Calling all GIANTS, Reminder, Online Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year is open and will remain open until the end of July. For returning students, simply login to your TeacherEase Parent Portal. New to the district, please use the following link: https://www.teacherease.com/NewFamilyRegistration.aspx... For anyone needing to prove residency, provide immunization, physical records, or pay school fees, you can do so in person on Monday, August 2nd and Tuesday, August 3rd from 8:00am- 2:00pm. Any questions, please contact the SAGS office at (815) 427-8153.
Come join our amazing team! St. Anne CCSD 256 in St. Anne Illinois has the following positions available for the 2021-2022 school year. 5th Grade Classroom Teacher Library Paraprofessional Physical Education Paraprofessional For full job description details and to apply, interested applicants should visit our website located at www.sags256.org under “Employment Opportunities.”
Happy July SAGS Families, We are excited to announce that Online Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year has opened and will remain open until the end of July. For returning students, simply login to your TeacherEase Parent Portal. If you are new to the district, please use the following link: https://www.teacherease.com/NewFamilyRegistration.aspx?refid=577241d4-09f6-4a3e-8314-ce4e162ed42a For anyone needing to prove residency, provide immunization or physical records, or pay school fees can do so in person on Monday, August 2nd and Tuesday, August 3rd from 8:00am- 2:00pm. Any questions, please contact the SAGS office at (815) 427-8153.
Riverside is offering FREE Sports Physicals and/or Covid-19 Vaccinations to those interested this Saturday, June 12 from 9 am- 1 pm. Anyone planning to participate in a sport next year this is a good opportunity to get your sports physical out of the way. Please see photo for additional information.
Jackie Haas, State Representative-District 79, announces her first ever Summer Reading Club! Students who read 8 or more books will receive a certificate from the Illinois House of Representatives and an invitation to an ice cream party to celebrate their achievement! Parents or guardians can pick up an informational pamphlet at your local library or online at: https://rephaas.com/2021/05/27/rep-haas-announces-summer-reading-club/
SAGS Morning Announcements: 5.27.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KlUbp2eXB4 #TheSAGSway HAPPY LAST DAY GIANTS!! Two Admin Starting Summer Early!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/PUBLICATION: NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING On Friday, May 28, 2021 at 9:00 am, a meeting conducted by St. Anne Public Schools Nos. 256 & 302 will take place via Zoom. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the districts’ plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the districts for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are the parent of a child with a disability who is homeschooled and resides within the St. Anne Grade School District No. 256 and/or the St. Anne Community High School District No. 302 boundaries, you are urged to attend. Please contact Kate Shutter at 815-422-4178 to register for the meeting.
The Monday, May 24, 2021 Regular Board of Education meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. at the District office.
Summer Preschool Screenings! August 9th and 10th from 12:30-3:00. Contact Ms. Kelly at 815-427-8153 to schedule an appointment.
SAGS Morning Announcements: 5.20.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxKu3DGxfMM #TheSAGSway 8th Grade Promotion will be streamed Live tonight at 7:00 PM
Beginning June 1, 2021, St. Anne Grade School will be offering free breakfast (7:30-9:30 am) and lunch(10:30 am-12:00 pm) to individuals age 18 and under or physically or mentally challenged. Meals are served from the school kitchen for dine in or carry out. Masks required.
SAGS Morning Announcements: 4.16.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6kJgEe1bvU Bonus Motivational Monday: "Get Plenty of Rest"- Pajama Day!! #TheSAGSway
Link for tonight's Lady Giants basketball game at St. George @ 4:30 PM: https://www.facebook.com/SGS258 Best of Luck Giants!! #TheSAGSway
SAGS Morning Announcements: 4.15.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYVmY1y9HpQ Tomorrow is "GIANT Success"- SAGS School Spirit #TheSAGSway
Lady Giants Basketball tips off tonight with a home game vs. Grace. Catch all the action live at 4:30PM over on our Athletic Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/St-Anne-Grade-School-Athletics-1679431895616887 Best of luck ladies!! #TheSAGSway
SAGS Morning Announcements: 4.14.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpVyeEecKr8 Tomorrow is "Shoot for Success/All Star Lineup"- Sports Day!! #TheSAGSway
SAGS Morning Announcements: 4.13.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFqcc_7-Ld0 Tomorrow is "Shine Bright"- Neon and/or Sunglasses Day!! #TheSAGSway
SAGS Morning Announcements: 4.12.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSYnyPLH0EQ Tomorrow is "Cruising for Success"- Racing Theme/ Stripe Day!! #TheSAGSway
We are down to the final months with the "Score" program at Belson Steel Center. As we enter the the final stretch, please don't forget to remind all your family and friends to support St. Anne Grade School and bring their cans to Belson's! Just mention St. Anne Grade School when you get paid and we will get points. The final day to bring in cans will be April 24th. https://www.belsonsteel.com/score/ Thanks for your support GIANTS!! #TheSAGSway
Tomorrow is the last day to order a yearbook at the $20 price either online or order form! After that online purchase will not be available and the price will be $22.00.
