There is still time! Come to the school and pick up your materials from now until 4:00 today.
If you would still like a 2019-20 yearbook, please turn in your order by June 5, 2020. Cost is $14.00. You can find the order form in digital lockers in Teacherease.
Last Day of School! Check out the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqUnu6Bshho Don't forget to save the Field Trip Link https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DVB4kNOFh70fMYCedXbNttFjNCaHSydHtQVjmztabe8/edit?usp=sharing
Here is a video capturing some of our memories from the 2019-2020 school year. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/lA5a-fvnhVM
Reminder meals are available on Monday and Wednesday this week. This is our last week of meals.
Max was up to trouble again...he forgot to include the password to the flipgrid page for you to post your master piece. https://flipgrid.com/berry0268 class password is Storm340
Check out the link for details on collecting student materials on May 21st and 22nd. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HWZxRJ8DLxQRA3AypbY35vcqRVaBqyTrD9C53A27kcY/edit?usp=sharing
Mrs. Berry, Max and Gronk are missing all of you! They want to see your favorite piece of art you have completed at home. Check them out on flipgrid and post your masterpiece. https://flipgrid.com/4604d900
Check out these fans who are missing their teachers. Don't forget to email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lets see your favorite sports attire in honor of our wonderful staff! Email your photos to email@example.com
Help us celebrate our AMAZING staff! Send your photos of you celebrating each theme day to firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to check out Max and Gronk. They have some food art to show off in today's video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1efHU6rCy8
4/21/20 Dear Bureau Valley Families, Due to the extension of Illinois school closures through the rest of the academic year we are adjusting our remote learning packet return procedures. We do however strongly encourage those of you already taking pictures of completed items and sending them to your teachers via email or texts to continue doing so instead of returning the packets. This is the preferred and safest way to communicate with teachers and receive feedback from them. If you are unable to communicate this way, you may now begin returning your packets when picking up your new packets each Wednesday. Please know that materials collected will be disinfected and sit for several days before they are given to your teacher to review and provide feedback. We are working on a plan for returning your child’s materials from school to you at the conclusion of remote learning and will communicate that plan soon. Please know that we will continue to provide engaging learning activities and opportunities each week which will continue to be posted on the district website or can be picked up on the following dates: Packet Distribution Remote Learning Days covered Wednesday, April 22 4 days: April 22, 23, 24, 28 (April 27-no remote learning) Wednesday, April 29 5 days: April 29, 30 May 1, 4, 5 Wednesday, May 6 4 days: May 6, 7, 8, 12 (May 11-no remote learning) Wednesday, May 13 7 days: May 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21 (May 22-no remote learning) The last day of remote learning will be May 21st with the 22nd being a professional development day for staff. We hope you and your family are staying healthy during this time and remember our staff is here to help in any way that we can. Sincerely, Kristie Cady
April 17, 2020 Dear Storm Families and Staff, Today, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the end of in-person learning for the 2019-20 school year. This news is disheartening since we had held hope that we could reunite students and teachers in our schools; however, we value and respect the highest priority of keeping all members of the Bureau Valley family safe and healthy as we band together to stop the spread of this virus. As we move forward with the governor’s decision, Bureau Valley schools will continue to use Remote Learning policies and procedures that have been developed and implemented since April 1st. This learning plan will continue through May 21st, though there will be no Remote Learning on the following weekdays: April 27th, May 11th, and May 22nd. In addition to measures for Remote Learning, food services will continue to be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays through May 20th, including on non-Remote Learning days. These meals can be collected from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the same locations in our communities that we’ve been using. The Bureau Valley administrative team knows you likely have many questions and concerns at this time, many of which we also have now. We will continue working hard to determine and communicate solutions that focus on our top priorities: maintaining safety for all, supplying meals for students, and providing meaningful learning opportunities. The decisions may take some time as we await further guidance from the government, health agencies, and the Illinois State Board of Education. Therefore, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we strive to provide a successful path that focuses on the best interests of the students, families, and staff members. Sincerely, The Bureau Valley CUSD #340 Administrative Team
Max and Gronk learn about artist Chuck Close from Mrs. Berry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_V49_qJdUw
PreK -5 packets for week two of remote learning will be available for pick up on Wednesday, April 8th from 10:30 - 12:00 if you would like a printed copy.
