Country Meadows Principal's Message - October 23rd

Teacher social distancing in classroom

Country Meadows Families,

This week brought some of our 1st and 2nd grade students back into the Country Meadows hallways. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing our first in-person students “smile with their eyes” while still greeting and meeting the needs of our remote learners.  Teachers worked diligently using the new Neat Bar technology to bridge instruction and experiences for our remote and in-person learners and continued building classroom connections.

Even though we only experienced this magic for a short four days this week, we are eager to continue our phase back to hybrid learning when data allows us to safely do so.  In the meantime, we can continue to encourage each other to follow the 3 W’s and appreciate our continued partnership for student success as students continue to learn in a remote environment. 

Enjoy your weekend!                                  


Meghan Bird - Principal

NEW *CANCELLED: Picture Make-Ups Next Tuesday, 10/27*

Due to the transition back to remote learning in addition to the low temperatures forecasted next week, we are unable to host our Color Portrait Picture Make Ups on Tuesday, 10/27.  Please look for information if and when we are able to reschedule this opportunity for families.  Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

NEW *Remote Learning for ALL District 96 Students Begins Oct. 26th*

Reminder:  ALL students at all grade levels will take an “adaptive pause” and revert to full remote learning for 10 days, beginning Mon., Oct. 26.

Remote learning for all District 96 students will remain in effect for at least 10 calendar days.

Please continue to use the new HYBRID schedule. We will not revert back to the previous schedule at the elementary level. 

On or before Wed., Nov. 4, District families will receive updated information about current metrics and when in-person hybrid learning will resume. 

Please see Supt. Schmidt’s Oct. 21 MESSAGE for more details.

NEW *Meals Are Available for Drive-Up Pick-Up*

Any KCSD96 family choosing to do so may pick up free breakfasts/lunches for their students weekdays from 11 AM–1 PM when District 96 students are in session. SEE DETAILS

NEW *Halloween Activities - October 30th*

On Friday, October 30th all students will celebrate Halloween remotely. This is a date change due to all students being remote. Classroom teachers will coordinate a Halloween/Fall themed activity during the Social Studies/Science instructional block. If you would prefer that your child doesn't participate in any Halloween-related activities, please contact your child’s teacher.

NEW *Calendar Updates*

As a reminder, there will be no school held on Monday, November 2nd or Tuesday, November 3rd. Students will return for remote instruction on Wednesday, November 4th.

NEW *ComEd Bill Payment Assistance Options*

ComEd has provided bill payment assistance options for families experiencing financial hardship.

NEW *Specials Materials*

Here is the updated Specials Materials Schedule.  Please reach out to specific specials teachers with any questions.

NEW *PTO Blog*

We are excited to announce that our Scholastic Online Book Fair will be running from Nov. 9-Nov. 22!  View more information!

Please take a moment to read the updated PTO blog this week! 

REPEATING *October Artistic Contest*

Our incredible PTO is sponsoring a fun challenge for students each month!  Please see this flyer for information regarding our October Artistic Contest!  We can't wait to see how creative our students are!  

REPEATING *Updated COVID-19 Metrics*

This UPDATED COVID-19 METRICS is the information “dashboard” that maintains transparent and open communication around COVID-19 metrics. As a user of the dashboard, the District has access to COVID-19 data as recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium. We review this data daily, update the dashboard weekly, and consider this data in making many decisions.

REPEATING *Family Tradition Survey*

Last year, families filled out a form to share their family traditions with us. We shared those traditions in a daily slideshow for students and the kids absolutely loved reading about themselves and other students in the school. We would love for you to participate again this year!

Read more about how you can share your family traditions this year. It will show you a QR code you can scan to participate.

REPEATING *Yearbook Photo Upload*

Calling all pictures of your child(ren) learning remotely!  Please upload your photos of your child(ren) engaging in Zoom sessions while learning remotely or in their remote learning environment.  We would love to add them to our yearbook this year! 

Option 1:  Download the HJ eShare app, enter the school code: CM2021 tag and upload your pictures

Option 2: Go to, enter the school code: CM2021, tag and upload your pictures

Option 3: Go directly to tag and upload your pictures