Culver Update - 11/19/21

Save the Date!

Early Release Monday, November 22nd 

  • No PreK classes 
  • 11:25 dismissal for K-4th grade and siblings
  • 11:35 dismissal for remaining 5th-8th graders

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences         Monday, November 22nd - 4:00-8:30
                                                            Tuesday, November 23rd - 8:00-noon

No School                                          Tuesday, November 23rd - Friday, November 26th


Parent/Teacher Conferences

We look forward to seeing you all in our remote parent/teacher conferences next week.

Middle school conferences are student-led; therefore, students should plan on joining the Meet with parents.

Reminder - Please do not join the Meet before your scheduled time, as teachers will be meeting with other families on the same link. Thank you. 

Arrival/Dismissal 

With cooler temperatures here and snow inevitably on the way, please continue to show patience during arrival and dismissal. It is best to drive in the circle drive to pick up children rather than park and walk. We can help get students to your cars in the circle drive. Also, when Culver staff is guiding you outside, we are looking out for the safety of all our staff and families. We appreciate you complying with our recommendations. 

Cold Weather Wear 

As we  are entering cold weather months, please remember to dress your children warmly.  Students will be going outside as weather permits. Clothing should include a winter coat, hat, mittens/gloves, scarf, waterproof and lined boots and snow pants when it snows if playing outside or walking to school. Please contact the school if you have questions or concerns regarding appropriate outerwear for your child.

PTA Holiday Shop 

PTA is running a Holiday Treasures gift shop at Culver the week of December 6th. Students can browse the shop on Tuesday, December 7th and make purchases on December 8th and 9th.  Students can buy holiday gifts for parents and other family members, without their knowing! They’ll be able to shop for presents, pay for them by themselves, and the gifts will be wrapped so they can remain secret ‘til the holidays! More info is being sent home today, so check your child’s folder. A gift planner envelope will be sent home in a few weeks so stay tuned and check http://9214800.holidaytreasures.com/ if you want a sneak peak of items your children can purchase! 

Culver Food Drive

This year the Culver Cares Club is helping our local food pantry, which serves Niles and the surrounding communities.  The food drive will take place from November 29th through December 15th.  We would like students to donate goods and nonperishable items to help those in need (please check the expiration dates before donating). Students should bring these items to be collected daily by their homeroom teachers.  We have a contest and prizes for the class collecting the most items (winning homerooms with the most items from Pre-K-2, 3-5, and 6-8).   

*Prizes include:  

  • Pre-K-2nd will get smelly stickers and music during lunch.  
  • 3rd-5th will get smelly stickers and music during lunch. 
  • 6th-8th will get smelly stickers and music during lunch.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ross mross@niles71.org 

Thank you for supporting your community.

Smiles Dental Clinic 

Culver is again hosting Smile Programs...the mobile dentists, on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Please see the flyer for more information. 

Vaccination Clinic

Our second, follow-up, Covid clinic will be held on December 1, 2021 at the same time and location.  If you would like to keep the same appointment time, there is no need to re-register for another appointment.  We will open additional slots for families who are interested in getting first doses and to allow for changes in appointment times on Monday, November 29, 2021.

As one of the first school vaccination clinics in the state, there were a few “hiccups” at our event.  Two of the vaccinators --including the person with the vaccine--arrived late.  We deeply appreciate the patience and cooperation of our students and parents as we got the clinic up and running.  We are following-up with the clinic providers to ensure everything runs more smoothly next time.

With the colder weather and holiday gatherings approaching, we are expecting more Covid cases.  We are concerned about the potential for an increasing number of students having to quarantine at home because of potential exposures. As parents, we know how hard it is to make alternative arrangements for daycare -- especially when your child is not experiencing any symptoms.  

There are many good reasons to consider Covid vaccinations for your child.  Vaccinations are very effective in preventing and reducing the severity of the disease.  Students who are fully vaccinated may stay in school even if they are exposed to Covid, as long as they remain free of Covid symptoms.  Vaccinations reduce the risk of isolations and Covid outbreaks at school.  Many parents at the clinic told us that they were getting their children vaccinated to reduce the risks of travel and family gatherings.

We are also beginning to receive emails wondering when masks will become optional for students. Currently, masks are mandated for all students in all Illinois schools (public and private) by the governor.  Although we do not know when a change might be made, community vaccination rates and Covid case counts will be important factors.

Most importantly, we want to express our gratitude for your support, patience, and understanding as we bring our focus back on student growth and learning.  Working together, we make our resilient community even stronger!  

Vaccines For Kids - Frequently Asked Questions 

Please see the FAQ document.

Lost and Found

It is common for students to leave water bottles, lunch bags, sweatshirts and other various items at school. Please consider labeling your child’s items, so we can easily return them. Please feel free to visit the lost and found in the foyer if your child has lost an item. All lost and found items are donated every two weeks. 

Chromebook Charging

Grades 3-8 Parents - Please remind students to charge their Chromebook each evening before school. We use Chromebooks each day. 

IDPH Holiday Season Guidance notification

Please see the attached Illinois Department of Public Health holiday season guidelines.

PIZZA!  PIZZA!  New PTA fundraiser! 

Culver PTA is selling Lou Malnati's coupons for a 9" frozen deep dish pizza. Each coupon is $13 and the recipient can bring to any Lou Malnati's to redeem. The great part is, Culver School gets to keep 40%!  

Think about buying the coupons as you gear up for holiday shopping and all those gifts you buy for your neighbors, friends, postman, etc!

The flyer and order forms will be coming home with your child.  Feel free to have participants pay via Venmo (@culverschoolptaniles) and make sure to note on the form paid via VENMO so we can keep track.  Cash and checks are also welcome; checks to be made out to Culver School PTA.

The fundraiser will close on November 30, so please anticipate receiving your coupons mid-December.  The coupons are good for 6 months from November 30. Please see the flyers and order your delicious Lou Malnati’s pizza, just in time for the chilly weather. 

Thank you for your support!  GO BULLDOGS!

SHIELD Covid Testing Program

Testing will continue each Wednesday for grades 1-8. Parents and the school are notified immediately of positive results; there is no notification for negative results. Culver School is responsible for the contact tracing as we are with any positive tests reported for staff and students.

COVID Symptom Reminder 

Families - just a reminder - If you or anyone in your home has COVID symptoms, please keep your children home and connect with Mrs. Morrissey, our school nurse. 

If you take your child for an RT-PCR test, your child should not come to school while you are awaiting results - whether you are testing at school or another location. Please submit your RT-PCR testing results document to Mrs. Morrissey before your child and unvaccinated household members return to school.

Culver Yearbooks

Yearbooks are now on sale. If interested, please use our website pay portal. Under Payment Type, Registration, you will see a yearbook option. Yearbooks are $16.00 and will be delivered in the spring. Please see the flyer for details.

Upcoming Calendar Events: 

Diner Days

We hope to see you at PTA’s November Diner Day - Tuesday, November 30th from 4-8pm at McCalister’s Deli. Please see the flyer for details. 

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.