Boys Basketball is back in action both tonight and tomorrow with 8th grade night. Catch all the action on our Athletic Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/St-Anne-Grade-School-Athletics-1679431895616887
Online Book Fair opens today! The shopping link is activated. FREE SHIPPING on order $25 or more in books. Delivery right to your door. Visit us at www.scholastic.com/bf/sagsreadingisfun
Last week SAGS held 8th grade night for volleyball. These 10 ladies have worked extremely hard this year and we could not be more proud of them. 8th Grade is headed to regional play this Saturday. Best of luck ladies!! 7th Grade won their opening round of regional play and moves onto the regional semifinal on Tuesday. Best of luck ladies!! #TheSAGSway
One more week until Yearbook ordering is complete! Checks to SAGS or online at ybpay.lifetouch.com and use code 1054521.
Link for tonight boys basketball game at Bishop Mac @ 5:30 PM: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwQODNd7R6yWNx_BkWfYMzg Best of Luck Giants #TheSAGSway
SAGS Morning Announcements: 3.4.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vIqm4oE46c Tomorrow is GIANTS Spirit Wear!! #TheSAGSway
Link for tonight's volleyball game: Lady Giants vs. Bishop Mac: https://www.facebook.com/St-Anne-Grade-School-Athletics-1679431895616887 8th Grade Night #TheSAGSway
SAGS Morning Announcements: 3.3.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DJetCz55To Tomorrow is Spy Day!! #TheSAGSway
Links for tonight's games: Girls Volleyball vs. St. George: https://www.facebook.com/St-Anne-Grade-School-Athletics-1679431895616887 Boys Basketball @ Bradley Central: https://youtu.be/vgAbjfuRKVE Best of Luck Giants!! #TheSAGSway
SAGS Morning Announcements: 3.2.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsZIX4DBEHM Tomorrow is Wacky Wednesday #TheSAGSway
Links for tonight's games: Girls Volleyball vs. Beecher: https://www.facebook.com/St-Anne-Grade-School-Athletics-1679431895616887 Boys Basketball @ Manteno: https://www.facebook.com/MantenoMiddleSchoolAthletics/ Best of Luck Giants!! #TheSAGSway
Yearbook orders are due March 12th! Online orders - ybpay.lifetouch.com and use code 1054521. Orders forms are checks only made out to SAGS!
SAGS Morning Announcements: 3.1.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAZuT3RvOFE Tomorrow is Country Day!! #TheSAGSway
Lady Giants Volleyball is back in action tonight vs. Limestone. Catch all the action over on our Athletic Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/St-Anne-Grade-School-Athletics-1679431895616887
The boys basketball team will be traveling to Nash Middle School tonight, catch the live stream here: https://www.facebook.com/nashmiddleschool Best of Luck Giants!! #TheSAGSway
The link for tonight's volleyball game in Manteno https://www.facebook.com/mantenovolleyball St. Paul will not be streaming tonight's boys basketball game. Best of Luck Giants!! #TheSAGSway
Boys Basketball travels to Momence. Catch the live stream here: https://www.facebook.com/Momence-Jr-High-Athletics-331372001549444/ Girls Volleyball host Grant Park. Catch the live stream here: https://www.facebook.com/St-Anne-Grade-School-Athletics-1679431895616887
Reminder that Spring pictures have been rescheduled for February 22nd!
Boys Basketball starts tonight as they play host to St. George @ 4:30pm. Catch all the action on the St. Anne Grade School Athletics Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/St-Anne-Grade-School-Athletics-1679431895616887 Best of luck Giants!! #TheSAGSway
Yearbook orders are due March 15th! Order at ybpay.lifetouch.com using the code 1054521! Order forms were sent home as well!
