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November 24, 2020

Special Thanksgiving Edition

Tuesday Tidbits

Dear St. Gilbert Families,

On behalf of the entire staff at St. Gilbert I want to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving shared with your family.  It is a time to reflect on the blessings in our lives such as; family, friends, good health, plenty to eat, education, and homes to shelter us.  May God be present in your lives, and provide you peace during this anxious and stress filled time.  We are looking to the future with hope as new vaccines and medicines are invented, and approved to treat this virus.  Thank you for filling out the OCS Survey that was sent a couple weeks ago to parents, as a result our school will remain open for in person learning between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Each school received the results of their survey in recommendation form on an individual school basis.  Our holidays may look a bit different this year, but at St. Gilbert our creative wheels have been churning, coming up with ideas that help us to connect with our school families, and the community.  Below you will find flyers addressing upcoming Christmas events; The 2020 SGS Christmas Ornament (student designed), Santa’s Secret Shop, Dress Down Pass Gifts, Christmas House Decorating Contest, our newest event “A Merry & Bright Night.”

The Student Council has created a new calendar for December, many things can be done at home as well during the weeks of advent!  Our theme for this month is “Kindness.”

 

8th grade students planning to attend Grayslake Central or North, please be advised that these schools have cancelled their Placement Testing.  I will be meeting with the leaders of these schools after Thanksgiving Break to get further information about the placement process.

 

Lastly, we have used up our storehouse of Lysol Wipes that we gathered from the classrooms last summer.  These items were unavailable at the start of the school year, so I asked you not to worry about getting them as far as school supplies go.  If you are out and about doing Thanksgiving and/or Christmas shopping and find antibacterial wipes we would appreciate your picking up a couple and sending them in to school for our cleaning and disinfecting!

May God bless you all!

 

Mrs. Kristine Buckley, Principal

 

Calendar Items:

 

November 30 - School Resumes

December 4 - No PM Woodland Bus (D50) 

December 5 - Carmel Entrance Exam 8:00 am (Online)

SGS Christmas Ornament Order Form 

 

Dress Down Pass Gifts 

 

Santa's Secret Shop 

 

A Merry & Bright Night/Christmas House Decorating Contest 

 

Student Council "December Unity Calendar"

November 23, 2020

Special Communication

Christmas Events

Dear School Families,

We are continuing a Christmas tradition of selling “Dress Down Passes” that can be used as gifts for St. Nicholas Day and/or Stocking Stuffers.  These passes will be good for the remainder of this school year.  Dress Down Passes are $5.00 each, maximum of (10) allowed per child.  Please send in cash or check to the office with a simple note as to the purpose, name, and classroom of each child and we will fill orders as quick as St. Nick!  Passes will come home addressed to the parents in a sealed envelope.

Enrollment for Early Childhood is going on now for the school year 2021/22, our Marketing Team has come up with a December showcase event that the whole school can participate in.  We are excited to announce our first ever “Merry & Bright Night” on December 11th from 5:00-7:00 pm.  This evening will start at St. Gilbert School with a drive through in front of the church to view the lights, see teachers, enjoy some cocoa & treats....even the dogs in the cars will get a little treat!  Santa will be there, children can drop off their Christmas letters, and pose for a “socially distanced car picture” with Santa, and all families will get a “Merry & Bright Night” map to use to drive around the local community to see houses that are decorated with Holiday lights as part of our “Christmas House Decorating” contest.  Vote for the best decorations, and enjoy a fun evening with your family.  The house winner will receive $500 off their tuition for 2021/22.  To enter your house, please contact the School Office at school.office@stgilbertschool.org, or (847) 223-8600, space is limited!  Participation in this event is not limited to current St. Gilbert families, please share with any families that might be interested in Preschool, Kindergarten and/or St. Gilbert next year. 

May your Holidays be Merry!

Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal

"A Merry & Bright Night" & House Decorating Contest

November 19, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Thank you for your continued support of our school. I hope you are taking advantage of the two weeks of eLearning in January and saving travel for Christmas.  As a result of rising cases, hospitalizations, and the revised restrictions coming from the Governor's office I am mandating a (14) day eLearning period for anyone who travels over the Thanksgiving holiday season.  This virus causes us to adapt quickly to maintain the safety and health of our school community.  We can only continue in person learning if teachers are healthy and classes are not quarantined.  Please contact the school office or your child’s teacher to report Thanksgiving travel, and we will provide you with your estimated in person return date.  I thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation!

 

For those families with students in grades 5-8, please be advised that St. Gilbert will be following the Governor’s Tier 3 restriction on Basketball. The Office of Catholic Schools has cancelled the winter Basketball season for all its schools this year.  We hope we will be able to participate in Track & Field & Boys Volleyball in the spring, but must adhere to the directives coming from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Jim Riggs.  We will keep you informed as we move further into next year.

On a happier note, we held a “St. Gilbert Christmas Ornament Design Contest” and there was a class winner chosen from each of our classes, then we selected an overall winner whose design will be made into the 2020 School Christmas Ornament.  Our design came from a 7th grader, Elyanna T.  These collector’s items will be available for purchase after Thanksgiving.  There were many creative designs submitted, congratulations to all artists!

 

Christmas Ornament Class Winners

(PK) Teresa D., (K) Anna L., (1) Julia K., (2A) Alexa N., (2B) Lauren H., (3A) Jaxson P., (3B) Lauren B., (4A) Lauren A., (4B) Juliet B., (5A) Brenyn V., (5B) Alessandro C., (6) Lauren A. & Kelsey R., (7A) Theresa T., (7B) Elyanna T., (8A) Christina J.

Our Santa’s Shop will be virtual this year, running Nov. 28th thru Dec. 5th. Letters are coming home today so check your child's backpack. The gifts will be sent to the school and delivered to your child's classroom before school is out for Christmas Break. E-learners will pick up gifts from school, an email will be sent when they are ready for pick up.   

 

Santa Shop link https://2130080.holidaytreasures.com

 

Calendar Reminders *Note the change to Woodland Busing on 11/23 & 11/24!

 

Monday, November 23rd - No Grayslake Buses (D46) both ways, *Woodland (D50) now transporting for am & pm.

 

Tuesday, November 24th - No Grayslake Buses (D46) both ways, *Woodland (D50) now transporting for am & pm.

 

Wednesday, November 25th - No School- Teacher PD Day

 

Thursday, November 26th - No School Thanksgiving

 

Friday, November 27th - No School Holiday

 

Thank you SGS families for your continued support of our Rebel Way Prize Cart for the students, and our Teacher Treat Trolley.  We have had very few behavioral issues since the students are making good choices and earning rebel way tickets!  The cart comes around to each classroom on Fridays.  It is important to keep the moral of our teachers up during this stressful time, and they are always excited to see the random arrival of the Treat Trolley.  A very special thank you to the Brewster Family for their sponsorship of the Treat Trolley this past week!  Other donations came in from these families; Cunningham, Krcmarik, Strachan, and Ecklund. 

 

Thank you also to the Woods family for breakfast for the teachers on our last PD day!  

 

Informational Flyers

Carmel Entrance Exam Registration

 

St. Gilbert School Thanksgiving Food Drive 

 

Pampered Chef Tuition Assistance Fundraiser 

 

Santa's Secret Shop 

 

St. Gilbert Christmas Cash Raffle 

 

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive 

November 13, 2020

 

Parents/Guardians,

I am sending the link for Hot Lunch next Thursday 11/19, as well as our upcoming Dinner Fundraiser next Tuesday 11/17 at Lou Malnati's.  If you love pizza these two events will make you happy!

 

Mrs. Buckley

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfu7WFWpAa0XNqRWaXhbjW-pbbi2LJBGvaIdYnaOfU1Dq0Rew/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Lou Malnati's Dinner Fundraiser Flyer 

November 12 2020

Thursday Tidbits

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As of tomorrow we will have made it through 12 weeks of school, and the completion of a Trimester of learning.  It seemed like an insurmountable task when planning began during the summer, but we made it, and should give ourselves a pat on the back!  If you have children in grades (3-8) your first ACT Aspire Interim results are coming home Friday, please ask for the report card envelope from your child.  Next Friday, November 20th Trimester #1 Report Cards will come home.  As we enter into the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season, remember to celebrate safely with family, wear your masks, wash hands often, and give thanks for the gifts you have in your life; your children being one of the most important gifts of all!  I am sharing a letter below from our School Board President, Mr. Mike Starzec.  Please take a moment to read it.  I am very grateful for our St. Gilbert School Board, whose members support my work in countless ways.  One of our big goals is to improve our Marketing and Enrollment at St. Gilbert to ensure a strong school going forward into the future.  This week we are celebrating  “Discover Catholic Schools Week” with a Bedtime Story Series.  We hope you found time to listen to one or all of the stories read by mystery readers at 7:00 pm on Facebook Live! You will definitely want to tune in on Sunday night for our final reader..........share the information with friends, you never know when someone’s interest might be peaked in checking out what more SGS has to offer.  Our Preschool is welcoming to children of all faiths, colors, and races, with the open hands of Jesus as our model, we embrace his inclusive message “let the little children come to me.” Please share your positive experiences with friends and neighbors so that we can build a strong foundation beginning with the little ones.

 

Good health & many blessings to all!

Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal

Calendar Reminders:

 

Friday, November 13th - End of Trimester #1, Sports Dress Down Day $1.00 (Student Council)

 

Monday, November 16th - Start of Trimester #2, transition of select eLearners to In Person

 

Thursday, November 19th - Hot Lunch Day (Pizza)

 

Friday, November 20th - Trimester #1 Report Cards Go Home, Thanksgiving Food Drive Items Due!

 

Monday, November 23rd - No PM Woodland buses (D50), No AM/PM Grayslake Buses (D46)

 

Tuesday, November 24th - No PM Woodland buses (D50), No AM/PM Grayslake Buses (D46)

 

Wednesday, November 25th - No School, Teacher PD Day

 

Thursday, November 26th - No School, Thanksgiving

 

Friday, November 27th - No School-Holiday

 

Thank you to the Stith Family for a HEPA Air Filter donation!

 

Letters & Informational Flyers:

 

School Board President Letter 

 

Bedtime Story Series 

 

11.13.20 Dress Down Day $1.00 

 

School Children Thanksgiving Food Drive 

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfu7WFWpAa0XNqRWaXhbjW-pbbi2LJBGvaIdYnaOfU1Dq0Rew/viewform?usp=sf_link (Hot Lunch Link)

 

Christmas Cash Raffle 

 

Christmas Giving Trees   

 

Catholic Charities Giving Program

November 10, 2020

Late Start Reminder

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

This is a friendly reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11th is a late start. Drop off will begin at 8:45 am for grades K-8.  There are no morning buses for D46 (Grayslake). Preschool will be in school following a normal school day schedule. If you have children that are siblings of preschoolers and you wish to drop off all the children at the same time we will have a room available for them to wait with supervision.

Enjoy your day!

 

Mrs. Buckley, Principal

November 9, 2020

Discover Catholic Schools Week November 8-14

We have begun our outreach to preschool aged parents who are looking for a preschool for next school year, 2021-22. I am asking current parents to be our “word on the street” in your neighborhoods and play groups, that St. Gilbert does indeed have a preschool, and that is it one of the best bargains around!  

Students are educated in a faith-based environment learning through play-based activities.  Students receive instruction in numbers, letters, science/STEM, community awareness, and religion. During the week they have special time with; music, art, library, gym, and STEM classes.  

This week we are presenting our “Bedtime Stories Series” live on Facebook each evening at 7:00 pm.  Please spread the word to your friends and family that have children ages Preschool-3rd grade.  There will be different guest readers each night, and we are hoping to shine a light on our wonderful teachers and school through this outreach.  Enrollment for 3-5 year olds by September 1, 2021 is going on now for preschool and Kindergarten, please contact us to learn more about St. Gilbert and/or to schedule a private tour. School phone:  (847) 223-8600.

Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal

Bedtime Story Series

November 5, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

November has started with some lovely warm temperatures, the children have been able to spend some additional class time outside playing in all the falling leaves!  Please try to remember to send a flat bottom recycled bag with your child that can be kept at school in case we need to pack up textbooks and materials during a quarantine period. We thank you for your help with this, as plastic bags are not the best to hold textbooks and materials.  As we inch closer to Thanksgiving I would like to ask you to consider carefully the size of your family gathering, and/or to save travel and family get-togethers for Christmas time when we have two weeks after break for a built in “separation time.” We take each week that we are able to educate your children in person without positive cases as a blessing.  We can only continue to have success if we all work together to report sickness, keep students home when sick, limit social gatherings, wear masks when out in public, and wash hands often.  I often think that I sound like a broken record, so I have asked some parents that head up parent groups to also be advocates of these practices within the parent community.  

Speaking of the parent community, I would like to explain to new families that our school puts together a family directory, this is a wonderful resource with contact information for teachers, staff, and other parents at your fingertips. This directory is provided to families free of charge in an electronic format, a paper version is available for purchase; see ordering information below.  I know that as a former parent myself I always bought the paper version since it was so quick to use, I still have these in my home many years later, they were so useful!

