Country Meadows Principal's Message - November 15th

Kids in the Band

Country Meadows families,

What a busy week at Country Meadows!  Our band and orchestra students did an amazing job at their concerts this week, and I always enjoy seeing students share their talents with others.  Next week our students will have a chance to  visit our PTO sponsored Book Fair in addition to our Country Meadows Family Reading Night (details below)!  We can't wait to see you there!              

NEW *Student Report Card Access - Nov. 22nd*

Your student’s report card will be available for you to access online NEXT FRIDAY, Nov. 22, AFTER 3 PM. If you need assistance, please CLICK HERE for instructions to view your student’s report card, to switch between your children’s report cards, and more. Report cards will be available for online access after 3 pm on Nov. 22.

NEW *SEL Update #2*

As was shared in the video "What does Social Emotional Learning  Mean in District 96?", this year students are receiving instruction on the social emotional targets throughout the school year. What does instruction look like for students? 

Instruction can look different across settings and the target being addressed. For some targets such as Using expected behavior across all settings teachers may include an explicit discussion within the classroom where students help to identify what expected behavior looks like, sounds like and how it aligns with the specific activity. Following the discussion, students are provided opportunities to engage in the practice of these skills. 

Once explicit instruction has occurred, teachers may embed the targets more implicitly, incorporating them into daily learning activities. For example, for the target Utilize perspective-taking to analyze how one's behavior may affect others,  in literacy or social studies teachers may ask students to take the characters' perspectives and apply to their own perspective of a situation. Overall, instruction is occurring across settings both explicitly and implicitly with ongoing feedback provided to students.

NEW *Exploration Lab Supplies*

Exploration Lab is in need of empty paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls.  If you have any around the house, please send them to school with your child and have them delivered to Mrs. Lockhart! 

NEW *Winter Weather Reminder*

It appears that cold weather is officially upon us! Please make sure students are coming to school dressed in appropriate attire.  Recess is rarely indoors due to temperature, so coats, gloves, hats, boots, etc. are encouraged.  We do require that students wear snow pants, boots, and gloves to be able to play in the snow at recess.  Thank you! 

NEW *Poster Design Opportunity*

Stevenson invites students in Pre-K through Grade 8 to submit poster designs for Consortium Orchestra, Band, and Choir posters. Entries are due by Fri., Nov. 29.



Take a moment to read the BLOG this week.

REPEATING *Creative Holiday Card Design Opportunity for 4th & 5th Graders*

Fourth and fifth graders are invited to submit original artwork for a holiday greeting card competition sponsored by Congressman Brad Schneider, Illinois 10th District.

The theme is Family Traditions–celebrating families, friends, and communities coming together for holidays. No artwork entry size is specified (the winning artwork will be scaled to fit).

Submissions are due by Mon., Dec. 2, and should be dropped off at Congressman Schneider’s Lincolnshire office, 111 Barclay Blvd., Suite 200, Lincolnshire, IL  60069.

Questions? Call 847.383.4870 or send email to [email protected]


Social Emotional Learning, or SEL, has been intentionally embedded into District 96 instruction. Below you will find a short video clip to provide further information on the purpose, benefits, instruction, and reporting throughout the school year. If you are interested in more information regarding social emotional skills at your child's grade level, parent guides are available under the curriculum and instruction quick links on the District 96 webpage. 

Social Emotional Learning Video

REPEATING *Family Reading Night*

Family Reading Night is Thursday, November 21st from 6:30-7:45. Families will be able to enjoy quality time reading with your child! We will have teachers reading aloud, with fun activities to go along with each book! This year's theme is "It's Showtime at Your Library."  We are asking families to arrive on time or even early if you would like to purchase books from the book fair.

Please keep in mind that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  There will be two sessions. Your family will decide which stations to attend. Once a choice is made, we ask that you remain with your child inside the classroom for the entire session. We look forward to seeing you there for this fun community event to celebrate READING!   ~Mrs. Lockhart

Country Meadows is designated an Exemplary School.
For more info in a downloadable pdf format, see Country Meadows At-a-Glance.


Mrs. Meghan Bird, Principal