Winter 2021 Gazette - 1-8-2021
Message from the Principal (2/19/21)

Dear Adler Parents and Guardians,

Happy Friday. I hope you all had a wonderful week. I would like to thank our AFA for providing a meal last week during parent-teacher conferences. Our Cluckers lunch, baked goods and stocked refrigerator was much appreciated. Thank you!

Registration for Kindergarten and new students has begun! Please spread the work that any new families to D70 or any incoming Kindergarten students can register now online. Thank you for helping us get the word out for next school year!  Current student registration will start in March.

All D70 parents/guardians are invited to complete the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 5Essentials Survey to share your thoughts and impressions regarding the school(s) your child(ren) are enrolled in before the survey closes on April 2, 2021.  Your voice is important and can be heard through this survey. Results of your feedback will be shared with the schools in a special report if at least 20 percent of parents at each school take the survey. Parents who have more than one child who attends the same school may elect to participate multiple times. We recommend that parents who have children enrolled in multiple schools participate in the survey for each school. Only one parent per household may participate in the survey.

Just a reminder that the AM session drop off in the morning starts at 8:05 AM now. Thank you for not dropping students off prior to 8:05 each morning.

On February 26th, we will have a late arrival schedule for students. Earlier this year we had two early release dates where AM students attended school (in-person or virtually) for their entire instructional time and the PM students had a shortened schedule. This late arrival schedule was created to balance out that instructional time (this date was originally scheduled to be an early release). Here is the schedule for our Late Arrival on Friday, February 26th:

Schedule for Late Arrival on February 26th:


AM Hybrid Students:

  • 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM – Students will have a virtual meeting with their classroom teacher via a Google Meet (AM students will not come into school)
  • 10:45 AM– 2:45 PM– Students will follow their typical asynchronous schedule while at home.
PM Hybrid Students:
  • 9:45 AM – 12:05 PM – Students’ schedule for asynchronous instruction remains the same starting at 9:45 AM (specials, intervention, special education, gifted services all stay the same)
  • 12:15 PM – 2:45PM – Students attend in-person instruction at Adler Park
AM/PM Virtual Students:
  • Schedule is the same as hybrid students but students remain at home (per the usual) for their learning.
eSchool Center:
  • The eSchool Center will open at 9:45 AM for students in the program. There will not be transportation (bus service) at 9:45 AM. Parents will need to drop their students off in the morning. Students registered to take the bus, can ride the bus home at 2:45 PM.

Important Adler Dates:
  • February 22nd – Board of Education Meeting
  • February 26th – Late Arrival schedule
  • March 8th – AFA Meeting
  • March 18th – BINGO Night for One Book One School
  • March 22 – 26 – Spring Break

Thank you and have a great weekend,
Dr. Kerri Bongle
Principal
Adler Park School

One Book, One School Update

Rocket Potato.  Orloff.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you must not be reading Skunk and Badger for One Book, One School!  It's never too late to catch up and join us.  Visit our website for how to access the book, and participate as you wish by answering questions or doing fun activities.  Be sure to use our #adlerobos hashtag.

Our culminating event is a Virtual Trivia Night on Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 pm.  All of the questions will be from Skunk and Badger.  Login information will be provided that day for all who are interested.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

-Ms. Carr

Message from the AFA - Yearbook help needed

Please have your Adler students identify, in words, a drawing, or a photo, one good thing that happened to them this school year, either at school or at home, in spite of the pandemic. Send a picture of the document or drawing by March 19 and we will include as many as possible in the yearbook. Thank you. 

Message from School Psychologist

Our D70 Psychologists put together a resource for parents about making friends and developing social skills during the COVID-19 era. Please click on this link to see the presentation about Fostering Friendships.

Questions: Please email Mrs. Siddiqui.

Message from the Principal (2/5/21)

Dear Adler Families,

Good afternoon! I hope you are enjoying all this winter weather! Per Dr. Barbini’s email last week, we will be adding 15 minutes to each AM and PM session. Our AM session will end at 10:45 am and PM session will start at 12:15 pm. Please also note that with the schedule change, that drop off in the morning will start at 8:05 am and for the afternoon session it will start at 12:05 pm. We will start this new schedule on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.          

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place next week on Wednesday and Thursday. There is no school on February 12th or February 15th so enjoy the long weekend. Please note that if your child attends the eSchool Center, it will be closed on February 12th and 15th.

