PKMS Principal’s Message 05-25-20
Happy Memorial Day! As we begin the first full week of Summer, we pause to remember our military personnel who have given their lives in the defense of our nation. According to www.history.com, it is tradition that a moment of silence is observed at 3:00 p.m. (local time) to recognize those fallen in war. All of us at PKMS salute them and thank them for their ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our country and the Constitution.
Now that school is officially out for the summer, we will begin the process of cleaning, disinfecting and preparing the school for the opening of the 20-21 school year. Thank you to all of our staff, students and families as we closed out this school year. Your patience and understanding has been most appreciated as we wound through the school closure process. Please stay tuned to the District #301 website, and to the PKMS Principal’s Message, for updates as we make our way through the summer months.
Dropping off school-owned items.
If you still have textbooks, library materials, teacher-owned classroom books, you can drop those off at the school between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. There are drop locations inside the front vestibule to the school. There is no need to call the school to schedule a time for these drop offs.
From the LMC.
Please make sure to check your student’s email for a final library notice. There are still a large number of students who need to return materials. Anything not returned by May 28 will be billed to your Skyward account.
Summer reading should be an important part of your students’ summer plans. It will keep their minds sharp and ready for next school year. Both Gail Borden and Ella Johnson libraries have summer reading programs. Check their websites to register online.
Don’t forget about the E-books that can be accessed all summer through Destiny on the District website. Students just need to log in with their username and password for a great selection of online books.
Student medication pick-up.
We have several student medications that still need to be picked up by our families. Please contact the school for an arranged pick-up time. We will ask that you bring in a form of I.D. for verification. To arrange a pick-up time, you can email Nurse Lauren Sak (email@example.com), Principal Matthew Haug (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Assistant Principal Alexandra Paszt (email@example.com). Alternatively, you can call the school (847-717-8100) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
PKMS P.E. uniforms now on sale for the 2020-2021 school year.
Below you will find a pdf containing a link for our PE uniform “Team Shop”. The access code is listed on the pdf for parents to make a purchase for the upcoming school year. This “shop” will open this Sunday, May 10th and will close Sunday, June 28th. Parents that purchase via this team shop will have the uniforms individually packaged and shipped directly to PK for the start of the school year. The students will receive their packaged uniform during the first week of school. Please read all directions and size selections carefully.
The pre-order team shop method is optional. A second ordering method is to order through RevTrak. RevTrak will be open for P.E. uniform purchase from July 1st-August 13th. Parents that pay on RevTrak are just paying for a uniform, not picking sizes.
Starting August 14th students will have to pay by cash or check as RevTrak will be closed. The PE staff will sell and distribute uniforms during class on Monday, August 17th.
Thus, there are three options for parents to order P.E. uniforms for the 2020-2021 school year:
1 – Pre-order window using the “Team Shop” link above (5/10-6/28),
2 – Pay via Rev Trak (7/1-8/13),
3 – Pay with cash or check when school starts (sales actually begin on Monday, 8/17).
Resources to assist families.
In addition to the academic and social/emotional resources available to our families through District #301, if you, or someone you know, is struggling and needs assistance, click on the 2-1-1 link on the Remote Learning Plan page for a helpline through Kane County. Operators are available 24/7. Finally, if you are struggling with food insecurity, there are food pantries which may be an additional support:
- PKMS Food Pantry (contact firstname.lastname@example.org),
- Burlington-Hampshire Area Food Pantry (847-683-3071),
- South Elgin Food Pantry (847-931-0563), and
- Salvation Army St. Charles (630-377-2769).
Until we are able to re-open our schools to students, we wish you to stay healthy and ask that you watch for informational updates.
Matthew E. Haug, Ed.D.
Principal, Prairie Knolls Middle School