Country Meadows Principal's Message - April 17th

Country Meadows Principal's Message - April 17th

Country Meadows Families,

Thank you for another successful week of remote learning.  We hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend, and we look forward to continuing our ongoing partnership next week.  As always, never ever hesitate to reach out for support! 

For your reference, here is the updated FAQ document to address any remote learning questions you may have. 

Thank you, 

Meghan Bird

NEW: Country Meadow Read Alouds

Are your children craving more read alouds from Country Meadows staff members?  Here is a YouTube playlist that we will be updating regularly for students who are wanting some more connection with our Country Meadows staff! 

NEW: Do Your Kids Need Some Good Books to Read?

Students with iPads have no reason not to be reading. It's important to read every day. CHECK OUT ways to find great books to read (online) and more.

NEW: Student Work Video

Please enjoy this District 96 video from Monday’s special activities.  Way to go, students!

NEW: 5th Grade Transition

Parents of current 5th graders: Learn what to expect for your middle school student in the 20–21 school year ahead...

Although the Transition to Middle School program for parents of current 5th graders had to be cancelled, Middle School Principals Jessica Barnes (Twin Groves) and Greg Grana (Woodlawn) have collaborated to provide THIS INFO (pdf), addressing academics, extracurricular opportunities, and changes that middle school years bring for your student.

Please email your questions about Woodlawn Middle School to Principal Greg Grana 

NEW: 5th Grade Class Placement Update

Because the traditional assessments used for 5th to 6th grade placement could not be administered due to the school closure, the Curriculum Office is currently working to revise the placement process. More information will be available in mid May.

NEW: Tech Support (Kindergarten-5th Grade)

I’m having technical issues while accessing slideshows in the  Google Slides app. What can I do to get around these issues?

  • DELETE the Google Slides app from your student’s device. (It can always be re-downloaded from Self-Service at a later time.)
  • Open the Google Drive app on your student’s iPad and locate the shared slideshow that you are trying to view. 
  • Play the slideshow from within the Google Drive application, or OPEN IN SAFARI if given the option.

As students are home with their iPad devices to access remote learning plans, we do anticipate there may be some tech needs that arise.  If you run into any difficulty with your child’s school iPad, just send us an email explaining your problem and we can support you and your device.  Please email [email protected] with any tech related support needed.

REPEATING: Buffalo Grove Park District Clubhouse New Parent Webinar

The Buffalo Grove Park District has scheduled a New Parent Webinar on Apr. 30 at 5 p.m. for prospective families interested in learning about before- and after-school childcare through the Buffalo Grove Park District Clubhouse Program. SEE INFO to log in to attend the prospective Clubhouse New Parent webinar.

REPEATING *Parent Input for Class Placement (2020-2021)*

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a tremendously difficult job that takes many hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators, and specialists. At Country Meadows, we take this process very seriously. The process for class list creation is as follows:

Teachers reflect on the social and academic needs of each of their current students while recording pertinent information to assist in the decision making process.

Grade level teachers, the principal, specials area teachers, and specialists meet together to form class lists that are balanced in terms of academic, social, and emotional needs as well as considering student relationships. This is no easy task and often takes several collaborative discussions. Our dedicated team of educators considers each child’s personality, academic needs, friendship patterns, etc. as they make a recommendation for each individual child.  A draft of class lists is created while considering parent input.  

Class lists are then revised in August and changes are made to include students who move in or out of the district over the summer.  Please note that class rosters and teacher placement are never final until they are released to families in August.

This process happens at grades 2-5. Willow Grove staff creates the class lists for our incoming 1st graders.  Our 5th-grade team actively works with Woodlawn to provide data and input related to placement decisions at the middle school level.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students. It is a delicate balancing act which takes much consideration and thought by professionals who know and care about your children. Our goal is to create balanced class lists that promote the success of each child. Please know that your child is placed in a classroom for very specific reasons. The process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, specialists, parents, and the principal, we are very reluctant to make changes once this process occurs, as removing or moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire class, impacting all students.

I welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs, and learning style. I will take into consideration pertinent information received on or before FRIDAY, APRIL 24th.  Please remember, while we welcome your input, specific teacher requests will not be honored.

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are provided through the Country Meadows Class Placement Input 2020-2021 Survey.  As you can imagine, we receive a lot of parent input, and verbal information is impossible to track.  The information you provide in the survey will remain confidential.

Please refer to previous principal messages for additional information.

Prior weeks’ message highlights:

  • At Home Behavior Supports
  • Brighter Days Art Contest Info due April 24
  • Food services - Donation update in Superintendent Schmidt’s April 7th message 
  • Library resources
  • Family resources to discuss COVID 19 with your child(ren)
  • Directions for accessing Zoom meetings


Meghan Bird, Principal


Gracias por otra semana exitosa de aprendizaje a distancia. Deseamos que todos disfruten del fin de semana, y esperamos continuar con nuestra colaboración colectiva la próxima semana.  No dude en contactarnos si necesita ayuda.  

Para su consulta, aquí está el documento de preguntas más frecuentes que abordan preguntas que usted pueda tener.  \


Meghan Bird

NUEVO: Lectura en Voz Alta de Country Meadows

¿Quieren su hijos más lecturas en voz alta del personal de Country Meadows?  ¡Aquí hay una lista de reproducción en YouTube que estamos actualizando con regularidad para los estudiantes que quieran tener más conexión con nuestro personal de Country Meadows staff!

NUEVO: Video de Trabajo de Estudiante 

Por favor disfrute de este vídeo del distrito de las actividades especiales del lunes.  ¡Buen trabajo, estudiantes!

NUEVO: Actualización de la Colocación de 5to Grado

Puesto que las pruebas tradicionales que se usan para la colocación de 5to y 6to grado no se pudieron administrar debido al cierre de las escuelas, la Oficina de Currículo actualmente está trabajando en revisar el proceso para la colocación. Más información será disponible a mediados de mayo.

NUEVO: Ayuda Técnica (Kindergarten-5to Grado)

Tengo problemas técnicos mientras ingreso a la presentación de diapositivas en la aplicación de Google Slides. ¿Qué puedo hacer para solucionar este problema?

  • ELIMINE la aplicación de Google Slides del iPad de su estudiante. (Se puede volver a bajar del Self-Service más adelante)
  • Abra la aplicación de the Google Drive en el iPad de su estudiante y localice la presentación de diapositivas compartida  que usted está tratando de ver. 
  • Reproduzca la presentación de diapositivas dentro de la aplicación de Google Drive o ABRA EN SAFARI si le da esa opción.

A medida que los estudiantes están en casa con sus iPad para ingresar a los planes de aprendizaje a distancia, anticipamos que habrá problemas técnicos que surjan.  Si se le presenta un problema con el iPad escolar de su hijo, envíenos un correo electrónico explicando su problema y podremos ayudarlo. Por favor envíe un correo a [email protected] si necesita ayuda técnica.

REITERACIÓN: Seminario Web de Clubhouse Para Padres Nuevos de Buffalo Grove Park District 

El Buffalo Grove Park District ha programado un Seminario Web Para Padres Nuevos el 30 de abril a las 5 p.m. para posibles familias interesadas en aprender sobre el cuidado de niños antes y después de clases por medio del Programa Buffalo Grove Park District Clubhouse. VER MÁS INFORMACIÓN para iniciar la sesión y asistir al Seminario Web de Clubhouse Para Padres Nuevos.


Por favor refiérase al mensaje de la semana pasada para información adicional.  

Puntos destacados del mensaje de la semana pasada:

  • Apoyo a la Conducta en el Hogar
  • Información Sobre el Concurso de Arte Brighter Days para el 24 de abril
  • Servicios de Alimento - Actualización de donación en el mensaje del 7 de abril de la Superintendente Julie Schmidt 
  • Recursos de Bibliotecas 
  • Recursos familiares para hablar sobre COVID 19 con su(s) hijo(s)
  • Instrucciones para acceder a las reuniones de Zoom