Tom Martin, Principal
Mrs. Adriana Johnson, Secretary
R. E. Byrd School 8259 S. Lavergne
Burbank, IL 60459 708-499-3049 Fax 708-499-1002
Byrd School Health Aide & Information
Byrd School Event Pictures are located at the bottom of this page
As you Scroll further down on this page you will find several links
to pictures. Please enjoy them. You may find yourself smiling back!
Technology and creativity go together so well. Teachers have
projects that allow students to extend their thinking and
creativity. Please enjoy one of our 5th grade student's inventions
he created during a unit on inventions.
During the school year students need to practice with you at home.
Please sit with your child and have them read with you each day,
they can read on their own and discuss events in the story or you
can share reading with them by taking turns and each reading a page
at a time. Always spend some time discussing the characters and
events in the story, predicting what may happen next and why the
author chose to write the story the way they did. Another activity
to work on each evening is math facts! The support you show at home
flows through at school! Thank you!
Here are the six main pillars of character we focus on throughout
the year at Byrd School. Please assist us in discussing the
importance of each character trait with your child:
February-Respect & Caring
Richard E. Byrd School's mission is to empower students to strive
for excellence, seek knowledge, live with integrity and persevere in
an ever-changing world. This shall be accomplished through a
challenging instructional program provided by a caring and talented
staff within a safe and healthy environment in partnership with the
A Classroom Program
The Pass Program
stands for Parental After-School Support program. Our students will
attend the Pass Program at Byrd School along with students from
Burbank School and Kennedy School. It will run each full day of
school from until 6:00 pm. There is a weekly fee for the Pass
Program of $27.00 per student which does not include a bus cost for
students coming from another building. The weekly fee for the Pass
Program with the bus fee included is $32.00. A charge of $8.00 per
half day is open for currently enrolled Pass Program students.
Registration forms are available at the school office. Students need
to be picked up at or before 6:00 p.m. If you would like further
information regarding the Pass Program, please contact the Program
Director she can be reached at 708-499-3049 ext. 30237 after
Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Food Management Services will be providing a hot nutritious
breakfast and lunch program for our children. Breakfast is $1.30,
lunch is $2.45 and milk purchased without a meal is .55 cents.
Please submit payments of any amount regularly to the office with
your child’s name and room number on the envelope or make payments
on line with a credit card to your child’s account. (www.bsd111.org
then click on EPay).
We suggest you send payments for the week or month or make payments
in larger increments and monitor when balance is low. Breakfast and
lunch for a week would cost $21.50; a month would cost approximately
$86.00. Breakfast will be served from 7:35-7:55 a.m. If you have
questions regarding breakfast or lunch payments as well as balances,
please call Mrs. Noto before 11:15 a.m.
Children who go home for lunch need to have a letter in writing
allowing them to leave the school for lunch, the name of the parent
or guardian in charge, and a contact phone number. This will remain
in our office. No child is allowed to leave the campus without a
note on file. We highly recommend you pick up and drop off your
child if you want them to go home for lunch. We can’t guarantee
their safety to and from school. There are no crossing guards on
duty at lunch. Lunch for all grades is from 11:05 – 11:50.
School Policy and Procedures All
families should have received a copy of the Burbank District 111
Student & Parent Handbook. Please read over this handbook with your
child for an understanding of all procedures. Our School District
Policy Manual is also located on the district web page for your
is encouraged at all grade levels. Have your child read silently,
read together, or read orally to your child each day. This activity
will bring the most success in raising their reading ability and
their love for reading. Ask questions and encourage discussion about
what they read. Oral conversation helps develop comprehension
school attendance is essential for academic success. School begins
at 8:05 a.m. After that point your child is considered late. When
your child is late, he/she is missing academic time and disturbing
the academics in session for the teacher and students in the
classroom. Please have your child here and on time every day!
When your child needs to miss school or be late please call our
school office between 5:00 A.M. and 8:00 A.M. at 708-499-3049. Speak
slowly and leave a clear message including your child’s full name,
classroom teacher, day of absence or tardiness and the reason for
the absence or tardiness. If your child will be absent or tardy ONLY
in the afternoon, the same procedure is to be followed and the
call-in time is from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 noon. If a call is not
received, the school will start a calling procedure to check on the
status of your child. If you want your child’s homework for that
day, please request homework when you call in no later than noon. It
is the parent/child’s responsibility to check missed work with the
teacher. Homework can be picked up at dismissal which is 2:35 pm
from the office.
All students arriving late must first report to the school office.
If you are picking up your child for an early dismissal, you will
need to report to the office and we will dismiss your child to you.
A note is required upon his/her return to school after an absence,
even though you called. In the note, please specify the reason for
the absence. Any student with an undiagnosed rash or communicable
disease must have a note from a physician releasing him/her to
return to school. Any student absent for five or more consecutive
school days must provide a note from a physician.
students will follow District 111 School Board Policy 7:190 – Level
1-2-3-4 Acts of Misconduct and Disciplinary Response. This policy
will be posted in our school. This policy can be seen on the
district home page for your convenience. Please refer to this policy
and your Student & Parent Handbook, pages 13, and 27, go over all
rules and district expectations with your children. This will ensure
all students are aware of the importance of their actions at school.
children in Grades 3-6 may bring their bikes to school. Bikes are
not to be ridden on the school grounds and they are to be locked. No
child should lock their bike with another student. The school is not
in anyway responsible for lost or stolen
bikes. Any child who abuses the bicycle rules will not be allowed to
ride a bike to school. No double or triple riding is allowed.
