E. H. Sutherland Elementary School
10015 S. Leavitt Avenue
Ms. Rose Pickett
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Sutherland School Newsletter - November 2007
Full Day Kindergarten Applications
Kindergarten applications for next year are available on line and at the school. Attendance area students who will turn five on or before September 5th must fill out an application for the full day program. These applications are due before December 21st. If you have a child who will turn five on or before September 1, 2008 please fill out an application and get it to the school office by December 21st before the winter break. Even if you are not sure you that you want full day you need to fill out the application now as you will not be eligible after this date. If there are parents who have students in local preschools who would be willing to bring information to those places please contact Mrs. Ford @ 535-2580.
Picture Day will take place on Tuesday, November 6th. Please be sure you complete the order form and enclose payment on or before November 6th if you are interested in purchasing pictures. Send the envelope with payment on the morning of November 6th with the students who will be photographed.
Children’s Book Week
November 12th to the 16th we will celebrate National Children’s Book Week. The theme of this year’s Children’s Book Week is “More Books, Please”. Since 1919, educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated children’s book week during the week before Thanksgiving. Children’s books and the love for reading are celebrated during this time. The goal of book week is to bring people together to talk about books and reading. This week provides us with an excellent opportunity to model good reading habits and pass along a love of reading to our children. Please take some time during this week to sit and share a book with your child. At Sutherland, we will be inviting members of the community into classrooms to share with them their favorite children’s books. Volunteers from the community will read stories to classrooms of students. Children’s books and the love of reading are celebrated through storytelling. Our goal is that students will see the importance of reading across all walks of life and learn to enjoy books and reading in their everyday lives.
Student Council Elections
The following individuals were elected as classroom representatives for the student council. Room 209 - Deja Alexander and Gregory Rudd, Room 210 - Dale Clayborne and Brendan McNicholas, Room 212 – Joey Albarran and Kaitlyn Walker, Room 112 – Aaron Polk and Hannah Zarzecki, Room 004 – Alaysia Graham and Taylor Nazon, Room 008 – Hollie Davis and Victoria Walsh, Room 001- Burke Hanson and Courtney Mitchell, Room 002 – Matthew Espinola and Sarah Malobabic, Room 003 – Jamal Griffin, Abby Johnson and Eric Sanders. Congratulations to all the classroom representatives. In November we will have the election for officers. The candidates will give their speeches on Tuesday, November 13th and the election will take place on Wednesday, November 14th.
November is the month we think about all of the things we are grateful for. It is also a time to remember those less fortunate and to demonstrate our generosity. We will be participating in several drives this month is order to assist those individuals who are in need. Beginning on November 9th and continuing through December 7th we will be collecting a variety of donations.
Stew Crew Collections
The Stew Crew invites you to help Feed the Hungry, Share Your Soles and Provide Some Warmth. From November 9th through November 16th collection bins will be outside the auditorium for gently warn shoes, canned goods and winter coats and gear. Be a steward this holiday season.
Pennies for Peace
The IB students of Sutherland School will be sponsoring a Community and Service Project entitled "Pennies for Peace". Students will be asked to bring in pennies during International Education Week of November 14th - 18th.
Anyone interested in donating school supplies (new or slightly used) can bring them to Mrs. Ryan the IB Coordinator at Sutherland School. These supplies will be sent to the Marines presently serving in Fallujah, Iraq and are distributed to the children by the Marines. This is a request from Mrs. Ryan's son, LCpl. Denis Ryan, who is on his first tour of duty in Iraq. Any donations (pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, rulers, etc..) would be greatly appreciated. Donations will be accepted during the school year 2007-2008.
The IB students of Sutherland School will again be sponsoring their 3rd Annual "Support the Troops Christmas Drive." A holiday decorated box will be placed in each of the classrooms and students are asked to bring in an item from the suggested list that has been compiled from several sources. This list will be distributed to each of the students and the donations can be brought in between November 26th to December 7th. All donations will be given to the Support the Troops Illinois and will be distributed by this organization to the troops from Illinois who are stationed overseas. Anything that you can give during this drive will show our support for our men and women in the United States Military. Thanks again for helping our IB program with this Community and Service event.
Dogs on School Grounds @ Entrance and Dismissal
Several individuals have complained about parents bringing their dogs on the school grounds at entrance and dismissal. They are concerned that the children get excited and that if the dog gets excited the students may get hurt. Other students may be allergic to dogs and try to pet them anyway. Please refrain from bringing the dogs on the school grounds before and after school.
Please return your UNICEF collection to the school office. Please write a check to UNICEF.
Veteran's Day is quickly approaching and Mrs. Ryan would again like to show our appreciation of all the Sutherland alumni and Sutherland family members who have served in the United States Military. If you or anyone in your family is a veteran or an active member of the military, please send us a COPY of their picture with the following information: name, rank, branch of service and years of service and we will attach their picture to the bulletin board in the school hallway. This invitation includes: fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. All pictures will be returned after November. This Veteran's Day, just say Thanks!!"
The PTA meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 6th @ 9:00 a.m.
PTA Monthly Virtues
The PTA is continuing with their monthly virtues program. November’s focus is on Responsibility. Students will received information on participating in this month’s theme.
Rosetta Stone Subscriptions
In December Rossetta Stone subscriptions will be offered to students and their families again. The subscriptions will begin on January 1st but payment and other information must be in the office by December 21st so that the subscriptions can be set up during the break. Those of you who subscribed last year will need to sign-up again in order to keep current subscriptions valid. As a school group we can obtain a yearly subscription for $95 per year. Generally the cost is $49.95 a month. We will be offering French, Spanish and Chinese. You may choose to purchase two subscriptions in two languages if you would like. You will need to pay for each language separately.
Principal For A Day 2007
We were delightfully surprised with five Principals for a Day. We had Alderman Ginger Rugai, Mr. Michael Martin, Mr. Ken Caniglia, Mr. Maurice Woods and Mr. Loren DuPree. The Principals for a Day were toured around the building, escorted by student council members for classroom visits and participated in a discussion about the strengths and needs of Sutherland Schoo. They have all been invited back for Children’s Book Week. They enjoyed their visit and were all lovely guests at our school. We look forward to forming partnerships and continuing relationships with these individuals and the various entities they represent.
The LSC will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 4:00 p.m.
A letter from the LSC
Parents and Community Members,
Thank you to all of the individuals who volunteered. Many people have commented on how well the parent patrol has been able to help keep our students safe at entrance and dismissal.
Thanks to all who purchased Entertainment Books this year. The proceeds are used to maintain the website. The website is our most reliable means of communication. We appreciate all of you who contributed by purchasing and/or selling Entertainment Books.
NEWSLETTER GOES PAPERLESS
In January, the Sutherland School Newsletter will go paperless. Please get in the habit of checking the website for newsletter and voice blast. They are posted regularly. In an effort to reduce the large amount of paper use the newsletter will be available on-line only. It is created the first Friday of every month and available over the weekend. The voice blast is also available on line on the home page every Sunday.
Please continue to check the website. All newsletters, calendars and other pertinent information will be posted on this site. The voice blast is posted every Sunday. The newsletter is posted the first Friday of every month.
Arrival and Dismissal
Students are to arrive to school no earlier than 8:45. There is no one to supervise them before this time. Parents who can walk their children to school are encouraged to do so to keep the traffic to a minimum. Those who do drive are asked to drop their children off next to the curb and then leave the premises. Students are to be picked up at 2:45. No one should enter the parking lot before or after school, as there is a great deal of pedestrian traffic at that time. If your child forgets their lunch please know that we have extra lunches and they will be fed. Lunches can be purchased at the school.
UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS
No School on November 2nd or 8th
REPORT CARD PICK UP
This year elementary report card pick-up will be on Thursday, November 8th. Please mark your calendars. The hours are from 12:30 – 6:00 p.m. The purpose of this event is to distribute report cards. Individual conferences with teachers will need to be scheduled for another time. If after receiving the report card you wish to schedule a conference please call the school office and leave a message for the teacher or write a note to the teacher.
Absence from School
Thanks to all the parents who have been calling the school to report absences from school. Please notify the school by telephone if your child will be absent from school. You can leave a voice mail at any time. We appreciate your cooperation. Parents should call the school when their child will be absent from school. It is important that we know that the students are safe. It is preferred that the parents call the school by 9:15 so that we know your child is at home with you. You can call and leave a voice mail as early as 7 a.m.
Drivers in and around the school
Please be courteous and cautious when dropping off or picking up students. We need you to respect the traffic patterns and safety patrol crossing areas. Please do not block crosswalks, double-park to drop off or park and wait unnecessarily blocking traffic and creating congestion.
Safety and Security
Visitors (anyone who is not a staff member or student) will not be allowed to be in the building unless they have entered through the office, signed in and received a visitor’s pass. Please do not enter with the children or through any door other than the office door on Hamilton to obtain a pass.
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