We are finishing up student makeup Aspire Interim practice tests this week, we will be sending home your student’s results the following week. There are many pieces of information that you should consider when examining your child’s learning needs; student examples of work graded/non-graded, grades in Powerschool, teacher input, iReady scores (K-8), and standardized scores from ACT Aspire (3-8).  As the 1st Trimester comes to a close on November 13, 2020, please reach out to your child’s teacher to discuss concerns or questions.

Enjoy the weather this weekend!

 

Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal

 

Donations:

 

Thank you to the following families for their donation to our HEPA Filter project; Czyzewski, Brady, VanWie, Brophy, Dolson, Burke, Jacobson, Miglore, and Webber.  The filters all have sponsors!  Thank you for your generosity!

 

Upcoming Calendar Items:

 

Friday, November 6th - No School - Teacher PD Day

 

Wednesday, November 11th - Late Start (8:45 am)(No Grayslake AM buses)

 

Friday, November 13th - End of Trimester #1; All school-Sports Dress Down Day $1.00

 

Flyers:

 

School Directory Orders Paper School Directory Order Form 

 

Milk Order Form Milk Order Form Trimester #2 

 

November 19th Hot Lunch Order Form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfu7WFWpAa0XNqRWaXhbjW-pbbi2LJBGvaIdYnaOfU1Dq0Rew/viewform?usp=sf_link

Spiritwear Spirit Wear Order Form-Last one for 2020! 

 

November Unity Calendar (Student Council) November School Unity Calendar 

 

Don't miss your opportunity to get in on the fun with our "Christmas Cash Raffle" Christmas Cash Raffle Tickets 

 

Parish Giving Tree Opportunities 2020 SGGT - Flyer - GC & CC.pdf  2020 SGGT Flyer (5).jpg 

November 2, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians (Car Riders),

 

Now that the weather is turning and the roads are getting slippery/icy, we want to make sure everyone from students, to staff, to parents, are safe during afternoon pick up. 

 

Beginning Tuesday, November 3rd please do the following: 

 

When entering the school parking lot from Route 120 Use lanes 1 & 2 (nearest the school and middle lane) to pick up students: 

  • in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade who have siblings in 4th through 8th grade

  • in 4th through 8th grade

 

You will be merged into one line and students will be along the school side/parking lot area and enter from both sides of the cars.

 

Please wait to move forward until directed to do so. 

 

Use lane 3 (nearest the trees) to pick up students who are only in grades 1 through 3. Then proceed straight to exit as usual.

 

Revised Dismissal Map 

 

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we try to make dismissal smooth and safe for everyone!

 

Mrs. Buckley, Principal

November 2, 2020

Extended Care Option

January 5-8, 2021 (holiday school eLearning period)

January 11-15, 2021 (holiday school eLearning period)

 

Extended Care Guidelines/Information:

1.  Extended Care is being offered to PreK-3rd Grade only.

2. The cost for daytime hours (7:30-1:50 pm) is $25.00 per day, this is in addition to normal tuition payments.

 

3. If “aftercare” hours are needed from 2-6 pm those are the usual fees; $6.50 per hour for the first student, $6.00 per hour each additional student.

 

4. Extended Care payments are to be prepaid by sending a check to the school office, or arranged ahead of time through FACTS, the deadline for payment is December 16, 2020.

 

5.  Please email Mrs. Buckley at; kris.buckley@stgilbertschool.org if you will be choosing to utilize Extended Care, deadline for notification is November 20, 2020.  In the email please include your child(s) name, grade, and number of days needed.

6.  This program is being coordinated by Ms. Anabelle Beagles (preschool aide) and staffed by some of our regular aides.  It will offer in school supervision of your student, assistance with eLearning and/or technology issues, break, lunch, and free play supervision.

7.  Drop off and pick up will be by Door #1, the main office doors. Aftercare Program will be in its usual location, with pick up by door #2.

8.  Students will be attending virtual classes so we will have all their books and school supplies organized for use, please send snacks, lunch, and devices daily.  Preschoolers will have a school device (iPad) to use while in this program.

9.  Please remember that this option may only be used if you have not traveled to a hot spot for a family gathering or vacation over the holidays.  If you have traveled there must be a 14 day period of quarantine time prior to using this child care option for the safety of our staff.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me!

Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal

October 29, 2020

 

Families,

Let's try this link for the November Hot Lunch Order!

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1NzqnVeA6Kadi_-pUILw4D-Ie_EwJcIkumSdczA5jDyI/edit 

October 29, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

Dear Families,

In the midst of the storm, St. Gilbert is a learning hub of excitement and comradery!  When I walk around and poke my head into classrooms I see happy, smiling faces, eager to learn new things. Thank you for encouraging your student(s) to participate in the Red Ribbon Week celebrations, it is good for the student’s mental health to have ways to express themselves, and for them to be conscious of the dangers of drugs in their lives.  The next big event on our calendar is “Discover Catholic Schools Week”  November 8th-14th.  We are focusing our marketing efforts on enrollment of Preschoolers and Kindergarteners for next school year.  You, our parents, are our best marketing tool.  Through word of mouth we have enrolled many students into our school this year. If you know someone who has little ones looking for a Preschool option, please tell them about St. Gilbert!  We are also putting together a 360 view into our school, along with video taped parent testimonials.  We realize that it is often the student experience that sells the school best, and we have some ideas on how to showcase our students as well.  Stay tuned for more information to come about this special week for Catholic Schools.

Blessings to you all!

Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal

Upcoming events:

 

Sunday, November 1st - Daylight Savings Time (Fall back!)

Tuesday, November 3rd - Election Day, No busing for either district (D46 or D50)

Wednesday, November 4th - FSA Meeting (8:00 am Zoom)

 

Thursday, November 5th - Hot Lunch (Sammies mini-corn dogs & fries)

 

Friday, November 6th - No School -Staff Professional Growth Day

 

Rebels Step Up:

 

Thanks to the Cunningham & Badillo families for donations to the Rebel Way Prize Cart, and to the Tiepel, Mottola, Reed, Johnston and Dezo families for their support of the HEPA Air Filters. Due to the generosity of our Rebel families we have half of the machines paid for.  I will be adding “Sponsor” tags to machines when they arrive!

 

Happenings/Flyers:

 

Hot Lunch Order: November Hot Lunch 

 

Milk Order (Trimester 2): Milk Order 

 

Spirit Shop-Open through Nov. 8th:  Rebel Spirit Shop 

 

Ornament Contest (Deadline Nov. 11):  SGS 2020 Christmas Ornament Contest 

 

Parish/School Fundraiser Christmas Cash:  Christmas Cash Raffle 

 

Parish Happenings:  

 

All Souls Mass & Remembrance 

                                    

Christmas Giving Trees 

                                    

Catholic Charities Christmas Gift Program 

                                    

Morning Glory Retreat 

October 26, 2020

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you in advance for being so flexible with what seems to be week to week changes of the schedule during this crazy year of Covid-19!  Today I have two changes;

 

1.  Election Day, November 3rd is a day off for the public schools, therefore, there will be no buses from either district (D46 & D50).  St. Gilbert School will be in session.

 

2.  November 13, 2020 will now be a school day instead of a day off for PD.  There will be busing from both districts (D46 & D50) on this day. St. Gilbert School will be in session.

 

If you have questions please contact me or the school office.

 

Mrs. Kris Buckley

October 24, 2020

Two Special Announcements

Parents/Guardians,

It was brought to my attention that some of you were not receiving the communications sent directly from the Office of Catholic Schools, I am enclosing the link for you to register to receive those emails; subscribe here.  I have attached the most recent letter from Dr. Jim Riggs, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, because I want everyone to be aware of the change in schedule in January.  I am also attaching the new flyer for a Fall/Winter Spirit Shop that is open through November 8th.

 

I hope you all are enjoying a lovely weekend with your families.

Mrs. Kris Buckley

Office of Catholic Schools Holiday Letter 

 

Fall/Winter Spirit Shop

October 22, 2020

Thursday Tidbits 

Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

I am hoping to see many of you at our Spooktacular Event this Friday, October 23rd from 4-7 (see information below for details).  It will be fun to see the children in their Halloween costumes!  A very special thanks to the FSA for planning and hosting this family event.  Next week will bring the nationally recognized “Red Ribbon Week” with education about making healthy choices.  The Student Council has planned daily themes and some changes in dress for certain days so please see the flyer below to keep up with all the activities they have planned.  Friday, October 30th will be a “Halloween Dress Down.”  Students in grades PreK-5 may wear Halloween costumes (see guidelines below) and JH can dress in orange & black.

As we enter into the time of higher infection rates in our community, and the flu season, we wish to be as prepared as possible to transition students and their school supplies for a potential period of eLearning.  If you could send in a flat bottom recycled bag with your child it would be greatly appreciated, students will keep these in their cubbies, on hooks, or in lockers in the event we need to pack up textbooks and other school supplies to be sent home.  Label clearly with their name please.

As I mentioned last week, orders were placed for air filtering products.  The MERV13 filters have been installed.  It was suggested at our recent School Board meeting that I allow parents to “sponsor” a HEPA Air Filter machine.  I have purchased (15) for classrooms and they will arrive in approximately (30) days.  I was hesitant to ask for help with this, since you were all so generous during our technology fundraising with “Dance Fit."  Please contact me if you are interested in more information about these filters.  As has been the case all year during Covid times, there are expenses that no one ever dreamed of having in their budgets.  Our families have amazed us with their love and support, and we do not take any of you for granted.

Donation “thanks you's” for this week are for the Maloney Family (HEPA Filter assistance), Krcmarik for Rebel Way Cart donations.

 

With humbled heart,

 

Mrs. Kristine Buckley, Principal

 

Calendar Items:

 

October 23 - No School-teacher PD Day, Spooktacular Event 4-7 pm.

October 26 - Deadline for Box Top Contest 

October 26-30 - Celebration of Red Ribbon Week, Completion of ACT Interim #1

October 29th - Used Uniform Sale 6-8 pm

Information/Flyers:

Halloween Spooktacular Reminders: 

* Sign-up will close 8am Friday morning. (no walk-ins accepted)

* Bring a food item for the food pantry, in lieu of an entrance fee

* Cloth face covering required

* Event will run rain or shine

Used Uniform Sale:

* Thursday, October 29th from 6:00-8:00 pm

* Location is the School Gym

* All use uniform items are $5.00

* All used gym uniforms are $2.00

* Cash/Check Only - Payable to FSA

* Masks required for entry

Red Ribbon Week 

 

Halloween Costume Guidelines/School 

 

Carmel Feeder Boys Basketball Grades 5-8 

School Directory Paper Version Order Form 2020-21

October 21, 2020

Principal Communication

In Person Learning to Continue at SGS

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Lake County Health Department (LCHD) released a statement yesterday evening that recommended that schools reconsider in-person instruction due to rising cases of COVID-19 within the county. This recommendation is a suggestion for consideration and not a directive or mandate.  The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families in our community is the central focus of our Operating Plan (formerly known as Reopening Plan) which has prevented the spread of the virus in our school.

 

In consultation with Fr. John, and consistent with the recommendation of the St. Gilbert School Board as well as this statement from Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Rigg, St. Gilbert School will remain open for face to face instruction with an eLearning option at this time.

 

Updates from the public school districts in our community are as follows; D46 has pushed the hybrid plan of return to sometime in January.  D50 will hold a meeting on Thursday 10/22/20 to update their district plan for returning to in person learning.  Our bus service will continue as normal from these districts.  D46 is still looking for a Speech Therapist to fill their vacant position in the parochial schools.  Our Learning Resource Room will continue to work with students who have accommodations through IEPs and 504 plans to the best of our ability.

 

We are extremely grateful for the continuing positive support from our school parents as we navigate the daily changing rates of infection in our community.  Reporting sickness, vacations, and symptoms helps us to make daily decisions that keep our students and staff safe.  We are encouraged by the low occurrence rate within our school, and will focus our efforts on continuing to be diligent about the procedures used at school from arrival to dismissal.  These procedures are working to keep our students healthy, and germs from spreading. As flu season approaches we must work together as a “Rebel” community to stay healthy and safe.  

 

A big "thank you" to all,  for working together to keep our school open, healthy, safe, and viable.

Mrs. Kristine Buckley

Principal

October 16, 2020

Alert: ACT Aspire Interim #1

Dear Parents/Guardians & Students in grades 3-8,

Beginning the week of October 19-30 we will be administering the first ACT Aspire Interim testing, which consists of the following subject areas; math, reading, language, and science. Please be sure your child(ren) get a good nights’ sleep, eat healthy, and drink plenty of water so that they can perform at their very best.  This is one of two “practice” tests prior to the official ACT Aspire testing that will be administered in April.  You will receive the test results once all students have completed the testing.  This is one aspect of the big picture of your student’s educational progress.

