March 2017

Notes from the Principal
March is here already! The school year is flying by! End of the quarter is Friday, March 17th and report cards will go home on Friday, March 24th.  As the students head into the 4th quarter, take some time to sit down with your child/children and celebrate their successes and create goals for areas of improvement.  It is nice to reflect on their hard work and recognize their achievements! Many teachers speak with students individually about personal goal setting and looking at their classroom data. As I walk around the building, interact with the children, and pop into classrooms, I continue to be so proud of the students both academically and socially!
The March Madness District event is March 11th! We can't wait to see who will be "Principal of the Day" and what students will join us for some "bottle flipping" fun! Thank you to all of the families and staff members that are working hard to ensure this is a successful event! We are so fortunate to be in a district that does so many wonderful things to support our students. There are always lots of wonderful items to bid on! I hope to see you there.
Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday, March 6th. (Pulaski Day)
Palos West has been collecting pull tabs, and we are counting them weekly! The money raised by these recyclable pop/pull tabs will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities to improve the health, well-being, and education of local children. Thank you for supporting this, and continue to bring them in! 
Beginning Tuesday, March 7th, students in grade three, four and five will be taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Assessment (PARCC).  The PARCC assessment is a state mandated assessment for grades 3-8 in both Reading and Math.  The format for grades 3-5 will include three Reading sessions and four Math sessions ranging from 60-90 minutes per testing session; students will utilize computers or iPads to complete testing.  Testing for some grade levels will begin promptly at 9:05 a.m.  It is imperative that students are on time for school.  If a student is absent on any day, they will perform the make-up at a later time and continue testing with their grade level. The schedule is as follows: 

5th grade students will take the ELA test March 7th, 8th, and 9th and the Math test March 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. 

4th grade will take the ELA test March 10th, 13th, and 14th and the Math test March 24th, 27th, 28th, and 29th.

3rd grade students will take the ELA test March 15th, 16th, and 17th and the Math test March 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th.

Makeup testing will be March 31st and the week after our Spring Break.

As parents, you can help your child by making sure that they get to sleep on time and eat a healthy breakfast.  Additionally, please avoid scheduling outside doctor/orthodontists appointments on these days.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

As always, thank you for all you do to support your children, the teachers, and our school!

Mrs. Peloquin Biel

boardofedBoard of Education News

 The dates of the District 118 Regular Board of Education meetings are listed below.

Meetings will be called to order at 7:00 p.m. at Central office unless otherwise indicted.

March 21, 2017 @ South

April 18, 2017 @ West

May 16, 2017 @ East

Palos West Elementary School
Principal:  Mrs. Peloquin-Biel
Assistant Principal: Ms. White
Secretary:  Mrs. Patsy Harmon 

arrivalArrival & Dismissal

  The following information should be helpful to car riders. Car riders must be dropped off at the sidewalk closest to the front entrance between 8:45 and 8:55 a.m. in the south parking lot. Please keep in mind that school begins at 8:55. Pick-up is at 3:20 at the circle drive located in the southwest lot.  Please do not park in the fire lanes as it slows down our dismissal. Bus riders and walkers are dismissed at 3:25 in the north lot, and will not be allowed to leave until all car riders are accounted for. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated.  
registrationDistrict 118 Registration

If you were unable to register your child for Kindergarten during the February Registration, please CALL the school office to make an appointment as soon as possible.  In order to register for Kindergarten, the child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017.  
An original birth certificate and proof of residency is required.  
If you have a child transferring from another school in grades 1-5, you will still need the child's original birth certificate and proof of residency.  (Please bring the name, address and phone number to previous school.)

Skyward will be open for registration for  Returning Students March 28, 2017.
A letter will be sent home from Central Office. 
calendarMark Your Calendars

Monday, March 6
Casimir Pulaski Day
Thursday, March 30
Pre-School Screening

Wednesday, March 8
Family Trivia Night
Palos South
Friday, March 31
2nd Grade Program @ 1:30 PM

Saturday, March 11
PFA March Madness
April 3-7

Thursday, March 16
Spring Pictures
Monday, April 10
Classes Resume

Friday, March 17
PFA Spirit Lunch
End of the Quarter
Tuesday, April 11
West Choral Dress Rehearsal
3:30-5:30 PM

Tuesday, March 21
Board of Education Meeting
7:00 PM @ South
Wednesday, April 12
West Fine Arts Festival

Thursday, March 23
PBIS Reward
Movie & Snack
Thursday,April 13
Wednesday, March 29
PFA Meeting 
7:00 PM @ South

