Principal’s Corner – October Information

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IAR Student Reports (Grades 4-5)
During the Spring of 2019, students in grades 3-5 participated in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). The IAR is designed to measure students’ current performance in relation to the Illinois Learning Standards for mathematics and English language arts. Student progress reports were sent home with students on Friday. Please just let us know if you have any questions!

Save the Date: CogAT Testing (Grades 2 and 5) – November 4 – 8
Second and fifth grade students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). CogAT is a series of three tests (Verbal, Quantitative, and Non-Verbal). The CogAT provides information on the level of development of general and specific cognitive skills of students. The primary purpose of the CogAT is to provide a description of the student’s own cognitive resources for learning that educators can use to help the student achieve instructional objectives. This information will also be used to help with placement decisions.

There is no need to ask your child to study for this test. It is a measure of cognitive ability and thinking skills. The best way to support your child’s efforts is to encourage him/her to get a good night’s sleep prior to testing days and to eat a healthy breakfast the morning of a testing session.

Halloween at Madison – Thursday, October 31
All festivities will begin after lunch on Halloween – Thursday, October 31. Morning kindergarten students are invited to wear their costumes in the morning and join us back at school at 12:25 to participate in the school parade (please sign AM Kindergarten students in at the office). Our parade will begin at 12:40 pm. We will have two special kindergarten guests leading the school parade!

First through fifth grade students are encouraged to go home for lunch so they can change into their costumes. We will have lunchroom supervisors available for students who are not able to go home to ensure students are able to eat and change into their costumes.

  • Parade/Party Times: The Halloween Parade will begin at 12:40 p.m. Please make every effort to get your child(ren) back to school promptly by 12:20, as the parade will not begin until all student attendance has been taken by the teachers. We exit the west exterior entrance from the gymnasium using the sidewalk to walk around the path going behind the Community House, and proceed to the sidewalk along our parking lot, and enter the back gymnasium doors. In the event of inclement weather, we will notify you that morning of any changes.
  • All-School Meeting: Will begin directly following the parade (around 1:10 p.m.) Parents are invited to observe the parade and/or attend the All School Meeting. Kindergarten AM parents will need to come to the office and sign out their child before proceeding to the All School Meeting. Class parties will follow at approximately 2:15 pm.
  • Costumes: Please help us ensure a fun and festive day by helping your child(ren) select and wear costumes that are appropriate for school. We ask that students not wear costumes that are gruesome, have weapons, or include full face masks which hinder visibility.
  • Classroom Party Treats: Nestle’s Outshine (frozen) Fruit Bars (Tangerine) will be served in the classroom during the Halloween Party on Thursday, October 31. The ingredient list can be found at