Lady Giants Volleyball is back in action tonight as they play host to Peotone @ 4:30pm. Catch all the action on the St. Anne Grade School Athletics Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/St-Anne-Grade-School-Athletics-1679431895616887 Best of luck Ladies!! #TheSAGSway
Apologies, but Lifetouch was unable to make their appointment today therefore there will be no Spring Pictures today, February 11th. They have rescheduled for February 22nd. Remote learners once again can get their pictures taken from 12:45-1:30. Sorry for any inconvenience!
Volleyball is back in action!! The Lady Giants travel to Bradley Central tonight at 4:30 PM. Catch the live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP7MSg93fG4&feature=youtu.be #TheSAGSway
SAGS Morning Announcements: 2.5.2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsqwzPjpP3s Inclement Weather Remote Learning Day Junior High-Schedule Below Intermediate- Follow Teachers Schedule Primary- Inclement Weather Packets #TheSAGSway
St. Anne Families, Due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions along with increasingly dangerous winds, tomorrow Friday, February 5, 2021, will be a remote learning day for both St. Anne schools. Thank you and stay safe and warm! Charlie Stegall Superintendent
Hello SAGS family! Ms. Kelly received some incorrect information regarding spring picture ordering. Here is the plan....you child will bring home an order form tomorrow. You can send in your order with payment or do it online for Friday's pictures and there will be no additional charges. If you choose to wait or you do not wish to order, every child will still have their picture taken and you will receive a proof 2-3 weeks after Friday. If you wish to order from that proof a shipping and handling fee will apply. Regardless of your decision....every child will have their picture taken! Sorry for any confusion! Happy smiles on Friday!
Due to poor road conditions on Monday, February 1, both St. Anne Schools will not be in session. However, this will be a Virtual Remote Learning Planning Day for our staff. Please stay safe and have a good evening! Thank you and please stay safe! Charlie Stegall Superintendent
SAGS Morning Announcements: 1.26.2021 Remote Learning Day=Inclement Weather https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GnqEXMqHuU #TheSAGSway
Calling all Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers, & Community Members Project SUN's January Parent Café, "Responding to Bullying & Cyberbullying" will be held via webinar this Thursday, January 21, 5:30-7:00 PM. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8251774705469854223
SEESAW & GOOGLE CLASSROOM VIRTUAL TRAINING Still Time to Register: https://www.sags256.org/article/364464?org=sagsd
SAGS Christmas Attire Spirit Day... Tomorrow we continue with Pajama Day!! Spread some Holiday Spirit and Joy!! Send pictures to Mr. Froehner- firstname.lastname@example.org
SAGS Ribbons and/or Bows Spirit Day... Tomorrow we continue with Christmas Attire!! Spread some Holiday Spirit and Joy!! Send pictures to Mr. Froehner- email@example.com
SAGS GREEN & RED Spirit Day... Tomorrow we continue with Ribbon and/or Bow Day!! Spread some Holiday Spirit and Joy!! Send pictures to Mr. Froehner- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Phelps is Retiring!! Let's give her a grand SAGS farewell!!! https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78504647014?pwd=Z3drNlZoN1ZrZVlGU3ppVkdiK2VPdz09 Details in the Flyer⇊⇊
SAGS Ugly Sweater Spirit... Tomorrow we continue with Green and Red Day!! Spread some Holiday Spirit and Joy!! Send pictures to Mr. Froehner- email@example.com
Quick Reminder: Tomorrow Kicks off SAGS' Virtual Christmas Spirit Week with Ugly Sweater Day! And do not forget the Student Council Can Drive as well! Send Pictures to Mr. Froehner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonights the Night!!! Family Literacy Night 2020: Home Edition https://sites.google.com/apps.sags256.org/family-literacy-night-2020/home?scrlybrkr Join us for a night of fun and reading!!
