SUPERINTENDENT, DAWN ELSER
May 17, 2020
Belonging Pick-Up and Chromebook/Textbook/Library Book/UNIFORM/INSTRUMENT Collection Schedule
**Please review the date and time that your child is invited to come through the curb side pick up schedule.**
- Dates/Times of Pick-Up @ Central
- Tuesday, May 19 (2nd Grade ) 2:00p-6:00p
- Wednesday, May 20 (Pre - K, K and 4th) 2:00p-6:00p
- Thursday, May 21 (1st and 3rd Grade) 2:00p-6:00p
- Friday, May 22 10:00a-12:00p anyone who did not come Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
- Dates/Times of Pick-Up @ JAMS
- Tuesday, May 19( 8th Grade & 5th Grade) 2:00-6:00p
- 8th Grade- at the door by 7th/8th grade hall leading to soccer fields
- 5th Grade- at student /bus entrance
- Wednesday, May 20 2:00-6:00p (7th Grade & 6th Grade) 2:00-6:00p
- 7th Grade - at the door by 7th/8th grade hall leading to soccer fields
- 6th Grade - at student /bus entrance
- Thursday, May 21 Anyone who did not show up on Tuesday or Wednesday
- Tuesday, May 19( 8th Grade & 5th Grade) 2:00-6:00p
April 24, 2020
I hope this email finds all of you well. I think about all the Central 104 Families often and greatly miss all of you. I wanted to give all of you an update on the end of the year plan for remote learning. Starting next week, the week of April 27-May 1, and going until the end of the school year, Central School District #104 will be moving to a 4 day instructional learning week. That means students will have instructional learning days Monday-Thursday and Friday will be used as a planning day for teachers and a day for students to get caught up on work or just take a break. With that being said, Friday, May 1, 8 and 15 will be planning days with no instruction for students. Since we had instructional learning days and/or planning days on April 9 and 10, which were originally scheduled days off for Spring Break, the last day of school will now be Tuesday, May 20. However, teachers last day to give new assignments will be Thursday, May 14.
With Governor Pritzker's extension of the stay at home order until May 30, we are planning for the safest way for families/students to come to school to collect belongings, pick up Spring Pictures and field trip money and return Chromebooks. The elementary school will put students belongings from desks and lockers in a bag and have a pick up day in the near future. Days and times and exact location will be scheduled for a drive-through pick up. The middle school students will have a day and a time scheduled for them to come in and clean out their desk and locker and pick up field trip money. Please watch for a detailed plan to be sent out soon.
Each student will receive a 4th quarter Remote Learning Report Card. This report card will illustrate the student's performance and effort in remote learning during the 4th quarter Covid 19 remote learning period. Students will receive either a Pass or and an Incomplete. In addition, each student will receive a Final Skyward Report Card, with final grades being calculated from the first 3 quarter grades. The Pass or Incomplete the students receive on the Remote Learning Report Card, will play a role in the students placement for the 20-21 school year. Once we have everything set up, I will email you the plan for either viewing or picking up the report cards at the end the remote learning period.
The 8th graders will have a virtual graduation on Thursday, May 14, so Dr. Young will be sending detailed instructions for all 8th graders and their families on graduation, cap and gown pick-up, locker clean out and Chromebook collection.
Remember to take care of yourself as your health and safety is the number one priority. If you have any questions or need anything, please feel free to contact your child's teacher, your building principal or myself. Thank you for all of your support, as we have worked through many challenges, but worked together to continue to provide learning opportunities for your child. We are better together!
April 17, 2020
Dear Parents and Community Members:
I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Although in-person learning has been suspended for the remainder of the year, at Central School District #104, I assure you our entire staff remains committed to learning and engaging with all students through remote learning, as well as continuing with our food distribution program.
Like you, we are saddened by the reality that our school community will not be able to reconvene in person this school year due to this public health crisis. So many of you have worked so hard to learn and grow in both the classroom and in extracurricular activities that today’s announcement may feel like a step back.
However, the final chapter of this school year hasn’t been written yet. These past few weeks have proven our school community is more resilient, more capable and more compassionate than maybe what we previously realized. I’m confident our collective strength will shine through during the remainder of the school year, and we will emerge even stronger.
Having said that, today’s announcement will result in significant and multiple scheduling changes in our district. As this announcement about the end of the school year was just made by Governor Pritzker this afternoon, it will take us a few days to sort out the many schedule details that are on the books, including spring concerts, field trips, promotion, graduation, etc. We will also need to develop a plan for distributing Spring pictures, collecting belongings, cleaning out lockers, etc. Please be patient as we work as a district to get information to you in the next several weeks.
I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together. This period of Remote Learning offers us new ways to learn and grow, and out of this Pandemic, we will emerge stronger. Plans will be underway soon for the return to in-person learning next school year.
It’s important we continue to work together and support our students. I can't thank you enough for all that you are doing as we all work together through this.
