Corona Virus Update – School Closure

At 3:30 pm today Governor J.B. Pritzker informed administration via a teleconference that schools are to be closed starting Tuesday, March 17th through March 30th.

Monday, March 16th will be a normal school day and will be used for teachers to get any needed papers, materials, supplies,  and instructions to students about the e-learning days we will be utilizing. On Tuesday teachers will come in and work on compiling any other materials or content needed to make e-learning happen.

Wednesday, March 18th will then become our first e-learning day and we will continue with e-learning through March 30th. As of now we will plan on students returning to regularly schedule school days on Tuesday, March 31st.

This is still a fluid situation and we will keep you informed as we gather more information.

Warren School with Snow

Extracurricular Weather Cancellations

The girls basketball game scheduled for tonight has been cancelled and there will be no practice for the girls.  All Extracurricular activities and practices have been cancelled for tomorrow (Saturday 1-11-20). The girls game originally scheduled for this Saturday has been rescheduled to 1-18-20 at 6 pm in Pearl City.  It has yet to be determined if the boys basketball game scheduled for tomorrow will be made up.

Fight the Flu Infographic

Flu Warning

Influenza (flu) has been confirmed in the surrounding areas

Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever* (usually high) or feeling feverish/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

The term “stomach flu” is a misnomer that is sometimes used to describe gastrointestinal illnesses caused by organisms other than influenza viruses.

Fight the Flu Infographic
Gift Cards

NEED GIFT CARDS?

The Athletic Boosters are continuing their project of selling gift cards. With the holidays approaching, we want to again stress this money-making project that we have. Many of you will be buying gift cards as gifts. The Athletic Boosters order gift cards from a company that allows us to keep some of the profit that the companies make when they sell you the gift cards. You receive the same gift cards that you would purchase at the stores. They cost you nothing more and you receive exactly the same value. The Athletic Boosters receive some of the profit and that profit goes towards the equipment and uniforms that we purchase for the school and our athletes.

Attached is a list of some of the gift cards that we are able to order, the denominations that they come in and the percent profit that we make. There are many others, totaling 760! If you don’t see what you want, check the scrip website online for the list. The list in available at www.glscrip.com. The link to the list is on the bottom of the opening page under quick links retailer list.

Beginning Nov.22, I will pick up orders at the school each Friday moming by 9 am. The orders usually arrive in 3 days. The last day to order is Dec.13. Use the order form below or send you order on another sheet of paper. The order and check made out to Warren Athletic Boosters can be sent to Kelly in the high school office, Sally in the elementary office or you can email me at [email protected] or call 815-745-3844 and then send your check to Kelly in the high school office. I also have quite a few gift cards on hand so call or email if you need a last minute gift. Thanks for helping the Athletic Boosters raise money for their projects!

Two people looking at an icon of a medicine bottle

Medication Policy Update

If you are providing Prescription and/or Non-prescription (over the counter) medications such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums, Cough Drops, etc.; they must be delivered to the school in the original, sealed and properly labeled container with the child’s name along with the appropriate signed medication authorization form by the parent/guardian and physician.  All medication must be brought to the office by the parent. Students should NOT be transporting any prescription or non-prescription medications to school. No medications are to be kept in a student’s possession, desk, or locker, with the exception of authorized EpiPens or Asthma inhalers.  Any questions, please contact the School Nurse.

Alma SIS

Introducing our new Student Info System – Alma

We are happy to introduce our new Student Information System (SIS), Alma! Alma will replace InformationNow (aka INOW) this school year. After 2+ years of research, we chose Alma due to their forward-thinking mission and ease of use for teachers and parents. Over the summer, we migrated our data from InformationNow to Alma and we are  (almost) all set to use it.

Here’s what you can expect with Alma from the start:

  • Mobile-friendly interface (so you can check grades and other info on your phone)
  • Updated user-interface so the things you’re looking for are easier to find and understand
  • Easier Parent-Teacher communication
  • Refreshed report cards
  • Behind the scenes, Alma is designed to save time, give staff instant insights, and reduce busywork

Eventually we will also include:

  • Online Registration
  • Online Payments
  • Standards/Competency Based Grading & Report Cards

In the coming weeks, we will be sending information on how you can access the parent and student portal in Alma. Your portal account will be tied to the email address so make sure we have a current email on file during registration.

We will also be discussing the change to Alma during our State of the School event on September 11. Don’t forget to register to learn more!

Warren CUSD 205 Board of Education Announcement:

The Board appointed Abraham E. Trone to fill the vacancy on the Board.

The appointment will be from 2019 to 2021.

The Board previously established qualifications for the appointee in a careful and thoughtful manner. Abe meets these qualifications and has demonstrated the willingness to accept the duties and responsibilities of a Board member.  Abe brings a clear understanding of the demands and expectations of being a Board member along with a constructive attitude toward the challenge.

Battle of the Books

On Wednesday, May 15th, Warren Junior High School will be hosting a “Battle of the Books” competition. Students have been reading novels all semester in preparation for this event. Come join us in the high school gymnasium at 8:30 am as we cheer for our students and celebrate their reading successes! 

Thank you!