Schedule for Early Release on February 11th:

AM Hybrid Students:

  • 8:15 – 10:30 – Students attend in-person instruction at Adler Park
  • 10:30 – 1:15 – Students’ schedule for asynchronous instruction remains the same until 1:15 pm (specials, intervention, special education, gifted services all stay the same)
  • 1:15 pm – eSchool Center will close (no bus service at 1:15 pm – parent pick up)
PM Hybrid Students:
  • 8:15 – 12:30 – Students follow their same schedule while at home.
  • 12:30 – 1:15 – Student will have a virtual meeting with their classroom teacher via a Google Meet (students will not come into school)
  • 1:15 pm – eSchool Center will close (no bus service at 1:15 pm - parent pick up)
AM/PM Virtual Students:
  • Schedule is the same as hybrid students but students remain at home (per the usual) for their learning.

On February 26th and May 28th, we will have a Late Start schedule for all K-5 students. On these dates AM students will not come into school and PM students will come in for their scheduled in-person learning time in the afternoon. A more detailed schedule will be communicated as the date draws closer.

Important Adler Dates:
  • February 10 – Parent Teacher Conferences 5:15-8:15
  • February 11 – Early Release at 1:15 (eSchool Center closes at 1:15 pm)
  • February 11 – Parent Teacher Conferences 3:15 – 8:15
  • February 12 – No School (eSchool Center closed)
  • February 13 - AFA Fundraiser at Dunkin Donuts on Rt. 137
  • February 15 – No School (eSchool Center closed)
  • February 16 – New AM/PM session times begin
  • February 17 - All Day Student Council Fundraiser at Panera Bread in Libertyville


Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Valentine's Day to all! Thank you again for your unwavering support of Adler Park School! 

Go Gators,
Dr. Kerri Bongle
Principal
Adler Park School

One Book, One School

Have you started reading Skunk and Badger yet?

Student Council is proud to announce Adler's One Book, One School initiative running February 1-March 19!  The purpose is to bond our entire school community in a shared, social reading experience.  Please check out this website for more information.  Feel free to download the book and let us know you're participating using the hashtag #adlerobos on Twitter.  Thanks to Cook Park Library for their support of this project and for providing us access to the book!

AFA Book Fair
Attention Readers! Attention Artists! 
 
The AFA-sponsored Scholastic Book Fair will be held online starting Monday February 8th through Sunday February 21st. The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers. And you’ll love the new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives — directly from the interactive booklist. 
Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features: 
 
·         Access to over 6,000 products 
·         All orders ship direct to home 
·         FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25* 
·         All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards 
 
Take a look at the Digital Book Fair Flyer for a preview of the great books that will be available at the Fair. All sales benefit the AFA. 
 
Adler Students: WANT TO WIN A $5 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO DAIRY QUEEN? 
 
Let’s see how creative you can be! The theme for this Book Fair is Spring into Reading! Draw a bunny reading your favorite book or a book that you are most excited about that is coming to the fair. You are free to draw using paper and other art supplies you have at home, or use any electronic drawing program at your disposal! 
 
Winners will be chosen by random drawing and each classroom will have a winner. The class with the most participation will earn a Pajama Day. 
 
All entries can be emailed to Ms. Carr or shared to Ms. Carr through the Learning Center Seesaw or Google classroom by Monday February 15th. Only one entry per student, please.
 
Suzanne Whitman and Amy Richter
Message from the Nurse

Dear Parents,

Illinois State Code Health Law requires a dental exam by a licensed dentist for all Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grade students. If you have not already done so, please provide the school with a completed dental form or a waiver. The dental exam must be dated after November 15, 2019. If you have any questions regarding this, please let me know. Thank you!

Kathy Panov

5 Essentials Survey Information

This is a reminder that Adler Park School is asking parents/guardians to complete the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 5Essentials Survey to share your thoughts and impressions regarding the school(s) your child(ren) are enrolled in before the survey closes on April 2, 2021.  

Your voice is important and can be heard through this survey. Results of your feedback will be shared with the schools in a special report if at least 20 percent of parents at each school take the survey. 

Parents who have more than one child who attends the same school may elect to participate multiple times. We recommend that parents who have children enrolled in multiple schools participate in the survey for each school. Only one parent per household may participate in the survey.

