Welcome to Grand Ridge Grade School
In partnership with our families and community, Grand Ridge CCSD #95 will educate all students to reach their highest potential. Grand Ridge will provide a safe learning environment, will respond to students' individual learning and emotional needs, and will maintain high expectations for achievement. Our goal is to develop students who are responsible, respectful, kind, and passionate for life-long learning.
Update from Mr. Sanders:
We are currently seeing a major spike in the numbers of COVID-19 cases throughout LaSalle County and also throughout the country. As numbers rise many of us are wondering exactly what to do and how to do it. We are working very hard to keep our children in school for at least a portion of the day even while the numbers around us have been going up. Here is what we are doing:
1. Administration is in constant contact with the IDPH and we watch the numbers carefully on both the IDPH site and the Northwestern University site. We are also paying close attention to the numbers in our own district.
2. If numbers continue to escalate there may be a point where we have to do an Adaptive Pause. This is a way of taking a few days to go full remote learning in order to allow the numbers of COVID-19 cases in the area to decline. Many districts around us have already had to move in that direction. We will notify families early in the event we have to take that step.
3. Our staff has done a remarkable job of maintaining health for both themselves and for their students.
4. Custodians are working hard to clean and disinfect every evening and quickly after meetings or other events occur.
5. The Board is in constant communication with the Superintendent and provides advice as needed.
6. We continue to push out updated information as it becomes available through our various communication channels.
7. PTO, Boosters, and our parents are following guidelines to the best of their ability. Parents are calling in if students show symptoms. They are also making sure to keep siblings home if someone in the family develops the symptoms of COVID.
Without everyone doing their very best during this tough time we would not be able to continue to have in-person school with students. You are all doing a great job! From our littlest students wearing their masks faithfully each day, to our community members who follow the strict guidance when dealing with the COVID epidemic, everyone is important in protecting the education we can offer kids right now.
Thank you to all of you. This is the season of thankfulness and blessing, and we know that we are blessed in this community to work with such great people. Each day we go through this pandemic is another day closer to being out of it. Keep the eyes up. Continue to look forward. Know that what seems dark today will soon pass and we will all be able to look back on this time with pride over the courage we had to show while dealing with so many different issues.
COVID-19 Exclusions per IDPH
Please ensure that your child/children do not have any COVID-19 like symptoms before sending them to school. Siblings must be kept at home as well if any 1 of these symptoms are present. If your child shows any 1 of these symptoms while at school, the child and their siblings will be quarantined and sent home.
-Fever (100.4 F or higher)
-New onset of moderate to severe headache
-Shortness of breath
-Nausea or vomiting
-Abdominal pain from an unknown cause
-New congestion or runny nose
-New loss of sense of taste or smell
-Fatigue from unknown cause
-Muscle or body aches
When reporting absences to school, the office will inform you of the criteria needed for returning to in-person learning. Medical evaluation and testing are strongly recommended for all persons with COVID-like symptoms.
GRGS acknowledges your tremendous efforts and appreciates your understanding as we continue through this pandemic.
USDA Extends Free Meals:
We wanted to take a moment to make all of you aware that the USDA and ISBE have extended the free meal benefit to all students. What this means to all of you is that all breakfast and lunches will be free to the end of the school year. This is retroactive to September 1st. If you were charged for any meals from September 1st to now, they will be credited on your school account. This process will take some time, as we will need to work with Teacherease to reverse these charges. Once that has been completed, the office will reach out to you to see if you want a refund or to roll the money on the account over for next year.
If your student is doing remote learning, they are eligible to participate in this program; you would need to contact the office each day to sign up for lunch. The sack lunch will be placed in the lobby for you to pick up each day. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Santa's Secret Shop:
In keeping with the 2020 tradition of changes, the PTO's annual Santa's Secret Shop will be different this year.
Santa's Secret Shop will be taking place at the Farm Ridge Township Hall (120 Sylvan Ave, Grand Ridge) All gifts will be free of charge this year, courtesy of GRGS PTO. Each student will have a limit of 5 gifts. No exceptions. Additional gifts are available for purchase.
The following schedule allows for PTO volunteers and students to follow social distancing guidelines. A face mask must be worn.
Monday, December 7, 2020 Grades K&1
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Grades 2,3 &4
Thursday, December 10, 2020 Grades 5,6,7 & 8
All shoppers can come to the hall to shop on their assigned day anytime between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Siblings may shop together and choose one designated grade time. Parents are not allowed to help their children shop and must wait in their vehicle. Parents are able to help complete the Wish List that is returned to the school. Students should not add themselves to the Wish List. Their gift is the giving.
PTO is requesting that all students complete the questionaire that was sent home and return it by November 24th. No gift bags will be filled after Thursday, December 10, 2020.
News and Notes
Message from the Office
ATTENTION!!! Please notifiy the Office if you have an address change or phone number change. If there is ever an emergency it's important to keep all records current.