Posted November 13th, 2015 by Miss Cochrane
Dear Mead Families,
We have been busy wrapping up the 1st trimester in all of our classes. Today is the last day of the trimester and our teachers will no longer be collecting 1st trimester work. Our student’s grades will be based on all the hard work they put forth from the start of the year until today. This also means that if your child is in a wheel class, they will report to a new class on Monday. It has been a fantastic 12 weeks and we look forward to the next 12 being even better!
Winter Weather and School Closings
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I am attaching a letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss regarding District 54’s Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open. We want students in school learning. However circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Our biggest concern in making a decision to close is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car). To help parents, District 54 has now set specific standards for when school will be closed due to extreme cold.
Wind Chill Warning
A wind chill warning indicates that life-threatening conditions and a risk to safety exist. Measures should be taken to safeguard life and property immediately. A wind chill warning is typically issued when the wind chill will be -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder OR the actual air temperature is -15°F.
- Classes will be cancelled.
- Extracurricular activities will be suspended.
- The announcement will be made by 6:30 a.m. at the latest. District 54 often waits until the morning to cancel school, because the weather in the Chicagoland area is constantly changing. We wait to make the decision with the hope that we can have children in school.
- All notification systems will be leveraged to send school cancellation communications to families including emails, our websites, social media and – for parents who have signed up for it – phone calls and text messaging.
- If you have not yet signed up to receive a phone call or a text message on a snow day, visit http://sd54.org/schoolcancellations for instructions.
Wind Chill Advisory
A wind chill advisory is issued when conditions do not meet the wind chill warning criteria but still cause significant inconvenience. The weather during a wind chill advisory is not life-threatening but presents conditions that may result in inconveniences or pose moderate risk to safety. A wind chill advisory is typically issued when the wind chill is -20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.
- Schools will be open. However, students will not be penalized should parents choose to keep their children home.
- Extracurricular activities may be suspended if conditions persist. Updates will be posted on school websites and parents will receive an email if after-school activities are cancelled.
- All field trips will be cancelled.
- All outside activities will be suspended, including recess and outdoor physical education.
For more information, please read the letter from Superintendent DuRoss: District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan
We are acknowledging students for being on time to class. The new goal is to reduce tardies by 10%.
The District 211 Explore Test is coming up for our 8th Grade Students on Saturday, December 5th. If you have any questions about the Explore test, please contact either Conant, Fremd, Hoffman Estates or Schaumburg High Schools directly. In addition, you can visit this helpful website to find out more about the Explore test: http://www.act.org/standard/instruct/pdf/EXPL_CRS_MatchtoItemsBooklet.pdf
Thank you to all the families who came to the D211 Parent Night last night. We hope you found it to be informative as you move ahead with the transition to high school.
211 Information Night Presentation
Pizza Tuesday Permission Slip:
We would like to know which students have been given permission to purchase pizza on Tuesdays. In order to do so, we are asking all Mead parents to complete and return the attached permission slip by November 20th. The permission slip was sent home with each student last week: Mead Pizza Day permission slipFINAL
Mead’s Annual Giving Tree:
As a Mead community, we would like to announce that the Mead Family Giving Tree Project for the 2015-2016 school year will be coming to the office soon! We would like to take a moment to ask our community and staff to help support Mead families in need this holiday season. The Mead Family Giving Tree will be available in the office beginning Monday, November 23, so we can help make the holidays brighter for our Mead families who are in need of assistance. The Mead Family Giving tree will have ornaments for individual children with “a need” and “a want” gift request and other pertinent information. We ask that all gift requests taken be logged in with the secretaries, wrapped with the ornament firmly taped to the gift, and returned to the office by Friday, December 11th so families can pick them up the week before we leave for break.
- If you would like more information about Mead’s Family Giving Tree, you can contact a Mead Social Worker:
- Melinda Andrews 847-357-6028
- Bill Rosewell 847-357-6034
- Molly Rosenfeld, Social Work Intern 847-357-6000
Books and Burgers:
On Thursday, November 19th, Interact will be co-hosting Books and Burgers at Barnes and Noble from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30p.m. Students are encouraged to support reading and literacy development with their peers and teachers. The Interact Club will be sponsoring a raffle for current Mead students who attend the Books and Burgers event. Gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Fuddruckers will be raffled off on Thursday, November 19, at Barnes and Noble!
Mead 2015 B&N bookfair flyer
On December 3rd there will be a “Green-out” at the boy’s home basketball game. Students are encouraged to wear all green and come to support their Mead boys’ basketball teams as they compete once again to maintain their great season so far. We look forward to seeing everyone very soon! Mrs. Sagan and Ms. Phalen will be looking for a classroom with 100% “Green-out” participation!
Candy Cane Grams:
It’s that time of year again. Mead Candy Cane Grams will be delivered during 9th period classrooms starting November 30th – December 4th. Students will be able to participate in sending candy canes attached with positive messages to fellow students. Candy Cane Grams will be available for purchase for 50 cents in the cafeteria during lunch hours. Below is a link which has a Candy Cane Donation Request form giving information on donating Candy Canes so the Interact Club can spend a majority of the funds raised for families who qualify for the Mead Giving Tree. If willing and able, please consider sending in a donation for the event (shopping carts will be near the front office to drop off donations). Remember to mark your calendars for the big week of Candy Canes Grams!
- Candy Cane Grams will be purchased and delivered during school hours. If your child is allergic or you would like for him or her to not receive any candy canes, you must email Ms. Orenstein, Mrs. Andrews, or Mr. Olsen by November 29th with the name of your child in order for them not to receive any Candy Cane Grams
Does your child use an inhaler at school? If your child has an inhaler at school, it is important that school personnel know this information in case of an emergency. Please complete the Medication in School form that was sent home and have your physician complete the Physician’s order form or copy the pharmacy prescription label. The forms can be found on the Mead or District 54 website. If you have any questions concerning the school policy about students carrying medication in school please contact the school nurse.
- The next round of MAP testing begins November 30, 2015. We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year. Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share the results with you.
- We are excited to see the growth our students have made since the fall MAP administration. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
- Make sure to remind your children to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and read all the directions and questions on the test.
- Our winter math MAP schedule will be:
- November 30th and December 1st: Leahy, Loudermilk, Paulson
- December 2nd: HS328
- December 3rd and 4th : Lorenc, Musselmen, Orenstein, Scheid
- December 7th and 8th : Porzel, Bautista, N. Amos, Olsen, Hinchey
- December 9th and 10th: Ruettiger, Studney, Reimel, Basak
Have a wonderful weekend. Stay warm!
Jillian Sagan and Kim Phelan