Spring Forward – Sunday, March 9, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 AM. Clocks advance 1 hour. Please set your clocks ahead by one hour before retiring for the evening.
School calendar change – The last day of school for all K – 7 District 62 students is now Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Learn more...
Shh, We're Testing
District 62 students will take the state-required achievement tests beginning Monday, March 3 and continuing through Friday, March 14. Students in grades 3, 5, 6 and 8 will be tested in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 4 and 7 will be tested in reading, mathematics and science. These tests are part of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) program, and are required by the state of Illinois to be given to all eligible students. Principal Letter – English | Polski | Español. More information may be found by visiting isbe.state.il.us/assessment/isat.htm
Amazing animals – Students learned about different animals, their eating habits, and their habitats during this assembly. Many students interacted with some of the animals. They either fed, patted, or held the animals!
Student Council members made tie-quilts with the money that was raised during the school year. Janice Powal, Library Media Center Assistant helped Student Council donate these quilts to the Ronald McDonald House.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF DES PLAINES
The City of Des Plaines and School District 62 acknowledged Arbor Day – April 26, 2013, with the signing of an official Proclamation and the planting of a Linden Tree at Plainfield School, 1850 Plainfield Drive. Accompanied by School District 62 Superintendant Dr. Jane Westerhold, Associate Superintendent Paul Hertel, Plainfield Principal Guillermo Heredia, Plainfield 5th Grade Students Marlene Tapia, Ruby Patino and Bryan Gomez, Acting Mayor Mark Walsten shoveled dirt onto the school’s newly planted tree acknowledging the day that celebrates trees “as a source of joy and spiritual renewal. “ Prior to the planning, coordinated by the City’s Public Works and Engineering Department with School District 62, an assembly was held at which time students sang a song about trees and Acting Mayor Walsten read a proclamation stating, “In 1872 J. S. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees.”
The City of Des Plaines has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 26 years.
Parents Partner with Police Department – Des Plaines Police Officers Rob Fitzpatrick and J.C. Molina recently spoke to Plainfield parents about cyberbullying and gang prevention. Officer Fitzpatrick also serves as the District 62 Resource Officer.
The Book Buddy Program sponsored by Plainfield Elementary School has long promoted reading and friendships between third and fifth graders. The level of camaraderie was raised to a new level when composting in the classroom was launched with a mini-grant from the District 62 Education Foundation.
Plainfield colleagues, David Lynch and Diane Riportella, secured the grant to transform the Reading Buddy program into a project and common core based program. Urban Worm Girl visited classrooms and introduced students to the wisdom of the worms. Urban Worm Girl educated them about interconnectedness of a healthy planet, healthy food and healthy people. The representative brought worm bins, coconut coir bedding, additional trays and roof components to get the composting off the ground. The 3-tower worm bin can house up to 10,000 worms processing several pounds of kitchen waste daily. Worms are available in several different increments depending on the size of a household as well as the amount of kitchen waste. Students were informed of some simple facts:
- 1 pound = approximately 1,000 worms
- 1,000 worms consumes an average of 1 pound of waste per day (waste being paper and food scraps)
Though worms reproduce quickly, it is a good idea to start a bin with enough worms to sufficiently manage the amount of waste a classroom could produce on a daily basis.