Crow Island School Practices and Guidelines


    Practices & Guidelines 2020-2021

    Practices & Guidelines 2019-2020 


    It is of the utmost importance that children arrive at school on time and as frequently as possible. Please allow us to support you in maintaining a strong attendance record for your child. 

    1. ABSENCES: The school must receive a note or a phone call (please call the school nurse at 847-446-1048) as soon as possible, but no later than 9:00 am on the day of a child's absence from school for any reason (there is voice mail). Children who are ill in the morning should not return to school in the afternoon unless their morning absence and permission to return has been discussed with the school nurse, at 847-446-1048. Because it can be very difficult for the school to reach a parent, reporting your child's absence assures you and the school that your child is in safe hands. If a child has been in school in the morning and does not return in the afternoon, please be sure to call the office. Any child who is running a fever should remain at home until the temperature has been normal without the use of fever- reducing medications for 24 hours. This gives the child an opportunity to recover completely and avoids exposing other youngsters to your child’s illness. 
    1. UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: While we understand exceptional circumstances do occur, we generally discourage family vacations and other unexcused absences. Children miss valuable class time and discussions when they are absent. This missed time cannot be recovered through make-up homework. Homework will not be given prior to vacations, but will be distributed following vacations
    1. TARDINESS: Students in Grades 1-4 are expected to be in their classrooms and ready to start the day at 8:37 am and at 12:27 pm (T-F) and 12:12 pm (M). If your child accumulates three tardies, you will receive a call from your child’s teacher. After five tardies, you will receive a letter from the principal. Please contact the school if you have any questions concerning this policy. Even a few minutes of lost class time can cost your child a connection with his/her class or important instructional time. It is so important for your child to be ready and organized—not rushed— when he or she starts the day. 
    2. APPOINTMENTS: If a student has an appointment during school hours, he/she must bring a note from home if he/she is to be excused from school. When leaving from and returning to school at these times, the adult transporting the child must sign the child out/in at the entrance monitor desk located just inside the front entrance. Students must wait at the front desk for their parents. 


    This District program is held at The Skokie School. General information about the program is available at and through voice mail at 847-501-4814. For reservations and schedule changes call (847-501-4025) during school hours. 


    Children in Grades 3 and 4 ONLY may ride bicycles and all other “wheels” to school. Please provide locks and helmets. Bikes must be walked on school grounds. Roller blades and Razor scooters must be carried on school grounds. No bikes or scooters may be left at the Crow. All bicycles should be registered with the Winnetka Police Department. Students in Grade 2 will be able to take a bicycle safety test as part of our Bike Safety Check in late spring. They will then be able to cycle to school for the remainder of the year. Students new to Crow Island in grades 3 and 4 will have a bike safety check in the fall. 


    Children in Grades 1-4 will be invited to have lunch with peers from their grade and the principal during their birthday months. Parents, if conflicts with schedules arise we can reschedule lunches. Parents should remember to pack lunches without tree nuts or peanuts. This is a favorite activity for the principal. 


    Students may NOT use cell phones at school. Student cell phones must be turned off and kept in back packs during school hours. Students may use their cell phones after school hours outside of the school building. Students may wear smart watches to school. However, if they watch becomes a distraction, students will be asked to keep the watch in their locker and/or leave it at home. 


    Reporting to parents is done primarily through conferences and written reports. Conferences for students in Grades K-4 are held two times a year. Additional conversations may be initiated by either the teacher or the parent. The October conference will be a goal-setting conference. You will receive written documentation during the February Conference period and a final report at the end of the school year. 


    In the event of an emergency school closing, the District 36 website,, will display school closings. In addition, you will receive a call from the District via an automated calling system. 


    Be sure to sign and return the permission slip your child brings home before each field trip. This is a legal requirement. Please see Board Policy 6:240 (Field Trips and Recreational Class Trips) at for further information. Parent chaperones will be required to read and sign a Parent Chaperone Guidelines form each time they accompany a field trip. 