Friday, April 14
Mrs. Augspurger/Mrs. Gallovitch
West Fine Art Fest- Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Mrs. Augspurger & Mrs. Gallovitch are looking for parent volunteers who would be willing to help hang the students' art for the West Fine Arts Fest.  We are looking for volunteers  March 21-25 to help get the boards in the hallways ready- at your convenience.  We are also looking for volunteers to help hang the students' art work on Tuesday, April 11 starting at 9:00 am.  
Please contact the office if you are available to help out 708-761-3802.

fineartsFine Arts Festival
Mrs. Wetle/Mrs. Augspurger/Mrs. Gallovitch

 Happy (almost) spring, everyone!  That means our Fine Arts Festival is right around the corner.  This year the event, Decades of Arrrrrrts, will take place on Wednesday, April 12th from 5:30 until 7:30.  Please come to view spectacular artwork from all our Palos West students from 5:30 until 7:00 and stay for the program, "Pirates! The Musical", presented by the Palos West Cardinal Choir with a special dance number by our Student Wellness Council!   We look forward to seeing you then....or you'll have to "walk the plank". Arrrrrr......

celebrationofculturesCelebration of Cultures
Mrs. Martinez & Mrs. Wojta

Tuesday, March 28th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Palos West School is hosting its Annual "Celebration of Cultures" on Tuesday, March 28th from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in the Palos West School Red Gym.  ALPS students and ELL students will proudly represent their heritage and culture with projects and displays of countries from around the world.  Students will incorporate the arts into their projects and displays with possible artwork, artifacts, music, dance, literature, traditional games, clothing, language, food samples, and other items of ethnicity.
We are excited to host this event to build a better understanding and appreciation for each other and to celebrate the diversity of the many cultures represented within our school community.  All students, families, and friends are invited to attend.
Please join us for an evening of fun, food, and dance!


schoolsuppliesSchool Supplies
School Supply Kits will be on sale soon!  These kits are made up specifically for each grade and contain all of the supplies that have been requested by the teachers.  Prices will vary according to grade.

Your child will be bringing home the order forms in early April.  Purchasing these supply kits is optional.  You may choose to purchase the supplies yourself.  Kits will be delivered to the students on the 1st day of school for the 2017-2018 school year.
mathbowlMath Bowl
Ms. Daly

Congratulations to this year's Math Bowl Practice Team! The students will be working very hard to prepare themselves for the competition on May 11th  (grades 1-4) and May 12th  (grades 5-8).
Have Fun!
Mathematicians invited to be on the team from Palos West include:

Cash Phillips
Rami Akel
George Panou
Grade 4
Diane Tan
Brandon Torres
Adam Jay

Grade 2
Matas Latvys
Brianna O'Brien
Vasia Halikias
Grade 5
Luke Barham
Elle Kobilca
Johnny Pempek
Olivia Strama
Grade 3
Ethan Phillips
Nolan Ramoley
Ryan McNulty

grandparentsGrandparent/Special Person Day

Palos West will be celebrating our students
Grandparents' and Special People on 
Thursday, May 11th.
(Details to come)

mediaMedia Center
Mrs. Reinke

On March 1st, Tom Watson, the author of Stick Dog and Stick Cat, visited Palos West.  The students loved hearing about the characters and enjoyed learning how to draw them!  Mr. Watson signed each students' drawing and had lunch with students who won a contest.

nursesnotesNurse's Notes
Mrs. Segredo, RN, BSN, PEL/CSN


Celebrate Illinois Poison Prevention Month
March 2017

You Did What?!  No Issue Is Too Big or Too Small... Just Call 1-800-222-1222
Year after year, millions of accidental poisonings occur in America - the majority of them affecting children. The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) handles over 80,000 calls annually, with almost half of the calls involving children 5 years of age and under.

 Poison Prevention Tips:

*  Make sure all potential poisons are out of the sight and reach of children
*  Keep medicines and household products in their original containers with original labels
*  Always read labels before using medicines, cleaners and other products
*  Teach children to ask first before eating or drinking anything
*  Never call medicine candy or make a game out of taking it
*   Save the Illinois Poison Center number 1-800-222-1222 to your cell phone and home phone and encourage others to do the dame
For more information on keeping you and your family safe visit http://illinoispoisoncenter.org 
                         HAVE DENTAL EXAMS SUBMITTED BY May 15th.

Saturday, March 25
5:30-8:00 PM
Palos South Middle School
                 Invitations & Registration coming soon!