Country Meadows Principal's Message - May 14th

Country Meadows Principal's Message - May 14th

Country Meadows Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the 2020-2021 school year. As a reminder, the official last day of school is June 3, 2021 and it is a half day. Students will be released at 11:45am. 

MAP testing is now complete. Although MAP is only one assessment tool it is a valuable instrument that helps inform our understanding of individual student growth areas. Regardless of whether students tested in-person, or remote, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students, families, and staff for making the logistical arrangements to have students participate in testing.

Please take a moment to review pertinent repeating items, and new items below. Notably, there is important logistical information below about student iPad exchanges below that will take place over the summer. Please be sure to read the details, as the district will be collecting old equipment and replacing it with new equipment. Have a great weekend!



Jason Williams - Assistant Principal

NEW: *Protocol Update*

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing in any setting–whether indoors or outside.

Consistent with our practice throughout this pandemic, we are in conversation with local health officials at the Lake County Department of Public Health to understand how this announcement from the CDC will affect our learning environments. 

Be advised that our current mitigation strategies remain in place as we await local guidance. 

That is–regardless of whether they have been vaccinated–our faculty, as well as our students, will be expected to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing at school and at a school-sponsored event such as 8th-grade Graduation. As you know, at this time students in our elementary district have not yet been vaccinated.

As local guidance is updated, be assured that we will share it and its implications with you promptly, as we’ve done consistently throughout the year. 

NEW: *41st Consortium 125 Virtual Artfest*

We are pleased to invite you to the 41st Consortium 125 Virtual ArtFest. Please view the exposition of 1-8 student artwork from districts 76, 79, 96, 102, 103, and 125.

NEW: *Transition to Middle School Program*

We had our annual program (virtual) for parents of current fifth graders on May 10. It offered  information and insights about what to expect in the middle school years ahead. Middle School Principals Jessica Barnes (Twin Groves) and Greg Grana (Woodlawn) discussed academics, extracurricular opportunities, and changes that the middle school years bring. Our current sixth-grade student panelists shared their perspectives. It was a fun and informative evening!

If you were unable to attend, here is the recording. Please note that the recording will be available for two weeks only.

Passcode: 3&JcDia.

NEW: *iPad Exchange Info for ALL KCSD96 Students*

Action needed! This summer District 96 will exchange your student's old iPad, charging cable, charging brick, and iPad case for new equipment. You'll need to schedule an appointment to make the exchange and the exchange must occur before Aug. 1. READ DETAILS about this process and how it affects ALL District 96 students.

NEW *Math, Literacy, and Technology Materials Return*

There are only a few materials the district is looking to collect back from those that were distributed throughout the year. We are asking for all of the materials listed below to be returned to schools during the week of May 24th. For those students who are remote, a bin will be available inside the vestibule. Please be sure to bag your materials when possible, and please label materials with name, grade, and homeroom.  Thank you so much for your help with this!

Literacy Books (All Grades)

After Friday, May 21st, we will no longer need any of the ”ReadyGen”Literacy materials as part of our lessons. Please return all books beginning Monday, May 24th. It is important to return these as soon as possible so that we can inventory them accordingly and make purchasing decisions for next year. Some students have already begun to return these materials. for a convenient drop off. The grade level links below show a complete list of books that need to be returned to school.

Grade 1 

Grade 2 

Grade 3 

Grade 4 

Grade 5 

Logitech Keyboards (All Grades)

Each student in grades 1-5 received one of these keyboards in September. Middle school students received a keyboard upon request. For a picture of the keyboards click here.

If your child is planning on taking IAR (Grades 3-8), please bring the keyboard to school on May 23-25 for use during the assessment. It will be collected after IAR is completed on Wednesday the 25th.

If your child is not using the keyboard, please return the keyboard at your earliest convenience. Early returns will help us ensure each student that wants one for IAR has one to use.

Omnifix Cubes (5th Grade Only)

These were distributed to 5th grade students in August in a plastic bag. Each 5th grade student received 30 cubes in a plastic Ziplock bag. The Omni-fix cubes are no longer needed for 5th grade math.  Please return these to schools at your earliest convenience. For a picture of the cubes click here

NEW: *IAR Dates*

Monday 5/24: Grades 3-8

Tuesday 5/25: Grades 3-8

Friday 5/26: Grades 3-8

K-2 Students

Students in grades K-2 do not take IAR. Students in Grades 1 and 2 will have typical arrival and dismissal times but may have a special schedule during the day.

In-person students in Grades 3-5

These students will have the same arrival and dismissal times as they normally would and complete the assessment as a part of the typical school day. 

Remote students coming to test in-person

These students will arrive at the designated time below. Teachers will communicate the appropriate class to log on to after students return home. 

Grades 3-5 Monday Arrival: 8:45

Grades 3-5 Monday Dismissal: 11:55


Grades 3-5 Tuesday Arrival: 8:45

Grades 3-5 Tuesday Dismissal: 11:55


Grades 3-5 Wednesday Arrival: 8:45

Grades 3-5 Wednesday Dismissal: 11:00

Click here for a description of arrival procedures, safety considerations, and needed materials.

