Country Meadows Principal's Message - September 9, 2022

Country Meadows Principal's Message - September 9, 2022

Here are Country Meadows, the students are starting to find a groove and routine.  I found myself appreciating the little moments throughout the building.  A classroom welcoming a new student to their class.  New friendships budding on the playground.  A student saying thank you to a friend for lending headphones for an assignment.  I am impressed with the kindness demonstrated by our young and experienced learners.

We have three opportunities for students to get involved!  Each year the Country Meadows yearbook cover is designed by a student.  Cover designs are due to the main office by September 16th.  Additional information is listed below.  Officer Essig has asked students for help in decorating his office.  Students are encouraged to submit friendly and welcoming signs.  Decorative signs can be turned into the main office until September 30th.  Students can also write letters or thank you notes for veterans.  The letters will be collected in the main office until October 13th.

As a reminder, the main office needs to be notified by noon of changes to dismissal plans.  You can include in the email the classroom teacher and Neetu Singh ([email protected]).  We are continuing to have numerous last minute changes which challenge our ability to communicate efficiently with classroom teachers and your child.


Michelle Garlick

NEW  *Assessment Scores*

Last February, students identified as English learners (ELs) completed the ACCESS assessment. The results of this assessment will be sent home via email on Friday 9/9. 

Fall MAP testing has been completed. Scores for students will be sent home via email on Wednesday 9/14.



Visit our PTO Blog for more information on all the below events!

Dessert Day: September 14, 22, 28

Don’t forget to log in to Membership Toolkit (MTK) to order Dessert Day for the school year!

General PTO Meeting for Everyone: September 16, 9:00 a.m.

Great opportunity to see how the PTO works and meet the volunteers who make it all work for our kids! Meeting will be held at the school cafeteria.

Yearbook Cover Contest Entries Due!: September 16

Country Meadows Students can submit a drawing to be used as the cover on this year's yearbook! The theme this year is: The World Needs Who You Were Made To Be.  Be sure to submit a vertical drawing and indicate the student's name and grade.  Submissions can be sent to [email protected] or dropped off to the school office.

Fall Festival: October 27

This year’s Fall Festival will be one for the books! Help us plan the best party yet for our kids!  We are looking for volunteers to help on the Fall Festival Committee: You can help by signing up on MTK.

Classroom Halloween Party: October 31

Does your child's class need a volunteer? Most 2nd-5th grade classes still need volunteers to assist with their classroom Halloween Parties! You can help by signing up on MTK.

Repeating *Letters to Veterans*

With Veteran’s Day just around the corner, we are inviting D96 students to write thank you notes or letters to veterans.  These letters will be included in individualized care packages that will be given to veterans who attend an upcoming recognition event in Lake County.  If your student is interested, please have them return their letter or thank you note to the front office no later than October 13th to ensure we are able to mail them in enough time to be included in the Lake County project.

Repeating * Thought Exchange Partnership*

The District 96 Thought Exchange Partnership (TEP) offers parents opportunities to give feedback and receive information about District instruction, programs, and initiatives. Understanding parent perceptions is helpful for planning and communicating. Contact District 96 Community Parent Liaison Lubna Andrabi, 847.459.4260, ext. 8136, with questions. In particular, the District invites parents who have students enrolled at Willow Grove Early Learning Center to consider joining the Thought Exchange Partnership. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 15 from 6:30-8:00.p.m.  

Repeating *Erin’s Law*

An Illinois law known as Erin’s Law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness/prevention curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96 researched and observed best practices and programs for delivering this instruction, selecting Be Seen & Heard ©. For more information about this presentation please go to

The focus of this developmentally appropriate and interactive program is to teach children skills to keep them safe from danger or abuse. Concepts discussed will include distinguishing safe from unsafe touches, safety rules at home and school, saying NO, safe/unsafe secrets, and telling a trusted adult, as well as reinforcing that an adult’s touching him or her is not the child’s fault.

Opt-Out Procedures

The presentation to Country Meadows students will be during the school day on September 30th. If you prefer that your child does not attend this prevention education session, please submit your written request or your questions to [email protected] by September 27th.

Repeating *Approved Snacks: What Parents Need to Know*

The District has revised the APPROVED SNACK LIST. The items on the list 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, Bob Hanrahan, also has provided responses to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) about foods approved for daily snacks/special events.

For your convenience, find links to the District 96 Approved Snack List and Approved Snack List FAQs on the homepage of the District 96 website and the homepage of each school.

Lunches packed from home may contain any food items, 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. Please label lunch bags and snacks with your child’s name.