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Aldrin’s Summer Reading, Writing and Exercising Program

For a printable version, click here -> 18-19 Reading Writing Calendar

Aldrin School is excited to announce that we are having our 8th annual summer reading, writing and exercising program. Our goal is that all children will be motivated to find balance this summer as they work out their minds and bodies.

All students who complete this program will be invited to participate in an outdoor game day! You will also receive a homework pass for each month of the school year. Yes, that’s right! You will receive a total of ten homework passes.

Below are the required minutes broken down into minutes per week. However, your child can complete the minutes at any time during the summer. Use the calendar to document the number of reading and exercising minutes you complete each day as well as the number of writing assignments that you complete each month. At the end of each month, total your minutes and get a parent’s signature, along with your own, at the bottom of the calendar.  The calendars will be collected by your child’s classroom teacher the first week of school, and the celebration will follow.

Requirements:

Follow the minutes of the grade level you will be in for the 2018/19 school year.

Students going into 1and 2 grade must read  825 total minutes

(for example: 15 minutes 4 times a week = 60 minutes a week)

Students going into 3-6 grade must read  1,100 total minutes

   (for example: 20 minutes 5 times a week = 100 minutes a week)

All students must complete a total of 3 writing assignments.

(for example: once you complete a book, complete one of the assigned writing tasks! Each writing assignment should

be completed using a different book. If writing assignments are not completed, or partially completed, they will not

count towards receiving the celebration.)

All students must exercise 1,650 total minutes.

    (for example: 30 minutes 5 times a week = 150 minutes per week)

 

We are asking that all students who participate in this summer program complete a total of 3 writing tasks. Your child is free to choose what they’d like to write about, but it should be in response to what they have read. Some ideas they may choose can include, but are not limited to:

  • Write a letter to the author
  • Write a letter to the character
  • Write a letter to your teacher
  • Double sided journal
  • Journal Entry

**Students will need to provide the written reading responses in writing in order to participate in the celebration.** 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why should I participate?

Most importantly, reading, writing and exercise are fun activities that should be part of our daily routine! Furthermore, during the school year students are accustomed to spending 6 hours a day, 5 times a week, 9 months a year engaged in academic tasks.  During the summer we need to continue to exercise our brains and bodies.  By completing the summer program this will help achieve both.  By keeping our brains and bodies exercised, this will also help your student kick-start their upcoming year of school and push them to achieve his/her best in the classroom. This will also support your student as they work towards their best on the PARCC and MAP tests to meet their educational goals.

 

Are there any other ways besides reading a book that can count as my reading minutes?

Absolutely! There are plenty of other activities that would engage our students in reading.  Our reading “diets” don’t include just reading books, we read newspapers, blogs, billboards, magazines, etc.  These all count as reading.

 

Do I have to read and write 5 days a week if that is the recommendation?

No. You can read any amount of days a week, as long as your final total is the amount needed.  For writing, you just need to make sure to complete all of the assigned writing assignments by the end of the summer.  Each assignment needs to be completed using a different book.

 

What counts as exercise?

So much! Any type of activity that gets your heart pumping faster would be considered exercise.  Some examples are walking the dog, sports practice/game, chasing your siblings, riding your bike, playing at the park, swimming, etc.

Balance Your Body, Mind and Emotions This Summer

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Balance Key

We are excited to announce that our theme for the 2018-2019 school year is “Together We Shine Brighter”. This summer, our goal for Aldrin students is to live their best life by doing activities that balance their body, mind and emotions. We are requesting that each student capture an event over summer where they are holding their “Balance” Quantum Learning Key (we will provide this) and showing how they are finding inner happiness (playing sports, reading/writing, spending time with family/friends, going to the library or museums, talking as a family over dinner, etc.). We are requesting that the picture is then printed off and brought in to your child’s teacher at our annual Meet and Greet on Friday, August 17th or on the first day of school to be displayed in our hallways.

We are looking forward to our hallways being filled with the moments that brought you happiness and balance over the summer months!

** Extra balance keys are available here should your family need additional copies -> Balance Key

Thank you for your participation in this!