Best regards,

Mrs. Kris Buckley & Teachers

October 15, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

The staff and I want to thank you all for how diligent you are being in keeping students home when they are experiencing cold symptoms, or when they might have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 symptoms,  this helps us keep our teachers and student body safe as we continue to successfully provide in person learning to over 250 students. The winter months will be upon us soon, and we are making some adjustments to our physical building to help us filter and circulate the air when we may not be able to have windows open due to cold temperatures.  We are investing in MERV 13 air filters for areas of the building that have HVAC systems running, and HEPA Air Purifiers for classrooms that run on radiator heat.  We will open dampers to allow for external air to circulate and avoid re-circulation of indoor air.  All our cleaning and disinfecting will continue in earnest as we enter into the flu season.  We regularly fog classrooms with disinfectant to kill germs that live on surfaces that are more difficult to hand clean.  As we enter into the holiday season please think carefully about your plans for celebrating with family, and traveling.  Cases overall are on the rise.  We will be sending out our 2nd Trimester Survey for eLearning selection in the coming week.  Also, keep an eye out for the opening of a fall/winter Spirit Wear Shop.....

 

In school we are trying to keep everyone’s spirits up by offering fun activities, see the flyers below for fun events such as “Rocktober” and “Halloween Spooktacular”.  Ongoing ways to support the school's fundraising efforts are; “Restaurant Nights” and the “Fall Scholastic Book Fair.”  If you are interested in decorating a car and handing out treats for our “Halloween Spooktacular” we could use a couple more volunteers for this event.  Please contact the Family School Association at fsa@stgilbertschool.org with your interest!

 

A special thank you to FSA for the donations of gift cards for the Rebel Way Prize Cart, and to the following families for their donation of outdoor chairs for the 5th grade patio area; Ecklund, Cunningham, Tiepel, Van Wie, and Weimer families.

 

With gratitude,

Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal

Upcoming Calendar Events:

Friday, October 16th -  "Rocktober" Dress Down Day 

 

Tuesday, October 20thPanera Restaurant Night 

 

Friday, October 23rd - No School-Staff PD Day SGS Halloween Spooktacular Party 

 

Additional Flyers:

Scholastic Bookfair Ongoing 

 

Box Tops Fundraiser 

 

Halloween Art Flyer 

October 8, 2020

Tidbit Addendum

Parents/Guardians,

 

Sorry about another Tidbit, but it was drawn to my attention that a couple links were not functioning correctly!  Also, we just heard that Woodland buses will bring students to school on the "late start" on October 14th.

 

Scholastic Book Fair Link: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stgilbertschool1

 

SGS Spooktacular:  Spooktacular Party 

 

SGS Yearbook Pictures:  SGS Yearbook Pictures 

 

Boxtops Fundraiser:  Fall Box Tops

October 8, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

We started out the week with a little bit of cold weather, but have seen that improve as the week went along.  Thank you to all the morning car riders who were patient with us on Monday when our thermometers were having trouble due to the cold temperatures.  We hope we have a fix to this issue by keeping them warm in oven mitts, but we have yet to have another day as cold as Monday to test it out!  Today and tomorrow most of you will attend a mid-term conference with your child’s teacher.  This is a time to share goals, get to know teachers, and set expectations for the remainder of the school year.  The teachers and I want you to know that we value this partnership with you in helping to meet the educational needs of your child/ren.  Always reach out to us with questions or concerns even if it is not conference time!  

 

Next week we hope to have our first formal assessment results from iReady prepared to go home.  All the students in grades K-8 have completed their first diagnostic in reading and math.  We do expect some learning losses from the shelter-in-place eLearning period as well as the summer months, but we plan to use this as a baseline for continued advancement in these areas now that school is in person.  The students have already started working in this program on a weekly basis for (40) minutes for reading and math each week.  Their individual “path” was determined by the diagnostic results.  Profits from our Dance Fit Fundraiser will be used to help pay for the costs of this program.  We thank you again for your support of our major fundraiser!

 

The Scholastic Book Fair which is usually held in school during conferences will be virtual this year.  If you are looking for some reading materials for your children please visit our virtual store; profits help our library and teachers to build up their reading selections.  We have also figured out a creative solution to our Halloween Spooktacular, so please see the flyer below for more information, spots are limited so do not delay in signing up!

 

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather this weekend!

 

Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal

 

Upcoming Calendar Items:

 

Monday, October 12th - No School/Holiday

 

Wednesday, October 14th - Late Start (8:45 drop off) No am buses either district

 

Thursday, October 15th - Picture Retakes; 7:30-8:00 eLearners, 8:00-8:30 in-house

 

Friday, October 16th - Rocktober (Dress down as rock stars!)

 

Informational Flyers/Links:

 

2020-21 Yearbook Pictures SGS Yearbook Pictures 

 

Grayslake Library Pumpkin Decorating Grayslake Library Pumpkin Decorating Contest 

 

SGS Box Tops Fundraiser Fall Box Tops 

 

SGS Scholastic Book Fair Fundraiser https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stgilbertschool1

 

SGS Spooktacular Spooktacular Party 

 

Archdiocese of Chicago Flu 2020 Flu Shot Information 

 

Girl Scouts Membership Drive Girl Scouting Membership Drive 

 

SGS Restaurant Night (October 20th) SGS Restaurant Night/Panera October 20th

October 1, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

 

Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

Welcome to the first day of October!  We made it through a full month of school already as we say goodbye to September.  The cooler weather is here so a few reminders to send coats, hats, etc. as we still plan to take kids outside for gym class, recess, and even for some classes or mask break times.  In the morning, those of you who drive your children to school, please try not to keep the temperature in your cars too hot, the heat of the vehicle often gives us inaccurate temperature readings, and could result in a temperature of 100.4 where we would have to send the student home immediately.  On the flip side, please do not allow the students to have their heads hanging out the windows on cold days while you are driving, this results in inaccurate low readings due to the cold wind on their faces.

  

Tomorrow is our grande finale to our Dance Fit Fundraiser.  As of this writing we have met our goal of $20,000 raised, and are closing in on my original goal of $30,000.  Please help us if you are able with a donation.  All the proceeds will go towards technology tools that will make your students’ education cutting edge!  I believe the nightly challenge is that the top pledging class for the night will earn a Pizza Party!  On Friday morning we will have (4) sessions outside on our parking lot where the students will be led in dances and fun fitness activities to songs, similar to the “Just Dance” or “Dance, Dance, Revolution.”  The sessions will run as follows; (PK-2) 8:00-9:00, (3-5) 9:00-10:00, (6-8) 10:00-11:00, eLearners 12:15-1:15.  It looks to be sunny, but the high is only projected to be in the 50’s so please dress kids accordingly.  I am allowing the students to have a “Spirit Wear Dress Down” day tomorrow.  They will have a dance square assigned and will be allowed to bring out a water bottle for a hydration break.  We are very excited to have this new event to participate in, and will share some photos and videos from the event on our website and social media outlets.  Much gratitude for your generous support of the school through this fundraiser!

 

This summer we held a Rebel Rescue Run/Walk to help raise money for our tuition assistance program.  The students that participated earned a Dress Down Pass which we sent home this week.  Thank you again for your participation in this event, we hope to build on this in the future when a true “run” might be able to be held!

 

Fall blessings on you all!

 

Mrs. Buckley, Principal

 

Calendar Reminders:

 

Friday, October 2nd -

No afternoon Woodland buses

Mid-term of Trimester #1

Dance Fit Assembly

Spirit Wear Dress Down Day

Saturday, October 3rd -

First Communion Make-up 1:30

Wednesday, October 7th -

Bully Prevention Awareness Day/Wear Blue Shirts

Thursday, October 8th -

No afternoon buses

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences 11:00 dismissal

Mid-term Progress Reports given at conferences

Friday, October 9th -

No School

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, October 12th - No School/Holiday

Wednesday, October 14th -

Late Start 8:45 drop off

No morning buses

Preschool Tidbit:  On October 8th when we have our early dismissal for grades (K-8) due to virtual conferences, our preschool will be open for a normal school day.  We will however not be opening our aftercare on that day, we have very low interest, and our staffing costs would outweigh the students in attendance.  If you have preschoolers that have siblings in the school it is your choice to allow them to attend their class all day or pick them up at 11:00 with their siblings.  Please communicate your choice with Mrs. O’Brien our preschool teacher.

 

Donations:

 

Rebel Way Donations-Cunningham Family

 

Preschool Plexiglass-Starzec Family

Informational Flyers:

 

October Student Council Calendar October Unity Calendar/Student Council 

 

Family School Meeting Calendar FSA Meeting Schedule 

October 1, 2020

Parents, the St. Gilbert Dance Fit is tomorrow! With only one night left before the event, make sure to support our school by:

 

We have a big LAST NIGHT CHALLENGE! It is - the top pledging class from PK-4 and 5-8 that get the most NEW donations tonight will earn a pizza party!!

 

This is our FINAL night—we can do it!

September 30, 2020

 

Parents/Guardians,

Please consider getting involved in our Family School Association, all the meetings are held via Zoom this year in the comfort of your home.  You can select to be involved in projects that fit your time schedule.  Remember the FSA is made up of all of you!

 

FSA Meeting: Thursday, October 1 @ 8am 

 

Zoom Meeting Link: Please see the parent/guardian email or contact fsa@stgilbertschool.org 

September 29, 2020

Fundraising Update

 

We are in the final week of our Dance Fit Fundraiser, this is the big push to see if we can meet our goal, and a class will get to silly string the principal "live."

 

Congratulations to 4A, Ms. Bishop's class for winning the "sweet treat prize" for having the most students create their fundraising "video."  They will receive their treat in class tomorrow!

 

Tuesday Night's Challenge:  If a student gets a NEW pledge of any amount tonight, they will earn a dress down pass!

 

Keep up the great work!

 

Mrs. Buckley, Principal

September 28, 2020

Fall/Winter Uniform Update

 

In effect: October 1, 2020

 

St. Gilbert School

 

Parents/Guardians & Students,

 

Beginning October 1, 2020 non-gym sports shorts will no longer be allowed to be worn.  As the weather has gotten cooler I have noticed students wearing many types of jogger style pants, the only jogger pants that will be allowed going forward are the black Rebel joggers from our Spirit Shop, or the royal blue gym uniform sweatpants.  We are starting to experience cooler temperatures, and are not expecting too many more hot days in the school building.  See below for a recap of what is allowed for all features of the uniform.

 

Note:  On your gym days you will still be wearing your gym uniform since we will not be allowing any changing in our locker rooms.  We will continue to be going outside for gym as much as possible, so the blue gym uniform sweatpants can be worn, and/or the black Rebel joggers from the Spirit Shop.

Tops that are allowed: light blue, white, burgundy polo shirts (SGS-Dennis), any uniform style shirt (button down, polo) white or light blue, any SGS shirt purchased from the Spirit Store, SGS sweatshirts either from the uniform store or Spirit Store (pull over, three-quarter zip, hooded, zipped). SGS sweaters and/or vests (Dennis).

Bottoms that are allowed:  SGS plaid jumper, skirts in SGS plaid, navy or khaki, skorts in SGS plaid, navy, or khaki, uniform style shorts in navy or khaki, uniform style pants in navy or khaki, SGS gym uniform royal blue sweatpants, SGS black Rebel joggers (sold for the first time this year at the Spirit Shop).

Dennis https://www.dennisuniform.com/is our uniform store, and our plaid and monogrammed polos are available for purchase through them.  We have plans to have another used uniform sale in late October.  You may purchase uniform style shorts, skirts, and pants through other outlets such as Old Navy, Kohls, JCPenney etc. to save a bit of money.  I want you to find a good deal, so I am not restricting the navy or khaki colors to certain grades.

As the weather turns cooler girls will be allowed to wear tights/leggings under jumpers & skirts (navy, black, burgundy, white).  SGS pajama pant bottoms may be worn under jumpers & skirts as students come to school during the cooler weather, but must be removed while in school.  

We will be having some special dress down/or dress up days as part of our activities to show school spirit and unity! Students can dress down on their birthday, and use dress down passes that might be gifts or prizes earned.  Every day is “Spirit Wear” so I am not designating specific days for that this year! 

Thank you for following the guidelines, you look great in your SGS wear!

Mrs. Buckley, Principal

September 28, 2020

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Thank you for all your support of our fund-raising efforts!  We are at about 58% participation and would love to see what we can accomplish if every child/family were to contribute with a pledge. Any amount will help us to reach our goal!

 

Over the weekend so many students got our super cool Bonus Prize! Congratulations!

Tonight’s Challenge: Tonight’s challenge is the “Student Star Video” Challenge. The Class with the most student star videos created on to Funrun.com by tomorrow will earn a special sweet treat! 

 

Let's finish this week strong, and pray for good weather for our outdoor "Just Dance" event on Friday!

Mrs. Buckley, Principal

September 24, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

The school is a-buzz with the excitement of our Dance Fit fundraiser!  Every day there is a “character video” to watch that helps to teach about important character traits such as; teamwork, care, and grit.  There are school challenges such as earning extra recess, or being the class that gets to “silly string” the principal, as well as individual classroom challenges to earn special rewards such as; dress down, silly sock day, or music to work by.  All of these efforts will culminate in a fun “Just Dance” style assembly for all the students, including the eLearners on Friday, October 2nd.  We are praying for nice weather so that this dancing time can be held outside with four different time slots to allow for social distancing. 

 

Dance Fit Assembly Schedule:

 

1. 8am - 9am: PK - 2nd (PK leaves at 8:30am)

2. 9am - 10am: 3rd - 5th

 

3. 10am - 11am: 6th - 8th

 

4. 12:15pm - 1:15pm: Remote learners

 

*The dancers will dance approximately 30-35 minutes. 