AFA Yearbook Pictures Needed

The AFA needs your pictures for this year's yearbooks. Please send pictures of students during school day--for example, participating in specials, working on projects, and playing outside. Please send them to the email address linked here. Thank you!

LPD looking for Crossing Guards

The Libertyville Police Department is looking to hire crossing guards for Libertyville District 70 schools.

Hours of work for elementary schools, Monday through Friday, will range from 7:45-8:30 a.m. and from 10:30-11 a.m., and from noon to 12:40 p.m. and from 2:45-3:30 p.m. Hours of work for the middle school, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, will range from 7:45-9 a.m. and from 10:30-10:45 a.m., and from noon to 1 p.m. and from 2:45-3:30 p.m. for Rockland Road and Garfield Ave, Rockland Road and Stewart Ave., and Rockland Road and Milwaukee Ave.

The starting pay is $14 an hour. The LPD will provide the employee with training and a hand-held stop sign.  

For more information, contact Police Lt. Chad Roszkowiak at (847) 362-8310. 

Message from the Principal (1/22/21)

Dear Adler Families,

Good afternoon. I hope everyone has had a nice week. We were excited to welcome our in-person hybrid students back into the building this week. It was wonderfully nice to have our halls again filled with children’s voices.
           
Just a reminder that the window for scheduling parent-teacher conferences is open. You can get information about how to schedule a time for conferences through this link.  Conferences will be held virtually on February 10th and 11th.  There is no school on February 12th or February 15th so enjoy the long weekend. Please note that if your child attends the eSchool Center, it will be closed on February 12th and 15th.

Schedule for Early Release on February 11th:

AM Hybrid Students:

  • 8:15 – 10:30 – Students attend in-person instruction at Adler Park
  • 10:30 – 1:15 – Students’ schedule for asynchronous instruction remains the same until 1:15 pm (specials, intervention, special education, gifted services all stay the same)
  • 1:15 pm – eSchool Center will close (no bus service at 1:15 pm – parent pick up)
PM Hybrid Students:
  • 8:15 – 12:30 – Students follow their same schedule while at home.
  • 12:30 – 1:15 – Student will have a virtual meeting with their classroom teacher via a Google Meet (students will not come into school)
  • 1:15 pm – eSchool Center will close (no bus service at 1:15 pm - parent pick up)
AM/PM Virtual Students:
  • Schedule is the same as hybrid students but students remain at home (per the usual) for their learning.

On February 26th and May 28th, we will have a Late Start schedule for all K-5 students. On these dates AM students will not come into school and PM students will come in for their scheduled in-person learning time in the afternoon. A more detailed schedule will be communicated as the date draws closer.

STAR assessments will be administered in-person for students who are learning in-person and virtually for students who are learning virtually.  STAR assessment dates are January 27– January 29 for Adler Park students.  The testing window will remain open this year for three weeks to provide flexibility for students who require make-ups due to being in quarantine.

Parents can play an important role in getting students ready for testing.  Here are suggestions on how parents can help their children prepare for the assessment:

1. Make sure that your child attends school on time each day of testing.
2. Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest the night before testing.
3. Provide a healthy breakfast/lunch on the day of testing.
4. Remind your child to ask the teacher questions if he or she does not understand the test directions.
5. Let your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best.

Important Adler Dates:
  • January 25 - D70 Board of Education Meeting
  • January 26 – Picture Retakes at Adler Park (virtual students can come between 10:30 – 12:15)
  • January 27-29 – STAR Testing in Grades K-5
  • February 2-4 – CogAT Testing for 2nd Grade only
  • February 3 – PTC Wizard link closes for scheduling PT conferences
  • February 10 – Parent Teacher Conferences 5:15-8:15
  • February 11 – Early Release at 1:15 (eSchool Center closes at 1:15 pm)
  • February 11 – Parent Teacher Conferences 3:15 – 8:15
  • February 12 – No School (eSchool Center closed)
  • February 15 – No School (eSchool Center closed)


Have a wonderful weekend!

