Virtual GMS walkthrough with Mr. Horrighs. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LwF8AhDyEsTM2Bipe3A48JXTxVuypO_6/view?usp=sharing
Parents, Bus routes are being adjusted today as we are finalizing in person and remote numbers. The lists will be available tomorrow afternoon. M Stines
Registration & Remote Deadline All, Registration must be completed by Wednesday, August 5th at 9:30am. This includes all documents for residency and affidavits. By 9:30 on August 5th, your selection for remote or in person needs to be done. A doctor note/ health reason is not needed for the remote option. We will NOT make changes after Wednesday at 9:30am. Schedules and class lists have to be finalized. Thank You, MS
Board Meeting Link - Tonight 7.28.2020 meet.google.com/muk-gwpd-dey Join by phone (US) +1 385-393-5159 PIN: 878 778 961#
Registration & Remote Update Please make sure you get on-line at Teacher Ease and register for school no later than July 27. We need to get classes created for all learning options. This afternoon, the IL State Board released 103 pages of new guidance for reopening schools. There will be updates to our plans coming. One change which many of you asked about, is that the requirement for the Dr. note to go remote has been removed. I will get updates to our plans out soon. Thank you for all of your patience as the guidance, rules, numbers, and phases all change daily during this pandemic. Sincerely, M. Stines
Here is the district's remote learning plan as of 7-15-20 which is subject to change: https://5il.co/ib54
We are thrilled that we will be able to get kids back to school in the Fall !! Yesterday afternoon, the State Board released guidance on returning to school in the Fall, under the Phase 4 guidelines. We have been planning for a variety of scenarios the last couple of months, and with guidance we can solidify plans. Tomorrow, June 25th, look for an email from the district asking for you to complete a survey about returning to school. We want your input! Your voice is a vital part of finalizing plans. Next week, on June 30th, we have a district task force which will be meeting to work through the State guidelines, CDC reccomendations, and community input to finalize our District Plan for returning to school. My hope is that by the end of next week, July 2nd or 3rd, we will be able to make our plan available to all of you. M. Stines
Carter was chosen as Mrs. Carthy’s student of the month for May. He always does his best work and takes pride in turning in a great finished product. Carter has a wealth of information on animals, we all enjoyed hearing about new and interesting animals. He was a good sport during our Fred Bird visit.
Mrs. Heidelberg has selected Edmund as Student of the Month! He has been very involved with school activities, even during distant learning. Edmund never backed down from challenges and always managed to find a solution to the problem. Anytime we had technical difficulties, we could always count on him to figure it out! Edmund worked very well with his peers and was respectful towards adults. He enjoyed mastering all of his multiplication facts and reading good books as well. Edmund always came to school with a smile on his face and eager to discover something new! It has truly been a pleasure having him in my class, this year!
Roman is Mrs. Claxton’s May Student of the Month! During distance learning, Roman worked hard and completed his school work, participated in all of the class Zoom meetings, and maintained a positive attitude. He spent time building Lego patterns, playing games, hanging with his siblings, and playing outside. Way to go Roman!
The link for the board meeting tonight is: meet.google.com/yyz-nrpy-nsi
Mr. Spradling chose Ezra as his Student of the Month for May. Ezra has made many accomplishments and received plenty of accolades for his stellar behavior and leadership. He places value in school and completed all of his remote learning work. His integrity and compassion for others will make him succeed in any future endeavor.
Mrs. Hundsdorfer chose Rebecca for May Student of the Month. She always came to school with a smile and an eagerness to learn. She is a hard worker and a fun friend. During the time of remote learning, she worked very hard to complete her work, and I know she is looking forward to returning to school in the fall!
Eric has been chosen as Mrs. Menn’s Student of the Month for May. Eric has such a sweet personality. He enjoys school and is so thoughtful. Eric has a very warm heart and is pleased to help with any task needed in our class. I love being Eric’s teacher! He has been a wonderful student in our first grade class.