 

We are close to meeting our goal of $20,000 raised, and with everyone’s help we can exceed our expectations!  The money raised will be used to update technology/technology tools used by every student at St. Gilbert.  The teachers would benefit from some faster laptops as they live stream lessons daily to our eLearners that are at home.  Multiple devices are needed for the teachers to provide synchronous learning to both the in person learners and the at home learners.  We have started using the iReady program, and money raised will assist with the cost of this program, and may allow us to purchase further resources such as the “Teacher Toolbox” component of the iReady program.  I cannot express enough our gratitude for your generosity, not only during this fundraiser, but also for your support of some of our other projects including the teacher’s wish lists.  The staff and I wish you all many blessings!

 

Mrs. Buckley

 

Donations of time, talent & treasures:

 

This past weekend Mr. & Mrs. McCue along with Mr. Mach installed a lovely crushed gravel pathway going up to the preschool playground.  Dirt was also added to the student garden that is in this area as well, and Mrs. O’Brien plans to work with the preschoolers to plant some bulbs in their garden for next spring’s blooming season.  Mr. McCue also repaired some of our grass area with seed, and Mrs. McCue planted some lovely mums along the path. The cost of this entire project was donated by this parish and school family, I am extremely humbled by their generosity.  We sincerely thank you!

 

Thank you for donations to the Rebel Way Project from; Strachan, Krcmarik, Webber, and Riggs families.

 

Traffic & Parking Reminders:

 

Remember to have your family name placard on your visor or window in the morning and afternoon, it really helps our staff who direct the traffic flow to assist you with getting your car into the correct position to get in and out efficiently!

 

Every parent will come at some point to do recess duty, so please follow our guidelines for parking in our East Lot on your scheduled day.  The few spots we have in the front of our school building are reserved for the REP Program and Sister Donna whose offices were relocated to the main school building this summer.

Student(s) who are sick/policy:

I would like to clarify the policy for students who are called in “sick” as it relates to work that is missed.  When students are home because they are sick, the teacher will  keep track of work that is missed, often it will be posted in google.classroom and/or Seesaw, or upon the student’s return they will receive the work along with an extended period of time that corresponds with the number of days absent to complete the assignments/tests missed.  Students that are absent for up to (2) days due to sickness will not be automatically given access to eLearning “live” streamed lessons.  The student is sick, should be resting, and should not be sitting in front of the computer screen.  It has become an added stress on the teachers to keep track of who is jumping in and out of live streamed lessons.  The only exception to this policy will be students who are at home waiting on Covid-19 test results due to a secondary contact (not experiencing symptoms), students who are officially quarantined due to a positive case of Covid-19, a classroom that is placed into a quarantine, or travel that results in a quarantine.  Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this school year with new situations that arise daily.

Calendar Reminders:

Friday, September 25th - No School (Teacher Archdiocese PD Day)

Saturday, September 26th - Communion Make-ups 11:00 & 1:30

Wednesday, September 30th - Kindergarten Apple Fest 1:00

Thursday, October 1st - Hot Lunch (Sammies chicken fingers)

Friday, October 2nd - Fundraising Finale-Just Dance Assembly 

 

Friday, October 2nd - No Woodland buses in the afternoon.

 

Saturday, October 3rd - First Communion Make-up 1:30

 

Important Calendar Change:

 

Our teachers are working very hard as you all know, teaching to students in front of them at the same time as ones at home on a computer is stressful and poses new and different challenges.  To help provide a bit more time to organize lessons that have to be thought of in both these formats, and to learn the new devices that have been bought to assist them, we will be utilizing a monthly late start planning day beginning in October.  The Office of Catholic Schools gave all schools the option to use either late starts/early releases as often as every other week, as needed.  After looking at the calendar we decided to use the second Wednesday of every month, piggly-backing off D46’s late start day when we already do not have morning buses. These days will apply to the grades of K-8, since we do not have any eLearners in PreK.  PreK will follow the normal schedule to provide working parents child-care.  If your child has a PreK sibling we will open a before-care room so that you do not have to make two trips to the school.  

 

For late starts, the arrival will be 8:45am, with a school start time of 9:00am.  Please add the following Wednesdays to your home calendar as “late start days” where there will be no buses; Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13 (21’), Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May 12.

 

Flyers/Links:

 

Virtual afterschool club:  Young Rembrandts (Drawing) Young Rembrandts Drawing Club 

 

Dance Fit Fundraising Link:  FunRun.com 

October Hot Lunch Order Form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9R_pVVVuqbj9XlUrb_PfIK-7Ax4nF6feYkd_KwyezmqqMrw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&gxids=7628

 

Amazon Smile Fundraiser Directions:  Amazon Smile Directions 

September 24, 2020

Parents/Guardians,

This is just a reminder that there is No School tomorrow, September 25th due to a teacher inservice day.  

Have a wonderful long weekend with your family!

Mrs. Buckley

September 24, 2020

Dance Fit Fundraiser:  Weekend Challenge

Parents! Today our students learned about CARE with the Sports City Now team. We also have a Weekend Challenge announcement to help us reach our goal to raise funds for technology, new teacher laptops, new math series, & iReady! If you get NEW donations of $3 per dance minute this weekend, your student will earn a BONUS PRIZE. It’s not too late to log on to FunRun.com to see fun updates, and access the character videos. 

And, if you’re looking for the easiest way to ask for a pledge, remember, you can just upload a photo of your student to FunRun.com to create a personalized Student Star Video. This fun video starring your child can be shared by email or social media to connect with sponsors and ask for a pledge. Thank you again for any consideration, and have a great weekend!

September 22, 2020

 

Parents & Students,

Our first hot lunch day is coming soon (October 1st), please use the link to order!  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9R_pVVVuqbj9XlUrb_PfIK-7Ax4nF6feYkd_KwyezmqqMrw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&gxids=7628

 

Mrs. Buckley

September 22, 2020

Our St. Gilbert Dance Fit kicked off today, and we are thrilled about this year’s program! Our event includes EVERY student in a fun, fitness dance event that focuses on character while helping our school raise some much-needed funds. 

 

This year, our entire school is raising funds for technology, new teacher laptops, new math series, and iReady. Our goal is to raise $20,000 and, if you’d like to, we are inviting YOU to help!

Here’s how you can support St. Gilbert School:

  • Register your student on FUNRUN.COM by searching for our school. Then, use FUNRUN.COM to log donations for your student(s).

  • Reach out to family and friends by SHARING your Student’s Pledge Link. With FUNRUN.COM's smart sharing tools, reaching out to sponsors is easier than ever. The easiest way to get donations is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page. Plus, with a few clicks you can create a custom Student Star Video to share on social media. You can also use the Easy Emailer to connect with friends and family. As you gather donations, be sure to record each sponsor’s e-mail address so they have the opportunity to easily pay for your student’s pledge online via credit card.

  • Ask your child about the Sports City Now Character Lesson of the Day! It’s a fitness theme all about inspiring students to be active and activate their character. Students will travel the country learning how to live and play with more character from REAL kid-athletes. Our dynamic, documentary-style videos will teach your students about Teamwork, Care, Courage, Grit, and Celebration. Join along by watching the fun character videos with your student(s) on FUNRUN.COM.

 

Thank you for supporting our school, regardless of financial participation. We can’t wait for our St. Gilbert Dance Fit happening on October 2nd!

 

Mrs. Buckley

September 17, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

St. Gilbert School 

It is hard to believe that we are almost through five weeks of school already!  The students are settling into a wonderful school routine, and are eagerly engaged in learning as I walk through the school on a daily basis.  Our Social Media Team created a video called “A Day in the Life of an in-person SGS Student” to give you a look into school from the perspective of your child. Please click on the link to view https://youtu.be/a4eMypqfEQI . As I have mentioned in previous communication, we purchased a new digital program called iReady this year that is being used in grades K-8 for the core subjects of reading and math.  The teachers are working through the first Diagnostic testing session with the students.  This testing window closes on October 9th.  You will be receiving some information from me in regards to iReady, and your students assessment results once the window closes.  In addition to the Diagnostic piece, this program will be used weekly for 40-45 minutes for each of the subjects of reading and math.  Students will be working on their “Individualized Path” to practice concepts in both these critical areas.  We are very excited to see the benefits of this individualized instruction for our students, and will keep you apprised of their progress.

Dance Fit Fundraiser:

Our fall school fundraiser preview has started this week, and we will officially enter our two week period of fundraising focus on September 22nd.  This year we have partnered with Boosterthon to bring us a virtual program called “Dance Fit.”  Students are in the process of setting up their fundraising link.  Watch for daily media blasts to keep you informed as we progress.  Dance Fit Fundraiser  Your support of this school fundraiser is vital to our ability to purchase new technology for students and teachers.  In our new world of virtual school, technology costs are heightened for all schools in the country, at this time we are not projected to received any federal assistance with these added costs, so we are relying on our families to support us in our ability to provide the most advanced devices and programs to make in person and online school meet our high educational standards.   Please be as generous as you can, and share the fundraiser link with grandparents, and other family members who might want to support your child’s school.  If you are an employee of Abbvie/Abbott they are running a “Matching Gift Campaign” right now, it has been brought to our attention that you should select “St. Gilbert School #36-2389573” in the drop down menu, other options will not work.  As a school faculty and staff we are very appreciative of your generosity and support.

Rebel Way/Teacher Trolley Donations:

Thank you for your ongoing support of the two “Principal Projects” that I have going on right now!  These families have sent in donations over the past week; Sharon Newcomer (Grandma to Colin Dunstan & new family!), Dunstan, Cunningham, Schneider, Dezo, and Reed families.  We are hoping to keep our students focused on making positive behavior choices, and to also keep our teachers in a positive teaching framework, with both these fun reward ideas.  I do know that the students are very excited after the cart came around for the first time last Friday, and I personally have given out some Rebel Way tickets when I have been in the classrooms!

 

Spirit Wear:

 

Spirit Wear Store open through Sunday, September 20th by parent request! Spirit Wear Store Flyer 

 

Box Tops:

 

Collecting box tops is a fundraiser that is easy to do and earns the school free money all year.  If you have not tried the App to scan your shopping receipts see the flyer below for some wonderful incentives to try this idea and share with friends. Box Tops Fundraiser 

 

Family School Association:

 

Remember all school families are automatically part of the FSA, we would love to have more helpers to run vital school programs, some of these require very little time commitment. Please attend one of our virtual meetings to find out how you can donate the treasure of your time! Family School Association (FSA) Important Dates 

 

Athletics:

 

We continue to look for new families to get involved in our Athletic Program; there are openings on the Athletic Committee, and we are specifically looking for individuals who are interested in helping with next year’s Annual Golf Outing.  Please contact our Athletic Director; Victor Rivera, athletic.director@stgilbertschool.org, or myself kris.buckley@stgilbertschool.org if interested.  We have a long term fundraising goal of replacing the gym floor, and the growth of this event is central to achieving that goal.

 

St. Gilbert Church Blood Drive:

 

Donations of blood are essential during this time of COVID, please see the flyer about our upcoming church blood drive.  St. Gilbert Church Blood Drive 

 

Upcoming School Calendar Items:

 

Tuesday, September 22nd - Dance Fit Fundraiser Begins

 

Friday, September 25th - No School-Teacher PD Day

 

Saturday, September 26th - First Communion Make-Ups; 11:00 & 1:30

 

Thursday, October 1st - Hot Lunch Day

 

Friday, October 2nd - Dance Fit Finale (Outdoor “Just Dance” Assembly)

September 10, 2020

PowerSchool Access

Access to PowerSchool has been turned on for parents and students. We have sent home letters with your join code if you do not have a current PowerSchool account linked to your student. If you have a current PowerSchool account linked to your student any additionals students in 2nd - 8th grade have been added to your account and you can switch between students in the top left (Tabs for each student). 

When you set up your account you can choose to have an email summary sent to you when grades are entered and there is no need to login every week. Grades are posted by Wednesday for the previous M-F week.

 

Please make sure to sign up for a PowerSchool account, as this year Report Cards, Progress Reports and testing results will be distributed through PowerSchool.

PowerSchool Portal

Students will recieve their login information tomorrow for their own student account in grades 4-8.

 

Please contact Lisa Kleber with any questions. lisa.kleber@stgilbertschool.org

 

Have a wonderful evening. 

 

Lisa Kleber, Technology Director

September 10, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

 

Dear School Families,

Thank you for attending our first ever “Virtual Curriculum Night.”  We are excited to partner with you to ensure a stellar school year for your student/s.  Part of this partnership is a new positive behavior system called “The Rebel Way.”  Here is a visual that describes the behaviors a “Rebel” demonstrates whether at school, home, or in the community. Rebel Way Poster   The students will earn tickets for demonstrating these positive behaviors, and winners will be pulled from a classroom jar every Friday, from classes K-8.  Students that have their tickets pulled will be able to pick an item off the Rebel Reward Cart.  Each month two students from grades (K-3, &  4-8) will be highlighted, and there will be a trimester surprise for these Rebel Way students. Teachers will be utilizing a behavior tracking system in the classroom, tickets will be given for students who demonstrate positive behaviors, and in grades 4-8 there will be a conduct check system in place to address behaviors that may occur that are not indicative of the Rebel Way.  Conduct checks impact the Conduct Grade that is on the report card.  You can find more information on the Conduct Check system in the School Handbook located on our website; http://stgilbertschool.org

 

PowerSchool

Another way the school partners with parents is through our PowerSchool system where assignments are listed and grades are posted.  Parents of students in grades 2-8 will receive login information today.  Grades for assignments are posted weekly by Thursday evening, just a reminder that we have focused on the Archdiocese’s Priority Standards and have streamlined our plans for quizzes, tests, and projects.  We will collect some work as examples of mastery, but not every item assigned will earn a formal grade.

