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*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
*Parent Leadership Network Meeting – Sulzer Library 9:30-11:00 a.m.
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
*Girls Volleyball Tryouts – Waters Gym 3:30-4:15 p.m.
*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
*Picture Day (by class) – 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
*Curriculum Night – 6:00 p.m. (new families) and 6:30 p.m.
LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL CRESPO
It's hard to believe we are already in our 4th week of school!
A very special thank you to the 5/6 grade teacher team. On Monday, September 14, teachers, chaperones and 150 students went to Camp Duncan in Ingleside, IL for an educational outing to work on various team building exercises. It was a day filled with new learning experiences and getting to know each other. Thank you Mrs. Del Campo for organizing this annual trip. Check out the photo!
Thank you to Mr. Raman for presenting on Executive Functions this past week. The workshop was informative and provided helpful tips on how to manage time and organize oneself. Students are utilizing these tools in grades five to eight to develop organizational skills that will help not only with their daily academic routine but with life. The top three takeaways from the workshop are highlighted in an article below.
Please join us at our annual Curriculum Night, next Wednesday evening September 30 at 6:00 pm for new families in the Gym. And for returning families, please go directly to your child's classroom at 6:30pm. This is a PARENTS ONLY event. Come and hear what your child will be learning this school year. Childcare will be available (if needed) at $10 per family. Please see below for more details.
If you have not already done so, please turn in all medical forms. Remember October 15 is the deadline. All students whose medical information is not current WILL BE EXCLUDED from school per CPS policy. Do not let this happen to your child.
CPS has unfortunately cut all elementary school sports funding. The Waters administration is committed to funding and continuing the sports program at Waters as best we can. After school electives are extremely important and beneficial for children. Waters will continue to keep athletics as a priority after school program. More information will available soon.
CPS is in the process of developing the fall season schedule for all sports. Not all CPS schools will be involved so creating the schedule has been challenging. More information to follow.
5th/6th GRADE SCIENCE FAIR PACKET
Tuesday, September 22nd
If you have not received an email regarding a 5th or 6th grade Science Fair Packet, please email Deb Del Campo (room 305) a.s.a.p. We are asking families to print this packet so your child can bring it to class this Tuesday.
PARENT LEADERSHIP NETWORK MEETING
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Sulzer Regional Library – 9:30-11:00 a.m.
The CPS Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is working to engage parents through the Parent Leadership Network, which holds monthly meetings on different topics. At this meeting, there will be a discussion of Parent Leadership, Title I, Parent Portal, and the CPS School Locator map. View more info.
5th /6th Grade Girls Volleyball Tryouts
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Waters Gym – 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Tryouts are on Wednesday. Please see or email Mrs. (Griffin) Barta in room 306 if you have any questions. Be sure to wear athletic clothing and gym shoes.
PICTURE DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Thursday, September 24, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Would you like to spend an hour or so at school helping classes go down together to get their pictures taken? If so, please sign up. We need volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you sign up for the last time slot there is a possibility that all pictures may already be taken. Please sign in at the Main Office right before you begin your volunteer shift.
BILUNGUAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ELECTIONS
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Waters Annex – 8:30 a.m
Si quiere saber mas sobre el programa bilingue en la escuela Waters, participar en talleres y ser un proponente para nuestros estudiates aprendiendo ingles, le invitamos a participar en nuestro Comite Asesor Bilingue. La primera reunion sera el 29 de septiembre para la eleccion de la nueva directiva.
If you would like to learn about Waters School bilingual program, participate in workshops and be an advocate for our English language learners, we invite you to attend our Bilingual Advisory Committee meetings. Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. to hold the elections for our new BAC members. Any questions, contact Nilsa Alvarez
Wednesday, September 30. 2015
Waters Gym – 6:00 p.m. New Families
Classrooms – 6:30 p.m.
New families are invited to come to the Gym at 6:00 p.m. for a special presentation and returning families may arrive at 6:30 pm and go directly to their child(ren)'s classroom. Please enter through the main office doors. No children are permitted to attend the meetings with their parents.
Curriculum night is a parents-only presentation. If you absolutely cannot find childcare, Waters Today and the 8th-grade classes are providing two options, at a cost of $10 per family. All proceeds from this event will go toward the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C.
