BLUE NOTES-September 13th

Dear Zion Parents:

Attached are this week’s Blue Notes, information about Settler’s Days and email reminders for your review. All students will be MAP testing this week to measure their progress from last year and to serve as a benchmark for this years growth. Please encourage your child to do their best and get plenty of sleep. See attached helpful info on MAP for parents.

NOTE CHANGE IN SCHEDULE- We were just made aware that the HS is not having a Homecoming Parade this year so we will NOT be dismissing early on Friday,Sept. 17th it will be a full day of school.

KIDS HEART CHALLENGE- Wednesday, Sept. 15th each class will be participating in the Kids Heart Challenge Kickoff after chapel. The Heart Challenge – Jump Rope event will be done as a whole school outside on October 5th with October 7th as a rain date. Incentives will be offered for signing up on the Heart Challenge app and getting pledges for donations. See attached information.

LITTLE PANTHERS RUN- see Blue Notes attachment for more information about 1st and 2nd graders running after school. Mrs. Sok’s 1st grade class can run this Wednesday, Sept. 15th.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED: If you are interested in serving as a substitute teacher please contact us at Preference is given to individuals with a teaching certificate or college degree but it is not required. Individuals should just be patient, work well with kids and be able to follow specific plans left by the teacher. Compensation is $100/day.

VACCINATION CLINIC AT ZION- We just received confirmation today that Zion School will be hosting a vaccination clinic on Tuesday, September 28th from 2-7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. All interested eligible individuals (12 years old and older) may get vaccinated. The Pfizer (2 shots- 2nd shot on October 19th and approved for kids 12 and older) and Johnson and Johnson (1 shot) vaccines will be available. A sign-up link will be sent out as soon as we receive it. We need 3-4 volunteers to assist the provider with the processing of individuals. Sign-up on our PVP Volunteer Sign-up link above.

LUNCHES – School lunches are once again FREE this year to ALL students as part of the COVID-Rescue Plan. Due to some supply issues our lunch menu may change at the last minute. For the most accurate information download the Sycamore App (white leaf on a red background) on your phone and select Cafeteria. This is also the best way to find contact information on other families in our school.

PARENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (PVP): We are VERY SHORT on volunteers to help at lunch. We need 2-3 volunteers each day at lunch from 10:50-11:50 a.m. to help young students with opening their milk and food and cleaning the 17 long lunch tables after each group. There are evening opportunities now listed for fall volleyball games. You can sign up at this link- PVP Volunteer Sign-up Link.

COVID-19 REMINDERS- As a reminder all parents, students, staff and visitors are required to wear a mask while inside the school. Mesh masks do not meet the criteria and may not be worn. If a child wears an unapproved mask they will be offered an approved mask if they fail to wear it then they will be sent home in the interest of the safety of themselves and their classmates. Please do not send YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WITH ANY COVID LIKE SYMPTOMS IF THEY DO AND THE SCHOOL BECOMES AWARE OF IT THEN THEY MUST BE SENT HOME and they cannot return to school until they have been quarantined.

FALL PARK DISTRICT ACTIVITIES- There are still a number of activities and programs for kids and adults this fall at the park district including Thursday night Under the Lights Flag Football League for boys and girls in grades 3-6. NEW this year is ESPORTS Tournaments for youth, teens and adults. Competitions are each week on-line in Fortnite, Madden NFL and Rocket League. The parks FallFest will be on Saturday, October 16th from 1-3 p.m. and include: face painting, balloon artist, costume contest, pumpkin patch, hay rides, Classic Car Show and Zoo to You. Make plans to attend. Adults events include a Bags Tournament on Sept. 18th and a Bocce Ball Tournament on October 2nd. Click on the links for kids and adult programs.

In Christ,

Dr. Dan Bertrand and Mrs. Merri-lynne Seaburg


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