Children should stay single file on the right side of the street.
Finally, students should not ride a bike to school whenever the
weather is inclement or the news calls for storms later in the day.
Crossing Guard The crossing guard is on the south corner of 83rd &
Lavergne. All students should follow the
crossing guard’s rules and cross the street at that intersection.
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Grades K - 6 - Breakfast 7:35 a.m., School Day hours
are from 8:05-2:35 p.m. On early
dismissal days school releases at 11:15 a.m.
All children who
walk to school or are dropped off use the EAST DOORS
(By Playground) (primary and intermediate) – 7:55-8:05 am
Emergency – Front
(83rd Street) – 7:30-8:00 am and after 8:15 am (Parent must
bring child in and explain reason for the emergency drop off or
Lunch is 11:05 -11:50 p.m. All after School Programs are dismissed
at 3:35 p.m. Students may be picked up in the front of the school. A
bus will also be provided for our bus students.
Children will be dismissed by their teachers at the end of each day.
Students should go straight home from school. If your child has to
be kept after school, you will be notified by your child’s teacher
or the office. No child will be allowed to reenter the building for
any reason after 2:35 p.m. without a parent/guardian. The
responsibility for remembering to take books or other items home
belongs to the child. In this respect, teachers and parents should
encourage responsibility and self-discipline.
Dropping off and picking up children
- Byrd has received some upgrades over the summer. One in
particular is the drop-off driveway. The drop-off driveway is a one
way driveway that starts on Lamon Avenue
and exits onto the north side of 83rd Street just across
from Laporte Avenue. The driveway is for
dropping off students. If you plan on parking and walking your
students to one of the two east doors of Byrd School, please park on
Laporte Avenue or on 83rd,
west of the driveway. Please, do not park on
Lavergne Avenue next to the school. This area is only for bus
drop-off. All students who are walking to school or being dropped
off should enter the two doors on the east side of the building.
Students are to go to their designated area to line up. Do not ever
allow children to exit the car on the street side for safety
reasons. Remind children 83rd street is a busy street. We
need everyone’s cooperation in order to keep our children safe and
pick up and drop off orderly. Parents of 1st-6th
grade students who do not have a kindergarten student do not use
Lavergne; this is for our drop off and
pick for kindergarten students only.
Students who walk to school
- If your child walks to school, he or she should enter one of the
two east doors.
That is, either the door that is closest to the technology room, or
the door that is at the east end of the primary wing. If you plan on
dropping your child off, please use the drop-off driveway. Parking
and dropping off on 83rd, east of the driveway exit
should be avoided.
Students who ride the bus
- All students riding the bus will be dropped off and picked up on
the west side of Byrd School (Lavergne
Avenue). Only students who ride the bus will use that entrance.
Cars should never pass a school bus. Please be cautious driving with
our many school buses. They make regular stops and will move as soon
as children are safely away from harm. Never stop in the middle of
the street or leave your car running while you leave the vehicle.
State law for vehicle occupants mandates seat belts or car seats.
Common courtesy and patience will help ensure everyone’s safety.
All students who walk or are dropped off should enter and exit
through the east playground doors. If the children must cross the
street, they are to do so at the corner of 83rd St. and
Lavergne Ave. with the crossing guard.
We do not want parents waving their children across the street in
front of moving traffic and between standing automobiles.
Please label all envelopes with your child’s name, teacher's name
and list the reason for payment, (ex. school fees, breakfast and/or
lunch program, field trip, etc.
The fee for breakfast is $1.30 and the fee for lunch is $2.45. The
supply fee this school year is $75.00 due by September 30th.
Payments after September 30th will require a $25.00 late fee.
Pick up dates for the 2013-2014 school year will be listed in the
monthly newsletter. Thank you for supporting the PFC through your
market day orders in the 2012-2013 school year.
Bank at School Day
is on the second Friday of each month during lunch. This opportunity
is provided by Archer Bank and is open to students in grades 2nd-6th.
Students in K-6th grade are required to wear a school uniform. They
may wear blue or black pants, a colored white or light blue shirt,
jumper, skort, and navy blue or white
sweater, and no hooded sweatshirts. Dress shoes must be closed and
gym shoes must have matching laces. You will be able to see the
uniform dress policy on the district web site at www.bsd111.org.
The first and third Friday of each month will be School Spirit day.
Students may dress in maroon and white or wear school spirit
clothing on these days. No jeans, unless specified that students are
able to wear jeans. PFC will be selling school spirit wear if you
Once again, I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you
and your family.
Mr. Tom Martin, Principal
Thank You - From Your Byrd School Staff
Always remember our military! They are our true heroes!
Remembrance of September 11th