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Parent Newsletter October 5, 2021


Heritage Lakes

Parent Newsletter

October 5, 2021

Dear Heritage Lakes Parents,
This year, Heritage Lakes parent/teacher conferences will continue to take the form of Student-Led Conferences, as students will once again participate with their parents and teachers to celebrate successes and identify areas for growth.
Parents were sent the following important information regarding conferences via email:
  • Conferences will be held October 20 and 21.
  • The week of conferences, students will attend class during the typical “Monday schedule” each day from Monday, October 18 through Thursday, October 21, and there will be no school Friday, October 22. 
  • Parents are once again asked to use PTC Wizard, an online scheduling tool, to set up conferences any time between now and Monday, October 18 at noon. To register and schedule conferences, visit
  • After completing registration through PTC Wizard, parents will have the option to complete a follow up form to indicate that they would like to attend conference(s) virtually via Zoom. A link to the follow up Zoom request form will be included in the PTC Wizard confirmation email. Then, the week of conferences, parents who have completed the virtual conference form will receive the Zoom link to join during their scheduled conference time. 

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iReady Diagnostic Results

Results from the iReady diagnostic will go home with students on Friday, October 15.  Please watch for them in your child’s book bag.  If you do not receive them, please contact the office and we will be sure to send you the results. Reading and math fall test results will be shared for grades (1-5).  These tests measure academic growth throughout the school year and provide a personalized learning path in math and reading.  Students take these tests three times per year in fall, winter, and spring. Teachers use the reports and scores from these tests to plan and to group students for instruction by identifying strengths and areas of growth.  Both tests are adaptive tests administered on a computer.  That means the test becomes more difficult the more questions your child answers correctly.  When your child incorrectly answers a question, the test becomes easier.  Therefore, the tests adapt to your child’s individual learning level.  The information gathered from these assessments creates a personalized online learning instructional path for your child.  Students can log into their iReady account to work on their online instructional path as guided by their teachers.

New Playground Equipment

On October 4, students had the first opportunity to play on the new playground equipment.  I wish you could have seen their faces as they were climbing, sliding, and swinging on the new playground.  In speaking to students they said they give the new equipment 20 stars out of 20. This playground would not have been possible without the District and PTA support.  A special “thank you” to all of the families who assisted in building the playground, serving on the committee to determine the design, and to those who contributed to fundraising efforts for the playground. 

TIKTOK Challenge

I’m so very appreciative for all that you do to support Heritage Lakes. This message is to make you aware of the October TikTok challenge. 

With that being said, there is a new TikTok challenge that I wanted you to be aware of if you have not already heard.  While I believe many of the challenges were directed towards students in Middle School or older, I wanted to make you aware of them.  The new challenge invites students to "smack a staff member on their backside" or "slap a teacher" and post a video during the month of October. 

I’m sharing this information to inform families about the potential consequences of participating in this TikTok challenge. This is more than just a challenge and can be a criminal offense.  I’m asking you to speak to your children about the seriousness of this and all TikTok challenges and why they are not appropriate for school or any setting. I’m not intending to sensationalize this challenge but to inform our students about the significant consequences. 

Just so you are aware, here are each month's TikTok challenges moving forward.  It’s truly unfortunate that this message has to be sent to you. 

November -  Kiss your friend’s girlfriend

December - Deck the hall and show your b**** in school halls (expose your private area). 

January - Jab a breast

February - Mess up school signs

March - Make a mess in the courtyard or cafeteria

April - Grab some eggs (theft/stealing)

May - Ditch day

June - Flip off front office staff

July - Spray a neighbor fence

Run Hide and Fight Drill

On October 14, Heritage Lakes School will practice CCSD93’s Run-Hide-Fight Drill.  This is a part of CCSD93’s Crisis Plan, and is required by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to be practiced annually at all Illinois public schools.

The Run-Hide-Fight Drill would be implemented in the event that an unwelcome intruder enters the school.  This drill was developed with school safety and mental health professionals to include trauma-informed practices while ensuring the well-being of all students.

Our school is working closely with local authorities to practice the drill most effectively.  Police officer(s) will be on site at the school for support.  The drill will be practiced at a variety of locations in the school (classrooms, hallways, restrooms, etc.) and will focus on the actions that students and staff members should and should not take if presented with this situation.  Please know, there will be no simulations of any kind during the drill.

The safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority. By practicing this drill, our students and staff members will be much better prepared should they ever be presented with an intruder situation.  A special thank you goes to the Carol Stream Police Department for their guidance and assistance.

While CCSD93 recommends that all students actively participate in the drill, parents have the right to decline their child’s participation.  If you do not wish for your child to participate in this drill, please complete the form linked here by the day prior to the drill.  All students whose parents do not complete the form will participate in the drill.

Just a reminder that Monday, October 11 and Friday, October 22 are non-attendance days for students. 



Mr. Yelaska


Heritage Lakes School