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District 105 Announcements
Current Topics
Full Day Kindergarten - Update!
The Board of Education is 
exploring the option of Full Day Kindergarten for District 105 students.  To do this well, the district has created a committee comprised of parents, teachers, and administrators across all District 105 school communities.  This "exploratory" committee is examining research around the benefits and challenges associated with full kindergarten programming, exploring a variety of full day kindergarten program models currently in place in other districts, and examining the feedback from this community survey. With this information in hand, the committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Education regarding full day kindergarten.  If the Board of Education decides to offer a full-day kindergarten option, per Illinois state requirements, a half-day kindergarten option will be made available to District 105 families as well.

Thus far, our committee has met to closely examine our survey data outlining staff and parent community feedback around both positives and challenges of bringing a Full Day Kindergarten model into the district. Overall, the community and staff survey results showed that 86% of the parent community and 95% of the staff community strongly support or somewhat support bringing a full day kindergarten program into District 105. Next, coupled with this survey information, the committee will closely examine full day kindergarten models currently being implemented in other districts and best practices research around kindergarten programming.  


Senate Bill 16
The State of Illinois has been looking at ways to change education funding, which has remained unchanged since 1997.  Senate Bill 16 (SB16) has come from that effort.  If enacted into law, SB16 will make sweeping changes in how the state funds education and those changes will have a significantly negative impact on School District 105.  Please click below to learn more about Senate Bill 16 and how to influence this legislation.

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Blue Ribbon Award
We are honored to announce that Seventh Avenue School and Spring Avenue School were among the twelve public schools in Illinois to be recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014.  This award shows the commitment to excellence among the students, staff, parents, and community members at both schools.   

As the only school district in Illinois with two schools recognized for 2014, we are also very proud of how well this award reflects on the overall success of District 105 and the commitment to excellence in each of our five schools.  
Thank You Countryside Rotary!
District 105 would like to thank the Countryside Rotary for their continued support of literacy in our schools!  Over the past several years, the Countryside Rotary has donated dictionaries to all 3rd grade students across the district and this year the tradition continued.  We cannot express enough our appreciation of your support and commitment to the students of District 105!   
Full Day Kindergarten Study
The Board of Education is exploring the option of Full Day Kindergarten for District 105 students.  To do this well, the district has created a committee comprised of parents, teachers, and administrators across all District 105 school communities.  This "exploratory" committee is examining research around the benefits and challenges associated with full kindergarten programming, exploring a variety of full day kindergarten program models currently in place in other districts, and examining the feedback from this community survey. With this information in hand, the committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Education regarding full day kindergarten.  If the Board of Education decides to offer a full-day kindergarten option, per Illinois state requirements, a half-day kindergarten option will be made available to District 105 families as well.  

Día Completo Kindergarten Encuesta
La Junta de Educación está estudiando la opción de Kindergarten de día completo para los estudiantes del Distrito 105. Para hacer esto bien, el distrito va a crear un comité compuesto de padres, maestros y administradores a través de todas las comunidades escolares del Distrito 105. Este comité "exploratorio" examinará la investigación en torno a los beneficios y los retos asociados con la programación completa de kindergarten, explorar una variedad de modelos de programas de kindergarten de día completo actualmente en  otros distritos, y examinar los comentarios de la comunidad en esta encuesta. Con esta información en mano, el comité le hará una recomendación a la Junta de Educación en respecto a kindergarten de día completo. Si la Junta de Educación decide ofrecer la opción de kindergarten de día completo, según los requisitos del estado de Illinois, una opción de kindergarten de medio día estará a disposición para las familias del Distrito 105.
 
El propósito de esta encuesta es de solicitar información de los padres del distrito, personal y miembros de la comunidad en relación con el interés en un programa de kindergarten de día completo para el Distrito 105.
 


 
Save The Date
Parent Involvement Committee Presents...
Creativity and Education
How to Foster More Creative Kids in a World that Thrives on Innovation
Presented by:  
Adam Shames

 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Gurrie Middle School Gymnasium
 
Our children need to develop a new set of creative skills for the 21st century that reflect a different kind of IQ—an Innovation Quotient—that is not often addressed in school.  We can do this by fostering right-brain skills--creative thinking, curiosity, collaborative ability, appreciation of diversity--to equip the next generation of innovators and global citizens. In this interactive talk, consultant and educator Adam Shames will share how creativity can be learned and which creativity competencies are essential to compete in a world that depends on innovation for economic and individual success.

