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District 105 Announcements
CONNECT Explorations: Week of July 28-31

Join us for the seventh week of CONNECT Explorations. Grades listed are for students entering that grade. Click Here for the entire CONNECT Explorations Program Guide.

Monday, July 28

Spring Avenue School, 1001 S Spring Avenue, La Grange

How Far Will It Go, 1:15-2:15, Grades 1st-3rd
Dream Catchers, 2:15-3:15, Grades 4th-6th

Cursive Club, 3:15-4:00, Grades 2nd-8th

Seventh Avenue School, 701 S. Seventh Avenue, La Grange

A Blast From the Past, 4:15-5:15, Grades 1st-3rd
Throwback Monday: Baseball Through History, 5:15-6:15, Grades 4th-6th
Cursive Club, 6:15-7:00, Grades 
2nd-8th (Special Monday class!)

Tuesday, July 29

Ideal School, 9901 W. 58th Street, Countryside

Dinosaur Madness, 1:15-2:15, Grades 1st-3rd
Every Beat of your Heart, 2:15-3:15, Grades 4th-6th

Wednesday, July 30

Gurrie Middle School, 1001 S. Spring Avenue, La Grange

History of Blues, 2:15-3:15, Grades 6th-8th

Seventh Avenue School, 701 S. Seventh Avenue, La Grange

Gaming Unplugged, 1:15-2:15, Grades 1st-3rd

Learn to Play Bridge, 1:15-2:15, Grades 4th-6th
Cursive Club, 3:15-4:00, Grades 2nd-8th (last Cursive Club at Seventh this summer!)

Hodgkins School, 6516 Kane Avenue, Hodgkins

PhotoStory, 4:15-5:15, Grades 1st-3rd
Animoto Video, 5:15-6:15, Grades 4th-6th

Spring Avenue School, 1001 S Spring Avenue, La Grange

Rock Wall Scramble, 4:15-5:15, Grades 1st-3rd

Finding Your Way: Orienteering Basics, 5:15-6:15, Grades 4th-6th
6:15-6:45 – 6th Grade Book Club – Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by
Jordan Sonnenblick

Thursday, July 31

Gurrie Middle School, 1001 S. Spring Avenue, La Grange

Blues & Hip Hop, 2:15-3:15, Grades 6th-8th

Hodgkins School, 6516 Kane Avenue, Hodgkins

Place Value & Fractions, 1:15-2:15, Grades 1st-3rd
Place Value & Fractions, 2:15-3:15, Grades 4th-6th

Ideal School, 9901 W. 58th Street, Countryside

Dinosaur Feet, 1:15-2:15, Grades 1st-3rd
Spaghetti & Meatballs for ALL! 2:15-3:15, Grades 4th-6th

Walk in Regsitration
Walk-in Registration will be held on Tuesday, July 29th from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Seventh Avenue School.
CONNECT with Learning this Summer
Summer is here! The District is excited to offer many learning opportunities for students and families all summer long. 

Each week the website will highlight the Explorations offered at each school. If you would like to be added to your school's email notification mailing list, please email This will ensure you get a weekly email with the CONNECT Explorations updates.

Click Here for the CONNECT Explorations Program Guide.

For all other documents, please visit our Summer Learning for All website.

Let the learning continue!
District 105 Students Recognized in Northwestern University Midwest Talent Search
Front Row from left to right: Ben Prystalski, Ryan Pierpaoli, Makaela Faldani, Ava McLean, Jack Henningfield, Liam Rogan

Back Row from left to right: Tihana Karlovic, Grace Stuewe, Andrew Pierpaoli, Reno Sarussi, Alvaro Villalobos, Mr. Ed Hood (Not pictured: Daniel Torres)

Through the Northwestern University Midwest Talent Search (NUMATS), 6th, 7th and 8th grade students around the area gave up a Saturday morning in January to take either the SAT or ACT. The West Suburban Consortium for Academic Excellence (WSCAE) recognized students for scoring over 500 on the SAT or over 20 on the ACT at an awards ceremony on May 14th at Park Jr. High where students were awarded their medals.

