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West Weekly 5/13
West Weekly 5/13
Unity West Elementary School
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

West Weekly Stay Home Stay Healthy Edition  - Week 8

May 13, 2020 

 It is hard to believe, but it is time to wrap up the 2019-2020 school year.  We know this hasn’t been the year we’ve all expected, but we are thankful for your partnership as we navigated new territory and figured out remote learning.   We are committed to continuing to plan for fall and will keep you updated as we learn new information. 

 Turning in Materials: 

Remote Learning Packets: We have a small blue bin outside the front doors of the school.  It is available 24/7 for you to turn in materials.  All packets need to be turned in by May 20th.  

 Returning Library Books: You will be able to return library books and classroom books beginning Monday May 11th.  There will be a large green receptacle in front of the school.  PLEASE ONLY USE THIS BIN TO RETURN BOOKS.  DO YOU PUT PACKETS OR ELECTRONICS IN THIS BIN.

 Chromebook Return: If you checked out a chromebook during remote learning, please return it to the school office between 8:00-12:00 on May 18 or May 19.  

 Office Hours: There is typically someone in the office Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 am and noon.  Many days there is someone there past noon.  If you need to get a hold of someone at the school, you can call the school (217-485-3918)  or email Mrs. Reichert (reichertl@unity.k12.il.us)  or Mr. Fisher (fisherf@unity.k12.il.us).

 Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch will end Wednesday May 20th: All Unit Seven students are welcome to pick up a grab and go breakfast/lunch combo.  All meal pick up is at Unity High school on the east side by the baseball diamond. 

Times:  9:30-10:30  Monday 2 days worth of meals   Wednesday 3 days worth of meals.

The USDA and the ISBE will have a summer meals program, and that information can be found here.

2020 Census: Please take part in the 2020 Census! A kindergartner counted in the 2020 census this Spring will be starting high school when the next census comes around in 2030. That is 10 years of school supplies, teachers, school lunches, and so much more! This is your opportunity to help ensure they have a bright future. For more information on why the census matters to schools, please click here.

Unity West is Going Green: Many people have noticed the construction happening on the southwest side of the school.  There are solar panels being installed at Unity West and Unity East!

Pandemic EBT Application Available: The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic EBT application for families on May 1 at https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/a.... P-EBT is a new special benefit that can help families buy food for their school age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. All families with school age children who attend schools approved for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible for the benefits as they receive NSLP meals at no charge.

 UPDATED INFORMATION Spring Pictures are HERE!!!

Proofs are at the school if you want to come by and pick them up. 

See the below message from Lifetouch.  

Dear Families, If you would like to place an order for the Lifetouch school pictures that were taken earlier this Spring, go to mylifetouch.com. Lifetouch will help locate your credentials since you did not receive a proof for your Spring Pictures. Free shipping to your homes will be available until May 31, 2020 when you order on mylifetouch.com with promo code SMILES. 

 Yearbooks: As COVID-19 has changed the way we live from day to day, we made a promise to you to keep you informed about your Yearbook. At this time, due to COVID-19, we have had government-mandated shut-downs that have reduced our capacity for printing yearbooks. As we work to safely return to our production facilities, be assured that everyone who ordered a yearbook will receive one. However, in certain instances the delivery of your yearbook may be delayed.

 PTO Update:

Thanks to everyone who attended our virtual meeting last night.  Also a big THANK YOU to Anna McCormick for all her work this year as PTO President!  

Committee Chairs Needed:  We have a few PTO committees that are looking for chairs for the next school year. 

·       Apparel

·       5K

·       Trivia Night (shadow during the 2020-21 school year)

If you would like more information about the open positions, please reach out to us at westpto@unity.k12.il.us!

PTO Meeting: The next PTO Meeting will be Tuesday, August 11th at 6:30PM.  Enjoy the summer and we hope to see you then!

 If you would like more information about the open positions, please reach out to us at westpto@unity.k12.il.us!

We will continue to update families as we get new or updated information.  Feel free to call the school office at 217-485-3918 if you have any concerns or questions.