Click here for a copy of the self-certification form that all remote students must turn in before entering the building to test.


Remote students 

These students will be provided with asynchronous experiences while their grade level peers are testing. They will log onto the teacher Zooms and resume instruction at the times listed below.

Elementary students in Grades 3-5 log back into teacher Zooms at the times below on Monday and Tuesday.

Grade 3: 11:20

Grade 4: 11:35

Grade 5: 11:30

Elementary students in Grades 3-5 log back into teacher Zooms at 10:35 on Wednesday.

NEW: *5th Grade Band*

4th grade parents: the opportunity to learn about and sign up for next year's 5th grade band is happening now!  Please open this letter from the band teacher Mr. Craw to learn more about band, and to find out how to sign up.

NEW: *Orchestra Announcements*

It is time to register your student for orchestra for the 2021-2022 school year! 

Beginning Orchestra Parent Info Night - All current 3rd grade parents are invited to join this virtual meeting to find out about Beginning Orchestra on Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00 pm at this link.

I hope to have the opportunity to work with your students next year!

Eileen Wronkiewicz

NEW: *PTO Event Updates and Blog*

Please take a moment to read the PTO Blog for important information and upcoming PTO sponsored events!


Did you order a 2020-2021 yearbook? If not, there are extra yearbooks available on a first come first serve basis, available to order through next Friday, 5/21. The cost is $24.  If you would like to order a book, please do so via Membership Toolkit (MTK).  If you are unsure about whether or not you have already purchased one, email Kelly Friedrich at [email protected] for details.


School Supply Kits for the 2021-2022 School Year


We're pleased to announce that we are again offering the convenient services of School Supply Kits for the 2021–22 school year!

Our vendor will deliver your kit(s) straight to your home! Rather than PTO volunteers handling these items, SchoolKidz will handle all aspects of your order – including your questions about ordering from their website and free shipping direct to your home.

The opportunity to place your order began May 3rd and ends July 10.

Go to, and enter Country Meadows’ Account #15292

Prices remain the same as last year.  Purchases are nonrefundable.


Woodlawn Virtual New Parent Tour and Coffee

This is an exciting opportunity for all parents of incoming 6th graders and anyone NEW to Woodlawn!

Take a morning coffee break and watch avirtual tour of the Woodlawn building conducted by our Principal, Mr. Grana and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Garlick. 

We will then have a Q&A opportunity with a panel of Woodlawn parents to learn more about Woodlawn, ask questions about the middle school experience and learn how you can get involved in the upcoming school year. 


Click here to Join Zoom Meeting

Zoom Meeting ID: 881 5112 5334

Passcode: 696196

REPEAT: *Personal Property Reminder*

This is a gentle reminder that students should not bring valuable personal items to school including collectibles (e.g. Pokemon Cards, toys, etc.) and electronics. The school cannot be responsible for the safekeeping or replacement of personal items such as these. 

REPEAT: *Student's Art Appreciation Event - Consortium ArtFest (Virtual) is May 17-31*

KCSD96 families are invited to attend the 41st Annual Stevenson Consortium 125 ArtFest, showcasing our students’ artistic growth and achievements using a variety of media. This year you can view creative work by our Grades 1–8 students virtually. Exhibited art is selected by their District 96 art teachers. Access student artwork online May 17–31. Click here for more information.

REPEAT: *5th Grade Car Parade Information*


REPEAT: *Specials Materials for In-Person Learners*

Students are able to bring their art backpack and gym bag to school and leave it in the classroom and do not need to bring it back and forth from home. Students will then have their needed supplies on hand each day. Music and Exploration Lab currently do not need any additional materials.

For Remote Students, here is the updated Specials Materials List for what will be needed each day.

REPEAT: *Keeping Students (and Siblings) Home Due to Symptoms*

Per the IDPH COVID-19 School Exclusion Guidance, if any household member is showing any one of the symptoms listed below, ALL SIBLINGS must stay home from school. Please let the school office know when calling for attendance if your child is staying home due to illness, even if the student is participating remotely. 

The symptoms in which a student must stay home due to COVID-19 protocols are: fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause.


Our District 96 nurses are closely following the Illinois Department of Public Health school exclusion decision tree to determine when students are eligible to return to turn school. Thank you for your patience with students who have had to isolate or quarantine due to illness, household, illness, positive COVID-19, and/or close contact status. The building nurse will request appropriate documentation for students to return to school. While you may receive this documentation outside of school hours, the nurse will contact families regarding a return date upon receipt during the next school day. 

If you would like to be in touch with one of the District 96 nurses, please note the hours that they are available: 

Country Meadows, Ivy Hall, Kildeer, Prairie, Willow Grove: 8:00-3:15 

Twin Groves, Woodlawn 7:30-2:45

REPEAT: *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 and a link you can use to participate.