SAGS Morning Announcements: 12.7.2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyvwhibhlmY #TheSAGSway PS- Do Not Forget About FLN Tomorrow Evening⬇⬇⬇
"GIANT NATION", Today is the last day to order your Spirit Wear and show your "St. Anne Pride" Do Not Miss Out!! https://stores.inksoft.com/st_anne_giants/shop/home
Only 5 Days left!! Makes a great Christmas present!! GIANT Nation show your St. Anne PRIDE with new spirit wear. https://stores.inksoft.com/st_... Store closes on December 4th... Do not miss out!! #TheSAGSway
GIANT Nation show your St. Anne PRIDE with some new spirit wear!! https://stores.inksoft.com/st_anne_giants/shop/home Store Closes on December 4th. Do not miss out. #TheSAGSway
Calling all SAGS Families!! The yearbook staff is looking for designs for the front cover of this year’s yearbook!! Yearbook Cover Template: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13w6FSewbg29exKGcqe7ztQ5ahG7j1e-uYQ_O1xIULJI/edit?usp=sharing #TheSAGSway
SAGS Morning Announcements: 11.16.2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHfrHBPbYQw Remote Learning Daily Attendance (Required) SAGS Website or SAGS #256 APP #TheSAGSway
Any SAGS family who is interested in meals for either delivery or pickup during remote instruction please visit the link provided to fill out our survey. Meal distribution will begin on Monday November 16, 2020. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMeSE2c3VbBt2fm4CgJvxcS1dqNu2xPCdSM8-2txcUa3tzNw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Happy Halloween from SAGS: 2020 Halloween Parade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO0foSNFAxs #TheSAGSway
10.29.2020 Morning Announcements: 10.29.2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ion3I5pqDTc #TheSAGSway
Curious about what it takes to be a substitute teacher. Follow this link for information from the Illinois State Board of Education on how to make a difference in the lives of Illinois Students. St. Anne Grade School pays $100.00 to qualified substitute teachers. https://www.isbe.net/Documents/how-become-sub-teacher.pdf
As the leaves begin to change colors and fall, SAGS wants to send an extra special thank you to Kankakee Nursery Co. for their generous donation of 3 beautiful new trees. SAGS is beyond excited to see the trees grow and provide shade for students on the playgrounds. A special thank you as well to Mr. Pomaranski and Mr. Dan for planting them.
You'll find fantastic new books at the SAGS book fair. Shop online now through Monday 10/25. SAGS Book Fair https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stanneelemschool
The SAGS Book Fair is happening now ONLINE! Although a traditional in-person book fair isn't available, you can take advantage of some great deals on books. The Fair is going on NOW through October 25th. There are over 6,000 books to choose from online. Please visit https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stanneelemschool to place your order. FREE SHIPPING directly to your door when you purchase $25 or more IN BOOKS. "Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are." ~Mason Cooley
SAGS Book Fair is coming soon! STARTING MONDAY, October 12th, you may shop the book fair ONLINE!!! The shopping link will be activated Monday. Please visit: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stanneelemschool All orders will ship directly to your home. Order $25 or more in BOOKS and receive FREE SHIPPING. Over 6,000 books to choose from online. HAPPY SHOPPING!!!
Last night was 8th Grade Night for the Girls Softball Team and the Boys Baseball Team. These six girls and three boys have worked extremely hard all season long and were honored for their dedication and effort. Great Job to all!! The Giants Baseball & Softball team will now head into IESA Regional play next week.
Give me a G- G. Give me an I- I. Give me an A- A. Give me a N- N. Give me a T- T. Give me a S- S. Whats that Spell? GIANTS!!! SAGS is beyond excited for our new bleachers. We can not wait to be able to fill them with all our students, families, and community!! Thank you to the Board of Education for your support and vision on this project. #TheSAGSway
September 11, 2020 As we begin to transition back to our blended in-person model of learning on Monday, September 14, 2020, we will continue to offer meal service to those students who have opted to remain in Remote Learning. If you are interested in receiving meals for your student(s), please fill out this form ONCE. We will keep you on the list to receive weekly meals until you notify us to discontinue meal service. Note: One form will cover all students in the household. As mentioned last week, all meals are free due to the recent USDA decision to extend free meals through December 2020. Students opting to continue with remote learning will be offered a daily pick up option or a one time per week delivery option. If you choose the one time per week delivery option, your student(s) will receive 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches every Monday afternoon. Delivery will begin on Monday afternoon September 14, 2020. Pick up time for meals at SAGS are as follows: Breakfast - 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and Lunch - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pick up will be at the main entrance door! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMeSE2c3VbBt2fm4CgJvxcS1dqNu2xPCdSM8-2txcUa3tzNw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Picture Day is Coming- September 17th & 18th!! Pictures will be taken during the school day- 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Students with the last names beginning A-L will be on Thursday and M-Z on Friday. Preschool will take theirs on Friday. If your child is a remote learner, they can come in anytime between 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm either day. All students will need their pictures taken for the yearbook. Forms will be sent home next week. You may order pictures online- mylifetouch.com with the event code EVTHRZVDT. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Kelly!
