Calling all Superheroes!!
Kindergarten through Fourth Grade Families–SAVE THE DATE! Back-to-School Night is returning this year on Tuesday, August 17, from 6:00pm-7:00pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet their teachers, see their classrooms and drop off school supplies. It is a “come-and-go” event open to all FCS Elementary students and their families. We’ll see you soon!
Parade Scheduled for Faith Christian School Principal
Faith Christian School invites the community to take part in a parade to honor Mrs. Linda Foster who will be retiring at the end of this school year. Mrs. Foster has been on staff at FCS since the fall of 1991 and has served as principal since 2006. The drive-thru event will take place on Wednesday, May 19, from 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m., at Faith Assembly Church of Grand Detour, 3886 Wisconsin Street, Dixon. Parade participants are welcome to decorate their vehicles to show their love and appreciation to Mrs. Foster for her years of faithful service to the school and its students. There will be signs marking the route to the church.
For more information on the event, please contact the school office at 815.652.4806
or visit their website at www.fcsfalcons.com.
“Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God.”
Deuteronomy 10:14, NLT
On Thursday, April 22, Mrs. Schultz and her First Grade class took part in an Earth Day project. She shared with the class that the world is God’s amazing creation; and as good stewards, they should take care of all that He has created. She presented them with an Earth Day Choice Board for homework. Students were able to choose two activities that they wanted to do. Some of the options were to go on a walk and pick up trash along the way, go on a bug hunt and take a picture of three different kinds of bugs, or take a picture of the recycling bin they use at home. Students commented on the homework project—
“It was so amazing!”
“Can we do this every night for homework?”
“I loved going outside with my family and spending time with them.”
Many thanks to Mrs. Schultz for bringing awareness to her students about the beauty of God’s world and the joy of taking care of it.
Dear Elementary Families,
There a few calendar updates that I want to share with you today. Please take a moment to review the following information.
- April 26-30—Terra Nova testing
- Friday, May 14—School will be in session. (Calendar Change)
- Friday, May 21—Last Day for students (Calendar Change) and the end of 4th Students will not return for any activities the following week (This does not include 8th grade and 12th grade graduations.). Fourth Quarter Star Celebration will be held on 5/21. Students will also bring home supplies and belongings on this day. Please send a large, study bag with your child to help transport belongings home. The bag can be sent the last week of school.
- Please be mindful of your speed when driving through the school’s neighborhood, as well as, the school’s parking lot. We always want to promote and encourage a Safe, nurturing environment.
- When dropping off and/or picking up students, please DO NOT pull around cars that are parked in the car line unless directed by school personnel. Please make sure that your drop-off/pick-up providers are aware of this policy.
- At Drop-off, if your student arrives after 8:05 (and a staff member is not present outside), please walk your child to the door.
If you have a question or need clarification on any of the information, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6, NLT
We have been enjoying celebrating Christmas with your children. Our two Dress-up Days—Christmas Spirit Day and Who-Bilation Celebration, were a huge success!! It was fun to see so many come to school decked out in great costumes and creative attire!! It really is a privilege and blessing to be able to celebrate Jesus’ birthday and the joy of the Christmas season together! We have one more Dress-up Day. It is this Thursday, and it is our annual Pajama Day. (Please remember, that all pajamas must meet dress code guidelines.) Also, students can bring slippers to wear in the classroom. Regular shoes will need to be worn to school.
We are currently in need of a couple of lunch recess volunteers. The time would be 10:45-12:00. Days needed are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If you are available to help, please let Mrs. O know.
During winter, we will go outside for recess (unless it is too cold). Please send appropriate snow/winter clothing (i.e. snowsuit/snow pants, snow boots, hat, gloves, coat) with your child on those days. If you have an extra set of boots, gloves, etc., your child may leave those in his/her locker throughout the winter season.
Classroom Christmas parties will be held this Thursday, December 17, in the afternoon. During the party, students will take part in their classroom’s Christmas Gift Exchange.
The Elementary staff and I wish you all the merriest of Christmases. We pray that the joy of the Savior fills your home and you experience His goodness and love!
Upcoming Calendar Items
- Thursday, December 17—Annual Pajama Day, Classroom parties in the afternoon with Gift Exchange, End of 2nd Quarter
- Friday, December 18-Sunday, January 3—Christmas Break…No School
- Monday, January 4—School resumes
Virtual Grandparents’ Day
Each class has been preparing Grandparents’ Day projects to share with grandparents. Most projects will be posted on the classrooms’ Seesaw blogs. A link and password to the blog will be sent home with your child that can be shared with grandparents. Please note—As a safety feature, grandparents will need to use the password to view the blog. Parents, if you have the Seesaw Family app, you do not have to enter the password to view the blog. Another blog safety feature is that each teacher has to approve a post before it can be added to the blog to be seen by others.
