Andy Siegfried, Superintendent Jacelynn Hall, Principal
February 2015 Newsletter
From the Superintendent:
January and February traditionally brings some of the coldest weather of the year. Just a reminder to send students to school properly dressed each day. The last day of school due to recent cold weather will be May 29th for students (unless we have to use another emergency day).
Your school district is taking a cautious and common sense approach to what health officials are predicting will be a very active flu season.
COVER – your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
CLEAN – wash your hands frequently during the day
CONTAIN – stay home if sick.
If there is ever a need to close school or to deliver important health information, you will be contacted directly by our Parent Emergency Notification and Information System. Make sure our school secretaries have your current phone numbers and other additional contact information. I would suggest having your personal cell phone as your main number if possible. You may also choose to visit our school district website at www.chaneymonge.us, or www.flu.gov or www.willcountyhealth.org for more on-line information at any time.
Parking regulations, traffic laws, bright orange cones, tickets and school rules will not prevent an accident from happening. However, as adult drivers, we all must remind ourselves that there is no excuse for compromising the safety of any child because we are in a hurry, late for an appointment, angry at a family member, or angry at the driver in the vehicle ahead.
So, for the sake of all children, drive safely and extremely carefully during your trips to, from, and around school at all times. Discuss basic pedestrian safety with your kids. Our staff members, administrators, and Crest Hill Police Department are committed to making sure your kids remain safe – and I am sure you are too.
Remember to go over weather safety procedures at home this spring. It is not uncommon to see March tornados especially with this ever changing weather pattern.
Is School Closed?
Its freezing cold, the snow’s blowing, wind’s howling and my homework isn’t done: what a great time to find out that there is no school! If possible, the decision to close school is made the night before or very early in the morning (before 7:00 AM) of the day classes will be canceled.
Principal Jackie Hall will send a recorded phone message directly to the phone numbers listed in your child’s registration forms. Messages are sent immediately after the decision is made to close school for the day. Please do not call the school to verify that school has been closed. Make sure your answering machines or message systems are in working order. Please check your voicemail and listen to your message before calling the school back.
Emergency School Closings
Unless you receive a ‘school closed’ call from our school district parent emergency notification and information system, hear a notice that school is closed on any of the media outlets below or see a notice on our school district website, SCHOOL IS OPEN! Do not call the school district numbers since there will probably be no one available to answer your call. Instead, tune in or type in any of the media outlets listed below:
Radio WJOL 1340 AM
Radio WSSR 96.7 FM
Radio WRXQ 100.7 FM
Radio WCCQ 98.3 FM
Radio WGN 720 AM
Radio WBBM 780 AM
Radio WONU 89.7 FM
Radio WERV 95.9 FM
TV WGN Channel 9
TV WLS Channel 7
TV WFLD Channel 32
TV WBBM Channel 2
TV WNBQ Channel 5
Web Site: www.wjol.com
Web Site: www.emergencyclosings.com
Web Site: www.chaneymonge.us
The Chaney Monge Board of Education meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month starting at 7 pm. We generally meet in the library during the school year.
CONSTRUCTION FOR SUMMER 2015
The Chaney Monge Board of Education went out to bid to replace around 14,000 square feet of roofing on the 1980 addition. The district replaced around 40,000 square feet of roofing on the original building last summer. These projects will finish up a two year process of replacing the entire school roof. The new roof will come with a 20 year warranty. The district will also be going out to bid later this spring for additional life safety work in the building. The district was able to move forward on repairs with the help of state grants and referendum funds.
2014-2015 SCHOOL CALENDAR
The district used two emergency days in January due to the extreme cold weather. The update d2014-2015 school calendar is located on our website (www.chaneymonge.us).
2015-2016 SCHOOL CALENDAR
The 2015-2016 school calendar process started last month with a draft calendar presented to the board of education. When the final calendar is approved, it will be posted on our website (www.chaneymonge.us).
