I hope everyone had a relaxing, restful summer spent with time renewing relationships with family and friends! This is always an exciting and special time of the year as we prepare to have all of our Tigers back at school! Thank you for all you do as parents to contribute to a very successful beginning of school. The start of a school year is always an exciting time, not only for students, but for families and staff as well. Whether it is welcoming our new students, staff, and families or a welcome back, it is my pleasure on behalf of teachers, and staff to welcome the Wiesbrook School Community to the 2017-2018 school year.
The following are some important dates:
· August 16th 3-5pm-Supply Kit Pickup @ Wiesbrook
· August 17th after 4pm-Parents can log onto Synergy ParentVue to find out students teachers.
· August 13th 8am-Beautification work at Wiesbrook
· August 21st 5-7pm Ice Cream Social (5-6pm-visit classroom, meet your teacher, drop off supplies)
· August 23rd 1st day of school grades 1-5
· August 24th 1st day of school-Kindergarten
· August 31st Curriculum Night
We do not have any new faculty this year however, Stephanie Hall, PACE teacher, will be on maternity leave and I am currently looking for a long-term substitute.
Currently, our enrollment is 469 students with grades 1-4 all having 3 sections, 5th grade has 4 sections and Kindergarten having 4 sections (2 ADK and 1 am and 1 pm section).
Bus routes and times are still being finalized with Illinois Central and once complete will be updated on the Wiesbrook website by August 18. Kindergarten AM outbound and PM inbound routes will be included on the website.
In order to give our primary grades (K-2) more time for their Literacy block we will have a new lunch schedule this year:
12:00-12:30 K & 1st grade lunch
12:30-1:00 K, 1st , 4th & 5th grade recess, 2nd & 3rd Lunch,
1:00-1:30 2nd & 3rd recess, 4th & 5th Lunch
As part of District 200’ Master Facility Plan Wiesbrook’s roof was replaced this summer. The roof is still being completed with the area over the office and 5th grade wing remaining. The target completion date is August 11th. There will be some minor “cosmetic” landscaping that will need to be done due to heavy equipment being on site all summer. District 200 completed the first step in addressing the flood mitigation by adding two berms and two drain tiles which now moves water from the playground towards the soccer fields. Also, grass was added to the area along with new mulch and some pea gravel. This new design was tested by storms this summer and had positive results. The 2nd step in addressing flood mitigation would be replacing the paving in the parking lot/playground area next summer. This step is pending the Board of Education allocating funds for this to happen.
As we begin the school year, we will focus our efforts carrying out our new Mission Statement: At Wiesbrook School, every day, every Tiger, learns, grows, and feels safe and respected. Our School Improvement goals will include elements of District 200 Future of Instruction of Technology (FIT) Learning Environment Guide. Specifically, we will be focusing on instruction in the areas of “Differentiation” and “Critical Thinking.” Grade level Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) will be choosing specific standards in both Reading and Math which they believe are critical for students to master to be successful in the next grade level.
We are focusing on creating learning environments that support our mission statement. These learning environments look very different than when we went to school. They focus on students’ collaborating, thinking critically, accessing information anytime & anywhere, personalization by having choice and control in their learning and demonstrating mastery on concepts. Also, technology continues to change at a rapid pace and is a tool to support the creation of these learning environments. Students regularly use Google Applications for Education to support their learning including on Chromebooks, IPADs, and Smart Phones. These rapid changes in technology that have changed the way we live. It has also changed the way we learn.
Over the years, District 200 has worked hard to keep pace with these advances in technology and education. This summer was no exception. We have acquired 24 new IPADS for our Kindergarten Program.
It truly takes a community effort to open a school and I would like to say thank you to all of you and the PTA for your support the last couple of weeks. These efforts epitomize why, “It’s Tremendous To Be a Tiger!” Our faculty and staff look forward seeing our Tiger families at the Ice Cream Social on Monday!
Also, we look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, August 31st at Curriculum Night:
It’s Tremendous To Be a Tiger!
Brian K. Turyna, Ed.D.