Adam Shames is a creativity expert, organizational consultant and speaker who specializes in innovation, teambuilding and community events, and whose recent clients include Navistar, Whole Foods and the Federal Reserve.  He is also executive director of Poetry Pals (www.poetrypals.org), an non-profit creativity program that brings together kids of different faiths. A former “Teacher of the Year” with a master’s degree from Stanford University, Adam is the founder of the Kreativity Network (www.kreativity.net), writes about creativity in his “Innovation on my Mind” blog (www.innovationonmymind.com) and is adjunct faculty for Depaul University School of New Learning. 

Please mark your calendars and join us!
Advanced Academics Department Open House
Families are invited to attend an Advanced Academics Department Open House and NUMATS information session on Monday, October 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Spring Avenue Library.  Click Here to view the Advanced Academics Department webpage. Click Here to learn more about NUMATS.
Vision and Hearing Screening
During the months of October through December, the SD 105 nurses will be conducting the annual State of Illinois mandated vision and hearing screenings. 
 
As in previous years, screening will be done for the following students:
                
Preschool
Kindergarten
First grade
Second grade
Third grade
Eighth grade
New transfer students this year
All special education students
Any parent/teacher requests (please notify nurse prior to screening date)

Please click HERE for more information.
Respiratory Illness: Enterovirus
Respiratory Illness/Enterovirus information from our neighboring county health department can be found HERE.
Lyons Township Community Advisory Council
ATTENTION PARENTS! 
You can positively impact your child’s experience at LTHS today – before he/she gets there!
We will begin on October 15th at 7 p.m.
 
The Lyons Township Community Advisory Council (LTCAC) seeks community members to complete
its membership for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The LTCAC meets five Wednesday evenings a year
(October, December, February, April, and May) to learn about and discuss important concerns of the school and to provide input to the Board of Education.  We are a group of parents, staff, students, and community members from all segments of the diverse LT attendance area.  Applications and additional information can be obtained at 
www.lths.net or by contacting Karen Coffman at
(630) 430-6600, 
coffman_k@yahoo.com.
                                                 A small commitment – a BIG impact!





 
Kane County Cougars - District 105 Foundation Benefit Game
Thanks to all who joined us at the Kane County Cougars baseball game to benefit the District 105 Foundation.  Below are some slides taken at the 2013 game.

Click HERE to learn more about the District 105 Foundation.


Comcast Internet Access for Your Student at $9.95 per Month

If your child receives a free or reduced lunch at school, you may qualify for a reduced price on basic internet access from Comcast at the low rate of $9.95 per month including free installation, free internet training and an optional low cost computer at $149.99 plus tax.


For more information on Comcast's offer, click HERE or call 1-855-846-8376.

See below for a Comcast video on the importance of internet access for your student.

Acceso al Internet por medio de Comcast por solo $ 9.95 al mes

Si su hijo recibe almuerzo gratis o precio reducido en la escuela, usted puede calificar para un precio reducido en el acceso básico de Internet de Comcast, por solo $ 9.95 por mes, incluyendo instalación gratis, entrenamiento del internet gratis y una computadora opcional  por solo $ 149.99 más impuestos.

Para obtener más información en español sobre la oferta de Comcast haga clic AQUÍ o llame al 1-855-765-6995.

Vea abajo para un video de Comcast sobre la importancia del acceso a Internet para sus estudiantes.


 
PowerSchool Parent Portal
Are you using the PowerSchool Parent Portal to monitor your student's progress?  Click HERE to see a short video on how parents in another district are using it.

Parents can view student attendance records, lunch balances and at Gurrie, student grades.

If you have not created a logon account, contact your student's school office to obtain the activation information.

Parents can also access the same information via a PowerSchool Parent Portal App optimized for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. Click
HERE for more information.
District 105 Recognized by State of Illinois
Over the past six years, all five District 105 schools have been recognized as Honor Roll Schools by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The awards recognize excellence in academics as measured by the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).

Based on 2011-12 ISAT results,  Seventh Avenue Elementary School and Spring Avenue Elementary School received the Illinois "Academic Excellence Award". 

More information on the awards and the selection criteria can be found
HERE.

Language Diversity
District 105 is a diverse community of families with 22 different languages spoken by our students: Albanian (2), Arabic (1), Bosnian (1), Croatian (2), English (1030), Farsi/Persian (1), French (2), German (6), Greek (2), Gujarati (2), Italian (1), Japanese (1), Lithuanian (2), Macedonian (9), Pilipino/Tagalog (3), Polish (15), Portuguese (3), Serbian (29), Slovak (2), Spanish (334), Ukrainian (1), and Vietnamese (1).

The official language used for the content of the District website is English. To help address our diversity, readers of our website can use the "Google Translate" tool below to translate the website content to many of the above languages. The tool generates a computerized translation. The translation should not be considered exact and in some cases may include incorrect language. While not a perfect translation, it should assist many non-English website readers.

Click on the TRANSLATE button at the upper left of the web page to initiate a translation.