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Principal: Mr. Giovannoni Asst. Principal: Ms. Dwyer

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3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Mrs. Boucek

Mrs. Perry

Mr. Becker

Mrs. Randazzo/Mrs. Thompson

Ms. Petrey

Mrs. Bogdan

Julio Luna-Pina

Mrs. Uhlmann

Mr. McElligott

Maura Flanagan

Mrs. Schreiner

Xavier Skinner

Karly Puente Olivia Mallett Lorena Carrera

Lexis Ellis Mario Carrera Jessica Zwolen



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Mark your calendars...


December 3 Book Fair at 6:00p.m. - Read in begins at 6:30p.m.

18 - Vision Screenings

21 - Jan 1- No School - Winter Break

20 - AMERICAN EDUCATION DAY: Open Houses from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

15 - 1/2 Day Attendance

25-27 - No School - Thanksgiving

18 MLK Birthday - No School

Don't forget to turn in your November '“BOOK–IT"!

22 1/2 Day Attendance


End of 2nd Quarter


New Faces at Field–Stevenson

From Health Services…

Mrs. Dormeyer & Mrs. Ali

By: Mr. Giovannoni

Due to the District restructuring into grade level centers, a number of internal staff transfers took place over this past summer. There are five teachers new to Field – Stevenson, four of whom were at other buildings prior to this year. Two of our fourth grade teachers come to us from Garfield School. The first is Peggy Perry. Mrs. Perry has a B.A. from Elmhurst College and this is her eighth year of teaching. Her 4th grade colleague is Jennifer Uhlmann. Mrs. Uhlmann is beginning her twelfth year in education. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University and an M. A. from Aurora University. The third member of the fourth grade team is Nicole Petrey, an alumna of the Forest Park Schools [and a former student of Mr. G’s]. She, also, earned her B.A. from Eastern Illinois. Katherine Valleau, who comes to us from Betsy Ross School, has a B.S. from Ohio University and two master’s degrees – from Dominican and Concordia Universities. Mrs. Valleau teaches Latin and works in the Gifted Education Program. She is beginning her seventh year as a teacher.




Field – Stevenson and Betsy Ross share the services of Jennifer Westol, who is the Title I instructor for both schools. Mrs. Westol has a B.A. from Valparaiso University and a M.A. from National-Louis University. She begins her twentieth year as a professional educator. We also have three new instructional assistants at Field- Stevenson this year. Edward Maroney, a Forest Park resident, serves as a special education assistant. His B.A. is from Northern Illinois University; has also has an M.A.T. from Dominican University. Another assistant in the special education field is Jinnene Hoggarth. Mrs. Hoggarth has her B.A. from De Paul University. Our final instructional assistant [also a former student of Mr. G] is Tina Gustafson. Ms. Gustafson works with the fourth grade teachers. She has a B.A. from Dominican University and an M.A. from National-Louis University. A BIG SHARK WELCOME to all our new staff !!!

Please Remember the 3 C’s! Since the beginning of school we have sent home five newsletters, most of them related to the H1N1 virus and vaccine. Now that the vaccine is available to high priority groups in Cook County, public health officials, along with the CDC, strongly encourage that those at the highest risk receive the vaccine. If you wish to get the vaccine for yourself or members of your family (children first!), call now to schedule an appointment! PLEASE REMEMBER THE THREE C’S – COVER (your coughs and sneezes) – CLEAN (your hands – often! Especially after coughing or sneezing) and CONTAIN (stay home if you’re sick and don’t come to school or work until you have been fever-free for 24 hours – without medicine) Please note the following resources for questions and/ or problems: www.cookcountypublichealth .org – CCDPH website







The Music Program in the Southside schools has really been rockin’ and By: Ellen Wherle rollin’this past quarter. The 4th and 5th grade choir which is now in its second year is bigger than ever. These are really dedicated students since they come in every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. to practice. They will be Christmas Caroling on December 10th and will have their


concert on January 28th. Good work choir members! The second grade classes at Betsy Ross will be featured in this year’s Winter Program called providing the music for “Our House is a Holiday House”. It will be on December 17th at 6:30 p.m. Third grade will be starting a new recorder curriculum called “Recorder Karate”. As the