From the Principal – Jackie Hall WHAT TIME DOES CLASS START? Doors open at 7:55 a.m. and classes start promptly at 8:00 a.m. Any student that is not in their classroom at 8:00 is late and will be marked tardy. Students who are late must be signed in by parents. Arriving late often accumulates into missing instructional time, is a disruption to the classroom, and builds habits that take the focus off of learning as well as the importance of education. Please help your student and ensure they arrive at school at 7:55 a.m.
EARLY DISMISSAL REMINDER
On Friday, February 13th there will be an 11:30 dismissal for grades 1-8 as we hold a faculty meeting. There will be NO Kindergarten classes.
ATTENTION MARKET DAY CUSTOMERS:
As of March 2, 2015, Market Day will no longer accept your LINK or EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) food assistance benefits as a method of payment.
You may still order online at marketday.com and prepay using your credit card or pay with cash or check made payable to Market Day at the pick-up. Also you can turn in your paper order to the school up to one week prior to the pick-up date and again pay with cash or check made payable to Market Day at the pick-up.
February’s order forms are due to school by February 11th. Online orders are due by 11 p.m. on February 13th. February’s pick-up date/time is Wednesday, February 18th at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All proceeds from Market Day go directly to the Chaney Monge Foundation to assist in programs that benefit all of our students.
LUNCRHOOM AND FIELD TRIP PAYMENT POLICY
Please send a check or exact money/change for lunch payments or field trips. We cannot facilitate distribution of change and require exact amounts. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
5 Essentials Survey
Chaney-Monge School will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From January 12 through March 13, teachers, students, and parents will be asked to take a 20-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational
Chaney-Monge School participated in the inaugural 2012-2013 administration to meet state legislation and the Board’s mandate. Again this year, Chaney-Monge will administer the survey in February 2015 to learn how schools are doing on the 5Essentials for school success.
PARRC Testing PBA in March and EOY end of April/beginning of May
Illinois has implemented new, higher standards for student learning in all schools across the state. The New Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core have been adopted in conjunction with similar changes in over 40 other states. These new standards provide students with the relevant, real world knowledge and skills needed for success in college and careers. In order to measure student mastery of the new standards and provide educators with reliable data that will help guide instruction, Illinois will implement a new state assessment PARCC that will replace the current tests required by the state.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is the new state test and accountability measure for Illinois students. It is based on the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will assess students in math and English language arts. Illinois is a member of the PARCC consortium with several other states across the nation. A large number of Illinois educators have been involved in the development of this assessment.
PARCC will replace the ISAT assessment in Illinois. The new assessment adds new elements to the old multiple-choice format and allows for a better measure of students’ skills and abilities. Using technology-enhanced items and various other innovations, students will get the chance to better showcase their skills. The results will provide teachers, schools, students, and parents with more accurate information on whether students are on track for college and careers.
For the 2014-15 school year, all students in grades 3-8 as well once in high school are required to take PARCC. Students take both parts of the summative exam: the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) and the End-of-Year Assessment (EOY). Chaney-Monge School will be administering the computer based PARCC PBA in March. We will administer the EOY test at the end of April/beginning of May.
Box Tops and Labels
Ms. Pavnica reminds you to send in your General Mills Box Tops and Campbell’s Labels. Your label and box top donations help provide supplies and activities to our students and school.
Music News Come roll with us for some Valentine’s Eve fun! The CMMPA would like to invite all Chaney Monge students, families and friends to come out for the “Chaney Monge Family Music Night” at the Family Fun Zone in Crest Hill. Meet us there Friday, February 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A portion of your admission and skate rental will go directly to the Chaney Monge Music Program! Family Meal deals are available and all non-skating adults are FREE. We hope to see you all there!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Krispy Kreme Fundraiser! The pickup date for all donut orders is Thursday, February 5th, after school until 4:30 p.m. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Borsowicz 4th grade class for being the best-selling Elementary Class, and Mrs. Short’s 6th grade class for being the best-selling Jr. High Class. Thank you all again for your hard work and for supporting the Chaney Monge Music Program!!
