|February Newsletter - 2-1-2019|
|FROM THE ASST. PRINCIPAL|
A Note from the Assistant Principal
Cold and Snow Advisory
As we have already seen, winter is here. Just a reminder that students will be kept indoors for recess only when air temperatures fall below 10 degrees or when the wind chill temperature falls below 0. With this in mind, please have children dress appropriately for recess. A doctor’s note sent to our school nurse, Mrs. Althoff, is required for students to remain indoors during classroom and/or lunch recess.
Parent / Teacher Conference
Parent / Teacher Conferences will take place Wednesday, February 13th and Thursday, February 14th. In the fall, parents selected a fall and winter conference date using the online registration site PTC Wizard. You can now view, print or change your conference date and time by logging into your PTC Wizard account. Visit https://butterfield.ptcwizard.com or go to Butterfield’s website for a link to PTC Wizard.
If you forgot your password, simply click the link on the sign in page that says, ‘Forgot your Password’. Then you can enter your email address into the field that says Email and click the ‘Remind Me’ button. This will cause an email with your information to get sent to you. Wait a few minutes to see if you have received this email and then use the password to sign into your account.
School Closings, Emergency Notifications
District 70 takes closing schools seriously. When the decision is made due to inclement weather, District 70 uses an emergency notification system to deliver phone calls and emails about school closings or safety emergencies.
There also is now an option to opt-in to receive the information via text by texting 67587 with either Y or YES as the message you send. (This will not be activated for 48- hours when you opt in. This text (SMS) service only will be used in the event of school closings or a school emergency.)
How is a Snow Day Determined?
With that in mind, when there is a forecast of inclement weather, television and radio stations, as well as reports from the National Weather Service and Weather Channel, are monitored.
When heavy snow or extremely cold temperatures are predicted, superintendents in neighboring school districts begin planning as early as 4:30 a.m. the morning of, or sometimes even the night before a storm. Communication is maintained with District 70's bus company representatives and the district's maintenance/snow removal crews as well. Please understand that there are many factors that go into making the final decision because D70 understands canceling school may be inconvenient for students and parents, as well as teachers and staff.
The decision involves:
Road conditions: Are the roads continually plowed and is traffic moving?
If the answer is yes to these questions, most likely the decision will be to keep schools open.
Generally, a decision needs to be made by 6 a.m. or sooner, in order to try and catch anyone before they leave for school and/or work.
When a decision is made to close schools, D70 families will be informed in several ways:
1) An announcement is made on the D70 website -d70schools.org- and all the school websites.
2) The message is pushed out through automatic phone calls from Supt. Schumacher through the D70 notification system to phone numbers D70 families provide during registration. Please make sure your contact information is current every winter.
3) Parents who have opted in to do so will receive a text (SMS) message. (To opt-in to receive emergency notices via text, please text Y or YES to 67587)
5) The announcement is posted to Twitter @LibertyvilleD70 and Facebook @LibertyvilleD70.
6) All school names are broadcast as closed on WGN-AM (720), WBBM-AM (780), and CBS-TV (2), NBC-TV (5), ABC-TV (7), WGN-TV (9), Fox-TV, and CLTV cable.
7) All school names are listed on the Emergency Closing Center. http://www.emergencyclosingcenter.com/complete.html
There is no set amount of snow that will trigger a snow day; all factors depend upon circumstances and the ability to get children and staff to and from school safely. Safety is, and always will be, the major concern.
GOOD LUCK TO OUR 8 D.I. TEAMS COMPETING ON MARCH 2nd AT VIKING MIDDLE SCHOOL IN GURNEE!Come on out and watch them in action!
Good luck & have fun!
|WHOLE CLASS ENRICHMENT|
Whole Class Enrichment - Digital Breakout
We recently wrapped up our whole class digital breakout sessions in enrichment. Each student used a Chromebook or an IPad to participate in problem solving quests where a series of puzzles needed to be solved to open the virtual locks.
We love breakout sessions because they focus on many important aspects of learning. Communication and collaboration are needed to solve the various problems and puzzle. It takes creativity and critical thinking as well. Digital breakouts have many puzzles that students are not able to figure out on their first attempt, so students need to reconsider their approach and give it another try. The activity helps teach perseverance and it’s such a great experience to work toward a final goal together.
Be sure to ask your child about their digital breakout experience!
|BIRTHDAY BOOKS - LEARNING CENTER|
Thank you to the following students listed below for your generous donations to our library!
Gavin – Total Baseball
Aoife – Woodpecker Wants a Waffle
Jack – Square
Oliver – Waste of Space
Naveen – Weird But True: Greek Mythology
Katherine – The Enchanted Charms
Brady – The Land of Stories: Ultimate
Ellis – Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of
Ashleigh – The True Adventures of
Stay Warm and enjoy our upcoming family and school events. They are sure to get you past the winter and into a bright spring!
BOOK FAIR FUN!!
BERNIE’S BOOK BANK DONATIONS - Look for the donation bins in the visitor hallway at school!
|Valentine's Day Parties|
VALENTINE’S PARTIES - Head Room Parents have their Party Volunteers and party planning is underway!
FUN FAIR - Come one, come all to the BFA Fun Fair on Saturday, February 23rd 10AM – 2PM! The kids look forward to this event every year, so mark your calendars and let us provide the entertainment for the day. There will be food, games, music, and of course, amazing raffle prizes! Save time and money by pre-ordering your tickets online at https://d70schools.revtrak.net/FA/BFA/BFA-Events/BFA-Fun-Fair/#/v/BFA-Fun-Fair-022319-Raffle-Tickets.
We can’t put on a big event like this without the help of parent and teen volunteers, so please sign up for a volunteer spot today at http://signup.com/go/PWfELXX. Middle or high school volunteers are welcome and certificates will be provided to document community service hours, so spread the word!
If you or your business is interested in donating a service or item for our community raffle or silent auction, please email BetsyM@ACSNeuro.com.
|2019-2020 BFA OPEN COMMITTEE POSITIONS|
2019-2020 BFA OPEN COMMITTEE POSITIONS
These positions are open and need to be filled for us to continue offering the programs or events. If you are interested or have questions about any committee, please contact Jennifer Khan call or text @ 312-391-8915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMITTEE/ POSITIONS OPEN
40 Book Challenge/ 3
5th Grade Boys Day/Night/ 2
5th Grade Girls Day/Night/ 2
5th Grade Legacy Gift/ 1
5th Grade Picnic/ 1
Field Day/ 1
Fun Fair/ 1
Back 2 School Meet & Greet/ 4
New Family Welcome/ 2
Original Works/ 1
Spirit Wear/ 1
Sub Day/ 2
Uniform Cleaning/ 1
Some committees have returning committee member(s).
|FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT Rescheduled|
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT RESCHEDULED - Bring a blanket to watch Small Foot with family and friends!
Admission is free
Pizza must be preordered (see below)
Water, candy, and popcorn will be available for purchase the night of the event
Please note that this is not a drop-off event--adult supervision is required
Regarding pizza preorders:
|WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT BFA HAPPENINGS|
WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT BFA’S HAPPENINGS
NEXT BFA GENERAL MEETINGTuesday, March 19th at 9:00 am – 11:00 am (ERC)
UPCOMING KEY DATES:February 6th – 15th – Scholastic Book Fair
February 13th – Parent Teacher Conferences
February 14th – Valentine’s Day Parties (AM)/Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 15th & 18th – No School
February 21st – Group School Photos
February 23rd – BFA Fun Fair
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