Field Stevenson to Host Joint Read-in and Book Fair with Betsy Ross

3rd Grade Visits a Pumpkin Farm

By: Cheryl Bussert

By: Sara Boucek

On Thursday, December 3, 2009, student and parents of both Betsy Ross and Field Stevenson are invited to participate in a family reading night at Field Stevenson. Teachers from both faculties will “host” themed reading rooms, which in the past have included scary stories, poetry rooms, Harry Potter, beach parties, mysteries, quiet reading, read alouds, reading with music, Arthur books, etc. In conjunction with the read-in, there will be a Scholastic Book Fair, with proceeds benefitting classroom libraries. The event is being cosponsored by the combined PTO’s of Field Stevenson and Betsy Ross.

In Science, Third Grade students have been learning about plants and animals. Ms. Behrens organized a day of fun to conclude the first Science Unit. The third grade class went to visit Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm on October 22nd.

As this is a family event, students must be accompanied by an adult. At 6 pm, doors will open and Book Fair sales begin. At 6:30 pm, all students and adults should be in the reading room of their choice, where raffle tickets will be distributed. Everyone reads for 30 minutes. At the end of this time, all are invited back to the gym, where the Book Fair will still be open, prizes will be raffled off, and refreshments provided. All the festivities will wrap up by 7:30 so that tired readers may get to bed. Please plan on joining us for this popular event.

The pumpkin farm had much to offer. It was decorated for Halloween with scary creatures lurking around every corner! The students had the opportunity to milk a cow, feed animals, and pick their own pumpkin. Some students and teachers got lost in the corn maze, or went on a hayride through the fields. The highlight of the day was watching the pig races. We all rooted for our favorite pig to win the race. The class did not let the weather dampen their spirits. “I had a ball,” said Bryanna Barker, and many other students asked to go back soon.


ENRICHMENT FOR EVERYONE Greetings from the world of the P.I.E. Program! What’s the P.I.E. program? P.I.E. is the PushIn Enrichment program offered by District 91. This is a unique program that brings a differentiated and challenging supplemental curriculum to our Forest Park classrooms. The program is designed to enrich the academic curriculum taught in our schools with activities that develop thought processes and life skills. The focus of the program is to bring critical reasoning skills, higher order thinking skills, collaborative reasoning, deductive reasoning and differentiated learning to enhance the already diversified curriculum that our students are receiving from their classroom teachers. The P.I.E. Program services all grade levels in all of the elementary and intermediate schools in our district. Every student attending a Forest Park elementary or intermediate school receives the P.I.E. program twice a year. The program is

By: Katherine Valleau

designed to service 3 grade levels per quarter with alternating classrooms each quarter. This year’s P.I.E. program curriculum is as follows… Kindergarten = tangrams, spatial reasoning 1st Grade = following directions, listening activities 2nd Grade = logic puzzles, graph (coordinate pairs) art 3rd Grade = analogies and idioms, author study of Tomie DePaola and Patricia Polaco 4th Grade = poetry study, reader’s theatre 5th Grade = fairy tales on trial, public speaking The fifth graders of Forest Park just completed their unit of Fairy Tales on Trial in which they took Goldilocks to court. Miss Goldilocks was accused of breaking and entering, criminal trespass and criminal damage to property. The students were guided through the legal process and then


By: Sue Bogdan

This year Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was visited by the 5th graders of Field-Stevenson Elementary School from Wednesday, September 16-Friday, September 18th. The weather was absolutely perfect for the annual Outdoor Education field trip. Field-Stevenson brought one of their largest groups of students and adults to the Covenant Harbor facility this year. Working with a great outdoor education staff, the 5th graders enjoyed classes in archery, fishing, orienteering, basic survival and everyone’s favorite, canoeing. While the students had fun, they learned valuable lessons in team work and cooperation. Students stepped up and showed tremendous leadership skills. The boys and girls also stepped out of their comfort zone as they travelled feet above the ground in the high ropes elements. Many of the students climbed a rock climbing wall and then zip-lined down, facing their fears and the butterflies in their stomachs! For some it may have been their first “camping” experience. While we were not in tents, they had to go without the comforts of home and the many electronics that occupy their days. Instead they became one with nature and ALL the outdoors had to offer them! Our 4

