Dear Beaubien Families,

A VERY VERY BIG THANK YOU for all of your support over the last few weeks with our third annual Read-A-Thon!! So far we have raised over $17,000 for our school. One determined student has raised over $500. He will get the honor of bombarding me with silly string during recess 🙂 We have several homeroom contenders for the picnic at Roberts Square Park and many individual students who are earning prizes as they read away! I’m so proud that we have read over 158,000 minutes. Way to go Bulldogs!!

*IAR-(Formerly known as PARCC) Exam-March 18th-29th*

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our students take federally required assessments every spring. These assessments help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. The state uses this information to provide more support and resources to the schools in the greatest need. This year, the English language arts and math assessment for grades 3-8 is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness.

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness is almost exactly the same this year as the assessment that students took last year, only slightly shorter. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness measures the same Illinois Learning Standards and includes the same high-quality test questions that teachers and students have become familiar with over the past four years. Our students should feel confident showing what they know and can do on the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, even with the new test name and new look.The Illinois Assessment of Readiness will change over the next few years, as the state works to make it more useful to schools and families. Next year, we will have the results back from the test much more quickly. The year after that, the test will adapt to each student, so we gain a better understanding of where each individual student is in their learning. We will continue to be able to measure students’ growth from year to year throughout these improvements.

A final schedule will be released by all homeroom teachers so that everyone is aware of the exact dates and times their child is testing.

You can help your child do his/her best on the assessment by:

1. Making sure, if possible, that your child attends school on the days of his/her scheduled assessment.2. Making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing.3. Providing breakfast on the morning oftesting. We will also continue to offer breakfast at school.4. Reminding your child to ask the teacher questions if he/she does not understand the test directions.5. Letting your child know that you have confidence in his/her ability to do his/her best.6. Advising your child not to worry about the assessment. Just do the best he/she can.

For more information on the IAR, please click https://www.isbe.net/Documents/ISBE_IARThe5Ws.pdf

Warm regards,
Michelle H. Ludford