Culver Update - 10/23/20

We hope you and your families are all safe and healthy.

We are looking forward to bringing more students back for in-person learning on Nov. 4th!

Grade Level Start Dates

We welcome back our 7th and 8th grade students Wednesday, November 4th.

Instructional Kits ~ Round 3

We will distribute our next instructional kits for preschool through 6th grade on Monday, October 26th. The pick up is for students in the remote learning model only. Students in the  hybrid (in-person) learning model will receive their materials in class. Please bring back the bag you received during our last pick up. We look forward to seeing our remote learning families from 1:30-4:30, at the following entrances:

PreK/Kindergarten/1st grade - door 1 (main door)

2nd grade/3rd grade - door 3 (near playground)

4th grade/5th grade - south door (bus door) 

6th grade - back (west) door (near baseball field) 

7th/8th grade - Date changed to Monday, November 9th, from 2:30-4:30 - door 1 (main door)

Upcoming Important Calendar Dates 

  • Friday, October 30th - we will dismiss at our regular dismissal time of 12:30, not 11:30. The afternoon is for staff professional development. There is no school after dismissal. 
  • Monday, November 2nd is an Institute Day. Students do not attend school on this day.
  • Tuesday, November 3rd is also a day of non-attendance.
     

Niles Park District Trunk or Treat 

The Niles Park District will be hosting a Drive Thru Trunk or Treat event Saturday, October 31st 9:30am-12:15pm in the parking lot of Oasis Pool.  Culver School will have a car at the event!    

Trunk or Treat is a safe, fun, socially-distanced family event where participants dress up and stay in their cars as they drive from trunk to trunk.  Trunk sponsors decorate their vehicle trunks in child-friendly ways and hand out pre-packaged goodies to participants. Hope to see you there! Please see the flyer for more details.

Dress for the Weather 

Please send your children to school with outerwear that matches the weather. Students can get cold during their movement breaks and wet during dismissal. Please encourage students to bring umbrellas and other outerwear essentials. Thanks! 

Illinois Family Reading Night 

Mark your calendars! Illinois Family Reading Night is Thursday, November 19th. Please join Culver staff and our local librarian for some amazing read alouds from 7:00-8:00 that evening, via Zoom. All student attendees will receive a free book of their choice! More information forthcoming!

Travel Guidelines 

Our hybrid learning plan includes the following travel guidelines:

With novel coronavirus transmission being widespread in many areas, it is more important than ever to follow guidelines that keep you safe in any environment. Screening and additional requirements to quarantine following travel may occur based on guidance from local, state, and federal recommendations.  

Parents, families, and staff returning from travel hotspots are expected to notify the School Nurse (kmorrissey@niles71.org or  (847) 966-9280).

Parents are also strongly advised against travel to places with high rates of COVID. Most importantly, where you are going is not as concerning as what you are doing when you get there. It is important to note that travel risks are more correlated with the “how” of the travel plans, as opposed to the location. For example, traveling to a remote cabin in Wisconsin by car is likely less risky than traveling by plane to Florida. If you are traveling out of state, please continue to follow physical distancing guidelines and mask mandates. Avoid crowded areas and practice good hand hygiene. These best practices will help to keep you and those around you safe.

COVID Golden Rule

The COVID Golden Rule is as follows:
Please don't send your children to school if they have even one of these symptoms.

These are COVID symptoms:

  • temperature of 100.4 or greater degrees
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • muscle and body aches
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH. 

Thank you for keeping our community safe, helping us continue in-person learning. In-person learning is not sustainable if students come to school sick. 

Family Illness Reminder 

If you have multiple children in your household who are attending in-person instruction, and one of your children has to stay home due to illness, the rest of the children in the household  need to stay home, as well.

Halloween Costumes & Safety Reminders 

We are excited to see the students in costumes for Halloween! In order to remain in compliance with our safety protocols and adhere to our typical Halloween guidelines, please know that students are not able  to wear anything above their neck other than their COVID mask and there will be no props allowed this year. Additionally, there will not be a treat exchange this year.

Please see the document for Halloween safety guidance.