Congratulations to the January “Young Professional Musician of the Month”, 5th grade saxophonist Avery Ward and 7th grade trumpet/French horn player Bryan Orea! Keep up the great work Avery and Bryan!!
The CMMPA’s “Spirit-Wear Sale” is going on this month through March 4th! Band and choir students, you won’t want to miss out on this sale and your chance to show your Chaney Monge Music Spirit! Order your “Music is Life” t-shirts and hoodies by completing the Spirit Wear Order Form and returning it, along with payment to Ms. Hayes no later than March 4th. Keep a look out for the Spirit Wear Order Form coming home soon.
As a reminder to those students who will be attending the “Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Let the Music Move You” field trip on Sunday, March 22nd, your permission slip and the balance due, if any, MUST be turned in to Ms. Hayes no later than Monday, February 9th.
Concert Band will be performing at the “Lockport Area Concert Band Festival” on February 19th, at the LTHS East Campus Center. Concert Band students must arrive at Chaney Monge no later than 5:00 p.m. Keep a look out for further information on this event from Ms. Hayes.
All parents, family & friends are invited to attend the 3rd Quarter Concert on Thursday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m. Come on out and join us for a great night of musical performances by the Chaney Monge Bands and Choir!
The CMMPA still has Food 4 Less Reward Cards available. Shop at Food 4 Less and help us raise funds to support the Chaney Monge Music Program. Contact the CMMPA or Ms. Hayes to get started today!
Everyone is invited to attend our next Board Meeting on February 11that 7:00 p.m. We welcome your thoughts, ideas and support, and hope you can attend! Contact us at CMMPABoard@gmail.com.
S.T.A.R. Reading Times for February will be:
February 6th – 9:50 to 10:23 am.
February 12th – 10:35 to 11:08 am.
February 20th – 12:50 to 1:23 pm.
February 26th – 1:35 to 2:08 pm.
The second quarter ended with our students taking 1,817 AR tests and passing 1,492. The students who met their reading goals were rewarded with a movie and popcorn in the library.
Congratulations to our top readers. They are:
2nd Graders:Angelina Dockery in 1st place (110 Pts.), Ashlyn Snapp came in 2nd place (102 pts.) and Jaeden Edwards came in third place (96 pts.)
The 3rd through 5th grade top readers are:
Nathan Parejko in 1st place (53 pts.), Ben Leroy in 2nd place (49 pts.) and Nathan St. Angelo in third place (41 pts.).
Our top Jr. High readers are:
Skyler Craig with first place (36 pts.), Eduardo Solis came in 2nd place (16 pts.) and Alexis Raia came in 3rd place (15 pts.). Please encourage your children to keep reading.
The Six Flags Read to Succeed forms went home with the children in K-6 grade on the first week back from winter break. Children must read six hours of recreational reading in order to receive a free ticket to Six Flags theme park. All forms are due back to the library by Friday, February 20th, 2015. They must be filled in completely and signed by a parent. They will not count if not filled out and signed so please make sure you look over your students form before turning it in.
Students of the Month
Mrs. Short reports that December Lion’s Club Students of the Month were: 5th grader: Mary Elizabeth Greenlaw; 6th grader: Estelle DelToro; 7th Grader: Esthela Garcia; and 8th grader: Nadeen Eid.
Congratulations on your award!
We want to congratulate the boys 7th grade basketball team for taking 1st place in the St. Joseph tournament.
The team member are: Aaron Darling, Jacob Rosin, Aldo Guerra, Jackson Furr, Adrian Tiller, Daniel Sanchez, PJ Bocinsky, LJ Barga, and Scott Sly. Way to go boys!!!
Volleyball is underway!! Come out and watch the girls play!!
Come out and support your Braves!! Remember sports at Chaney Monge is all parent volunteer ran! And as always, “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”.
