Oktoberfest Post Card

Oktoberfest is October 18

Come out and support the Key to 73 Education Foundation by attending Oktoberfest! This event will include heavy appetizers, a cash bar, a silent auction, live band and live entertainment. It will take place Friday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. Purchase your tickets today.

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Happy Attendance Week

Attendance at school is extremely important in the success of your child’s educational experience!  Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.

* Make getting students to school on time every day a top priority!

Please note that we monitor attendance and tardies for each child.  If your child misses 5% or more of the school year, we are required to notify Lake County.  You will receive a letter monitoring this data.  Please help us by sending your child to school on time and regularly.

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Bring Your Smiles to Picture Day

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 is Elementary South’s Picture Day!

You should have received information from E.D. Clark BUT… If you want to go on-line to buy a package – here is the link:


Don’t forget to bring your smiles!

students looking at books.

Book Tasting is on the Menu

The tables were set for a special treat. What was on the menu? A book tasting! Students in Ms. Schorsch’s fourth grade class had an opportunity to “taste” a wide variety of books from different genres, including fiction, folklore and autobiography. They skimmed a few pages of each book, wrote down their initial thoughts, and moved on to another course of books.

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All Smiles at Elementary South

At Elementary South’s “Tears and Cheers” event on Thursday morning, Dr. Martin reassured kindergarten parents that their children were happily settled in their classrooms. She showed the crowded room a slide show of newly taken photos of the children. All smiles!

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Welcome Back!


Just a reminder that school starts on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

If you are driving your student(s), please drop off between 8:15 – 8:30 a.m.  School starts promptly at 8:40 a.m!

Please be patient with our busses as they run slowly and behind schedule arriving and leaving our school for the first few days of school.


Don’t forget to join us for our TEARS and CHEERS event: Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 8:40am to 9:40am in our cafe.

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Welcome Night is a Blast

Everyone had fun at Monday night’s Welcome Night and Playdate at Elementary South.

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Students Get Acquainted with Their New Teachers/Classrooms

Elementary schools welcomed parents and students attending annual “Get Acquainted” events. In addition to Elementary South, these events are taking place today at the School of Dual Language, Elementary North, Townline and Aspen. Families met teachers and dropped off school supplies. Students got a chance to check out their new classrooms before school starts. For more photos, visit the District’s home page.

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Back to School Information

Goooooooood morning, Elementary South!  

School starts in 16 days!  I know I am excited and can’t wait to see you all!  Remember, this year there is NO RESIDENCY EVENT.  You will receive your classroom placement via US Mail.  Teacher assignment letters and transportation assignments go in the mail on FRIDAY, AUG 9, 2019.  You will also be able to access your child’s teacher via the Powerschool Parent Portal starting on August 12, 2019.  Please note that you must log into the Parent Portal using a browser since this information is NOT available on the Power School App.

Monday, August 19, 2019 – New to South Information Night and Kindergarten Night
WHO: All New to South Families and ALL Kindergarten Parents WITH their children
WHAT: General school logistics presentation AND Curriculum Night, Meet your teacher and supply drop off for KINDERGARTEN
WHEN: 8/19/19 5:30-7:30 pm 
BRING: Kindergarten parents only… bring your child’s school supplies for supply drop off that night 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – Grades 1-5: Meet your teacher and supply drop off 
WHO: Grades 1-5
WHAT: Meet your teacher and Supply Drop Off
WHEN: 8/20/19 – 9:30 am-10:15 am – Grades 2 and 4  &  10:15 am-11:00 am – Grades 1, 3, and 5
BRING: School Supplies and any forms

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – Back to School Bash
WHEN: 8/20/19 – 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Thursday, August 22, 2019 – First Day of School 

Save the Date – Back to School Events

TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS: This year, you will receive your classroom placement via US Mail.  Teacher assignment letters and transportation assignments will go in the mail on August 9th, 2019.  You will also be able to access your child’s teacher via the Powerschool Parent Portal starting on  August 12, 2019. Please note that you must log into the Parent Portal using a browser since this information is not available on the PowerSchool App.

Monday, August 19, 2019 – New to Elementary South and Kindergarten Information Night – 5:30 pm

At this event, families who are new to Elementary South or entering Kindergarten will learn about logistics and procedures of our school.  Dr. Martin will give a presentation in the cafe while the children meet new friends and play in our gyms/playground. 

Following the introductory presentation for all new families, KINDERGARTEN PARENTS ONLY will stay for Curriculum Information by our Kindergarten Teachers, meet and greet the Kindergarten Teacher and will drop off school supplies in classrooms.

WHO: All New to South families and Kindergarten parents WITH their children!

WHAT: Kindergarten students will meet teachers and have a playdate.  Other new to South children will meet new friends (they will meet their teachers on 8/21/19).  Parents will learn about school.

WHEN: 8/19/19 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm

BRING: Kindergarten Parents ONLY, bring your child’s school supplies for supply drop off that night!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – Grades 1-5: Meet your teacher and supply drop off and Back to School Bash!

At this event, families with children in grades 1-5  will meet their child’s teachers, see their new classroom, and drop off school supplies.

9:30-10:15 am – Grades 2 and 4 

10:15-11:00 am Grades 1, 3, and 5

WHO: All children in grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

WHAT: Meet your teacher and drop off school supplies

WHEN: 8/20/19 – 9:30 (Grades 2 and 4) and/or 10:15 am (Grades 1, 3, and 5)

BRING: School Supplies and any forms (health exam, vaccinations, dentist, eye exam)

The fun continues that night from 6:00-7:00 pm at the BACK TO SCHOOL BASH – sponsored by Family Alliance

This “Open House” style event gives children an opportunity to meet up with friends, enjoy Culver’s ice cream, jump on the moonwalk, and kick off our new school-wide theme “Today a READER, tomorrow a LEADER”. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019 – First Day of School

We can’t wait to start learning with your children!  Drop off/busses will arrive between 8:15-8:30 am.  Children will go directly to classrooms upon arrival.  Parents: please say your goodbyes and take your first day pics by our flagpole.  

Kindergarten “Tears and Cheers” Event – 8:40-9:40 am

At this event, Kindergarten parents will meet in our cafe for some coffee and fruit while our youngest learners acclimate to school.  Dr. Martin will keep you posted on how they are doing as we all CHEER for their start of school.  We will try to not to have any tears! (That goes for the children AND the parents).

WHO: Kindergarten parents

WHAT: Tears and Cheers for Kindergarten Parents

WHERE: Elementary South Cafe – 8:40 am-9:40 am

Tuesday, August 27, 2019  – Curriculum Night (Grades 2 and 4 only)
6:30-7:15 pm – 2nd Grade Classroom Presentations

7:15-8:00 pm – 4th Grade Classroom Presentations

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 – Curriculum Night (Grades 1, 3, and 5)

6:00-6:45 pm – 1st Grade Classroom Presentations

6:45-7:15 pm – 3rd Grade Classroom Presentations

7:15-8:00 pm – 5th Grade Classroom Presentations