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August 2001

Letter to Parents

Did you know that you can recycle newspaper, magazines, catalogs, and mail 24 hours/7 days a week at our school?  Did you also know that our school earns money for paper collected from the community paper recycling program on our campus?

This is an easy way for you to recycle paper and help us raise money for projects like equipment, landscaping, books, and computers.  Please remember to bring your paper to school and drop it in the green and yellow recycling bin.   There is no financial commitment from you, just bring us your paper!

Thank you for your support of this important fundraising effort.

DID YOU KNOW

Help Whiteside School with Gifts and Memorials:  The Whiteside Education Foundation has been set up to accept gifts to support educational programs at Whiteside.  Giving a gift to Whiteside is a great way to honor a student, friend, or parent.  The school will benefit from your tax deductible gift, and your honoree will have their name listed in the Smokesignals newsletter.  In a foundation, your gift adds to the principle and basically isn't touched.  Only the interest is used to keep giving to Whiteside forever.  We are thankful for our first gifts in memory of Allison Renner, a Whiteside student, and Mrs. Catherine Rable, mother of Mrs Metzger, a fifth grade teacher at Whiteside.

St. Clair County Sheriff's department School Safety Hotline is 1-877-SCHLTIP (1-877-724-5847).  Call this number to report any threat of school violence, especially if guns or other weapons may be involved.  Student calls will remain anonymous.  Students and parents are urged to call the hotline or contact the school to report any safety concerns.

Please help us to improve safety. When picking up or dropping off your child, always pull over by the curb. NEVER pick up or drop off a child from the far lane where the child must cut between traffic. Also, we request that parents not pick up children by parking along Southwind Drive. Cars parked in this area make it very difficult for the buses to get out of our parking area. Buses leave promptly at 3:05 PM. Also, we ask that parents never drop off children on Lebanon Avenue. This is a very dangerous area to stop while children are getting out of a car. Above all, follow the directions of our employees who are trying to keep your child safe!

Please do not drop students at school before 8:00 AM.   Supervision is not available until that time.  The first bell rings at 8:25 AM and classes start promptly at 8:30 AM.  Students are to be in their classrooms by 8:30 AM or they will be considered tardy.  Students arriving after 8:30 AM should report to the office for a tardy pass.  By state law, we must consider any student who is over 15 minutes late as absent for day.

PARENT-TEACHER CLUB (PTC) NEWS

The first PTC meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2001 at 6:30 PM in Warrior Hall.

BOOSTER CLUB NEWS

Become a member of the Booster Club for $30.00 and you will get into Volleyball and Basketball games for free!  We encourage all parents who have children on athletic teams and/or cheerleading to join our group.  Of course, we welcome all who want to assist us!.

BAND INFORMATION

The first Band meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 at 6:30 PM in Warrior Hall.

STUDENT INFORMATION

Student Assistance Program (SAP):   Students who are experiencing difficulty in school related to behavior, health, academics, or attendance may be referred to the SAP team for assistance.  Parents are encouraged to contact the SAP team regarding concerns with their child.  Students may self-refer if they would like assistance in any of these areas.  SAP can help connect students and their families to outside agencies, set up in-school programs to assist students, refer students for Big Brothers/Big Sisters school mentoring program, and work with parents and teachers to help students succeed.  Contact one of the school social workers to make a SAP referral.

Character Education:   Throughout the school year, in all aspects of our school community, traits of good character are emphasized.  Focus areas include: honesty, cooperation, respect, caring, responsibility, peace, integrity, courage, patience, service, self-control, goal-setting.  With deliberate and diligent attention to these areas, we strive to create a positive school environment.

Peer Mediation:  Students in grades 4-8 may utilize peer mediation to help resolve conflicts with classmates.   Peer mediators receive training, and work under the guidance of a social worker to help students handle conflicts in a positive, productive manner.  Mediation request forms are available in the school office.

NURSE'S NEWS

Our school nurse will be Mrs. Julie Mongeon, BSN RN, and the medical assistant will be Mrs. Susan Webb.

Welcome to the 2001-02 school year!  I hope your children will have a healthy, productive year.  Please note the following reminders:

  • 5th graders must have a copy of their physical exam and 3 hepatitis B shots in the Nurse's Office by October 15th, 2001.
  • All new students must have their up-to-date health records in the Nurse's Office by October 15th, 2001 (at the latest).
  • Illinois School code requires us to exclude any child who does not meet these requirements by October 15th, 2001.  Parents make your children's appointments TODAY if you have not already done so.

Medications at School:  We encourage all medications to be given at home either before or after school; however if your child must receive any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) at school, we require:

  • Written directions from the physician giving dosages, frequency, and beginning and ending dates of administration.
  • The medication brought to school by the parent or guardian
  • Medication in its original prescription bottle or over-the-counter package listing all ingredients.

These rules are for your child's safety, and to assure correct administration.  I have medication administration forms in my office for your convenience, or there is a copy in the Whiteside Handbook.  Please keep me updated regarding your child's health.  My phone number is 233-7917 ext. 5.

ESP (EXTENDED SCHOOL PROGRAM) NEWS

Whiteside School's Extended School Program (ESP) will offer before and after school child care for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.  The ESP will provide children of working parents with a safe, well-supervised program, consisting of homework assistance, enrichment activities, and recreation time.  The morning program is available beginning at 6:45 AM.  The after-school program operates until 6:00 PM.  Registration information is available in the primary office.

DRESS CODE

Students are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate to the time, place, and purpose. Proper dress is the responsibility of the student and his/her parent(s). However, if the student's clothing would cause a disruption to the learning process, the student will not be permitted to attend class until he/she changes into appropriate attire. Guidelines that will help clarify proper dress include:

  • Tank tops, tube tops, bare midriffs, low-neck tops, and see-through clothing should not be worn unless appropriate attire is worn over or under this type of clothing.
  • Pants should not have large rips or holes and must be properly worn so as to fit at or above the waist. No undergarments should be visible.
  • Shorts are acceptable, but they must be of appropriate length (approximately the point where a student’s fingers would reach when arms are relaxed at their side).
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Hats, sunglasses, headscarves, and clothing with offensive graphics may not be worn in the building.

OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP

Several opportunities exist to help raise funds for Whiteside School, especially for use with technology.  Check our Fundraiser Page to see some easy ways you, your family, and friends can help!