Southbury Elementary School

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February 2017

Hello Shark Families!

We hope this newsletter finds you all doing well…and keeping warm!  J  Although it is cold outside, it is always a warm, sun shiny day here at Southbury.  The children have been working really hard on the STAR tests to show how much they have learned so far this year.  We are seeing lots of growth in both reading and math, and this is due to the commitment and dedication of our students, families, and staff.  As we collaboratively look at the data and find children who might need some more support, our teachers will be sure to differentiate and provide the necessary assistance to help each child achieve at a higher level.
We have also been continuing our year-long author study on Amy Krouse Rosenthal!  Your child has read/been exposed to several books over the past few months such as Chopsticks, Spoon, One Smart Cookie: Bite-Size Lessons for the School Years and Beyond, This Plus That, One of Those Days, Friendshape, and Uni the Unicorn.  Be sure to ask you child(ren) all about these extraordinary texts!!!  Classes will continue to read new titles over the next few months as we learn more about this author.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Annual Little Caesars Pizza Sale!!!  At the time this blurb was written, we sold $8,122--- WOOHOO!!!  This means our proceeds that came back directly to the school in order to help fund our One Author – One School Program were $2,080.  Each year, we need to raise around $10,000 in order to purchase a book for every child in the school and to bring the author in to meet us.  Any support you give for this Southbury fundraiser is GREATLY appreciated!!!  We want to make sure we continue to foster this love and excitement in ALL our children through amazing programs such as this one.  (NOTE:  Some parents have asked if they can send in a donation any time throughout the year ---ABSOLUTELY!!!!!  All you need to do is send in your check or cash in an envelope marked One Author – One School Program.  All checks should be made out to Southbury Elementary School.)
Winter is here!!!  We encourage sending your child to school with a coat, hat, gloves, boots, and a scarf.  The children will participate in outdoor recess as long as the wind chill is above 10 degrees.  A doctor’s note is needed to keep a child in during cold weather.
Here are some things that are happening in the month of February:

  • 1/30-2/3 – Staff Appreciation Week

  • 2/2 – Home and School Meeting, 6:30-7:30

  • 2/3– Little Caesars Pizza Pick-up, 3:30-6:30 in the gym

  • 2/7 – Southbury Kindergarten Registration Day, Central Registration at Oswego East High School

  • 2/8 – End of Second Trimester for Kindergarten

  • 2/9 – Southbury Culver’s Night

  • 2/10 – HSO Sports Night, 6:00-8:00

  • 2/14 – Valentine’s Parties, 2:30-3:30  (2:15 check-in for HSO-approved room party parents – Community Room – Please bring an ID)

  • 2/20 – No School, President’s Day

We hope everyone has a wonderful February!!!  GO SHARKS!

Lindsay Allen                                                 Cara Chase

Principal                                                          Assistant Principal







The Valentine’s parties will be taking place on Tuesday, February 14th.  Room party parents can start arriving at the back of the school at 2:15. Only HSO-approved parents will be allowed to attend the parties. Please be sure to have a picture ID with you for check-in. For safety reasons, individuals without a picture I.D. will not be allowed to enter the building.

  • Only parents who are designated as Valentine room party parents will be allowed to attend the parties.

  • Parents can begin signing in at 2:15 in the Community Room.

  • Please enter through the back by the Community Room --- Door #19. A Teacher Assistant will sign you in and direct you to your child’s classroom.

  • Please park in the back parking lot. Please do not park in front of the school, in the fire (bus) lanes in front of the school, or in the parent pick-up lane at the back of the school.

  • No food or candy can be brought into the parties.






Kindergarten registration for Southbury Elementary School is Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Door 22 (in back), Oswego, IL 60543.


Registration times:

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017 in order to be eligible to attend Kindergarten. Please pass along this information to any neighbors or friends who do not already have an older sibling here. Registration forms are available on the district website (, click on the “Family Information” tab, scroll down to Registration and click on it, scroll down to Kindergarten Forms (in blue) and click on it, read the instructions on how to fill out the forms, complete the forms and print them out. The completed packet must be brought to the formal Registration Night with the appropriate documents attached.


Documents to bring to Kindergarten registration are:

  • A Completed Registration Packet and Student Fee

  • A Legal, Certified Birth Certificate (issued from the County with raised seal)

  •  Driver’s License or State ID

  • 3 Proofs of Residency: acceptable forms of residency are: Closing papers – purchased home is less than 12 months; OR Mortgage Statement or Current Year Tax Bill; OR Current Apartment Lease;


  • Two current utility bills (landline phone, electric, water, cable, gas – within 60 days of February 2017)


All kindergarten students MUST RECEIVE A NEW PHYSICAL, BE CURRENT WITH IMMUNIZATIONS AND RECEIVE A NEW DENTAL EXAM. This information must be completed and documentation be turned in to the school on or before August 2017 in order for your child to begin school in the fall.



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