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Principal Parent Message: Friday, August 23, 2019

Principal Parent Message: Friday, August 23, 2019

Hello Southeast Families!

Congratulations on the upcoming start to the school year!  We are all excited to welcome your students to school on Monday morning at 8:15 am.  I wanted to reach out with some reminders, guidance, and information on upcoming events to help us start the year off on the right foot.

The first day of school is exciting, but can be anxiety producing for both students and parents.  We are thrilled to have parents see their students off on the first day and taking pictures of this exciting event.  If your primary student (K, 1, or 2) needs assistance bringing in their school supplies, it is no problem for you to accompany them to their classroom before saying goodbye.  Saying goodbye on the first day of school is difficult for the child and the parent; that is one of the reasons we start with a half-day of school. I am including a link to an article about the anxiety of leaving on the first day of school, especially for our youngest students (and their parents).  One key piece of advice from this article is “the longer you stay, the harder it is. Let your child know that you'll be there to pick her up, and say "See you later!" once she's gotten involved in an activity.”

Primary students enter on the front (North side) of the school building and intermediate (Grades 3, 4, and 5) enter through the back (South side).  There will be staff members in place starting at 8:05 am to greet your students and line them up by class. As you will remember from your information from packet pick up, we ask you to follow the directions on dropping off and picking up, respecting the one-way streets.  For pick-up, be sure you have your name placards displayed from your rearview mirrors. We appreciate your patience, especially when driving, to help us ensure a safe and happy drop-off and pick-up experience for everyone.

There are a few important reminders for your schedule this week.  While Monday is a half-day, Tuesday is our first full day of school.  Wednesday is NOT a late start and students should be here to line up for school no later than 8:20 am.  Wednesday night is “Meet the Teacher Night.” Families new to Southeast are encouraged to come at 5 pm for an orientation session and tour of the building with Principal Sheldon.  Teachers will welcome all families starting at 5:30 pm and a second round at 6:05 pm for opportunities to hear about the expectations and curriculum for the year. Don’t forget that Thursday is the District 124 Foundation’s Back to School Bash at 5:30 pm at Central Middle School.  We hope to see everyone there!

We pride ourselves on communication at Southeast.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I have included the packet pick-up materials, including other opportunities to get information on social media.  Have a wonderful weekend. 


Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast

Principal Message Friday, February 8, 2019

Hello Southeast Families,


It was a very full week this week at Southeast and not just because we had 5 days in a row after all the wild winter weather.  I am really excited to share some of the wonderful events that took place and are upcoming for our school and community.

First of all, we had a very exciting kick-off assembly for our Kid’s Heart Challenge fundraiser in support of the American Heart Association.  Students had an opportunity to learn about the heart and the ways they can make good choices for their health. For example, staying away from sugary beverages like soda and sixty minutes of physical activity a day does wonders for heart health.  Students will be looking to get sponsors for their work on this fundraiser to earn prizes and raffle tickets. Raffle winners will have the opportunity to pie Mr. Karas or Mr. Sheldon in the face!!! We closed out our assembly by getting our heart rates up to the Baby Shark dance!  Check out this video to see how much fun that we had!

Speaking of health and safety, on February 21st we are excited to welcome the Evergreen Police Department who will be hosting an assembly on internet safety for our students.  These assemblies are differentiated for the age of the students and will help our students make good choices about their online behavior. We are grateful for this community support that is offered to all District 124 schools.

There are a couple of upcoming dates and events that I would like to highlight.  Valentine’s Day is Thursday, February 14th as we all know. Please remember that students should not bring any snacks or candy to school on this day due to concerns about student allergies and health.  For our 5th graders, Thursday February 14th is also the date of the middle school ice cream social. The Central Middle School FOR/SADD/Leadership group invites all District 124 5th graders to a FREE ice cream social on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the CMS cafeteria. Students attending this event are invited to stay for the CMS Panthers boys’ basketball game. Also, mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 19th.  On this day, our yearbook photographers will be coming to take candid shots of students and get group pictures with classes and clubs.

Don’t forget that this Tuesday, February 12th is our next SEES Booster Club Meeting.  It will be held in the library at Southeast starting at 3:15 pm. They will be discussing our upcoming booster club events, including our bowling event on Saturday, February 23rd.  Speaking of events, Evergreen Park is also hosting their Family Flake Fest on Saturday, February 9th. It looks like a wonderful opportunity for an outing with students and it’s free!

Finally, don’t forget during this cold and flu season to call the school to note any absences for your students.  As always, it’s a pleasure and privilege to be your principal and please let me know if you have any feedback on how we can continue to make Southeast such an incredible place to grow and learn.




Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast Elementary


Hola familias de Southeast,


            Fue una semana muy completa esta semana en Southeast y no sólo porque tuvimos cinco días seguidos después del extremo clima frio. Me da gusto compartir algunos de los maravillosos eventos que se llevaron a cabo, y los que vendrán a nuestra escuela y comunidad.  

