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The News You Can Use: October 12, 2018

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, October 23: PTO Chipotle Fundraiser; see below

Monday, October 29: Picture Makeup Day

Wednesday, October 31: Halloween.

  • 2:15 Class parties (Room parents only)
  • 3:00 Parade: see below for more information

Friday, November 2: PTO Meeting, 9:30 am


Note from Ms. Nordstrom

In order to foster student responsibility and decrease disruptions to the learning environment, please be aware of the following expectations regarding calls home from our students and delivery of materials to classes.

Children will be allowed to call home if they have forgotten instruments or lunch. Orchestra and band lessons occur once a week, and as we do not have a working kitchen, we do not believe students should go without food for the day. The office will make sure any lunches brought to school are delivered to students before lunchtime.

Children will not call home for homework, Chromebooks, or to ask permission to change after school plans. If homework or Chromebooks are dropped off at school, they will be placed in the teacher’s mailbox so as not to disrupt the classroom environment.

If an emergency situation arises and you need to notify us of a change in dismissal for your child, please understand that a classroom teacher will likely not receive an email after 12:00 pm. After this time, parents should contact the office directly to inform us of changes. We will communicate the change in plans to your child prior to dismissal.


Finally, we ask that you do not use electronic devices such as cell phones or smartwatches to communicate with your children during the school day. This is very disruptive. If worn devices cause disruption, they will be left in backpacks or the office for the remainder of the school day. Thank you for helping us keep the children’s focus on learning while they are here with us at school.


Nominate an outstanding K-5 teacher in North Shore School District 112 for the Highland Park Community Foundation Golden Apple Award!

Parents are invited to nominate outstanding K-5 teachers currently teaching in North Shore School District 112. Link to the nomination form:


Code-a-thon Presented by Highland Park High School GirlsCode

Attention boys and girls: are you into tech? Want to learn how to code? Come out to the library for a very exciting and fun coding event presented by GirlsCode from the Highland Park High School on October 13 from 10-12. Explore coding in a whole new way! For ages 9-14. Please bring a fully charged laptop or chromebook. See flyer below!


Halloween Happenings

Celebrating Halloween is a long loved tradition at Ravinia School. Our annual all school celebration will begin at 2:15 with the class parties, and the parade will begin at 3:00 p.m.


Students should not wear their costumes to school in the morning. Adequate time will be allocated to changing into costumes, and we will ensure that privacy is allowed as needed to change. We strongly discourage groups of students leaving during the school day to change into their costumes for this reason. Any student leaving school during the school day will be subject to the same sign in and out procedures as other school days.


Parents and friends are invited to view the parade that begins at door A8 (front of school, near gym), and continues around the school, to the corner sidewalk to Dean Avenue and toward Roger Williams. We will take a left on Roger WIlliams and parade toward the playground. The parade will end at door C5 (behind school, on playground). Students will parade outside, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, our parade will be held in the hallways.


Only room parents will be permitted to visit the classroom for parties, and will have access to the room at 2:00 . As a reminder, if students have been absent from instructional activities during the day, they may not participate in class parties, after school, or evening activities.

REMINDER:  Students’ costumes should be safely designed and age appropriate to allow for adequate vision, mobility and warmth. Masks CANNOT be worn, and NO TOY WEAPONS of any type will be allowed at school. Costumes should be age- appropriate and school appropriate. We are encouraging safe and responsible behavior during this time of year, both at school and in the community. Thanks for your cooperation!