During the week of February 2nd, we will be hosting our annual St. Jude Math-A-Thon. This fundraiser benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which treats children who are battling cancer and other deadly diseases. Your child will be bringing home a Parent/Guardian letter and Sponsor Form Envelope that will explain the simple steps necessary to participate in this worthwhile event. We are proud of the opportunity this event provides our school to help the children at St. Jude’s. Thank you for supporting our Mathletes and for returning your donations by Thursday, February 26th.
On January 15th, Chaney-Monge school acknowledged the academic scholarship achievement of our students and also the display of good character and citizenship. Congratulations to all our hard-working students.
We would like to send big “Thank You” to all of our parents who took time out of their day to attend our Awards Assembly. It was just amazing to look at the bleachers and see them full of smiling, proud faces. Your support is always appreciated and we thank you for making sure your students know how much it matters to you that they are doing well in school!
Our students have worked hard during the second quarter of the school year. Although only a few students are recognized for their accomplishments at the Awards Assemblies each quarter, there are many other students who have worked hard, too.
Also mentioned (and applauded) were students who earned a certificate for Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll and High Honor Roll. Earning these awards can be a goal for all students to work toward, although Honor Roll begins in fourth grade. Please notice the students’ names on display in the main hallway. Congratulations to all the students who earned awards in second quarter and keep doing your best!
Second Quarter Reading awards were earned by: Nathan Greenlaw, Manny Hernandez, Gabriel Stewart, Hailey White, Benjamin Knowles, Amanda Presi, Andres Zaragoza, Gael Pasaran, Kylee Senese, Angelina Dockery, Gabriel Orth, Abigail House, Tabitha Jarrett, James LeBron, Sol Ruiz, Nathan Parejko, Max Helis, Yessenia Aviles, Ben LeRoy, Kelli Watkins, Hayden Sexton, Jose Sanchez, Jerren Edwards, Chloe Ruhnke, Ivo Ruiz, Nayely Arreola, Julian Cruz, Alex Alcala, LJ Barga, Karli Grooms, Abby Miller, Felipe Reyes, Jolee Hostetter, DJ Smith, Laila Williams, Michael Chung, Jianna Bolognani.
Effort and Participation awards were earned by: Caiden Karanosky, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez, Stephen Swan, Jose Ramon Rodriguez, Hailey Silverman, Anais Hernandez, Alexia Zuniga, Drew Dockery, Brianna Kloeckner, Sophia Sedlock, Jacob Ogbara, Michelle Calderon, Mason Crandall, Ava Meisinger, Hani Eid, Andrew Musial, Alexis Hernandez, Adriana Villa, Eric Fite, Ashley Loeza, Shane Schomig, David Sanchez, Jaime Escobedo, Randy Loftis, Taylor Mutz, Jackson Furr, Bella Arreola, Daniel Sanchez, Samantha Walsh, Nina Watkins, Gustavo Del Toro, Taylor McAuliffe, Katya Hernandez, Eric Liacone, Ciara Lange, Sandy Solorzano, Orion Curry, Javier Garcia, Alexa Boland, Nancy Duran.
Fairness awards were earned by: Nathalie Cespedes, Brooklyn Gonzalez, Gael Rangel, Ashley Gavina, Amber Meadows, Nori Hostetter, Austin Legner, Brianna Gonzalez, Christopher Gomez, Kaylin Zeglin, Katelynn Reinhart, Emiliano Cazares, Jose Ayala, Lexi Raia, MacKenzie Reinhart, Vinny Martinez, Yahira Gomez, Kayla Craig.
Caring awards were earned by: Robin Topor, Candy Duran, Alany Salais, Grace Galvan, Maggie Ruhnke, Kayla Wagner, Azuriah Albert, Oscar Cabrera, Kira Pluta, Troy Mutz, Jetta Brazel, Mary Greenlaw, Alyssa Shannon, Matthew Bartiromo, Marisa Lopez, Abby Kemnetz, Lilly Brock, Emma Villegas.