March 22, 2020
Dear Panther Families,
I hope you and your families are well and are finding fun, innovative ways to spend your time while at home. I also hope you were able to get some rest and time away from screens this weekend. By the end of last week, I know the teachers were feeling maxed out in terms of screen time, and were ready for the weekend so they could step away! Some teachers have over 150 students each, and I learned that some teachers were working all day and late into the evening to keep up with emails from all of their students. I reminded them of the district guideline that teachers would respond during the 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM time frame only so they would have time remaining in their day to plan lessons and review student work. I also reminded them how important it is for them to rest, exercise, eat well and spend time with their families, too. That’s important for all of us!
By now, you have likely heard that Governor Pritzker ordered that schools would remain closed until at least April 8. Teachers will continue to connect with your students and provide meaningful learning opportunities for the coming week, but as Spring Break is March 30-April 3, we will be taking a break from e-Learning that week. E-Learning will resume on April 6, but hopefully just for two days.
- Monday, March 23 - Jump Start the New Week! Get a picture of your child jumping in the air.
- Tuesday, March 24 - Fit Tuesday - How is your child staying active? Walking outside? Climbing a tree? Yoga in the family room? Whatever it is, get a picture of how your child keeps moving.
- Wednesday, March 25 - What are you reading? Wednesday - Get a picture of your child reading your book.
- Thursday, March 26 - Let-Go Thursday - Encourage your child to build something with Legos, Play-doh, craft supplies or whatever you can find in the house. Snap a picture of your child's creation.
- Friday, March 27 - School Spirit Day - How much Panther spirit does your child have? Our Panthers are encouraged to change their Google profile pics to wearing something black and gold.
Reflections Participants Work and Theme Selected to Advance to Nationals - Congratulations to James Kurinksy whose Visual Arts Reflections Project entitled "Layers" has advanced to the National Level. The state of Illinois received 382 entries and only 24 advanced to the National PTA Level. In addition, Kelsey Fils' Reflections Theme Idea "Wonders" advanced to the National PTA Level too! Her submission along with four others will be considered for the 2020-2021 PTA Reflections Theme. Congratulations to James and Kelsey!
Food Distribution Window Now 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Brown bag meals will be available at Edison Middle School or from the Illinois Central buses located around the district from March 23-27. The closest distribution sites for Edison students are likely Marian Park Apartments, Lorraine and Elm, or Taft and Williston. This opportunity is open to any child age 18 or younger. If you have questions about food service, please contact the District Business Office at 630-682-2005. Map of Food Distribution Sites
Food Pantries - Three mobile food pantries are available in the coming weeks for families in need of food:
- Wed., Mar. 25 - Lowell Elementary School, 312 S President St., Wheaton, 4:00-5:30 PM
- Wed., Apr. 1 - Johnson Elementary School, 2S700 Continental Dr., Warrenville, 4:30-6:00 PM
- Tues., Apr. 7 - Wheaton North High School, 701 W Thomas St,, Wheaton, 4:00-5:30 PM
In addition to the mobile food pantries, local food pantries are providing food and supplies to families in need. View Food Pantries in This Area Flyer. Food, hygiene items, diapers and wipes are also available from HighPoint Church at any of their locations:
- Naperville - 1805 High Point Dr., Naperville, Sundays & Wednesdays, 11-1
- Bolingbrook - 1251 Windham Parkway, Romeoville, Tuesdays, 6-8 PM
- North Aurora - 2310 Tanner Rd, North Aurora, Thursdays, 11-1
- Wheaton - 1310 N Main St., Wheaton, Mondays-Fridays, 8-11 AM
I hope you enjoy the remainder of your weekend. Maybe you’ll even be able to get out and build a snowman!
Keep Calm and Shine On!
Rachel Bednar, Principal
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