Bulldog Blast – September 3, 2017

Bulldog Blast – September 3, 2017

This Week at The Lane

Monday, September 4 – Labor Day (No School)

Coming Up at The Lane

Monday, September 11th – Spirit Week Begins

Wednesday, September 13th – Picture Day

Friday, September 15th – Dance-A-Thon and Block Party

Message from the Principal

Dear Lane Families,

It has been another busy week at The Lane. Thank you to all of the families who attended Curriculum Night on Wednesday. The staff enjoyed the opportunity to share how all of the great work that was done over the summer will help our students to learn and grow this year. We are grateful for the community support, and the students certainly benefit from parents and staff working together as a cohesive team.

Students also participated in several practice safety drills this week during our annual Safety Week. The drills that were practiced included two fire drills, a severe weather drill, and a lockdown drill. We were all impressed with how well all of our students followed directions and stayed with their classes as we conducted these important procedures. We are appreciative of the efforts of Assistant Chief Tim McElroy of the Hinsdale Fire Department and D.A.R.E/Juvenile Officer Mike Coughlin of the Hinsdale Police Department, who helped to supervise the drills and monitor any areas for potential improvement.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend. We will see you on Tuesday!


Mr. Todd

Student/School Programs

Monday, September 11th- Friday, September 15th- Spirit Week & Dance-a-Thon

The 7th Annual Lane School Dance-A-Thon celebrates the opening of the 2017-2018 school year.  This PTO fundraiser will take place on Friday, September 15th from 1:30-2:55 p.m.  The Dance-A-Thon is the culmination of Spirit Week, which begins on Monday, September 11th.  Dance-A-Thon will support the many outstanding programs the PTO offers students and teachers throughout the year.  As a result, all contributions are welcomed and highly valued.  As you make a decision that is right for your family,  we ask that you consider contributing $50 per child. Click here to donate now.

Wednesday, September 13th – Picture Day

Mark your calendars as The Lane School’s Picture Day is Wednesday, September 13th!  View for more information on photo packets.

Young Rembrandts

The next session of drawing classes will begin soon!  Registration is now open for Young Rembrandts at The Lane School.  The classes will be held on Mondays from 3:05 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. beginning on September 11th and will last for 13 weeks.  Check out our page here for more information.

Creativity With Condon

Calling all 3rd and 4th Graders!  Connect with your creative side at lunch through a variety of writing, drawing and dramatic activities.  Mrs. Condon will be leading this program on Thursdays in October, November and December during lunchtime. To register and more information, visit this page.  Space is limited, so enroll now!

Spanish at Lunch

The Lane Spanish Lunch Program with Mrs. Sisson will resume the week of October 2nd.  The Spanish program is designed for all The Lane students in first through fourth grade.  Students are invited to share the Spanish language immersion experience with songs, interactive language games, and conversational role-playing.  Students will gain exposure to authentic cultural traditions from Spanish speaking countries.  The curriculum is a spiral method that reinforces and builds upon previously learned vocabulary and grammar concepts.  This provides a solid foundation for more formal instruction in middle school. Click here or more information and to register.

The Language Labs are Back at The Lane School

Enrichment classes in French will be offered during lunch at The Lane on Tuesdays beginning October 3rd.  The classes are available to 1st through 5th graders and registration is now open. For more information, please click here.

Mad Science at The Lane School

Ever wonder how a magnet can tell where to go or what makes our sodas fizzy?  In our series Lights, Sights and Sounds, students will alter their voices with amazing sound effects, build the world’s simplest motor, and see what fireworks and astronomy have in common.  The class is held on Fridays from 3:05 to 4:05 p.m. and is open to Kindergarteners through 5th graders.  For more information, please click here.

Chess Club

All students are welcome to join The Lane School chess club on Thursdays after school!  Please join the chess club for a free pizza party on September 21st from 3:05-4:05 in the MPR.  For more information and to register, please click here.

Girl Power Yoga Club

Mission Propelle presents Girl Power Yoga Club at The Lane School.  The class is open to girls in Kindergarten through 5th grade.  It is held on Thursdays after school from 3:05-4:05 beginning on September 14th and ending on November 16th.  For more information and to sign up view this page.

