-4) prohibiting animals on school premises and village playgrounds. For your reference the language from this ordinance is included below.
It shall be unlawful for any animal, even though on a leash to go or be upon any school premises or Village maintained playground within the Village, or upon a path or sidewalk extending through or within any school premises or Village maintained playground within the Village, except for:
A. Service animals;
B. Dogs used by persons in the employ of recognized law enforcement governmental agencies;
C. Animals presented in animal exhibits; or
D. Animals participating in authorized animal obedience training classes. (Ord. 15-138, 8-3-2015)
IRVING-RELATED: PBIS, SOCIAL EMOTIONAL, & SECOND STEP
This week our Second Step curriculum continued to focus on skills for being a good learner. Our kindergarten and 1st grade students learned about following directions, while the second grade students worked on defining and using self-talk, and the third, fourth, and fifth grade students worked on being assertive. Below families can access the Second Step Home Links. This week there are Home Links for all grades K-5th.
If you have any questions or comments, please refer to our PBIS webpage or email me.
HOME LINK INFORMATION
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SSP1 FAMI LY71
SSP2 FAMI LY72
SSP3 FAMI LY73
SSP4 FAMI LY74
SSP5 FAMI LY75
In its second week, Pacers is going strong and the students love it! Pacers is Irving's very own weekly 'running club' when the weather is nice. The students come out of school during their lunch/recess time and run around the perimeter of the school [Cuyler to Harvard, Harvard to Ridgeland, Ridgeland to Fillmore, Fillmore to Cuyler and back around]. Three laps around the school equals one mile and a foot charm.
In order for this program to be successful, we need 10 parent volunteers to supervise the students as they run. Sign up here to learn more and help us run this very important program.
FUN RUN (OCTOBER 18TH)
Only 11% of Irving students have registered for the Fun Run. Please register your student using this link.
The school goal is $15,000 and each classroom goal is $575. The money raised will help support many programs that are not currently funded by District 97 but are necessary to enhance the quality of education for both students and teachers at Irving.
This year's "incentives" are as follows:
- Raise $1 and receive a pedometer;
- Raise $25 or more and receive a school spirit store certificate;
- Raise $50 or more and receive a Monster squishy;
- Raise $100 or more and receive an Irving water bottle;
- The top earner for each grade will receive a Boogie Board Jot 4.5 eWriter;
- Top earner K-2nd and 3-5th will win a Fitbit Ace 2;
- Top earner in kindergarten will receive Irving spirit gear;
- Top earner in fifth grade will receive Julian spirit gear;
- The highest pledging student and classroom wiith the most participation will get eagle rings and a class party as chosen by the class, the teacher, Mr. Hodge and Ms. Mura.
FUN RUN SPIRIT WEEK
To build excitement for the Fun Run we have a Spirit Week - October 14 - 18th. Start planning your outfits! Check out the Spirit Week Flyer for more information.
- Monday, 10/14: Pajama Day
- Tuesday, 10/15: Fanatic Day
- Wednesday, 10/16: Class Color Day
- Thursday, 10/17: Mismatch Day
- Friday, 10/18: Fun Run/Irving Spirit Day
Did you know all the students at Irving with the help of Girl Scouts (there is a Troop for every grade at Irving!) are participating in the Crayon Initiative? The Crayon Initiative collects donated crayons from restaurants, schools and homes across the country, then melts them down and re-manufactures them, reducing waste. The recycled crayons are distributed to art programs at children’s hospitals across the UniteD States, brightening the lives of young patients during their stay. To learn more about the Crayon Initiative, please click here. If you have crayons lying around your house and are looking to get rid of them, please send them with your child or drop them off in the front office where you'll find a black five gallon bucket.
NEWS FROM THE PTO
P=DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMITTEE MEETING: SEPT. 24TH 6:30-8:30
Be part of our commitment to ensure that Irving remains a diverse and inclusive environment. Irving Library. Dinner & childcare provided. DivInc September Meeting Flyer
PTO MEETING: OCTOBER 3RD @ 7PM
(LEARNING SESSION: POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS & SUPPORTS)
Our next PTO meeting will be held on October 3rd at 7pm. During our learning session, Irving staff will be presenting on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at Irving. Have you heard your child talk about the 3 Be’s (be respectful, be responsible, and be safe), Eagle Slips, or Second Step? These are part of PBIS which is a data-driven decision making framework for establishing the social culture and behavior supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students and staff. This includes providing maximum structure, setting expectations and rules, increasing student engagement, acknowledging appropriate behavior, and responding to inappropriate.
Please attend this PTO meeting to learn more about PBIS at Irving.
SAVE THE DATE: GENDER INCLUSIVITY TRAINING
Tuesday October 8th 7-9pm and Tuesday November 5th 7-9pm
Join us for a collaborative training program for parents, teachers, staff, and community members on gender and inclusion provided by the PTO and DivInc. A flyer and registration information coming soon!
DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAM
The Strengthening Families Program is a free, evidence-based prevention program for families with children ages 7 to 17. The 12-week program will teach effective parenting skills, healthy communication, stress management skills, conflict resolution and more. The program will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday from Oct. 1, 2019, through Dec. 17, 2019, at River Forest Township. Click here to view the program flyer.
The district has added Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions for parents to have background checks completed. They can sign up via the district website: https://www.op97.org/parents/background-checks
INTERNET FOR ALL
District 97 is now accepting applications for our Internet for All program. Through the program, which we launched two years ago, we are able to offer free home Internet service to students in grades three through eight who do not have access to this critical resource. You can access a video about the program by clicking here, a flyer about the program in English and Spanish by clicking here, and a web page featuring the flyer, the video and additional information about the program by clicking here.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
- October 2nd Walk to School Day
- October 3rd PTO Meeting (Learning Session: Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports at Irving)
- October 18th Irving Fun Run
- October 8th Gender Inclusivity Training (7pm-9pm)
- October 17th Math Night (6:30-8:00)
- October 21-24th Book Fair (Scholastic)
- October 24th Staff Soup Luncheon (11am-1pm)
- October 31st Halloween Parade (1pm)
- November 5th Gender Inclusivity Training (7pm-9pm)
- Weekly Newsletters from Mr. Hodge
- Bullying Report Form
- Background Checks
- School Fees
- Lunch Accounts
- Nut Safe letter
Below are links that feature important school and district-related information and resources.