School Announcements
Student Survey 3-6

February 28, 2014

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Each year students in third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade are required to take the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). This test is intended to measure student learning against the Common Core Standards. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders take ISAT tests in reading and math. Fourth graders take two additional tests in science. The data from standardized tests (including MAP and ISAT), report card information, classroom observations, developmental continuums, and individual classroom assessments are used to help determine the needs and strengths of Ideal students. All of these pieces of data are used every year to determine student learning over time and help inform our instructional focus throughout the year.

To ensure that your child performs at an optimum level, we are asking you to help in the following ways:
  • Please be sure that your child has a good night’s sleep prior to the test date.
  • Make sure that your child eats a nutritious breakfast. There is research evidence that a breakfast that included protein improves performance.
  • Provide a nutritious snack on testing days.
  • Please help your child be on time each day: Be Here & Ready. Testing will start for many grade levels right after our morning assembly. Your child will not be able to enter the classroom once the testing has started. 
  • Attendance is important throughout the two weeks of testing; however, do not send a sick child to school.
We know that you provide these helpful strategies on a daily basis, but wanted to take a moment to remind you during these very busy days. Please contact your child’s teacher or myself if you have any questions regarding ISAT testing. Thank you in advance for your efforts to support your son or daughter during this testing window.


Steve Bahn and the Ideal Staff
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Ideal's Clip System: A School-Wide Initiative to Improve Consistency and Encourage Positive Choices

As a school, we have determined that a more consistent way to help students monitor their behavior across all areas of the building was needed. We have decided to adopt The Clip System. This system has been utilized by several school districts and has shown to be an effective way to monitor student behavior and improve communication.
Here’s how the system works:
Each teacher (classroom, P.E., art, music, resource rooms, library, and lunchroom) has a chart posted in his/her room that describes different levels of behavior that students typically demonstrate.  Each student is also given a clip with his or her name on it which attaches to the behavior chart.
Each day, students start with their clip on green: “Ready to Learn.” Students will move their clips up or down levels at their teacher’s direction. As students move to various classrooms throughout the day, they will take their clips with them, placing them on a different room’s chart at the same behavior level they were when they left the prior location.
Each classroom has spent time this week explicitly describing what behavior at each colored level looks and sounds like. We are confident that Ideal’s Clip System will improve students’ understanding of their academic and social expectations in all academic areas. It will also provide more opportunities for teachers to celebrate good choices made by students and engage children in meaningful conversations regarding their behavior. So, even if a mistake is made, at the very least it will be one that teaches a lesson for the future.  
Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we begin this new school-wide initiative. We are proud to partner with you to help make our students’ school experience a positive and meaningful!
Click HERE to view Ideal’s Clip System.
Friday Folder
Each Friday students bring home a collection of informational papers about things going on at Ideal and in our community.  Click below to see all the great information that went home in Friday Folders!

Friday, January 24th
Friday, February 7th
Friday, February 14th

Responsive Classroom and School-wide Expectations

Ideal Elementary School embraces the philosophy, teaching, and social practices of the Responsive Classroom Model.  Responsive Classroom is an evidence and researched-based approach to education that assists teachers as they engage their students in academics, create effective and safe learning environments, and build sincere, kind and supportive learning communities.  Although many facets to Responsive Classroom exist, one foundational piece is establishing learning environments that are calm and orderly and that stress the importance of student focus and autonomy.  With this key principle in mind, Ideal Elementary has developed clear and consistent social expectations for the common areas of our building.   All students have been taught these expectations and are practicing good decision making each day.  We sincerely appreciate your help as we build our positive, rigorous, and successful learning community for the 2013-2014 school year.

Thank you!
The Ideal Elementary School Staff

For more information regarding the Responsive Classroom approach, please visit its website:

Link to the District Curriculum Page

Click here to visit our District Curriculum Page. This page contains information about Common Core, instructional materials, specific grade level learning goals, curriculum renewal cycles, student performance data, and parent resources for each curricular area. We are proud to serve the children of School District 105.