Let’s Celebrate! This year the students have been working hard to follow Field-Stevenson’s “3 B’s” “Be Respectful,” “Be Responsible,” and “Be Safe.” By: Erin

On a daily basis, students are awarded Shark Bites when they are caught following the school expectations. Students redeem their Bites at the “Shark Tank” (our school store) on Fridays. In addition to students receiving positive feedback from staff members on a daily basis, we will also celebrate as a school community on a quarterly basis. These celebrations will focus on the achievements of ALL students at Field-Stevenson. On Friday, October 30, we celebrated the first quarter successes with Halloween festivities and a movie on the big screen. Students were invited to dress up for Halloween. We held a parade in our school which concluded in the gym. The fourth grade students led the school in our song and then the students watched a movie on our big screen. There was a short intermission when students each received a caramel apple. The day was a huge success and the students deserved each and every minute of it! We are very excited to begin planning for our second quarter celebration!


1st Quarter Honor Roll

3rd Grade Mrs. Boucek Bryanna Barker Reyna Carrera Anthony Cuevas Joshua Farley Maura Flanagan Yessica Garcia Christian Harper Myahna HudginsJenkins Michael Lee Madison Rostello Allen Serrano Jackson Steger Penelope Strauss Mrs. Randazzo, Mrs. Thompson Milaya Ballard Mary Barnett Simone Birriel Jacob Garza Jackson Grzelak Sumeja Hodzic Julio Luna-Pina Ryan Mintz Christopher Mistrata Mayumi Pascual Karl Underwood Mrs. Schreiner Perry Cowan Nayeli Garcia Faith Johnson

Jaqueline Mostacero Fiona O’Connor Kalen Rhodes Jarick Robinson Kylie Sawyer

Adian Remington Hannah Steger Justin Taylor Charlie Valdez

4th Grade Mrs. Uhlman Moses Biosah Lorens Carrera Essence Chambers Mia Evitt Margaret Flanagan Gerardo Garcia Kyle Hudson Ranen Maddi Hemali Patel Lelia RodgersYoung Elizabeth Rojas Karina Shelwood Mrs. Perry Janeth Aviles Rron Baraku Anaya Boyd Evelyn Carrera Clayton Davis Maeve Evitt Ashley Henry Damena Jackson Daniel Miceli Juqueisha Miller Rebekkah Montanez Karly Puente Ms. Petrey Christopher Avner Jamiaya Brown Elena Buenrostro Erin Casey Maria Garcia Miles Guillen Olivia Mallett Dale Mason

5th Grade Mr. Becker Gerrund Caffie, Jr. Lexis Ellis Trevor Evitt Genna Foster Jalen Grayson Alexia Hollis Nichole Martin Makail O’Neal Ashley Perry Ms. Behrens Darrius Johnson Davion Jones Keionne Maughn Kyon Pitts Zavier Skinner Maxwell Stivan   Mr. Dudlo Adam Clarke Fatbarth Gashi Darien Jones Dantte Murillo Amie Witkowski Mr. McElligott Paris Cowan Tyric Edwards Theresa Holden Dhaysha Riddle Jessica Zwolen   Mrs. Bogdan

SHARK bites Fourth Grade team leaders Peggy Perry, Nicole Petrey, Jennifer Uhlmann and Tina Gustafson spent time during the first few weeks working on team building skills with students in the new intermediate grade level center at FieldStevenson. Students throughout the school are starting out the new year with PBIS Positive Behavior Intervention System. Expectations for behavior are clearly defined in positive terms: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. These behavioral expectations are taught and modeled to all of the students in the school through direct teaching with the help of staff. Appropriate behaviors are acknowledged with "Shark Bites" given to students caught demonstrating the positive expected behavior. Students can collect their tickets and redeem them for prizes in the Shark Tank. Throughout the school are reminders of the expectations and all teachers are on board with the system. To kick off the school year in high spirits, Music teacher, Meeghan Dooley, wrote a rousing school song. The positive impact of this program is evident throughout the school.


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