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Principal's News Week of 10.11.21

Reported by christine_binderup@ipsd.org on 10/12/21

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
The district will send a communication to all families about signing up for parent-teacher conferences on October 30, 2021. It will include a link to view a video with directions. Ahead of that, below is some preliminary information about conference dates, times and parameters.

Conferences are in person on Thursday evening, November 18th and virtual all day on Monday, November 22nd.

Each conference is 15-20 minutes with a 5 minute transition time between conferences

Parents attending in person must wear a mask

Parents meeting virtually must wait in the waiting room until their child's teacher lets them into the meeting

Teachers will provide their zoom links to parents in ParentVUE

2021-2022 CHORUS INFORMATION
As you may be aware, 4th and 5th grade students have had the opportunity to participate in Chorus as an extracurricular activity at the elementary level. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, District 204 would still like to offer an opportunity for 4th and 5th grade students to connect and make music together this year. In order to comply with CDC, State and District guidelines, students participating in Chorus will need to wear a double mask to rehearsal each week and will be spaced 3 feet apart while singing. Due to the pandemic, live concerts are not possible at this time. Any performances students create will be videotaped and posted in the Chorus Google Classroom for students and families to view. If you DO NOT wish to have your child participate in the videotaped performances, please contact me via email.
Throughout the year we will focus on developing students’ singing voices through coaching on posture, breathing, reading a musical score, sight reading, practicing solfege, learning warm-ups and canons. Students will possibly have opportunities to hear from middle school and high school guest teachers and students.
I’d like to remind you of the numerous academic and social/emotional benefits of participating in a musical ensemble. Students learn key 21st Century skills by joining together in a musical ensemble -- critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity are natural outcomes of the study of music. These invaluable skills will serve them well in whatever academic or vocational settings students find themselves in in years to come.
Furthermore, in an ensemble setting, students build relationships with one another and learn to communicate through the music, connecting mind, body, and spirit. Music is an outlet for our feelings and often helps us communicate, through song, what we cannot put into words. Now more than ever, students need connection with one another and their teachers and mentors in a safe environment.
To that end, here are the details. Chorus will be held on Tuesdays from 8:15-8:45 AM beginning on October 19, 2021 in the Gym. Students will access the school from the main entrance, Door #1, and drop off their belongings outside of their classrooms first before proceeding to the Gym. Students are NOT to enter their classrooms.

Please fill out this Google Form to enroll your child in Chorus:
https://forms.gle/wy933qrPEzt2B

I will have very clear communication with you on a regular basis, via email. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns at Danielle_Donaldson@ipsd.org and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
Joyfully,
Danielle Donaldson
May Watts Elementary School
General Music/Chorus


Boundary Committee Meeting
The boundary committee will meet on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30 pm at Still Middle School, located at 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. The committee will continue evaluating various boundary adjustment scenarios. A series of community forums will be held in November to obtain feedback on boundary proposals that are yet to be created. The boundary committee meetings are open to the public for observation only. Public comment is not part of boundary committee meetings. To learn more about the boundary process and to review materials or watch the video from each meeting, visit 2021 Boundary Committee.

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