Adler Gazette - Winter (19-20) - 11-22-2019
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

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

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

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!

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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