April 5, 2020 Dear Bureau Valley Elementary Families, We understand that the challenges families are experiencing due to the current threat of Covid-19 and the stay at home order for Illinois are stressful to everyone involved and want to assure you that our main focus is the health and well being of our students and families. Many of you have asked about completing the work made available to you and how grading will work. Just like when we are in school the teachers will not grade 100% of what your child completes. They will, however, grade the key items they find most important for your child, which will be indicated by a star on the top right corner. You are encouraged to have your child complete all the work since it is practice for the items that will be graded, but please remember at this time you know your family and child the best. Please do what is manageable. As a reminder, your student’s grade can not be negatively impacted during remote learning. We do not wish to add additional stress to families to assess their child’s achievement; instead, we seek to maintain communication with families regarding the progress they are seeing at home. We ask that families establish regular and consistent communication with their teacher. This may be through phone calls, emails, Class DOJO, or other digital resources that are available. Our teachers will be available to you through office hours from 9:00 -11:00 and 12:00 - 3:00 on remote learning days. We understand you may be working with your child outside of those hours. You are welcome to send communication when it is convenient for your family, but please understand that outside of the teacher’s office hours there may be a delay in response. Being at home all day is NOT our normal! Our kids are not used to being in their houses all day long. Children are grieving right now. Out of the blue, they lost a lot. It is wonderful that so many opportunities are available online, but it's not the same. They lost their in-person time with friends, their daily routine, and the predictability of life that gives us security. HONOR that grief process! It's okay and even necessary to be REAL with yourself about what's actually happening. Our lives may never be the same after this. If you crumble, honor that. I promise you, your child will learn. We learn from all of life! Scheduling Reminder/Changes: Friday 4/10 - No School as originally planned Monday 4/13 - Staff Professional Development Day - No remote learning planned Monday 4/27 - Staff Professional Development Day - No remote learning planned Remote learning materials will be posted on bv340.org. We know things can be very confusing and overwhelming at this time and hope to provide some structure and normalcy for our students in these difficult times. Please reach out with any questions or concerns at any time. Sincerely, Kristie Cady Principal, Bureau Valley Elementary
Check out Mrs. Berry, Max, and Gronk as they teach you about hearts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYZJ37ymgXU
If you have a K-5 student all their material is posted on the website, sent to you in an email and available by printed packet. If you want a packet, pick up today from 10:30-12 or call the office for other arrangements. We ask you let your teacher know by Friday if you would like to continue to get packets or if all online is what works best for your family.
March 30, 2020 Dear Bureau Valley Families, With many changing guidelines over the past few weeks, I want to personally thank all of you for your patience, flexibility, and support as we all navigate through this unusual situation together. Bureau Valley students will begin Remote Learning on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Illinois State Board of Education released new guidance for student learning. Rather than forwarding the lengthy guidelines for Remote Learning, this letter will attempt to simplify the information as it will pertain to Bureau Valley students. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What is Remote Learning? Remote learning is defined as an “educational program designed to provide continuation of learning for students under conditions that prohibit the learner and instructor from being in the same physical space.” Remote learning will be required for Illinois schools until in-person learning is permitted. Currently, the governor has closed schools through April 7th; however, many people anticipate the closure of schools may extend past this date. How and what will students be learning? PreK-5: Students will receive printed packets of work in addition to online platforms used in the classroom. Families need to pick up their child’s packet at the building their child attends on Wednesday, April 1 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 or call the office prior to Wednesday to make alternative arrangements. 6-8: Starting on April 1st, teachers will be communicating daily lessons and assignments by 9:00 a.m. via Gmail, Google Classroom, etc. These learning opportunities will be specific to the classes that students currently have in the fourth quarter. Students are expected to complete all activities and assignments at a pace and time that works best for them. All teachers will be available to answer questions and help students during their office hours. How will students learn if they don’t have internet access? Students who advise they could not access the material electronically will be provided paper copies and/or alternative assignments to complete with no penalty. How will daily attendance be recorded? Pre K - 5: Attendance will be based on teacher communication and the completion of packets provided by teachers for students. Students need to communicate with their teacher at least once a week on how they are doing with their learning. Students will be marked present unless communicated otherwise. 