- If the weather permits over spring break, you may notice a minor change to Terrace. Our building and grounds department will be removing the small playground equipment on southeast outdoor portion of our property. The equipment is dated and rarely utilized. In its place, the area in which the playground currently stands will be returned to a more natural grass state. We look forward to having some more green space where students can play or even sit and read with their classmates and teachers.
- Report cards will come home next Friday, March 11.
Start With Hello:
All D62 schools have been encouraged by our Social Work Department to take part in the Start With Hello Program. Start With Hello is aimed at teaching students the skills they need to reach out to and
include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and
connectedness within their classroom, school, or youth organization. Social isolation is the overwhelming
feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. Young people who are isolated can
become victims of bullying, violence, and/or depression.
At Terrace, we will be doing a small, school-wide special activity once a month to introduce the program to the students, and then we may expand the program next school year. The first will be "Wear Green Day" (green is for social isolation) on March 17th (also St. Patrick’s Day). Students can wear green and then if they would like, they can sign a pledge banner at lunch that says, “I pledge to include others so that no one is left out”. This is also in alignment with our Olweus bullying prevention program. We also have days planned in April and May. There will be more to come later on those.
We encourage you to talk to your child about the Start With Hello program and ask them to share what they have learned. On the days that we will be doing a special activity related to Start with Hello, we will notify you of the activities done during that week. Not only will that help you learn how to support your child to see
isolation, reach out and connect, and Start With Hello, it will also demonstrate to your child that you take this
subject seriously and can support them in their actions to create a more connected and inclusive home,
classroom, school and community. For more information about Start With Hello, please click here to visit the website and then click on Start With Hello.
PTC Cultural Arts Assembly:
On Monday, March 21, Beth Horner will be here to perform some science and NASA-themed stories for our students. K-2 students will see her at 9:30 a.m., and 3-5 students will see her at 10:30 a.m. *Afternoon kindergarten families, please feel free to bring your students at 9:30 to watch of you'd like. Please just remember you have to stay at the assembly with your child.
Messages from Girl Scouts:
"Birthday in a Bag" Project:
In honor of Girl Scouts 104th Birthday, our Kindergarten & 1st Grade Daisy Troops are collecting supplies to create birthday bags to families less fortunate. A Birthday Bag is filled with boxed cake mix, canned frosting, foil cake pan, candles, balloons, tablecloth, birthday plates & napkins, and/or a small toy - all the supplies necessary to make a child smile & feel special! These Birthday Bags will be donated to our local food pantry in Des Plaines. There will be a collection box for donations just outside the office through March 11th. Thank you very much!
"Collect and Recycle Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House:
The fifth grade Girl Scout troop 41548 is collecting pop tabs here at Terrace School. We would love if everyone could take part in this initiative. It's easy, just collect your pop tabs at home, bring them to school and they will be collected in your child's classroom. Your contribution will help care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community to families of hospitalized children together in a ‘home away from home’.
Parking and Arrival/Dismissal:
SPARK families, please DO NOT park on the playground (blacktop), in front of the garbage enclosure, on the crosswalk, and in the clearly-marked disabled parking spaces (unless you have the appropriate placard). These areas are prohibited from parking, even for a minute, because of many safety reasons as well as required accessibility for outside delivery and district vehicles. Please park in a designated parking spot in the parking lot and walk your children in and out of school.
All families, during arrival or dismissal, DO NOT double park behind those who are parked in regular parking spaces. Please either park and come to the front entrance to collect your student or drive through the line like most everyone else. The DP Police Dept. does routine lot checks and have/will ticket cars illegally parked in the disabled spaces and may issue citations for other violations. Thank you for your cooperation.
Families, as your children are getting older and are having more exposure online, a host of questions can arise about Internet safety. If you would like to learn more about what your children may be doing or what you can do as a parent/caregiver to protect them, please click here to read more.
If you are on Facebook and would like to see what is going on at Terrace, be sure to check out the Terrace Facebook page. Pictures are regularly posted to better give you an insight into all the great things that go on at school each and every day. Remember to click the "like" button so our updates appear regularly on your feed. Or, under the school address near the top left of this page, you can click Facebook, and it will direct you straight to the page. My goal is for us to get to 300 "likes", so tell your families and friends to "like" our page!
It is important for us to have a current email address and phone number for you at all times. If you want to ensure that you receive emails and notifications from Terrace and D62, please make sure our office has your most current email and phone numbers on file. If you send us your contact information, I ask that you please write very neatly so we can make sure we are entering the correct information in our student information system.
Congratulations to Mrs. Schaefer's class for earning the Courageous Cardinal!
Click here to read the February Terrace Times!
Have a great weekend!