Ayden has been chosen as Ms. Mancuso’s Student of the Month for May. Ayden is a very diligent worker. He wants to do well and works hard to achieve that end. He is a fantastic classmate and a great helper. He has a keen sensibility when is comes to knowing how and when to help his classmates and friends. He is caring and thoughtful and wants to please. He has been a pleasure to have in class.
A-Z Countdown, Day X: We eXchanged eXtra facts about ourselves. Here are the new things we learned about each other: *Likes to sew *Is afraid of the dark *Is part Hispanic *Is scared of heights *Eats baby food *Can’t sleep without noise *Sleeps with cold temperatures in bedroom We also discussed what they are eXcited about for the next school year: *Getting a new teacher *New curriculum *Seeing all my friends *Meeting my teacher *Learning new things *Seeing if there will be new students to Illini *Seeing who my new teacher will be
Congratulations to these four fourth graders: Landon, Eamon, Ezra, and Rex. Today they were recognized for reaching over 2,000 Class Dojo points in Mr. Spradling's class to earn the "black belt" title. They each have shown qualities that make up model students. Ezra also received the "Do The Right Thing" award from the St. Louis Police Department for his kinds acts and service to his community. Congratulations boys!
A-Z Countdown, Day V: VIRTUAL Field Trip! We visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the moon, and the Great Wall of China! Here is a link to 30 virtual field trips! https://theeducatorsspinonit.com/virtual-field-trips-for-kids/
At this time, some Doctor's offices are not seeing patients for physicals and immunizations. I wanted to share that Kevin Ponciroli, a Pediatrician with A to Z Pediatrics, is offering assistance to kids by allowing them to come in for a one-time physical without changing their primary care location. All insurance is accepted including Medicaid plans. To be seen, they require an up to date shot record to be brought in. Here is the contact information. Kevin Ponciroli, MD Atozpediatrics.com Office Phone: 618-345-5437 Also, Dental safari will be coming to Grant and Illini in January 2021. I encourage all students to use this service, and as a reminder, all students in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grade require a dental exam due May 15th of that school year. These dental exams must be done within 18 months of the due date, so if your student will be entering one of these grades this coming year (2020) or the following school year (2021), this date will cover the requirement. You can fill out a form online at http://www.dentalsafariforms.com/
A-Z Countdown, Day T: TWO TRUTHS and One Lie We all wrote down two truths and one lie, and everyone else voted on which one was the lie. Here are some lies we told today: I hate roller coasters. I love dancing. I don’t like going to school. I can speak three languages. I have never been on an airplane. I do not get stage fright. I have five guinea pigs. I’m so glad the girl who said she doesn’t like going to school was lying. :)
A-Z Countdown, Day R: Some students remembered to wear RED. We also played “Would You RATHER...? So here are a few questions for you to discuss with your family. :) Would you rather... ...play hide-and-seek or dodgeball? ...be an amazing artist or an amazing singer? ...be a wizard or a superhero? ...start a colony on another planet or be the leader of a country on Earth? ...move silently and sneak up on people, or have a loud voice and scare people? ...have eyes that changed color depending on your mood, or have hair that changed color depending on the temperature?
This Teacher Appreciation Week we would like to say a special thank you to the newest members of our educational team.....you! Thank you to all our parents, grandparents, guardians, and caregivers who are stepping up to the plate to help our young people continue in their learning journey. You are amazing, your are appreciated, and you are doing a great job!!!!
A-Z Countdown. We did a lot for Day P! For starters, we surprised our P.E. teacher with a going away PARTY! The kids drew PICTURES for her. Our party also included dancing, POPCORN 🍿, and PLAYDOUGH! Some of the kids even wore PAJAMAS! Thank you, Mrs. Calabrese for coming, and leading one last P.E. class for us! We will miss you immensely!
Mrs. Hauss nominated Mariah Rakers for April Student of the Month. Mariah is an exceptional student. She is kind, helpful, and makes the right choices. Mariah is always on task and ready to learn. She really makes me proud, and I miss seeing her sweet, smiling face each day. Keep up the GREAT work, Mariah!
