Culver Update - 4/16/21

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

Please contact 847-644-1812 to report any suspected case of COVID in your household. Please do not send students with COVID symptoms to school. Please do not send your child if anyone in the household has symptoms.

Instructional Learning Kits for Remote Students 

Our next and final instructional learning kit distribution week begins Monday, April 26th. This is for remote learners only. Please return any bags you have at home as well as school library/classroom books. 

Monday, April 26th - PreK/K/1st grade 
1:00-4:00 

Tuesday, April 27th- all previous grades plus 2nd/3rd/4th 
1:00-4:00 

Wednesday, April 28th - all previous grades plus 5th/6th 
1:00-4:00 

Thursday, April 29th - all previous grades plus 7th/8th 
1:00pm-6:00 pm 

Friday, April 30th - all grades 
8:00-4:00 

Bike Safety 

With the warmer weather approaching, it’s a good time to share reminders about bike safety. Please see the safety videos, presented by Officer Kevin Regal.
Bike Safety Presentation (5th-8th Grade)
Bike Safety Presentation (1st-4th Grade)

NIU - Reading Programs 

Please see the flyer from Northern Illinois University if you are seeking a summer reading program for your child.

Concurrent Learning - Reminder 

If your child moves to concurrent learning after speaking with an administrator or our nurse, please remember this often takes 24 hours so teachers can get organized for this type of learning. 

PTA Meeting 

We hope to see you at our next PTA meeting Monday April 19th, at 7pm, via Zoom.
Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84796857957

From the Nurse’s Office for K, 2nd grade and 6th grade Parents/Guardians

Parents/Guardians of students currently enrolled in kindergarten, second grade, and sixth grade, The State of Illinois Proof of School Dental Examination form is due on or before May 15, 2021, for students in Kindergarten, Second Grade, and Sixth Grade. Please schedule a dental appointment for your child If you have not already submitted the required form to the school. Please contact the health office with any questions or concerns.

SMILES Dental Clinic 

The SMILES Dental Clinic has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile 

The Advocate Children’s Hospital Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is scheduled to visit Culver School on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Please see the flyer for details. 

Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022

Tell your neighbors! Registration for incoming kindergarten students is open! All students who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2021, are kindergarten students. If your child is currently enrolled in our preschool program, you do not need to re-register.

How do I register my child?

  • Contact Ms. Gordon at 847-966-9280 x 1102 or at kgordon@niles71.org and provide the following:
    • Child’s name and date of birth 
    • Parents’ name, email, phone number and address
  • All incoming kindergarteners will participate in a kindergarten screening in late April or May. This may be virtual and/or in-person.
  • Parents will submit required registration paperwork, including:
    • Original birth certificate
    • Required state paperwork
  • Over the summer, parents submit the required proof of residency documentation (dates TBD)
     

Weekly School Meals

Weekly meals are distributed from 12:30-1:30 each Wednesday, from our west lot. All families are welcome to receive meals.

Statewide Assessment Update (ACCESS, IAR and Illinois Science Assessment)

The Illinois State Board of Education has allowed school districts the choice to take state assessments in the spring of this school year or the fall of next school year. Because many of our students are learning remotely without the ability to take the tests, the district chose the fall option and all students will take these tests next year.

Spirit Days 

Speaking of school spirit, please click our Spirit Day schedule.

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 The Proudest Blue written by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly. 

From Goodreads ~ “With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong. 

Paired with Hatem Aly’s beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.” 

Upcoming Calendar Reminders:

Monday, April 19th 

  • PreK/K/1st grade Instructional Kit Pickup from 1-4PM 
  • PTA Meeting at 7PM via Zoom 
     

Tuesday, April 20th 

  • Preschool, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade Instructional Kit Pickup from 1-4PM 
     

Wednesday, April 21st 

  • Meal Pick Up - All Families Welcome - 12:30-1:30 - West Parking Lot
  • Preschool, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade Instructional Kit Pickup from 1-4PM 
     

Thursday, April 22nd: 

  • ALL Grades (Preschool - 8th grade) Instructional Kit Pickup from 1-6PM 
     

Friday, April 23rd: 

  • ALL Grades (Preschool - 8th grade) Instructional Kit Pickup from 8AM-4PM 
     

Revisions to the 2020-2021 School Calendar

The Illinois State Board of Education has granted schools with 5 additional professional development days to use this school year. As a result, the following revisions have been made to our school calendar.



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.