            Primero que nada, me da mucho gusto arrancar nuestra asamblea de recaudación de fondos llamada Kid’s Heart Challenge, para apoyar a American Heart Association.  Los alumnos han tenido la oportunidad de aprender sobre el corazón y las maneras en las que pueden tomar buenas decisiones por su salud. Por ejemplo, el estar alejados de bebidas muy dulces con la soda y sesenta minutos de actividad física logra maravillas en la salud de su corazón. Los alumnos estarán buscando patrocinadores para la recaudación de fondos y puedan ganar premios y boletos para la rifa. ¡Los ganadores de la rifa tendrán la oportunidad de lanzar pays a la cara del Sr. Karas o el Sr. Sheldon!!  ¡Nosotros concluimos nuestra asamblea haciendo trabajar nuestros corazones con el baile del tiburón bebé “Baby Shark”!  ven este video para ver lo mucho que nos divertimos this video!

            Hablando de salud y seguridad, el 21 de febrero nos dará gusto recibir al Departamento de Policía de Evergreen, que llevará a cabo una asamblea sobre la seguridad de nuestros alumnos en el internet. Estas asambleas están divididas de acuerdo a la edad de los alumnos, y les ayudará a tomar buenas decisiones sobre su comportamiento en línea. Estamos agradecidos por el apoyo que esta comunidad ofrece a las escuelas del Distrito 124.    

            Hay otro par de fechas próximas que quisiera resaltar. El Día de San Valentín es el jueves 14 e febrero como todos sabemos. Por favor recuerden que los alumnos no deben traer ningún tipo de comida ni dulces a la escuela, debido a que hay algunos alumnos con alergias. Para nuestros alumnos de 5º grado, también el jueves 14 es el día del evento social del helado en la secundaria. El grupo de Central Middle School FOR/SADD/Leadershipinvita a todos los alumnos de 5º grado del Distrito 124 a un evento de helado GRATIS el jueves 14 de febrero a las3:30 p.m. en la cafetería de CMS. Ellos también se pueden quedar al partido de básquetbol de los niños CMS Panthers. También, anoten en sus calendarios el martes 19 de febrero. Este día los fotógrafos del anuario, vendrán a tomar fotos sorpresa a los alumnos y fotografiarán a las clases y clubes.   

             No se olviden que este martes 12 de febrero es nuestra junta de SEES Booster Club. Será en a biblioteca de Southeast a partir de las 3:15 pm.  Se hablará de los próximos eventos del club, incluyendo el boliche del sábado 23 de febrero. También, Evergreen Park estará llevando a cabo su festival Family Flake Fest on Saturday, el 9 de febrero. ¡Parece ser una magnífica oportunidad de salir con sus hijos y es gratis!

            Finalmente, no se olvide que durante esta temporada de catarros y flu, llamen a la escuela para reportar las ausencias de sus hijos. Como siempre, es un placer y un privilegio ser su director, y por favor, háganme saber su opinión para continuar haciendo de Southeast tan maravilloso lugar para crecer y aprender.




Tim Sheldon

Director de la Primaria Southeast

Principal Message Friday, February 1, 2019

Hello Southeast Families,


Thank you for your incredible flexibility and patience as we negotiated the latest round of winter weather and extreme cold.  I hope that everyone stayed safe and warm and didn’t have any frozen pipes!. Despite the short week, here are a couple of announcements for the coming days and weeks.

Our Culver’s Night is just around the corner! Please join us at the Evergreen Park Culver’s on Tuesday, February 5th from 5-8 pm!  Staff members, including me, will be serving up delicious food to all who attend. A portion of the proceeds are donated back to our school to support our programs.

We need your help with the 5Essentials Survey!  We are halfway to having enough responses from parents to get the results.  The survey takes only a few minutes, but provides our school and district with important feedback to make sure we are meeting your needs.  Please follow this link to complete this anonymous survey which is available in English and Spanish. If we don’t get enough responses, we won’t get any parent information back.  

You will soon be getting information about a fundraiser organized by Mr. Karas, Ms. Lorquin, and Ms. Costello which in years past has been known as “Jump Rope for Heart.”  This will be an opportunity to focus on fitness and health and build community within our school. This year’s “Kids’ Heart Challenge” kickoff event will be at school on Thursday, February 7th.  Please support this wonderful initiative

Finally, speaking of health, a helpful reminder regarding student health and wellness related to technology.  I came across this article regarding screen time the other day and thought it was clear and helpful. Certainly these last few days have probably had us all on screens more than usual, but this article offers some helpful advice about how to get back to a healthy balance of this activity for ourselves and our students.

