Giles Weekly Tracks
October 8, 2021
Home of the Lions
|Norridge School District 80 COVID Information|
|Updated on Fridays|
|Norridge School District 80 COVID Stats|
|Time Period||10/4/2021 - 10/15/2021|
|COVID + Cases||0||8||8|
|Close Contact with COVID +||0||32||32|
|Sick / Tested (Awaiting Results)||0||15||15|
|Sick / Tested Negative||0||19||19|
|Suburban Cook County Travel Order|
|Rolling Average COVID + Rate for Zip Code 60706 as of 10/7/2021 is 2.76%*|
|*Information provided by: http://covid-dashboard.fsm.northwestern.edu/|
|Test Positivity 7-Day Rolling Avg. for Cook County (Region 10) as of 9/28/2021 is 2.8**|
Next week Thursday, October 14th will start our Student-Led Conferences for the fall. The students are excited to lead and share their work with you. Students will discuss their goals for the year, their data from state assessments along with their data from MasteryConnect from each of their subjects, along with artifacts that they have been working on. Staff will support and assist each student as they share all their amazing work. There are so many wonderful learning opportunities happening at Giles School and we are all excited to share them with you!
In addition, through our Social and Emotional (SEL) program, students are discussing what it takes to be Giles Made. Please speak with your child about all the qualities a Giles student represents. Every Monday during advisory, each student and staff member focuses on executive functioning skills. These skills will assist students in being successful academically. Please have a conversation with your child on how their day has gone, what they are learning, do they have any homework and are they studying for any upcoming tests. In regards to homework, please check daily that your child has completed their homework assignments. Homework is an essential building block to further promote success. When homework is not completed, students lack key essentials for building a foundation to their academic success.
Health Notification - Deadline quickly approaching
The State of Illinois requires that all students in 6th grade have a physical exam that includes 2 vaccines: Meningococcal vaccine and TDap vaccine. All 6th grade students must also have a dental form completed.
The physical exam and two vaccines must be completed and forms turned in the nurse’s office no later than October 15th, 2021. Failure to do so will result in your child being excluded from school until the forms are turned in.
The dental exam form must be turned in to the nurse’s office no later than May 15th, 2022. Failure to do so will result in your child not receiving their report card at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.
Any questions, please feel free to contact the Giles School Nurse: Ms. Angellique Garnett, RN at (708) 453-4847 #3 or at email@example.com.
Student Led Conferences:
Giles School is revamping how we operate our Parent/Teacher Conferences. We are now calling them Student Led Conferences. Student Led Conferences will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and again on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Conferences will be remote this year. Our goal with these conferences is to showcase the academic talents of our students, provide data to support growth and learning along with goal setting to further improve learning across all curriculums. In the next few weeks, we will be releasing a sign up document to schedule your Student Led Conference. It is important for students and parents to attend together along with the advisory teacher.
In 2011, Illinois was the first state by law to mandate child sexual abuse prevention in schools. This law has come to be known as Erin’s Law, named after a child sexual abuse survivor and advocate. Erin’s Law requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention- oriented child sexual abuse program that teaches students in preschool through 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult. Lessons will be held on Thursday, October 7th (7th and 8th grade) and Thursday, October 14th (5th and 6th grade). Please review the below flyer for additional information.
Cell Phone Policy - please review with your child
During instructional time, which includes class periods and passing periods, electronic devices must be kept powered-off and out-of-sight unless: (a) permission is granted by an administrator, teacher or school staff member; (b) use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized education program (IEP); or (c) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals. Please remind your child to keep their cell phones off and away during the day! Any student caught in possession of their cell phone will have their phone turned over to the Principal's Office. Parent's will be called and notified for violation of the cell phone policy. We also would like to remind parents that any student using an apple watch to text or communicate with others during the day is strictly prohibited. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Giles School Fall Dance
On Friday, November 5th our wonderful PTA will be hosting a Fall Dance for our 5th - 8th graders. The cost for the dance is $5.00 which includes: admission, a slice of pizza, chips and water. The dance will begin at 6:30 and end at 8:30 pm. Entry to the dance will take place at Anderson Hall (entrance #15). Appropriate attire is required per school policy. Once students enter they may not leave until the dance is over and signed out by a parent. Additional concessions will be available for purchase. Please see flyer below
Band Spirit Wear
Look awesome while supporting your Giles School Band! Below is a flyer/order form to place your orders. All orders are due by Friday, October 22, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bucaro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athletic Concession Stand
PTA will be offering concessions for all home indoor athletic contests. If you are interested in donating your time or concession items such as: gatorade, powerade, water, chips, candy, snacks, chocolate candy bars, etc please contact Jackie. Additional information is located on the flyer below.
