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District 105 Announcements
CONNECT Summer Wrap Up Video

Summer CONNECT Programming By the Numbers:

1,561 students attended Exploration sessions
151 unique Exploration sessions offered
50 teachers involved with the Exploration sessions
1,446 students attended Open Library
4,577 books were checked out from the Libraries
240 hours of Open Library time

Many thanks to students, families, and teachers for a successful summer!
AAD September Newsletter
The Advanced Academic Department, (AAD) formerly known as the Gifted Department, would like to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year! Click Here to read the AAD September Newsletter.
Welcome Back for the 2014-15 School Year!
  • Grades 1-8 classes begin Monday August 25.
First day is a half-day:
Elementary Schools 8:30AM - 11:45AM
Gurrie: 8:15AM - 12:00PM
  • Kindergarten classes begin Wednesday August 27. 
  • PreSchool for All classes begin Wednesday August 27.
  • Early Learning classes begin Wednesday August 27.
  • Early Childhood classes begin Wednesday September 3.
  • Headstart classes begin Tuesday September 9.
Activity Calendar 2014-15
   Welcome back to school! 
Our new Activity Calendar for 2014-15 is now available online by clicking here.  Elementary students will be bringing home the calendars in their weekly folders. Gurrie families will be receiving their calendars at Curriculum Night on September 3rd.  Our Activity Calendar is now posted online under the "Calendar" tab.

6 Months Free Internet Access
Comcast has announced that ​they will include up to six months of complimentary internet service for families that qualify for the national free and reduced lunch program, that have not yet applied for Internet Essentials and that meet certain other criteria. Families who are approved for Internet Essentials between August 4th and September 20th, 2014 will receive up to six months of complimentary internet service. For more information on the offer, click HERE.

For more information on Comcast Internet Essentials and to apply, click HERE
School Announcements
Student Survey 3-6

February 28, 2014

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Each year students in third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade are required to take the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). This test is intended to measure student learning against the Common Core Standards. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders take ISAT tests in reading and math. Fourth graders take two additional tests in science. The data from standardized tests (including MAP and ISAT), report card information, classroom observations, developmental continuums, and individual classroom assessments are used to help determine the needs and strengths of Ideal students. All of these pieces of data are used every year to determine student learning over time and help inform our instructional focus throughout the year.

To ensure that your child performs at an optimum level, we are asking you to help in the following ways:
  • Please be sure that your child has a good night’s sleep prior to the test date.
  • Make sure that your child eats a nutritious breakfast. There is research evidence that a breakfast that included protein improves performance.
  • Provide a nutritious snack on testing days.
  • Please help your child be on time each day: Be Here & Ready. Testing will start for many grade levels right after our morning assembly. Your child will not be able to enter the classroom once the testing has started. 
  • Attendance is important throughout the two weeks of testing; however, do not send a sick child to school.
We know that you provide these helpful strategies on a daily basis, but wanted to take a moment to remind you during these very busy days. Please contact your child’s teacher or myself if you have any questions regarding ISAT testing. Thank you in advance for your efforts to support your son or daughter during this testing window.


Steve Bahn and the Ideal Staff
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Ideal's Clip System: A School-Wide Initiative to Improve Consistency and Encourage Positive Choices

As a school, we have determined that a more consistent way to help students monitor their behavior across all areas of the building was needed. We have decided to adopt The Clip System. This system has been utilized by several school districts and has shown to be an effective way to monitor student behavior and improve communication.
Here’s how the system works:
Each teacher (classroom, P.E., art, music, resource rooms, library, and lunchroom) has a chart posted in his/her room that describes different levels of behavior that students typically demonstrate.  Each student is also given a clip with his or her name on it which attaches to the behavior chart.
Each day, students start with their clip on green: “Ready to Learn.” Students will move their clips up or down levels at their teacher’s direction. As students move to various classrooms throughout the day, they will take their clips with them, placing them on a different room’s chart at the same behavior level they were when they left the prior location.
Each classroom has spent time this week explicitly describing what behavior at each colored level looks and sounds like. We are confident that Ideal’s Clip System will improve students’ understanding of their academic and social expectations in all academic areas. It will also provide more opportunities for teachers to celebrate good choices made by students and engage children in meaningful conversations regarding their behavior. So, even if a mistake is made, at the very least it will be one that teaches a lesson for the future.  
Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we begin this new school-wide initiative. We are proud to partner with you to help make our students’ school experience a positive and meaningful!
Click HERE to view Ideal’s Clip System.
Friday Folder
Each Friday students bring home a collection of informational papers about things going on at Ideal and in our community.  Click below to see all the great information that went home in Friday Folders!

Friday, January 24th
Friday, February 7th
Friday, February 14th

Responsive Classroom and School-wide Expectations

Ideal Elementary School embraces the philosophy, teaching, and social practices of the Responsive Classroom Model.  Responsive Classroom is an evidence and researched-based approach to education that assists teachers as they engage their students in academics, create effective and safe learning environments, and build sincere, kind and supportive learning communities.  Although many facets to Responsive Classroom exist, one foundational piece is establishing learning environments that are calm and orderly and that stress the importance of student focus and autonomy.  With this key principle in mind, Ideal Elementary has developed clear and consistent social expectations for the common areas of our building.   All students have been taught these expectations and are practicing good decision making each day.  We sincerely appreciate your help as we build our positive, rigorous, and successful learning community for the 2013-2014 school year.

Thank you!
The Ideal Elementary School Staff

For more information regarding the Responsive Classroom approach, please visit its website:

Link to the District Curriculum Page

Click here to visit our District Curriculum Page. This page contains information about Common Core, instructional materials, specific grade level learning goals, curriculum renewal cycles, student performance data, and parent resources for each curricular area. We are proud to serve the children of School District 105.