Attention PARENTS of Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th Graders: Time is flying by and we just want to remind you that Physicals and updated shot records need to be completed and turned in to the Front Office by or before Oct. 15th, 2020. This is mandated by the State. Kindergarteners are required to have a Physical, up to date shots, Dental and Eye exams. 2nd Graders are required to have Dental Exams. 6th Graders are required to have a School Physical (Sports physical are NOT be acceptable), a Tdap and a Meningococcal vaccine, and a Dental exam. If you have any questions you can call the Office.
We have great news! The USDA recently announced that they have extended the free meals program. All enrolled K-12 students will receive free meals through the end of December or until Federal funds are depleted. Extra items are not included. Student accounts will be automatically adjusted from meals already charged and will not be charged the rest of the semester. No calls are necessary. Every student is automatically enrolled. During remote learning, St. Anne Schools will continue to offer meals for pick-up or delivery. That includes the upcoming remote learning week of September 8 – September 11. If you would like to receive meals either by pick-up or delivery, please go onto the following form to fill it out: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMeSE2c3VbBt2fm4CgJvxcS1dqNu2xPCdSM8-2txcUa3tzNw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Happy Friday Giant Nation! Just a friendly reminder, breakfast and lunch options are available daily at SAGS or for delivery. Please fill out the Breakfast/Lunch Count form and submit it weekly by Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. https://docs.google.com/forms/...
SAGS Technical Support Having Tech Issues/Problems?? Contact Mr. Fruendt @ 815-427-8153 option # 8 for the Tech Department. Mr. Fruendt will help you over the phone or set up a time for you to bring the device in. Please have patience as Mr. Fruendt is working extremely hard to keep both SAGS and SACHS Tech Departments functioning at a high level.
Updated with correct date: During remote learning, St. Anne Grade School will still be offering Breakfast and Lunch options for our students. If you would like to order a breakfast/lunch for either pick up or delivery please fill out this google form. We do ask that you, for planning purposes, fill this form out one time for the week. Also, one form may be used for each St. Anne Grade School Family. A new form must be submitted no later then Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for delivery the next day. Breakfast cost: $1.25 per day, .30 Reduced. Lunch cost: $2.65 per day/ .40 reduced. Some students may also qualify for free breakfast and lunch and will not be charged. Lunch Delivery will begin on Monday August 24, 2020 and will contain that days lunch and the following days breakfast. The following time schedule will be followed for pick up of meals at SAGS: Breakfast - 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and Lunch - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pick up will be at main entrance of the building! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMeSE2c3VbBt2fm4CgJvxcS1dqNu2xPCdSM8-2txcUa3tzNw/viewform?usp=sf_link
During remote learning, St. Anne Grade School will still be offering Breakfast and Lunch options for our students. If you would like to order a breakfast/lunch for either pick up or delivery please fill out this google form. We do ask that you, for planning purposes, fill this form out one time for the week. Also, one form may be used for each St. Anne Grade School Family. A new form must be submitted no later then Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for delivery the next day. Breakfast cost: $1.25 per day, .30 Reduced. Lunch cost: $2.65 per day/ .40 reduced. Some students may also qualify for free breakfast and lunch and will not be charged. Lunch Delivery will begin on Monday August 22, 2020 and will contain that days lunch and the following days breakfast. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMeSE2c3VbBt2fm4CgJvxcS1dqNu2xPCdSM8-2txcUa3tzNw/viewform?usp=sf_link
We are beyond excited to welcome students back tomorrow for the start of the 2020-2021 School Year!! We have provided a little video as guidance to a few of the many changes taking place at SAGS. Enjoy!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQmyZwBsJdw #TheSAGSway
SAGS REMOTE LEARNING STUDENTS! If you have chosen remote learning to begin the school year; device, textbook, & resource pick up day is tomorrow, Friday, August 14th. The office will be open 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Please wear a mask and be patient as we assist you.