 

eLearning

 

The option to be a full-time eLearner is offered every trimester.  The next trimester will begin mid-November, and we will send out a survey to select this option for the second trimester.  We have had many calls and emails about switching to eLearning for a prolonged sickness.  I am allowing this to occur, but please coordinate with the homeroom teacher, so that you can be added to the LMS system to receive the live streamed links.

Clothing

We currently have a SGS Pop-up Spirit Shop open though September 13th.  I have included a link here: Spirit Wear Shop , and it is also located on the website.  We are heading to cooler weather, so I want to give some tips on pants that will be allowed.  For pants; please wear uniform style khaki or navy pants that can be purchased from numerous retail outlets, including Dennis Uniform Co.  There is a black sport pant on the Spirit Shop that can be worn, as well as the gym uniform sweat pant that can be purchased through school.  Random sports pants will not be allowed, these will be saved for dress down days.  I have adjusted the uniform policy in two ways; by allowing shorts through the end of September because of how hot it can be in our school while wearing masks, and to allow uniform clothing to be purchased from retail outlets to save everyone a little bit of money. As the shorts will continue through September please be mindful of the length of your shorts, some are very short and not appropriate for a school setting.  The gym uniform should always be worn on gym days, which will occur twice per week.

Student Doctor Appointments

 

There has been a change in the Archdiocese policy regarding wellness checks for students.  We will be allowing students to come back into the building if they have to leave for an appointment.  We do ask that you try to schedule appointments outside of the school hours, or close to the end of our school day, but are aware that many doctor’s offices have limited appointment times.  We want you to continue to schedule wellness visits to the dentist and doctor for students.

 

SGS Masks for sale in office

 

We have some extra youth size masks for sale in the office, sizes; L & XL-they are $7.00

 

Visiting Seminarians

 

Dear St. Gilbert School Community:

 

On behalf of Fr. John, I am happy to announce that Mundelein Seminary has assigned St. Gilbert Parish with 2 new seminarians.  This program, called the Tolton Teaching Parish Program, partners the seminary with local parishes.  In essence, this initiative affords seminarians the opportunity to engage in parish life, applying what they are learning to the pastoral setting.  By having this kind of engagement, seminarians are also mentored and formed by the parish community.

  

This academic year, we welcome Matthew Cooke (Diocese of Wichita) and Ethan Osborn (Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau), both who are in their first year of theology.  An aspect of ministry that they will participate in is school ministry.  They will be working closely with Mrs. Buckley and me as they spend some time at St. Gilbert School.  Of course, the seminarians will be apprised of and follow all safety protocols that we have in place.  If you see them in passing or outside at dismissal, please say hi and welcome them!  We look forward to accompanying Matthew and Ethan as they prepare for the priesthood.

 

Blessings,

Fr. Christian Shiu

 

Donations

 

Special thank you to the Hargreaves family for a large donation of balls for recess, and to the following families for sending in things for the “Principal Project”; Miglore, DelCarmen, and Ecklund as well as many anonymous donors to this project.  The “Teacher Treat Trolley” made its debut this week and I want to thank Joanne McCue for the creation of it, and the 8th grade families for their donations to stock it with treats.  This was a huge hit, and I am sure the teachers can’t wait for it to come around again! Lastly, I do want to mention an artisan who made us some lovely wood benches for one of our tented areas....thank you Mr. Prickett for sharing your talents with us!

Handmade Benches        

 

Rebel Way Reward Cart       

 

Teacher Treat Trolley 

 

Carmel Flyers/Information

Carmel HIgh School Information 

 

Cub Scout Flyer/Enrollment

Scouting Informational Flyer 

September 9, 2020

We look forward to sharing information about Saint Gilbert School during our Curriculum Night today from 6:00-8:00.  You will receive a link for recorded messages from Fr. John, myself, School Board, and Family School Association...this link you can view from 6:00-6:30 (or at your convenience).  These messages are for our entire student body, even Preschool and Kindergarten who have already held their "Back-to-School" events.  The teachers for grades 1-8 will be sending you links for either Zoom or Google.Meets that pertain to their particular classes/grade levels, there will be (3) sessions that run from 6:30-8:00, every half hour.  You only need to attend one session for each grade, the extra sessions are for families that have multiple students in different grades throughout the school.  Watch your email for these invitations from the teachers.  We are very grateful for your support and offers of help, and the teachers look forward to talking with you about the curriculum that is being taught in their grades.  This is our first "virtual" Curriculum Night so we pray that it goes smoothly!  I will be popping into the meetings, so see you later this evening!

 

Mrs. Buckley, Principal

September 3, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

 

Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

I want to wish all of you a relaxing holiday weekend.  We are off tomorrow for our first professional learning day.  During this time teachers will be making some adjustments to their eLearning plans, recording some videos that can be used for eLearners, and being able to attend some webinars on the subject of eLearning.  It seems like the classes are going smooth with both in person and eLearning students.  It is a huge undertaking, but our teachers never complain, and pull it all off with grace.  The biggest problem being reported is connectivity issues at home, and sometimes at school as well.  We are streaming in multiple classrooms throughout the day as we utilize synchronous teaching, and the community at large is also using more bandwidth than ever before with public schools doing all eLearning with their students, and parents working from home.  Patience is the word of the day, and possibly looking into increasing your home bandwidth as needed.

We are completing another week with no cases of Covid-19 that originated from the school environment.  As of this writing I do not have any students at home on quarantine.  This is fantastic, and a trend that we hope to continue.  I know with the long weekend, and the nice summer weather many families will want to have get togethers with family and friends, please just remember the 5 Behaviors to stay safe; wear a mask, keep your distance, wash and sanitize hands, stay home if sick, get tested if exhibiting symptoms.  Please be conscious of travel to other states where the positivity rate is high.  We are a team working together to keep school open, the students healthy, and everyone safe!

Forgotten items at the end of the school day:

We will not be allowing students to come back into the building at the end of the day if they forgot something.  We are instead asking that you call the office, we will make every effort to get the item, and it will be placed in the plastic bin by door #24 (PreK Entrance Doors in the front of the building).  Please prioritize the need for this service, a left lunchbox does not warrant a return to school.  Many of the students' books have online components, and paperwork is often available through the Learning Management Systems (LMS) of SeeSaw or Google Classroom.

The stop time for this service will be 2:30 pm.

eLearning Sick Student Option:

If a student is sick for more than one day, they will be able to join the eLearners for classroom instruction.  Please coordinate this with the homeroom teacher to get invitations to Zooms or Google Meets. This is only necessary if they feel up to attending class while home.  All assignments will be placed on the LMS for all students.  

Sport Uniform Return:

Mr. Rivera, our Athletic Director is giving a final call for any sports uniforms that are still out there from last school year.  He is getting ready to wash and store all the uniforms.  If you still have a sports uniform at home send it in to school in a zip lock bag with your child’s name on it.  Thank you for your assistance in getting these returned!

Chess Club:

Mr. Swindell is offering “Virtual Chess Club” so please see the attached flyer; Chess Utopia Virtual Chess Class.pdf 

 

Donations:

 

Thank you to the following families for donations that came into the office this past week!  Villanueva family for a large bag of volleyballs, Thornberry family for hand sanitizer, Metz family for additional basketball nets.

 

Principal Project (Rebel Way):

 

I have asked the Assistant Deans to come up with a positive reinforcement behavior plan; this plan will be called “The Rebel Way” and it will involve some prizes students will receive for good behavior.  I am asking for donations to help stock our Rebel Way Reward Cart; peanut free candy (suckers, jolly ranchers, mints, starburst, skittles, etc.,  pencils/pens, small toys, healthy snacks (peanut free, non-perishable), anything you think students of multiple ages will work towards!  Please send any donations for this project to the attention of the office, marked “Principal Project.”  I will be sending home the description of this new behavior system next week!  

 

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  

 

Mrs. Buckley, Principal

September 1, 2020

 

Some Weekly Reminders:

  • Curriculum Night has been moved to September 9, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  It will be Virtual.

  • School Picture Day is Thursday, September 3rd.

  • No School Friday, September 4th -Staff Professional Day

  • No School Monday, September 7th - Labor Day Holiday

 

No Grayslake buses the morning of Wednesday, September 9th, also Virtual Curriculum Night from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Meeting links will be sent using Zoom or Google Meets.

 

Mrs. Buckley, Principal

September 1, 2020

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Curriculum Night will be moved to Wednesday September 9, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Due to all the in person Covid-19 protocols, staggered starts, eLearners just beginning last Thursday, along with the fact that we have to plan for this evening to be a "virtual" event for the first time ever, we are asking for your understanding that we need a bit more planning time.  I expect that this evening will look similar to the "Virtual Reopening Plan Meeting" that I presented earlier in the year.  In any case you will be at your home listening and watching the presentation, some of which will be pre-recorded, so no need to arrange for a babysitter!  

 

Stay tuned for further communications regarding this event!

 

Mrs. Buckley

 

 

August 27, 2020

Thursday Tidbits
 

Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

The first week of school is almost complete, and we are already settling into a great routine for the day.  I want to thank all the “drivers” for being so patient and learning the procedures for drop off and pick up so quickly.  We have been amazed that we are able to stay within the usual time schedules even though we have many more people driving than normal.  Of course we are not perfect so I do have a couple reminders:

1.  For morning drop off please do not approach the driveway from the west on Wicks, there will be no left turn allowed into the driveway.  The street is not wide enough to hold cars on both sides of the roadway and also allow for passage of neighborhood cars. We also often have (1) late bus that we need to get out, and they are unable to make the turn with cars on both sides of the road. 

 

2.  We will be putting up the chain over the back driveway at 7:25, this is the start of the school day and staff need to be inside working with the children.  If you arrive late and the driveway is chained off, please proceed to the front of the school by the PreK/K entrance (Door #24).  This door is our new main entrance, with staff checking in late students and PreK students until around 7:45.

 

3.  A gentle reminder to remember that you are driving through a neighborhood when arriving/leaving school, and to please be aware of your surroundings, keeping eyes out for children walking, and maintaining the speed limit of 25 for the safety of all.

 

4.  One of the children’s favorite times of the day, recess, has begun this week.  We rely on our families to serve as volunteers for recess. If you are scheduled for recess please arrive around 10 minutes early to get your assignment.  Parking for all staff and volunteers is in the East Parking Lot by the Rectory.

 

5.  Woodland Bus has an updated tracking app available for parents; “VersaTransMyStop” available through the App Store or Google Play.

 

6.  Wonderful gifts arrive daily for our school use; thank you to all the families that donated recess equipment (we were able to make equipment bags for all the classes to use outside).  An anonymous donor brought us new nets for the basketball hoops, the Flaig family donated hand sanitizer & disinfectant wipes, and soap for the staff bathroom from the Kouba family.

 

7.  The last item is that Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd.  I am including a link to the order Picture Order Form.pdf  We will be maintaining social distancing, and will be sanitizing the area between each child.  On picture day students can dress up in their “Sunday Best” they do not need to wear their school uniform or spirit wear on that day.

 

The staff and I continue to be grateful for all the positive encouragement and support we have received from our St. Gilbert families.  We have worked together as a community to open our school, and we pray for the continued health of all!

 

Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal

August 23, 2020

Parents/Guardians,

There has been a change in the Woodland School District school start date, so we will have busing both to school, and back home, from that district on Monday, August 24th, and Tuesday, August 25th.

 

Our first school board meeting of the 2020-21 school year will take place this week Wednesday, August 26th at 6:30.  Here is the link if you wish to listen in; meet.google.com/cys-znwb-tbd

 

Mrs. Buckley

August 20, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

You are probably getting tired of hearing from me, but I wanted to stay on my schedule of weekly communication on Thursdays!  Arrival and dismissal were very smooth and orderly for both our sessions today.  Thank you for being patient, having your name placards, and helping to make sure traffic on 120 is not blocked.

 

Tomorrow morning (Friday, August 21st) and afternoon we will have both busing companies added to the mix.  This will help us have fewer cars, but also requires that you have patience while waiting for us to unload and load the buses.  We will be holding you back until buses unload (7:00-7:10 in the morning) and for dismissal tomorrow only, at 11:30.  When we are on our full day schedule beginning August 24th, afternoon buses will load at 1:50 and then we allow our cars into the pick up area.

 

Friday, August 21st scheduled time is:  7:10-11:30
Monday, August 24th scheduled time is:  7:10-1:50
Aftercare begins Monday, August 24th

 

We continue to be humbled by the generous spirit of our families; today I want to thank the Halms, and Miglores for donations of pop up canopy tents.  Our outdoor space has many areas now for classes to go to get a break from being inside, and of course have their masks off!  I also heard that some balls were sent into classrooms for their recess bags...very nice!

