Happy Memorial Day

We hope you have had a chance to soak in the warmth of our late May sun on this beautiful Memorial Day weekend! We also hope your children have had a chance to catch up on some much needed sleep after our fun – and busy – camping trip to Starved Rock.
Many thanks to the parent chaperones who greatly enhanced our camping experience. Thank you to Mr. Thorson, Mr. Thomason, and Mr. Haggerty for strategically placing their tents as the first line of defense against any unwanted racoon visitors at night. Thank you to Mr. Chaney for serving as our doctor “on call” for an assortment of cuts, scrapes, and other minor first aid situations. Thank you to Mr. Otte, Ms. Samsel, and Mr. Thorson for braving a hot fire to ensure we had a hearty breakfast in the morning and dinner at night. And thank you to Mrs. Heller and all the chaperones for encouraging us on the trails and holding our hands (literally) to ensure we crossed slippery stones and logs safely. Because of each of you, the trip ran smoothly, and everyone enjoyed a memorable and safe experience. We could not have done it without you!!!
Our week ahead may be short, but it will be filled with much excitement. Tomorrow afternoon, from 12:15-2:30, the 5/6 gradeband will have our annual Field Day. Any parents who would like to join in the fun are more than welcome. In order to show team unity, Mrs. Neil’s class is invited to wear purple and Mr. Barber’s class is invited to wear blue for the games. Please be sure your child has a water bottle and sunscreen for a potentially warm and sunny afternoon.
On Wednesday, weather permitting, we are scheduled to go canoeing at Skokie Lagoons. Please send your child with a picnic lunch. This trip also includes a hike along the nature trails so please be sure your child has closed toed walking shoes. Again a water bottle and sunscreen, please.
On Thursday, we will be sending our 8th graders off with well wishes at a rehearsal for graduation in the morning. We are considering a bike ride of some sort in the afternoon to make up for our missed trip during Earth Week. We will keep you posted on details, but please let us know if anyone would have an issue bringing a bike and helmet for this potential outing.
And on Friday, we will have our PBIS celebration in Market Square. The school will provide a picnic lunch of hot dogs or veggie dogs, carrots, and chips. We will also have a bounce house, dunk tank, and a dance party for the students. Please be sure your child brings a drink, cloth napkin, and beach towel for this event. Students may also bring additional/ alternative food if they wish. Families are encouraged to join us and anyone who RSVP’d earlier this month is welcome to lunch as well.
This week will also include a locker clean out and many items will be coming home. Please consider sending your child with a reusable bag (or three) to carry things from school to home. Report cards will be emailed home on Friday.
As we’ve come to the end of this year, it is with mixed emotions we say our good-byes. We’ve embraced challenges along the way, and through those challenges we’ve all found success and growth. We’ve enjoyed the laughter, worked through the tears, and above all, celebrated the kind and compassionate leadership each of your children demonstrate in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your students with us this year!