November 2017 Newsletter

These beautiful fall days remind us all that we have so much to be THANKFUL for.  We live in a wonderful community that supports our children and their education!  There are exciting activities going on in the classrooms, and everyone is working hard to challenge students to reach their potential and improve student achievement.

Halloween was a great event at South! Thank you to all the room parents who volunteered for our Halloween parties.  Everyone had a spooktacular time!

Looking into November, we have the end of the first trimester, report cards, and conferences. We look forward to meeting with each of you to discuss your child’s progress.  At conferences, be sure to visit the book fair in the main hallway. A portion of the proceeds from the sale allows us to buy new books for our library.

Ever wonder what the classrooms are really like?  If you are interested in seeing your child in the classroom, please come visit us on American Education Week’s Parent Visitation Day – Wednesday, NOVEMEBER 15, 2017.  See the schedule in the box below.

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at or (847) 990-4800.

All the best,




First Trimester Ending…

Can you believe the first trimester is coming to an end? Report cards will be distributed on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held:

Nov 20: PM only K-5

Nov. 21: AM only K-5 (no school that day)

If you still need a conference time, please contact your child’s teacher.

Sadly… Flu Season is here!

The best way for us to stay well is prevention!  At school, we follow set guidelines for hand sanitization.  Remember to have your child wash his/her hands frequently and please keep your child home if he/she is sick.

Let’s keep our children HEALTHY!


American Education Week Parent Visitation – Nov 15, 2017

Parking will be available on the EAST side of Aspen.  Please do not bring younger siblings.  Thank you!

Kindergarten: Thankful Writing @ 8:50-9:30

First Grade: Math Marathon @ 12:20-1:20

Second Grade: Geography Games @ 2:10 – 2:50

Third Grade: Continents and Oceans @ 10:40-11:20

Fourth Grade: Math Madness @ 10:00-10:40

Fifth Grade: Team Building-Engineering @ 10:00-10:45

Upcoming Events…

11/2 – Early Release at 12:10pm

11/10 – No School Veteran’s Day

11/15 – American Education Visitation Day

11/15 – Picture Retake Day

11/17 – Family Alliance Movie Night

11/17 – November Birthday Bash

11/20 – Parent Teacher Conferences/Book Fair

11/21 – No School Parent Teacher Conferences AM/Book Fair

11/22-11/26 – No School Thanksgiving Break

11/27 – School Resumes


Elementary South 2017 Halloween Parade

Please enjoy this video of our 2017 Halloween parade.


Have a Healthy Halloween

Kindergarten and first-grade students joined the annual Pumpkin Chase. It’s a healthy Halloween activity in which children get exercise by chasing a PE teacher dressed as a pumpkin.

October Birthday Bash

Students with birthdays during the month of October celebrated in the cafeteria with Dr. Martin at the Birthday Bash on October 27th.

Join Us For a Night at the Movies

Join your friends from Elementary South for at night at the movies on Friday, November 17th at AMC Showplace 8 in Vernon Hills.  Click here for more information and to download the registration form.

Heart Smart Cardiac Screening

Please Consider Supporting this Great Cause

Please consider supporting the Max Schewitz Foundation, in honor of Josh Church, on Sunday, November 12th at Primo Italian American Cuisine.  Josh, son of Elementary South PE teacher Tom Church, died tragically last November as a result of unknown cardiac arrhythmia. His family, in conjunction with the Max Schewitz Foundation, is working to bring awareness and education to the importance of regular heart screenings.



PE Night

PE Night is Full of Fun for Third to Fifth Graders

Exercise went hand in hand with fun at last night’s PE Night for third through fifth graders at Elementary South. Parents, staff and children had a great time.

PE Night

PE Night is a Blast

Kindergarten to second graders enjoyed plenty of fun exercises at PE Night on Wednesday.

Thanks for Joining Us at Aspen Drive Library

Thank you to all of the students and parents who joined Dr. Martin on Monday evening at the Aspen Drive Library to listen to her read some of her favorite stories.  Everybody enjoyed the stories and the refreshments!