2018-2019 Aldrin School Supply List

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2018-2019 Supply Lists

For a printable version click here -> 2018-2019 Supply Lists.

All Grades:

Gym shoes must be worn for PE and must have velcro or laces

(NO SLIP ONS)

 

Kindergarten

Backpack

1 Plastic 5×8 Supply Box

2 Large Boxes of Kleenex

1 Pair of Pointed Scissors

4 Large Glue Sticks

1 Box of 24 THIN Crayons

1 Box of Washable Markers

1 Pkg. 4 Dry Erase Markers

2 Different Colored Highlighters

24 #2 SHARPENED Pencils

3 Plain Pocket Folders –

(1 each: red,blue,green)

(the plastic type will last all year)

1 Pocket Folder with Fasteners

1 Pkg. 3×3 Post-it Notes

1 Box Ziploc QUART Bags (A-L)

1 Box Ziploc GALLON Bags (M-Z)

 

1st Grade

Backpack

1 Plastic 5×8 Supply Box

2 Large Boxes of Kleenex

1 Pair of Pointed Scissors

2 Large Glue Sticks

1 Box 24 THIN Crayons

1 Box of 8 THIN Markers

1 Pkg. of 4 THIN Dry Erase

Markers (no yellow)

24 #2 SHARPENED Pencils

4 Plain Pocket Folders –

(1 each: red,blue,yellow,green) (the plastic type will last all year)

1 Pkg. of 3×3 Post-it Notes

1 Box Ziploc QUART Bags (A-L)

1 Box Ziploc GALLON Bags (M-Z)

 

2nd Grade

Backpack

1 Plastic 5×8 Supply Box

2 Large Boxes of Kleenex

1 Pair of Pointed Scissors

2 Large Glue Sticks

1 Box 24 THIN Crayons

1 Box of 8 THIN Markers

1 Box 24 Colored Pencils

1 Pkg. of 8 THIN Dry Erase

Markers (with an eraser)

24 #2 SHARPENED Pencils

1 Pink Pencil Eraser

4 Plain Pocket Folders –

(1 each: red,blue,yellow,green) (the plastic type will last all year)

2 Wide-Rule Spiral Notebooks

(1 each: Red and Blue)

1 Pkg. of 3×3 Post-it Notes

1 (1”) 3-Ring Binder

1 Box Ziploc QUART Bags (A-L)

1 Box Ziploc GALLON Bags (M-Z)

 

3rd Grade

Backpack

1 Plastic 5×8 Supply Box

2 Large Boxes of Kleenex

1 Pair of Pointed Scissors

1 Large Glue Stick

1 Bottle of Elmer’s glue

1 Box of 24 Crayons

1 Box of 8 Markers

1 Box of 12 Colored Pencils

2 Different Colored Highlighters

1 Pkg. of 8 Dry Erase Markers

24 #2 SHARPENED Pencils

(NO Mechanical Pencils)

1 Personal Pencil Sharpener

1 Large Pink Pencil Eraser

6 Plain Pocket Folders

(1 each: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, your choice)

(the plastic type will last all year)

2 Wide-Rule Spiral Notebooks

1 Pkg. 3×3 Post-it Notes

1 (1”) 3-Ring Binder

1 Box Ziplock GALLON Bags

 

4th Grade

Backpack

1 Plastic 5×8 Supply Box

1 Pencil Pouch for a 3-Ring Binder

2 Large Boxes of Kleenex

1 Pair of Pointed Scissors

2 Large Glue Sticks

1 Ruler (12 inch/centimeter)

1 Box of 24 THIN Crayons

1 Box of 8 THIN Markers

1 Box of 12 Colored Pencils

2 Different Colored Highlighters

2 Pkg. of 8 Dry Erase Markers

(with an Eraser)

24 #2 SHARPENED Pencils

(NO Mechanical Pencils)

1 Large Pink Pencil Eraser

4 Plain Pocket Folders

(1 each: red, blue, yellow, green)

(the plastic type will last all year)

