Did you know it’s #Socktober? Socks + October = Socktober!
While discussing how to help others with their Kindness Super Powers Mrs. Polmanteer’s second grade class at Tate Woods decided to do a Kindness Project every season. With the winter months quickly approaching, these young super heroes learned about #Socktober and decided to jump on the movement to collect new socks to help those in need.
#Socktober is a movement started by Kid President in an effort to help the estimated 600,000 people who live on the streets in our country. According to happysocktober.com, socks are the least donated items to most homeless shelters.
The second graders got right to work to begin their project. They created posters and talked to their classmates about their project. Many students have started to spread the word outside of Tate Woods in the community to their churches, scout groups and sport teams! When the second graders were asked why their Kindness Project is important, Lucus C. said, “I’m doing Socktober to help a charity make a difference and be kind. It’s good to be kind so we can make people feel better,” and Lauren M. said, “It is important because people really need socks and it’s getting chilly. It is our duty to help people that need socks and keep their feet warm. We want to use our kindness power to prove that we are super heroes with love in our heart.”
We are so proud of our Kindness Super Heroes! You can help, too! Simply send in new socks to Tate Woods Elementary School by October 31st, care of Mrs. Polmanteer’s class, and your donation will be added to the class’ Kindness Project collection. All socks collected will be donated to the People’s Resource Center of DuPage.
Happy #Socktober Everyone!
Ready, Set, Go! The Schiesher Running Club finished strong this past week with more than 50 third, fourth, and fifth grade students running to achieve their goals.
The idea of a running club for Schiesher came from volunteer parents who wanted to give those planning to run either the Youth or 5K in Lisle’s Scarecrow Scramble some preparation and inspiration for the event. When Lisle cross country coach Ken Jakalski retired from the classroom five years ago, he was asked if he might be interested in coming up with a short running program that would help prepare kids for the Scramble.
He thought it was great idea, and saw an opportunity to promote what he’s believes are the real reasons why kids come out for any sport or activity: to have fun and to feel good about themselves.
“To be involved the program,” noted Jakalski, “kids were willing to give up their recess time. That meant the challenge for us was to provide them with a program where everyone could come away from each of the ten sessions smiling on their way back to school, and feeling good about having accomplished something special.
What can be frustrating for many younger runners is recognizing that some kids are going to run farther and faster than others and thinking that being among the fastest is all that matters. Jakalski said, “I wanted everyone to realize what really mattered was their ability to achieve a specific goal, and that goal had to focus on what they were accomplishing rather than where they were finishing.”
In order to accomplish this, the running schedule was structured to gradually expand the distances students would walk/jog during each session, leading up to specific, but achievable goal for each of the three grades. By the end of the program, the third graders were able to cover 900 meters in ten minutes, the fourth graders 1200 meters in ten minutes, and the fifth graders 1500 meters in eleven minutes. At the last session the scoreboard clock was set to count down the time. When the runners completed the assigned distance before the horn sounded, he or she received a commemorative medal resembling the look of the awards runners receive at the Scarecrow Scramble.
According to Jakalski, what he enjoys the most about the program is how many boys and girls value the total group effort. Those who easily finish within the time limit actively cheer on everyone else. They either line the track cheering for their classmates or form a victory tunnel as they get to the finish line. What inspires many of them is to hear the scoreboard horn going off minutes after they have completed their run. That is how they assess their progress, and they often cheer when the horn finally does sound because they know that everyone was able to “beat the clock.”
For the final “graduation session,” Jakalski brings over two of his high school runners to hand out awards and talk to the kids about their own experiences running. Emily Woltmann, a sophomore now competing in cross country at the high school, shared with runners how inspired she was by their commitment and dedication. “I told them that when I was at Schiesher I thought there was no way I could do this, that running was just too hard.” Now, herself a medal winner in high school events, she sees the value in kids accepting a challenge knowing it isn’t easy.
Jakalski recently used one of his Schiesher experiences as an inspirational message to his high school team. “When I told my grade school runners that they all had the chance to earn a medal that my high school team would be giving to them, one young man said that he had never earned a medal or award in any sport he ever played. He was excited because he believed in his heart that he could achieve the standard to get that medal—running 1200 meters under ten minutes. That goal may be modest to most, but it meant the world to him. Each of you can achieve something special before our season comes to an end if you do the one thing that this young man has done—want something bad enough that you are willing to work at being good enough to get it.”
Over the course of the past two years, Lisle 202 and the citizen-led Vision 202 facilitating team invited all community stakeholders such as current parents, future parents, past parents, community members, alumni, community partners, and business owners to engage in conversations about the future of our school district. Through these conversations a clear recommendation to address the need for further study and development of a long-term Facilities Master Plan emerged.
During the summer of 2015, professional evaluations of our current school facilities by Perkins & Will, an architecture and design firm, determined that while each facility has some needs, both elementary schools are in need of costly improvements. Community input was again a key factor in determining community preferences to develop next steps for the Facilities Master Plan.
While Lisle Junior High School and Lisle High School will both receive improvements as recommended by the architects’ evaluation, the facilities plan in the next five years will primarily focus on addressing the needs identified by both the professionals and the community for the elementary schools.
We invite you to take a look back at the process leading up to the elementary facility decisions by the Board of Education by clicking here to access a summary of the process.
We also encourage you to review the in-depth Facilities Master Planning Data Compilation Report to examine the extensive research and community input that was provided to the Board of Education for consideration. This report and other information can be accessed at www.vision202.org.
Lisle Community Unit School District 202 will have five (5) School Board seats to be filled at the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election. Candidates who are elected will fill four-year terms expiring in April 2021.
Candidates interested in the Office of School Board may begin to circulate nominating petitions for signatures beginning September 20, 2016. The period for filing nominating papers begins December 12 and ends December 19, 2016.
Election information and blank petitions may be downloaded from the DuPage County Election Commission’s website, http://www.dupageco.org/Election/37317/. All school districts use “Format 2”.