November brings a month where there are many days of non attendance for students. However teachers are still teaching and it is important that your child be present for the learning. Please do not use this month to schedule family vacations! Did you know that being absent counts against us and our school rating? All absences, excused and unexcused are included in the SQRP (School Quality Rating Policy). Yes! Attendance is 20% of our school rating. Please help us keep our school rating at Level 1+. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Our network chief, Eduardo Cesario, last day was Tuesday, November 6, 2018. He has taken a position with Waukegan Public School District 60. We wish him well in his new position. Dr. Richard Smith is our interim chief. He is a retired CPS principal and district level administrator.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the district conducted an Instructional Core visit at Waters. The team was comprised of district level instructional support staff that visited 12 classrooms. The foci for the visit was to observe teaching practices that exhibit instructional rigor, aligned curriculum and enhanced teaching practices that ultimately will impact levels of student growth. Leaders debriefed with our team and shared that they observed students engaged in authentic learning, tasks that were aligned to objectives, and students positively challenging each others learning. All of these task are directly aligned to our CIWP. Congratulations WATERS STAFF!!!
There will be no classes/no school on Monday, November 12, Veteran’s Day and Wednesday, November 14, 2018 which is Student, Parent, Teacher conferences. This day is dedicated for you to meet with your child and their teacher. Your child will share with you what they have learned thus far and if they are on track to meet their growth goals. If you have not signed up for a conference time, please be sure to do so! Conference times are from 11:45 am - 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Wednesday evening beginning at 7:00 pm at Mrs. Murphy’s and Son’s Bistro, please join us as we will celebrate the annual Pledge Drive. We thank the energetic team of WT who have been super busy promoting this important work. Did you know that these funds help pay for vital programs at Waters? Thank you to all for supporting our school financially!
On Wednesday, please be sure to stop by the AMAZING offerenda in the main hallway. Thank you to all the parents, staff and volunteers for helping set this beautiful memorial.
November 21-23 will be Thanksgiving Break. No classes/no school for students.
Our monthly LSC meeting is at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 27th. We will have a presentation from our staff on the intentional work we are doing in specific content areas. If you haven’t had a chance to join us at one of our meetings, please do! The presentations provide a window into what your children are learning at Waters school. In addition, It is expected that the LSC will vote on the schoolwide dress code at this meeting.