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Upcoming Events
- Early Dismissal at 11:05am
11:05 AM - 11:10 AM
- PTO Fun Fair at GES
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
District Announcements
March 5 - Supt. Search Survey
Ball-Chatham Superintendent
Search Survey Now Available!

To help develop a superintendent profile that best represents the wishes of our community, an online survey is now available. The survey is designed to allow only one response per device, and be will be open until March 16. Thank you for helping our Board of Education with this important task.  

  Click here to get started!
Mark your calendars - Parade of Pigs is Back!

Parade Begins at Celebration of the Visual Arts

The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation's spring fundraiser aims to help enrich the creativity and innovative potential of our students by collecting donations in piggy banks specially painted by some of the district’s most talented artists! Monies raised will help fund each school's art program.  The ceramic pigs will be unveiled at the district’s Celebration of the Visual Arts Show on March 8th, 1 p.m. at GIS. 

The pigs will then be placed at the host sites until May 22nd to collect donations from our generous community. The host sites are: 


  • Island Bay Yacht Club
  • Chatham Library
  • INB-Chatham
  • UCB-Chatham
  • BOS-Chatham
  • County Market-Chatham
  • Powerworks Fitness
  • Edgar's Coffee House
  • Casey's General Store, and
  •  All Ball-Chatham schools
On May 29th, the banks will be auctioned off at a cookout on the patio at Island Bay Yacht Club. 

This year's sponsors are: Maddox Dentistry; Shelley Ebener; Jane Hay Sales & Staging; Ed Clark Photography; Chris and Joan Parks; Dr. Sarah Fowler & Chris Chambers; 
Formea Insurance Group; Steven Koch, CFP, Ameriprise Financial Services; and Kevin Floyd, DDS. In-kind supporters are: China Towne, Frye-Williamson Printing, and Ben Ladage Auctions.


PARCC Testing Coming Soon
PARCC Testing Begins March 9
Beginning March 9, Ball-Chatham students in grades 3-8, and high school students enrolled in Algebra II and English III will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. The PARCC replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Students will complete assessments in the areas of math and English Language Arts. These assessments are fully aligned to the K-12 Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core) in English language arts and mathematics. The standards emphasize academic rigor, critical thinking, problem-solving, and college/career readiness for all students. Each school in the Ball-Chatham district has spent the last three years aligning curriculum to the Common Core. PARCC will be administered with paper and pencil in grades 3-4 and electronically (online) for grades 5-11.
Testing will take place between March 9 and 20 at the three elementary schools and between March 9 and April 3 at GIS, GMS and GHS. Students who miss any portion of the assessments will be assigned a make-up time within the testing window.
These State tests are lengthy - some can take nearly two hours to complete. You can help your child be prepared for the PARCC each day by making sure they get proper rest (at least 8 hrs.), eat breakfast (healthy and balanced), and remind them to stay calm and focused.

Fun Fair Volunteers Needed
2nd Audition for Volunteers!
Saturday March 14, 2015
12 to 4 p.m. ~ 
GlenwooElementary School

If you have already signed up to volunteer, thank you!  You will be walking down the Red Carpet and entered into several surprise raffles. If you haven't volunteered, we arlookinfoenthusiastic volunteerto star at this event. All volunteers will be entered into the raffle.

Please filouthe volunteer form anreturit to youchild’s teachebMarch 6.  If you've any questions contact Karen Westbrook a2015funfairvolunteers@gmail.com.

The profit from this event is donated to the three elementary schools.
PBIS Hits the Streets!
The Ball-Chatham School District, through its many volunteers, is working with area businesses to bring PBIS into the community.  PBIS, (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) is a school-wide system that strives to improve consistency in expected behaviors, resulting in students being ready and prepared to learn. All of our district schools, kindergarten through high school, have adopted three core behavior expectations; BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, AND BE SAFE. By teaching these expectations, students of the Ball-Chatham School District will have the knowledge and skills necessary to become respectful, responsible and safe community members. Our goal is to have community-wide support of our behavior expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. 
Welcome to Ball Elementary - "Where Titans Learn and Grow"
Great Gift Ideas from the Glenwood 
Athletic Boosters!!

The Glenwood Athletic Booster organization is selling Titan wear, stadium chairs, cookbooks, and yard signs and will guarantee delivery by December 25th of all orders placed by December 5th.  Click here to download the order forms. The forms should be turned in to the main office at your child’s school, and a booster club member will be collecting them every Friday beginning October 24th.
Dr. Seuss Week
Kindergartners at Ball Elementary will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday beginning March 2, 2015 thru March 5, 2015. Dr. Seuss would have been 111 years old this year!  The students will enjoy a variety of engaging and interactive literacy based activities.  Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  All students are encouraged to participate in our theme spirit week.
Monday - Hat Day
Tuesday - Crazy Sock Day
Wednesday - Wacky Day
Thursday - Character Day.

Girls on the Run
          Educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of
                                                self-respect and healthy living. . . . .

Girls on the Run is an experience-based learning program for girls in grades 3-5.  Practices combine an innovative and fun curriculum designed exclusively for pre-teen girls addressing specific life skills through the use of games, warm-ups and workouts.  Program begins on March 3, 2015 in room 156 at Ball Elementary on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45pm - 4:00pm.  The program concludes with a non-competitive 5K on May 19th.  The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social mental and physical development.  

Important Dates:
     April 23, 2015 - Community Project
     May 5, 2015 - Practice 5K
     May 16, 2015 - 5K Event at Lincoln Land Community College
     May 19, 2015 - Final Celebration Day

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