Dear Adler Family,
Phew! What a week! I want to extend a HUGE thank you to all the Adler staff members and our Adler families for remaining calm during this time of unprecedented uncertainty. All the conversations I have had this week with parents, teachers, and community members remind me why this is such a wonderful place to live and work. We will continue to keep our stakeholders informed as the information changes rapidly from hour to hour. This Gazette is to inform our parents about events and information outside of COVID-19. Any further information about that will come from our district office.
We have some important dates coming up after Spring Break! Be sure to mark your calendars on April 9th for our Annual Adler Open House from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. We have no school on April 10th and April 13th. On April 13th our teachers will be in session for an all day, district-wide professional development day. Enjoy the long weekend! I will also be reading at Cook Memorial Library on April 22nd starting at 6:45 for their Principal Reads program. I would love to see many smiling faces that Wednesday evening!
On Monday, April 6th, students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will begin the statewide Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) assessments. Scheduled dates are April 6, 7, 8 and 9. These collections of state assessments are administered to all students in the spring for Grades 3-8 to determine students’ academic achievement relative to the Illinois Learning Standards. The assessments were created with a focus on the students’ ability to apply a broad range of concepts rather than memorizing facts. In Math, students are asked to reason and apply mathematical principles. In English Language Arts, (ELA), students are required to read multiple passages and write responses by answering prompts in literary analysis, research and narrative concepts. Both measure a student’s higher level and critical thinking ability. All Libertyville District 70 students will be assessed via an online assessment tool. For more information about these statewide assessments, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education website.
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, if possible, 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 breakfast on the mornings of testing.
4. Remind your child to ask the teacher questions if he or she does not understand the test directions.
5. Upon finishing, going back and reviewing the questions carefully along with checking to make sure all have been answered.
6. Let your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best.
The school will do everything possible to maximize a peaceful learning environment and minimize interruptions during testing.
We also ask that any families, who will not be returning to D70 for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact each child’s classroom teacher and Mrs. Grayson in the office so we can plan accordingly for balancing each classroom.
Registered kindergarteners for the 2020-2021 school year and their parents are welcome to attend Adler Park’s Kindergarten Orientation at Adler Park School, Tuesday, April 14th from 6:00-7:00 PM. You will have the opportunity to meet the current kindergarten team, other staff members, and learn more about our kindergarten program. Please spread the word to any neighbors you may know who will have an incoming kindergarten student who might not be aware we are currently registering kindergarten students and will be having orientation next month!
Thank you and have wonderful break,
Dr. Kerri Bongle
Adler Park School