Dear Fischer Parents,
Two weeks back at school and the students couldn't be happier, and we are elated to see them as well. Hearing them participate in class with their peers, feeling like they are at school again, and seeing them happy when they arrive in the morning, makes all these difficult circumstances temporarily disappear.
I appreciate that you continue to send your children inappropriate clothing for this climate. We have tried different ways to make them feel comfortable when they go out for their break. I know the teachers have explained that the children are not outside for all the 30 minutes they have for the break. Normally each class takes 5-8 minutes to get ready to go out and they the same time they use to get ready to learn again. If the weather is not very cold, as was the case yesterday, the children spend the rest of the time now (15-20 minutes) running, walking, talking, socializing with their friends. If the temperature does not feel comfortable, then the children just go out to eat their snack and return to their classrooms immediately for physical activity. We have purchased a small foam mat for each child to sit on while they eat their snack. They will begin using them when we return on Tuesday. Thank you again for sending your children to school with a warm jacket, gloves, scarf, boots, and snow pants.
The start of the school year has been stressful for many families as parents struggle to balance work with remote and hybrid learning. Staff at the Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 have been working behind the scenes for weeks to come up with the best solution to help as many families as possible during this tough transition.
Club Ed. is a new program for children K-5 that will offer a convenient, self-directed E-Learning opportunity at various D205 and Park District locations. This program will provide a structured schedule that alternates designated time for self-directed E-Learning and recreational activities including indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts. Children will be in a group of 15 participants or less in a format that meets all CDC health and safety guidelines. Face coverings will be required at all times except while eating.
I hope you are safe and staying well amid what can only be described as trying and troubling times. The news of recent days is both disturbing and intolerable. Our District 205 Vision ensures that all students graduate life ready. Life ready graduates in today’s world must embrace tolerance and diversity. Our mission and belief statements articulate our commitment to all students. Today, we reaffirm our vision, mission and beliefs in the wake of the murder of George Floyd which has left the nation hurt, confused, and searching for answers. But, our vision, mission, and beliefs alone will not bring about the changes needed to help our students understand each other or create a culture where colleagues are treated with respect, and where an equitable education is a reality for all of our students regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.