E. H. Sutherland Elementary School
10015 S. Leavitt Avenue
Ms. Maria Pullos Counselor
Ms. Rose Pickett
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Newsletter September 2010
What a great opening of school. It is so good to see the students again. It has been an awesome first week. We are off to a great start and looking forward to another successful year at Sutherland.
Important Items Went Home on Friday September 10th.
Please return the emergency cards, school fees, cultural enhancement performance fees and other items to school as soon as possible. It is imperative that we have those emergency cards updated for our office file. School Fees are due on September 25th. Payment of fees is required prior to participating in any extra curricular activities. Those students participating in sports need to have fees paid before participating. Your appreciation is greatly appreciated.
Curriculum Nights will take place the next two Thursday evenings. On Thursday, September 16th parents of students in grades 6, 7 & 8 will be invited to attend curriculum night. We will have a mandatory meeting for 8th grade parents on the same night @ 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium and a mandatory meeting for 7th grade @ 6:00 p.m. in the annex. Curriculum presentations for grades 7 & 8 begin @ 6:35. A note was sent home and details posted on the website. An introduction to MYP for 6th grade parents will begin @ 6:30 p.m. Sixth grade curriculum presentations will begin @ 7:15 Curriculum Night for grades K-5 will take place on Thursday, September 24th. Curriculum presentations for grades K-2 are @ 6:30 until 7:15 and for grades 3-5 @ 7:15 until 8:00.
Parent Portal Passwords
Parent Portal Passwords will be distributed to parents on Curriculum Nights for students in Grades 4-8. New ones will be issued for Grades 4 & 5. They have not changed for Grades 6-8 however we will distribute them again. ISAT test results will also be distributed at those events.
I Madonnari will take place on Saturday, September 18th @ 11:00. The school building will close @ 3:00 and activities will continue on the grounds until 4:00 p.m. Information for individuals interested in a sidewalk square, being a vendor or other information can visit the Sutherland School website for more details. It is a fabulous event and we encourage all to attend.
Peace Pole Dedication
We will be having our annual Peace Pole dedication on Tuesday, September 21st @ 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 21st is International Day of Peace. You are invited to attend. If you would like to attend then please meet us outside on Leavitt at the Peace Garden at 9:30.
NWEA/MAPTEST to Replace Benchmark Testing
We will be implementing a new student testing program which will replace benchmark testing. It will be given 3 times a year and we will begin next week. This test is taken individually on a computer and we will be working on it for a couple of weeks. NWEA/MAP is highly preferred nationally and we are excited to have this opportunity to use this instrument at Sutherland.
In- School Field Trips
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 miss 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.
Registration for Boy’s Basketball And Girl’s Volleyball
Registration for Boy’s Basketball and Girls Volleyball will take place on Tuesday, September 28th and Wednesday, September 29th. Hours are from 6 until 7:30 p.m. both evenings. Leagues require early commitments so it is imperative that you register your child on time.
Safety and Security
Apparently 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. Students are not allowed to return to the buildings for forgotten items after school has dismissed.
Visitors during the school day (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.
No Dogs at School Please
Please do not bring dogs to school when dropping off or picking up your children. Many of the students will want to pet the dogs and we do not know who might be allergic. Some may be afraid of dogs and feel unsafe. Also the dogs could become overwhelmed and snap or bite one of the children. It is not safe to have dogs around when there are so many students leaving or entering the building. Please do not bring them to the school.
The next regularly scheduled LSC meeting will take place on at Tuesday, September 14th 4:30 p.m.
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, September 14th @ 7:00 p.m.
Athletic Board Meeting
The Sutherland Athletic board will meet on Tuesday, October 12th @ 5:30 p.m. There is not a meeting in September.
Coaches Applications for Boys Basketball and Girl’s Volleyball
If you are interested in coaching either Boy’s Basketball or Girls’ Volleyball please fill out a coaches application and send it to Ms. Cody in the office.
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 or even a bit further away 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.
All newsletters, calendars and other pertinent information will be posted on this site. Violin and Band information is available on the website as well.
Please review the PAWS matrix of school wide behaviors with your child.
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. Please do not block crosswalks, double-park to drop off or park and wait unnecessarily blocking traffic and creating congestion. 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.
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. 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 or fill out the Parent Volunteer form that was sent home and is available on the website.
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
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