Parade Begins at Celebration of the Visual Arts
The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation's spring fundraiser aims to help enrich the creativity and innovative potential of our students by collecting donations in piggy banks specially painted by some of the district’s most talented artists! Monies raised will help fund each school's art program. The ceramic pigs will be unveiled at the district’s Celebration of the Visual Arts Show on March 8th, 1 p.m. at GIS.
The pigs will then be placed at the host sites until May 22nd to collect donations from our generous community. The host sites are:
- Island Bay Yacht Club
- Chatham Library
- County Market-Chatham
- Powerworks Fitness
- Edgar's Coffee House
- Casey's General Store, and
- All Ball-Chatham schools
This year's sponsors are: Maddox Dentistry; Shelley Ebener; Jane Hay Sales & Staging; Ed Clark Photography; Chris and Joan Parks; Dr. Sarah Fowler & Chris Chambers;
Formea Insurance Group; Steven Koch, CFP, Ameriprise Financial Services; and Kevin Floyd, DDS. In-kind supporters are: China Towne, Frye-Williamson Printing, and Ben Ladage Auctions.
Beginning March 9, Ball-Chatham students in grades 3-8, and high school students enrolled in Algebra II and English III will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. The PARCC replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Students will complete assessments in the areas of math and English Language Arts. These assessments are fully aligned to the K-12 Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core) in English language arts and mathematics. The standards emphasize academic rigor, critical thinking, problem-solving, and college/career readiness for all students. Each school in the Ball-Chatham district has spent the last three years aligning curriculum to the Common Core. PARCC will be administered with paper and pencil in grades 3-4 and electronically (online) for grades 5-11.
Testing will take place between March 9 and 20 at the three elementary schools and between March 9 and April 3 at GIS, GMS and GHS. Students who miss any portion of the assessments will be assigned a make-up time within the testing window.
These State tests are lengthy - some can take nearly two hours to complete. You can help your child be prepared for the PARCC each day by making sure they get proper rest (at least 8 hrs.), eat breakfast (healthy and balanced), and remind them to stay calm and focused.
Illinois State Senator Sam McCann visited Chatham Elementary fourth grade students and teachers February 25 to discuss how bills become law, and the legislative process in general. Fourth graders researched Illinois history and surveyed residents in the area to help them write a bill to designate sweet corn as the official state vegetable. Sen. McCann agreed to sponsor the bill (HB0800 – Designations – State Vegetable – Corn). First reading for the bill was on February 5 and has been assigned to the Agriculture Committee for review. Keep up-to-date on the bill’s progress at:
Saturday March 14, 2015
12 to 4 p.m. ~ Glenwood Elementary School
If you have already signed up to volunteer, thank you! You will be walking down the Red Carpet and entered into several surprise raffles. If you haven't volunteered, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to star at this event. All volunteers will be entered into the raffle.
Please fill out the volunteer form and return it to your child’s teacher by March 6. If you've any questions contact Karen Westbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The profit from this event is donated to the three elementary schools.
It IS as fun as it sounds! Titan Treehouse is a treat earned by students that model appropriate behavior at school. Respectful, Responsible and Safe behavior earns the chance to be entered into the raffle and each week teachers randomly select a child’s name from a raffle.
Reasons to Get Involved:
*Being present at school provides a chance for you to get to know CES faculty and staff. While at a Titan Treehouse activity you’ll spend time with the students who are at school with your child. Build familiarity with the people and places that make up your child’s day.
*The calendar is flexible. This is a year-round experience so there are open dates to fit in a time that works for you.
*If you like school parties, you will be a perfect fit for Titan Treehouse. It’s as much fun as a classroom party but much easier! Very little to coordinate and it’s a quick obligation.
*It’s influential and meaningful for the students. Kids love to be highlighted and time with a special guest is a real treat. You will be generously paid in smiles for your time!
How it Works:
*Parents plan and run 15-minute just-for-fun activities.
*Titan Treehouse will be generally be on Thursday afternoons at 1:50.
*Sessions alternate grade levels every other week; k-2 and 3-4. This will keep the groups smaller each week: no more than 30 kids for K-2, and 20 kids for 3-4.
What to Expect:
*Anyone with a background check on file can help. All students are involved in PBIS. This is a school-community reward and we want all students and families to understand that Titan Treehouse is a possibility for them.
*The kids love these activities! It’s a treat for them, but also a great time for the parents.
*You can choose the activity! (But feel free to work with the PBIS team for suggestions, if you need them.) Go for inexpensive & easy activities (sidewalk chalk, basketball shoot-out, freeze dance, window decorating…) based on your interests. Some of the most enriching experiences emerge from parents sharing what they love with our kids. We do ask that you gather needed supplies, however, if you need assistance with materials please let us know.
*On your Titan Treehouse day, pop into the office and sign in. Depending on activity needs and space availability, you’ll be directed to where you need to go. Everyone at school supports PBIS so you’ll be a welcome guest.
Ask your student(s):
Have you ever been to the Titan Treehouse?
What are some activities you like to do at the Titan Treehouse or would like to do?