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South Park at a Glance

Welcome to South Park

This page provides general information to South Park families within the community. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Sherman, principal, at dsherman@dps109.org at any time.

But first, click here to see what South Park is all about!

Absences and Homework

If your child will not be in school, please report the absence to the South Park health office (847-945-5895 ext. 2103) anytime before 9:00 am.  If parents do not contact our health aide by this time, she will contact you at home or at work to ascertain your child’s whereabouts.  At this time, we ask that you make your homework request known to the health aide.  She will notify the classroom teacher to have the materials ready and on the counter in the office by 3:15 pm.  Homework can also be sent with another child or picked up in the school lobby after 4:00pm.  CHILDREN MUST BE FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL.

Allergy Plan and Snack Guidelines

District 109 adopted a progressive allergy plan in 2014 that keeps our students with allergies safe and promotes healthy eating habits. You may click here to access the full allergy plan, but here is an excerpt on our classroom snack policy.

Daily Snacks: Students may bring snacks that are fruits and vegetables only (including dried fruits, such as raisins or applesauce). No additions, toppings or mix-ins (such as dips or spreads) shall be included. If teachers allow drinks, the only drink in the classroom shall be water.

Birthday Celebrations

We believe that it is important to recognize each child on his or her birthday.  To do that, we will announce each child’s name over the PA system, and we will invite him or her to choose and keep a special birthday book.

Please note: Birthday treats are not allowed in school. 

Bicycles, In-Line Skates and Skateboards

Students in grades 1-5 may ride bicycles to and from school.  All bike riders are REQUIRED to wear a helmet.  Bikes should be locked to the bike rack, and the school is not responsible for them.

Only 5th graders may ride in-line skates to school.  Equipment must be stores in lockers.  Bicycles, in-line skates and skateboards may not be used before school or at recess on the playgrounds.

Scooters, skateboards, and “wheelie” shoes are not permitted at school. 

Bus Information

District 109 works very closely with our transportation provider, Olson Transportation, to ensure that we have the best drivers to greet our students every morning, get them safely to and from school, and be a last, positive connection to school as they get off the bus at the end of the school day. These drivers all care deeply about the students who ride their buses, and about the District 109 community.

Click here to get to know a little bit about the people behind the wheel of your children’s buses!

Kindergarten parents must be in sight of the bus driver at drop off. Only riders who are assigned to a bus may ride that bus.  Students may not ride other buses.  A parent note must be provided for the bus driver to allow a regular rider to get off at a stop other than his/her regular stop.

Here is a link to the bus routes which can be found on the DPS109 Website.  Please arrive 5-8 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive in the morning.

Questions? Send direct inquiries to: transportation@dps109.org

Family Access

District 109 offers Family Access, a secure, web-based service that helps create a strong connection between home and school. With a login account to Family Access – which you should have received soon after registering your child – parents and guardians can view school-related information online (including progress reports) and update certain contact information. If you have more than one child in District 109 schools, you see information about all of your children under one login.

Teachers, PTOs, schools and the District use this contact information for important regular communication, so it’s important to keep your contact information current in Family Access.

For detailed information about this important system, view the Family Access User Guide (which also is posted on the District 109 home page).

Forgotten Items

Musical instruments may be left in the office for your child to retrieve before his or her lesson.  In the same manner, tennis shoes may be retrieved before PE class.  The most common consequence for the occasional forgotten homework is a disappointed teacher–just enough to help develop responsibility.  Please don’t feel the need to rescue your child with missing homework!

Health Information

South Park has a full time, registered nurse (Mrs. Carlton – available at acarlton@dps109.org) on staff that provides quality care and support of our students. Please click here to access medical forms you may need to complete as a part of the registration process and to read about District 109’s health policies.

Inclement Weather

If it is raining or we are experiencing severe cold (temperature or wind chill below 10 degrees), students should enter the building at the nearest door and line-up outside their classrooms.

During snow season, children should wear winter coats, snow pants, boots, gloves and hats each day.  Children who are not dressed appropriately will be restricted to the blacktop area in order to keep their clothes dry.  We suggest parents keep an extra set of clothes in school in case their child gets wet during recess.

