Palos East Elementary SChool

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

Welcome to the new school year!  I hope that you had a wonderful summer with your family. I am excited to be back! As we ease into the year, we will spend some time getting to know each other. Throughout the year we will work at building a classroom community based on respect, responsibility, and honesty. Your child will hear these three words quite often during the year. Your child will find that my classroom is a positive and supportive environment. Second grade builds upon basic skills, but it also includes many new and interesting areas of study. I think the children will enjoy the curriculum this year.  

The remainder of this letter outlines some of our classroom procedures. I will have more information for you regarding our classroom policies and procedures at the Curriculum Night   September 6th.  Until then, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. You may call or send an email. My extension is 3549 and my email is .

Changes in Transportation: A note or phone call is mandatory for any changes in transportation departing from school.  If you need to change the mode of transportation after school has begun, please call the office and they will pass the information to me. To ensure your child’s safety, I cannot allow him/her to take a different mode of transportation home without a confirmation from a parent/guardian.

Lunch: The lunch fee this year is $2.85. Milk is $.45. You may add money to your child’s food service account online. For instructions on how to do so, please visit our website at under Quick Links. This will replace the old system of cash/checks.   

Homework: Every student should have an assignment notebook. It is the responsibility of the student to write down their assignments each day. Reading, spelling, and math facts will be assigned each day. Please read and sign the notebook daily.

Take Home Folders: Check this folder daily for returned papers. Please send the folder back to school each day. Spelling homework and the Reading/Math Log should be kept in the folder so that I can check them. The logs will be collected each month. Please sign and total the minutes for the logs.

Special Classes schedule:

P.E.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday  (leaving a pair of gym shoes at school is recommended). 

Music: Friday

Art: Wednesday

Media Center: To be determined 

I do appreciate your support with these classroom procedures. I will send more information regarding our classroom procedure and activities in the coming days. I look forward to a great year with your child!


Carrie Lithgow