News

January 8, 2021
Dear Einstein Families,  

We are excited to be back together as an Einstein family. We hope your winter break provided relaxation and new memories. We are looking forward to our next all school drive-thru on January 27th! Below you will find information pertaining to the return to Hybrid learning, our Helping Hands drive-thru and additional resources. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance. 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Monday, 1/11: IC classes restart hybrid learning (follow the same schedule as before the adaptive pause)
  • Monday, 1/18:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
  • Tuesday, 1/19: Hybrid learning restarts, Cohort B in attendance (the day after the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday), students who had previously been enrolled in “hybrid in-person learning” would return to Einstein following the same schedule they were on before the adaptive pause (Mondays/Thursdays or Tuesdays/Fridays). 
  • Wednesday, 1/20: Remote learning for all students
  • Thursday, 1/21: Hybrid Cohort A in attendance
  • Friday, 1/22: Hybrid Cohort B in attendance
  • Wednesday, 1/27:  AM Half-Day Remote Planning Day, PM Half-Day In-service, Student Non-Attendance Day

Reminders about the self-screener, mask requirements, and other back-to-school notifications have been sent out. District 54 has developed these mitigation strategies in alignment with the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education, and Cook County Department of Public Health.  District 54 will continue to evaluate the public health data and best practices, with the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff as our top priority.  We ask that you continue to inform the Einstein office at 630.736.2500 if your student and/or member of your household is testing for COVID or has tested positive for COVID. Individuals may not return to school until they have met the criteria outlined in the District 54 Exclusion Chart. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part to support our students, staff, and families during this pandemic. We are preparing for and looking forward to a time when all students and staff can safely return to our schools.  If you have any questions, please let me know.   

Student Attendance
Your student’s daily attendance in virtual learning is key to their continued success at Einstein. Students who are absent miss a great deal of classroom instruction.  Regular, daily attendance is a key factor for school success and is required by law. Unnecessary absence from school may have a negative effect on a student’s attitude, work habits, and progress.  To support student attendance, we will continue to track your student’s attendance. Our priority is to work with our families to support their child’s attendance in school.  If families are struggling with supporting their child with attendance and work completion, please make sure to contact us at 630-736.2500 for assistance. We understand that some students are struggling at this time and we want to work as a team for their success. 

We will continue to provide the following support as needed to ensure the well-being and participation in school for our students and families. 

  • School personnel contacting parents to set up a plan to increase attendance.
  • Support services provided directly to families to increase participation and attendance such as but not limited to ensuring technology is working properly, individualized incentive plans, and individualized visual schedules.  
  • Conducting home visits to ensure the well being of our students and families.
  • An administrator will be in contact to set-up a Zoom conference to establish a plan to improve attendance. 

Travel Guidance
Please visit the Cook County public health website for updated lists of states that are on the quarantine list.  A 14 day quarantine is required for students upon their return from travel. Please inform our office. https://cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/covid-19-travel-

Helping Hands Drive-thru
Einstein families are invited to our Helping Hands Drive-thru on Wednesday, January 27th from 3:00-4:00 pm.  Each student will receive a new book and a cup with hot chocolate mix! In the spirit of giving back we are asking for families to donate new hats or gloves to our Einstein clothing closet.  We are very fortunate to have this closet filled with coats, hats, gloves, and shoes for our Einstein community.  If you are able to donate we are greatly appreciative.  

We look forward to seeing all of our families on the 27th! Please be mindful and wear a mask when picking up materials.  Also, we are asking for each family to make a sign with their child/childrens names and grade to hold in the window of their car.  Thank you! 

Einstein Clothing Closet
We know that this year has been unusual and difficult for many of our families. If you are interested in visiting our closet please contact Michelle Roth via email at [email protected] or (630)736-2530 for an appointment.  

Coats in Einstein Community Closet          Shoes in the Einstein Community Closet

Winter In-Person MAP Assessment 
This winter, we will test our second through sixth grade students using the MAP assessment tool.  The computer-based assessment will be administered to students in person based on the day/time assigned below because we know that the most reliable administration and data point comes when students are tested in person. The purpose of the assessment is to inform teachers of the immediate instructional needs of students.  MAP results equip educators with key data to help personalize instruction and pinpoint individual student needs.  With the testing being in-person on assigned days/times, it will be important for the school to partner with families to help this process be as successful as possible.  Please see below for important details on the Winter MAP assessment:

  • Students will test in group sizes of 10 or less with a minimum of 6 feet of social distance.
  • Masks will be required.
  • Hybrid In-Person learning students will test on one of their in-person days.
  • Parents or caregivers of remote-only students will be responsible for transporting students to and from school on their testing day/time.
  • Communication to remote students regarding the date and time of the assessment will be coming soon.
  • Students will complete both the literacy and math MAP test on the same day. 
  • MAP testing does require great focus and stamina on the part of the students; therefore on the days your child is testing there will not be additional instruction.  

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me for more details.

New D54 Wellness Website
The year 2020 has been a difficult time for so many people. Throughout this year one thing that hasn’t changed is District 54’s commitment to the well-being of our community. This week we are launching a new online District 54 Wellness Space. This website includes videos, resources and links to valuable activities for students, for families and for staff. For example, the student pages include energizing videos and calming videos, read-alouds of books about feelings, and links to help children manage their emotions. The pages for adults include mental health webinars, COVID-related resources and links to support provided by District 54. We hope you will take the time to explore this self-care website and engage with the resources that best support your needs.

Keller Food Pantry
On January 15th from 4PM-5PM, Keller’s Food Pantry will be open and no appointment is necessary!

Sincerely,
Julie Tarasiuk and Melinda Perez