A-Z Countdown, Day N! Today, we played Never Have I Ever... Here are things some of these third graders have never done: *Been skydiving 🪂 *Been on a roller coaster 🎢 *Been stung by a bee 🐝 *Done a backflip on concrete *Done a Tik Tok video (!!) *Been on a Ferris wheel 🎡 *Eaten an onion 🧅 (I’m betting they have; they just didn’t know!) 😈 *Attended a live baseball game ⚾️ *Eaten cold pizza 🍕 *Gone to a carnival
Curbside pick up going on now at Illini. Pull on up and we will be happy to assist.
Kaylynn Poellott is the student of the month for Mrs. Carthy’s class. She comes to school ready to learn and has a great attitude. Kaylynn is a leader in our classroom and is the first one to offer to help anyone in need. She is a great role model for her classmates.
Student item pick up and work drop off tomorrow, Friday, May first from 9 am to 7 pm
Mrs. Heidelberg has selected Seth as April's Student of the Month. Everyone who knows Seth LOVES him! He is the epitome of kindness and always has a smile on his face. He loves to joke around and make people laugh. Seth shows love and compassion to students even when they haven't been very kind to him. His heart is bigger than anyone could imagine. Seth has been working very hard during distant learning, but enjoys spending time with his parents and their new dog, Chewie!
Mrs. Claxton’s Student of the Month for April is Callen. Everyone loves Callen! He has the kindest disposition and is always smiling. His contagious smile can make anyone’s day instantly better. He has a huge heart and wants to be friends with everyone. During distance learning, Callen has been spending his time completing his school work, reading lots of books with his siblings, and helping his family plan their garden. Congratulations, Callen!
I am so happy to introduce my “Student of the Month”. Claire is a hard working Kindergarten student who has been making the best of her “stay at home” learning days. Claire has completed packets, worked in her Reader’s Notebook, practiced handwriting, worked on Moby Max, participated in Zoom meetings, uses the internet to learn about Earth Day and more! I am extremely proud of her efforts! Congratulations Claire!
Mrs Chilton named Cameron Brown her 4th grade Student of the Month for April. Cameron has put a great amount of effort into all of his work this past month. He has done a fantastic job of completing all assignments on time. His positive attitude toward school has kept her smiling everyday.
Kollin is Ms. Domescik’s 4th grade April Student of the Month. Kollin is a fantastic student who works hard to improve everyday. His work ethic is amazing, and he is thoughtful and kind to peers. He has reached many personal goals, and we are all very proud of him! (He also has a beautiful singing voice!) Congratulations Kollin!
Mrs. Hundsdorfer’s Student of the Month for April is Scarlet. Scarlet is a hard-working student who has high standards for herself. She LOVES to read and soaks up so much knowledge in the process. She is a leader in the classroom, and she loves being challenged. She is also a good friend to her classmates, and tries to help them in any way she can. In the classroom, Scarlet excelled on all of her work and did extra work, just for fun. During remote learning, she has continued to do well on her assignments, does extra work, and even completes the optional Science experiments I send home. She is a true lover of learning, and I know I’ll continue to hear great things about her as she grows. Keep up the great work, Scarlet!
A-Z Countdown, Day J: JOKES Here are 12 for your enjoyment: How do you know when a bike is thinking? You can see its wheels turning. Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road? He didn’t have the guts! Why do we never tell jokes about pizza? Because they’re too cheesy! How did Benjamin Franklin feel when he discovered electricity? Shocked! Why is a piano so hard to open? Because the keys are on the inside! What game does the sky like to play? Twister! Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance? He had no body to go with. Girl : What does idk and idc mean? Boy: I don’t know and I don’t care. Girl: Ok, I’ll find another person to ask! Why did the kid eat his math homework? Because his teacher said it would be a piece of cake! How do you make a tissue dance? You put a little boogie in it! What is the capital of Washington? W! What is a witch’s favorite dessert? I scream!
