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Cape-Abilities Over Disabilities Week

For the first time, Elementary South will host a Cape-Abilities Over Disabilities Week, March 11-15, to underscore the school’s embrace of learning differences. Each day, students will engage in different activities and events, ranging from walking in someone else’s shoes, reflections and the opportunity to play adaptive sports. During art classes, students will be making special capes, which they will all wear together on Friday, the final day of this special week.

students and posters

Celebrating Black History Month

For Black History Month, third-grade students at Elementary South put together awesome, mosaic posters of historical figures such as Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Ruby Nell Bridges Hall and Nelson Mandela. The posters are in the hallway for everyone to see.

Students who received SOAR recognition in January.

SOAR Winners for January

First NameLast NameHomeroomReasonGrade
EmilioC.Ms. ApgarBeing Respectful0
LandonQ.Ms. ApgarOn Task Behavior0
CalvinM.Mrs. ShannonBeing Respectful0
HaasiniS.Mrs. ShannonBeing Respectful0
MatthewZ.Ms. SilverBeing Respectful0
DylanF.Ms. SilverOn Task Behavior0
GabbyR.Mrs. FaithActing Responsibly1
Advika M.Mrs. Faith Acting Responsibly1
JaydenX.Mrs. WiltonOn Task Behavior1
BhuvanaB.Mrs. WiltonActing Responsibly1
AnvayV.Ms. BleckOn Task Behavior1
AadhyaC.Ms. BleckOn Task Behavior1
AashnaS.Miss Brzezinski Acting Responsibly1
MadisonA.Miss BrzezinskiBeing Respectful1
AlexP.Mrs. LawlessOn Task Behavior1
Ayesha A.Mrs. LawlessActing Responsibly1
SanatA.Mrs. RudeOn Task Behavior2
FloraM.Mrs. RudeBeing Respectful2
ChaseB.Mrs. DimondOn Task Behavior2
EricM.Mrs. DimondBeing Respectful2
CamilaH.Mrs. WagnerOn Task Behavior2
JosephR.Mrs. WagnerOn Task Behavior2
Gianna C.Mrs. HendersOn Task Behavior2
Nathan G.Mrs. HendersOn Task Behavior2
Kei-KeiL.Mrs. HendersActing Responsibly2
Melodie A.Mrs. Brettner On Task Behavior3
Matthew P.Mrs. Brettner On Task Behavior3
Alisha S.Miss ReillyOn Task Behavior3
TedH.Miss ReillyActing Responsibly3
CaelynC.KrootBeing Respectful3
ReillyI.Mrs. RaylOn Task Behavior3
ChrisM.Mrs. RaylOn Task Behavior3
SmrutiD.Mrs. OlivaActing Responsibly4
JimmyT.Mrs. OlivaSafe Behavior4
BellaA.Mrs. DahmOn Task Behavior4
KautikM.Mrs. DahmBeing Respectful4
Jason K.Mrs. StuderSafe Behavior4
PriyaR.Mrs. Studer Acting Responsibly4
MohammadY.Miss AllandActing Responsibly4
AllisonR.Miss AllandBeing Respectful4
AvinK.Mrs. SchorschActing Responsibly4
OjaswiV.Mrs. SchorschActing Responsibly4
HunterB.Ms. PreussOn Task Behavior5
AriM.Ms. PreussActing Responsibly5
TireniA.Mrs. Sordini On Task Behavior5
JohannaM.Mrs. Sordini Being Respectful5
JustinC.Ms. TrelaOn Task Behavior5
ConnorB.Ms. TrelaOn Task Behavior5
MiaV.Ms. BrandActing Responsibly5
TylerS.Ms. BrandBeing Respectful5
TrevorT.Mrs. WordenActing Responsibly5
AnnaR.Mrs. WordenActing Responsibly5
student presentations

Greek Gods and Goddesses Come to Life

Fourth-grade students at Elementary South, including students in Ms. Dahm’s class, dressed up in togas and sandals on Tuesday, as part of a First Person Greek Mythology Project. Each student had an opportunity to stand before the class and talk about the unique personality traits and lives of the gods they represented. Through wonderful costumes and performances, those old Greek gods we rarely hear about today, suddenly came to life.

students performing

Students Give Stellar Performance

Elementary South and Aspen Elementary’s fourth and fifth grade band concert on Tuesday showed just how far students have come this year. They played beautifully.

Dental Assistants and Students

Dental Assistants and Tooth Fairy Make a Visit

The Tooth Fairy, along with eight dental students from First Institute in Libertyville, visited Ms. Bleck’s first-grade class at Elementary South. The dental assistants taught the students how to floss and brush away “sugar bugs”. In the meantime, the Tooth Fairy sprinkled fairy dust, wishing the students good teeth and good dreams.

Kids playing games

Carnival Makes Math Fun

Several second grade classrooms at Elementary South held a Math Carnival last week. This special event took place at the end of a unit on counting money. The students created games at home and then made signs at school about how much their games cost. The carnival gave the students the chance to practice their math skills while having great fun.

children holding signs

Girls Learn New Skills Through Workshop

Elementary South held a “Stand in Your Power” workshop for fifth-grade girls on February 8. During the interactive hour, the girls learned to use tools to help them in challenging situations, such as feeling excluded, coping with mean girls and queen bees, and friendship cliques. One of the things they learned was to take a step back from friendship drama by being more grounded in themselves. In the meantime, fifth-grade boys learned skills through fun activities that emphasized camaraderie and teamwork. The school also held a “Stand in Your Power” workshop for parents, to help them know what to say when their daughters needed help.


Happy Chinese Lunar New Year

When the dragon starts dancing down the hall, you know what time of year it is. Students at Elementary South celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year with a colorful parade through the halls of the school on Feb. 5. Many thanks to Mrs. Yeo and Mr. Messina for organizing such a fun event.


Elementary South Has a Wrestling Champion

Fifth-grade student Pablo B. is currently undefeated with a record of 13-0. This past weekend, Pablo won the Eighth Grade Invitational Marlowe Classic. He was also nominated for outstanding wrestler of the tournament.