Illinois State Senator Sam McCann visited Chatham Elementary fourth grade students and teachers February 25 to discuss how bills become law, and the legislative process in general. Fourth graders researched Illinois history and surveyed residents in the area to help them write a bill to designate sweet corn as the official state vegetable. Sen. McCann agreed to sponsor the bill (HB0800 – Designations – State Vegetable – Corn). First reading for the bill was on February 5 and has been assigned to the Agriculture Committee for review. Keep up-to-date on the bill’s progress at:
Saturday March 14, 2015
12 to 4 p.m. ~ Glenwood Elementary School
If you have already signed up to volunteer, thank you! You will be walking down the Red Carpet and entered into several surprise raffles. If you haven't volunteered, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to star at this event. All volunteers will be entered into the raffle.
Please fill out the volunteer form and return it to your child’s teacher by March 6. If you've any questions contact Karen Westbrook at email@example.com.
The profit from this event is donated to the three elementary schools.
Members of the Sangamon County Association of Home and Community Education presented two weighted blankets that they crafted by hand, to special needs classrooms at Chatham Elementary and Glenwood Intermediate School February 19. Weighted blankets provide proprioceptive stimulation to students’ muscles so that they can better regulate sensory input. The blankets help to calm students when stressed, and also help with organization and focus. Shown in the picture are CES teacher Mrs. Meisner (standing) and her students, along with (L to R) Mrs. Linda Sichlau, Mrs. Sue Chamberlain, Mrs. Brenda Sablotny, and Mrs. Mary Kern. Thank you to these special ladies of the SCAHCE for their generosity.
It IS as fun as it sounds! Titan Treehouse is a treat earned by students that model appropriate behavior at school. Respectful, Responsible and Safe behavior earns the chance to be entered into the raffle and each week teachers randomly select a child’s name from a raffle.
Reasons to Get Involved:
*Being present at school provides a chance for you to get to know CES faculty and staff. While at a Titan Treehouse activity you’ll spend time with the students who are at school with your child. Build familiarity with the people and places that make up your child’s day.
*The calendar is flexible. This is a year-round experience so there are open dates to fit in a time that works for you.
*If you like school parties, you will be a perfect fit for Titan Treehouse. It’s as much fun as a classroom party but much easier! Very little to coordinate and it’s a quick obligation.
*It’s influential and meaningful for the students. Kids love to be highlighted and time with a special guest is a real treat. You will be generously paid in smiles for your time!
How it Works:
*Parents plan and run 15-minute just-for-fun activities.
*Titan Treehouse will be generally be on Thursday afternoons at 1:50.
*Sessions alternate grade levels every other week; k-2 and 3-4. This will keep the groups smaller each week: no more than 30 kids for K-2, and 20 kids for 3-4.
What to Expect:
*Anyone with a background check on file can help. All students are involved in PBIS. This is a school-community reward and we want all students and families to understand that Titan Treehouse is a possibility for them.
*The kids love these activities! It’s a treat for them, but also a great time for the parents.
*You can choose the activity! (But feel free to work with the PBIS team for suggestions, if you need them.) Go for inexpensive & easy activities (sidewalk chalk, basketball shoot-out, freeze dance, window decorating…) based on your interests. Some of the most enriching experiences emerge from parents sharing what they love with our kids. We do ask that you gather needed supplies, however, if you need assistance with materials please let us know.
*On your Titan Treehouse day, pop into the office and sign in. Depending on activity needs and space availability, you’ll be directed to where you need to go. Everyone at school supports PBIS so you’ll be a welcome guest.
Ask your student(s):
Have you ever been to the Titan Treehouse?
What are some activities you like to do at the Titan Treehouse or would like to do?