November, 2016

From the Desk of the Principal

November is the month for being thankful. Therefore, I want to take this time to thank the students, parents, and teachers who make Palos East a great place to learn. I will start by thanking all the parents who helped with our Halloween festivities including the spirit lunch, parade, and classroom parties. We had perfect weather for our Halloween parade and our students enjoyed the activities the parents organized for them in the classrooms and lunchroom. The Boo Bash was quite the spectacular event. A huge thanks to all of the parents and family members who helped organize and run the event. A lot of hard work and dedication went into creating such memorable moments for the students here at Palos 118. With much gratitude, I would like to recognize our teachers. The passion they have for teaching in this community is admirable. They work diligently to provide engaging learning opportunities for our students, and they volunteer their time to involve themselves in school and community events that extend beyond the school day. They are truly dedicated. Finally, a special thanks to the students who put forth their very best effort to be honest, respectful, and responsible children. On behalf of our entire staff, I would like to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
I look forward to celebrating America Education Week (November 14 th -18 th ) with the Palos East School community. American Education Week presents the opportunity to celebrate education and honor individuals who are making a difference for our children. Please review the events for the week provided in this newsletter, and join us on Wednesday, November 16 th  for "The Pro Kids Show!" assembly led by Tim Hanning and a visit to your child's classroom.
Thank You,
Mr. Szklanecki
Upcoming Events:
11/09 - PFA Eat & Earn @ Buona Beef
11/14 - American Education WEEK begins
11/15 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. @ Central
11/16 - East Parent Visitation Day
11/23 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving Recess - No School
11/28 - Classes Resume
In This Issue


Palos East Elementary School
Fax 708-923-7077

Principal:   Mr. Robert Szklanecki
Asst. Principal:   Mrs. Terri Dodds
Secretary:   Mrs. Teresa Flaherty

Come join us for our annual celebration of American Education! During the week of November 14th thru the 18th, several events are planned for your participation.
Tuesday, November 15th - "Give Thanks" - Students can write a letter or draw a picture showing their appreciation for their teachers and give it to him/her.

Wednesday, November 16th - Parents' Day - Parents are an integral part of our school's mission. We invite you to spend some time with your child or children on this day as they travel through their school day. A parent reception area will be opened at 9:00 and remain open throughout the day in the gym hallway . Stop by for light refreshments and conversation with fellow parents and administrators. Enjoy magic, music and fun with Tim Hannig in "The Pro Kids Show!" with your child's class and a visit to their classroom.

 9:30 -10:30        10:30-11:15 AM           Kindergarten and Grades 1 & 3
10:45-11:45        10:00-10:45 AM           Grades 4 & 5
 1:15 -  2:15        12:30 - 1:15 PM            Kindergarten & Grade 2
Please understand that our intent is to continue the regular academic program, despite the distractions inherent in an activity of this sort. As such, please keep in mind that:  
  • Small, preschool children are not appropriate for this activity - Arrangements for younger siblings should be made accordingly.
  • When visiting classrooms, please respect classroom procedures, as well as the direction from our professional staff.
  • Please park in back of the school and enter through the Gym doors.
  • Additional parking with shuttle service is available at Good Shepherd Church (9:15 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.)
If students are to leave the building for lunch or before 3:30, they must be signed out in the office or on sheets in the individual classrooms.
Thursday, November 17th - Celebrating Educational Support Professionals - Custodians, secretaries, clerks, playground supervisors and bus drivers all play a role in making Palos East a great place to learn. We recognize these wonderful folks on this day.
Friday - November 18th - Teacher Appreciation Day - We recognize our exceptional instructional staff on this day. Students and staff can show their Palos pride by coming to school in their spirt wear.             
Palos East classrooms are joining together to collect children's pajamas for the 7th annual Scholastic Reading Club Pajama Drive. Once again, Scholastic Book Clubs and the nonprofit Pajama Program have joined forces to bring us The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.
The mission of this drive is to provide children in need, new pajamas and books-these are children who live in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages. Local charities will benefit again this year, such as Together We Cope, which serves more than 1,000 families in our area.
If you and your child are able to participate, please have your child bring in a new pair of pajamas to school by Friday, December 2nd.
Here are some simple guidelines for the pajamas:
  • Pajamas must be brand-new.
  • Pajamas in all sizes are needed-from newborn to adult.
  • Pajamas must be in complete sets or nightgowns.
  • Pajamas in children's sizes must be manufactured as pajamas-this ensures that they are flame-retardant and safe.
Thank you for helping us share the gift of a good night's sleep and a sweet bedtime story.
PS: You can find out more about the drive and the program at www.scholastic.com/pjdrive .  
by Mrs. Sierzega, RN, BSN

Does your son or daughter know a student with diabetes? All district schools have had students with diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in school-aged children. Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body does not make or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps the body turn glucose, proteins and fats into energy. Inadequate insulin levels result in high levels of blood glucose.
There are two types: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 diabetes:
  • occurs when the immune system attacks the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas and results in the pancreas not being able to produce insulin
  • includes symptoms of: increased thirst, urination and hunger, weight loss, blurred vision and feeling tired.
  • needs insulin therapy, monitoring of blood glucose levels, managing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) episodes, healthy eating and physical activity. 
Type 2 diabetes:
  • occurs when the beta cells continue to produce insulin, but the body does not respond properly to the insulin or the insulin produced is not enough to meet the needs of the body.  Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in children and adolescents due to inactivity and being overweight.
  • Includes symptoms that may be similar to those of Type 1 along with frequent infections and slow healing of wounds and sores.
  • needs managing hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia episodes, healthy eating with portion control and increased physical activity. Some children may also need to take oral anti-diabetes medication, insulin or both. 
Uncontrolled or poorly controlled diabetes over time can lead to such complications as: heart disease, kidney disease, eye problems, nerve damage, foot and skin problems. Although there is no cure for diabetes, advances in the treatment of diabetes are always being made. With good control of blood sugar levels, healthy eating, physical activity and taking insulin or oral anti-diabetic medication children with diabetes can live a long healthy life! For more information on diabetes please visit http://www.diabetes.org.  

