Important News To Know
Have a Wonderful Summer!
First Day of School for Grades 1-8- Mon. 19- Early Dismiss at 2 p.m.
First Day of School for Grade K- Tues. 20- Early Dismiss at 2 p.m.
First Day of School for Grades ECE & PreK- Weds. 21- Early Dismiss at 2 p.m.
Information Pick-Up for 2013- 2014
If your online registration is complete for all children in the family and all fees are paid in full (Including any outstanding and/or current 2014 school fees by July 10, 2013) you will NOT be required to come to pick up your child(ren)’s information (homeroom teacher and bus route.)
We will mail this to you. If you have outstanding fees, you will be required to pick up your information, it will not be mailed. Information will be available for pick up at the school office of your youngest child in the family starting on August 12.
If you are required to come in to pick up your information packet you will receive a call from the school reach program and an email notice (if we have your email address) to let you know you must come pick up that information. You will be required to provide proof of residency (Driver's license, tax bill or utility bill etc.)
Payment of some type is expected if you do not apply for the lunch program. Lunch applications will not be available until August 2013. Reports from DHS (SNAP and TANF) are run around
Aug. 1, 2013 to determine if your family is pre-qualified for the lunch program and fees. Please note that Family Access Online Payments will go offline May 24. Cash or check payments after May 24 must be made at MCMS office which is open June 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mon.- Thurs. and 7:30 to 11:00 a.m., Friday. You may also mail payments (checks made out to District 165) prior to July 10 to Marengo/Union CSD #165- 816 E. Grant Hwy.- Marengo, IL 60152- Atn. Kathy Burns.
Registration Fees for 2013-2014
Lunch for 2013-2014
Lunch- $2.50 Reduced Lunch- $ .40
Breakfast- $1.50 Reduced Breakfast- $ .30
Milk- $ .45
* Lunch applications for 2014 will not be available until August at the school of your youngest child.
* 2013-14 school calendar and supply list will be available on the website in June.
211 Emergency Services
McHenry County has many services available to its residents. By calling the phone number 211, residents can access information about- emergency shelter, food pantries, day care, availability of rent or utility assistance, elder care, mental health services, employment services, health resources, education/vocational training, disability resources, drug/alcohol rehab, domestic abuse, disaster recovery and more. Limited translation services are available. If someone needs emergency assistance, they should call either 911 or the McHenry County Crisis line at 1-800-892-8900. The 211 line is new to McHenry County and information will continue to be added.
Locust Named Illinois Spotlight School
Locust School has earned the 2012 Spotlight Schools Award for Academic Achievement. The award is given for exemplary performance in closing the achievement gap, meeting high standards and opening a world of opportunities.
Now is the time to get all the needed medical information for next year. Children entering kindergarten will need a physical, proof of all up to date immunizations, dental exam and eye exam. Second graders will need a dental exam. Sixth graders will need a dental exam and a physical with proof of immunizations – all 6th graders will need a Tdap shot to help prevent the spread of pertussis in Illinois. Seventh and eighth graders will need to make sure a recent Tdap shot has been given since 2005. This is to help prevent the spread of pertussis throughout the state. All children entering HS will need a physical and proof of immunizations – All freshmen are required to get a Tdap shot to help prevent pertussis. If you have any questions, please call the Health Office at your school. - Beth Haines, School Nurse
We encourage parents to provide healthy snacks when bringing treats to school. Remember this when bringing in birthday treats, maybe birthday muffins is a better choice than frosted cupcakes. They must be store-bought and not home-made. Some of our students have allergies so avoid peanuts and peanut butter.
The weekly Locust newsletter is emailed to those families that provide and email address. You may add an email address at any time. Just let us know. Families can also access lunch menus, newsletters and calendars on the District's web page.
Physicals, Dental and Eye Exams
Please note the following grades will need physicals, dental and/or eye exams.
Kindergarten need physicals, dental and eye exams
Second graders need dental exams
Sixth graders need physical and dental exams
Parent's Day Out PM After School Program
Parent’s Day Out PM After School Program is excited to announce a new addition to the program beginning the 2011-2012 school year. If you register your child for after school care on a part-time (two or three day per week) basis, transportation from Locust School to Marengo United Methodist Church will be provided. Please call 815-568-7162 or visit www.pdopreschool.org for more information about this quality child care program offered to children in grades 1-5.
Educational Websites for Children
Did you know that parents are able to access the educational websites that your students use in school? Go to District 165's home page. Go to Teacher's web-site link. Then access the Locust Lab link. There are web sites available on this link that help with math, reading skills even ISAT testing. Make sure to visit them with your child.
Important Dates to Remember
Mon. 19- First Day of School for Grades 1-8- Early Dismiss at 2 p.m.
Tues. 20- First Day of School for Grade K- Early Dismiss at 2 p.m.
Weds. 21- First Day of School for Grades ECE & PreK- Early Dismiss at 2 p.m.
District 165's Mission Statement
District #165's mission is to form a community partnership dedicated to providing a solid educational foundation that enables students to become confident, self sufficient and productive citizens. Students shall have the academic and technological opportunities to achieve their full potential in a nurturing environment.