If you’ve not done so already, please access your Skyward account and add your email address so that the District can send you important information throughout the year, such as bus scheduling, emergency alerts, etc. Thank you!
Illinois law states: When approaching a marked school zone on days when school is in operation and children are present, a driver must discontinue wireless/cell-phone use, reduce speed to 20 mph, and stop and yield the right-of-way to any children or adults in the crosswalk area. In addition, drivers are reminded to obey the regulatory or guide signs in our parking lots, as marked. This is especially important for the safety of our children as they are being dropped off before school, or picked up after. Finally, please remember that all traffic must stop while school bus “stop” arms are out and buses are loading and unloading students – including all school facilities, roads, drives, parking lots, etc. By law, drivers are not allowed to pass a stopped school bus when the stop arm is displayed.
School schedules and classroom homerooms can now be accessed on Skyward! Also, if you’ve not filled out your student’s bus schedule form, please do so now by clicking the following link:
1. Make sure your children know their education is top priority for you as their parent. Nothing is a better predictor of student success than parents who care! Talk about school each day. Let your priorities show. Your attitude toward school attendance, education and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression.
2. Even though teenagers have busy lives, they still need routine as much as possible. Set aside quiet time to encourage regular homework/study routines. Reduce distractions by turning off TV, cell phones, and video games. Good concentration usually requires a quiet place, a clean desk or table, good lighting, and perhaps someone to help nearby for questions.
3. Encourage “personal best” in school and at home. Remember “personal best” does not mean “perfect.” Avoid comparing your children with each other. Different children will have different strengths and interests.
4. Praise them generously for effort and good study skills, not just high grades. When bringing up the negative, give specific suggestions on how to do better: (for example, read the assignment when it’s given, proofread material to catch errors before writing a final draft, review notes before a test)
5. Keep extra spiral notebooks, colored pencils, poster board, flash drives, etc. so last minute projects are still possible to complete.
6. Help your child dream for the future. When they feel like talking about it, ask for details of their dreams. Asking “which college” or “what job seems most interesting” can help your teen form concrete goals either about college, technical training, or career choices. At this point, giving them something to aim for is more important than the specific job or career choice.
7. Encourage reading for pleasure. Students need to read to learn, and parents can encourage and model leisure reading at home. Even reluctant readers can increase their vocabulary, comprehension, and spelling skills if they find something enjoyable to read.
8. Communicate with teachers by e-mail whenever possible. It is so much more convenient for teachers to respond on prep hour or after school than to be called to the phone with students needing their attention. It also makes it easier to gather information before they respond to you. Teachers appreciate parents who are informed and involved.
9. Teachers are pretty reasonable people! If a conflict should arise, remember the teacher may be able to offer a different perspective to help you understand the situation fully. Contact the teacher first. Then if no solution can be reached, an administrator or counselor may be a valuable resource.
10. Finally, remember the end goal is for the students to learn responsibility, learn HOW to learn, and gain a DESIRE to be a life-long learner!
Hope you’re doing something fun to enjoy your last few days of summer!!
District Events Calendar Now Available
The 2014-15 District Events Calendar is available by clicking here! Please keep in mind that dates and times of events are subject to change throughout the year, and new events could be added. After the new school year begins, please check the calendar on your school’s website regularly for confirmation.
Fees Approved for 2014-15 School Year
The Ball-Chatham Board of Education recently approved the fee structure for the 2014-15 school year.
- K-4 Registration Fee - $130
- 5-12 Registration Fee - $155
- K-12 Technology Fee - $25
- GHS Student Parking Fee, Grades 9-12, $60
- Driver’s Ed, $250
- GHS Dual Credit, $50 (per class)
- Athletic Fees, $100 (1 sport); $150 (2 sports); $300 (for a family)
Student Breakfast and Lunch Prices (Per Meal)
K-12 Breakfast, $1.50
K-6 Lunch, $2.25
7-12 Lunch, $2.50
Milk, $ .40
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.
Online registration for current families will begin July 21, 2014. Online registration will end on August 1, 2014. Registration will be done through your Skyward Family Access page, if you miss the registration period, you will need to come into your child's school to complete the registration process.
Registration for families who are new to the district will be on August 7, 2014 from 3pm - 6pm.
Please bring residency requirements to the district office located at 201 W. Mulberry in Chatham for approval prior to registering your child/children at Ball Elementary. Residency requirements are posted on the "School Office" tab located on the left of the screen under the New Student Information Packet link. Please bring a certified birth certificate and immunization records as well.
Incoming kindergarten students must have a certified birth certificate, current physical and immunizations records on file before the first day of school.
We look forward to students bringing guests to lunch at Ball Elementary and want to make you aware of our new payment procedure. All adult lunches will need to be paid in cash or check at the time of purchase. Adults may not charge lunch on their child’s account.
Kindergarten - 4th Grade
Regular Day 7:50am - 2:45pm
Early Dismissal 7:50am - 11:05am
AM Session 7:50am - 10:50am
PM Session 11:45am - 2:45pm
PreK students are not in attendance on early dismissal days
For other buildings in the Ball-Chatham district please click the "About Our School" tab.
Attendance Calendar 2014 - 2015