Go Gators,
Dr. Kerri Bongle
Principal
Adler Park School

Cogat Assessments - 2nd Grade

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
           
Second grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) starting on Tuesday, February 2nd.  CogAT will be administered in-person to in-person students from February 2 to February 4. Teachers of virtual students will communicate with students to schedule a time with their teacher to also test in-person with their virtual classmates.  Parents who do not feel comfortable sending their child in for CogAT testing will not take the CogAT. Students who do not take the test in-person still have the opportunity to request a gifted review process if the parent and teacher think the gifted review process would be helpful for the student.  Students who do qualify for gifted usually score at least 95%ile on STAR for Math and/or Reading. Additional information regarding the gifted review process can be accessed via this link

In Libertyville District 70, the CogAT will guide efforts to adapt instruction to the needs and abilities of students, identify students whose predicted levels of academic achievement differ markedly from observed levels of achievement, and measure cognitive development to help identify academically talented students.  CogAT results will be mailed to parents in March.
           
CogAT appraises the cognitive development of students. The test measures students' learned reasoning abilities. Although grounded in biological processes, these abilities are developed through in-school and out-of-school experiences.  The questions on CogAT require students to demonstrate their reasoning abilities in each of the three systems most closely related to success in school: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning.  The Verbal Battery assesses students' abilities to use search, retrieval, and comparison processes that are essential for verbal reasoning. The Quantitative Battery assesses students' abilities to reason about patterns and relations using concepts that are essential in quantitative thinking. The Nonverbal Battery assesses students' abilities to reason with somewhat more novel questions that use spatial and figural content.
You can help your child do his or her best on the test by:
1. Making sure, if possible, that your child attends school on the days of testing.
2. Making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing.
3. Providing breakfast on the mornings of testing.
4. Reminding your child to ask the teacher questions if he or she does not understand the test directions.
5. Letting your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best.

Pick up and Drop off Request
Please be sure to STOP at the stop sign when leaving Adler's pick up and drop off lane. The stop sign at the edge of the staff parking lot and building is there to avoid a collision from someone leaving the parking lot and a car heading towards Milwaukee Ave. Thank you for stopping to keep everyone safe. 
AFA Updates

VALENTINE'S DAY at DUNKIN FUNDRAISER 

DATE OF FUNDRAISER:  Saturday, February 13th 2020, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

LOCATION: Dunkin at 210 Peterson Rd., Libertyville (in Grand Place)
 
On February 13th, 2020 at Dunkin at 210 Peterson Rd., in Libertyville, we’ll get 20% of the proceeds from every order we bring in! 

First 50 families will receive a special surprise.
 
Ordering in person or drive-thru - Show this message to the cashier at checkout (either a printout or just on your phone).  


SQUARE 1 ART
Over the next few weeks Adler students will participate in Square 1 Art in their art class. Read below for more information. Keep your eyes open for order forms for great gifts.

BOX TOPS
Don't forget to download the new Box Tops for Education app on your phone then submit those eligible receipts to help earn money for Adler!

Click on this link for the easy instructions on how to submit.

Student Council Fundraiser at Panera

Save the date for a Student Council fundraiser at Panera Bread in Libertyville on Wednesday, February 17 from open to close.  More details to come soon!

Square One Art Fundraiser

The AFA is partnering with our Adler Art Teachers, Mrs. Sather and Mrs. Brooks, to again host the Square One Art fundraiser. This week, a sheet of paper was sent home with all in-person students. This paper has your child’s name on it, their teacher’s name, and their grade. Please keep this paper safe. Students in K-2 will need their Square One Art paper on January 28th (Thursday) and 3-5 will need it on January 27th (Wednesday) during your child’s scheduled art time. When the lesson is over, the students will need to bring it back to school and turn it into their classroom teacher. While the art teachers will be using an art time to create this artwork for the fundraiser, turning the paper back in to school will be optional for students. 

Virtual families: We have the papers for your student in the Adler vestibule. They will be there for you to pick up at your convenience anytime before next week’s art lesson. The vestibule will be open from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm each school day. Once the project is complete, you can drop the artwork back off in the vestibule at Adler Park.

eSchool Center Families: We kept your child’s paper and will give it to them when they have art. 

The artwork is due back to Adler by February 11th. The artwork collected will be mailed in to Square One Art and they will send back the order form if you would like to purchase your child’s artwork on a mug, tote, mouse pad, etc. Thank you for considering participating in this fundraiser, as it will raise funds for our Adler Family Association. 

If you have questions, you can contact Stacey Thermos, Kerri Bongle or your child’s art teacher. 

Thank you!