Thank you for the privilege of being your principal. If there is anything that I can do to help make Southeast even a little bit better, please let me know. And Monday’s lunch menu has been changed to Bosco sticks!




Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast Elementary


Hola familias de Southeast,


Gracias por su increíble flexibilidad y paciencia cuando negociábamos la última ronda del clima invernal y el frío extremo. ¡Espero que todos hayan estado a salvo y abrigados, y que no se les hayan congelado las tuberías! A pesar de la corta semana, he aquí un par de avisos para los próximos días y semanas.


¡Ya viene nuestra noche en Culver’s! ¡Por favor, acompáñenos al Culver’s de Evergreen Park, el martes 5 de febrero de 5-8 pm! Los miembros del personal, incluso yo, estaremos sirviendo deliciosa comida a los que asistan. Una porción de las ganancias será donada a nuestra escuela para apoyar nuestros programas.


Necesitamos su ayuda con la encuesta de 5Essentials Survey! Estamos a la mitad de tener suficientes respuestas de los padres para obtener los resultados. La encuesta solo toma unos cuantos minutos, pero dará a nuestra escuela y distrito importante información para asegurarnos que estamos cubriendo sus necesidades. Por favor, siga este link para contestar esta encuesta anónima y que está disponible en inglés y español. Si no tenemos suficientes respuestas, no nos darán ninguna información de los padres.


Muy pronto enviaremos información sobre una recaudación de fondos organizada por el Sr. Karas, la Srita. Lorquin, y la Sra. Costello que en el pasado ha sido conocida como “Jump Rope for Heart.” Esta será una oportunidad de enfocarnos en el acondicionamiento físico y salud, y también para crear una comunidad dentro de nuestra escuela. El evento de inicio de este año llamado “Kids’ Heart Challenge” será en la escuela el jueves 7 de febrero. Por favor, apoye esta maravillosa iniciativa,


Finalmente, hablando de salud, este es un recordatorio referente a la salud y bienestar de los estudiantes relacionado con la tecnología. El otro día me encontré este artículo sobre el tiempo pasado en la pantalla, y pensé que era claro y útil. Ciertamente los días recientes nos han tenido en nuestras pantallas más de lo normal, pero este artículo ofrece consejos de utilidad sobre como regresar a un equilibrio saludable en esta actividad para nosotros y nuestros hijos.


Gracias por el privilegio de ser su director.  Si hay algo que yo pueda hacer para hacer de Southeast aun un poco mejor, por favor, háganme saber. Hay un cambio del menu de almuerzo para Lunes.  Sera Bosco Sticks.


Atentamente, Tim Sheldon Director de la Primaria Southeast

Principal Message Friday, January 25, 2019

Hello Southeast Families!

I hope that everyone stays warm this weekend!  We had a fantastic week despite the cold and have a lot of great things planned for the weeks ahead.

Thank you to everyone that attended last night’s Math Night.  We had well over 100 people attend and it was an incredibly successful evening of family, fun, and learning.  Lori Lurquin, one of our third grade teachers, organized the event and was supported by the vast majority of our teachers.  In addition to the fun activities, we had a grade-level raffle whose winners were announced this morning. We are incredibly lucky to have such dedicated staff members committed to making learning fun at Southeast!

Today Southeast students engaged in a PBIS celebration for their respectful, responsible, and safe behavior during the second quarter.  Students engaged in STEM activities that promote teamwork and communication. During this one-hour PBIS celebration, teachers and students reviewed the importance of building and sustaining a positive culture for learning.

Looking ahead, we want to highlight our Culver’s fundraising event on Tuesday, February 5th.  Please come to dine at Culver’s in Evergreen Park to support a local business and also our school.  Staff members will be working between 5-8 pm serving food. A portion of the proceeds during that time will benefit Southeast School.  We hope all of you can join us!

Finally, due to the harsh winter weather, I wanted to include some learning activities that can be done indoors with your children.  Of course, reading every day is something we encourage, but here a few activities that you might try too.

Thank you for the privilege of being your principal.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any suggestions or concerns.  Also, if you haven’t already, please take the 5Essentials Survey to give us the feedback we need to continue to grow as a school community.  This survey takes only a few minutes and is available in English or Spanish.


Stay warm this weekend,


Principal Sheldon

Southeast Elementary



¡Hola familias de Southeast!

¡Espero que todos permanezcan bien abrigados este fin de semana! Nosotros tuvimos una semana fantástica a pesar del frio, y tenemos fabulosas cosas planeadas para las siguientes semanas.

Gracias a todos los que asistieron a la Noche de Matemáticas de anoche. Tuvimos más de 100 personas, y fue un éxito increíble de aprendizaje y diversión familiar. Lori Lurquin, una de nuestras maestras de tercer grado, organizó el evento, y fue apoyada por una gran cantidad de maestros. Además de las divertidas actividades, tuvimos una rifa para cada grado escolar y cuyos ganadores fueron anunciados esta mañana. ¡Somos muy afortunados de tener miembros del personal tan dedicados y comprometidos a que el aprendizaje sea divertido en Southeast!

