Country Meadows Principal's Message - May 29th

Country Meadows Principal's Message - May 29th

Country Meadows Families,

It is so hard to believe that this is my last Principal's Message for the 2019-2020 school year, and it is safe to say that I have felt every emotion under the sun this year.  I know this is not how we envisioned the school year coming to an end, but I am continually impressed with the resiliency of our students, staff, and parents!  As a principal who began this school year with a maternity leave, and ended the school year with a global pandemic, I am so grateful for the supportive school community we are a part of.  I truly believe that we can get through anything together, and please know how much I appreciate all of your support.

I am so proud of each and every one of our students for navigating this unprecedented school year, and I know I speak for the entire CM staff when I say, we can not WAIT to begin learning again with students in the fall.  To the families of current 5th graders, we can not wait to hear about the great success your children experience as Woodlawn Wolves.  To the families who are saying "goodbye" to Country Meadows, please know that you will be so deeply missed.  Thank you for playing such a major role in the success of our students, and for your support throughout the years! 

I truly hope that our students are able to spend time relaxing and enjoying the summer months ahead.  I know there are many unknowns in regards to how we will begin next school year, but please know that we will be communicating with you as soon as we have a plan in place!  Our administrative team will be working feverishly this summer to ensure the 2020-2021 school year is ready to start safely and successfully! 

Have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to beginning another great school year in the fall!


Meghan Bird

NEW: Student Report Card Access Today

Your student’s report card will be available for you to access online today 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.

NEW: Summer Learning Requirements and Options 

Plans for Summer 2020 days ahead look different than most of us anticipated, but they do include keeping the learning going for KCSD96 kids in fun and interesting ways.

Reading during the summer is critically important for students’ continued growth and helps counteract “summer slide”–when some of the achievement gains made during the previous school year slip away.

In addition to summer reading, District 96 faculty have been at work developing Summer Enrichment Activities for 11 weeks of summer!

Find weekly required reading as well as optional activities to choose from related to math connections, science, social studies, writing, music, art, PE, or STEM. (Note: For optional activities they choose, students should be able to work independently. There is nothing to submit.) 

All students entering kindergarten–Grade 5 also have grade-level-specific book ideas to inspire them to discover the pleasure of reading. Links to these lists are found at the foot of the Summer Enrichment Activities webpage. 

In addition to optional Summer Enrichment Activities, all students entering grades 6–8 have a Read Outside Yourself Summer Reading Challenge, including a specific assignment. 

Which Grade Level?

Grade-level groups at the top of the Summer Enrichment Activities homepage (that is, Grades EC/K–2, Grades 3–5, Grades 6–7) refer to the 2019–20 school year, as this enrichment includes support of some 2019–20 learning targets. Choose the grade level of your student in the just-completed 2019–20 school year. For example, a student who will be in Grade 8 in the 2020–21 school year should select the Grades 6–7 category and complete 7th-grade work.

NEW: Last Call for Material Pick Up

Monday, June 1st, will be the last call for student material pick up.  Between the hours of 10:00 and 2:00, please come to the front of the building.  All remaining student bags will be labeled and organized by grade/class.  Please adhere to social distancing guidelines, and safely grab your child's belongings.  All other bags will be kept until the 2020-2021 school year.

NEW: Elementary Students' Reflections on HOPE

In mid-May, District 96 Language Development Coaches challenged elementary students in Grades 3–5 to express "What hope means." Their video responses are genuine, heartfelt, and moving.  Please take time for their inspiring reflections: What HOPE means to us – D96

NEW: PTO Update

Please take a moment to read the PTO Blog this week. 

REPEATING: Don't Wait! Register for the 2020–21 School Year

If you haven't already registered your new or returning District 96 student for the 2020–21 school year, please do so right away. Having an accurate enrollment count is important for anticipating staffing needs appropriately. Please tell new neighbors and friends to contact the public info coordinator [email protected] with registration questions and for info on options to delay/waive registration fees.


Meghan Bird, Principal