Congratulations to all our cross country athletes and Coach Provax on a very successful season. Below are the results from the final meet of the season:
7th/8th Grade Girls earned 1st place as a team
5th/6th Grade Boys earned 2nd place as a team
5th/6th Grade Girls earned 3rd place as a team
In the 7th/8th grade girls race the following students medalled:
Ciara T. placed 2nd
Maya D. placed 5th
Kasha K placed 6th
Maria L. placed 8th
In the 7th/8th grade boys race the following student medalled:
Will G. placed 9th
In the 5th/6th grade girls race the following students medalled:
Fiona M. placed 6th
Maya K. placed 9th
In the 5th/6th grade boys race the following students medalled:
Weston A. placed 5th
Max S. placed 6th
Jackson D. placed 7th
Mr. Bob Biedke, Principal
Mrs. Christine Ahrens, Assistant Principal
Monday, Oct 11:
Tuesday, Oct 12:
Wednesday, Oct 13:
Boys Soccer @ Mannheim - 4:00pm
Thursday, Oct 14:
Student Led Conferences
Friday, Oct 15:
Boy Soccer @ Pennoyer - 4:00pm
Giles Students of the Week
This week, your teachers were looking for students who exhibited the qualities of someone who is SAFE! A HUGE congratulations to our students of the Week!
5th Grade: Cross B. & Gianluca K.
6th Grade: Sebastian M. & Noah S.
7th Grade: Guiliana P. & Rayson D.
8th Grade: Tierney O. & Robert L.
Giles Teachers of the Week
We’d also like to send out a huge congratulations to our teachers of the week! Our teachers are truly amazing and we are so lucky to have such outstanding people help us throughout our day! A HUGE congratulations to :
Mr. Glassman, 5th-8th Grade Art
Mrs. Mikrut, 5th/6th Grade Intervention
Mrs. Mostyn, 5th Grade ELA
Freeze pop Friday was a success....
Last Friday, October 1st during lunch time we held our 1st Freeze Pop Friday and it was a huge success. We raised $344.00 which will support our PBIS program at Giles School. Great Job Giles Lions!!!ThaThanks,
Please check out the District 80 calendar on the website for a listing of all the Giles Boys Soccer games. Any questions, please contact Mr. Gino Gapastione at email@example.com.
Please check out the District 80 calendar on the website for a listing of all the Giles Girls Volleyball games. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Judy Fig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2011, Illinois was the first state by law to mandate child sexual abuse prevention in schools. This law has come to be known as Erin’s Law, named after a child sexual abuse survivor and advocate. Erin’s Law requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention- oriented child sexual abuse program that teaches students in preschool through 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult.
At Giles School, students will receive a 30 minute lesson in their classroom provided by a social worker. Lessons will be held on Thursday, October 7th (7th and 8th grade) and Thursday, October 14th (5th and 6th grade). Giles School Social Worker, Ms. Salo, will cover the following topics based on the developmental appropriateness at that grade level:
Safe and Unsafe Touches
Safe and Unsafe Secrets
How to Speak Up and Tell a Safe Adult
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse
If you would like to inquire about opting out of this lesson, please contact Mrs. Christine Ahrens, via email at email@example.com by Wednesday, October 6th.
Erin’s Law also requires that districts teach parents and guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse and provide information to support sexually abused children and their families. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by age 18 and over 90% percent of the time, these children are being abused by someone they know. For these reasons, it is important for parents to be aware and understand how to support their child if needed.
Warning Signs: nightmares⋅trouble sleeping⋅bed wetting⋅change in appetite⋅fear of certain people, places or activities⋅mood swings⋅depression⋅aggression⋅feeling shameful or guilty⋅ isolating oneself⋅withdrawal from someone⋅resisting removing clothes at bedtime or bath time⋅change in academics⋅running away from home⋅suicidal thoughts⋅acting out sexually⋅ exhibiting adult sexual behaviors, knowledge, or language.
What to do if a child discloses abuse: listen to the child tell them they did the right thing by telling them this is not their fault, tell them you believe them, let them know they are safe now and won’t be hurt again.
If you suspect that a child has been sexually abused, immediately report the abuse to the police or call the 24-hour Illinois Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873).
You can also visit http://www.erinslaw.org/for-parents/ to get more information about Erin’s Law and child sexual abuse prevention.
Ms. Elise Salo Mrs. Christine Ahrens Mr. Bob Biedke
Social Worker Assistant Principal Principal