Dear Robert Frost Community,
We had a great start to the school year! It was great to meet our new Spartans on Tuesday and welcome back our 8th grade students on Wednesday. This week featured the following back-to-school events:
- Tuesday, August 26th was “Frost Forward”, a special day devoted to our 7th grade students. Our students were greeted by the entire Frost faculty who lined the main hallway to the gym cheering each 7th grade student as they entered the school. The day was filled with students traveling through their class schedules, practicing on their new lockers, and learning about life at Frost. After “Frost Forward” on Tuesday, we feel confident that our 7th grade students are prepared for a positive transition to junior high school.
- Wednesday, August 27th was our PBIS Boot Camp. Students started the morning with a boot camp-themed assembly hosted by Mr. Barbini and me in the gym, where we briefed the students on the behavioral expectations for the year. The students then went through their schedules learning what our expectations are of them throughout the school.
- Thursday, August 28th and Friday, August 29th our students participated in the following Quantum Learning activities in each of their classrooms: in PE, the students did an activity called, “All My Neighbors”, in Science, students participated in team trivia, in 8th grade LA, students brought a personal artifact to discuss their “Best Self”, in 7th grade LA, students discussed Frost as our “Home Court Advantage”, in Math, students got to know each other by sharing facts about themselves, and in Electives, student learned to work together in an activity called, “Unity”. Please take some time this weekend to ask your child about these culture-building activities.
After this week’s opening events, our students are set up for a fantastic school year. The remainder of this letter is to provide you with a few items of note as we get the school year going:
If your child rides the bus to and from school, please note the following procedures:
- All students riding a bus are required to show their bus pass upon boarding the bus. If a student loses their bus pass, a replacement bus pass may be purchased in the main office for $2.00.
- If your child is assigned a bus, please encourage them to take the bus home after school for safety reasons.
- For students who choose to stay after school hours for sports and/or clubs, we do run an activity bus that will take your child home. The bus begins loading students at 3:50 and departs Frost at 4:00. Please encourage your child to take advantage of the activity bus and stay at Frost for our great extra-curricular offerings.
- We will be running our Bus Evacuation Drills during PE classes on Monday, September 9th.
WATER BOTTLES AT SCHOOL
Students are allowed to bring water bottles to school for hydration. We are asking students to please keep their water bottles in their lockers to drink between classes. Students may only carry their water bottles with them to the cafeteria for lunch. If your child needs to carry a water bottle with them for medical reasons from class to class, please contact our school nurse, Dianne Garces at 847-357-6772.
Frost’s Homework Lunch program will begin on September 22nd. Students who have 3 or more missing assignments will be issued a Homework Lunch invite on Monday mornings. If your child does not complete their missing work, they will be required to attend Homework Lunch in one of our classrooms during their lunch period. Please note that if your child is in Homework Lunch, they will not be allowed to purchase Pizza or other food items from the cafeteria on the days they are in Homework Lunch. For students who do not complete their missing assignments by the end of their Homework Lunch period on Thursday, they will be required to stay after school for a mandatory Homework Club supervised by Frost teachers. Thank you in advance for encouraging your child to be responsible with the work completion!
School attendance is one of the most important factors in attaining each student’s full academic potential. Because of the nature of the instructional process and the various curriculum components, it is important that students be in attendance to receive the greatest benefit. There is no substitute for direct teacher instruction and class interaction regardless of homework availability. We want every student to do their best and be successful. Your cooperation to ensure school attendance is very important. Remember that our student absence line (847-357-6802) is available 24 hours a day. Please call by 7:00 a.m. if your child will be absent from school. If absences become excessive, we will contact you to work with you to improve your child’s school attendance.
There are a number of upcoming events that should be noted:
- Sunday, August 31st The Frost 8th grade band performs at Septemberfest from 1:45-2:15 pm and the Frost 8th grade orchestra performs at 3:00 pm.
- Tuesday, September 2nd During PE classes, our guidance department and School Resource Officer Zwirowski will be presenting a lesson to all students focused on responsible computer and cell phone usage. The objective of this lesson is to teach students how to appropriately use social media and how to identify and handle cyber-bullying.
- Wednesday, September 3rd For parents of students enrolled in Mathematics 715, 930, or Geometry, we will be hosting an “Accelerated Math Parent Night” starting at 6:00 pm in the Frost Gymnasium. You should have received an invitation letter attached to your child’s schedule regarding this important informational evening.
- Wednesday, September 10th Please click here for information about our upcoming Curriculum Night.
- Sunday, September 28th District 54 will host its 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Dirksen School in Schaumburg. Run to Read is a day of races offering something for everyone. The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children. At 8:45 a.m., we start our 5K run followed by a family walk at 9 a.m. All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website http://sd54.org/runtoread/. Register by Sept. 5 to save $5 on your registration fee and reserve a race T-shirt in your size. Finisher medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children.
- Monday, October 20th is Picture Day.
- Schaumburg Parent University District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided. This year we have already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on Sept. 30 and internet safety on Oct. 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on Sept. 16 and art projects on Oct. 22. Before we plan the rest of the classes for this school year, we would like to hear from you. What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions) at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1767964/Schaumburg-Parent-University-Survey so that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.
Lastly, the link below is a letter from State Superintendent Chris Koch welcoming students back to school.
State Superintendent Koch Letter to Parents 8-14
Please visit our Frost JHS website for the building calendar http://frost.sd54.org/events/. Please visit our Frost PTA website for important information about our PTA at http://frost.sd54.org/pta/. Finally, don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/frostspartans and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/frostspartans to stay updated with the latest news and information about the great things happening at Frost. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to ensuring your child’s educational success
Have a great week,