Leigh Weekly Tracks

November 14, 2020

Message from Superintendent Palmer:

Here are the latest COVID metrics for D80.  We are 100% Remote eLearning next week.  At this time, the CCDPH has rated each of the four metrics for determining Community Spread as "Substantial" which is their most severe rating.  Also, today they issued a "stay at home" advisory for suburban Cook County.  Please be careful out there!  


Dear Leigh Parent and Guardians,

Monday, November 16th Leigh School will move back to Remote eLearning.  We will follow the same schedule that we followed during the October 26th and November 2 weeks of remote learning.   If you have a schedule for the remote 95 minutes afternoon only, please do not follow that schedule at this time because the whole school is remote.  Reach out to me if you have any questions.  I know it can be confusing.  

The teachers dojo messaged families if they have learning materials to be pick-up at Leigh School.  You can come to Leigh between 7:00am and 5:00pm on Monday to pick-up materials.  Call Tammy or Kimmie if you need to check if you have learning materials.  

WIN and Wednesday Progress Monitoring

When we created the schedule for this year we tried to create a schedule that would allow for all of the learning opportunities that exist in a non-covid year.  At this time we will cancel all WIN and Progress Monitoring (PM links on Wednesday afternoons) classes until January for all students.  In the middle of January we will have a restructured plan.  For the rest of November and all of December we will spend the time completing benchmark assessments.  This will take place during the regular scheduled classes.  Since these are individual assessments one of the interventionist will join the class and work with one student at a time in a breakout room.  This will be a slow process because the team often has to substitute in a classroom.  But, we will get it completed.  Please have your child read, work on iReady or Freckle during the WIN time.  

iReady and Freckle

Students in grades first through fourth are asked to work 30 minutes on iReady (math) and Freckle (reading) a day.  These two learning platforms allow students to work on assigned work, games, or their individual learning path.  Please note, the games do not count towards a students 30 minutes.  The teachers can see if students are meeting this requirement.  Please check with your teacher if you are not sure if your child is meeting the time commitment.  The learning path allows a students to continue to explore learning on their own level and increases, as needed.  

Eisenhower LibraryThe Eisenhower Library will be closing at the end of the business day, Tuesday, November 17th until further notice.  They will continue to offer Home Delivery to residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights along with Curbside Pickup for all of their patrons.  Full details are available at 



Orange RibbonsLeigh School grounds are covered with orange ribbons to show support for our third grade student, Matthew, who was diagnosed with cancer in February.  On November 4th Matthew had a bone marrow transplant after a very strong round of chemotherapy.  He is currently fighting and struggling in the ICU.  His family is asking for prayers.  Please keep Matthew in your thoughts during this very difficult time.                                         Leigh School is Matthew Strong -Stay safe,  

Michele Guzik

               Tiger Pride's Thanksgiving Spirit Week 2020 

Monday, 11/16


We are thankful for


and all they provide for us!


Pajama Day


Come to school all cozy in your favorite (school appropriate) jammies and get ready to kick off the great school week ahead.

Tuesday, 11/17


We are thankful for


Grade Level Day




To show unity with our grade level friends, students are invited to wear the same colors:

Kindergarten- Red

First Grade- Orange

Second Grade- Yellow

Third Grade- Green

Fourth Grade- Blue

Preschool & Misc. Tigers- Purple

Wednesday, 11/18


We are thankful for


Patriotic Day

Wear Red, White and Blue for the good ol' USA or show your pride in another country that is near and dear to your heart.

Thursday, 11/19


We are thankful for


Disney Day


It's a small world, after all so join in the fun by wearing anything Disney!

Friday, 11/20


We are thankful for


Tiger Pride Day

Proudly don your favorite school apparel or even sporting our school colors- red, black and white!



October 23, 2020 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are writing to make all families aware of Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines in regards to individuals who have COVID-19 like symptoms that do not get tested. Below is the guidance:

Students and Staff with COVID-like symptoms who do not get tested for COVID-19 and who do not provide a healthcare provider's note documenting an alternative diagnosis, must complete 14 calendar days of isolation from the date of first symptom onset and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved before returning to school. (IDPH September 9, 2020 Guidance)

It is very important that we work together to create a COVID free campus at both Giles and Leigh Schools. We are requesting all parents to please communicate with your child's school any illness a family member is experiencing.

Giles-please call (708) 453-4847, option 1 or email hlanzourakis@norridge80.net

Leigh- please call (708) 456-8848, option 2 or email dfischinger@norridge80.net

I would like to thank you for your support so that we may continue to create a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. The wellbeing of school community will always be our number one priority. 