Attention Giant Softball and Baseball Families: Practices will begin Tuesday, August 4th from 9:00am - 10:30am for BOTH, softball & baseball. (High School respective fields) You MUST have an up to date physical to tryout/practice! #TheSAGSway
LAST DAY TO COMPLETE THE REQUEST FOR REMOTE LEARNING! As a reminder, all parents are required to complete this survey to ensure we can best serve your student. Please click the link below to complete the survey if you have not already done so. Thank you in advance. #TheSAGSway https://forms.gle/CinyM3S6K7ciGU8DA
HAVE YOU RESPONDED TO THE REMOTE LEARNING PARENT CHOICE SURVEY? If not, please click on the link below and complete the survey as soon as possible. Deadline is Friday, July 31st, 2020. #TheSAGSway https://forms.gle/89DXLycKDdD1MYE96
ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS MUST COMPLETE. Request for Remote Learning Due Date - Friday, July 31st, 2020 Please click on the link below to complete the form stating your intentions for your student for the first nine weeks of the school year. If you have any questions, or need assistance completing the form, please call the Main Office (815-427-8153) or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBVhpzyIoOe7pOe0lKMcp9l87lYtxNtOHAdq_epWlFcDQNVg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Attention Giant Softball & Baseball Families. Here is the recent statement from the IESA. Unfortunately they have decided to cancel the softball and baseball seasons. Please read through the following statement for further clarity. To All IESA Member Schools: The IESA Board of Directors held a special meeting on Thursday, July 23. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss fall sports and whether those activities could be held in accordance with the current limitations placed on schools and activities by the Illinois Department of Public Health. After much discussion, the Board unanimously approved to cancel the regular season and IESA state series in the sports of boys and girls golf, boys baseball, girls softball, and boys and girls cross-country for the 2020-21 school year. There are no plans to try and re-schedule the activities or conduct them later in the school year in part due to if and when high schools in Illinois play their contests. Girls softball practice was scheduled to start July 27. The baseball and cross-country seasons were scheduled to start August 3. The Board delayed any decision on girls basketball. The first day of girls basketball practice is scheduled for August 31. The Board will meet again in late August to make a decision regarding girls basketball. The Board did review and approve a plan submitted by the Speech Advisory Committee that allows schools to hold their own speech contest during the upcoming school year. Schools that participate in speech will receive information at a later date. No decisions regarding any other activities were made. We know that there will be many people within the school system who will applaud this decision and there will be many who will be strongly opposed. At the forefront of the Board decision is that the activities must be conducted within the current limitations that have been placed on the schools by the IDPH. In particular, the mandate that there can be no physical contact between athletes and that students must be socially distanced (6 ft. of separation) makes the administration and conduct of games and contests very difficult and in some cases impossible to adhere to the mandates. While there are plenty of youth league baseball and softball teams playing games and tournaments this summer, many are not adhering to the same stringent guidelines. Because summer leagues and travel ball are taking place, this may make the decision of the IESA Board of Directors seem odd. The difference is that schools will be held to the IDPH mandates and the youth summer contests are not. It would make little sense for IESA to move forward with these activities that would require schools to be in direct conflict with mandates by state agencies that have regulatory control over the schools. COVID-19 has changed the world. However, this decision is not the end of the world. It is not the news that most students and parents want. At the end of the day, we work with junior high and middle school students. They are not professional athletes; they are not college athletes; they are not high school athletes. They will not be missing out on any college scholarships. These are mainly 12-14 year old kids who will have many more opportunities to participate (perhaps even later this school year in other activities). We recognize that athletics play a huge role in the lives of students. Activities, despite their importance in the development of students, can never take precedence over the health and safety of those same students as well as the health and safety of contest officials, game management, and parents/fans who attend contests. The IESA Board of Directors made a difficult decision but in the end they simply felt that there are too many unknowns to proceed safely at this level of play. As you process this information, I hope you will keep in mind that the Board believes they made the best decision for jr. high/middle school students. I know this announcement will generate many questions. I respectfully ask that you email me and I will do my best to address those in the days ahead. I wanted to get this information to the membership as soon as possible today and so I ask for your patience to address your questions. We will continue to keep the membership informed of the status of other activities for the 2020-21 school year as those decisions are made. Sincerely, Steve Endsley IESA Executive Director
I am happy to announce that ONLINE REGISTRATION will be available starting Monday, July 13 after 8:00a.m. and will continue through August 3. We encourage you to utilize this new system. Please go to our website, click on the Parent Portal and then just follow the instructions.
SAGS is looking for two individuals to join our team for the 2020-2021 School year!! (4th Grade & Kindergarten) If you, or if you know of anyone interested please apply using the following link: https://sags256.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx #TheSAGSway
Calling all SAGS Parents and/or Guardians, Please take a few moments to provide SAGS with feedback on our Spring of 20' Remote Learning. https://forms.gle/duBRRXgyerTzdvxUA #TheSAGSway
SAGS, Do not forget, Mrs. Oosterhoff, SAGS Social Worker, has prepared an outstanding website with tons of resources to assist and support each and every Giant's emotional health. Please check it out: https://sites.google.com/apps.sags256.…/giant-resources/home #TheSAGSway
We hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend.