Current News & Notes


Letter from the Principals - August 2018

 

Welcome back to a new school year!  We eagerly await the arrival of more than 1,600 students at both middle schools.  Of course, we know that there is plenty of excitement and probably a good measure of nervous anticipation for our new 6th graders as well as for a number of our returning 7th and 8th graders.  Transitions very typically are challenging, and re-starting school is no exception.  A change in schedule, routines, daily demands, and for some of our students, a big change in the place and people they are going to spend significant time with – any or all of these can present a challenge to our adolescents.  

 

The middle schools embrace these challenges because we know that they are key components of our students’ growth.  We can and certainly do provide targeted support for our students (indeed, that is a big part of what the “middle school philosophy” is all about).  For our new families/students, for example, we host a New to Glenview Orientation (Aug. 20 at 4pm at each school); we have an Open House for our 6th graders (Aug. 20 at 5pm at each school); and during the first week or so of school the teachers and administration devote significant time to “re-orienting” students back to school

 

At the same time, however, we know that students need to face challenges in order to develop the kind of resiliency, coping capacity, and problem-solving skills that will serve them in life.  At the middle school level the demands to mix and mingle with new people will increase, the expectations for independence will rise, the choices they’ll have to make for pursuing interests will get more complex; the degree of accountability for their decision making will expand.  As they all should.  Growth is attained by developing new capacities to address a need or overcome problems.  And the middle school philosophy focuses on the growth of the whole child, which means that our students need opportunities to be fulfilled through successes as well as to wrestle with intellectual, social, and emotional challenges.  

 

A complex and important process to be sure… We aspire to provide all of our students with what they need to fulfill the District’s mission: to be self-directed learners and responsible decision makers.  

 

We look forward to partnering with you this year as we help our students increase their levels of independence.

 

Wishing you a happy and successful school year.

 

Jason Kaiz and Mark Richter


From the PTA Presidents - August 2018

 

Dear Springman and Attea Families –

 

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

 

We are the co-presidents of this year’s PTA and wanted to welcome you back to school!  Our goal is to continue to promote a sense of community between the two schools and encourage participation among all parents. Being part of the Springman-Attea PTA (SPAT PTA) is a great way to connect with your school, its teachers and administration. There are many opportunities to be involved this year and we are excited to begin! We realize how busy everyone is with kids, work and other commitments and truly appreciate any level of involvement and support.

 

We will communicate via eblast every Monday. The eblasts will be the primary form of communication between the PTA and its members and will contain up to date information about what is happening with the PTA at the schools. We understand that many people cannot attend the PTA meetings and want to find a way to encourage participation regardless. There will be a brief synopsis of each meeting on the website (www.spatpta.org) along with a link of the detailed minutes. We would love to hear from you with any ideas throughout the year. Please contact us at info@spatpta.org.

 

Thank you to all who have already volunteered to work with the PTA. We still have many opportunities for those who are interested to help, whether it be behind the scenes at home or at the school participating in functions. Please see the SPAT PTA website for more details.

 

Join us on September 11th at 9:15 at Attea and learn more about how to get involved!

 

Looking forward to a great year ahead!

 

Alisa Cios & Dana Doffin

 

SPAT PTA Co-Presidents

 

Parents Volunteering at School Should Tailor Skills to Different Stages


District 34's Social Media Policy

 

As we mentioned in last week's focus, here are the links to District 34's Social Media Policy as well as the link to Jenn Nimke's presentation about the world of social media.

 

 

Click here to view the presentation.

Click here for the District Social Media Policy.


SPAT PTA Membership & Directories

 

MEMBERSHIP-

As many of you know, each year you are initially asked to join the PTA during the registration process and then multiple times throughout the year.

 

In an effort to simplify our membership process, for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, PTA membership will not be linked with registration. Instead, to become a PTA member, you will be asked to join through our A to Z on-line directory process.

 

In early October, each family will receive an email with their login credentials to the digital directory. Once you log into the directory, you will be asked to confirm your personal information, join the PTA and pay your membership dues -- all through the A to Z Directory.

 

Details about this process will be provided at the beginning of the school year. If you have any questions right now, please contact Alla Block and Anne Hoffer at membership@spatpta.org.

 

DIRECTORIES-

When you register your child for school, you will be asked to check a box giving the District permission to include your contact information in our printed and on-line directories.

 

Only those who check the box will be included in the directories. Additionally, if the box is not checked, we will have no way to email you information about upcoming events.

 

Please remember to check the box to be included in the PTA directories and to continue to receive weekly updates about PTA events. Checking this box is not related to membership in the PTA


Box Tops Reminder


Don't forget to drop off your box tops at the front office of each school! This is an amazing program that raises money for our schools!

 


Upcoming Events


August 22

First Day of School

 

October 17

Fall Fest

PTA Meetings


All meetings start at 9:15 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

 

September 11       Attea

 

October 10  7:00pm   Attea

 

November 7  7:00pm Springman

 

December 11        Springman

 

January 14           Attea

 

February 13  7:00pm  Attea

 

March 13  7:00pm     Springman

 

April 9                       Springman

 

May 7                  Attea

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