Weekly Update: September 20, 2021

Important Events

Tuesday, September 21

  • Battle of the Books Practice | Library at 8:00 AM
  • SE PTO Mtg. - This meeting will be in-person at SE and Virtual (see google meet code below)

Wednesday, September 22

  • Intruder Drill 

Thursday, September 23

  • Late Start Thursday- Doors open at 9:15 school starts at 9:30 AM

Friday, September 24

  • Have a Great Weekend!

Wednesday, September 27

  • SE Checkbook Fundraiser Ends at 12:00 PM

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In this Issue: 


Message From Mrs. Crawford

I can’t believe that we are already in mid-September. The students did a great job participating in our Beginning of the Year Assessments. With MAP now being completed for our students in grades 1 - 5, we are getting ready to implement our new WIN (What I Need) program each day. WIN will offer time for students to work on “what they need” in math and reading for 40 minutes each day. 

I also would like to apologize for no e-blast last week. I was very ill and at home for the entire week. I am back to feeling well again and wanted to get this e-blast out to you as soon as possible.

We are also having our first PTO Meeting tomorrow. I would like to invite you to attend this in person or virtually. More info on this is covered in a PTO Meeting section below.

Enjoy the rest of your week and please call the school office if you have any questions.

Mrs. Crawford


Help Southeast By Participating In The Checkbook Fundraiser!

Our gift-checkbook fundraiser is back by popular demand to support the PTO & your student(s)! Here is a link to a video created by our students & PTO explaining this year's gift-checkbook fundraiser! Checkbook Video Link.

You are going to love this year's valuable books with lots of new offers and $265 in same as cash certificates (not like coupons) to local places.  So, by using just 2-3 (just like cash) gift-checks, our families/supporters can easily recoup the $30 purchase price.  

Further details are:

  • This fundraiser began with our students on September 2nd and goes until Wednesday, September 27th at noon.    
  • In addition to face to face sales (buy one for yourself & show your friends, they will appreciate it), here is an easy way to promote the sale of our Southeast Elementary School PTO Gift-checkbooks. 
  • Put this link, https://goboostershot.com/product/southeast-es-fundraiser/, or the information sent home on September 2nd (link to information sent home is below) on your Facebook page, Twitter, or Pinterest. 
  • The goal is to reach as many people as possible. The more people you reach, the more earned by our PTO for the students.  There are incentives for selling (please see the Why Sell Page in link below to learn more)!
  • In addition, this website allows people to credit their purchase to a specific school, or individual. During checkout in the BoosterShot online store, the purchaser is prompted to complete this information, so the correct Organization & Person gets credit.  

Let us know if you have any questions & thanks for supporting this great fundraiser that benefits you as well as Southeast PTO.


SE PTO Meeting Is Tomorrow!

Our first SE PTO Meeting of the year is on Tuesday, September 21st at 6:30 PM. You can choose to attend in person or virtually through our Google Meet. If joining in-person, the meeting will be in the Multi-Purpose Room (on the right hand side of the building as you enter through the main entrance). If you would prefer to join virtually, please click the button below.

We would like to have as many of you join us as possible. If you are new to our building this year, please come and see what we discuss and how you can be a part of our SE Family. We look forward to seeing you in person or virtually on Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM.

Join PTO Meeting Virtually


SE Spirit Week

As some of you may know, this week is Homecoming Week at Sycamore High School. To be a part of this celebration, SE will also be participating with our own Spirit Week Dress Up Days. The schedule for each day is below. Please join us in celebrating our district homecoming!

  • Monday: Farmer Day
  • Tuesday: Neon Day (the theme of homecoming is Neon Lights)
  • Wednesday: Jersey/Sports Day
  • Thursday: Class Color Day
    • Fifth - Red
    • Fourth - Orange
    • Third - Yellow
    • Second - Green
    • First - Blue
    • Kindergarten - Purple
  • Friday: Spartan Spirit/Black and Gold Day

September Technology Update

Please click the link below to see what has been going on in our Technology Special with each of our classes.

Technology Update


School Year Reminders

  • Morning drop-off on Monday-Wednesday and Friday is 8:30 AM.  Supervision is not available before that time.   Please try to send your student to school between 8:30 and 8:45 AM.
  • Each Thursday our school will have a late start.   School begins at 9:30 AM, with drop-off beginning at 9:15 AM.
    All students should bring a water bottle.   Our drinking fountains are turned off, but our bottle fillers remain on.
  • All students should wear a clean, well-fitted mask that covers their nose, mouth and chin, snug around the cheeks with no gaps.  All masks should be multiple layers made up of two or more washable, breathable fabric.  Spare masks in a backpack or left at school are important as masks may tear, get wet, or need to be replaced throughout the day.
  • If your child is feeling sick or if you have a person exhibiting COVID symptoms in your home, please do not send your child to school.   Call us for details on your next steps. 
  • Students arriving or departing school on a bike should remember to get off and walk it once on school grounds.   This helps keep our other friends and guests safe as they walk to school or wait for their students for the evening.

Emergency Drills

As part of our yearly planned drills, this week on Wednesday, we will conduct our Intruder (ALICE) Drill for our school.  These drills are done in conjunction with our District Safety Team and the Sycamore Police Department.  At our scheduled time, we will conduct our drill in accordance with the training that we have given our students and staff.  All of our students have practiced this drill with their classroom teacher, along with reading the book “I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared”. 


Student Picture Date

Inter-State Studios will be taking our student pictures this year on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. More information will be coming home as the date gets closer.


Daily Self-certification

Please call the school office if your student is feeling ill, and be prepared to answer a few questions that will help us quickly and efficiently evaluate your child so that we can provide you information based on the latest recommended guidelines. It is imperative that if your student is experiencing ANY of the following symptoms, your student should stay home from school and any extracurricular activities outside the home.

  • Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius;
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Chills;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle and body aches;
  • Moderate to severe headache;
  • Sore throat;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea; or
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH.

We know that things may look a little different this year and we are committed to keeping you informed on the changes that are taking place. Here is an overview of what your student can expect if they come to the Health Office with any of the symptoms listed above:

  • The student will be brought to the health office where the nurse or their designee will quickly evaluate the student’s condition. 
  • If it is determined that they are experiencing any COVID like symptoms the student will be escorted to a designated and supervised isolation area. 
  • The school nurse will notify the parent/guardian and walk them through the process of what is required for the student to return to school. 
  • Sick students should be safely transported home by parent or guardian as soon as possible.
  • Siblings/household members of the symptomatic student may also be sent home.
  • Students will be expected to remain home from school and any extracurricular activities until cleared to return by the school nurse.

Kindergarten Physicals

The school nurse would like to remind all of our kindergarten families that the school physicals and immunizations are due.   Please have your student bring them to the classroom teacher or they can be dropped off at the front office.


Employment Opportunities

The District is working to fill several positions. We are seeking several part and full-time positions. If you are interested, please click the link to see what might fit you best. If you are not interested, please feel free to pass around the information! We could really use your help with these positions.


Internet Support

Federal aid is now available specifically to help families pay for high-speed internet service, plus a computer or tablet. It’s called the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and it provides discounts of up to $50 a month for high-speed internet along with a one time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.  
Households qualify if anyone in the household is eligible for the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast programs; participates in SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline; received a Federal Pell Grant this year; or lost significant income due to furlough or job loss since Feb. 29, 2020. Please see the link below for more details about this support program.

Internet Services Site