 

The teachers want to also express their gratitude for your purchase of items off their Amazon wish lists.  It is wonderful to see the community spirit at work at Saint Gilbert!  You are all helping to support our wonderful, hardworking teachers, and it is greatly appreciated!

 

Headphones are pretty critical for this school year as classes will be using online formats, Mrs. Kleber has located some if you need to order them. Please see the attached order form. Headphone order form.docx.pdf 

 

Enjoy the beautiful sunny day!

 

Mrs. Buckley

August 20. 2020

eLearning Information

Dear Parents/Guardians of our eLearners,

We hope you are all doing well, and are ready for your supply pick up tomorrow afternoon Friday, August 21st beginning at 12:30 by your appointment times. Please enter by the main school office where we will take your temperature and provide you hand sanitizer.  Masks are required in all areas of the school building.  We have provided you with a 15 minute pick up window, but please be aware of other families that are coming in after you, and maintain social distance please.

As we start our in person classes it became clear that there are many layers of processes and procedures that the teachers are dealing with, due to the complexity of holding in person class and eLearning, so we have decided to set a start date for our eLearners of Thursday, August 27th.  Those students in grades 6-8 will have an orientation google.meet with the teachers on Monday August 24th at 2:30.  An invitation will be sent to the student's email address for this orientation meeting.  The morning of August 27th eLearning students will have an attendance check-in at 7:30 with our eLearning aides.  They will have standing invitations for either a Zoom or google.meet for each class that occurs in their schedule throughout the day.  When there is a Special scheduled for their class, study hall, or lunch/recess, they will have an eLearning break time. At the end of the day the eLearning aide will do a final check in, time TBD.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

 

Mrs. Buckley

August 19, 2020

Fantastic First Day

Notes/Changes from Mrs. Buckley

 

Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

 

What a wonderful first day we had!  It was so nice to see your excited faces this morning as we checked your temperatures and welcomed you to school.  I saw many of you throughout the day practicing procedures and learning new rules.  It was a beautiful day, so many classes were able to go outside for a bit to enjoy the sunshine, and maybe even practice a fire drill.

 

Notes:

 

Due to the generosity of the Lichtenauer and Holmes families we have some canopied areas outside which can be used for class time.  The Kleber family has also purchased a large tent where we will be able to create a lunch or class space that can accommodate everyone in the shade.  We thank you all for your generous gifts!

We are trying to create some bags of recess equipment for each classroom to have to take outside.  If you feel inclined to donate some kick balls, soccer balls, nerf footballs, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, or skip-its it would be a great help!

Drop off of items that are forgotten etc. will be at the front door #24 (PreK Door). Remember that you cannot come into the school with items that you are bringing for the children.  There is a bin out in front of the door, and you can call us to let us know you left something or ring the doorbell.  

Thank you for your understanding!

 

Arrival/Dismissal reminders:

 

Remember there is no left turn out of our driveway onto 120 in the morning, as well as no left turn into the driveway off 120 in the afternoon.  Trying to turn left into the driveway off 120 backs up traffic for quite some time, and often results in driver frustration and accidents.  The best way to approach the entrance in the afternoon is to go around the back of the school through the neighborhood on Wicks St., then turn right onto Slusser coming back to 120 where you turn right heading to the driveway entrance.

 

The other tip I can give you is that dismissal will take around 15-20 minutes so you do not all have to arrive right at the start time, this will alleviate some of the congestion and back up onto 120 for the dismissal pick up.  I do want to say that for the first day of this new process we were very pleased with how it all went, and we know it will become a smoother process as we practice it more.

 

My final request is that you have your colored family name placard in your front window every day, this allows us to see your name and the grades of your children so that you can be directed to the proper drop off or pick up area/lane.  You might try hanging this from your passenger side visor so that it can be flipped down only when you are coming to pick up your children.  If you need a new one of these made please contact the office.

 

Reopening Plan Revisions from the Archdiocese of Chicago:

 

1.  Valve masks are not allowed

 

2. If a student presents with a fever of 100.4 or above, they and all their siblings will go home.  The siblings can come back the next day unless the student receives a positive Covid-19 diagnosis or the siblings develop symptoms.

 

3.  For any illness that lasts more than (3) days a doctor’s note will be required for the student’s return.

 

See you all tomorrow, for our second A-Z split schedule!

 

Mrs. Buckley, Principal

Two session times:

7:30-10:00 (PreK, K + siblings, and A-K)

 

11:15-1:45 (L-M)

August 17, 2020

Monday Memos from Mrs. Buckley

Parents/Guardians,

On Wednesday we will begin using our new arrival and dismissal routes.  Please see the attached maps for directions.  Arrival - Dismissal Procedure 20-21.pdf  We will have a few maps in paper form in the homerooms during supply drop off if you prefer that version.  We are trying to go digital whenever we can.

 

Reminder that Supply Drop Off for In-Person Learners is tomorrow August 18th from 2:00-6:00, by appointment, so that we can limit the number of people in our building.  Please wear a mask and enter by your assigned doors; Office Doors for PreK-K, After Care doors for 1-3, and Door #8 accessible up the Rectory driveway for 4-8. There will be staff manning these doors who will take your temperature and check for masks.

 

We have moved the gym uniform sale to an outside central location, in the front of church under the roof awning.  If you need to purchase gym uniforms Mr. Rivera will have sizes to look at, and has many sizes in stock.  Payment by cash or check please.

 

My last announcement pertains to the AfterCare Program;  Mrs. Gunther has resigned from the position of Director and Ms. Katie Young is taking over as the new Coordinator.  Katie brings fresh energy, experience, and a love of children to this position.  She has hired two new assistants, and we will continue to use Ms. Bishop our 4th grade teacher, and one of our new classroom aides, Ms. Anabelle Beagles to fill out the staffing needs of this program.  Ms. Young will be in the aftercare room on supply drop off night, if you would like to meet her!  She will have the enrollment forms there for you to fill out if planning to send your children to the Aftercare Program.

 

I am looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

 

Mrs. Buckley

August 13, 2020

Thursday Tidbits

 

Dear Parents & Guardians,

The start of school is less than a week away!  There is nothing like the start of a new school year; shiny waxed floors, fresh coats of paint, crisp new textbooks, attractively decorated classrooms just waiting for eager students to enter.  There is energy and excitement in the air as we continue our preparation for the opening.  I do have a few tidbits of information to pass along, as well as some critical documents from the Archdiocese of Chicago relating to the opening of school and Covid-19, an Emergency Contact Information request, and Milk Orders.

1.  Gym Kits:  Gym will look a bit different this year due to the requirements of social distancing, and cleaning of equipment after classes.  Mr. Kopczyk presented me with an idea that provides the students with some common exercise items that will be readily available for their personal use.  He will come up with some creative activities, and each student will have their own equipment.  Please put together a drawstring bag, or backpack size mesh bag, write your student’s name on it  and include as many of these common household items as you can find; small hand-held bouncy ball, jump rope, stretch band, small notebook for recording, pen, sidewalk chalk, and roll up your outdoor towel to be stored in this bag.  These can be brought on supply drop off day, or the first full day of school on August 24th if you need a bit more time!

2.  Woodland Bus Safety Measures: Both bus companies are following the protocols set forth by ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education).  The protocols include sanitizing buses between each route, seating children of the same families together, assigned seating, self-certification by parents as students get on the bus, bus drivers wearing masks, masks required on all riders during the duration of the ride.  We will report any positive Covid-19 cases involving ridership, and that bus will be taken out of commission to be deep cleaned.  There will be Woodland busing both ways, on our half day August 21st.

3.  Amazon Smile: Amazon Wishlists have been created by our teachers and I was reminded by another veteran parent that you can do “two good things for SGS” by going to; smile.amazon.com (just add the “smile.” In front of the “amazon” in the URL) then select St. Gilbert School, every purchase then earns money for the school.  Teachers were told today that they can add to their lists at any time, so check back to see what is needed.  Links to each teachers wish list are on the website if you missed the email. They have been very busy setting up their rooms, and may not have a clear picture of what is needed until we get the students into the school building.  They extend their thanks for what has been purchased already!

4.  Parents please fill out the following forms prior to the start of school on August 19th. 

 

Principal Parent Letter: Principal parent letter.pdf 

Covid Parent Acknowledgment form (MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE START OF SCHOOL):Covid Parent Acknowledgement and Reponsibilities 20-21.pdf 

Emergency Contact Information (MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE START OF SCHOOL): https://forms.gle/hybtTPW8f4udyQzs6

 

Milk Order Form: MILK FEE form 1st Trimester.pdf 

 

5.  Our first restaurant night is coming, celebrate the start of school with PIZZA!

20% of the total sales comes to the Family School Association, who helps with many activities and events in the school. Click here for flyer: SGS Family School Restaurant Night Fundraiser.pdf 

Respectfully, 

Mrs. Buckley, Principal

August 11, 2020

Parents/Guardians,

Orientation/Supply Drop Off is right around the corner!  Can you feel the excitement?  In order to keep lower numbers of people in the school building and provide individual attention, we will be using a sign-up format.  Please limit the number of people coming to 3 or lower to help us maintain Social Distancing Guides. Please be sure you select In Person learner, or eLearner. 

 

The dates are different for the two options.  Tuesday, August 18th is the In Person drop-off from 2:00-6:00, In Person Sign Up: https://signup.com/go/RFbkgXO

 

and Friday, August 21st from 12:30-2:00 is for our eLearners,  eLearner Sign Up: https://signup.com/go/OVhBiAv

 

Please use the following entrance and exit doors so that we do not have too many people in the hallways: 

 

Enter the Main Office Door (Door 1) for Preschool and Kindergarten and Exit the front Preschool Drop Off/Pick Up Door (Door 24)

 

Enter the Afterschool Door (Door 2) for 1st Grade through 3rd Grade and Exit the Parish Center/Gym Doors (Door 3)

 

Enter the door behind the Rectory (Door 8) Please Park in the Chapel parking lot for Grades 4-8 and Exit Sr. Donna's old door (Door 13)

 

If you are unsure of where to enter, please call the office for help (847) 223-8600.

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone with their new school supplies!

 

Mrs. Buckley

August 6, 2020

Thursday Tidbits/Updates

 

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Thank you for attending the Town Hall Meeting last evening.  We are working on answering all the questions that were sent in through the chat. We will have an FAQ ready by tomorrow.  If you were unable to attend we are adding the presentation slides to our website.

 

Updates for this week:

1.  Busing has been confirmed for Grayslake D46 residents! 

You will receive your bus route and times on Orientation day August 18th from 2:00-6:00.  

 

Durham bus company provided me with the following protocols that they will be following:

 

A.  Students will have assigned seats by family grouping

 

B.  Parents are to self-certify that their children are fever free before getting on the bus

 

C.  Buses will be thoroughly sanitized between morning and afternoon routes

 

D.  Buses will be quarantined (sitting out of commission if a school reports a positive Covid case in their ridership) for a week.  They have extras they will employ into commission.

 

E.  No other schools will be on our buses.

 

F.  New, is a fuel charge per day that will be shared with all families that use the bus (this is in place because the public schools in D46 are not using busing at this time).  This fee will be added through your FACTS account.

 

2.  Uniforms explained:

Here are suggested items to wear for August-October:

Navy or Khaki uniform shorts (purchase from used sale, Old Navy, Walmart, Kohls etc.)

 

Navy or Khaki uniform style pants (used sale, Old Navy, Kohls, etc.) (No leggings, unless they are under a skirt or jumper in colder months)

 

Gym shorts, or the spirit wear shorts, athletic shorts such as Nike, etc. of any color (No jean shorts! No spandex type shorts!) Daily short-wearing will end around early Nov. the only shorts allowed after that date will be gym shorts on gym days (2 x per week).  Gym sweatpants will also be allowed on gym days in the colder weather.

 

Skirts or jumpers in SGS uniform plaid, navy, or khaki (Used sale/and or Dennis Uniform Co.)

 

Solid color white or light blue shirts of numerous styles

 

Any SGS spirit wear shirts

 

Sweatshirts, and a big change of heart on my end.....including hoodies that are from the SGS spirit store only.  I heard that many of you purchased these, and there was a limited selection of non-hooded, so this is my gift to you!  

 

No wearing of hoods-up in the school building please!

 

3.  Class Lists: 

 

Class lists with homeroom assignments will be emailed to you tomorrow 8/7/20.

