Tobin School Vision statement:

Our goal is to continuously motivate students to their potential and be able to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

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Attendance Matters:

September 2014: Most improved attendance award goes to: K. Silva

October 2014: Most improved attendance award goes to: T. O'Sullivan

November 2014: Most improved attendance award goes to: B. Miller-Hernandez

 and M. Miller-Hernandez

December 2014: Most improved attendance award goes to: _________

School Hours 2014-15: Front office doors open at 7:35 a.m. for Breakfast

                                           North doors open at 7:55 a.m.

                                           School day begins at 8:05 a.m.

                                           School day ends at 2:35 p.m, and students are dismissed after 2:35 p.m.

Safety Matters:

Our number one priority remains student safety. Did you know if you are in a school zone, state law dictates that you cannot talk on a cell phone? On a daily basis, there are many drivers talking on their phones, signing homework papers, or doing something that distracts them from driving and the traffic flow. This is simply not safe for our students!

Please be a good role model and leave your cell phone turned off and out of your reach for student safety.


Did you know the state of Illinois recently changed the amount of days a student can be absent without valid cause? As of 2012 the law changed to reflect that students may only miss 5% of the school year. This is due to the state raising standards for students on achievement tests, and the introduction of the Common Core State Standards. if students do not consistently attend school, they fall behind academically. When students fall behind academically, they tend to not want to come to school. That is how the cycle begins.

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune, Feb. 19, 2013, reports:

 "How early truancy can lead to crime...." School absences can be an indicator of future problems to come. Another recent study revealed that high school students who attend school on a regular basis are less likely to drop out, more likely to make the honor roll, and to attend college! Remember there are only 176 student attendance  days for students, and each day your child is not in school, they are missing important instruction that cannot be made up. Take the time now to speak to your child about the importance of school attendance this  school year.

If your child will be absent, state law requires parent/guardians to call the school office by 9 a.m.

Homework Matters:

 If you want to pick up your child's homework, you need to let the school secretary know before 9 a.m., so the teacher can be notified and can have the Homework ready after 2:30 p.m. for pickup.

Tobin School is looking to expand the number of parent volunteers to help out in classrooms. To be considered a volunteer, you must fill out an application and complete a criminal background check at the district office. This process does not take long at all. Stop by any time and ask for a Volunteer Application packet. Once an applicant is approved, you receive a letter from the superintendent acknowledging that you are ready to volunteer. Once that happens, you can call me. Please consider donating a few hours of your time. To date, we have 6 volunteers,  but we have room for more!

The Tobin PFC is always looking for volunteers to help with many activities that benefit the students such as: Market Day, Picture day, Bingo Night, Holiday Shop, and Field Day. The more help the school receives, the prepared our students can be. Children whose parents are involved at school tend to outperform their peers academically.  Together teachers, parents, and community members can make all the difference in a child's live. Parents are an important component to the learning process and the school environment.

If you cannot volunteer at school, you can help your child at home by reading aloud to your child, visiting the library regularly, staying in contact with your child's teacher, and checking your child's Take Home Folder or Homework Organizer. Please encourage your child to read independently and help them select books. Visit the Prairie Trails Library regularly; they offer Homework Help.

 Each third through sixth grade student is given a homework organizer at the beginning of the school year, compliments of District #111 School Board.  Kindergarten through second grade students receive a Homework folder. Homework is an important component of education for students which allows students to apply earlier learned skills and allows students time to practice these concepts.  When the practice of homework is supported and a homework routine is established, students perform better. Some homework requires parental help, whether interviewing an adult, or working with classmates on a project that may require library research. Be sure to help your child - but don't get caught in the trap of doing your child's homework.  When you have a question, feel free to call the teacher and ask for clarification before the homework deadline. Every teacher is available for phone calls during their daily plan or after school between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m.

Tobin School located at 8501 S. Narragansett Avenue was built in 2007 and replaced the oldest building in the district (originally built in 1938 that graduated the first class in 1940). Fry and Bryd schools house the district PASS program. The PASS schedule is located on the district website (, and more information can be located in the Parent Handbook which is sent home the first week of school.

I am looking forward to a great year, and I hope your child is looking forward to one, too!

Here are a few Policies worth reading!

First - Third grade Dismissal: Effective 8/27/14, 1st-3rd grade students will be dismissed through the front school doors.

Fourth - Sixth grade Dismissal: Effective 8/20/14, 4-6th grade students will be dismissed through the north doors.

Truancy, School Board Policy 7:70: The central office administration and the School Board have updated the Procedural Guide for Attendance/Truancy.  "When your child is absent without "just cause" he/she can be considered truant and may be in violation of the Burbank Ordinance No. #7-7-11, section 9-84. A copy of the truancy ordinance can be downloaded from the City of Burbank website (

Non-food Policy: All parents/guardians SHOULD BE aware that the school district requests all classroom parties are  NON-FOOD parties only, and this goes for birthdays as well. If you want your child to have food items, please provide these to your child at home. Some ideas to replace food for the holiday classroom parties include the following: stickers, books, pencils, flash cards, bookmarks, games, etc.

 Homework Organizer: Each student in 3rd through 6th grade has been given a Student Planner, also known as a Homework Organizer.

Pass Fee:   The weekly fee is $40.00 for students who ride the bus. PASS is held at Byrd/Fry Schools for the 2014-15 school year.

Supply Fee: Each student has to pay a  supply fee of $75. Parents/Guardians who pay this fee early - before July may receive a $10 discount. Parent/Guardians who pay late, after September 30 may incur a $25 late fee which raises the fee to $90. If you feel you are entitled to a reimbursement supply fee, you will need to fill out an Application for Waiver of School Fees and Uniform Reimbursement. All documentation for reimbursements are taken to the administration offices at 7600 S. Central Avenue between 8:30 and 4 p.m.

Uniforms Many families donate gently used, clean uniform items that are shared several times each school year:  Open House, Parent/Teacher Conferences, etc. Also, when students have an accident or rip a clothing item, the school supplies the article of clothing to the student. All we ask is that if your child receives such an item, you return it after you have washed it. By doing so, this allows us to continue the practice with all the students.

Breakfast/Lunch Fees: The Breakfast Fees are $1.20 for breakfast, and Lunch  is $2.45

I.D. cards: Each Kindergarten - Sixth grade student is given an i.d. card/lanyard to wear to and from school each day. If a student loses a card, there is a $5.00 replacement cost. Think of the i.d. card as money, if there is money on the card, your child can purchase a meal. Students who arrive for breakfast enter through the front office doors at 7:35 a.m. Students who choose not to eat or that choose to bring a snack may do so. Students are kept in the gym and supervised until 7:55 a.m. Please check the Parent Handbook, page 35 for information regarding student id cards and lanyards.