Hoy los alumnos participaron en una celebración PBIS por su comportamiento respetuoso, responsable y cuidadoso durante el segundo trimestre. Los alumnos tuvieron actividades STEM, las cuales promueven trabajo en equipo y comunicación.  Durante esta celebración PBIS de una hora, los maestros y alumnos repasaron la importancia de crear y mantener una cultura positiva para el aprendizaje.

Mirando al futuro, deseamos resaltar nuestro evento para recaudar fondos en Culver’s el martes 5 de febrero. Por favor, vengan a comer a Culver’s en Evergreen Park, para apoyar a los negocios locales, y también a nuestra escuela. Los miembros del personal estarán trabajando de 5 a 8 pm sirviendo la comida. Una porción de las ganancias durante estas horas irá a beneficio de la Escuela Southeast. ¡Esperamos que todos puedan acompañarnos!

Finalmente, debido al severo clima invernal, deseo incluir algunas actividades de aprendizaje que pueden realizar en el interior de su hogar con sus hijos. Por supuesto, el leer diariamente es algo que nosotros recomendamos, pero aquí hay algunas otras actividades activities que pueden intentar también.

Gracias por el privilegio de ser su director. Por favor, no duden en contactarme si tienen alguna sugerencia o preocupación. También, si no lo han hecho, por favor, contesten la encuesta de los 5 Esenciales 5Essentials  y darnos las opiniones que necesitamos para crecer como comunidad escolar. Esta encuesta sólo toma unos minutos y está disponible en inglés y español


Abríguense bien este fin de semana,


Director Sheldon

Primaria Southeast

Principal Message Friday, January 18, 2019

Hello Southeast Families!


I hope everyone is able to stay safe, warm, and dry despite all of the forecasted snow this weekend.  Also, I hope everyone enjoys the three-day weekend. Students will be bringing home their report cards today to share with you. Speaking of report cards, please provide us feedback as a school and district by taking the 5Essentials Survey.  It only takes a few minutes and your responses are critical to our success. Here are some important upcoming events and announcements for Southeast Elementary.

This coming Thursday, January 24th is our Math Night.  Ms. Luquin has organized an incredible event with the rest of the teachers.  They will have wonderful opportunities to play games, explore math concepts, and win prizes.  The event will take place at Southeast from 6-7 pm. We hope to see you there!

Another exciting event taking place soon is our Culver’s fundraiser night on Tuesday, February 5th.  From 5-8 pm, staff members, including me will be serving food at Culver’s in Evergreen Park to any students and families that are in attendance.  A portion of the proceeds from that evening benefit our school. Please come out to support not only a local business, but also our school.

We have Monday off to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday.  His sacrifice and commitment to equality, including equity in education, is an important part of our shared history.  There are many ways to commemorate this event, but here is information on several events that are offered by nearby museums.

Don’t forget that this coming Wednesday is a “late start” Wednesday!  As always, it is a privilege to be your principal and please let me know if there is ever anything that I can do to make tomorrow even a little bit better than today at Southeast.




Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast Elementary

Principal Message Friday, January 11, 2019

Hello Southeast Families!


Happy New Year!  We are so excited to welcome back all of our students and families this week.  We are starting a calendar year, but also closing out an academic quarter today.  Here are some important updates and announcements for our school community.

Second Quarter ends today and report cards will be sent home next week on Friday.  This is a great opportunity to discuss progress with your students. These can be nuanced and challenging conversations at times.  Here are some tips that I found that I think might be helpful as you approach this opportunity for academic reflection with your students. DiscussingYourChildsReportCard_Eng.pdf DiscussingYourChildsReportCard_Sp.pdf 

With the end of the academic quarter and midpoint of the year, our specials classes will be changing.  We have concluded an incredibly successful semester of Art with Mrs. Messina. She will be rotating to Northwest Elementary and Mrs. Eberhardt will be rotating from Southwest to join our team at Southeast for second semester.  Students’ schedules will not change; however, they will be receiving music instruction on those days when they had art instruction. Please join me extending a warm welcome to Mrs. Eberhardt and sincere thanks to Mrs. Messina for a wonderful first semester of work with our students.

One upcoming event that we want to begin to publicize is our Math Night on Thursday, January 24th from 6-7 pm.  All students are welcome to attend with an adult. Teachers will be creating and delivering exciting opportunities to learn about our math curriculum, engage in math activities as a family and school community, as well as play games and receive free resources.  There will also be a raffle for prizes that everyone who attends will be entered into upon arriving. We hope to see you there!

Next week, our SEES Booster Club will be meeting on Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30 pm.  We welcome and encourage your participation in these meetings. We hope to see you there!