Golf at The Lane

Elementary Golf School is offering an exciting junior golf program at The Lane School, designed to expose golf to juniors of all ability levels. This program is created and taught by PGA Professionals, to include lesson plans that are fun, safe, and educational. Youngsters will be given the opportunity to experiment with playing a variety of different shots.  Our program teaches basic fundamentals, with plenty of variation for practicing and playing. We will not only teach the shots, but also the etiquette, behavior and finer points of the rules of the game.  For more information see our website. or to register for the after school golf program at The Lane School, please visit our website or see our flyer.  You can also call 630-853-6348.

Nutrition Information

Our Nutrition Guidelines have changed for the upcoming school year 2017-18. Specifically, parents should be aware that regular daily snacks may only include fruits/vegetables, unless your child has a health/medical reason for which they require an alternative snack. In this case, parents should contact the school nurse. Please click to read the full updated Nutrition Guidelines for students.

Parent/Family Information

Spirit Week Volunteers Needed!

It takes many volunteers to help make Spirit Week and Dance-A-Thon successful and fun!  Please help us by volunteering.  We need two volunteers per class to help the students place thumbprints on the Dance-a-thon Flag in Art Class. Please sign up via the Sign Up Genius to help in your child’s class.


Check your email in the next few days for an Evite inviting parents of The Lane School students to our back to school kickoff party!  The event is Friday, September 22nd at Salt Creek Club. Tickets are limited, so sign up as soon as possible.  Tickets are $40 per person.  Food, beverage and fun included.  This is an adult-only event.  If you have any questions, please contact Denise Pacioni.

Chair & Committee Sign Ups Online!

We need a lot of parent volunteers to be able to offer all of the great programs at The Lane School.  The Sign ups are available online now at The Lane School PTO website!  Please consider Chairing or Signing up to be a Committee Member!

The Lane School Benefit

Calling all party planners & fund raisers!! Interested in chairing next year’s Benefit or helping out? New theme, new venue & looking for new ideas!! Contact Kelly Staver or sign up on the sign up genius.

Community Information

Cub Scouts

Boys in grades K-5 are invited to join Cub Scout Pack 10. Cub Scouting is a fun-filled program that helps boys go places and do things they never thought possible! From launching a rocket, to turning a block of wood into a race car, or shooting an arrow, scouts go on amazing adventures while learning new skills, making friends, and helping others. Last year, our boys had the opportunity to witness explosive chemical reactions, meet exotic animals, go camping, plant trees, and so much more! Please join us at our first Pack Meeting on September 8, 6:30pm at Union Church. For more information, please check out the Parent Guide or contact Nena Barrios, Gil Bell, Amy Choe, Tina Linscott, Sheila Kalsi, or Marianne Warren.

Preschool Screenings Offered for D181 Residents

District 181 conducts monthly preschool screenings to identify students who may need further evaluation and may be eligible for Early Childhood Education and/or speech and language services. The purpose of the screening is related to Special Education and is for children who are 3, 4 or 5 years old and experiencing difficulty in cognitive development, speech and language skills, gross and fine motor skills, and/or vision and hearing. The next screening opportunities are September 29, October 27, and December 20. Preschool screenings take approximately 30 minutes to complete and are held at Oak School. Parents with concerns about their child’s development who wish to schedule an appointment are invited to call 630.861.4302. More information is available on the District website: www.d181.org > Schools > Preschool.

Wednesday, September 7th – Special Education Back to School Meet & Greet

The schedule has been announced regarding monthly programs for parents on topics related to Special Education. The next such program is a Special Ed Back to School Meet & Greet on Wednesday, September 7th at Monroe School (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.). Light snacks and refreshments will be provided; no registration is requested. More information can be found on the District website: www.d181.org > Parents > Family Education Events.

Tentative 2017-18 Budget on Public Display

During the August 14th Board of Education meeting, the Board reviewed the Tentative Budget for 2017-18. Families are invited to visit the District website to view that document, along with several years of prior budgets, audit reports, and other related materials that are posted for the community to access anytime (www.d181.org > Departments > Business > Financial Reports). The Budget will be presented for Board approval in September.

Get Involved

Looking to get more involved with The Lane School PTO? We have plenty of ongoing volunteer opportunities to help throughout the year. Check out this link to Chair a Committee and this link to become a Committee Member.