September 11, 2020
A Message from the Principal
Dear Sheridan Families, 
We are so excited for the week to come! Thank you to all of you who joined the Town Hall meeting last night. If you have not had a chance to review my Wednesday communication, please take a moment to do so. It is full of nitty-gritty details on Self-Certification, schedules for next week, arrival and dismissal procedures, and ways to build necessary independence with your child for coming back to school!

Important Highlights for Next Week: 
  • Please make sure you have filled out the Afternoon Dismissal Form so that we know how each child will leave school. 
  • Don’t forget to fill out the Sheridan COVID-19 Symptom Survey at least 45 minutes PRIOR to your child’s arrival. (By 7:00am if your child is in Cohort A or 11:00am if your child is in Cohort B.)
  • If you do NOT, you will need to bring your child to DOOR G for certification. 
  • Text messages with daily reminders about the screening will begin on 9/21.
  • Please make sure that your child is in his/her mask when arriving at school.
  • Please send an extra mask (or 2) just to be safe.
  • Please make sure that your child has a snack he/she can manage independently.

We are ready! We can't wait to see our Sheridan Sharks, IN PERSON beginning on Monday!

Please doesn't hesitate to reach out with any last minute questions. Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Susan


Ms. Susan Milsk
Principal, Sheridan School
School News
Please Bring Filled Water Bottles Next Week
As you know, we have been busy making the final preparations for students to begin returning to our District 67 buildings next week. 

We recently had a contractor test the water systems in our buildings following months of non-use. While they found no overall concern with the water system, they did note the chlorine levels to be slightly lower than preferred and, as an extra precaution, are recommending that the water bottle filling stations not be used for one week from the time students begin returning.

With this in mind, we are turning off the bottle filling stations for the first week in the buildings and ask that staff and students bring water from home September 14-18. This will allow the chlorine levels in our water system the time required to re-balance. Water bottle fillers will be available again on Monday, September 21. As the toilets and sinks are used more consistently and at a higher volume, the system will adjust to the correct chlorine levels without being turned off.

Again, students are invited to bring filled, non-aerosol water bottles from home for the first week of hybrid in-person learning. We will also have bottled water on hand during the first week for those who need it. 

An Update on District 67 Bus Schedules
We have heard from families reporting various issues with bus assignments. We want to acknowledge and thank you for those messages.

Due to last-minute changes and the ongoing addition of new riders, the District will issue updated bus schedules over the weekend.

As with so many things this school year, the bus scheduling process is more complex than usual. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Thank you.

From the Nurse's Office
Medication and Emergency Action Plan Drop-Off
***NOTE: The Student Medication Authorization forms are new this year and now require a parent/guardian signature and date at the bottom of both medication forms. 

Please call or email the Nurse to arrange a time to drop off medications at Sheridan. Be sure medication forms and Emergency Action Plans are completed, and your student's medications are in the original packaging.

The D67 medication forms and Emergency Action Plans can be found at: 

State of Illinois-mandated School Health Forms required for ALL students in PreSchool & Kindergarten and students NEW to Sheridan School in grades 1, 2, 3 and 4  MUST BE ON FILE in the Nurse's office no later than October 14th. Students without complete records must be excluded from school on October 15th and until records are complete.

The following Health Forms are required for all students in PreSchool and Kindergarten, and for all students NEW to Sheridan School:

1. Certificate of Child Health Examination and documentation of immunizations according to IDPH standards. Physical exam forms for students entering an Illinois school for the first time must be dated within one year of the start of school.

2. Kindergarten students and students entering an Illinois school for the first time must also provide a State of Illinois Eye Exam dated within one year of the start of school. 

3. A Proof of Dental Examination form is required to be on file for ALL Kindergarten and 2nd grade students by May 15, 2020. The dental exam must be dated after November 15, 2019. 
 
For more information and to download forms, please follow the link to Health Services:

Required Health Records should be emailed or mailed to the Nurse's Office ASAP.