• For the 6 p.m. new families/kinder presentation, the kindergarten teachers are organizing an activity in their classrooms to occupy the children with two eighth-graders per room to help out. Parents can sign their kids in to their classes before going to the gym for the presentation.
• For returning families, (6:30 to 7:30), parent volunteers will organize a movie and a homework station in the Annex. Five 8th-graders will be on hand to help out. Drop off your child in the Annex before going to visit with your children’s teachers.
ANNUAL GIVE TO WATERS
The Annual Give to Waters (formerly Flower Power) is one of Waters’ largest fundraisers and provides funding for programs not supported by the CPS budget. Our goal for this year is to raise $100,000 for Waters Elementary School. Your support provides essential funds for:
• A full-time Ecology position (Mr. Leki) – in fact our whole Ecology program
• A half-time Music position – to match the half that CPS pays to make a full-time position
• Right At School lunchtime/recess supervision
• Other enrichment programs, curriculum and instructional materials, technology upgrades, school-wide supplies and other school-wide initiatives.
We would love for all members of the Waters community to donate at any amount that best suits their family. Everyone can be a part of supporting our school, and every dollar makes a difference in the educational experience of our children. Get involved today!
Due October 15, 2015
Please help Waters meet the 100% compliance mark for submission of health data. The medical information already received is being entered, and letters will go home to parents whose child is still not in compliance. Parents should bring this form to the office and pediatricians should fill out and return this form by Thursday, October 15. Health and immunization requirements have been updated for 2015-16, so please be sure to check the school website home page.
CPS PARENT PORTAL
The Parent Portal is a link to information about your child’s teachers, grades, absences and other records. A pin is required that you can get from the office (in person) and then you create a login so you can keep track of your child’s academics.Parents are strongly encouraged to sign up and use the system. Questions, check with the office or your child’s teacher.
ONLINE STUDENT ART GALLERY
New families: You should have received a permission form to display your child's artwork on Artsonia, an online “student art museum” that showcases artwork from students all over the world. Parents, grandparents, and family members can order prints, mugs, jewelry, and more with your child's creative inspirations on them, and 20% of the proceeds comes back to support our art program! Learn more.
EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS
Mr. Raman held a workshop that focused on habits/life skills kids of all grades should learn in order to improve their current and future schooling experience. Top action items below. Review presentation slides.
• Help your child plan ahead by using a family calendar and hold a weekly meeting to review upcoming events and assignments.
• Help kids visualize the passage of time by employing a time timer clock or app when carrying out time sensitive activities.
•Break down homework tasks into smaller chunks to help kids feel a sense of accomplishment.
LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCIL
New Parent Representative Position
Congratulations to Darian Martyniuk, who was selected by the LSC at the September 8th meeting to fill the vacancy for a parent representative. The next LSC meeting will be October 13th at 6:30 pm. Learn more about the LSC.
SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM
CPS changed food service vendors this year and they now have a drop-down menu for each school to view breakfast, lunch, and after-school snack menus. Initial glitches in the Waters menu appear to have been fixed. Access the menu. Also, note that breakfast and lunch are free to all students, but there are fees for seconds and extras – for example, if your child brought a lunch from home and wants to purchase milk, they must pay for the milk. View the fee schedule. After-school snacks are free to all students enrolled in an after-school program. Get more information on the CPS meal programs.
MS. NISSIM APPRECIATES YOUR SUPPORT
A huge thank-you to those generous parents who have donated to Ms. Nissim’s Donors Choose projects. She would appreciate any size donation to obtain the balance still needed for a document camera. View the request. Thank you!
The Waters website, provides most, if not all, school-related information you may need. If you can't find what you are looking for, contact LSC Communications Chair, Erica Smith.
Sync the Waters Google Calendar to your own Google calendar. A snapshot of the calendar can be found on the home page.
Waters Today has a new website with fundraising information and volunteer opportunities. Stop by Waters Today.
For up-to-date news and events about the Waters community, check out the Waters Community and Events Facebook page.
Want to volunteer? Email Kathleen Matuszewich
Have a pledge or donation to make? Email Rick Bolliger
Want to Receive Ecology updates? Email Peter Leki
Have school-related news to share or want to subscribe to Waters Green Notes? Email Cookie Silvia
Have ideas, time or funds for Waters fundraising efforts or just want to keep up on fundraising volunteer opportunities? Email Sandi Barlow Stone
For general questions or concerns, email the Waters Today Board