Finally, please help us with our 5Essentials Parent Survey!  We very much need your input and cannot receive results unless we reach a critical number of parents in our community.  Here is the link to follow to complete this survey it should only take a couple of minutes. It’s anonymous and will help us to celebrate all of the successes of Southeast Elementary.  It will also help us refine our practice to address community needs. Please click on this link:  This survey is available in English and Spanish.

If there is ever anything that I can do to make today even a little bit better than tomorrow at Southeast, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  Thank you for the privilege of being your principal.




Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast

Prinicipal Message Friday, December 21, 2018

Hello Southeast Families!

We made it!!! Winter Break is here!!!  I just wanted to reach out with a brief message of holiday good cheer before we are all on break.  I will reach out in the new year with some friendly reminders and updates, but today I just wanted to say thank you.

Thank you to all of you for the warm welcome you have shown me this year.  You have been so incredibly kind and generous to me in my first year here.  Evergreen Park is a wonderful place and Southeast School is an incredible community within it.  I am so lucky and thankful to be able serve as your principal.

Secondly, I hope that everyone has a restful, relaxing, and safe holiday break.  Whether your are traveling near or far, I hope you have time together as a family to enjoy the holidays.  While I often give some friendly advice about how to stay academically engaged (and of course students should be reading every day!), I think break is a wonderful time to focus on the family.  I hope that everyone has time to spend together as a family and enjoy one another.

Thank you for everything and Happy Holidays,

Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast Elementary

Principal Message Friday, December 14, 2018

Hello Southeast Families!


We have so many exciting things to share as we approach Winter Break!  This week alone we have so much to celebrate. First of all, thank you all for being so incredibly generous with your donations for our canned food drive for Evergreen Park Food Pantry.  Not only did we surpass our goal, but we more than doubled it. Originally we had hoped for 700 items, but we closed out the week with 1493 items-more than the total of Northwest’s drive, not that anyone is counting :-)  It’s a testament to how generous, kind, and caring our school communities are. We also had a holiday door decorating contest this week (you can see pictures on our Twitter feed) with student judges. Congratulations to Mrs. Pudliner’s, Mrs. Ryan’s, Mrs. Geary’s 5th grade class who came in 1st place.

Looking ahead, we have a several festive community events.  Tomorrow, Saturday, December 15th from 9-11 am is the District 124 Foundation’s Breakfast with Santa at Central Middle School.  You can buy tickets at the door so please come for fun, food, and family activities. Also, on Monday, December 17th from 5:30-7:30 pm our Bilingual Parents Advisory Committee (BPAC) is hosting their Winter Holiday event at Southeast School.  Come and learn about seasonal holidays around the globe at this festive event honoring the inclusiveness of our district. We also want to note that the Evergreen Park Public Library is closed today and on Monday, December 17th. Finally, don’t forget that this Wednesday is a late start and that Friday is a non-attendance day for students.

We are always looking to learn more about how to support our community and to keep the lines of communication open.  To that end, I have joined the Remind App to provide a way to access me directly via text message.  remind app.pdf remind app spanish.pdf Attached to this email you will find a digital copy of the instructions on how to opt in that was sent home on Thursday.  Also, please help support our school and district by completing the 5Essentials Survey.  Your feedback is essential to help us know how to meet your needs.

As Winter Break approaches, I wanted to share an important tip on how to support our students’ literacy.  In addition to reading to children on a regular basis, it is incredibly helpful to practice dictation with them.  By reading aloud and asking children to copy what you are saying you support their writing skills, spelling, and reading comprehension.  Dictating a sentence or two a day to your student is a powerful way to support your child’s literacy.

Thank you for the privilege of being your principal.  If there is ever anything I can do to make our school community more responsive to your family’s needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out.




Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast Elementary School

Remind App and Principal Drop In

Hello Southeast Families!

I just wanted to drop you a note mid-week about a couple of great opportunities to further our communication and connection as a school community.  First of all, I wanted to invite you to drop in this Friday, December 14th anytime between 8:15-9:15 am for an informal chat in the library.  There is no set agenda, but I just wanted to provide an opportunity for anyone to drop in and chat.  Some coffee and donuts will be provided.

Also, I am going to start using the Remind App as another means of staying in touch with you.  Many of you may be familiar with this app already as a number of our teachers use it as a way to stay connected with their students' families.  This is an opt-in app.  Here are the directions to sign up: remind app.pdf remind app spanish.pdf You can also follow this link:  I will provide the information about the app again in my Friday email this week and also be able to answer any questions you have about it via email or in-person.  It will also go home in Thursday folders this week.

I am always look to learn more about our school community, maintain good communication with our families, and be responsive to your needs.  I hope these additional opportunities to get and stay connected are helpful.


Thank you for the privilege of being your principal.


Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast Elementary

Principal Message 12-7-18

Hello Southeast Families!


So many incredible generous things are happening during this holiday season!  First of all, thank you so much to all of you who attended and also to our incredible SEES Booster Club for the opening of shopping at Santa’s workshop on Wednesday night.  In addition to shopping for gifts in the library, families took pictures with Santa, made ornaments, and decorated holiday cookies. Here are two videos taken from the evening to show how much fun students had.  Students have been shopping as homerooms the past two days as well. Here is a brief video of students shopping.  Additionally, our student council is leading a canned food drive!  We encourage students and families to drop off non-perishable items through December 14th.

Speaking of the holiday season, we want to encourage everyone to attend our Evergreen Park District 124 Foundation “Breakfast with Santa” event on Saturday, December 15th. Breakfast with Santa 2018 - Deadline Extended 12-6-18.pdf  We are also looking for family members who would be willing to volunteer to support this and other events. For information about the foundation please follow this link and feel free to reach out via email at

We have couple of school and district musical events I want to highlight.  The D124 Beginning Band will have a concert in the Central Middle School gym on Thursday, December 13th at 6 pm.  This band includes our 5th and 6th graders. The CMS Choir, Concert Band, and Jazz Band are performing on Tuesday, December 18th at 6 pm in the CMS gymnasium.  Our talented student singers and musicians are incredible and we hope you can join us for the show. These are also great opportunities to help our elementary students learn more about programs at the middle school and become familiar with the building itself.

This week, I wanted to highlight one of the core features of our social emotional education program here at Southeast, the Second Step Program.  The Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Program for Kindergarten–Grade 5 helps teachers and students experience education as it was meant to be—joyful. The evidence-based, easy-to-teach weekly lessons strengthen the skills that improve communication, relationships, and learning. While our teachers deliver most of the lessons, our social worker delivers lessons on Bullying and Child Protection.  Here is a brief video that will help you visualize how this program works.

I want to follow up on the communication that I sent yesterday to provide clarity and, hopefully, dispel any misinformation that might be in circulation.  I received a few great follow up questions from parents and I want to address any concerns you may have that are similar to theirs. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. Period.

Yesterday, there was never a weapon on Southeast property; rather, a student made a comment about potentially bringing one to the school on a subsequent day.  I also want to make clearer what I mean when I tell the community that "we have thoroughly investigated an issue like this and assessed that there is no credible threat": any time a student makes a threat, that student and witnesses will be interviewed by the administration to gather as much information as possible. I also contact the student's parent or guardian.  A social worker or psychologist will assess whether the student has any discernible motivation to hurt themselves or someone else. We also assess whether or not the student has access to any dangerous object. Along the way, I am in touch with the district office, including Dr. Machak. In this instance, the reference was a to a Nerf toy. We found no negative intent behind the comment.  In communicating to you yesterday, I had a responsibility to balance the release of credible information (that I hoped would provide comfort to the community and mitigate concern) with the safeguarding of student privacy.

I hope this additional information allays another anxiety that may be lingering.  .

As I have always said, I pride myself on maintaining good communication with the community.  To that end, I am going to steal an idea from Dr. Machak and invite families to a drop in “Coffee and Donuts with Principal Sheldon” on Friday, December 14th from 8:15-9:15 am in the library at Southeast.  There is no agenda, but rather another opportunity for you to bring any questions, concerns, or feedback to the table. You do not have to RSVP nor stay for the whole time, or even attend, but I hope to hear from you always.

Thank you for the privilege of being your principal.


Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast

Principal Message 11-30-18

Hello Southeast Families,

Happy Friday!  It’s hard to believe that on Monday that we cancelled school due to snow and cold on this warm(er) Friday!  Here some important reminders, highlights, and announcements to help us stay on the same page as we head into December.

This coming week students will begin their second round of Star 360 and AIMSWeb testing.  These assessments are vital parts of our progress monitoring and instructional planning processes.  They help to us make sure we are meeting each and every students’ educational needs and targeting additional supports when appropriate.  Students always perform better on assessments when they are well-rested and have a great breakfast. As always, please help us make sure to get the best results by having students to school on-time and prepared for success.  Here is some additional information about our STAR 360 assessment which replaced the MAP assessment this year.

Also, this week our SEES Booster Club-sponsored Secret Santa Shop opens!  On Wednesday, December 5th from 6-8 pm, you can get a head start on shopping in our library.  Students will have times to shop on Thursday and Friday. This year our older students will have a turn to shop on Thursday, the first day, and the younger students will shop on Friday.  Proceeds from this event benefit our SEES Booster Club and support Southeast School. We are incredibly appreciative of all of the volunteer efforts that go into making this event possible.

Speaking of holiday festivities, we hope that you have marked your calendar for Saturday, December 15th for the Evergreen Park District 124 Foundation’s “Breakfast with Santa” Event.  This event is from 9-11 am at Central Middle School. There will be a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, crafts, and more!

