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Principal's Letter
Mohawk Primary Center
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Dear Mohawk Families,  

Welcome Back!  I am incredibly excited about the start of the 2019-2020 school year! I hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to embark on this journey. This journey begins with a pledge to you, and our students, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the summer thoroughly cleaning the school. And, our much-appreciated PTO is gearing up to welcome families, and provide volunteer opportunities


We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible.  We want and value your involvement and support in your child’s education!  Your active participation is key to the success of your child(ren) during his/her early childhood school years.

 

Welcome New Staff!!!! Each year brings positive change, and this includes a few additions/changes to our staff. This year 3rd grade parents and students will see a familiar face in a new space. This year we welcome Ms. Smith to the 3rd grade team. Ms. Smith will move right across the hallway to room 8 as a Science and Social studies 3rd grade teacher. Ms. Smith is excited to challenge critical thinking and innovation through science & social studies.   We are delighted to welcome Ms. Stephanie Bennett as our new first grade teacher.  Ms. Bennett is not new to the profession or to the community, but she is new to school district 163. Ms. Bennett brings a wealth of knowledge for working with young children. We also welcome our new social worker, Ms. Taylor. Ms. Taylor is new to Mohawk, but certainly not new to school district 163. Ms. Taylor has serviced and supported children from kindergarten through eighth grade over her tenure in school district 163.

Student Placement A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2019-2020 school year. Careful consideration was given to input from teachers, staff, as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level.  Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities. Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students.

I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your child’s principal.  Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

 

Below please find some important notes and reminders about the start of the school year.  Thank you in advance for your attention to the many details.

Supplies  

 

All registration information and school supply lists for all grade levels can be found via the Internet at www.sd163.com. Please make sure that supplies are replenished throughout the school year.


Safety and Security

Please be advised that all doors are locked. This means all visitors to the school must stop in the office and identify him/herself and pick up a visitor’s pass. This includes parents, guardians, vendors, and any other visitors to the school. No one should proceed directly to a classroom without office authorization, no matter what time of the day. If you need to talk to a teacher or staff member during the school day, the office staff will take a message and have the staff member call you during his/her prep time or respond via dojo to you.  This procedure is for the safety and welfare of all staff and students.

Arrival/Dismissal Parents are encouraged to park on Mohawk street and/or Shabbona Street, and walk their children over to the school. Staff are the only entries through the back parking lot. All modes of transportation and vehicles will drop off and pick up students from the circle drive on Mohawk Street.  As always the kindergarten students will be released from the kindergarten classroom door (On the Mohawk side of the street), and must be picked up by an adult or a designated responsible teenager.

Speaking of Safety

  • Flip flop shoes are not allowed on the playground
  • Earrings (for boys and girls) are only allowed in both ears
  • Halter tops/back out tops/spaghetti straps are not allowed
  • Lipstick and Make-up can only be worn by adults
  • Weapons (or toy weapons) of any sort are not allowed

For the complete listing of school rules and expectations please review the parent handbook.

Drop off and Pick up  

Please note that an adult or a responsible sibling must pick up kindergarten students from school. If your kindergarten student is a bus rider, an adult or responsible sibling must meet kindergarten students at the bus stop (otherwise they will be returned to the school for you to pick up). The bus driver will not drop off a kindergarten student without an adult or older sibling present. Bus riding is a privilege that can be taken away if students are not following school and bus safety rules and regulations.

 Parents dropping students off for school in the morning should not drop students off prior to 7:50 a.m.  When parents are dropping students off, please have them ready to exit the vehicle as soon as you pull into the circle drive, in front of the school. Have all bags and kisses accounted for and adhere to a 7 second rule of stop at the curb, exit the vehicle, and enter the school.

Early Pick-Up

At times it may be necessary for a student to leave the building early. Anyone picking up a child early from school must come into the office and sign the child out. That person must show a picture ID. No child will be released to anyone who is not listed on the emergency card unless prior arrangements have been made with the school secretary and the parent. Please try and limit your early pick-ups from school as much as possible.  When students are picked up early, they miss vital instruction time, and calling down to the classroom is disruptive to the learning environment.

Happy Birthday

In an effort to maximize learning time, we do not permit classroom birthday parties. If you would like to honor your child for his/her birthday you may send store bought cupcakes to the office (cupcakes are voluntarily). Please do not send pizza, cake, ice cream, balloons, nor treat bags. Each student will have their birthday acknowledged by receiving a birthday surprise from Mrs. Chinn; and his/her name will be read on the announcements. Based upon classroom procedures, a small classroom celebration (singing, cupcakes; if donated by the family) may take place in the classroom

  Let’s Have a Phenomenal school year!!!!!

                                              




August

20th Give Us the Scoop (Visit the classroom & Drop off school supplies)

21st First Day of School

27th Early Dismissal

23rd  Summer Packets are due 

 September

 2nd Labor Day- No School

6th Summer Packet Celebration

11th Open House

12th Early Dismissal

20th Parent Activity Day; Coffee & Conversations

23rd Back to School Spirit Week

30th Special Person’s Day

Warmest Regards,

Mrs. Chinn

 

Principal, Mohawk Primary Center