Mrs. Menn’s student of the month for April is Noelle Brown. Noelle is such a wonderful student. She absolutely loves to learn. As soon as she completes her work she loves to read. I adore her beautiful smile! I feel that Noelle has very big heart when it come to helping others. This year in our class, we were fortunate to have several new students that were learning to speak English. Noelle was extremely helpful to those students. She would always make sure they were on the right track. Often she would help them before I could. I appreciated her big heart. Noelle is such a bright beautiful girl. I am so happy to be her teacher!
Mr. Spradling's Student of the Month choice for April is Joseph Daughtrey. Joseph has a good sense of humor and has a good moral compass. He shows a lot of character and is a good friend to many. He is intrinsically motivated and driven to succeed. Not only is he a good student, but he is a good brother. Joseph has done his best to keep up with the workload during remote learning and holds a strong commitment to his studies. Congrats, Joseph!
Third Grade-Ms. Mancuso’s Class Student of the Month- Joshua Joshua exhibits the qualities of what a Student of the Month should be. He is very hardworking. He does his best to complete each task set before him. He was a hard worker at school and he continues to work just as hard at home now. He has completed every assignment given and more. He works to the absolute best of his ability and has learned to persevere when things are not always easy. He loves his classmates and treats them with kindness. He is witty and charming and loves to make us laugh. Congratulations Joshua! You deserve it! We love and miss you buddy!
Friday, May 1st from 9 am- 7 pm personal items can be picked up. Bags will be in the multipurpose room labeled. Please return library books and textbooks. There are bins for returning student work.
School Board Meeting 4/28/2020 @ 7:00 Join with Google Meet meet.google.com/eso-zqpd-jvz Join by phone +1 347-437-2817 PIN: 976 743 498#
A-Z Countdown, Google Meet style Day I: INTERACTIVE Optical ILLUSIONS! Such a fun site! https://www.magicmgmt.com/gary/oi/index.html
Pick Up/ work trade is tonight, Wednesday 4/15, from 3-7pm
Easter Break - No School for Grant and Illini on April 9th, 10th and 13th.
Day 18 of weekday remote learning Illini. Parents you are crushing it, coping with it, navigating it, readjusting it, and at times fed up with it. Take a moment today to be proud of yourself. Take a moment to see how proud you are of your children, who also have had to ebb, glow, adjust, and flex. Many of you are still working as an Essential Workers and we want to Thank You. All of you have a new job title of educator you can attach to your thousand other titles you have to wear in a day. We hear you Illini, and we appreciate you. We are in this together and we are here for you. Keeping our kids and community safe has to stay our number one priority. Stay Home Stay Healthy Stay Strong #UnitedCommunity Mrs. Lasley
Illini Parents: For some of you at this point it is like the end of winter break. The time together was nice, but let’s face it, it can be exhausting. The honeymoon is over and some of you might be struggling a bit. Remember we are here. Need a call from the principal to discuss a lack of wanting to attempt to try the work? Need a video chat with me or Ms Davis to talk about concerns you or your students are having? Maybe your student has a birthday and you’d like us to call or come by and sing Happy Birthday to your child in the driveway(a good 6 ft away promise). Maybe your child has been doing really great or worked hard on a difficult task and you would like a certificate of recognition sent from us in the mail. Just know we are here to support you. We know your job as a parent was hard enough before this pandemic, and we understand the need for support now. I am just an email away. Feel free to reach out. Sincerely, Mrs. Lasley
If you have not done so already, we would like to encourage you to complete your 2020 Census online at www.my2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.
At his press conference today, the Governor announced that schools would not return to buildings through April 30. We will continue with our remote learning plans during that time. M Stines
Packet pick up and work drop off now till 7 pm. Come on up.
Tomorrow is packet drop off/pick up at Illini from 3-7 pm. Please return library books tomorrow also, if you have finished reading them. In an effort to proceed as safely as possible we ask that only one adult drop off/pick up work. We are asking that no children come to the school tomorrow. Grade level tables will be marked. Packets will be labeled. Tubs for returned work will be labeled. Teachers will not be in attendance tomorrow evening. We thank you in advance for observing these guidelines.
