Winter Gazette 1 - 19-20 - 11-22-2019
Brown Paper Bag Collection

Hello Adler families!

We know you will be doing a lot of shopping for the upcoming holidays and we would love your brown paper bags WITH handles! We will be using them for an upcoming book drive. Please send in any brown paper bags you get at grocery stores with your child or drop them off in the office by December 6th. Thanks so much!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Adelman.

Whole Class Enrichment with Mrs. Weber: Thinking and Listening Skills!

Good listening and direction-following skills are important to a child’s success in the classroom, especially in terms of verbal directions.  In today’s society, we are receiving more and more information through electronic or written directions and students may not have as much practice listening to verbal directions.
All students in grades 1-5 practiced sharpening their listening skills by participating in fun activities.  Children responded to oral directions by drawing something described by the GTE teacher. Directions to the games were read aloud and students had to work hard to listen carefully because they weren’t allowed to ask questions! The result? Better listening skills! These were highly motivational challenges that students loved to do. Students improved their listening skills—and students hardly knew they were being put to a rigorous task!

Mrs. Weber
GTE Teacher

Drop Off Reminders

Drop off in the morning has been wonderful. Thank you to all our parents who have been utilizing the bus or dropping students off in the back of Adler near the playground. We also thank parents who have needed to drop off in the front. We appreciate you parking your car, and walking your children into the building. The Libertyville Police Department also thanks you for not parking/standing in the marked fire lane. 

As we all get into a morning routine, please make sure to have your child(ren) ready to get out of the car at the drop off in the back. The supervisors also ask that if possible, please pull all the way up to the building. We want as many cars to be able to pull up so please pull all the way forward if there is space. Thank you! Again, we very much appreciate all parents who are dropping off in the back area, as this is the safest place to drop your child. 

Thank you!

Student Council Poinsettia Fundraiser

Please consider ordering some festive holiday poinsettias from Student Council!

Pick up is in the Learning Center on Friday, December 6 from 2:00-3:15 pm, and Saturday, December 7 during the Pancake Breakfast from 8:00-10:30 am.

Please pay with cash or checks made out to Adler Park School.  The due date has been extended to this MONDAY, November 25 by noon but all unpaid orders will be canceled that afternoon so we can get our order to the greenhouse in time.  The payment can be sent in an envelope marked Poinsettias.  You may order online through the link above or on the red order form previously sent home.

Thank you for your support of Student Council!  We will use the funds raised to support student initiatives at Adler.  Please contact Ms. Carr with questions.

Message from the Principal (11/22/19)

Dear Adler Families,
       Thank you to all the students and parents who came to Family Reading Night last night. It was fun to see everyone at Cook Park Library. We love this partnership with the library and appreciate everyone who came out to support Adler and share his or her love of reading.
       Thank you to Mr. Carollo who hosted the first round of his annual Turkey Shoot this week. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will get their chance next week. We appreciate him organizing this activity for families at Adler Park!
       Save the Date for May 15th, 2020. Adler Park will again be participating in Junior Achievement. We will be looking for volunteers for each classroom to help educate our students. There will be a training from Junior Achievement prior to the JA in a Day on May 15th so don’t worry if you are not a teacher or are unsure of what to topics to cover. JA does it all for you! After the holidays we will send out an additional email looking for volunteers! Thank you for planning ahead.
       A friendly reminder from the office: Please notify the office and classroom teachers of any transportation changes BEFORE noon that day. This ensures that we get the information to the teacher and student in time before the end of the school day.   
       All the staff at Adler Park hopes your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. On behalf of the staff at Adler Park, we thank you for sharing your children with us day in and day out.  They make coming to work a very enjoyable adventure each and every day. Enjoy the Thanksgiving break. We will see you in December!

Go Gators,
Dr. Kerri Bongle

Attendance Matters

The Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires Illinois schools to report chronic absenteeism.  The state will use this data as one of five measurements to rate and evaluate school performance in Illinois.

A few things to consider and review with your child:

  • Good attendance matters for school success, starting as early as kindergarten and throughout elementary school. Developing the habit of attendance prepares students for success on the job and in life.
  • Research shows students are academically at risk if they miss 10 percent of the school year (that would be about 6 days of absences in the first trimester and about 18 days for the entire school year). Once too many absences have occurred, learning can be negatively impacted, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused.
  • Sporadic, not just consecutive, absences matter. Before you know it - just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year.
  • Avoid unnecessary absences. Some absences are unavoidable. Occasionally, children get sick and need to stay home. What is important is getting children to school as often as possible.
  • Students arriving late to school can be disruptive to learning. Students need to be in their seat ready to learn by 8:15 AM. Please try to have students arrive by 8:05 to allow your child time to prepare for learning.
  • Too many absences and / or tardies can disrupt learning, not just for the absent student but for the entire classroom.

