Dear Keller Community~
It has been another outstanding week here at Keller. MAP testing is well underway and the students are working hard and showing us what they know. We are so proud of them! At Student Led Conferences, on October 8th and 9th, you will have an opportunity to hear directly from your student about how they are doing so far and what goals they have set for themselves for this year.
Now that our students have had two weeks to practice getting to their classrooms on time, we will begin counting tardies to class on September 8th. Also, please make sure to get your child to school by 7:20 am. If students accumulate several tardies to school and/or to the classroom, consequences will be issued. It is important that we are ensuring that instructional time is not lost. Thank you in advance for helping your child become a responsible student.
Parking Lot Safety
Please make sure to utilize the lane farthest from the building to drop off or pick up your child. Please drop off your child as close to the cross walk as possible. It is extremely dangerous for students to walk in between the cars. It is the responsibility of the crossing guard to make sure that students are safely being picked up and dropped off across the cross walk.
The lane closest to Bode Road should be used for passing ONLY.
- The lane closest to Bode Road will be two lanes during pick up and drop off times. The lane closest to the school is for vehicles that are waiting for students. The lane closest to the Bode Road is to allow vehicles to pass and allow room for other parents to pick up their child.
It is essential for students to complete homework in order to be successful at the junior high level.
If a student does not turn in homework on time, parents will be notified directly by a teacher. Parents can also utilize the parent portal to check on student grades and missing work at any time. If a student is missing three or more assignments, they will be sent home a list of missing assignments on Thursday. An email will be sent out to parents to notify them of this list. The student will have the weekend to complete the assignments without serving a detention. Homework will need to be turned into the teacher by 7:40 am, Monday morning. If the missing homework remains delinquent at this time, an email will be issued to parents to notify them that the student will need to serve a detention on Tuesday afternoon. Homework and/or assignments are an integral part of the school curriculum. It is an extension of classroom instruction, and provides an opportunity for students to practice skills and strategies that they have learned in the classroom while also developing responsibility. Students learn responsibility by having the assignment completed on the designated date. This responsibility is critical for your child’s academic success.
- Keller students will begin to discuss child sexual abuse prevention during their PE and health classrooms. This prevention program is the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law. This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels. Please see the attached letter for more information regarding this lesson at Keller. A hard copy of the letter will be sent home on Sept. 9th.
- School pictures is scheduled for Sept. 14th. Forms will be sent home on September 9th. Students should bring their order form and payment with them on Monday, Sept. 14th and give it to the LifeTouch representative at the time of the picture. If you have questions, please call 847-357-6500.
If you have not had the chance to sign up for student-led conferences on October 8th and 9th, please call our office at 847-357-6500 to set up an appointment.
Sept. 8th and 9th– 7th grade
Sept. 10th and 11th – 8th grade
Curriculum Night: September 9th
Curriculum Night is a great opportunity for parents to develop an awareness of what their child experiences at junior high. An overview will be given of the supports we have in place for Keller wildcats, school behavior expectations, celebrations when expectations are followed, and extra-curricular activities. Please view the attachment for details. Curriculum night is a parent’s only meeting.
We will be hosting a food drive during Curriculum Night to help support families within our community that need assistance. Please help support your community by bringing in items that are not expired. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
STOMP OUR HUNGER Walkathon:
Keller students will be participating in a fundraising walkathon on September 16th. Students can bring in food items beginning Sept. 2nd to their first period classrooms. As a school, students will earn rewards based off of the number of food items collected. The food drive will continue through Sept. 16th. If they reach the ultimate goal of $1,500.00, administration has volunteered to take part in a student choice activity. The food pantry helps support our local community.
This is a reminder that pizza lunches are available for students to buy on Monday and Friday. Prices are accordingly. Pizza and water = $3.00 Pizza = $2.50
Parents can purchase PTA sponsored lunches on Tuesdays. First trimester lunches have already been submitted. The due date to hand in these forms for first trimester is August 31st.
Cereal bars are available for purchase (.50/each) every morning from 7:30 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. in Keller’s Cafeteria. Student’s receiving free or reduced lunch will receive a breakfast card in the mail to use towards a cereal bar daily.
Su hijo/a puedo pasar por la cafeteria cada manana cada manana para comprar cereal (.50) entre la 7:30-7:40 de la manana. Estudiantes que reciben almuerzo gratis van a recibir una tarjeta por correo para desayuno gratis.
Schaumburg Parent University – September Classes
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two evening programs scheduled for September.
- Family Literacy Night. Join the District 54 Literacy Team and the Schaumburg Township District Library for fun reading and writing activities. Parents will also learn strategies they can use at home to reinforce literacy skills. This program is for children in early childhood through second grade and their parents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
- Youth Suicide: A Community Conversation about Awareness and Prevention. The chairs of the District 54 Crisis Team will explore the warning signs, risk factors and steps individuals can take to prevent youth suicide in our community. This class for adults only will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
If you are interested in attending these events, please see the attached flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.
Run to Read
District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 8:45 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a Tshirt in the size you requested if you register by Sept. 4. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register online, visit http://sd54.org/runtoread.
GIRLS BASKETBALL and BOYS & GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Congratulations to both Keller’s 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball teams! They both had outstanding wins against Barrington Station on Thursday evening.
Keller Wildcat Sports:
Sept 8th Keller @ IKE
Sept 10th Crusader Invite
Sept 21st Keller @ Mead with Addams
Sept 24th Keller vs. Mead
Sept. 29th Keller @ Frost with Addams
Oct. 5th Keller vs. Frost and 6th grade Invite
Oct 6th Keller vs. IKE
Oct. 13th Conference meet
- September 9th– Lincoln Prairie at Keller
- September 11th– Addams at Keller
- September 15th– Barrington B at Keller
- September 16th– Keller at Mead
- September 18th– Frost at Keller
Aug. 30- -31 – September Fest (Park at Collins lot for $5.00- to support the Schaumburg Foundation)
Sept. 7th– No School
Sept. 9th– Curriculum Night- 5:45- 8:30
Sept. 14th– Picture Day
Sept. 16th– No School PM
Sept. 27th– Run to Read
Oct. 8th and 9th– Student-Led conferences
Have a wonderful extended weekend.
Heather and Cory