    1. SCHOOL NURSE: The Crow Island nurse is available each day from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. Please feel free to call the nurse with any concerns at 847-446- 1048; this number has 24- hour voicemail. Please call the nurse any time your child has a contagious disease, whether it occurs on the weekend, during vacation or on a school day. Contagious diseases that should be reported include strep throat, pink eye, whooping cough (pertussis), and chicken pox. Head lice should also be reported as soon as they are suspected. 
    1. HEALTH FORMS: All health forms for the district are available at 
    1. ALLERGIES: Food allergies present a serious health risk for some of our students. In providing a safe school environment, we request that all foods brought into school for sharing with the entire class be pre-packaged, labeled, and nut-free. This includes foods manufactured in facilities and/or processed on equipment with nuts due to the risk of cross-contamination. If the designated classroom has additional food allergies we ask that all foods be free of that allergen as well. Teachers will provide parents with allergen information at the beginning of the school year. All food brought into the building should be checked by either the entrance monitor, school nurse and/or school principals. Please do not bring in homemade treats or restaurant/bakery foods that do not have a label. Dunkin Donuts is not allowed. Non-food items such as stickers or books are encouraged for classroom snacks and celebrations. Birthday celebrations are to be discussed in advance with your child’s teacher. If your child’s class will be using food as part of their curriculum, a permission form with an ingredient list will be sent home for parent/guardian signature. If your child is diagnosed with a food allergy, please meet with your school nurse prior to the start of the school year. Please remind your child that students should not share food among themselves. Please contact the Health Office with any questions. Please refer to the district website ( for more detailed information about our Food Allergy Guidelines (School Board Policy 7:285 – currently under revision for 2019-2020). 
    1. MEDICATION IN SCHOOL: The following procedure must be followed for your child to receive medicine in school: (1) The school must have a completed Medication Permit on file signed by your physician and parent. Information provided must include the name of the medication, dose, time, frequency, side effects and duration. (2) Forms are available in the nurse’s office or on the district website, (3) Medication delivered to the nurse should be in the original container – both prescription and non-prescription – NEVER a baggie or envelope. (4) All medication is to be administered by the school nurse, administrator or parent. (5) For their own protection, children must never carry or take medicine on their own. Call the school nurse with any questions (847-446- 1048). 
    1. MEDICAL EMERGENCY PROCEDURE: In case of an emergency paramedics are called immediately. A call will then be made to the parents. If neither parent can be reached, the adult designated in the emergency information and the family physician are contacted. If it is necessary to transport the child to a hospital, the paramedics can go to one of the following hospitals: Evanston (all head injuries), Glenbrook, or Highland Park. If you have a preference of hospital, please note this in your child’s emergency information. However, in a life or death situation, the paramedics must transport the child to the nearest hospital, which is Evanston. 
    2. Pediculosis or Head Lice is not a health problem. Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. The Winnetka Public Schools implements consistent practices that are adopted and informed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses. Students diagnosed with head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. The district does not implement a no-nit policy. More information is available in the health office and on the district website. 


    The PTO offers an optional, fee-based hot lunch program for students Mondays through Fridays. For more information, see the PTO website, Please note that the PTO’s Hot Lunch Program is separate from the school’s program of lunchtime supervision, with or without milk or juice (see “Lunch at School,” described below. 


    If children are physically unable to participate in physical education or recess on a particular day, they are required to bring a note to the school nurse from their parents. A pair of gym shoes should be kept at school for physical education classes. They should be clean and marked clearly with the child’s name. 


    The lost and found is located to the left of the front desk. Be sure to label your child’s clothing with his/her name. Items not claimed will be donated to charity at winter holiday break and the end of the school year. 


    Staying at school for lunch is optional. Registration is required if your child will be staying at school for lunch and can be completed during the annual online registration process. Parents are able to purchase milk or juice on an annual basis. Crow Island associates supervise the children during lunchtime. If you choose to keep your child home for lunch or send your child home with another student, please ensure that he/she is out for the entire hour during the lunch period. This is due to safety and accountability reasons. You must notify the entrance monitor by note or phone at 847-446-0353, of any lunchtime absences not scheduled through the Online registration (Infosnap) at the start of the school year. Any inquiry regarding the program at Crow Island should be directed to the Lunch Supervisor at 847-446-0353. 


    The office is open on school days from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. 


