Welcome to the start of the 2014-2015 school year! I hope your families have enjoyed a safe, fun, and memorable summer.
I know many of our Palos East families are anxious about the continuing work at Palos East School. Tuesday's rain put us slightly behind schedule and crews will be working up until the start of school to complete the project. All schools will open on Wednesday, August 20.
Due to the reconfiguration of parking lots at Palos East, new safer traffic patterns will be implemented for the 2014-2015 school year. All parent pickup and drop off will be located in the front of the school. All bus traffic will be segregated to the rear of the school. Signs and additional staff will be present during the first week of school to assist parents with becoming familiar with the new traffic patterns. Please log onto our website and click on the link, "New Palos East Traffic Patterns" to learn more about what to expect during arrival and dismissal this school year.
One of the reasons our schools thrive is because of involved, informed parents. I encourage you to take time out of your busy day to attend your child's CurriculumNight. They are set to take place at East on Tuesday, September 2; South on Wednesday, September 3; and West on Thursday, September 4. Evenings will begin with a general parent meeting in the school gym at 6:30 p.m.Parents are urged not to bring children on these important nights. The general meeting will begin with staff introductions and information about the new school year, with an opportunity to visit individual classrooms where teachers will provide additional information about their classroom programs and activities. The PFA will be available before the meeting from 6:00-6:30 p.m. to meet parents and explain the many opportunities to become involved with our schools.
To celebrate the new school year, we will hold our annual Back to School Family Picnic on Wednesday, August 20 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Palos South. Please come out and join us on this fun family evening to kick off a new school year. Parking is extremely limited, so we encourage picnic-goers to carpool and to take advantage of the shuttle bus service at St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church at 8410 131st St. Rain or shine, I look forward to seeing your family there.
Our schools are excellent because of our dedicated staff, parents, PFA, Foundation, Board of Education, and supportive community. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year.
Anthony M. Scarsella
Superintendent of Schools