Please add the Sheridan School Main Office phone number (847/234-1160) and Nurse’s Office phone number (847/615-4479) to your cell phone Contact List so our names appear if we call you. Be sure to provide Emergency Contacts who are willing and able to pick your student up within 15-20 minutes in the event they become ill at school and you are unavailable.
 
In an attempt to reduce unnecessary time out of class, please pack chapstick, dental wax, contact lens solution or other small personal care items for your child in their backpack so their needs can be handled in the classroom rather than in the Nurse’s Office.
 
Please feel free to contact Cynthia Borosh, Sheridan School Nurse, if you have any further questions.
 
Phone: 847/615-4479

Principal
847-615-4454

Attendance and Office:
847-234-1160
Liz Duffy
Mary Kay Hanlon

Nurse:
847-615-4479


Upcoming Events:
Sept 21 ~ Back to School Drop off Parade

Sept 30 ~ Picture Day

Nov 2-Nov 6 ~ Hugs Food Drive

Nov 5 ~ Picture Retake Day
As many of our students prepare for hybrid in-person learning next week, we know students and families may have questions about our new health and safety protocols.
With this in mind, our school nurses are launching a new video series called "Ask the Nurse."
Today's episode is about what might look different about school this year.
You can submit your own questions here.
Our nurses will pop up in your email and on our websites every week for the next month or so. Let us know what you think. We welcome your input and ideas!
District News
Adolescent Parenting Resources from Dr. Lisa Damour
Our thanks to the Spirit of 67 for bringing us Wednesday night’s presentation and Q&A with New York Times best-selling author and adolescent psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour. Through the generous support of the Spirit, Dr. Damour will return for another presentation for DPM parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.
 
In the meantime, Dr. Damour has shared a wonderful selection of timely resources, available under the Social Emotional Wellness tab on The Map.
APT News
Shout out to Ellie White and Michelle Taubensee for Organizing an Amazing Back to School Luncheon for our Sheridan Staff!
We would like to thank all the parents who donated to the Back to School Luncheon that provided our Sheridan Staff and AVA teachers a wonderful lunch to kick off the new year! A big shout out to APT Coordinators Ellie White and Michelle Taubensee for taking the time to organize the event. As well as Belvedere Events & Banquets, a local family company of Sheridan Mom, Caroline Eimermann, for the wonderful sandwiches and treats! 
Spirit Wear - Deadline is September 13th for orders!
Regardless of where your desk is this year, you can rock still Sheridan School Spirit Wear! Just check out the ONLINE STORE, pick your items and you are on your way. The Spirit Store deadline is Sunday, September 13th! We will not be selling Spiritwear during any events at the school, so please get this year’s gear online! See the site for additional information.

Welcome our Newest Sharks this year!
We'd like to welcome our new Sheridan families from Pre-K to 4th Grade! Please visit our Sheridan APT website to see some of our newest Sharks!
September APT Board Meeting
DATE: Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
TIME: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Please join us for our first APT Board meeting. If you are interested in learning more about the APT and what we have planned ahead, please feel free to jump on. All parents welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Clifton at heidivclifton@gmail.com. Thank you!
Spirit of 67 News
Community News & Events
For more information, please visit the Green Backpack online.
Lake Forest Open Lands Events
Bagpipes & Bonfire @ Home - Saturday, September 19. Learn about Bagpipes & Bonfire and enjoy hearing a piper in your neighborhood at 6:30 pm
 
Girl Scouts Drive-Thru Event
We are having a drive-thru event for families interested in learning more about the Girl Scouts! From the comfort and safety of your car, enjoy take-home crafts, see a STEM demonstration, bring home a balloon animal, and more while gathering information about Girl Scouts. The event is at our Vernon Hills Gathering Place at 650 N Lakeview Parkway, on Saturday, September 12th from 2pm-5pm. More information can be found via our Eventbrite listing bit.ly/girlscoutdrivethru

Lake County is holding its third live Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, panelists will discuss the most current information about how COVID-19 is impacting Lake County, relief efforts including programs that have provided funding to Lake County businesses and residents who have been financially impacted, and information about voting in the November General Election.
 
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
 
Time: 7 p.m. 
 
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