Illinois 5Essentails Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement

Parents: School Improvement Survey

Dear Parents/Guardians

Warren Community Unit School District is committed to continuous improvement. We are constantly pursuing ways to best serve our students and community. We have a team of various stakeholders who meet on a regular basis to promote this improvement.

The 5Essentials School Survey is one the major tools we utilize to assess our district. This climate survey collects feedback from students, teachers, and parents/guardians. Our team examines the results generated from this survey to identify the strengths of our district as well as areas for improvement. Next, we create action plans to address these areas to improve as a school district. Illinois has also connected this survey directly to our school buildings’ report cards. Therefore, these results directly influence our schools’ summative designations, which rank the performance of schools across Illinois.

Our students and teachers will be completing these climate surveys next month. However, we are inviting parents to participate in the parent survey at this time as it can be a challenge to meet the minimum threshold of 20% participation in each building to receive results. Therefore, if you have a child in both the elementary and junior/senior high school, you may answer this survey for each building. As parents/guardians, your voice is extremely important to us. You are a major contributor to your child’s educational team. Please take a moment to provide us with feedback. This is a great way for us to gain your insight, so we can better serve the parents/guardians of our school district.

The following is the link to the survey:

Thank you in advance for taking time out of your busy schedules to provide us with feedback. We value our relationship as educators with all of you. The deadline to complete this survey is April 2, 2021.

Thank you.

Preschool Screening

Preschool Screening

Warren Elementary School will be scheduling virtual preschool appointments on March 5 from 8am-3pm. Your child must be three years old on or before September 1, 2021 to attend preschool. Please call 815-745-2653 to set up at time for your screening. They will take approximately 30 minutes per student. If you are unable to schedule a screening for Mar. 5, you can contact Katrya Donath at 815-291-5408 or email her at [email protected] to schedule an alternate time/date. All screenings must be completed by Friday, March 5. Deadline to set up an appointments Monday, March 1.

Pictures of book fair items


It’s virtual Book Fair Time!

Support our school by shopping The Scholastic Store Online for an expanded selection of exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more. All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Every purchase benefits our school and helps develop a love of reading.

Click this link to visit the book fair!:

Parent Teacher Conference

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences

Dear Warren Elementary Parents/Guardians:

Our first quarter concludes Friday, October 23. Report cards and MAP reports will be sent home on Thursday, October 29. We encourage you to take the time to review your student’s report card and MAP scores with both your student and classroom teacher. Furthermore, set goals for this next quarter with your student. Setting high expectations and giving support is important for your student’s future. Below is more information in regards to Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held virtually this year utilizing Google Meet. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Thursday, October 29 from 4 PM – 8 PM and Friday, October 30 from 8 AM – 12PM. Please call the elementary office (815-745-2653 and dial 2 at the prompt) and set an appointment up with Mrs. Roberts for a meeting with your elementary teacher(s). Additionally, this year, you will have to provide an email address. The classroom teacher will send this email address the invite for the Google Meet Parent/Teacher Conference. If you do not have an email address, please let us know and we will explore options including a teleconference over the phone. Please call and arrange this meeting by October 23. We strive for and expect 100% parental involvement as it is a critical component of our school system and your student’s success. Reminder: There will be this year’s normal 1:05 PM Dismissal on Thursday, October 29 for students and no school for students on Friday, October 30.

I also wanted to inform you about the Halloween Parade. Unfortunately, we will not be able to host this year’s Halloween Parade. Individual classrooms will find ways to have fun socially distanced in their respective classrooms to celebrate such missed events.

I hope all of you engage in Parent/Teacher Conferences this year. It has been an unusual year to say the least. It is critical that we connect and continue to stay on the same page as we navigate through these unprecedented times. We look forward to working with all of you as we progress through the school year and strive for excellence in all of our future endeavors.

Thank you.

Shawn Teske, Ed. D.
Warren CUSD 205
Superintendent / Elementary Principal


COVID-19 Notification (9/26/20)

Dear Warren CUSD 205 Families and Staff:

This letter is to inform you that an individual(s) at Warren Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with Jo Daviess County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual(s) to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of Warren CUSD 205 students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

To prevent further spread of the disease, Warren CUSD 205 is taking the following steps:

  • Placing individuals who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case(s) in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Jo Daviess County Health Department.
  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.
  • Conducting a deep clean and disinfection of the areas impacted by potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.
  • Students are required to wear face coverings at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.
  • Staff are required to wear face coverings at all times while in contact with children and other staff in the facility.
  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.
  • We have removed plush toys and other toys that cannot be properly or frequently disinfected.
  • We are teaching students the importance of face coverings, social distancing, and proper handwashing
    • Students are discouraged from sharing personal items, e.g., water bottles.
    • Students are learning new ways to greet each other without touching.
    • Students are reminded to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and to cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Students will be taught to wash their hands frequently and properly, following CDC guidelines on handwashing.
  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Warren CUSD 205, and your local health department.

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families. For any questions or concerns, please contact us at 815-745-2641.

Shawn Teske, Ed. D.

Return to School Plan

Good Morning, Warren Warriors:

Last night, the Warren CUSD 205 Board of Education unanimously supported and adopted the 2020-2021 Return-to-School Plan.  While the plan is thorough with over 20 pages of content regarding our plans for this school year, this situation remains fluid as we learn more about COVID-19. The plan is contingent upon the governor, health agencies, the state board of education, and the health of the school district. Therefore, we will still need your continued attention and support as we progress through these unprecedented times.

Please read and become familiar with the plan in its entirety as it will be critical to the function of school this upcoming year. Attached you can find the entire plan as well as a letter which summarizes the plan. Our team is very confident that we produced a plan that works best for our school district and community based on the surveys and feedback received from staff as well as families.

At this time, if you have not completed the mandatory enrollment survey, it is imperative this is filled out as soon as possible with a deadline of August 1. This is necessary for us to make the final preparations allowing us to operate safely and successfully.

With that being said, these difficult times present challenges. It is practically impossible to make everyone, or anyone, 100% happy with the plan, but we did our best to address the needs and concerns of our staff, students, and community. I feel our team, who spent extensive hours in building this plan, captured that objective.

This is our plan if:

  1. our region continues to be in Phase 4; and
  2. our district’s health continues to allow for such an opening.

If either of these situations downgrade, we would pivot to the remote learning for all plan which is also included in the document. This could happen with very little notice. We apologize in advance if the district must make such a quick decision, but we urge families to currently have plans in place for both scenarios.

Finally, the school calendar was updated in lieu of this plan and the new mandated holiday on Election Tuesday.

Students’ opening day will now be Thursday, August 20.

November 3, Election Day, now requires schools to be off, remote learning is not even an option on this day.
This has moved the students’ final attendance day to May 20.

Thank you all for your time and cooperation.

2020-2021 Return to School Plan
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Return to School Letter (2020.07.16)
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Preschool Screening

Warren Elementary School’s preschool program is designed to provide free educational services to families with children ages 3 – 5 who are not eligible for kindergarten. To be considered for this program, children need to be screened. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this screening will be conducted over the phone.

If you would like to have your child(ren) screened, please call Ms. Katrya Lessman at 815-291-5408 or email her at [email protected]. You may also call Warren Elementary School at 815-745-2653 if you have any questions. Please feel free to leave a message and we will call you back.

The deadline to call or email is Friday, July 31, 2020.