Country Meadows Principal's Message - August 13th

Country Meadows Principal's Message - August 13th

Country Meadows Families,

We are looking forward to opening our doors next week and greeting our Country Meadows Cubs and families for a brand new school year.  

It was wonderful to see some of our new familes today as they joined us for a New Family Tour of the building.  We are excited to welcome them to our Country Meadows family, and I know you will join us in ensuring they have a wonderful experience this year. 

We hope you all find time for relaxation and fun this weekend before we hit the ground running and begin another great school year together.


Meghan Bird - Principal

NEW *Superintendent's Message*

Please take a moment to read the newest SUPERINTENDENT MESSAGE sent earlier today by Mrs. Julie Schmidt as it includes some frequently asked questions about our return to school and health guidance.

NEW *First Day(s) of School* 

The first day of school will be Thursday, August 19th.  We will run a half day schedule, and students will be dismissed at 11:45.

Our first full day of school will be Friday, August 20th.  We will run a full day schedule and students will be dismissed at 3:00.

NEW *School Hours Reminder* 

Students will be able to enter the building between 8:10am and 8:25am.  

A parent/guardian must accompany students to the office and sign them if they arrive after 8:25am.  Please do not drop your child off as all doors are locked and secured at this time.  If there are no adults outside, please bring your child into the front office.

NEW *Food Services Information*

FREE MEALS IN SCHOOL:  Under the waivers to USDA Nutrition Programs currently offered, the District is able to provide free meals to all students.  One reimbursable daily meal will be provided free of charge to each student that chooses to participate on school days.  

SNACKS FOR PURCHASE IN SEPTEMBER: Snacks will start being offered at the beginning of September.  If you wish your child to be able to purchase snacks at that time, please be sure to have their account prepaid on the K12PaymentCenter.  This site will allow you not only to monitor balances but also transaction history.  There are no transaction fees related to this account.  To create an account you will need your student's 7 digit ID number, which will be emailed to you this evening with the subject line of D96 Food Service Information.

ORDERING PROCESS:  Each morning, students will tell their teachers which entree they will order and those numbers will be shared with the food service staff.  Please encourage your students to take the entree they ordered to ensure that all students receive the desired meal.  Menus can be viewed on the District website.

FINAL DRIVE THROUGH MEAL HANDOUT: Now that all students will be in person, the final drive through meal handout will occur on Monday, August 16th and will contain four days of meals.

NEW *Approved Snack List*

All students are allowed to bring an individual daily snack. It is required that snacks are only from our District Approved Snack List for the safety of students.

The District has revised the APPROVED SNACK LIST. The items the list includes are free of the Top 8 allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat.  This list includes the foods that are approved for students' Daily Snacks.  Daily snacks for your children must be from this list or they will be sent home.  

IMPORTANT: All items for Daily Snacks, with the exception of fruits and vegetables, MUST be prepackaged to allow staff to easily check that snacks meet the approved requirements.  

Director of Educational Services, Amy Gluck, also has provided responses to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) about foods approved for daily snacks/special events.

Lunches packed from home may contain anything, and do not need to be from the Approved Snack List.  If your child is bringing in lunch, snacks must be packed separately from lunch.

NEW *Yearbook Cover Contest*

Is your child interested in submitting a drawing to be featured on the Country Meadows yearbook this year?  Click Here for more information about our contest!

All submissions are due to the front office no later than Friday, September 17th!

NEW *PTO Update*

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

The Country Meadows PTO is thrilled to be back this year coordinating a full schedule of events for our school community! 

Don't forget to set up a Membership Toolkit (MTK) account to sign your child up for Dessert Day, Special Lunch Day, purchase Spirit Wear, and more! 

The PTO board is also seeking parent volunteers to help plan our many events throughout the year.  Visit MTK to join a committee and/or stop by and chat with this year's board members in the cafeteria during Meet the Teacher on Tuesday, August 17th.  As always, visit the Country Meadows PTO Blog and join our group on Facebook for more info on upcoming events.

NEW *Class Placement & Bus Information*

All teacher assignments and bus information were sent to families on Thursday, August 12th.  If you did not receive a notification, please email our administrative assistant, Mrs. Cheryl Kelly, at [email protected], or call the front office at 847-353-8600.

REPEATING *Meet the Teacher*

We are so excited to see all of our students at Country Meadows on August 17th.  Students are invited to drop off supplies in their new classroom, briefly meet the classroom teacher, and meet/greet other Country Meadows staff and administration. 

Tuesday, August 17th. 

8:30-9:15: Student Last Names A-L

9:15-10:00: Student Last Names M-Z

  • Masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status
  • Please be aware of social distancing while attending the event
  • All children must be supervised by their parent/guardian for the duration of the event.

REPEATING *Updated Birthday Treat Policy*

Our birthday treat policy has changed.  Please know that moving forward, only school appropriate, non-food items such as pencils, stickers, crazy straws, etc. will be allowed.  If you are unsure whether the item is school appropriate, please contact your child's classroom teacher for guidance.

REPEATING *Curriculum Night - Save the Date!*

Please save the date!  Specific details regarding the event will be forthcoming.

Wednesday, August 25th 

  • Grades 1 & 2:  6:30pm - 7:30pm  
  • Grades 3 - 5:  7:15pm - 8:15pm

REPEATING *Student Picture Day*

Although it may be hard to believe, our picture day at Country Meadows is just around the corner!  Country Meadows will host picture day on Thursday, August 26th.  Click here for more information!