Parents & Community
Parking Lot Update –
BLUE AND YELLOW PICK-UP ZONES
Thank you for your continued patience with the parking lot. It is not yet completed. We are attaching a map for your review. Generally, here are some guidelines:
- You can park at the curb before the bell rings, but you many not leave your car.
- When the bell rings, you have to begin to circle.
- The BLUE zone by door #12 is for grades K-2. The YELLOW zone east of door #1 is for grades 3-5. If you have kids in two zones, then pick one. If you have two students or more and there is one that is in 3-5th grade, they should all be picked up in the YELLOW zone.
- Kindergarten and first grade students will be dismissed at the first bell and will be available to be picked up first.
- If you are picking your student up at door three, YOU MUST PARK AND WALK OVER TO DOOR THREE TO GET THEM. THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CROSS THE BUS LANES AND RUN TO YOUR CAR.
On April 7th, North School held a "Make and Take" Family Literacy Night. Parents and students were given language expander tools to use at home. Teachers also showed parents how to increase the length and complexity of their student's speech and writing by asking questions, such as how? why? when? where? Parents and students also learned how to fold paper to make "fortune tellers". The students enjoyed reading and spelling poetry words as they found their fortune. All students went home with a laminated game board and reading comprehension questions to use as they read books. Everyone who attended was also able to use the computers in the library for half an hour, and they received a free book, courtesy of the D62 Foundation.
Family Literacy Night
Students had fun exploring websites on the computers, such as Pebblego.com. Families also played games created by the teachers on the new Smart Boards. All the games required students and parents to find answers in the text in order to get points. Every child in attendance received a FREE book to take home. Thank you to the District 62 Foundation for purchasing these books for the students. The next Literacy Night will be held in November.
You can help a child learn to love reading and learning! Would you be willing to spend one hour a week doing something fun and fulfilling especially if you knew it could change a child's life forever? If your answer is Yes, please consider being a tutor, mentor and friend for a child who needs help developing reading and language skills.
Through the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program, volunteers at Central, Orchard Place, Plainfield, and South Elementary Schools work to help children build reading skills, self-esteem and positive attitudes toward learning. Training and materials are provided; no teaching experience is needed.
How do I become a tutor? – You begin by completing the tutor training program, which is scheduled from 9 a.m-12 Noon, Wednesday, September 24, and Thursday, September 25, in the Forest Elementary School Board Room, 1375 Fifth Street, Des Plaines, IL.
Do I need teaching experience? – No. Your enthusiasm, patience and compassion are far more important. Your roles as a tutor are those of a friend and a role model.
What age are the children? – The program is designed for children in kindergarten through grade three, a critical period for developing reading and language skills.
Where and when will I tutor? – You may choose either Central, South, Orchard Place or Plainfield Elementary Schools. Your school district coordinator will help you find a time during the school day for your tutoring sessions.
What training will I receive? – Tutors complete an extensive training program based on a proven six-part plan of activities. You'll learn ways to draw out the child's experiences and create simple stories that form the basis for reading.
I am interested . . . tell me more.
For Tutor Training, please contact 847-824-8070 or write to MeLinda Ward to register and more information.
Welcome to our Parent and Community Home Page. North School is fortunate to have a core of very committed parents and various community partners. On the PTO link you will find our PTO Brochures. Next year we will be adding the PTO Calendar electronically. The partnership link holds information and activities that the students participate in with community members. The parent link has our arrival and dismissal map as well as electronic copies of our handbook and school closing and inclement weather links. The most exciting link is our student link with many resources for students and families. Thank you for your continued support!