Our Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, December 3rd from 5:30-7:30 pm due to the cancelled day of school last Monday.  Please join us to help plan our upcoming BPAC Holiday Event which will be on Monday, December 17th at 5:30 pm. Thank you so much to our parents for helping to lead this committee that promotes diversity and cultural understanding throughout the district and the community.

As the winter weather switches between arctic blasts and spring breezes, please know that 30 degrees Fahrenheit is the cutpoint for students to be outside for recess and to come in early at entry.  Below this temperature, we keep students inside for recess and, starting at 8:05 am, welcome them into the building to stay warm. This policy is also in our district’s parent-student handbook.

Thank you all for the privilege of being your principal.  As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with feedback on how I can make today even a little bit better than tomorrow.  

Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast Elementary School

Principal Message 11-20-18

Happy Thanksgiving Southeast Families,

On behalf of our entire staff, I would love to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving Break.  We sincerely hope that these next several days are opportunities to connect with friends and family and share in a wonderful meal.  Whether you are traveling a great distance or staying close to home, I hope that everyone has a safe holiday. I also want to thank everyone for welcoming me into the Southeast family this year.

It was a short week this week, so there are not too many things to highlight; however, I want to celebrate our incredible staff who is always looking for ways to make learning fun and creative.  Many of you follow my twitter handle for Southeast School, but I wanted to mention that several of our teachers have their own Twitter accounts. Please give some of these teachers a follow if you are on social media:

Mr. Scott Liska:   @MrLiska_D124

Mrs. Christ Dewey: @MDeweyse

Mrs. Mary Beth Madden: @madden_class

Mrs. Sarah Swiciecki: @Mrs_Swiecicki

Ms. Larissa Jondle: @msjondle

Ms. Maggie Polacek: @mspolacek

Mrs. Emily O’Leary: @mrsolearySE

Mrs. Amanda Farrell: @5th_withFarrell

Mrs. Tracey Gleason: @tgleason70

As many of you know, the district has several hashtags, including #D124Inspire, #D124Empower, and #D124Achieve which can also help you find things on social media for our district.

Looking ahead, we have our BPAC meeting at 5:30 pm on Monday, November 26th.  We are looking forward to planning events that help promote cultural diversity and understanding.  On Tuesday, November 27th our 4th graders will be attending a railroad safety presentation from the Evergreen Police Department.  Wednesday, November 28th is a Late Start Wednesday so make sure to drop your students off no earlier than 9:15 am. We will also be sharing more information with you about Secret Santa shopping the first week of December which is sponsored by our SEES Booster Club.  Also, you should have received information from our generous D124 Foundation about a holiday event on Saturday, December 15th- Breakfast with Santa.

We did have one unfortunate incident at Southeast School this week involving graffiti in a girls' bathroom stall.  One word was scratched into a small area on a stall wall (the word has since been removed completely). It was an unfortunate word that is laden with deep historical hatred.  We take such incidents very seriously as a school community and are fully investigating this issue to determine who was responsible. Additionally, we continue to pursue a social emotional curriculum that promotes mutual understanding and respect between our students as classmates and members of the same community.  During this season of Thanksgiving, I hope you will help reiterate to all of our students that our diversity strengthens our school community and that everyone has the right to feel welcome in their school every day. While this event hopefully will remain an outlier, it serves as a teachable moment. We at Southeast will always remain vigilant in our quest to keep our school a welcoming place everyday for everyone.

It is a privilege to be your principal.  As always, I welcome your feedback and encourage your communication with me on every aspect of your child’s education.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday,

Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast Elementary

Principal Message 11-16-18

Happy Friday!!! What an incredibly busy week!  We had an incredible number of special events that showed off not only the talents of our students, but also the tradition, collaboration, and dedication that our community is built upon.  We are so incredibly grateful to all of our dedicated staff members and families for supporting our school during these busy days as we lead up to Thanksgiving Break.

One of the longest running traditions at Southeast is our 1st and 2nd grade Thanksgiving Play and Feast.  Many of you actually participated in this tradition when you were students here at Southeast! This past Thursday, the tradition continued to the delight of at least 150 parents and community members.  You can see a brief clip of one of the songs our students sang during the play here on our newly added Videos Page in the “About Southeast” section of our website.(Navigation Note:  On our school page, you have to click “About” and then the “About Southeast” link to get to page that has the “Videos” section noted on the side).  After our play, we had more than a dozen family member volunteers set up our incredible Thanksgiving Feast for our students. You can find some wonderful photos of this event here.

Also this week, we had our Scholastic Book Fair in our gymnasium.  Our Library Media Aide, Cindy Meyer, did a fabulous job organizing this incredible shopping experience for our students and families.  With the help of several staff members, we sold thousands of books and other items. A portion of the proceeds will directly benefit our school, not to mention the fact that our students went home with a myriad of enjoyable books and other goodies!  Thank you for generously supporting this event.

