10.13 eNews

10.07 School Improvement (SIP) Day 
Staff throughout the district ended last week participating in a range of professional learning opportunities. At Ferson Creek, we started our day by engaging in an initial conversation centered around our current structures that support the academic & social emotional needs of our students. In doing so, we identified areas for growth, setting the stage for future learning.
The remainder of our morning was centered on instructional design in math. Our afternoon work was differentiated by grade-level and department. Grade-level teams met throughout the district to deepen their understanding of the upcoming science units & resources, while several departmental teams continued their ongoing work in designing assessments. 
Middle School Facilities

St. Charles CUSD 303 District Administration will propose a plan to the Board of Education (BoE) that will improve the District’s middle school facilities by upgrading Thompson and Wredling Middle Schools. If approved by the Board, the plan would modernize and expand Thompson and Wredling Middle Schools. When the improvements are completed in fall 2019, District Administration estimates the closing of Haines Middle School will result in an operational savings of $2.4 million per year. The estimated cost of the middle school improvements is $50 million and would be paid for through a combination of existing funds and the issue of bonds that do not require a referendum.

Details of the District Administration plan will be presented to the public at the following meetings:

·         Thursday, October 20th, at Haines Middle School, at 7:00 PM

·         Monday, October 24th, at Wredling Middle School, at 7:00 PM

·         Tuesday, October 25th, at Thompson Middle School, at 7:00 PM

The three meetings will contain the same content and can be attended by anyone in the community who wishes to attend at their convenience.

 The Board of Education (BoE) will consider the middle school plan at the following meetings:

·         Thursday, November 3rd, at the Board of Education (BoE) Special Meeting, time TBA

·         Monday, November 14th, at the Board of Education (BoE) Regular Meeting, at 7:00 PM, at North High School

All meetings unless otherwise noted are to be held in the Board Room of the District 303 Administration Building, 201 South 7th St., St. Charles IL 60174.

Preparing for 10.26 Picture Retake Day 
Next Monday, October 17th, we will be sending home picture order forms for students who were not in attendance on our initial Picture Day in September. As outlined on the form, you may order pictures online or return your completed form & payment on Wednesday, October 26th, when pictures are taken.
If your child had his/her picture taken in September but you wish to have the picture retaken, please contact Libby Sutherland, 10-Month Administrative Assistant via email at Elizabeth.Sutherland@d303.org or via phone at (331) 228-2300, no later than Friday, October 21st.  
PTO Boo Bash Pre-Order Forms - Due Monday, October 17th 
As a reminder, all pre-order forms for the upcoming PTO Boo Bash are due next Monday, October 17, 2016, in the main office. Pre-ordering is strongly recommended as there will be a limited amount of extra pizza available for purchase on the day of the event. For your convenience, the form has been attached to this email. 
Boo Bash Volunteers 
The PTO is seeking individuals to volunteer during the Boo Bash set-up on Friday, October 21st and/or during the Boo Bash on Saturday, October 22nd. If you are available, please sign up via the included link: 
If you submitted a Volunteer Sign-Up form via the main office, you will be assigned a task and sent an email confirmation.
Boo Bash Sweet Treats Needed
The PTO is currently seeking donations for the PTO Boo Bash Cake Walk & bake sale tables. Please contact Liz Holcomb via email at lizzybeez@msn.com if you are willing and able to donate cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, or other sweet treats.

Elementary School Student Handbook


The Elementary School Student Handbook can be accessed via the included link: http://district.d303.org/student-handbooks

Please click here for the Ferson Creek 2016 PTO Boo Bash Pre-Order Form.

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