Dear Jackson Families,
This week, we reviewed reading data for all of our Jackson students. We know that our students have lost some ground as readers due to school closure and we have made detailed plans to support their needs. We will be targeting very specific skills, exposing all students to grade level text, and will begin to meet with students in small groups. To support your child as a reader, read books together at home and have your child read independently. Ask your child about what is happening in their book, to tell you about the characters, and/or to make a prediction about what might happen next.
Transition to Remote Learning on October 21: IMPORTANT
All students will transition to remote learning from October 21 through November 4. Please refer to Dr. Moyer's email from earlier this afternoon for details. This coming week, we will welcome students in Group A and AB in- person on Monday and students in Group B and AB in-person on Tuesday. All D205 students will be remote from Wednesday, October 21 through Wednesday, November 4.
Supply Pick-up for Remote Only Students: Tuesday, October 20 *NEW DATE
The next supply pick-up for our remote only learners will be Tuesday, October 20 from 1:30-3:00pm. This was originally scheduled for Friday, October 23 and has changed due to our transition to remote learning.
Picture Day: Rescheduled
Picture day will be rescheduled due to our transition to remote learning. Details with new dates will be sent soon.
Parent Survey on Hybrid and Remote Learning
Over the past few weeks, D205 has worked to serve family preferences for learning environments and continuously improve the teaching and learning taking place. The purpose of this survey is to seek parent feedback on current remote and hybrid learning experiences. This survey opportunity will close on Friday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m.
In order to make this information as actionable as possible, parents are intentionally asked to participate in this survey via a PowerSchool form, which allows for the alignment of responses to student information. This approach helps better identify any differences in responses by learning group (hybrid/remote), school, grade level, and other factors.
This information will remain confidential and will help identify supports and successful practices. If you are a parent/guardian with more than one student in the district, you may complete a separate survey for each student or submit the same response for all students.
Thank you for your partnership and continued input.
How to respond:
- Go to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at: https://aps.elmhurst205.org/public
- If you do not have an account, contact your child’s school.
- If you forgot your username or password, click the “Forgot Username or Password?” link.
At the top of the Parent Portal, you will see tabs for each child in your accountClick on the child’s name about whom you are responding
- Navigate to the Forms page
- If you would like to choose a different language for the display of forms (such as Spanish), click the ECollect Parent preferences button and choose a different language
- Find the survey called “Remote/Hybrid Learning Week 8 Survey” under General Forms
- Fill in the survey
- Click “submit”. Here you can choose to submit for one student or for all students if you have the same answers for all students
Kindergarten Information for 2021-2022
D205 is fortunate to offer several options for kindergarten: traditional half-day, dual language and all-day kindergarten. To accommodate interest in all of our kindergarten programs, D205 will be holding kindergarten registration from October 23, 2020 to November 6, 2020. Please visit our district website for more information.
Information From Last Week:
Communication for COVID-19 Cases
When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID, we follow a very detailed process that includes fact-finding, contact tracing, and close work with the IDPH. Click here to access a summary of the process and recommendations. This is to determine whether anyone falls into the category of close contact vs. non-close contact. As per the IDPH, the definition of a close contact is the following:
Anyone (with or without a face covering) who was within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (with or without a face covering), for a cumulative period of at least 15 minutes over the course of 48 hours. Additionally, a close contact could be a person who had physical contact or had contact with the bodily fluids of a COVID-positive individual.
The period of close contact begins 2 calendar days before the onset of symptoms (for a symptomatic person) or 2 calendar days before the positive sample was obtained (for an asymptomatic person).
If the person was symptomatic (e.g., coughing, sneezing), people with briefer periods of exposure may also be considered close contacts.
Anyone who is considered a close contact or non-close contact will receive a letter with instructions from Mrs. Trendel. The decision whether a person is close contact or non-close contact as well as next steps is made by our certified nurses in collaboration with the IDPH. We will only be notifying families of students who fall into the category of close contact or non-close contact. A schoolwide announcement will not be made every time someone tests positive for COVID.
Standards Based Teaching and Grading-Literacy
We wanted to share a reminder that when you see your child’s proficiency scores on the reading standards, teachers will be using grade-level text to determine a student's proficiency on each standard. This is to ensure that we are being fully transparent regarding what a student knows and is able to do using grade level text. We thank you as our partners in your child's learning and we encourage you to read with your child every night to help them grow as readers!
D205 State of the Schools Address
This year, the District 205 State of the Schools Address is virtual! If you missed his message, please click the link for a special video from D205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer as he updates the school community on the status of the education in the district and goals for the school year.
D205 Breakfast and Lunch Free to All Students
Breakfast and lunch options are now free for all D205 students through the PushCoin Webstore! Meals may now be ordered on a weekly basis and may be picked up on the following schedule.
- October 19: Group A attends in-person
- October 20: Group B attends in-person
- October 20: Supply Pick-up for remote only students from 1:30-3pm
- October 21-November 4: Remote Learning for all D205 students
- November 3: No School, Election Day
- November 13: Supply Pick-up for remote only students from 1:30-3pm
- November 18: No School, Institute Day
- November 23: Remote Learning Day (elementary only)
- November 23: Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences (evening)
- November 24: Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences
- November 24- 27: No School
Jackson School Principal