Niles West Fundraiser 

Niles West is hosting a Dance Marathon safe trick or treating event.  It's open to preschool through middle school on 10/30 from 4-7pm @ Niles West.  Families don't even have to get out of their cars!  All proceeds will benefit our Education Foundation and this year's Dance Marathon Charity, IGrow Chicago. Please click the link for details. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dance-marathon-halloween-drive-by-tickets-125665227077?utm_source=eventbrite&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_publish&utm_content=shortLinkNewEmail

Student Absences 

If your child will be absent from remote or in-person learning, please either call or email Ms. Kathy Morrissey, our school nurse. 847-966-9280 ext. 1118 or  kmorrissey@niles71.org

If there is a suspected case of COVID in your household and your child is attending hybrid learning at school, please call the Culver COVID hotline at 847-626-4962.

Covid-19 Education Resources

Now that our State is in Phase 4, our children will need your support in developing new habits including wearing a face covering when out in public and continuing to physically distance ourselves when we are outside of our immediate families.  Your assistance in building these habits now will help support your child in transitioning to in-person instruction at school.  The following resources may be useful to you as you work to build these habits with your child provided by

Healthychildren.org. 
Masks for Children
Getting Outside During Social Distancing

Weekly School Meals

This week, Culver will distribute meal bags Friday, from 2:00-3:00, at the back maintenance entrance, closest to Oakton. These meals are at no cost to families.  

Note - Starting next week, we will serve meal bags each Wednesday instead of Friday. Next week, we will serve on Wednesday, October 28th, from 2:00-3:00.

PTA Update 

We've got another contest for you!  Show off your creativity, your pumpkins, and your carving skills! Decorate a pumpkin, submit a photo to culverschoolpta@gmail.com, and you might win a $10 Amazon gift card! See flyer for details.

Don't forget to "like" CULVER SCHOOL PTA on Facebook, so you can see all the crafty, cute, and crazy pumpkins that get submitted!

On Tuesday, November 10th, eat at Portillo’s at 8832 W.Dempster in Niles (take out or dine-in) from 5pm - 8pm, mention this fundraiser, and 20% of your bill will be donated back to Culver School!  The PTA is partnering with the 8th Grade Committee on this month's Diner Days event, so the donation from Portillo's will be split evenly between the two.  Please tell your local family and friends too -- let's try to make this the most successful Diner Days yet!!  See flyer for details.  The PTA and the 8th Grade Committee appreciate your support!

Spirit wear for sale -- Just added: t-shirts and sweatshirts! Click here: https://culverschoolpta.new.memberhub.store/store to buy your beanies, socks, t-shirts, and sweatshirts before we run out of stock.  The cold weather is coming, and we're almost out of hats.  If you want one, get it before it's gone! Spirit Wear will be delivered to your home. 

PTA Calendars are still for sale too!  Join the PTA, and your $10 membership gets you a calendar full of student artwork and important school dates.  Click here. Your calendar will be delivered to your home.

Principal’s Bookshelf 

Each week, Dr. Smolinski will highlight and recommend a book for our community. Then, she raffles it to a family. Please email esmolinski@niles71.org if you would like to enter the raffle. 

This week’s book is brand new - Digging for Words, Jose Alberto Gutierrez and the Library He Built, written by Angela Burke Kunkel and illustrated by Paola Escobar.  This is such a beautiful, inspiring story about a garbage man, Jose Alberto Gutierrez, who rescued books others had discarded and created a library in Bogotá, Colombia. Kids would visit the library to enjoy the rich book collection and escape to new worlds. The illustrations are stunning and allow readers to escape to a new world, through this book. 

Appreciation & Final Thoughts

If you or your family are experiencing any hardships or are in need of assistance, please be sure to email Dr. Smolinski at esmolinski@niles71.org. Our staff is available to help. 

The pandemic is a fluid situation, resulting in uncertainty which makes it difficult for families to plan for the next school year and has required us all to be patiently persistent.  We appreciate your continued support, as we all work toward the ultimate goal of returning all of our students to in-person instruction as soon as safely possible.