If you need extra resources or support as you help your student develop good attendance habits, please feel free to contact the school. Adler Park School, in partnership with parents, can help our students succeed! Success starts with being on time and attending school regularly.

Design Lab Donations Appreciated

In this season of giving, are you able to support Adler's Design Lab with any of the following?

Fabric, any kind, does not need to be new but please no old clothing
Duck/duct tape with patterns or bright colors
Paper towel tubes (we have plenty of toilet paper size)
Girl LEGO minifigures
Perler or fuse beads

Please send them in to Adler marked for the Design Lab, and contact Ms. Carr if you have any questions or other items to donate.  Thank you!

Note from the Nurse

Cold and flu season is here, so I would like to remind families of the District 70 guidelines regarding returning to school following illness.

Please keep your child at home if she/he has:

  • A fever of 99.8℉ or higher - Please remember they may not return to school until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours WITHOUT using Tylenol or ibuprofen
  • A severe or frequent cough
  • A vomiting/diarrhea illness - Please keep them home for 24 hours after the symptoms have stopped
  • Strep throat - They may not return until at least 24 hours after starting an antibiotic and being 24 hours free of a fever with no fever reducing medication
  • Pink eye - They may not return until at least 24 hours after starting an antibiotic

By following these guidelines, we can help reduce the spread of illness to other students and staff.  Please remember to notify of me any contagious illnesses or symptoms that your child has. If you have any questions, please call me at 847-362-7275.

Kathy Panov, RN

Message from the Principal (12/6/19)

Good afternoon Adler Families,
            The holiday season is in full swing! Adler Park is full of gingerbread houses, gingerbread men and fun winter decorations! Also, around this time of year I like to remind parents of the importance of attendance at school (this includes tardies). Parents need to know that all students in Lake County area schools are expected to attend school every day. The Compulsory School Attendance Law states that whoever has custody or control of any child between the ages of 6 and 17 years must send the child to a public or private day school on a regular basis. Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.  Chronic absenteeism can lead to difficulties in school:

• Missing 10 percent can make it harder to learn to read.
• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

            Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work. Thank you for all you do to get your children to school each day!

            Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Talent Show on Tuesday evening! There were some amazing acts up on the Highland stage! Thank you to Mrs. Koenig and Mrs. Bsaibes for being the staff sponsors for the Talent Show and encouraging many children to show off their special talents.  We do want to apologize to the performers for the technical difficulties during the performances. We have communicated with Highland and have a better plan already in place for the 2020 Adler Talent Show next year. We want to commend all the performers for letting “the show go on!” We would also like to thank all the families who ate out at Clucker’s on Wednesday evening. Thank you for always supporting Adler Park School and thank you to Clucker’s for donating back to our school.
            We are excited for the annual AFA Pancake Breakfast tomorrow. We hope to see everyone there to have breakfast together and do a little holiday shopping down in the music room. A big thank you to Tim Hasbrouck, Brad Bensman and Trish Oswald for all their work on this event.
Have a great weekend,
Dr. Kerri Bongle
Adler Park School

Message from the Principal (12-19-19)

Dear Gator Families,
            Winter break is here and I cannot believe how this year is already flying by! It seems like just last week we were on the blacktop welcoming everyone to another school year. We had a wonderful trip to the Marriott Theatre yesterday. We cannot thank the AFA enough for sponsoring this field trip each year. Madagascar was wonderful and the students and staff enjoyed this annual holiday tradition.

            We received a check from Clucker’s for just under $300 that will go back to Adler Park School. Thank you to all the parents and families that visited Clucker’s in early December. Please continue to frequent these establishments that give back to our schools. Please use this link for a complete list of Business Partners. These business give money back to all D70 schools and the best way to thank them is to frequent the stores or use their services. Thank you in advance for your support.

            As winter break begins, the staff at Adler wishes you a warm and happy holiday season. We hope you enjoy this time with your family and friends and, we look forward to seeing everyone back in January 2020!!!!

Go Gators,
Dr. Kerri Bongle
Adler Park School

Important Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, December 19th: Winter Break Begins! Enjoy!

