Thursday, May 23, 2013
It is a pleasure to be joining District 80 and Giles School this year. Most recently I had been the assistant principal at Union Ridge School. In that role I also became familiar with the excellent reputation of the community, students and staff of Giles. I very much am looking forward to getting to know and work with all of you in the spirit of providing our students with the best education possible. The website will always have the latest information available to you. Please visit regularly to keep up to date on all the great things going on. If you are not finding the answer to your question please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Go Lions!
Hello, and welcome back from Spring Break! It is hare to believe we are entering the fourth quarter. Time for everyone to dig deep and finish the year strong!
Some important dates:
Tuesday, April 9th, No School due to Election Day
Friday, April 12th, 3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home
Wednesday, April 17th, 11:45 dismissal for School Improvement Planning
Finally, as we prepare to transition to the Common Core State Standards in Reading and Math, it is important for parents to know and understand how these new standards are different from what we are used to with the Illinois Learning Standards. Here is a great power point that can help parents know their role in how to support their students as they are asked to engage in more complex tasks in both reading and math:
Happy New Year!!
I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and found a chance to relax and spend time with loved ones. You may have already heard, but we have moved to the "Virtual Backpack" for our general community fliers (i.e. park district, little league etc.) that get sent home. There will still be Friday Folders for school paperwork that needs to be sent home, but the amount of paper in those folders will be reduced by the "Virtual Backpack" which can be accessed under the Parent and Student Resource tab, scroll down to find it alphabetically and click on the link. Fliers should start appearing there shortly.
Also under the Parent and Student Resource tab is, "Help Stop Bullying." By clicking on this link you can enter information about bullying types of behavior that may be going on. This was created to give students another way to report things that are happening when they may not feel comfortable telling an adult during the day. These reports will go to myself (Mr. Bergholtz) and the school social worker. Although not all the information requested is required, like you name for example, we will be able to best address potential concerns when we have as much information as possible.
Dates to keep in mind:
1/10 - ST&P Meeting at 7:00pm
1/16 - School Improvement Day, 11:45am Dismissal
1/18 - End of 2nd Quarter
1/21 - Martin Luther King Day, No School
1/28 - 2nd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Giles Santa! - In order to benefit gift giving through the Salvation Army, Thursday, December 6th (doors open to the public at 4:30pm) is the Students vs. Faculty Charity Basketball Game. This event is sponsored by the Giles Student Council and Peer Leaders and includes the basketball game, free throw contest and other activities for our students. Please join us for this special event. Proceeds from the game go to benefit the Salvation Army. Also, our coin collection is ongoing through December 6th as well which also benefits the Salvation Army. Please bring coins!
Mid-Quarter Progress Reports for second quarter will be distributed on Friday, December 7th.
The Holiday Band Concert is December 20th at 7:00pm. Please come out and support our musicians!
Please remember, December 21st is our last day before Winter Break and that day is an early dismissal at 1:15pm.
Thursday November 15th Giles will host the Variety Show which begins at 7:00pm.
Next week is another unusual attendance week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Monday the 19th is a regular day, but Tuesday he 20th the will be an early dismissal at 1:15pm. Students will have lunch at school that day. School is closed then the rest of the week, the 21st-23rd.
We here at Giles want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
School Closed on Tuesday November 6th for Election Day.
Parent Teacher Conferences are the evening of November 7th 4:00pm-7:00pm and November 8th 1:00pm-7:00pm. Students do have a regular day of school on the 7th, but students of not have classes on the 8th. We hope to see you at conferences.
October 26th we will host the traditional Grandparents' Continental Breakfast beginning at 8:00am.
October 30th will be Literacy Night which will run 6:30pm-8:00pm
October 31st we will have the traditional Halloween festivities. Information should already have gone home. Students are dismissed at 11:45am to go home and change. There will not be lunch served, or any lunch supervision this day. Students are to rerun at 1:30pm for the parade which will be outdoors (weather permitting). Students ail be dismissed this day at 3:00pm.
There will be no school on Tuesday, November 6th due to election day.
ST&P meeting will be October 4th at 7:00pm
No School October 5th for Teacher Institute and No School October 8th for Columbus Day
Please join us on Tuesday September 25th at 7:00pm for RtI Parent Night. This presentation will take place in Anderson Hall (the gymnasium) and will provide parents with a chance to learn about what RtI is and what it looks like here at Giles School.
ITBS testing is going on this week for grades 2-5 and next week for grades 6-8. A letter went home Friday with some general information, but here is a reminder to help you student do their best.
You can help your child do his or her best on the test by:
2.) Making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing;
3.) Providing breakfast on the mornings of testing;
4.) Reminding your child to ask the teacher questions if he or she does not understand the test directions;
5.) Letting your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best; and
6.) Advising your child not to worry about the test-just do the best he or she can.
Giles School Report Card, .pdf file
First Day of School