Daily Bulletin

Central Elementary School Bulletin for Saturday, October 19, 2019

Dates to Remember Thursday, October 17 - Family Food Market - 6-7pm Friday, October 18 - Early Dismissal - 1:40pm Thursday, October 24 - Kindergarten Field Trip Friday, October 25 - No School Upcoming events: Tuesday, October 22 - Preschool Screenings Thursday, October 31 - Halloween parade @ 2 with party to follow. Friday, November 1 - No School

Sports Events Expectations In years past, youth support for Fairbury High School home varsity football games has been tremendous! In fact, since opening the sports complex, the attendance at our events has exceeded most expectations. We wish to create an environment in which families with children of all ages may enjoy the game. We also want to insure the safety of all guests, including our community’s youth. As such, families are reminded of the following expectations and guidelines for youth attending home football events: All students below the 7th grade are required to be accompanied by a paying parent or responsible adult in order to attend home varsity football games. These adults and their children may bring additional students who would be under their supervision. Please be advised that adults are responsible for the school-age guest(s) accompanying them to the game as well as their own children. Students who are not accompanied by a responsible adult will not be allowed to attend or remain at home contests. Jefferson Intermediate students are required to sit either with their parents or in the upper north section of the stadium designated for Jefferson Intermediate students. Central Elementary students are required to sit either with their parents, older siblings or with the parent of a friend. Jr-Sr High School students are encouraged to sit in the student section located in the front south corner of the complex.’ Any horseplay, tag, or “pick up” football games inside the sports complex are not allowed. The safest place for youth is always inside the athletic complex. Any activities occurring outside of the sports complex are not supervised by school personnel and families must assume all risk and responsibility for their child’s behavior and safety. Failure to follow these guidelines or loitering by students may result in removal from the stadium and at a minimum, students will not be allowed to attend any further home high school football games for this season. As always, student safety at all FHS events is of prime importance. These measures will more effectively ensure the enjoyment of all persons attending varsity football events hosted by FHS.

Arrival and Dismissal Times for Central School doors open at 7:45 to all students. The tardy bell will ring at 8:05. Dismissal for all students is 3:15pm Monday through Thursday. On Friday, we dismiss at 1:40pm.

Attendance Awareness Here are a few facts about why school attendance matters: Kindergarten and First Grade students who are chronically absent have an 81% percent chance of reading BELOW grade level. Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school. By Fourth Grade, chronically absent students score an average of 12 points lower on the National Assessment of Education Progress. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating. We want every student to be successful in school. That's why it's important to be here. Every day. All the way.

Central Elementary Weekly Communication Teachers will send classroom papers and other important information home weekly using the “Thursday Folder.” Please sign and return the folder to school with your child each week. The Central Elementary Weekly Newsletter will be available online to parents as well as a copy sent home with the oldest child in the family. The weekly newsletter can be found on the Fairbury Public Schools Website: http://www.fairburyjeffs.org/ • Click on Schools • Click on Central School • Click on the Central Daily Bulletin Note – Weekly Newsletters will also be available through your email. Please make every effort to keep your email address up to date through your Power School Parent Account. Thanks in advance!

No School Dates There will be no school Friday, October 25th and November 1st.

Birthday Treats, Snacks and Drinks in School In consideration of instructional time, equity and safety for students with severe, life-threatening food allergies and in alignment with our district's health and wellness policy, birthday treats, snacks and drinks (other than water) may not be brought from home to be shared or distributed at school. Teachers and school staff may provide non-food and non-drink incentives and rewards in classrooms at their discretion. The Principal's Office will provide recognition of each student’s birthday celebration, as appropriate. Teachers may also choose to recognize students’ birthdays in accordance with this policy. The two annual PTA-sponsored parties held at school (Halloween and Valentine’s Day) may include traditional food, snack and drink offerings as an exception to this policy and with careful consideration given to all potential food allergies. Any other food, snacks or drinks provided at school, outside of the daily school meals program, must have prior approval by the Principal. Delivery of gifts/balloons to students during the school day is not encouraged. However, students will be notified of deliveries at the end of the school day and are not permitted to transport balloons on district busses or other school vehicles.

BackPacks with Back To School Supplies We have several backpacks with Back to School supplies in them that were donated. Please contact the school office (402-729-2418) if you would like your child to pick out a backpack. Thanks!

Box Tops for Education It is once again time to start sending your “Box Tops for Education” to school. Hopefully, your family has been saving all summer long! Each year our schools have received several hundreds of dollars through your support of benefit efforts, such as this. Please make sure to cut off the “Box Tops for Education” label and not the Betty Crocker catalog points. You may simply send these items to school with your child as you collect them. Thank you for your continued involvement and support.

Kindergarten Field Trip FormA permissions slip is being sent home in backpacks Thursday, Sept. 19. Please be sure to fill them out and return them to the teacher so your child can go on the field trip in October. Thank you!

Halloween Parade and Parties There will be a parade throughout school with Halloween parties last hour of the day.

Notice to Parents and Visitors Parents/guardians and patrons of the school district are invited and encouraged to visit the school and classrooms. Visitors who wish to confer with a teacher or staff member are asked to arrange for an appointment at a time outside regular class hours. To help ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff, all entrance/exit doors at Central Elementary School remain locked at all times, including during regular school/business hours. All visitors to Central Elementary School are expected to use the WEST entrance. Since all doors except the outside doors on the west side remain locked, visitors must enter the outside doors and push the call button to enter the office. Please do not park on the west side as that is our bus route. You may park in the parking lot by the church on the north or south sides. Upon entry, all visitors must continue to report to the Principal’s Office where an online sign-in form is available and visitor badges will be provided. Classroom visits should be limited to a reasonable duration of time as to avoid distraction or disruption of routine. Parents/guardians taking students out of school early for appointments, etc., must report to the office and wait for their child to meet them there. Parents and family members are also asked to wait outside of the school building at dismissal time to help alleviate congestion in the hallways. To best assist students and staff during significant school transitions, families are asked to avoid classroom visitations during the first two weeks of the school year, as well as during the last two weeks prior to summer break.

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October Menus Central Lunch Step Ahead Breakfast Central Breakfast

Community Food Market This month's Community Food Market is on Thursday, October 17th. This is open to all families with students enrolled in Fairbury Public Schools. Location: Region V Services, 201 F Street. Time-6:00pm-7:00pm

PTA Fundraising Packets Please note the PTA fundraising packets will be coming home on October 3rd. Sales will run through October 21st. All forms must be turned into the office by Tuesday, October 22nd.

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