Open House will be held on Wednesday, August 26th from 6:00-7:30pm. This open house is taking place in all three schools in the district. 1st-5th grade classrooms will be open for parents to meet the teachers, sign up for conferences and room parties, get help with setting up powerschool accounts and hearing more about PTO, girls scouts and boy scouts. Food will be served at all three school with hot dogs at the elementary school, popcorn at the middle school and ice cream at the high school. We hope you will plan to attend.
IBES has a new buzz in security system at our school to provide an additional level of protection for our students. Anyone entering the building after 8:15 will need to buzz in and be prepared to show identification to enter the building. Due to this new system we have had to make some changes to our arrival and dismissal routines.
This year, instead of students congregating in the gym in the mornings, students will be seated in the hallways by their classrooms between 7:50-8:10. Parents bringing their children to school can drop them off at the front doors and send them to breakfast or their classrooms. Parents are not allowed down the hallways in the morning in order to prevent congestion and overcrowding. Supervisors will be on hand to monitor students in the hallways and ensure they put away their things and turn in lunch money and library books. School will begin promptly at 8:15 am giving our school 15 minutes of additional instructional time per day. This will begin the second week of school.
Car riders: If you are picking up your child from school, your child will be dismissed to exit out the main entrance. Students will be held on the sidewalk by our supervisors and parents can either come to the sidewalk to pick up their students and walk him/her into the parking lot or parents can pull up their car to the pick up lane and supervisors will release students to go to their parent’s car. We will not send students into the parking lot without an adult to accompany them. Please be patient while in the pick up lane and follow the directions of the dismissal supervisors.
Bus Riders: Bus pick up after school for students will take place on the bus garage side of the building. All bus riding students will walk from their classrooms to the buses and buses will leave the elementary school promptly at 3:10.
Walkers and students going to HS or MS afterschool: Students who are walking home or going to the HS or MS after school will be held in the commons until after the buses leave at 3:10 and they will be dismissed to leave the elementary school out the bus garage exit or down the HS hallway.
IBES offers childcare for children age 5-12 on regular school days and early dismissal days. Children are supervised by trained childcare providers at a reasonable cost to parents. Please check out more information by clicking on the Neighborhood House link under the organizations tab on the IBES website. Please click the button below for the registration form if you would like to sign your child up.
Thurs. Aug. 6th - IBES office will be open 8 am - 7 pm for new student registration and for parents to drop off fee payments and paperwork for physicals, dental and eye exams and transportation requests.
Thurs. Aug. 6th - Class lists and bus lists will be posted on the doors by the bus garage. (You can access those doors off of Saylor St.)
Fri. Aug. 7th - PTO Volunteer Appreciation pool party at Lake Camelot Pool from 8pm-10pm.
Thurs. Aug. 13th - Kindergarten Open House and Meet the Teacher Night - 5:00-6:00pm
Mon. Aug. 17th - Teacher's Institute Day
Tues. Aug. 18th - 1st Day of School and 2:05 Dismissal
Wed. Aug. 19th - 2:05 Dismissal
Mon. Aug. 24th - PTO Fundraiser Kick-off
Tues. Aug. 25th - PTO meeting at 6:30 in the IBES Library
Wed. Aug. 26th - District Open House - Hot Dogs at the ES, Popcorn at the MS and Ice Cream at the HS from 6:00-7:30pm
The 2015-16 school calendar for next school year was approved by the Board of Education. Below are links to a year at a glance version and a list version of the calendar. Just click on the buttons below to access the calendars. There are some changes to the calendar for next year and they are:
Summer is a great time to have fun as a family, but it is also a time where students can loose a lot of their skills from the school year. Here are a few ideas to prevent the summer slump.
1. Participate in the Alpha Park Library summer reading program and read 30 minutes a day.
2. Participate in the AR in the summer program at IBES on Tuesday from 8:30 am-12:00 pm and Thursdays from 4:00-7:00pm in the IBES computer lab to take AR test on book students read in the summer and earn prizes.
3. Read fun stuff like magazines, comic books, and ebooks
4. Read a chapter book to or with your child so they can hear fluent reading and enjoy your storytelling.
Writing and Spelling
1. Have your child keep a journal of activities they do in the summer. Read it over after their done and help them with any spelling trouble they had.
2. Help your child write a letter or email to a friend or relative to stay in touch and share all about fun things your child is doing this summer. If using email, you can show your child how to use spell check to correct their work.
3. Have your child make a grocery list before going to the store or a to do list of things they want to accomplish for the week or chores they need to do.
1. Have your child go to www.ixl.com/signin/ibes and use their school username and password to login. This site has lots of math skills they can practice and it is sorted by skill and grade level.
2. Print off practice sheets from websites such as www.dadsworksheets.com, http://www.math-drills.com, http://www.k5learning.com/free-worksheets-for-kids and http://themathworksheetsite.com/ and have your child practice a couple times a week.
3. Practice flash cards or go to https://xtramath.org/ and student can do independent skill practice on their own. Here is what your child should practice by grade level:
IBES celebrated Earth Day on April 22nd. This activity was coordinated by the IBES PTO and this year we focus on the American Forest. Thanks to a grant from CF Industries and money from our PTO we were able to purchase 11 trees to plant around our campus by the baseball and softball fields and on the IBES playground. During Earth Day, students learned about gifts we get from trees, animals who have habitats in trees and identifying trees by look, smell and bark. Students did a web search to find facts about trees, made a recycled bag art project, watched a tree planting demonstration and listened to guest readers share a story called, The Great Kapok Tree. It was a great day. Here are a few pictures of the event.
We had a wonderful Hat Day on March 27th. Thanks to the generosity of our IBES families, we presented a check for $800 to the IL Cancer Care Foundation. The students looked great in their hats and their donations will help a great deal of people currently getting treatments for cancer.
Welcome to the IBES website!
Thank you for visiting the IBES website. On our site you will find a school blog with information and pictures about recent events. Please visit our site often to stay up to date on all the events at our school. You will also find useful information on the tabs at the top of the school website. Here are some of the items found under each tab.