January 9, 2017
Dear Fox Chase Families,
Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a safe and happy winter break! We are looking forward to a strong start to the second half of the school year.
As you are probably aware, School District 308 recently reviewed school boundaries, and the Board of Education approved a plan that will take place with the 2017-18 school year. Fox Chase Elementary School is one of the schools that is impacted by these boundary changes—we are gaining more geography, though, and losing only a small area. This is good news for us. Fox Chase boundaries will grow and we will welcome new families to our school community in addition to bringing our kindergarten students back to their home school.
We are sorry to be saying farewell to two of the special programs that have been part of our school community for the last several years. The Life Skills program, which has had a home at Fox Chase for seven years, will be moving to Churchill Elementary School next year. Our Sheltered English program, which has been part of our community for five years, will find a new home at Old Post Elementary School. We are confident that the students and staff will have a smooth transition and will make new friends in the process.
For the small number of current Fox Chase students that are moving to a new school because of boundary changes, there is a process for requesting consideration to stay at Fox Chase for the next year. There is a form, called the Attendance Transfer Request (ATR) form that initiates the request. This form is available on the SD308 website under Registration/Residency. It is important to know that students who are approved for an attendance exception are not eligible for transportation. The due date for this application is February 1st. An Attendance Transfer Request Committee has been established and will be responsible for reviewing the requests with parent notification by March 30.
All of the schools with boundary and/or program changes will be planning events that will welcome families to visit their new schools. Please monitor communication from the schools so that you can take advantage of these opportunities.
If you have any questions about these programs, please contact Mrs. Budd or me.
Susan Tiedt, Principal