Last night at Evergreen Park High School, our 5th Graders performed in the Dancing With Class Dance Off!  Throughout the fall, our 5th graders and all 5th graders in District 124 have been working with Dancing With Class instructors to learn social graces and several dances, including the Merengue, Foxtrot, and Swing.  Our Southeast Eagles were spirited competitors and took home a special award for “Zeal and Commitment” and also received an award for their overall excellence in the Merengue! Here is a brief video clip of our students and other D124 students performing the Merengue.  These awards are on display in our trophy case in the front hall for all to see.  Thank you to all of our families who came last night to cheer on our dancers!

Finally, Thursday was also Parent Visitation Day when we open our classroom to family members to showcase our instruction and our amazing teachers.  We were so happy to have welcomed dozens of families to interact with their students and teachers in their respective classrooms. This day is the embodiment of our collaborative efforts as a school community.

Next week is a short week ahead of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  There is no school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. One important event to note upon our return is our Bilingual Parents Advisory Committee (BPAC) Meeting on Monday, November 26th at 5:30 pm hosted here at Southeast.  Also, please remember that Wednesday, November 28th is a Late Start Wednesday with students entering the building at 9:20 am.

Once again, thank you so much for all of your participation and support in this week’s events.  We couldn’t do any of these events without the support and effort of our dedicated families. It is certainly one of the things I am most thankful for this holiday season- an incredible supportive and involved school community.  Thank you for the privilege of being your principal. As always, if there is any way that I can make tomorrow even a little bit better than today at Southeast, please let me know.


Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast Elementary

Principal Message 11-9-18

Hello Southeast Families,

It's hard to believe that there was snow flying this morning, but there was!  Amazingly we are just two short weeks away from Thanksgiving Break!  The next several weeks are full of incredible events.  But first, let me highlight some wonderful things that happened this week!

On Monday and Tuesday, we welcomed our families for parent-teacher conferences.  I sincerely appreciate everyone who was able to take the time to visit with our teachers and discuss our students academic progress.  I am a firm believer that the stronger the partnership that exists between parents and the school, the more it benefits our students.  Parent-teacher conferences are not the only moment for collaboration; we want to maintain clear and open lines of communication.  If you weren't able to attend or even if you were, please continue to reach out with your questions, concerns, and ideas how we can best meet the needs of your students.

Today was a busy day at Southeast too!  Our 5th graders performed with Dancing with Class.  This organization has taught our students dances like the Fox Trot and the Merengue and also the cultural and historical roots of these dances.  Additionally, our students learned social skills and created beautiful art work as part of this collaboration.  Our students, impeccably dressed, performed several dances today in front of their families and our 4th grade students who will participate in this program next year.  Please check out our Twitter feed for pictures and videos. Many thanks to all of you who were able to attend.  Another awesome event today was our 2nd grade field trip to the Field Museum.  Students toured special exhibits and the general collection, not to mention taking the exciting trip downtown to the museum itself!  We are so incredibly grateful to all of our parents that served as chaperones.  You helped us make sure our students had a safe and productive trip; we couldn't have these type of experiences without your help.

Looking ahead we have several exciting events this coming week!  On Thursday, November 15th our 1st and 2nd Grade students will be performing their Thanksgiving Holiday play and participating in a feast of holiday foods.  Attached to this email you will find the notice that went home this week which includes details, an RSVP form, and a request for volunteers.  If you are a 1st or 2nd grade family, we hope you can return this document as soon as possible.  Also on Thursday, November 15th is our Parent Visitation Day from 9:15-11:00 am.  We invite families to visit their students classrooms at that time to see the incredible instruction that we provide to your students.  If you have a student in Project Tree Math in either 3rd or 5th grade and you would like to see that classroom, which is housed a different school, we ask that you attend their day of visitation which is on Friday, November 16th.  Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions.  We hope to see everyone that day! Thanksgiving Feast 2018.pdf Visitation Letter 2018.pdf   Finally, we hope that you can participate in our Scholastic Book Fair on November 15th and 16th! A final reminder is that this coming Wednesday, November 14th is a Late Start Wednesday meaning that doors will open at 9:20 am!

Let me close by acknowledging why we have Monday off from school- to honor our military veterans.  All of us here at Southeast appreciate the sacrifice of our military families- those who serve, those who go without their loved ones, and those who give the ultimate sacrifice for our country and freedom.  Here is a listing of some events in the area for families over the coming days to commemorate Veterans' Day.  For all of our families who include a service member, we sincerely appreciate your service.

Thank you for the privilege of being your principal.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns or feedback on how we can better meet your students' and family's needs.



Tim Sheldon

Principal of Southeast Elementary