Message from the Principal (1/8/21)

Dear Adler Parents,

  Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a relaxing winter break and that you are looking forward to 2021 as much as I am! A special thank you today to all the teachers and students impacted by today’s Google outages. We had three entire classrooms experience issues with Google Meets and our teachers and students were flexible and patient as we attempted to get everyone into their virtual classrooms. Thank you!

  School picture retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, January 26th. In-person students will have an opportunity to take re-takes (if desired) while they are in the building during their AM or PM class time. For Adler virtual learners, they will follow the same schedule that was used in the fall. The schedule will be as follows:

10:45 - Kindergarten Penton
11:00 - 1st Grade Marcum
11:15 - 2nd Grade Koenig 
11:30 - 3rd Grade Thompson
11:45 - 4th Grade Parkhurst
12:00 - 5th Grade Chambers

  Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up on February 10th and 11th and will be held virtually. At 8:00 am on January 20th, PTC Wizard will open for parents to schedule a time with each classroom teacher to discuss progress, areas of strength and areas for improvement for each of our students. Directions on how to register and/or schedule that conference time will be sent out next week. Please note that if your child’s teacher is Miss Penton, Mrs. Marcum, Mrs. Thompson or Ms. Chambers, they will be scheduling their own conferences due to having students in multiple buildings. Please expect to hear from them sometime this month to set up these important meetings. If you would like to meet with another teacher (for example: PE, music, social worker, speech, gifted/enrichment, special education) to ask a question or to discuss progress, all teachers will be available to meet virtually with parents. Please email the teacher(s) you would like to meet with and schedule a meeting during one of the two evenings.

Thank you and have a great weekend!
Go Gators,
Dr. Kerri Bongle

Principal
Adler Park School


Important Adler Dates to Remember:

  • January 11th – AFA Virtual Meeting at 7:00 pm
  • January 18th – No School
  • January 19th – No School – Teacher Institute Day
  • January 20th – In-Person teaching/learning resumes
  • January 25th – Board of Education Meeting at 7:30 pm
  • January 26th – Picture Retakes at Adler
Continued Communication during Pause

Thank you for your continued partnership and communication with the nurses at each school about the status of your health and the health of loved ones in your immediate household. This is an important way that each of us can do our part during this challenging time! 

For families who have selected in-person hybrid instruction and all D70 employees, should you or a member of your immediate household experience any COVID-19 symptoms, be diagnosed with COVID-19, or are a close contact with someone with COVID-19, please consult with your medical provider immediately and contact your school nurse. Your school’s nurse will get in touch with you during the preventative pause following winter break to provide you with information and support, as well as, information regarding required paperwork for your child to return to school when we resume the in-person hybrid schedule. Information on returning to school after COVID can be found here.  

Additionally, data by school/building about students and staff with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, who are in isolation, and who are in quarantine is updated daily while school is in session by our school nurses.  This important information can be found here. It will not be updated during winter break.  

Resources for Parents

Recent events in Washington DC have been troubling and can cause stress, fear, or anxiety in children as well as adults.  If you choose to discuss the recent events with your child(ren) please see the link below for some useful information.  We are here to support your children whether it is virtually or face to face.  If you feel your child needs additional support from a counselor, please contact Mrs. Sehar Siddiqui, school psychologist, or myself.  

TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT THE NEWS

Library Book Checkout

Welcome back to school!  I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break reading many books.  Read on for a review of our ever-evolving checkout options.

  • Grade K-2 Virtual Students:  If you have not already done so, please fill out this form to let us know when you'd like to pick up your library books.  Those who have signed up to borrow books will have new books available in the vestibule on Thursday, January 21.
  • Grade K-2 In Person Hybrid Students:  You will get new library books on your next library day of Monday, January 26 for Kindergarten, Wednesday, January 20 for 1st Grade, and Tuesday, January 27 for 2nd Grade.  I am happy to take requests at the end of our library meetings.  Remember to return books every week on your library day to get new ones.
  • Grade 3-5 Virtual and In Person Hybrid Students:  Place the books you want to read on hold through Destiny Discover, or fill out the Book Request Form when it reopens on January 20.  Virtual students will receive an email when your books are ready to be picked up, and please do so as soon as you can since there is limited space in the vestibule.  In person hybrid students will have their books delivered to their classrooms.

Please let Ms. Carr or Mrs. Trimble know if you have any questions.

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