Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Dear Families,

Over the next 2 weeks, your child will be taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness Test. This assessment will help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. The state and Creston School use this information to determine what areas need more support and resources. Again all students in grades 3-8 will be taking the IAR.  Let’s work together and make your child’s experience a positive and successful one! We’ve been preparing at school. Here are some suggestions you can do to help everyday:

*Ensure your child arrives at school on time.

*Have your child eat a healthy breakfast.

*Ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep.

*Gently encourage them to do their best.

Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your child during testing.

Curt Rheingans

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Reading Survey

Dear Parents,

Later today you will receive a text message with a survey attached. With new ESSA reporting requirements, each district is required to get parent feedback regarding the curriculum. Please take time to fill out this quick survey as we do  listen to and value all input from all stakeholders as we make curriculum decisions.

 

Thank You,

Curt Rheingans, Superintendent

2018-2019 Calendar Changes

Please see the updated calendar changes due to the winter weather we have had. Any questions please call me at 563-210-4948

18-19 School Calendar Changes

 

Thursday, April 18, 2019-    No School Teacher Institute Day (moved from June)

 

Thursday, May 23, 2019- 8th Grade Graduation

 

Monday, May 27, 2019- No School Memorial Day

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019- Regular Attendance Day (Emergency Day 1)

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019- Regular Attendance Day (Emergency Day 2)

 

Thursday, May 30, 2019- Regular Attendance Day (Emergency Day 3)

 

Friday, May 31, 2019- Regular Attendance Day (Emergency Day 4)

 

Monday, June 3, 2019- Regular Attendance Day (Emergency Day 5)
Tuesday, June 4, 2019- Report Card Day/ 10AM dissmissal (former TI day)

Family Reading Night

Please join us for

Family Reading Night

Thursday, February 21, 2019

From 6:00-7:30PM

At Creston School

 

**Raffles begin at 7PM.  Must be present to win.

Prizes include: $25 Walmart gift card, Family Night themed basket, posters and Colts Ca$h to be used at the Book Fair.

 

Come in your favorite pajamas and bring your favorite reading buddy for an evening of family fun!

 

  • Listen to stories
  • Play bingo
  • Play Dr. Suess trivia
  • Create retell puppets and bookmarks for your favorite stories
  • Create a directed drawing
  • Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate provided by CPTO
  • Take your picture with special guests
  • Shop for books at the Scholastic Book Fair!!!!

Importance of School Attendance

September is Attendance Awareness Month, a month dedicated to showing how attendance is essential to school success. Absences, excused and unexcused, can quickly add up and cause academic trouble.

It’s a proven fact that students who attend school regularly learn more and are more successful than students who do not. Attendance patterns are formed early in life. Children who develop good attendance habits in the early grades will be more likely to continue them throughout their school career, as well as into their chosen career. Regular attendance is critically important, because students who miss school miss out on carefully planned instruction by a highly qualified teacher. They miss out on active learning experiences and class participation. They miss out on the opportunity to ask questions. As a result, they are more likely to fall behind.

* Absenteeism hurts the student. Students who are frequently absent fall
behind in academics and miss important socialization concepts that
enhance their ability to understand, follow directions, and/or
ultimately, plan for the future.

* Absenteeism hurts other students. Students who are frequently absent
require more individual attention from the teacher to get caught up.

* Absenteeism hurts the district financially. State money supporting the
school is directly linked to student attendance. When students are
absent the school loses money.

Things you can do to help….

* Schedule doctor and dental appointments as early in the day or as late
in the day as possible. When the appointment is over bring your child
to school immediately. If the appointment is in middle of the day,
bring your child to school until the appointment and then pick your
child up for the appointment. Once again when the appointment is over
please bring your child back to school immediately.

* Communicate the importance of regular school attendance to your child
so they are hearing the same message in the home and at school.

* Make sure your child is regularly eating nutritious meals, drinking
plenty of fluids, and getting the proper amount of rest each night.

* Remind your child of proper hand washing/sanitizing techniques.

* If your child is running a fever of 100 degrees or more, vomiting, or
having diarrhea they need to be kept home.

Remember, we want to work together as a team to improve our school’s regular attendance and provide students with the opportunity to learn.

Sincerely,

Curt Rheingans, Superintendent

Safe School Helpline

August 30, 2019

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Today at school we are holding an assembly to introduce a new program called Safe Schools. Your child will be bringing home a pamphlet about the program, as well as, a magnet to put on the refrigerator with the contact information needed to make a call or send a text.

We are introducing the Safe School Helpline because recent polls show that parents’ first concern about schools today is their child’s safety. That is our concern as well. Fortunately, Creston School is very safe. However, no community is immune from all potentially unsafe or harmful situations. The helpline is designed to assist you in reporting any wrongdoing that impacts our school, our students, or our staff. This can now be done anonymously using the helpline in order to protect your privacy.

You may use the helpline to report acts of bullying, theft, drug or alcohol use, weapons, or harassment. To make a report, call 1-800-418-6423 or text 66746 to leave your information. Your message will not be traced, nor will you be identified. The Safe School Helpline team will transcribe and fax your message to myself so appropriate action can be taken if needed.

Thank you for your continued support in providing a safer learning environment for all Creston School students. If you have any questions about the Safe School Helpline, please call me at (563)210-4948.

Sincerely,

Curt Rheingans, Superintendent

Free and Reduced Qualifications

July 23 , 2018

Dear Creston Parents/Guardians

I am sending home the guidelines for what it takes for a household to qualify for free/reduced lunches. Please take time to review the guidelines and see if your household does qualify for this program. If you do qualify, please consider applying for free/reduced lunches. Qualification for the program does not hurt the school but in fact it helps the school receive additional federal funds.

Benefits for the school if you fill out and qualify
-Additional federal funds
-Free or reduced registration
-Free or reduced meals
-Better opportunity for the district to receive grants

If you have any questions please call 815-384-3920 or 563-210-4948

Sincerely,

Curt Rheingans, Superintendent

Below are the guidelines for qualification. If you qualify please fill out paperwork with the school. Once again this is confidential.

Household Size Annual Income
2 $30,451
3 $38,443
4 $46,435
5 $54,427
6 $62,419
7 $70,411
8 $78,403

each additional person in the house add $7,992

Any questions or concerns please call!!!