Principal’s Corner – Remote Learning Update

Principal’s Corner
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Dear Madison Parents,

Thank you so much for your support throughout eLearning – it makes me so proud to be a part of this community and witness the hard work and learning that is taking place – students, teachers, and parents! We know this is an extremely challenging time and we all miss seeing our students very much. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out and let me know.

Starting tomorrow (Monday, 4/13), D181 is moving towards the state recommended “Remote Learning” guidelines for required minutes. The teachers are working hard to transition to these new guidelines. Things will feel different next week, largely because this remote learning plan reduces the total minutes of learning activities directed by the Illinois State Board of Education. Thank you in advance for supporting your child at home and being flexible with us as we adapt to these changes. We hope the tweaks and improvements outlined below will help both parents and educators find balance and optimize our students’ educational experiences while we navigate this new format of engaged learning. Please know that we are here to support you in this unprecedented time. Your encouragement, patience, and persistence helping your own children have been amazing and is much appreciated.

-Effective April 13, students in grades 1-8 will have designated days for instruction (M, W, F) and days to practice their learning (T/TH).
-Instruction will include new content, focused on delivering the priority standards that students will need to master in order to be successful in the subsequent curriculum.
-Instructional minutes for each grade are consistent with the guidance released on March 27 by the ISBE for the maximum number of daily minutes in which students should be engaged in remote learning activities.
-Special Education teachers, English Language teachers and Related Service providers will continue to connect with students and families to ensure students’ needs are considered and prioritized during Remote Learning.
-Please look for more detailed information and a schedule from your child’s teacher and let us know if you have any questions!

A few additional reminders:
-Every school and district event through May 1 is cancelled.
-Registration for new and returning students starts Monday, 4/13. Please email nskrip@d181.org if you have trouble registering.

Parent Input for the 2020-2021 School Year
Believe it or not, this is the time of year that the teachers and I draft class lists for the upcoming school year. Please know classroom placement is a lengthy process and one into which we put a lot of time and effort. Our grade level teams and specialists (reading specialist, differentiation specialists, resource teachers, and art, music, and PE staff) work together to share input and create class composites conducive to learning. We take into account your child’s academic, social, and emotional needs. Our goal is to create equitable classes in terms of size, instructional supports, gender, etc. and allow for groups of students who can benefit from learning together.

If you have information that you believe we should consider as we begin the process of developing class lists for next school year, please put your thoughts in writing via email (krutan@d181.org) with the subject heading CONFIDENTIAL STUDENT PLACEMENT 2020. Your comments concerning your child’s learning, social emotional characteristics and needs will be taken into consideration as we create class lists of students who can benefit from learning together. We respectfully ask that parents NOT request a specific teacher. If you plan to send an email, please do so no later than May 1. Also, if you are moving out of the district, please just let us know.