Starting tomorrow, March 31, lunches will be available for pick up only at Grant Middle School between 10:00am and 12:00pm. The buses are not available to deliver in an effort to ensure the safety of students and staff.
Hey kids, we miss you more than you will ever know. Staff will be heading up Bunkum, toward Bountiful Heights, up Union Hill to Brittany Estates, back down Ruby toward Old Lincoln Trail then back toward Circle on Monday. We will be heading out about 5:30 pm. We can’t get into all neighborhoods, some are just not parade accessible, but know we wish we could. If you are along the route we are coming. We would love to see you out. Once again we miss you more than you could ever know. Hope to see some of you Monday. *Remember to stay back from the cars for everyone’s safety.
Buses will still be out delivering food tomorrow, even though we were scheduled to be off. Lunches can also be picked up starting at 10:40 am at Grant.
Spring Break - No School March 20th and 23rd
Buses will be out tomorrow between 10:20-11:45 am delivering lunches again. They are running the kids normal bus route and you will need to be at their normal bus stop. If you are unsure of your bus stop or the approximate time, please contact Grant tomorrow after 9:00 am. If you miss delivery or prefer to pick up, lunches can be picked up in front of the school at Grant from 10:40-11:45 each weekday. There will not be curbside availability at Illini. Please be patient this first week as we learn routes, and as we work to get every child a lunch who needs one in our neighborhoods. Lastly, thank you to all the volunteers who are dividing out, loading, and delivering each day. You are so appreciated.
Lunches will be running today between 10:20 and 11:30. Please make sure you are at your scheduled stops. And email was sent last night for your approximate stop times.
The building will be open to parents on Monday, March 16 from 3-7pm. We will have information for you and you can get items your kids left. PLEASE complete the lunch survey while you are here.
District 110 teachers will be working Monday to gather materials and putting together a packet of learning for your students. Illini and Grant will be open from 3-7 pm for you to come pick up your students learning packet. Rooms will be open for you to get items your student might have left or they might need to have at home. Lunch program information will be provided in the cafeteria during this pick up. Please stop by the lunch information area that will be set up to get information on how to receive student lunches during this closure.
ISBE clarified the dates for closing. We will be closed on Monday, March 30 and return to school on Tuesday, March 31.
Good Evening Everyone, This afternoon Gov. Pritzker issued an executive order for all Illinois Schools to be closed due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. We will be closed from Monday, March 16-Friday, March 27. We would like for our kiddos to still have learning opportunities available to them. We have a wide variety of on-line resources, google platforms, and some may prepare hard copies. The staff will be working to get materials together for students to work on during this time. You and you child will be able to pick op any materials they may need on Monday from 3:00-7:00pm. We are also working to coordinate a meal program for our students during this time. Additional information regarding this will be released early next week. Respectfully, Matt Stines
Casting in 7th grade Art
Bus one for Illini is running late because of a road closed for utility work. The bus will be twenty to thirty minutes late. Sorry for the unconvinced
Reminder that we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss Day tomorrow. Wear your favorite PJ’s and get ready to enjoy some great books.
Yankees, you are Pawsome! Over 120 pet items were donated to Gateway Pet Rescue to support their foster program. Kindness Club thanks you for your support.
When great minds think alike
Thank you to the Fairview Heights Public Library and the Black Rep of St Louis for bringing "Freedom Songs" to GMS today. https://youtu.be/jBbf1o-WGMg
Mr. Spradling's 4th graders reviewed some multiplication facts with a game of Knockout! These kids are lightning fast! Watch the video to see who comes out on top. https://youtu.be/pAL1PH3qIXE
What did we do on this icy day? Play Boss vs. Challengers! Mr. Spradling's class reviewed some reading skills in this competitive game! Did a Boss come out on top? Watch the video to find out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G0G6hrMdMM
8th grade boys basketball practice has been cancelled for tonight. They will practice tomorrow at 4:00.