PTO

The South Park PTO provides valuable programs and services to benefit our students, staff and families. We encourage all parents to get involved in this great organization. On the PTO website, you can find information regarding programs such as Fun Lunch, Before-School Care, After School Enrichment, as well as Membership and the School Directory App information, the PTO calendar, Room Parent Program, and the School Yearbook.

For more information, you can contact Wendy Moskovitz at wendymoskovitz@me.com or Jessica Berger at jessibyogi@gmail.com

Safety and Security

All of the exterior school doors are locked at all times during the school day, and all visitors are required to enter through the front office, sign in, and present their photo ID.  Students arriving late must go directly to the office with a parent/guardian and sign in.  All students leaving early must be signed out by a parent/guardian.

Safety drills will be held throughout the school year.   These include fire, tornado, earthquake, and lockdown (secure in place) drills.

For safety purposes, we request that parents and guests do not bring dogs on to school property.

School and Lunch Hours

School Hours for Grades K-5:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri: 8:40 AM – 3:25 PM
Wednesday: 8:40 AM – 2:25 PM*
(Students may arrive as early as 8:25, when adult supervision begins)

*We have an early release every Wednesday. School is dismissed one hour early for staff to engage in various professional development opportunities that will benefit our students.

Early Childhood Hours:
AM= 9:05-11:35  PM= 12:30-3:00

Lunch Hours
Grades K, 1 & 2 = 11:40-12:07 (lunch); 12:10-12:35 (recess)
Grades 3, 4 & 5 = 11:40-12:07 (recess); 12:10-12:35 (lunch)

*Forgotten lunches should be left on the cart in the foyer.  Lunch supervisors will place the cart in the lunchroom at 11:40AM.  Please make sure your child’s name is prominently displayed on the lunch.

School Supplies

Please click here to see the grade level school supply requirements if you have missed the deadline to purchase through the PTO or if you would like to purchase school supplies on your own regardless of your registration date. Feel free to contact Marti Meyers at martimeyers@hotmail.com or Michelle Jarol at  majarol@ameritech.net with any questions.

Special Programming

At South Park, our students participate in “specials” classes, including:

  • Art – twice weekly (30 minutes each)
  • Music – twice weekly (30 minutes each)
  • Spanish- twice weekly (30 minutes each)
  • PE- twice weekly (30 minutes each)
  • Library Media Center (LMC) – one time weekly (30 minutes)
  • SmartLab (3rd-5th) – A series of six, 40 minute lessons throughout the year

Staff Communication

Email is one of the best methods for contacting teachers or school administrators. All staff emails start with the staff member’s first initial and last name, followed by @dps109.org.  For a list of our staff members contacts including phone extensions and email addresses, see our school directory here.

Student Handbook

Appropriate Dress
Students must dress appropriately for school so that they do not disrupt the educational process.  In the upper grades: no midriffs, no short-shorts or short skirts; open-arm jerseys must be worn with a t-shirt underneath, and shoulder straps should be at least three fingers wide.

Cell Phones
Students may bring cell phones into the school, however, the phones must be turned off and stored in backpacks and/or lockers during school hours (8:40-3:25).  Students may not use a cell phone (talk or text message) during school hours.  Students who abuse this cell phone policy will have their phones confiscated.

Valuable Items
We ask that students not bring valuable items such as electronic games, music players, and trading cards to school.  The school is not responsible for items that are lost or stolen.  If an item is necessary for an assignment, the student should ask the teacher to hold the item to ensure its safe keeping.

Summer School

District 109 has an excellent summer school program that consists of academic and non-academic classes for our incoming kindergarteners through 7th graders to enjoy (current 8th graders should seek out summer school options from the high school). Please click here for the brochure.

Traffic-Rules of the Road

For the safety of our students, staff, parents, and other pedestrians, we have established specific Rules of the Road for driving and parking around the school.  Please click here to read the rules.

Tardies

Students are expected to arrive at school on time.  Students enter the building at 8:35am, and classes begin at 8:40am.  Beginning with the 4th tardy to school, a student may be required to make up the lost academic time during recess.  In addition, letters documenting tardies will be sent home with copies placed in the student’s permanent file.

Vacations

When an absence is due to a vacation, parents/guardians are asked to call or email the school’s health aide at least one day in advance of the absence.  Family vacations during school days are discouraged, and teachers may not always be able to create individual lessons or homework before pre-arranged absences.