6-8: Students will be required to report their daily attendance by 11:00 a.m. on each day of Remote Learning. Students need to login to TeacherEase and will be asked to “Please Check-in to E-Learning”. They will then select the green check-in box and click done. They will then be marked present for the day. How will these assignments be graded? Based on recommendations from the Illinois State Board of Education, “student learning should continue during the remote learning period,” though homework should not “negatively impact” a student’s grade. With this guidance, Bureau Valley as follows: PreK - 5: Students will be expected to complete and provide evidence of the completion to their teacher. Teachers will communicate how that evidence should be shared. It may include emails, pictures of completed work, Google Docs, papers returned to the teacher when school resumes and/or other means which are communicated. 6-8: Assignments given during Remote Learning days (starting April 1st) will be scored and will count towards a student’s grade. Teachers will enter grades for each assignment in TeacherEase that will count as a grade. If the grade on an assignment would improve a student’s overall grade, it will be entered as is; however, if the grade would drop a student’s overall grade, the teacher will enter an “I” (incomplete) in the gradebook and provide opportunities for the student to redo the assignment until he/she successfully completes the assignment. Will students still be provided meals during Remote Learning? All students will be able to get free breakfasts and lunches on Remote Learning days. These meals will be distributed from 10:30-12:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Families will be provided with two breakfasts and two lunches at each day’s curbside pickup, which will ensure meals for the entire week. For more information, please click here. Can I enter the school, and will the office be open? Entrance into the building will be extremely limited. Visitors will need to state their reason for entry and may be asked to remain in the front foyer. The school offices will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to answer calls during each day of Remote Learning. Students who need supplies from lockers, paper-based learning materials, etc. should call the office in advance. What can I do to help stop the spread of the virus? Everyone is asked to please follow the regulations of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Bureau County Health Department, and other agencies in hopes of stopping the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. These measures include following the “Stay at Home” order, enforcing social distancing, washing your hands frequently, disinfecting commonly used surfaces, etc. If you’re experiencing any symptoms, you should contact your local health care provider. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This letter, hopefully, provides some guidance and answers to your questions regarding education. More importantly, I hope that you and your family have remained safe and healthy during this pandemic. I understand that these times are unique and trying for all of us; however, the Bureau Valley family has already shown over the past few weeks that we can and will collectively help each other through these changes. While the future remains uncertain, I am confident that we will still rise up and succeed. Sincerely, Kristie Cady Principal, Bureau Valley Elementary
In an effort to obey the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order and practice social distancing, we will now ONLY be distributing meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This plan will go into effect on Monday, March 30th. These FREE meals will be provided for children ages 18 and younger, or others who are currently enrolled at Bureau Valley CUSD #340. Families will be provided with 2 lunch meals and 2 breakfast meals via curbside service to span the entire week. If distribution days and times were to change due to the fluidity of the situation, district administration will provide notification to all community members. WHERE AND WHEN CAN I PICK UP THESE MEALS? Buda - Bus Stop (Younggren Center) Manlius - High School Front Door Sheffield - Bus Stop (United Church of Christ) Walnut - Elementary School a.m. parent drop off circle Wyanet - Elementary School a.m. parent drop off circle WHEN CAN I PICK UP THESE MEALS? Meals can be picked up at each site from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. We ask that people pick up one bag per child in their care and immediately leave the site. WHAT IF I CAN’T GET TO THE SITE? Call your students' building between the hours of 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. and we will try our best to accommodate you. CAN I COME ONCE AND GET ENOUGH FOOD FOR THE WEEK? Due to our resources, it is best to get food every other day. If you have limited transportation, please call your building and make your needs known and we will do our best to accommodate you. CAN I COME HELP PREPARE/DISTRIBUTE MEALS? We appreciate the community's willingness to help! At this time we are trying our best to follow the social distancing guidelines and will be using our staff only. Mr. Jason Stabler