Due to the hazardous conditions predicted, Grant and Illini Schools will be closed today, Friday January seventeenth
Girls bowling tryout are rescheduled for Thursday due to school being cancelled Tuesday. Boys tryouts are still scheduled for Wednesday.
Grant Illini school will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday December 17
Grant Illini schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday December 16th
There was some blue in a sea of red today! Thank you Fredbird and Friends for allowing us to "Be Ourselves!"
Kids Night Out at Illini this Friday Dec 6, 6-8 p.m. $5.00 per child. A second set of permission slips will be sent home this week. Hope you will join us for Grinch games, crafts, snacks, and a movie. PJs, blankets, and pillows allowed. Let’s have a Grinchy great time! Questions? Schulte.firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa's Kottage will be at Illini on December second and third and at Grant on December fifth.
Illini Eagles don’t forget that Cardinal Red today. This does include you Mr. “All Things Chicago Cubs” Spradling.
Mr. Spradling's class had the chance to answer questions with a Qball (aka: a throwable microphone!) during class today. Check out the video here https://youtu.be/gpznscT2GrU
Tomorrow will still be really chilly. Please help your kiddos remember their coats, hats, and gloves. See you tomorrow Illini family. It will be a great day to learn.
Grant District 110 is cancelling school tomorrow Tuesday, November 12th due to weather.
First Grade learns about our Veterans
It’s a cold one today. Please remember to send the kids with their coats, hats, and gloves.
Parent/Teacher conferences were a success! Have a great extended weekend! ...Did we mention we have some stellar bowlers at Illini? https://youtu.be/msbO08M9UOw
Socktober has 7 days left within it. Illini Eagles you are soaring high, but it’s not over yet. Bring in those socks Eagles. Let’s make a difference this year in a big way.
Mr. Spradling's class had a fun competition reviewing factors and multiples for math. Find out which team made an incredible comeback by watching the video...humans or zombies?! https://youtu.be/MHpqFoOhOSE
Please remember to check the weather each day and help your child dress appropriately. This time of year, it can be rather chilly during morning recess. Thank you.
Socktober is in full swing at Illini Elementary. Please consider donating new socks. The need is great and together we can make a huge difference. Thank you.
First Grade Students if the Month
Illini parents please be aware that Bus 2 will be running a bit behind this morning due to delay from the Grant run. Once again Bus 2 will be running a bit behind this morning. Thank you for your patience.
Illini Elementary could use donated clothes for the nurses offices. Let’s face it, accidents happen. We are in real need of pants. Particularly sizes 5-10/12. It’s that time of year we begin to transition to warmer clothes, so as you are going through your children’s closets, if you need to find a new home for the clothes they have out grown, we would love to take them. Just send them to the office in a bag marked donated items for the nurses office. Thank you in advance.
Dear Parents, St. Clair County is currently under a boil order tonight and into tomorrow. If you have bottled water to send with you child tomorrow, please do. We do have water here for students but in a limited supply. Mr. Stines
The National Junior Honor Society is looking for plastic grocery bags for a recycling project. If you have any you are willing to donate, please gave your child bring them to Mrs. Evan's or Mrs. Schulte. Thank you!!
Illini School will be hiring 2 additional Para-Professionals before the start of school. Apply here: https://www.applitrack.com/dist110/onlineapp/JobPostings/view.asp?FromAdmin=true&AppliTrackJobId=187
https://5il.co/8tus If you had trouble viewing the calendar try this one. All school registration is still July 30th, or register online now with your TeacherEase account.
District #110 participates in the National School Lunch Program to provide our meals. In order to stay in compliance with NSLP rules it is necessary for us to increase our lunch and breakfast prices for the 2019-2020 school year. Lunch $3.00 Breakfast $1.50
Online registration is now open for returning students.. log on to www.teacherease.com to complete registration. If you need help logging in or your password reset contact Grant or Illini for assistance.
Field Day was a blast! Thank you, PTO! #TeamBlue More pics of Mr. Spradling's class: https://photos.app.goo.gl/CMBzxxVbPV8uPusf9