1 3-Prong Pocket Folder

3 Wide-Rule Spiral Notebooks

1 Pkg. Wide-Rule Notebook Paper

1 Pkg. 3×3 Post-it Notes

1 (1”) 3-Ring Binder

1 Pkg. of 5 Tab Dividers

Small Headphones (ear buds

preferred)

1 Box Ziplock QUART Bags (A-L)

1 Box Ziplock GALLON Bags (M-Z)

 

5th Grade

Backpack

1 Small Pencil Pouch

2 Large Boxes of Kleenex

1 Pair of Pointed Scissors

1 Box of 24 THIN Crayons OR

1 Box of 24 Colored Pencils

1 Box of Markers

2 Highlighters

1 Pkg. of 8 Dry Erase Markers

(with an Eraser)

24 #2 SHARPENED Pencils

2 Pkgs. Erasable Pens

(black or blue)

4 Plain Pocket Folders

(1 each: red, blue, yellow, green,)

(the plastic type will last all year)

1 Wide-Rule Spiral Notebooks

1 Composition Notebooks

1 Pkg. Wide-Rule Notebook Paper

1 Pkg. 3×3 Post-it Notes

1 (1 ½”) 3-Ring Binder

1 Pkg. of 5 Tab Dividers

Small Headphones (ear buds

preferred)

Calculator (Optional)

 

6th Grade

Backpack

1 Small Pencil Pouch

(zip pouch preferred)

2 Large Boxes of Kleenex

1 Pair of Pointed Scissors

1 Large Glue Stick

1 Ruler (12 inch/centimeter)

1 Box of 24 THIN Crayons OR

1 Box of Markers

1 Box of 24 Colored Pencils

1 Highlighter

1 Pkg. of 8 Dry Erase Markers

(with an Eraser)

24 #2 SHARPENED Pencils

2 Large Pink Pencil Erasers

4 Plain Pocket Folders

(1 each: red, blue, yellow, green,)

(the plastic type will last all year)

1 Pkg. Wide-Rule Notebook Paper

1 (2”) 3-Ring Binder

1 Pkg. of 5 Tab Dividers

1 Pkg. Post-it Page Markers (½x1¾)

(4pack minimum)

1 Pkg. 3×3 Post-it Notes

(4pack minimum)

Small Headphones (ear buds)

Calculator

1 Sketchbook (Art)

Personal Pencil Sharpener (Optional)

(w/compartment for shavings)

1 Box Ziplock QUART Bags (A-L)

1 Box Ziplock GALLON Bags (M-Z)

Changes for the 2018/19 School Year

As you know, Mrs. Langlais has been an instrumental part of the Aldrin community for the past 4 years.  She has worked tirelessly to support all of us as we strive to reach new heights.  Recently, Mrs. Langlais has decided to make a change in her position for the upcoming school year.  This was a difficult decision for Mrs. Langlais; however, after much consideration, this is what is best for her at this time. I have no doubt you join me in wishing Mrs. Langlais the very best in her new role at Armstrong School.  We certainly will miss her, and it’s good to know she’s continuing to share her talents within the District 54 community.

This past Thursday night, the Board of Education unanimously voted to promote Ms. Kari Frederick as the new assistance principal for the 2018/19 school year at Aldrin and Fairview Schools. Ms. Frederick has worked within the district for the past 14 years and even attended Aldrin Elementary School as a student.  I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Frederick in the past in her role as a special education teacher.  I can tell you first hand, she will be an amazing addition as the new assistant principal at Aldrin. Her experiences as a special education teacher and literacy coach will allow us to learn from her just as she will learn from us.  We are thrilled to welcome her back to Aldrin!

MAP Testing

It’s hard to believe that our final MAP test of the year is upon us. Thank you for sending in the letters of encouragement.  We can’t wait to see your child’s face light up when he/she opens it.  If you have not had a chance to send yours in, please do so.  It’s never too late to let your child know just how proud you are of him/her. Below is the schedule for each of our grade levels.  Please be sure to get your child to bed early the night before testing and don’t forget the most important meal of the day… breakfast!