Monday, January 6th: School Resumes

Monday, January 13th: AFA Meeting at 7:00 pm

Monday, January 20th: No School

Student Council Wildfire Donations

We have FAR exceeded our $85 goal for Student Council's drive to help children affected by the Australia wildfires.  Today was the last day of our collection.  A final total will be reported when all of those coins have been counted.  Thank you so much for your overwhelming generosity!

Erin Carr, Student Council Staff Sponsor

Parent Teacher February Conferences

2020 Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences

Families that registered in the fall do not need to reregister. They will just need to log in to sign up for conferences. New families to Adler will need to set up an account (register) and then schedule conferences.

Winter Conferences will be held on Wednesday, February 12th from 5:15 – 8:15 pm and Thursday, February 13th from 3:15 – 8:15 pm.  You will need to schedule one 15-minute slot for each child that attends Adler Park School.

The scheduling window will be open from Friday, January 10th at 12:00 pm to  12:00 pm on Friday, February 7th.  During this time you can schedule your child’s conference. If you miss the scheduling window, you will need to contact your child’s teacher to schedule your conference.  Unless otherwise noted from the teacher, conferences are parent-only events.

Parents with multiple children,  please consider leaving a 15-minute slot between children when scheduling to allow for conferences that run late.

Please remember: Students have early release at 1:15 pm on Thursday, February 13th.  No School on Friday, February 14th.

The directions to register/schedule an appointment can be found here. Thank you!

Drop Off Reminders
Please remember that drop off is in the back of the school from 7:45 - 8:05 am. If you need to drop off in the front, please park in a spot (not the marked fire lane) and walk your child into the school. With the start of the new year, we have noticed more parents dropping in front and many are parking in the fire lane. Please know that you could receive a parking ticket for parking/standing in that marked area for any reason. Please pull into a marked parking spot and walk your child into the school building. Thank you for keeping our students and staff safe. 
Cogat Assessments - 2nd Grade

Second grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) starting on Tuesday, February 4th.  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.

AFA Positions Needed!
The AFA is looking for the following positions for next school year: 
  • Lunch Bunch Administrator
  • AFA Secretary 
  • AFA Treasurer
  • Winter Carnival Chair(s)
Please email Stacey Thermos if you are interested or have questions about the positions. Thank you for considering. 
Message from the Principal (1/17/20)

Dear Adler Families,

            Good Afternoon! Welcome to 2020! Two weeks into the new year and winter has arrived!  Just a reminder that the window for parent-teacher conferences is open. You can get information about how to schedule a time for conferences on our website. Conferences are February 12th and 13th.  There is no school on February 14th or February 17th so enjoy the long weekend.

            I wanted to bring to everyone's attention the important need for having children arrive on time to school.  I know the winter months can be a bit more challenging with getting back into a routine, however our data has indicated that we are still having issues with students arriving after the 8:15 AM bell.   As a reminder, our playground opens at 7:45 AM.  The first bell rings at 8:05 AM to have students line up.  At 8:07 AM students enter the building.  At 8:15 AM our teachers begin their day and anyone arriving to the classroom after that is considered tardy.   

            Please make sure to label all outerwear and boots! Please also dress your children to go outside, even on cold days. If the temperature reaches 10 degrees (or 0 degrees with wind chill) students will go outside. While it may not reach that temperature before school, sometimes it “warms” up enough by lunch/recess time.
             Congratulations to our students who were nominated for the Kind Kids Lunch for Fairness. These students were nominated by their peers and attended a lunch with me this afternoon. Congratulations to the following: (check out Twitter for some cute pictures of our lunch!)
Dorf: Priya and Devlin
Wisek: Clara and Julian
Gasick: JJ and Zoe
Zeinz: Quinn and Aly
Koenig: Evan and Joseph
Turner: Parker and Lazar
Marsh: Vitus and Roark
Walker: Gavin and Milania
Adelman: Henry and CJ
Bauer: Reese and Kate
Billon: Jake and Kira
De Paz: Ellie and Lily
Piskule: Andrew, Sophia and Riley

            Finally, the 5 Essentials Survey is available for parents to submit. The link will stay open until Friday, February 14th. Please visit our website for more information and to find a quick and easy link to the survey.  This information is reviewed at the district and building level so please let us know your thoughts.

Please note other events on our Adler Calendar:

  • No School on January 20th
  • AFA Carnival and Raffle - Postponed until 2021
  • Band Concert on February 4th
  • Orchestra Concert on February 6th  
  • Early Release on February 13th at 1:15 pm
  • No School on February 14th or February 17th

Have a wonderful weekend!

