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Full Day Kindergarten - Update!
The Board of Education is exploring the option of Full Day Kindergarten for District 105 students.  To do this well, the district has created a committee comprised of parents, teachers, and administrators across all District 105 school communities to examine research around the benefits and challenges associated with full kindergarten programming.  At the November Board of Education meeting, the committee presented a statement sharing their position around bringing full day kindergarten to the district.  Both opportunities and challenges to bringing this program into the district are outlined.  Click HERE to read the committee's position statement.  The Board of Education will continue the discussion around full day kindergarten at the December Board of Education meeting.    

Fall Achievement Results - 2014-15
On Monday, October 27, 2014 a presentation was made to the Board of Education sharing the fall achievement results for the district.  Click HERE for more information.

Senate Bill 16
The State of Illinois has been looking at ways to change education funding, which has remained unchanged since 1997.  Senate Bill 16 (SB16) has come from that effort.  If enacted into law, SB16 will make sweeping changes in how the state funds education and those changes will have a significantly negative impact on School District 105.  Please click below to learn more about Senate Bill 16 and how to influence this legislation.

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NBC 5 News Report
On the evening of November 20th, NBC Channel 5 news aired a report about schools located in chemical storage zone areas.  Ideal School was selected at random and mentioned in the report as being in a chemical storage zone area.  This was not a report specific to Ideal School as all schools in the Chicago area, including the west suburban area, are in proximity to multiple chemical storage areas.   

That said, it is important to inform you that all District 105 schools perform regular drills with students to ensure quick, safe evacuation from our buildings should any emergency situation present itself.  Regularly, these drills are practiced in collaboration with our community first responders to ensure safety for all.  In the event of a chemical accident, District 105 would follow a larger evacuation plan in coordination with local, regional, state, and federal plans for safe evacuation.   As with any emergency, this plan would include regular communication to inform both parents and community of the situation. 

It is important to emphasize that this is a news story of which our community first responders are very aware.   This is not a report of imminent danger for our schools.

Anoche, las noticias del canal 5 de NBC, difundió un informe sobre las escuelas ubicadas en zonas de almacenamiento de sustancias químicas.  LA Escuela Ideal fue seleccionada al azar y mencionada en el informe como una de las escuelas que se encuentra en una zona de almacenamiento de sustancias químicas.  Este no fue un informe específico de la escuela Ideal ya que todas las escuelas en el área de Chicago, incluyendo el área suburbana del oeste, están en proximidad a múltiples áreas de almacenamiento de sustancias químicas.      

Dicho esto, es importante informarles que todas las escuelas del distrito 105 realizan ejercicios regulares con los estudiantes para asegurar la evacuación rápida y segura de nuestros edificios en caso de que se presentara cualquier situación de emergencia.  Estos ejercicios se practican regularmente, en colaboración con nuestros socorristas de la comunidad para garantizar la seguridad de todos.  En el caso de un accidente químico, el Distrito 105 seguiría un plan mayor de evacuación en coordinación con los planes locales, regionales, estatales y federales para evacuación segura.   Como con cualquier emergencia, este plan incluiría una comunicación regular para informar a los padres y a la comunidad de la situación.

Es muy importante destacar que esta es una historia de las noticias, y que los socorristas de nuestra comunidad son  muy conscientes de esto. Esto no es un informe de un peligro inminente para nuestras escuelas.
Thank You Countryside Rotary!
District 105 would like to thank the Countryside Rotary for their continued support of literacy in our schools!  Over the past several years, the Countryside Rotary has donated dictionaries to all 3rd grade students across the district and this year the tradition continued.  We cannot express enough our appreciation of your support and commitment to the students of District 105!   
School District 105, which serves the south LaGrange, Hodgkins, and Countryside communities, will be hosting a preschool screening for children ages 3 -5 years old on Friday, January 9th, 2015 from 8:30 am-1:00 pm, at Ideal School in Countryside.

The screening takes about one hour and requires an appointment. Parents must schedule a time to be screened by calling 708-482-2760.

A team of professionals from the district will assess each child's development in the areas of large and fine motor skills, pre-academic readiness, speech/language, vision and hearing. The screening will help identify children who may qualify for one of the free district preschool programs, or those who would benefit from additional services prior to entering Kindergarten.

Children who are currently enrolled in a District Preschool program (ECE, Head Start, Early Learning or Preschool for All) do not need to be screened.

If you know of a child in the District 105 area who would benefit from these services, please share this information with their family.
Seventh Avenue School Announcements

Dear Seventh Avenue Community,

I have the most wonderful news for you, Seventh Avenue has been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School! Our staff and students have worked so hard over the past 3 years to ensure success and this is truly their SUPER BOWL moment!  
Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at . 
The video of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's announcement is available at

Thank you for helping us enjoy feeling BLUE!
Seventh Avenue Staff
Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Seventh Avenue staff to support the D105 mission, "Empower students to pursue their interests, talents and dreams". We also strive to help students reach their Hopes and Dreams by creating a school and classroom climate in which all students feel that they belong, are significant, and are challenged to meet their full potential.
Wednesday Folders and Notices sent home
Please click here to see the contents of the Wednesday folder from 11/19/14. 
click here to see the contents of the Wednesday folder from 11/12/14.
click here to see the contents of the Wednesday folder from 11/05/14.
click here to see the contents of the Wednesday folder from 10/29/14. 

Seventh Avenue School Receives Academic Excellence Award
For the 2011-12 academic year, Seventh Avenue Elementary School received the Illinois 2012 Academic Excellence Award. Seventh Avenue School was recognized with this award based on at least 90 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in reading and math for three consecutive years.

More information on the award and the selection criteria can be found HERE.