SOUTH SCHOOL NEWS February 1, 2017

South School’s mission is to create a positive, nurturing, and inclusive school
environment that promotes academic and personal excellence for all students.

Greetings South Families!
Where did January go? Time is flying over here at South! We have so many things going on
this month!

Do you have a child that will be entering kindergarten next year? Kindergarten registration will
Be Tuesday, February 7 from 4:30-7:30 at South School. Please be sure to mark your
calendars for this important day. We look forward to having a whole new group young learners
join our South family!

Middle School Redesign
As you may have heard, District 62 is making some exciting changes to our middle schools next
year. Some of the key changes are:
● Movement to a true middle school model as opposed to a traditional junior high
● Increased time for instructional blocks
● Creation of smaller teams of students (70-80 students as opposed to 120-140).
● Incorporation of a weekly student advisory period If you have any questions or would like additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact
Mrs. Cengel at (847) 824-156.

Parent Workshop
D62 invites all parents and guardians to attend a workshop on “Co-Parenting Children of
Separated or Divorced Parents” with Dr. Char Myklebust.
Date: Monday, February 6
Time: 5:30-7:00
Place: The Early Learning Center (1375 S. 5th Avenue)
Childcare will be provided for all children under 9 years old.
Please RSVP to the Student Services Department at (847) 824-1247 if you are interested in

4th and 5th Grade Concert
Our 4th and 5th graders will be delighting their audience with a performance of “Music through
the Ages” on Thursday, February 9. We will have a morning (9:15) and an evening
performance (6:30). Please mark your calendars!

Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is almost here. All classes will be having a small celebration at some point
during the day. Just a reminder that we are no longer allowed to distribute food, candy, or
drinks. Check with your child’s teacher to find out more about their specific plans.

February Conferences
Tuesday, February 21 is set aside for Parent-Teacher Conferences at South. Teachers will
send home an invitation to parents next week if they are requesting a conference. If you don’t
receive an invitation but want to request a conference, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

South School Variety Show
South School is hosting a Variety Show on Thursday, March 17! If your child interested in
participating he or she must prepare and plan a two minute (or less) “act” for the show. These
acts can be solo, with a friend, or with a group. Tryouts will be on February 15 and 16 during lunch. All students who participate must have
parent permission and be able to attend our daytime and evening performances on March 17.
Please see Mrs. Ballinger for more information.

Keep in Touch!
Please be sure to follow South Elementary School’s Facebook page to view announcements and pictures from South. You can also keep up to date on all of our events through our Parent

Other Upcoming Events
Tuesday, February 7- Kinder Registration (4:30-7:00)
Thursday, February 9- 4th and 5th grade performance
Monday, February 13- PTO Meeting
Tuesday, February 14- Valentine’s Day
Monday, February 20- No School- Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 21- No School- Conferences
Thursday, February 23- Dine and Share at Culvers

A Note from the PTO

Our name says it all! Your PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is plugging along to offer fun
activities while saving a little money here and there to subsidize field trips, assemblies, support
Faculty needs with additional books, and ultimately complete South School’s dream playground!
It all happens with your help. Now follow us on our new PTO Facebook page to stay
connected. Thank you!

Coming soon… Valentine’s Day Carnations for sale during lunch for $1. Flyer and forms will be
sent home. It’s nice to recognize a friend, take one home, or even your teacher on this lovely

Thursday, Feb. 9th– Bake sale immediately following the 4th and 5th grade concert. Baked
donations and volunteers are welcome and encouraged. Please call Erin at 847/827-1248 for
more details.

Monday, Feb. 13th– PTO meeting in South School Tile Rom from 6-7 PM. Join us!

Tuesday, Feb. 14th– Valentines Day Class Parties! Rom Parent Volunteers Rock!

Monday, Feb. 20th– Box Tops Due! Send them in for a chance for your class to win a prize!

Thursday, Feb. 23rd– Culver’s Dine and Share. Look out for a flyer.

Remember, you can always visit our website at and click on PTO or visit our
new Facebook page for communications and regular updates. Looking to Volunteer?! Great.
We need your help and ideas. Reach out to our PTO Group to learn more.

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