Stay Safe,

Stephanie Palmer


Norridge School District 80


Little Tiger

Upcoming Events

November 16th   

Virtual Pajama Day

Group A, DA, DB – online: AM with teacher and PM with specials 

Remote & Kindergarten–online AM and PM

Group B– online: AM with specials and PM with teacher

November 17th   

Virtual Grade Level Day

Group A, DA, DB – online: AM with teacher and PM with specials 

Remote & Kindergarten–online AM and PM

Group B– online: AM with specials and PM with teacher

7:00 pm BOE Meeting at Leigh

November 18th  

Virtual Patriotic Day

Group A, DA– online AM with teacher at 11:15 am

Remote–online: AM and PM

Group B, DB– online: AM with teacher 8:15-11:00am

November 19th  

Virtual Disney Day

Group A– online: AM with specials and PM with teacher

Remote & Kindergarten – online AM and PM

Group B, DA, DB –online: AM with teacher and PM with specials

November 20th  

Virtual Tiger Pride Day

Group A– online: AM with specials and PM with teacher

Remote & Kindergarten– online AM and PM

Group B, DA, DB – online: AM with teacher and PM with specials


Image of 10 decorated tree ornaments for the mall.


                      Time to Deck the Mall!

Over 350 Leigh School students in Preschool- Grade 3 are participating in Harlem-Irving Plaza’s annual Holiday Decorating program.  These students and their families creatively decorated the ornaments given to our school and they now will be on display at the mall during the upcoming holiday season.  Stop by the mall after November 25th to check out their display and delight in all the trees designed by our Tigers!

October Top Tigers

A big Tiger Pride salute goes out to the following students who are being honored as our Top Tigers for the month of October.  Each month, homeroom teachers are invited to select one student who truly has exemplified what it means to be a Leigh School Tiger.  These students are celebrated with a nomination form highlighting their efforts completed by their teachers, which are then shared with the nominee’s classmates. A special certificate is presented to the Top Tigers and their photos are proudly displayed outside of their classrooms.  Congratulations to this month’s honorees:

Preschool- Tien Nguyen

Kindergarten- Isabella Chacon, Edel Hodza, Janelle Laxamana & Alicja Skiba

First Grade- Emma Backous, Joey Berardi, Joanna Dudek, Matthew Lenart & Victoria Piaszczynski

Second Grade- Matthew Chudzik, Julianna Kozak, Michael Lala, Jayden Siniguian & Alanna Tanny

Third Grade- Marcel Fronk, Patrick Kropkowski, Keira Lacsamana, Luca Lazzara & Ariel Villanueva

Fourth Grade- Luciana Bratko, Graciela Gonzalez Greenman, Avery Hamburg, Elisa Kolbusz & Myla Ocampo


Ho!  Ho!  Ho! it’s time to ‘Deck the Mall’! We hope our Preschool-Grade 3 students and their families are putting their finishing touches on their cardboard tree ornaments to help decorate the Harlem-Irving Plaza Mall for the upcoming holiday season. Please refer to the instructions provided to you with your ornament regarding the mall’s requirements. Completed ornaments need to be dropped off at Leigh School during school hours at the school’s front door no later than Monday, 11/9 at 3:00 p.m.  We thank you for your support in spreading cheer with this annual community tradition. 

PTA Membership Drive

Membership Drive!! One of the simplest ways you can support the Norridge District 80 PTA is to just become a member! AND it’s never been easier than with our new online registration option!!

There is absolutely no other commitment attached to purchasing a membership. One great thing is that anyone can purchase a membership to support our schools - parents, grandparents, family members, friends, etc! There is even an “Open Donation” option for people to donate a custom amount. So, share the link with those close to you and let’s get our highest membership yet this year!!

Just use the link below:




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gourmet Gorilla, good food for kids

New! Pantry Style School Meal Boxes Turkey Deli Slices Gallon of 1% milk Cereal Coming next month! Our new pantry style food box consists of fresh fruit and vegetables, a combination of grains, milk and protein items. We'll have seasonal and holiday boxes like our Thanksgiving box in November, and every box will include a menu as well as recipes, links to cooking demonstrations for children, and other resources on nutrition!

Fresh, Whole Fruit, Sliced bread, Fresh broccoli, Sliced Cheese, Turkey Deli Slices, Gallon of 1 % milk, Cereal

Fresh, Whole Fruit, Tortillas, Shredded Cheddar, Salsa, Baby Carrots, 1 % milk, Cereal

Fresh, Whole Fruit, Brown Rice, Grilled Chicken, Spice Blend, Fresh Cucumber, 1 % milk, Cereal, Grow Bar

Fresh, Whole Fruit, Roast Turkey, Bread Roll, Sweet Potato, Green Beans, 1 % milk, Cereal, Grow Bars

Coming next month! 

Mac n Cheese & Meatball Marinara


Book Fair

Book Fair Time Machine

Dear Families, You're invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from:  November 11th to November 24th 

All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series and more.

You'll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair Exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

-Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs

-All orders ship direct to home

-FREE shipping on book orders over $25*

-All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit out Book Fair home page starting November 11th and click "Shop Now" to get started:


Happy Reading, 

Norridge District 80 PTA

*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion. 


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Norridge District 80 PTA

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact one of our Executive Board Members or email us at


President, Athena Kalaras (708) 421-0133

Vice President/Membership, Amanda McPhillips (312) 256-4102

VicePresident/Membership, Jackie Cardamone (847) 767-0407

Treasurer, Jennifer Adams (312) 485-4687

Treasurer, Kim Tolomeo (773) 519-5166

Secretary, Kacie Bratko (773) 527-9660

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