 

4.  Teacher Roster/Class Assignments:

 

Preschool teachers; Mrs. O’Brien & Mrs. Cecala (teaching a new grade)

 

Kindergarten:  Ms. Beagles (Grades PreK-3 Assistant Dean)

 

First Grade:  Mrs. Spradlin

 

Second Grade:  Ms. Schapals & Mrs. Draper

 

Third Grade:  Ms. Erickson (teaching a new grade)

 

Fourth Grade:  Ms. Bishop & Ms. Fornander (teaching a new grade)

 

Fifth Grade:  Ms. Fout & Mrs. Swindell (teaching a new grade)

 

Sixth Grade:  Mr. O’Donnell (Part-time)

 

Seventh Grade:  Mrs. Dantzer & Mrs. Carson (new homeroom grade)

 

Eighth Grade:  Mrs. Ziegler & Mrs. Greffly (Grades 4-8 Assistant Dean)

 

Learning Resource Coordinator & Regular Math Teacher grades 6-8:  Mrs. Wach

 

5.  Middle School (4-5) Coverage of Subjects: 

 

Ms. Bishop

4a math

4b math

5a math

5B math

4a religion

4b religion

Ms. Fornander

4a la/lit/vocabulary/reading

4b la/lit/vocabulary/reading

5a la/vocab

5B la/vocab

4a science

4b science

Ms. Fout

4a Social Studies

4b Social Studies

5a Social Studies

5B Social Studies

6a Social Studies

5B Religion

Mrs. Swindell

5a Science

5b Science

6a Science

5a Lit/reading

5b Lit/reading

5a Religion

6.  Junior High Coverage of Subjects:

 

Mrs. Carson

7A Religion

7A Social Studies

7B Social Studies

8A Social Studies

8B Social Studies

6A La/Lit

Mr. O’Donnell

6A Religion

6A Math Honors

7A Math Honors

8A Math Honors

 

Mrs. Dantzer

7B Religion 

6A Spanish

7A Spanish

7B Spanish

8A Spanish

8B Spanish

 

Mrs. Greffly

7A La/Lit

7B La/Lit

8A Religion

8B Religion

 

Mrs. Ziegler

7A Science

7B Science

8A Science

8B Science

8A La/Lit

8B La/Lit

Mrs. Wach

6A Math Regular

7B Math Regular

8B Math Regular

7.  Introduction of Principal:  

 

Ms. Kristine Buckley, first year as Principal 2020-21 school year, served as Assistant Principal & Director of Learning Resource last year, Junior High teacher for (9) years, Librarian (9) years.  Total tenure at Saint Gilbert School (20) years.  

 

8.  K-8 Basic Function of Assistant Dean:

 

Under the direction of the Principal, the Dean of Students, K-8 serves as an instructional leader in the planning, coordination, and administration of school activities and programs, including curriculum, instruction, assessment, student conduct, athletics, and extracurricular programs.  The Dean will perform a variety of administrative duties to assist the Principal in managing the school; assumes the duties of the Principal in the absence of the Principal and as assigned. 

 

*Note-I do not have an Assistant Principal to assist this year, but we have gotten creative with two of our longstanding teacher leaders, and mentors in the creation of Assistant Dean positions filled by Ms. Beagles & Mrs. Greffly.  

 

9.  School Calendar 2020-21:

  

2020-2021 Tentative Calendar - Sheet1.pdf 

   

Live calendar is also located on the website at:  stgilbertschool.org

 

10.  St. Gilbert School Reopening Plan: 

 

St. Gilbert Reopening Plan.pdf 

Enjoy the lovely summer days!  Go White Sox, Cubs & Hawks!

Mrs. Buckley

August 5, 2020

Family School Association is sponsoring a used uniform sale on Sunday, August 9th from 9:00-11:00 in the school gym.  There will be shirts, shorts, pants, jumpers, and gym clothes in a variety of sizes at reasonable prices. The uniform requirements will be relaxed at the start of the season, but you can still wear uniform items, I am just not mandating spending money on new clothes.  Gym uniforms will also be available for purchase in new condition on Supply Drop Off Night which is scheduled for August 18th from 2:00-6:00.

 

Here are suggested items to wear for August-October:

Navy or Khaki uniform shorts (purchase from used sale, Old Navy, Walmart, Kohls etc.)

Gym shorts, or the spirit wear shorts, athletic shorts such as Nike, etc. of any color (No jean shorts! No spandex type shorts!)

Skirts or jumpers

Solid color white or light blue shirts

Any SGS spirit wear shirts

Sweatshirts without hoods that are SGS uniform or athletic style

 

Happy Shopping!

Mrs. Buckley

August 4, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am pleased to announce that St. Gilbert School's Reopening Plan has been approved by the Archdiocese of Chicago.  I will be presenting the plan in a webinar format on Wednesday evening August 5th at 7:00 pm via Google Meet. The presentation will be in listen only format, with questions accepted in the chat. Questions will be categorized together and answered/addressed in a FAQ Document to be sent out after the presentation is over.  Please use the following link: meet.google.com/qzf-vhje-kuf to hear the presentation live.  If you are unable to attend we will be putting the reopening plan document out on our website along with the FAQ document.

 

St. Gilbert pray for us!

Mrs. Buckley

July 31, 2020

Weekly Update School Year 2020-21

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

The front office has been very busy answering phones, giving tours, registering, and unenrolling students.  I have to admit that I turned to Mrs. Murphy and asked for assurance that next summer would not be like this!  As I start all of my letters to you, I ask for your patience, I will communicate information as soon as I have it confirmed for you.  I ask for your understanding, when things have to change from day to day as we try to navigate changing directions and information.  Below are some points that I wrote down in my notes for this week, many are the result of questions from parents, or discussions with my support team as we look at what is feasible within our school building and with our current staffing.  I just want to say that our team of teachers, and support staff here at St. Gilbert are very creative, and willing to do whatever is necessary to make reopening happen safely for your children.  Many parents have reached out to offer their support as well, in a myriad of ways.  Today I want to specifically thank the Prickett family for making picnic tables for us to use in our “outside classroom!”

1.  Wednesday Mass:  We are a Catholic School and our faith is at the root of all we do.  We will be live streaming the 8:00 mass as we start the school year, and students will watch this on their devices.  We will move to attending mass in person as the year progresses, but it will most likely be a rotation schedule that would begin with the older children first.  Anyone who does not wish to attend mass once we do start to attend in person will watch the live stream in a supervised area.

2.  Cafeteria Use: We have decided to not attempt a rotation schedule for using the cafeteria.  We were trying to do this so that we could get our teachers a much needed break away from the children at least 2-3 times a week.  The logistics just became too difficult.  Students will be eating in their classrooms, or outside according to a schedule, and compliant weather.  We need to maintain 6 ft. of distance between the students when masks are off, and due too this could really only fit about 3 students per lunch table...we do not have enough tables to accommodate this spacing.

3.  Lunch Boxes/Bags:  Reusable lunch boxes/bags can now be used.  Students can bring thermos items, etc.  As long as they are the only ones touching the containers we can maintain safety.  Please do not pack lunches with items that your children cannot open on their own.  I am asking for your help with this, because their teacher will have to wear gloves, and/or change gloves multiple times helping students open food containers.  PPE equipment is expensive and should be used only for necessary health related instances.

4.  Snacks: Students will have a snack, and the guidelines for that have always been that it should be;  healthy, not messy, and they should be independent in opening the bag/container.  If your child attends aftercare please send a snack for that as well.  Aftercare will not be able to provide food or drink items until Covid is over.

5.  Water Bottles: We are asking that students only use refillable water bottles.  They will be able to remove their masks to quickly (10 sec) take a drink of water.  We have (3) water bottle filling stations throughout the school, and no drinking spigots will be available for use.

6.  Aftercare:  We are opening our aftercare program this school year, and it will follow the same protocols as the school in terms of masks, social distancing, and cohort groupings.

7. Buses:  I am pleased to announce that Woodland School District will be busing our students this school year.  I am waiting to hear back from Grayslake District as to their decision about busing.  As soon as I hear I will inform you.

8.  Towels/Blankets: Due to our plans to use the outdoor areas for classes, lunches, and extra recess times, I am allowing the students to bring a beach towel, or a small one person size blanket for sitting on when outside.  These will be sent home at the end of each week for washing. 

9. Spiritwear: Don’t forget to order your Spirit wear!  August 9th is the last day you can place orders. https://saintgilbert2020.itemorder.com

10.  Live Streaming:  We just received confirmation that we will be able to live stream segments of teaching in our classrooms for those students who select eLearning.  There will be more information coming in the next week in regards to how this will look, and the safety measures we will employ.  This is very good news for our teachers, because they can teach a mini-lesson to both the in-person students and the eLearners at home synchronously.  This type of learning will help teachers be able to provide live lessons and lesson follow ups with both groups of students.

11.  Types of Instruction:

A.  Live Streaming within the classroom of physical students-The school teacher will transmit live video and audio of a classroom over the internet.

B.  Live Streaming Synchronous without classroom of physical students - The school teacher will transmit live video and audio lessons, meetings or check-ins with individuals or a group of remote students without other students (in-person) present.

C.  Asynchronous -The school teacher records videos and audio or provides published content and lessons that include teacher recordings, Khan Academy or other reputable sources of curriculum and instruction.

We are committed to offering the following two options for our St. Gilbert students for the 2020-21 school year; Full (5) day in-person instruction, or in-house eLearning.  Please make your formal selection for Trimester #1 using this link, by Tuesday, August 4th: https://forms.gle/SkAtt6eaKU58WRz69

 

Continued blessings on all of you, and your families!

Mrs. Kristine Buckley

Principal

July 27, 2020

Education Options Explained

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for your responses to the survey exploring educational options.  First and foremost, I want to say that there is a large percentage of you that support in person education, and as this is the priority for the Archdiocese of Chicago, we are pleased to support those desires with the opening of our school on August 19th for in person learning.  We recognize that some families might have students who have medical issues/and or family members who live in the household who have pre-existing conditions that would make them more vulnerable, and are looking for an eLearning option.

  

The Archdiocese has contracted with Catapult Learning to provide an external eLearning option for the subjects of mathematics, english language arts, science, and social studies.  If this option is chosen, the teachers for the core subjects will be Catapult teachers, not staff from St. Gilbert. The student would be assigned a homeroom teacher, would receive religious instruction, and have a weekly check in from a St. Gilbert teacher.. Under this option the student is enrolled at St. Gilbert and the family pays tuition to the school.  This option is selected by trimesters.

The survey clearly showed that our families that need eLearning want the teachers of St. Gilbert for their students.  We have decided that we will try to make this work, by developing an in-house plan.  This plan will require parent support for follow through, as the students will be assigned everything that their classmates are working on in the school setting.  There will be some recorded lessons/lectures for viewing under this option.  We have explored live recordings but the legal aspects of this are still being worked out, and as of this writing it is not allowed for the age groups we serve. We are creating a schedule that will allow for our teachers to check in with their eLearners, in addition to teaching their in-person students. Learning across both types will have its basis in the digital world; online textbooks, use of Learning Management Systems such as SeeSaw (Prek-2) and Google Classroom (3-8) to assign/grade work, and virtual collaboration among students.  Students are enrolled at St. Gilbert and the family pays tuition to the school. This option is selected by trimesters.

It is only due to the dedication and love our teachers have for your students that the above option can even be offered.  Please consider your situation carefully, and only choose this option if you are sincerely compromised.  I will also be instituting office hours for teachers to ensure that they are not teaching all day, and helping eLearners late into the evening.  Office hours will be 7:30-3:30. Teachers will respond to a question or concern during their check-ins with students, and will respond to parent emails within 24-48 hours as it pertains to their eLearners and/or live students. 

We will be sending out a google form in early August for you to make your formal choice for Trimester #1.  

 

Blessings!

Mrs. Buckley

Principal

July 23, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

It is my plan to provide information and interesting tidbits on Thursdays for our current and new families. Please realize that it is July, and in the world of Covid-19, information and situations can change daily, sometimes multiple times per day. As I write this our reopening teams for Health & Safety, and Academics are meeting to formalize our school specific plans. These plans will then be sent to our Regional Director for approval. As we were planning, there were some things that came to light that we wanted you to know as you are out shopping or thinking about what school reopening will look like.

       ● Thank you to all who have filled out the survey sent last night. I will be closing this survey Friday evening 7/24/20. Data collected will be used by the Academic Reopening Team as we examine an eLearning option that will work best for our school. The Archdiocese is committed to the in person reopening of all Archdiocese Elementary schools, that is our focus. The Hybrid Model is not being considered, and that is why it was not an option on the survey.

      ● We want to utilize our lunchroom as much as we can. Due to social distancing and gathering restrictions (50 people) that are in place we will not be able to get all students into the lunchroom every day, they will be on a schedule for 2-3 times per week. They will have assigned seating six feet apart, roughly six students to a table staying with their cohort group. To make this work we cannot bring lunch boxes back and forth into the cafeteria, so we are proposing that you send your child with their usual lunch box along with a paper/plastic bag. When they get ready to go to lunch, they will remove their items from their lunchbox and place them into this disposable bag. This allows lunches to be kept cold, and it keeps anyone else from having to touch their lunchbox. All food and eating utensils should be disposable, and as easy to open as possible to limit the number of people that have to touch any of the items. We must do this to certify that students and staff are not carrying germs back to the cohort classroom. Milk will be delivered to the table already opened to limit monitors having to change gloves every time they help a student to open milk containers.

      ● Students in grades K-8 can utilize a refillable water bottle for use in the classroom. Our water fountains will only be able to be used to fill water bottles, drinking spigots will be taped off. Preschool has a cooler where water will be provided to students in disposable cups.

      ● There will continue to be milk for purchase, but if students opt out, individualized drinks such as juice boxes, small plastic water bottles, etc. should be packed in lunches. Refillable water bottles will not be allowed to be carried into the lunchroom.