Please complete the survey if you have a student enrolled in preschool - 5th grade. We need accurate information to provide you with remote learning opportunities. https://forms.gle/scicpvjEkvtQakEg6
March 20, 2020 Dear Storm Families and Staff, On Friday, March 20th, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a “Stay-at-Home” order for the entire state starting Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. This order essentially commands residents to stay in their homes as the officials take measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Residents can still shop for groceries, put gas in their cars, take walks outside, and collect prescriptions from pharmacies. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well. Under the governor’s directive, schools will continue to be closed through Tuesday, April 7th. Schools will tentatively reopen Wednesday, April 8th, unless otherwise mandated by the governor, Illinois State Board of Education, or local health agencies. This mandated closure also extends the canceling of all school activities and events, including sports, meetings, etc. Next week is our regularly planned spring break, and, therefore, most school functions were already scheduled to be off and district employees were to be given the time off. As a result, food services will not be available from March 21st through March 29th. Additionally, families and staff are strongly encouraged to take time for themselves as they normally would during spring break. If students or parents desire educational opportunities during their break, please check out the parent link on the district website for “Supplemental Educational Resources”. After our scheduled spring break, the district is confident that it will be able to provide meals during the extended school closure. As arrangements are made, we will communicate the hours and distribution process for meals from March 30th through April 7th. We will also communicate further opportunities for students’ learning for March 31st through April 7th after the Illinois Board of Education provides clarity and direction. It is with the guidance and mandates of state officials that we work to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the Bureau Valley family. We strongly encourage our population to follow the advice of officials in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus to get everyone back to school as soon as possible to continue our communities’ drive for Unity, Excellence, and Pride. Thank you for your continued support, flexibility, and patience. Sincerely, The Bureau Valley CUSD #340 Administrative Team
Check out the YouTube channel for activities to do with the sacks from lunch. Remember they are available from 10:30-12:00. If you can't get to a site call your students building between 9 and 11 and we'll help you out the best we can. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLOelXVV8c4
Bureau Valley is canceling school on Monday, March 16th due to recent developments related to the COVID-19 Virus. Our curbside lunch program will begin tomorrow, Monday, March 16th between 10:30 and noon at the designated sites. If you need any supplies from your student’s locker or medications, please call your child’s school to set up a time to pick up these items. We will continue to communicate regularly with updates as this situation remains fluid.
Dear Bureau Valley CUSD #340 School Family, To provide additional support to our Bureau Valley CUSD #340 families, we will be providing FREE meals on Tuesday, March 17th through Friday, March 20th, and Monday, March 30th. Meals will be provided for children ages 18 and younger, or others who are currently enrolled at Bureau Valley CUSD #340. Families will be provided with lunch for that day as well as breakfast for the following morning via curbside service. We will not be serving meals on our scheduled Spring Break the week of March 23rd - March 27th; if this were to change due to the fluidity of the situation, district administration will provide notice to all community members. WHERE AND WHEN CAN I PICK UP THESE MEALS? Buda - Bus Stop (Younggren Center) Manlius - High School Front Door Sheffield - Bus Stop (United Church of Christ) Walnut - Elementary School a.m. parent drop off circle Wyanet - Elementary School a.m. parent drop off circle WHEN CAN I PICK UP THESE MEALS? Meals can be picked up at each site from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. We ask that people pick up one bag per child in their care and immediately leave the site. WHAT IF I CAN’T GET TO THE SITE? Call your students' building between the hours of 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. and we will try our best to accommodate you. CAN I COME ONCE AND GET ENOUGH FOOD FOR THE WEEK? Due to our resources, it is best to get food daily. If you have limited transportation, please call your building and make your needs known and we will do our best to accommodate you. CAN I COME HELP PREPARE/DISTRIBUTE MEALS? We appreciate the community's willingness to help! At this time we are trying our best to follow the social distancing guidelines and will be using our staff only. As always, thank you for your continued support of our Bureau Valley Schools, Mr. Jason R. Stabler, Superintendent
The BV Foundation board has decided to reschedule the drawdown to Saturday, May 9. It will still be held at Rediger's Shed in Wyanet. Doors open at 5:30, dinner at 6:00 with drawdown to follow at 7:15.
Monday, March 16th preschool will have morning classes from 8:00 - 10:30 and p.m. classes will be cancelled. Please watch your ClassDojo app for engaging activities for your children while they are home.
