Bulldog Bulletin 
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October 22, 2021
Volume 5
A Message From Your Principal
Dear Ross Families,

We hope you're all enjoying the school year thus far. I'm sure you've noticed that Fall has quickly approached and with it have come some falling temperatures. Please be sure to remind your children to dress appropriately for the weather each morning before leaving for school. We will be going outside for recess daily unless temperatures fall below 10 degrees or there is a steady rainfall. We appreciate your assistance with this to ensure our students are as comfortable as possible while socializing and taking a break from their learning.

In the week ahead, we are excited to announce that our Halloween activities will be back in person again this year. That applies to both our parties and the parade (weather permitting). As you think about your child’s costume for our parade, please keep in mind that schools have a heightened and serious concern about students who bring weapons to school. The concern extends to toy weapons - including toy guns, squirt guns, cap guns, martial arts devices, play swords, and knives. Do not allow your child to include any weapons with the costume they bring to wear in the parade or to bring toy weapons to school at any time during the school year. Also, your child’s costume should not include any blood/gore. These guidelines by no means should curtail the fun your child can have at the parade. We can't wait to see all of the fun our students have at this year's festivities!

I also want to remind parents to follow our school's Twitter page at @D23Ross for a look into what's happening in all of our classrooms and Betsy Ross School as a whole. You'll definitely see that we have #RossPride and we're #Proud2BD23!

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Craig Curtis

P.S. Please click on the link at the bottom of the page that allows you to "View Entire Message".
Raving About Ross
Spectacular 2nd Graders
Ms. Brusso’s 2nd grade class worked with partners to create their grass seed heads. Will they grow with just water and sunlight?
Thriving 3rd Graders
Third graders are using the distributive property to solve multiplication problems. Pictured here, see Mrs. Vasilakos's class in action using their whiteboards.
Supporting Our Bulldogs
In small group reading, students were reviewing inflectional endings with a pumpkin sort. They also completed an activity on Seesaw. They recorded themselves reading words with inflectional endings (base words with the endings of -s, -es, -ed, and -ing)
Holiday Giving
As the holidays approach, we in District 23 are again partnering with our fantastic PTO to offer you a chance to contribute to our students and their families in need this holiday season. The PTO is offering their gift card buying service early specifically for you to purchase gift cards (in $10 increments) for these families. Please click on the flyer below which has the link to indicate your donation amount. Checks are made out to the PTO but should be sent to your school's office. Checks are due to the office by Friday, November 5.

Please note that this is not the same as the PTO's annual gift card fundraiser that allows you to purchase gift cards for yourself or your loved ones. That will follow this event. Watch for more on that from the PTO! 

As always, a big thank you to our incredible PTO partners and to YOU for your generosity! 
Bulldog Beliefs Expectations
At Betsy Ross, we pride ourselves on being respectful, responsible, and safe at school and within the community. Our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, which we call the Bulldog Beliefs, focuses on rewarding students for making positive choices and celebrating the successes we achieve as a team.

Recently, Betsy Ross students reached their goal for their first Bulldog Beliefs Challenge. They were working on raising a quiet hand and waiting their turn in class. We surpassed our goal of earning a score of at least a "2" out of "3" on our self-evaluation form 80% of the time by achieving this goal approximately 99% of the time. As a result, we earned a school-wide Pajama Day. Keep up the great work, Bulldogs!

As you know, we've also been earning Bulldog Bucks for following our Bulldog Beliefs expectations throughout the school day. Today, our students will have a chance to trade those Bulldog Bucks for prizes from the Rewards Menu below. We can't wait to see what they choose. We are extremely proud of the work our students are doing to show they're being respectful, responsible, and safe.
Bulldog Beliefs Special Honorees
Keep reading below to see a list of Bulldogs being recognized for their ability to follow Bulldog Belief expectations over the past month. This list includes students who traded in at least 30 Bulldog Bucks during our previous Rewards Menu.
Halloween Guidelines
We are excited to be hosting our Halloween celebrations in person this year at Ross. Please note the following regarding the parade, parties, and costumes:

  • The Parade will take place from approximately 12:30-1:00, weather permitting. Students will spend time dressing in their costumes to prep for the parade following lunchtime.
  • Our Parade route will begin at the back of the school and loop around to end at the front door of the school. Students will parade on the sidewalk as parents will watch from just off the sidewalk.
  • Parent parking will be available at the south end of Ross past the playground and at the west end of MacArthur past the school.
  • Class Parties will take place from 1:15-2:15.
  • Due to COVID related concerns, students at Eisenhower, Ross, and Sullivan Schools will not be served any food or given any non-food items at our Halloween parties. Please do not send in any gift, treat, or prize bags.
  • Costumes must be school-appropriate - no weapons, no masks, not excessively gory, etc.
  • Students will not be able to apply hair color or makeup at school.
Upcoming Events

Oct. 21-Oct. 29: Ross Follett Book Fair

October 22: BPAC Family Engagement Event (6:00-7:00)

Oct. 25-Nov. 12: Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 29: Ross Halloween Parade ()

October 29: Halloween Parties (1:15-2:15)

November 1: Institute Day (No School)

November 4: Ross/Sullivan Parent Coffee
"Managing Social Conflicts" (9:00-9:45 AM in Sullivan Library)

November 10: School Board Meeting (7:00 @ Eisenhower)

November 11: PTO Meeting (7:00) (Location TBD)
District News and Updates
Important D23 Information
Our goal to keep students in school can be supported by an optional screening and testing process currently being implemented within District 23.

Through a partnership with the Federal and State governments, the SHIELD Illinois program is now available to all schools in Illinois, free of charge.

This 3rd party laboratory analysis uses the SHIELD saliva-based test developed by the University of Illinois. More information can be found HERE.

We have launched weekly screening and hope to launch on-demand testing to monitor local community spread, identify presymptomatic or asymptomatic cases, and assist in making informed quarantining decisions. Testing has already begun across the district.

Participation is optional but requires parental consent. Please complete the form below if you are interested and willing to have your child participate in this program. More information and details will be shared as they become available.
Lunch Service Update
We are excited to announce that beginning October 18th, our foodservice partner, Organic Life will be offering a hot lunch option in addition to the featured cold entree option to all students at lunchtime. These lunch options are available at no cost to students. While our meal choices are still a bit limited, we are working on rolling out a third meal option in November!
PTO Update
A huge thank you goes out to the PTO for organizing room parents for our classrooms during the 2021-22 school year. We can't wait to get back to celebrating the seasons safely with our classmates. The games, crafts, and exciting activities our room parents have planned are always favorites for our students.
Please consider joining us for our PTO General Meetings. Here is a list of our future meeting dates:

  • Thursday, November 11th
  • Thursday, January 13th
  • Thursday, March 17th
  • Thursday, May 12th

If you'd like to check out our PTO website, please feel free to click here.
Community Partnership Resources
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