    No dogs are allowed on school grounds during school hours, including during drop off and pick up times. This is a Village Ordinance. 


    Please call the Entrance Monitor at 847-446-0353. Please restrict these calls to emergency situations only. Notes or messages concerning change of plans for pick up or play dates need to be delivered to teachers by parents or caregivers. These messages cannot be delivered by office or Front Desk staff. We strongly discourage changes in play date plans during the day as it can cause confusion for teachers and students. 


    All weapons and their facsimiles are not allowed on school property or on the buses at any time, even as part of costumes. Please see Board Policy 7:190 (Student Discipline) at for more information. 


    Parents are welcome to visit at all times. Please arrange in advance a time convenient for you and the teacher. Please respect the integrity of the instructional process – please do not “drop in” the classroom during instructional hours as this causes distractions for students. Visitors must check in, present a State-issued ID (driver’s license), and obtain a visitor badge and guest lanyard at the Entrance Monitor’s desk located just inside the front entrance. All visitors must checkout at the front desk and return their lanyard before leaving the building. 


    PLEASE SHARE THESE TRAFFIC GUIDELINES WITH ALL WHO WILL TRANSPORT YOUR CHILDREN TO AND FROM SCHOOL The safety of our children around the school is a top priority for all of us. Please review these guidelines carefully with your family and any caregivers that pick up or drop off children at Crow Island. 

    • Please arrange a designated pick up and drop off location with your child(ren). We encourage you to consider the back of the school on Glendale for before and after school. This is much less congested than the circle (especially in less-than- perfect weather). Children may not be picked up or dropped off on Glendale at lunchtime. 
    • Drivers turning left off of westbound Willow must go straight down Glendale. They may not turn into the circle
    • Glendale south of Willow is one-way during this period from the mouth of the circle to the south. You still may exit the circle, return to Willow and turn right. 
    • Glendale north of Willow is one-way southbound from Ash to Willow during the above period. 
    • Note the designated parking areas and signs. There is no parking south of Willow on the east side of Glendale without at staff permit. Cars parked on Glendale will be ticketed by police. 
    • Be aware of crosswalks - children crossing the street will not always be aware of you - be aware of them and stop before the crosswalk. 
    • Cell phones should NOT be used while on school property or in a school zone – they allow drivers to be distracted from observing children around them. 
    • Please do not park in “traveling Staff” spots. 
    • Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders Walkers will be picked up in the Circle 1st grade walkers - Crow, 1st grade drivers – Circle 2nd – 4th grade drivers – Circle.
    • There are three designated pick-up spots at the front of the circle. Pull as far forward as you can when picking up your children. 
    • There should be no more than 5 cars in the inner circle at a time. Wait at the mouth of the circle if 5 cars are circling. This will avoid gridlock. As soon as a car exits, you may enter the circle. 
    • At no time should a child walk in or across the circle. He or she should always walk around the circle. 
    • Children should enter and exit cars on the passenger side only. 
    • Drivers are encouraged to stay in their cars during pick-up. Staff and 

    volunteers will assist your children with opening and closing car doors. 

    • Children and parents exiting the front door and walking east should walk through the kindergarten playground – not on the outside of the brick wall. There is not enough space for pedestrians to walk safely with car traffic. 


    Throughout the year at Crow Island School, we look for ways to use Peace Power in our daily routines. Peace Power is a strategy, or way of being, that supports maintaining a healthy, peaceful environment for learning and growing. Each year, we begin with an art project that depicts many different ways to ‘live Peace Power,’ which is followed by an all-school assembly and group display of the drawings. Faculty members and students alike design their own ways to identify, celebrate and engage with the four Peace Power principles – Recognize, Stop putdowns, Work together, and Make peace. We all share in our commitment to learning, working and growing in a healthy, vibrant school community . 

    Peace Power is NOT a series of lesson plans that we add onto our already full curriculum. Instead, Peace Power is designed to be incorporated organically into the working and relating we already do at Crow Island School. 

