AUGUST 21, 2017
As we look forward to the first day of school, there are so many things to be excited about. Meeting your teachers, making new friends, and
catching up with those you haven't seen in months at a back-to-school picnic make for wonderful memories. This calendar year, the first day of school for students in grades 1-8 falls on August 21st and promises to be more memorable than your average first day. An exciting scientific phenomenon will be occurring as we will be able to view a near total solar eclipse from the Palos area.
This partial solar eclipse will occur in our area from approximately 11:54 a.m. to 2:42 p.m. while children are in school. Recognizing that this is an outstanding real-time learning experience, District 118 has secured NASA approved solar eclipse viewing glasses for all stu
dents who will be in attendance so that every student has the opportunity to participate in this spectacular event. The approximate prime viewing time will be between 1:15 and 1:25 p.m., and schools are making plans so that all students will go outside to view at that time. Please know that resources will be available for teachers and extra precautions will be taken
to ensure that students are able to safely view the eclipse.
If you would like additional information on the solar viewing glasses, you can visit
. These glasses are ISO and CE Certified which make them safe for direct viewing of the eclipse. Please know that during the eclipse cycle, students will be outside only when under the direct supervision of a teacher. Recess will be indoors from 11:54-2:42 to ensure student safety.
Additionally, there are many videos available for how to view the total eclipse safely if you plan on watching from home. Just remember that in the Palos area, the eclipse will not reach totality, so protective eyewear is a must throughout the entire eclipse cycle.
Parents should contact their school office if you have any questions or if you do not want your child to participate in viewing the eclipse on August 21st. Any way you look at it, August 21st will be an exciting day and
a memorable learning experience!
Kindergarten Individual Development Survey
Beginning this school year, all Illinois school districts will be required to participate in the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey - or KIDS for short - as part of the Illinois Readiness Initiative. KIDS is an observation-based tool that was developed so that teachers could collect information that is efficient, informative, and supportive of best practices in teaching.
Our kindergarten team has worked hard to ensure that the new observation protocols are embedded into our daily teaching practices and allow for observation to be aligned to our current report card so that assessment is not duplicated.
Although KIDS was originally designed to assess up to 55 measures, District 118 has selected to focus on the 14 key measures listed below. These areas are identified as key skills and indicators most predictive of future success. It is essential that we
provide a snapshot of the whole child, looking at each child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being.
Approaches to Learning - Self-Regulation
- Curiosity and Initiative in Learning
- Self-Control of Feelings and Behavior
- Engagement and Persistence
Social and Emotional Development
- Relationships and Social Interactions with Familiar Adults
- Relationships and Social Interactions with Peers
- Number Sense of Quantity
- Number Sense of Math Operations
Language and Literacy Development
- Communication and Use of Language (Expressive)
- Reciprocal Communication and Conversation
- Comprehension of Age-Appropriate Text
- Phonological Awareness
- Letter and Word Knowledge