Drop-Off/Pick-Up Car Line
Please remember that we ask that you do not pull around vehicles that are parked in the car line unless directed by a staff member. In an effort to keep the car line moving, if your child needs help getting out of the car at drop-off or if they need a few minutes more to finish prepping to go home, we ask that you park in the middle section of the parking lot. A staff member will help get your child to you.
In the event of inclement weather that necessitates the cancellation of school, notification will be sent via text alert and Facebook. Also, Elementary will send an announcement through Seesaw. If you have not signed up for Text Alerts, you can contact the school office for more information. We do go outside during the winter months. Students should come with the proper snow gear—winter coat, winter boots, hat, gloves, etc.
Upcoming Calendar Items
- Friday, October 30—No School
- Sunday, November 1—Daylight Savings Time ends…we get an extra hour!!!! 🙂
- Friday, November 20—No School
- Tuesday, November 24—Thanksgiving Parties
- November 25-29—Thanksgiving Break
- Thursday, December 17—Christmas Parties
- Friday, December 18—No School (Please note—All remaining half-days on the 2020-2021 School Calendar will be FULL days OFF from school.)
Have a great rest of the week and a wonderful weekend!!
Welcome to October!
It is hard to believe that we have almost reached the end of 1st Quarter (next Friday, October 9). We are thankful for how God is working at school and also with the progress that we see students making. He is so good! As we continue to move forward in the school year, I want to take just a moment to remind you of some important dates and information.
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY
School pictures will be taken on Monday, October 5. 1st-4th grade will walk over to the main building for pictures. We will leave the elementary at approximately 8:15a.m. (Kindergarten will walk over the same day at 12:15p.m.) We will NOT be doing class pictures at this time. Hopefully, we will be able to do them at a later date in the school year and include them in the year book.
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held VIRTUALLY on Thursday, October 15, from 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (15-minute slots) via Zoom. This year, Fall conferences will be by REQUEST only (Parents or teachers can request a conference). If you would like to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher, please notify them by Monday, October 5. On Tuesday, October 6, we will send out scheduling emails through www.signupgenius.com. If you do not receive an email on Tuesday, it is because a conference has not been requested for your child (either by you or the teacher). If you have multiple children at the elementary campus, you will receive an invitation from each of your children’s teachers. Sign-ups are on a first-come/first-serve basis.
We have suspended most of the volunteer jobs this year due to COVID restrictions. Once IDPH restrictions are lifted, we will reinstate these positions. If we are not able to do so this year, they will be a part of our procedure again next year.
- Monday, October 5—School Picture Day
- October 12-16—NO SCHOOL…Fall Break
- Thursday, October 15—VIRTUAL Parent/Teacher Conferences (by request only)
- Friday, October 30—12:00 Noon Dismissal (No Kindergarten)…Grandparents’ Day has been cancelled for this year.
If you have any questions about the information above, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you again for your support and prayers…it is a blessing to be able to partner with you!
In His service,
Elementary Seesaw Update
Part of our “Back to School” plan includes bettering our online communication tools with you at home. One of the avenues that we will be using is Seesaw. Seesaw is a family of free apps for use by students and their families. We used Seesaw during Remote Learning in the Spring…so many of you are already familiar with it. One added piece this fall is the Seesaw Family app. Teachers will be using the Family app to communicate with you, the parent. There is a hand-out in your login codes packet (that was sent home on Wednesday, August 26) that helps to explain the difference between the Class app and the Family app. We will not be using FAITH Folders this year, so it will be extremely important that you check your Family app daily for important messages and classroom updates. Remember, we are all learning this new technology, so we will take it slow and help each other as we move forward.
We are excited to be able to add Seesaw to our school day. We continue to move forward in 2020!!
In case you were wondering…
How Do I Add Another Child to My Family Account?
Follow these instructions to add your child’s new journal to your existing account. You can also follow these instructions to add another child to your account.
With the QR Code (On iOS, Android, Chrome or Firefox):
- Sign in to your family account.
- Tap your profile icon (top left).
- Tap “+ Add Journal”.
- Scan the QR code or enter the code on the handout from your child’s teacher.