Excerpts from National Diabetes Education Progrom
   By:  Mrs. Casey & Mr. Pritchard

Student Council is up and running!
All three District 118 Student Councils teamed up with the Social Action Club at Stagg High School to do a fundraiser for the flood victims in Louisiana.  Together, we collected over $1,200 that will be sent to the American Red Cross!
We had our first spirit week to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign to help promote drug awareness and prevention. This year's theme was YOLO - You Only Live Once!
Our patrols have been given their assignments, so they will make sure all of our students arrive to class safely in the morning. They will be giving out special character coupons for kids being especially good.

        • Keep bringing in those box tops for education!
        • Drop off your pop tabs in our the front entrance containers for the Ronald McDonald House!

by:  Mrs. Curran

This year all of our students are participating in one or more of the Illinois' Readers' Choice Awards. There are three awards for elementary age students that are sponsored by the state: the Monarch Award, the Bluestem Award, and the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award. There are 20 books nominated for each award. In mid-February students who have read the minimum number of nominees will vote for their favorite title.
The Monarch Award began in 2002 and is for students in kindergarten through third grade. The award is named after our state insect and symbolizes how much readers grow and change during these four years. The award is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children's books, authors and illustrators. I read the Monarch nominated books aloud to the children each week. Please ask your student about their favorite Monarch book so far.
The Bluestem Award began in 2008 and is for third through fifth grade students. The nominated titles may include both timeless classics and current titles. The award is named after our state prairie grass, the Big Bluestem. The deep roots of this grass represent the older titles with lasting appeal.  New yearly growth relates to the newer titles chosen.  Its changing colors are a reflection of the variety of literatures, and the three seed spikes represent the three grades of students for whom the program is intended. All students who read at least four of the nominees will be eligible to vote in February. This reading program is voluntary, but participation is strongly encouraged. Students may read the books independently, with a parent, or listen to them on audio. When students have completed a title they should come and talk to me about it.
The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is for students in fourth through eighth grade. The award began in 1988 and is named after Illinois author Rebecca Caudill. The nominated titles consist of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that are deemed to have literary merit and have been published in the last five years. This award is also for middle school students, therefore some of the choices may not be appropriate for fourth and fifth grade students. I only purchase the books recommended for the elementary grades. Students who read at least three Caudill nominees will be eligible to vote for their favorite book.
Students in 3rd to 5th grade can earn prizes for participating in the Bluestem and/or Caudill reading program(s). Please visit the Contests page for more information and for lists of the nominated titles.
Happy Reading!

This year, we have about 80 students in choir. This is WONDERFUL! However, it has been difficult to establish a pick-up procedure due to the traffic volume we have when dismissing choir. Starting at next Thursday's rehearsal, we will be instituting a NEW pick-up procedure. We are asking that all choir parents park their vehicles in the back parking lot and pick up their child from the gym. This will improve safety for our students, which is our highest priority. Our pickup time of 4:25 pm will remain the same.
If you have any questions about the change in pickup procedure, please contact Mrs. Ghera or Mr. Szklanecki. Thank you for your support with helping us ensure the safety of our students.
On Saturday, November 19, 2016, 4th & 5th grade ALPS students will be heading to Navy Pier to participate in the Chicago Toy and Game Fair's Young Inventor Challenge. At the fair, they will be exhibiting their own original toy or game invention. Professionals from the United Inventors Association of America will select the top two games in each category, and popular vote of the fair's attendees will be used to select a winner for a People's Choice award.
If you're looking for something fun to do in November, consider attending the Chicago Toy & Game Fair to support Palos East's young inventors. Besides casting a vote for the game or toy of your choice, families can preview, play with and purchase hot new toys and games from around the world, and meet the inventors who created them.  It's really a great day for all!
For more information, check out www.chitag.org . Purchase your tickets online and use the discount code " CHITAG3 " for $3 off the price of admission. The Chicago Toy and Game Fair offers free admission for educators & librarians (with ID), scouts in uniform, firefighters, police, & active military and military veterans (with ID).
pfaPFA NEWS......

- November 9th - PFA Eat and Earn @ Buona Beef
- November 13th - PFA Mother & Son Bash - 5-7 @ MPX Elite Fitness
- December 3rd - PFA Santa's Secret Shop @ South
- December 7th - PFA Meeting 9:30 a.m. @ West
- December 22nd - PFA Winter Wonderland Spirit Lunch
District 118 is looking for school bus drivers.  No experience necessary: will train, medical benefits available, and summers and holidays off.  Contact Mary Meyer, Coordinator of Transportation, at 708-761-5870 for more information.

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