    Dr. Mark Mattaini, primary researcher and founder of Peace Power, is a professor at Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He, with the help of the Peace Power working group, designed the strategy after years of researching what does and does not work to decrease bullying and create a peaceful culture. The four core practices, or principles, that form the foundation of Peace Power are briefly outlined below. (Please refer to for a more comprehensive description of Peace Power.) There are hundreds of ways to put these practices into action throughout the school year. 

    RECOGNIZE (Recognize contributions and successes) 

    Recognition and reinforcement of contributions to the community are at the heart of the Peace Power strategy. This principle can be very effective so long as the focus remains on recognizing specific actions a person has taken (e.g., “I recognize _______ for choosing a game that includes everyone.”) versus attributes over which we largely have no control. Thousands of studies support the power of such recognition. In fact, cultures of recognition change brain chemistry in ways that are consistent with achievement and cooperation, and inconsistent with aggression and threats. 

    STOP PUTDOWNS (Act with respect) 

    Having ‘critical dialogue’ with children about what respect means to us is really important at Crow Island. Often, it is best to start with small groups. The students will usually emulate the seriousness with which an adult approaches this discussion. 

    WORK TOGETHER (Share power to build community) 

    The idea here is to teach the skills of sharing power to enhance what Dr. Mattaini refers to as “the collective web” or the community as a whole. It is important to note that in this context we are defining ‘power’ as: 1) what one does to contribute to the group, 2) an action and NOT an attribute; and 3) each individual’s power is unique in some way. 

    MAKE PEACE (Make peace) 

    No matter how hard we try to avoid it, there will inevitably be some conflicts. This practice emphasizes the importance to ‘make peace’ after this occurs. The primary goal here is not to find a solution to the immediate problem, but rather, to heal the relationships that have been damaged by the behavior of one or more people involved. 

    Peace Power Guidelines at Crow Island School 

    At Crow Island School, we use Peace Power as our strategy to create a healthy, peaceful environment for learning and growing. The four main tenets of Peace Power (Recognize, Stop Putdowns, Work Together, and Make Peace) help students develop a framework for these actions. Based on the structure that we teach and use at school, as well as the lessons you teach your children at home, we would like to work together to establish our shared expectations of appropriate behavior throughout the Crow Island community. Most important is our desire for students to learn and play in a safe environment by being smart, safe, respectful and responsible. 

    • Be on time! Arrive by 8:37 in the morning and by 12:27 (12:12 on Mondays) in the afternoon. 
    • Tell an adult immediately if something seems wrong. 
    • Keep your hands and feet to yourself. Never hit, kick, push, pinch, threaten, or hurt another person. 
    • Show respectful behavior by listening carefully, speaking thoughtfully, and being cooperative toward everyone in our community. 
    • Be friendly. Use good manners. Help others when needed. 
    • Use kind language, a kind tone of voice and kind actions at all times. 
    • Be quiet in the hallways. 
    • Accept other people the way they are. No one should make fun of you because of the way you learn. Help others join in your activities. 
    • Keep your locker, classroom and lunchroom neat and clean. • Be dependable and responsible. 
    • Show pride in your school by respecting school property and grounds. 
    • Be happy! Be true to yourself and your values. Everyone should treat you fairly no matter what. Everyone should be kind to one another. Be honest. Tell the truth. 

    When we think of the different environments our children encounter throughout the day, the following bullets may be helpful in describing the kind of behaviors that support Peace Power and being smart, safe, respectful and responsible: 

    At Lunchtime or while on the Playground: 

    • Listen to and follow the directions of the teachers. 
    • Never leave school grounds without permission. 
    • Go back into school or line up promptly when the signal is given. 
    • Use playground equipment properly and safely. 

    On the School Bus: 

    • Follow the bus rules as outlined in the letter sent from the District Office. 
    • Listen to the bus driver. 
    • Remain seated and seat belted when the bus is moving. 
    • Use a polite and quiet voice. 

    On the Way to School and Home: 

    • Be aware of your environment and make good choices about crossing the street, playing in the snow and walking with friends. 
    • Follow the Traffic and Bicycle Guidelines. We hope to work together with all of our families to ensure a safe and productive environment for all of our students. 

    2019-2020 Crow Island School Practices and Guidelines - updated May 2019 Note: This document may be amended during the year without notice. Revision dates will be provided for reference.