Dawn Elser, Superintendent
March 31, 2020
In his press conference today, Governor Pritzker has extended the “Stay At Home” order until April 30th. He will likely sign the executive order tomorrow. With that action, On-site Learning will not be allowed during that time. So, we can anticipate school being closed until then. As a result, we will be moving to Remote Learning until the end of April.
Please know Central 104 teachers and staff have been working hard on our Remote Learning Plan and are developing ways to provide educational opportunities to our students during the closure. . A planning day for the teachers has been set up for Friday for our teachers, so we will be communicating a plan for packet pick-up and Chromebook pick for next week. Ms. Elser will be sharing the Remote Learning Plan on the Central 104 website and via email in the near future Lunch delivery will continue throughout the month of April.
Thank you again for partnering with us and please follow the stay at home order, stay healthy and stay safe. We are stronger together! #104Learns365.
MARCH 20, 2020
As most of you are aware, Governor JB Priztker has implemented a stay at home executive order effective tomorrow at 5:00 pm, which also extends the mandatory closure of all public and private schools in the state of Illinois through Tuesday, April 7. The tentative date to return to school is Wednesday, April 8. We do not know until we receive more guidance from the governor whether the additional days that school is closed will be considered Acts of God Days. I will send an update when a decision regarding wheteher or not the 2 scheduled days off for Spring Break Spring are affected. The president has granted all states the ability to apply for a waiver that would exempt schools from the mandated state tests that children take in the Spring. Illinois does plan to apply for this waiver, which would cancel state testing for the 2019-20 school year.
Administration and teachers are in the process of developing an extended plan for the continuity of learning for the additional mandatory days of closure. Administrators and teachers will be communicating the plans once they are developed. I could not be more proud of the communication among students, staff, teachers and parents during this difficult time. Please stay connected by checking out our district website and Facebook daily.
The delivery of meals will continue through April 7 with the same schedule of stops and drop off times.
Please follow the stay at home order from the governor and stay home to stop the spread of Covid 19.
If you have any questions or need anything, please feel free to reach out to me an administrator or your child's teacher. We are all in this together!
Dawn Elser, Superintendent
MARCH 16, 2020
As we send our students home for the start of the 2 week closure, remember we are a team working together for the children. The staff has done their best to prepare the students for what lies ahead during the closure, so we now ask the parents to embrace the challenge and be the heroes they need during the closure. We are all in this together and will get through it together!
Superintendent Elser is encouraging all staff to be safe, calm, and flexible throughout the closure. We will communicate with you frequently, but do not hesitate to contact us if you need anything. Information was sent home with your student regarding meals that will be provided during the closure.
Please visit the Nutritional/Food Support tab under COVID-19 Preparedness and Response for more details.
Stay healthy and take care of yourselves!
MARCH 15, 2020
Dear Central 104 Families,
As you are aware, there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Clair County. The media reports that they are both under quarantine after returning from travel abroad. This news has caused some parents to ask if we should cancel tomorrow’s half day. We are still planning to hold 1⁄2 day of school for our students tomorrow. This will allow us to distribute material to students, send home resources and guide students on how to complete the continuity of learning activities during the closure. If you choose to keep your student home from school tomorrow, the day will be excused.
The state has informed us that there is a possibility that the closure may last for more than 2 weeks. If you need your child’s medication or other materials during the closure, please pick them up tomorrow between the hours of 8:00am and 3:30pm.
Central 104 is making plans to deliver lunch to areas populated with students who receive free and reduced lunch. We will also have a drive thru area set up at Joseph Arthur Middle School for any student who is in need of a lunch during the closure. More details will be sent as they become available.
Be smart and stay healthy. Thank you for taking care of yourself and each other.
Dawn Elser, Superintendent
MARCH 13, 2020
IL Governor Pritzker announced this afternoon that all Illinois schools will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27. The Governor’s Office will continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19 to determine if additional closures will be needed.
Students are scheduled to return to school on Tuesday, March 31. Central School District 104 is moving the ½ School Improvement Day that was scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 to Monday, March 16. This will allow teachers the opportunity to prepare students for the continuity of learning during the school closure and/or illustrate to students ways to access lessons and supplemental resources during the closure. District 104 teachers will meet on Monday afternoon to gather additional resources and make plans for the continuity of learning over the closure. Central School 104 is also working with local churches to find ways to provide sack lunches to students during the closure. Please watch for future emails regarding this and for additional closures or date changes that may be necessary.
To clarify, the amended Central School District 104 calendar will be:
Monday, March 16 am--½ day attendance for students. Early dismissal times are 12:00 for Central and 12:30 for JAMS. Buses will run as usual and there will be Latch Key. The afternoon will be a staff in service.
Tuesday, March 17-Monday, March 30-All Illinois schools will be closed. All activities and events will be canceled.
Tuesday, March 31--Students and staff will return. (This return date will be re-evaluated by the Governor's Office as needed)
Wednesday, April 8 - Full day of school