Go Gators,
Dr. Kerri Bongle
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 4th.  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. 

5 Essentials Survey Information

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is once again time for the 5Essentials survey.  The 5Essentials is an online survey designed to seek input from students, parents, and staff to drive continuous improvement in our schools.   Each public school district in the state of Illinois is required to participate in the 5Essentials. The survey provides useful information that is reviewed at the school and district levels in the following areas:

  • Effective Leaders: The principal works with teachers to implement a clear and strategic vision for school success.

  • Collaborative Teachers: Teachers collaborate to promote professional growth.

  • Involved Families: The entire school staff builds strong relationships with families and communities to support learning.

  • Supportive Environment: The school is safe and orderly. Teachers have high expectations for students and support students to realize their goals. Classmates also support one another.

  • Ambitious Instruction: Classes are academically demanding and engage students by emphasizing the application of knowledge.

The survey window for the 5Essentials is now open and closes on February 14, 2020.   Students in grades 4-8 and staff will be given time to complete the 5Essentials survey while at school.  

Given your important role as parents and partners in the education of your child(ren), you are encouraged to take the 5Essentials survey as your input is valued.   Only one survey per household may be submitted and it should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey can be found at this link.  Twenty percent of parents at each of our schools need to complete the survey in order for parent input to be included in school report card data that will be available in the fall of 2020. 

Student, parent, and staff identities will be kept completely confidential and responses will not be linked to any individual.   Additional information about the 5Essentials can be found at this link.

Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to complete this survey as your voice matters!

Matt Barbini
Superintendent of Schools

Whole Class Enrichment with Mrs. Weber

Whole Class Enrichment
Digital Breakout

We recently wrapped up our whole class digital breakout sessions in whole class 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. A lot of communication and collaboration is needed to solve the various problems and puzzles together. 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 really needed to practice having a growth mindset and flexible thinking in order to find the correct pattern or clue. Students really showed excellent perseverance and it was such a great experience to work collaboratively with their peers.
Be sure to ask your child about their digital breakout experience!
Mrs. Weber
GTE Resource

AFA Carnival - Canceled
Please note that this year the AFA Carnival and 5th Grade Raffle was canceled due to not having anyone to chair the Carnival event. Our hope is that a parent or parents will volunteer to run this amazing Adler community event for the 20-21 school year. If you are interested, please contact Stacey Thermos. Thank you. 
New Family and Incoming Kindergarten Registration
Our new family and incoming Kindergarten registration will open up in early February. More information to come so stay tuned. If you know of any families starting new with us next year, please encourage them to sign for up for Adler's emails so that they get information about registration! Thank you for your help!
Student Council Wildfire Donations

Thanks again to all of the generous Adler Gators and their families that donated to the fundraiser to help children affected by the recent wildfires.  We collected $725.31, far surpassing our goal of $85.  Student Council is so grateful for your help!

Erin Carr
Student Council Staff Sponsor

Donations Needed

District 70 will be making lunches for Beacon Place in Waukegan.  Beacon Place is a neighborhood community center with programs for children and families that focus on academic growth, improved health, and building the skills that allow individuals and families to see their own path to a brighter tomorrow. As Adler Gators, we are proud of our commitment to the community and to helping others.  On February 25th and February 28th, Student Council members will be making a total of 125 lunches for Beacon Place. In order to make this service project a success, we are in need of several items. Next week, a sign up will be sent out to families asking for donations for lunch items to be dropped off at Adler on February 24th.  We appreciate your continued support with this wonderful service project.

Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Gasick 
Character Counts Sponsors

Message from the Principal (1/31/20)

Good morning Gator Families,

Happy Friday. We have a lot of important things in this week’s Gazette so thank you in advance for reading about all the great things going on at Adler Park. Also, thank you to all the our parents who have filled out the 5 Essentials Survey. We appreciate the input and use it to guide our school improvement plan each year.  There is still time if you have not had a chance. Information on the survey is listed below in the Gazette!

Please note other events on our Adler Calendar:

  • AFA Carnival and Raffle - Canceled
  • Band Concert on February 4th
  • Orchestra Concert on February 6th  
  • Early Release on February 13th at 1:15 pm
  • No School on February 14th or February 17th
  • Early Release on February 28th at 1:15 pm

Have a wonderful, winter weekend!
Dr. Kerri Bongle
Adler Park School

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