Welcome Letter from Principal

August 2017

Dear Palos West Families,

As principal of Palos West Elementary School, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great school year! Whether you are a returning family, a family transferring from Palos East, or new to the district, we welcome you to Palos West! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing summer! Though we still have a few more weeks of summer left, we are excited for the students to be back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning! We have been very busy preparing the building for the upcoming school year. We are especially excited about the Early Learning addition. The construction has been on-going all summer. The exterior will be complete prior to school starting, however our Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten classes will be held at Palos East until January in order to complete the inside finishing touches to their classrooms. Our teachers are anxious to begin setting up their classrooms and preparing for the 2017-2018 school year. We have amazing teachers who spend hours planning and creating classroom activities to engage our students in learning. Our teachers utilize best practices and analyze data to best meet the needs of our students. It is our vision that all students reach their full potential!

I am honored to serve as the principal of Palos West School. It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students work together to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth.

As we head into the start of the school year, here is some helpful information:

1st-5th Grade First Day/Arrival & Dismissal

Our first day of school for 1st-5th grade is Monday, August 21st. The school hours remain the same for 1st through 5th grade which is 8:55 -3:25. Buses will unload in the North parking lot. We will have staff members there to greet the students and supervise them before entering the building. Car riders can be dropped off between 8:45 and 8:55 where a staff member will assist your child out of the car.

Car riders will be released at 3:20 and will exit from the South end of the building. Please remain in your cars. Staff members will be there assisting students to your vehicle. We will load several students at one time in order to make this process as quick and efficient as possible. It is extremely helpful if you place a sign on your dashboard during pick up with your child/children’s last name on it.We appreciate your patience as we work to make this a safe and smooth pick-up.

Kindergarten First Days/ Arrival & Dismissal

Kindergarten will have a visitation day on Monday, August 21st.A.M. classes will come from 10:00-11:00, and P.M. classes will come from 1:30-2:30. Kindergarten’s first day of school is Tuesday, August 22nd. The school hours remain the same for Kindergarten which is 9:15-11:45 for our A.M. classes and 12:30-3:00 for our P.M. classes.

*Detailed maps of drop off and pick up will be sent out closer to the start of school.

Lunch Program

Palos 118 offers an online tracking and payment system for student lunches. Guardians should have viewed information regarding the online system during registration. Please make sure to review your child's 4-digit code and add money to your student's lunch account prior to the first day of school if needed. Each teacher will also have cards that include the codes for students who have trouble remembering. Students will be able to purchase hot lunch on the first day of school. Please know that the price of a school lunch is $2.85. You can view the menu online.


We will be having an assembly with the students on Friday, August 25th to kick off the school year. We will be introducing new staff, recognizing our summer readers, highlighting programs at West, reviewing behavior expectations, and of course having some fun!

I will be putting together a slide show of "summer photos" for the students to enjoy during the assembly. I am requesting that you email me ONE summer photo per child that attends Palos West. Please email me the photo/s by Tuesday, August 22nd if you would like to your child/children to be included in the slide show.

Other Reminders

-August 21st- Back To School Picnic at Palos South, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Please stop by the PFA and Foundation booths to support these wonderful organizations!

-September 4th- No School (Labor Day)

-September 5th - Early Dismissal (2:00 pm) and West Curriculum Night 6:30-8:00 pm.

-September 11th- West Picture Day

-September 15th- Laps for Literature/ School Improvement Day-Noon Dismissal for students

-September 27th- EL night 6:00 pm at Palos East

Here's to a happy, productive, and successful school year!

Jennifer Peloquin Biel
Palos West Principal