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Hickory Point Happenings October 8, 2021

Instructional delivery plan for quarantined students

Sixty minutes of reading/writing instruction and thirty minutes of math instruction will be delivered over Zoom from a former District 27 teacher, Mrs. Kropf. Parents and students will receive an email with instructions from Mrs. Deely or Mrs. Buchanan when the student enters quarantine. Packets, workbooks, and worksheets along with your child's Chromebook will be ready for pickup in the school office within 24 hours of quarantine. Your child's teacher might also share curriculum or other information through Canvas. There are no Zoom lessons from the classrooms. 

Parent Communications Focus Group

The District 27 Communications Department is seeking volunteers to be part of a 60-minute Parent Communications Focus Group held via Zoom at 7 pm Monday, November 8. We will discuss the District's various communications channels (emails, newsletters, website, mobile app, etc.), as well as the strengths and barriers of parent communications. 

If you are available and interested in participating, please complete this registration form by Monday, October 18. We will be taking a limited number of participants so that everyone has a chance to speak. The information gathered in this focus group will be used in conjunction with a district-wide survey to update the District's Communications Plan. Thank you for your consideration!

Halloween - Friday, October 29

I'm posting Halloween information extra early to help with planning for those children that choose to participate. Children will be allowed to wear their costumes to school all day, so please help us have fun while keeping a focus on learning by following the guidelines listed below. For our school celebration, the costumes and themes need to be appropriate for children in a school setting. Please keep it simple. While we want to have fun on this special day, our priority is learning. The success of this day is contingent upon parental cooperation, and we rely on your support. It's expected that children will wear masks and maintain the same practices we have on other days of school. 

Consider the following when planning your child's costume for school:

  • Yes, masks meeting the requirements for school during the pandemic are still required! 

  • Costumes must abide by our school dress code. 

  • Costumes should not limit vision or interfere with instruction and learning.  

  • Choose a costume that your child can take on and off (for bathroom purposes, lunch, Physical Education, etc.) on their own without help.

  • Limit the amount of make-up, hair spray, etc., that the children will have to wear all day. Children will NOT be allowed to "touch up" during the school day, so please save these extras for the home. 

  • Weapons of any kind (real or fake) are not allowed in school.

  • Costumes promoting violent themes are not allowed in school.

  • Rollerblades or skates are not permitted.

  • Food should not be part of the costume or classroom celebration. 

  • Group costumes should not be worn at school as they promote the exclusion of other students. This is a request that we truly need parental cooperation and support to maintain this fun day for our children.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 11-School is not in session

  • Friday, October 15-  Pajama spirit day

  • Wed. October 20-    Zoom conferences 5 pm-8:15 pm

  • Thurs. October 21-  School is not in session

                                         Zoom conferences 1 pm-4 pm 

                                         Zoom conferences 5 pm-8:15 pm