Week of May 7:

  • Monday – 4th Grade, Mrs. Reichel’s Class, Mrs. D’Antonio’s Class
  • Tuesday – 1st and 6th Graders
  • Wednesday – 3rd grade, Mrs. Eskridge’s Class, Mrs. Harvey’s Class
  • Thursday – 2nd Grade, 5th Grade
  • Friday – Kindergarten

 

Week of May 14:

  • Monday – Mrs. Reichel’s Class, Mrs. D’Antonio’s Class
  • Tuesday – 1st and 6th Graders
  • Wednesday – 3rd grade, 4th Grade, Mrs. Eskridge’s Class, Mrs. Harvey’s Class
  • Thursday – 2nd Grade, 5th Grade
  • Friday – Kindergarten

Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

We are currently in the process of creating class lists for the upcoming school year.  In order for your child to be placed in a classrom, you must officially register. If you do not plan on attending Aldrin next year, please contact our school office as soon as possible at 847-357-5400. Just as a reminder, all families must prove resdiency on an annual basis.  Our office is happy to answer any questions regarding this policy or you can visit the district website at https://sd54.org/resources/registration/.

District 54 Virtual Learning University

Are you searching for an innovative way to empower your children over the summer? Are you looking for a comprehensive approach to summer learning that combats boredom and keeps everyone engaged? Look no further! We have created a new website with a wide range of challenges at each grade level to help prevent the summer slide. Visit the School District 54 Virtual Learning University to tackle challenges for literacy, math, science, social science, language and culture too!  Each content area has multiple challenges to keep your children’s minds focused and active throughout the summer weeks! Within each category you will find family activities, individual activities and places to visit in our community and surrounding areas.  We hope you’ll encourage your children to visit our Virtual Learning University often throughout the summer to challenge themselves and to keep your family learning together. Click here to access the Virtual Learning University or find the link under Popular Links on the District 54 website.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunities

Thank a Teacher  – Are you looking for a unique gift to give your child’s teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11? You can donate to the District 54 Education Foundation in their honor by visiting https://d54foundation.org/donate, entering an amount and selecting THANKS (To Honor And Notice Kindness & Service) from the drop-down menu. We will mail a certificate to the teacher you are honoring, and your donation will support students in need in District 54. If you would prefer, you can fill out our printable form and mail it to the Foundation with your donation.

Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54 – Próximas oportunidades de apoyo:

¡Agradezca hoy a un maestro! – ¿Está buscando un regalo único para los maestros de su hijo/a durante la Semana de Agradecimiento a los Maestros que se celebrara del 7 al 11 de mayo? Puede donar a la Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54 para honrar a su maestro/a visitando https://d54foundation.org/donate , ingresando una cantidad y seleccionando THANKS en el menú desplegable para honrar y reconocer la amabilidad y servicio de su maestro.  Una vez complete su donación le enviaremos un certificado por correo al maestro que usted está honrando, y su donación apoyará a los estudiantes necesitados en el Distrito 54. Si usted así lo prefiere, puede imprimir y completar nuestro formulario  y enviarlo por correo a la Fundación junto con su donación.

Principal’s Message – April 26, 2018

Good morning,

Spring appears to have sprung!  I am hopeful the sunshine is bringing you the same joy we see in the faces of your children.  It is amazing how just a small change in our environment sets us up for a positive mindset.

We look forward to seeing you tonight!

Fondly,

Mary Botterman and Tracy Langlais

Upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, April 26 Multicultural Night/Book Fair – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27. Book Fair @ lunch
  • Wednesday, May 2. Early dismissal @ 11:40am.
  • Friday, May 4. Hot dog day-preorder only
  • Wednesday, May 9. Hot Lunch-preorder only

Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

Recently you should have received an email or possibly a letter regarding registration for the upcoming school year. Just as a reminder, all families are required to prove residency on an annual basis.  Parents may update residency via the parent portal by uploading the necessary documents.  If you are unable to upload the residency documents, you may bring them into the Aldrin office on school days between the hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For additional information regarding registration, please visit our district webpage at https://sd54.org/resources/registration/ .