March 13, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. Dear Bureau Valley Parents & Community, On Monday, March 16th Bureau Valley Schools will be in session. Students will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. and all evening activities will be canceled. In preparation for the impending closure and the E-Learning program, student attendance is beneficial and needed to ensure Chromebooks, books, papers, and other materials can be distributed. Effective Tuesday, March 17th through Monday, March 30th, schools in Bureau Valley School District #340 will be closed, as ordered by the governor due to the emergency declaration in response to COVID-19. Schools will tentatively reopen Tuesday, March 31st, unless otherwise notified. During school closures, all activities (practices, competitions, clubs/organizations) are postponed or canceled. As we come together in times like this, we appreciate the support and flexibility of the Bureau Valley communities. Go Storm! Sincerely, Mr. Stabler, Superintendent
Bureau Valley is trying to help with the recent devastating fires in Australia because we believe we are One World. We are selling t-shirts to help raise money for the animals. Please use the following link to purchase shirts or make a donation. Thank you for your help. https://5il.co/c8m6
Miguel Hall Jr, Payzlee Law, Mia Munoz, Kinsley Daily, Aiden McNeeley, Meysen Watson, Miranda Noder, Alyssa Novak, Gavin Warkins, Lillyana Guerrero, Warren Miller, Kenzlie Wright, Colton Bivins, Sophia Diggs, Braeden York, Myleigh Benavidez, John Cooper, and Elin Johnson all received Character Counts certificates for fairness today at their assembly.
For tonight’s Christmas Concert, doors will open at 5:40pm. Please have your student in their designated classroom by 5:45pm. You are able to enter the front doors of the High School or the doors that enter into the hallway by the auditorium (covered band/choir room door on north east side of the high school). The students in grades Pre-K-2 will gather at grade level designated classrooms down the hallway closest to the High School office. (Room #412 –Kindergarten, Room 413-Pre-K, Room #414- 1st Grade, and Room #417-2nd Grade) Parents may leave their students in the designated classroom to find seats in the auditorium once the classroom teachers have arrived. Please leave your students’ coats and belongings in the designated classroom. After the program, parents and guardians please wait in the auditorium until the teachers and students have exited the auditorium. Once all students have exited the auditorium, parents and guardians will be able to sign their student out with the teacher from the designated classrooms. We hope you are able to join us for this wonderful program. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Sincerely, Mrs. Cady and the Bureau Valley Wyanet Teachers and Staff
The students have been practicing very hard and are ready for their Winter Program on Monday, December 9th at 6:00pm at Bureau Valley High School. Doors will open 5:40pm. You are able to enter the front doors of the High School or the doors that enter into the hallway by the Auditorium (covered band/choir room door on north east side of the high school). We hope to see you there!
Reminder no salad bar Monday or Tuesday.
Reminder for students to wear red white and blue tomorrow. We will honor our Veterans at 2:00.
Due to the forecast we will NOT be parading outside tomorrow. Our indoor parade will begin at 2:15.
We will be outside today. Please send coats hats and gloves.
Reminder 11:00 dismissal tomorrow. There will be no lunch served.
This morning, August 27, 2019, the school district was made aware of an alleged threat to the school from a student who was not on school grounds. The Bureau County Sheriff's Department was notified immediately. The administration and staff then performed safety protocol steps to ensure the safety of all students and staff in the building. The Sheriff’s department swiftly contained the situation by placing the student into custody. The situation will continue to be monitored by the Sheriff’s department and school administration. The District takes all threats seriously and will continue to investigate any and all allegations to ensure that we provide the safest environment possible for everyone in our district.
Reminder meet and greet is Thursday, August 15th from 4:45 - 5:30 pm for Wyanet. We hope you are all able to come meet your teacher!
Mark your calendars for Meet and Greet Thursday, August 15th. Bring your supplies and meet your teachers. Wyanet 4:45 - 5:30 pm Walnut 5:30 - 6:30 pm Manlius 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Playground Build Monday, July 15th 15 Volunteers needed at 3:00 p.m. The company will provide tools but here is a list if you would like to bring your own. T-27 Torx bit T-45 Torx bit 9/16 Socket 3/8 Nut Driver Cordless Impact or drill T45 with a security hole in the middle Tuesday, July 16th 30 Volunteers needed at 7:00 a.m. We will have the new playground installed by noon and then work on putting up the relocated playground from Buda. Lunch will be provided. Same tool list as Monday. If you can volunteer please contact District office at 815-445-3101 so we can plan accordingly.
Bureau Valley Sectional Game Final-BV 56 Newman 49. Congratulations, STORM!
On Wednesday, February 27th, students in grades K-2 participated in a STEM experiment using pendulums. The students learned that the swing of a pendulum is due to gravity, and the swings continue until friction slows the pendulum down and eventually stops it. A special thank you to Katie Endress. Brittany Endress, Betsy Endress, and Jenny Noder for helping.