E. H. Sutherland Elementary School
10015 S. Leavitt Avenue
Ms. Rose Pickett
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Newsletter February 2010
ISAT Testing will take place for all students in grades 3-8 March 2nd- 12th. It is imperative that your child be in attendance daily and arrive to school on time during the ISAT and every school day.
Reports Cards Distributed on February 3rd
Please look for report cards to come home with your child on Wednesday, February 3rd. Return signature to school.
Cookie Dough Fundraiser
Cookie dough Fundraiser information will go home on Monday, February 1st. This is a school fundraiser the only fundraiser that the school does on their own. Proceeds will go for Instructional Materials to enhance our current program. On Monday, February 1st our annual Cookie Dough Sale will begin. Orders are due by February17th. Please consider ordering these ready made cookies. If you are interested please return order form and payment by Wednesday, February 17th. The cookies are easy to make and quite delicious. Delivery will be made prior to our Spring Break expected March 24th and in time for the holidays.
Study Island and RAZ-kids
Study Island accounts are available for all students in grades 3-8. Instructions for accessing are on our school website. As this is a web-based program your child can access it from home or any public library. This program is leveled and independent. Teachers are able to see who is accessing the program. We are monitoring usage and assigning all students to work on it during the break. The grade level with the most usage will be rewarded. Please take advantage of this opportunity. We also provide RAZ kids for students in grades K-2. We recommend that students use these programs frequently in order to be successful. A half hour a day will make a huge difference. Please encourage your child to use these programs.
LSC Elections in April
LSC elections will take place in April. Interested candidates need to fill out an application if wishing to run for the LSC. Applications are available in the main office during school hours.
CPS Emergency School Closings
Chicago Public School Closings are determined by the board and would be announced on the radio WMAQ 670 AM, WGN 720 AM. WBBM 780 AM, WBBM 96.3 FM and on television Channel 32 and most local news. Please check the radio or television for school closing information.
Winter Band Concert
On Thursday, February 25th we will have our annual winter band performance. The concert will begin @ 7:00. Band members will receive details from Mr. Enns.
Coaches for Boys Volleyball
If you are interested in coaching boy’s volleyball please call Mrs. Cody, fill out a Coaches application and send it in.
Early dismissals are frequent at Sutherland. There may be an emergency occasion when a child would need to be signed out. However, there are several individuals who frequently sign children out. Early dismissals before 2:15 will be counted as a half day absence early dismissals after 2:15 are discouraged.
Material Fees Are Past Due
Many individuals have already paid their fees that were due in September. Some individuals have not as of yet paid. We are sure that it is an oversight and are hoping that this reminder will suffice. Please pay your fees to the school office as soon as possible. You may write a check or pay in cash. Fees are $75.00 for students in grades 1-8 and $50.00 for KDG.
Materials fees are collected to purchase those things not provided by the Chicago Public Schools, Board of Education budget. We rely on those fees to provide the students with necessary materials to enrich the curriculum. Our students deserve the best education and this requires supplemental materials. The school relies on these material fees to purchase consumable workbooks, additional books for novel studies, and additional materials for hands-on and center-based learning and differentiation of instruction. It helps to ensure we can purchase additional technology such as LCD projectors etc. so that we can provide the students with interactive activities and demonstrations. Without these fees Sutherland’s curriculum suffers and therefore, our students suffer. The materials fees at Sutherland School are significantly less than surrounding suburban areas. Yet the quality of education at Sutherland is stellar. That is in fact a result of the great family and community support that is evident at Sutherland. We know we can count on you to make sure the fees are paid and we can continue our programs
Parent Portal is available for grades 5-8. Please continue to check your child’s grades and assignments on Parent Portal.
As always we need for you to call in your child when they are ill. Please call in the morning by 9:15. You can leave a voice mail message at any time press 1 for attendance and leave your message. Homework is not automatically assigned if your child misses one day then they can get the assignments the next day when they return. If they will miss more than one day due to illness you can call on the second day early in the day before 9:15 and ask that assignments be gathered.
The next regular scheduled LSC meeting will take place on at Tuesday, February 2nd @ 4:00 p.m.
The Sutherland School Athletic board will meet on Tuesday, March 2 @ 5:30 p.m. There is not a meeting in February.
Join the PTA
The best schools have a great deal of involvement by parents and community members. Please be sure to join the PTA. The next PTA meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 2nd @ 9:00 a.m.
Safety and Security
There have been incidents in CPS schools that have occurred when students were unsupervised. It has been an issue at several schools for both alleged and actual occurrences therefore students are not allowed to go back in the building for forgotten belongings etc once dismissed. We have been asked to follow these procedures and we will be doing so.
Traffic around the School
The number of cars and the unsafe practices being demonstrated around the school are creating problems that are hazardous for our children. We need for parents to consider others and keep the flow of traffic moving. Individuals who park and watch their children stand in line create unnecessary conditions. People who talk on the cell phone while driving and are not paying attention to the adults directing traffic are adding to the problem creating further delays and back-ups. If you want to watch your child until they go in the building park at least on the next block and walk with them. Turning on 100th from Leavitt rather than going to 99th may be more convenient but creates further delay. We know that everyone agrees the safety of children is the most important thing to consider. We encourage you to consider walking or parking away from the perimeter of the school. We absolutely need parents to follow the rules and simply drop off their child and leave the premises safely. We have contacted the police department and they will be assisting us. Tickets will be issued to individuals who continue to follow unsafe practices. We would also appreciate volunteers who would help us manage the traffic and ensure the students are safe. A special thank you is extended to the two parents who volunteer daily. We sincerely appreciate your willingness to assist for the benefit of our students. If you would like to volunteer for Parent Patrol even a day or two per week please call the office and leave your name and contact information.
All newsletters, calendars and other pertinent information will be posted on this site.
Please review the PAWS matrix of school wide behaviors with your child.
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.
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 anytime before 9:15 a.m.
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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