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Parent Newsletter October 28, 2021


Heritage Lakes

Parent Newsletter

October 28, 2021

Dear Heritage Lakes Parents,

Reminder about Friday October 29 

Classroom parties will begin after the parade at approximately 3:00 and end at 3:30. Students should bring their costumes with them to change into at school prior to the parade. We are asking parents to refrain from picking up their children at lunchtime to change. 

October 29 Guidelines  

  • Choose a student costume that adheres to the school dress code. 
  • Refrain from bringing toy weapons.
  • Simple makeup that can be put on by your child at school is allowed.
  • Any hair color or spray needs to be done at home.

Weather permitting, the Halloween Parade will begin at approximately 2:30 on Friday, October 29.  I am including the route as parents can view their children from outside on the parade route.  Please remember to follow mitigation strategies.  Please know if it is cold we will still have the parade, students should come prepared with jackets.  If it rains we will do our best to communicate if the parade is canceled by emailing everyone. 

Parade Routes

Kindergarten, first, and second grades will exit the kindergarten doors (Door #11) travel up the  sidewalk on Knollwood make a right on Woodhill and will travel back up the sidewalk to the kindergarten playground and enter back through Door #11.

Third, fourth, and fifth grades will exit the fifth grade doors (Door #4).  They will travel around the inner horseshoe, turn left on Woodhill, and turn left on Knollwood. They will travel on the sidewalk to the kindergarten playground back to the inner horseshoe and in through the fifth grade doors (Door #4).

CogAT Ability Test Third Grade

Third grade students in District 93 will be taking the CogAt ® (Cognitive Abilities Test) during the week of November 15.  CogAt ® measures students’ learned reasoning abilities.  More details will be shared regarding this test in the upcoming week.  Although your child cannot prepare for the test, you can help your child do their best by considering these tips:

  • Make sure that your child is in school and on time on test days. 
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.

IAR Results

If your child was in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade last year and participated in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) last spring, their results will come home with them on Friday, October 29.   The IAR is designed to measure students' current performance in relation to the Illinois Learning Standards for mathematics and english language arts (ELA).  The standards set high expectations focused on critical thinking and real-world application of knowledge. The results from statewide testing can be a helpful tool in measuring your child’s success in school, but are just one of the many ways your child’s teacher evaluates whether he or she is on track for the next grade. 

Heritage Lakes Committed to Helping Students

Please know that Heritage Lakes School is committed to ensuring that 100% of the students grow academically, socially, and emotionally.  While we have some of the most amazing staff  and students at Heritage Lakes and we are constantly striving to improve.  As a school, our theme has been putting the “I” back in Kind.  The Tier I PBIS team has developed activities to encourage Kindness such as: completing kindness bingo boards at home, giving kindness bracelets to acknowledge students demonstrating kindness, and talking about what it means to be kind in the classroom. The tier I team has worked to further define Respect through surveying parents, staff, and students so we can provide a consistent definition of Respect when we ask someone to Be Respectful.  We continue to build understanding around what it means to be kind to others.   All students deserve our best and we appreciate your support in helping to ensure that they receive it. 



Mr. Yelaska


Heritage Lakes School