      ● We have decided to relax the uniform requirements for the portion of the year where we are dealing with mask mandates, and are social distancing in cohort groups. If you prefer to wear uniform items you may certainly do so. From Aug-early Oct; gym/sports shorts may be worn, khaki or navy school shorts/skirts, along with spirit wear shirts, gym shirts, or solid color blue or white shirts. Once it starts to cool off; Mid-Oct-March Khaki/Navy school uniform type pants, along with spirit wear shirts, gym shirts, or solid color blue or white shirts, and any SGS sweatshirt without a hood may be worn. The locker rooms will not be used, and students will not be changing clothes on gym days. We do plan to hold the Used Uniform Sale (TBD), so if you prefer your child to wear the school uniform feel free to  pick one up and help support the FSA. The Dennis Company store is closed to in person shopping, but available online. https://www.dennisuniform.com/

      ● To keep our front office staff safe we will be limiting access to the inside of the school building. We will have a “drop box” outside for items students have forgotten. If you are dropping off a late child/or a child is returning from an appointment, please call the office and pull up near the office doors, and one of our staff will come to your car to check the student’s temperature, mask, and do the health survey. Parents will not be allowed to accompany their child into the building for any reason. In cases  of emergency or early pick up, school staff will bring the student to the dismissal door where the  parent will be waiting. We ask for your understanding in this area, as some of our front office staff are the most vulnerable.

      ● We will be limiting volunteers that enter the building, but the recess volunteer requirement will still be in place. We will be increasing the number of volunteers for outdoor recess to six, plus our monitor. Cohort groups must remain separated at recess, masks can be removed if students maintain their six foot radius of social distance. Masks will be placed in brown paper bags labeled with the student’s name while students are out at recess, and while eating. These bags will need to be provided by the parent/guardian. Every day students should arrive at school with two masks, and their labeled paper storage bag. We will be increasing the times we are outside where we are able to be without masks; classes will be held outside, and extra recesses will be scheduled. We are lucky we have so much  space on our grounds, and we intend to use it. A lovely family is making us some new picnic tables, and we will be purchasing some tents to make this an extension of our school space.

     ● We are asking  that you send your student with two masks. If a student forgets a mask, loses their mask, or breaks their mask, they will be provided with a mask from the school supply. We have masks available for purchase through the School Spirit Shop; http://saintgilbert2020.itemorder.com/ Masks can be scarf  or face style, imagery or wording must be appropriate for the school environment or they will be replaced with a standard medical grade mask. I am asking that masks be washed after a full day of wearing, so please have ample supply and a wash schedule.

       ● If you are purchasing your own school supplies I have been informed that antibacterial wipes are hard to locate. We understand this, and ask that you just keep an eye out for them as the school year goes on....we have plenty to start the year off, but often request refills on some items as they get used up. There are some supplies that will be needed for art due to the conversion to “Art on a Cart” and students not sharing art supplies. Please see the list below from Mrs. Tillich; items in red  were missing from supply lists and need to be added to art supplies that you are purchasing.

        ● USED UNIFORMS: Please drop off any used uniforms at the school office. There will be a bin outside the office door next week, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3pm. If this time does not work for you please email FSA at; fsa@stgilbertschool.org and we will try and set up a time for you  to drop off used uniforms. The used uniform sale date is TBA. Look for the date in the next  newsletter.

       ● SPIRIT-WEAR IS BACK: http://saintgilbert2020.itemorder.com/

         

         Don't miss your chance to buy your SGS spirit wear. The first and third Friday of each month is SGS Spirit Wear Day so be ready to show off your school spirit.

         The spirit wear store is NOW open through   August 9th. There is an option for home delivery otherwise, items will be distributed the first week of school.

         Any questions please contact FSA at fsa@stgilbertschool.org

I hope this is not too much to take in all at once....please know that many loving, caring teachers and staff are planning for your arrival in a safe manner. Things will look different, but you will still be with classmates learning and growing together! Our faith, and Jesus as our guide will bring us safely through this challenge to the other side.

Wishing you blessings as you enjoy the summer, and prepare for school days!

Mrs. Buckley 

Principal

July 16, 2020

Addendum to eCourse information:

We are still in the planning stages as are most school districts, and as such, changes are still being made and will continue through these challenging times.  I was informed today after sending out my informational letter that the contract with the third party vendor to provide the eCourse option will include all core subjects of; math, english, reading, science, and social studies.  This contract is still in the negotiation process on the Archdiocese end, and I will have more information on this next week.  I plan to also put a St. Gilbert touch on this, as we will be continuing religion classes for any students enrolled, no matter if they are taking this eCourse option for a period of time.  If you are enrolled at St. Gilbert, you are paying tuition, just selecting this option.  All students will have a place in a homeroom that they can return to if they so desire, after their agreed upon time frame ends (i.e. trimester).  They will be included in virtual mass, religion classes, and will have a once weekly check-in on how they are doing with their assigned homeroom teacher.  I know this option is new and confusing, but it was added in response to principals voicing concerns that teachers cannot do both; teach all day, and run an eLearning class at night.  I commend the Archdiocese for hearing both the concerns of teachers and parents in making this one of our options for education next school year.

Mrs. Kristine Buckley

Saint Gilbert School Principal

July 16, 2020

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Click here to view Mrs. Buckley's welcome message to families: https://youtu.be/Jq8zHQNQfZg

 

I hope everyone continues to be well, and is enjoying the lovely warm weather we are having this summer.  Our staff has been very busy working on making the school building shine; by painting rooms, waxing floors, cleaning and organizing classrooms, ordering new materials, taking summer classes, and thinking about what will be needed so that we can welcome the students back to our building in a new and safe way. 

There are some changes to the physical building that we embarked upon so that we could utilize the newer portions of our building more efficiently.  What was the Junior High wing now houses 4th-8th grades.  These rooms all have air conditioning, sinks, they are larger, many with built in storage and individual student lockers. A new combined STEM Lab is located on the lower level.  The floor was redone and this area will be used for Science Lab (4-8) as well as STEM class for grades PreK-8. The 1st-3rd grades are now located in the hallway that begins to the right of the Main Office.  These rooms are large with built in storage and sinks. The prek-kindergarten has been moved close to the Main Office, along with the Early Childhood STEM Lab (Prek-1), the library, and specials of music and art. The Religious Education Program has a new home in what was our first grade and preschool hallway.

Last week the Archdiocese of Chicago put forth a detailed plan for reopening schools. Plan Summary  I hope you had a chance to read through the information that was sent, and look at the frequently asked questions & answers. Parent FAQ  The next step for principals was to form two teams of individuals to work on the Health/Safety aspects of opening schools, and the Academic/Programming planning.  The members of these teams will be required to watch webinars for certification, which occur this week and next.  Once all team members have attended the webinars, we will work through a checklist to develop a personalized plan for our physical space, and school academic areas.  I was very grateful for the many responses that I received from parents willing to help with the opening plans, however when I received guidance from OCS it was very specific with suggestions for choices for these teams. I do plan to utilize all my volunteers in some capacity once we have our plan designed, so stay tuned.

The Health & Safety portion will focus on; arrival procedures, traffic patterns, door usage, cohort gathering, temperature screenings, mask checks, health questions, hand-sanitizing, social distancing through the building as well as within classrooms, emotional health and adjustment of students to the new aspects of school, lunch and recess procedures, as well as specific plans for how to handle student or teacher illness and possible quarantine requirements.  The plan is to keep your children and our staff safe and well.  Much of this will be ongoing education on ways to accomplish that, and how to be diligent about safe eating, safe learning, and safe behaviors around others.  We have been placing orders for necessary cleaning products, hand-sanitizer, and other needed PPE so that we are adequately prepared.  We will be asking you to provide 2 masks for your children to bring to school, along with a paper bag with their name to store them in when eating, or out at recess.  Very soon we will be opening the Spirit Wear Store and there will be school logo masks available for purchase.

The Academic Team consists of Lead teachers across the various grades, as well as our Director of Technology.  This team will be making decisions regarding platforms for communicating assignments, directions, and work, ensuring all students and parents have the necessary technological tools to continue learning digitally in the classroom, or the home environment.  Teachers will be mapping the curriculum using the priority standards from the Archdiocese of Chicago, planning manageable units if pivoting from school to home becomes necessary.  As was stated in the plan, we are following a cohort model wherever this is possible.  This means students will be staying in classrooms with their homeroom teacher, limiting contact with other cohorts, social distancing as much as possible in their classrooms, and maintaining their own school supplies without shared materials. Specials such as music and art, will be “on a cart” and come to the classrooms.  Traditional library use will not take place during the time of Covid-19, students can request books that will be delivered to their classrooms.  Students will travel to gym and STEM class, but we will be looking at rotating materials, spacing classes apart for cleaning of surfaces, and possibly requiring personal gym “kits”.  Once the Academic Team formulates the plan, I will be in touch with additional school supplies that might be required. 

I ask for your patience as we work through these training webinars, specific school plans, and prepare for opening our school on August 19th.   As we have experienced, the virus keeps us on our toes, and things may need to change quickly.  I am grateful that the Archdiocese of Chicago has embarked upon a journey to bring students together in the physical school building, they did the work to research and formulate a reopening plan, that I am confident we can bring to fruition in our building in a safe manner.  I am expecting to receive some official materials to pass on to parents next week in regards to the semester choice for e-Learning, which will be referred to as; eCourses.  Please understand that these eCourses will be provided by an outside vendor decided upon by OCS, our teachers will not be teaching this component.  It would be impossible for them to teach in-person classes as well as manage eCourses.  This option is being offered to families that might have vulnerable people living in their households, or as an option for parents who do not feel comfortable sending their children to physical school.  It will require a commitment to continue with the course for a semester.  The focus of the courses will be the core subjects of English Language Arts and Mathematics.  For students receiving in school learning if the need arises to transition to eLearning due to positive cases in a classroom, a number of classrooms with positive cases that could result in a school closure, or a mandate from the Governor for all schools to shut down for a period of time, our teachers will be ready to teach entirely online and continue with the curriculum as mapped out by units.

We are excited and eager to see all our families and students again!  We are still enrolling for this school year, so please refer friends and colleagues who are looking for a high quality Catholic education for their children.  Check the website, stgilbertschool.org for more information, or to reread a communication from the Archdiocese or myself.  I know there is a lot to digest and think about.  Try to enjoy the lazy days of summer, take a nature walk, read a book, enjoy a fire, watch an outdoor movie, go on a boat ride.  I am available to answer any questions, and hopefully alleviate fears.  We have a wonderful community at Saint Gilbert, and we will all get through this together with the help of God and each other.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the 5K Walk/Run to benefit our newly formed Rebel Rescue Fund.  If you wish to make a donation, the fund will be open all year.   You can find donation details on the webpage.  This fund helps families receive some financial assistance in order to choose Catholic education at St. Gilbert.

My warmest wishes for a safe, happy, and relaxing summertime,

 

Mrs. Buckley

Principal

June 29, 2020

Dear St. Gilbert Families,


Last week the Illinois State Board of Education published their reopening guidelines for the school year 2020-21. These general guidelines, as well as CDC guidelines are being considered by the Office of Catholic Schools as they work on their specific plans for the in-person opening of all Catholic schools. The specific OCS plan should be ready within 1-2 weeks. Here at St. Gilbert we have already begun thinking about what alterations we will need to implement for our school building. I will be asking teachers and parents to sit on planning committees as we look forward to welcoming the students back into the physical building in August.


The school team’s creative wheels have already been turning as we looked at the general guidelines, such as; temperature checks as students enter the school building, visual reminders for social distancing, masks for bus rides, as well as entering and leaving school (we have arranged for our Spirit Store to make school personalized masks for student purchase) hand sanitizer stations, frequent reminders/breaks for handwashing, plexiglass barriers for areas where the public is more likely to come in contact with school personnel, daily cleaning of touchpoints within the school building, scheduled deep room cleanings, reorganization of individual student supplies, and spacing of students within the classroom. Underlying all of these thoughts and plans is our desire to ensure the safety of our students, while also giving parents reassurance that we care about making our school space be a place where we welcome students in as safe a manner as possible, so that they can receive a stellar Catholic education.


It is my plan to keep in contact with all the school families throughout the summer as more details and specifics become available from the Archdiocese of Chicago. If you are interested in working with our teachers, and myself on a “physical space brainstorming team”, please email me your interest and contact information; kris.buckley@stgilbertschool.org.


Even though we know this school year will look different, we are very excited at the prospect of seeing our students in person again. It was clear that even though we did a fantastic job transitioning to e-Learning, that there really is no replacement for that one-to-one teaching connection within the classroom. This being said,please consider participating in our Rebel Rescue Fundraiser for tuition assistance; Rebel Rescue 5K Virtual Walk/Run. This fundraiser is happening now through July 12th. You can register by following the Give Central link: https://www.givecentral.org/location/378/event/25907, through postings we have put out on Facebook and Instagram, and lastly through letters of communication from myself explaining our goal, and the increased need we are seeing as families look to re-enroll, or enroll for the first time at St. Gilbert. Please open your heart to help a fellow family in need. The effects of Covid-19 are far-reaching, and in some cases financially devastating for families. We want to ensure that choosing Catholic school is a possibility for all, and we can only do this with your selflessness and generosity.

Stay safe & well!


Mrs. Kristine Buckley
St. Gilbert School Principal

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