Frequently Asked Questions: This page contains answers to common questions
of students and parents.
- What are the procedures for parking and/or dropping off my child?
- What if there is any change for picking up and/or dropping off my child?
- What should I do if my child is sick and cannot come to school?
- How do I purchase hot lunch?
- Does my child have to buy the lunch everyday?
- How do I know when my child needs more tickets?
- What can I do if I lose my copy of the current month's menu?
- What emergency information do you need about my child?
- How do I speak with my child's teacher or other Waterbury staff?
- When should I expect to hear back from teachers and/or other staff members?
- What should I do if my message is not returned in a timely manner?
- Do we receive newsletters from teachers, parents, and administration?
- How can someone who does not speak English communicate with the school?
- What programs are available for childcare?
- Does Waterbury sponsor Boy and Girl Scouts?
- What other opportunities does WB offer for my child after school?
- What are the procedures regarding birthday treats?
- Is it OK to distribute birthday invitations at school?
- What should I do if I have a question that does not appear on this webpage?
- What if other parents have similar questions or information?
- What medical information do I need to provide for my child?
- Does the Waterbury PTO have a website?
What are the procedures for parking and/or dropping off my child?
Please...when picking up or dropping off your children, park in the
appropriate spaces. It is dangerous to park on the other side of Rodenburg
and cross the street with your child. We also need to be sensitive to the
people who live in the townhouses; they need to get into their driveways, and
the mail person needs access to the mailboxes.
This can be a tricky situation and we need all your support so children will
be safe and cars can move in a timely manner.
North end-parking lot: this area is for drop-off only. Stay in your car, and
supervisor will assist your child. Follow the directions of supervisors to
move slowly and cautiously out of the parking lot.
If you want to walk your child to blacktop area, please park in the spaces at
far end of lot (nearest the open field).
When parking, please use crosswalks only where supervisor with stop sign will
Pull all the way up to east end of lot when dropping off so other cars can
come into the lot.
Parking in front of building: Park in areas not designated by yellow line.
Only buses and emergency vehicles can park in those areas. This is
appropriate at all times during the school day.
What if there is any change for picking up and/or dropping off my child?
If your child normally takes the bus and you are going to pick him/her up,
please write a note stating the change. If we do not have a note, we have to
send them home in the "normal" way.
If the child is going home with someone other than an emergency contact person
or you, write a note stating the person's name and relationship; we will only
release your child to anyone other than a parent and/or emergency person
unless we have written notice from you. The safety of your child is our
What should I do if my child is sick and cannot come to school?
Please call the office, first, if your child is going to be
absent from school. The telephone number is 630-894-4207. If you
also wish to call your child's teacher, please make sure that
is "in addition" to calling the office.
Message should include the following information:
child's name, grade level, teacher, and reason for absence.
If your child will be out for multiple days, call the office every morning.
Calling in absences is extremely important. If you do not call and a teacher
marks your child absent, we have to call you. We have over 600 children
attending Waterbury. If multiple follow-up calls need to be made, this
lengthens the time that we
contact you; a child not unreported at school and home is
dangerous to the child, so emergency calls need to be made in a timely manner.
How do I purchase hot lunch?
You can buy tickets (up to 20 tickets) by placing a check and
lunch form in an envelope to include: Child's Name, Grade Level and Teacher,
Lunch Money. (Check is written to Keeneyville District 20.)
Does my child have to buy the lunch everyday?
No, your child can use the tickets whenever he/she wants the lunch.
How do I know when my child needs more tickets?
Arbor Management Company (lunch provider) has a school
representative who will send a note home with your child when there are fewer
than 3 tickets left.
What can I do if I lose my copy of the current month's menu?
Click on the Menus page listed in the left column.
What emergency information do you need about my child?
You filled out a registration form, which included emergency contacts. Please
remember keep us updated of all information- these are the contacts, phone
numbers, and emergency information when you have made any changes.
School physical forms for children in grades K and 5
Day Care information with phone numbers and schedules Changes in bus
information if applicable.
How do I speak with my child's teacher or other Waterbury staff?
Every staff member has a phone extension listed on the website and/or in your
informational packets. During school hours, you can call and leave a message
and he/she will call you back.
E-Mail addresses are also available for every staff member. On subject line,
please write something that identifies you as a parent of Waterbury. (We
receive a fair amount of junk mail and this prevents staff from opening
something that could harm the computer system.)
Make an appointment to visit with staff members by calling and arranging a
date and time. Parents should not come to school and talk to teachers without
previous notice unless, of course, it is an emergency.
When should I expect to hear back from teachers and/or other staff members?
Most teachers and support staff pick up messages and e-mails during the lunch
hour and/or after school. Although they make listen to phone messages or read
e-mails during lunch, there may be little time during the day to respond.
Therefore, they may wait until the end of the day.
If you have an emergency or a special request regarding picking up or
delivering a last-minute message to your child, please call the office. This
assures a more timely response.
What should I do if my message is not returned in a timely manner?
Sometimes our phone and computer systems do not cooperate with its users.
This does not happen often but there are times when e-mails do not come
through and phone messages are lost. If this happens, please call/e-mail
again. The staff and I would rather receive another message than to ignore
your questions, concerns, and/or requests; positive communication is extremely
to important to us.
Do we receive newsletters from teachers, parents, and administration?
The PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) sends approximately
one newsletter per month.
Teachers send out regular newsletters, either once a week or once
every other week. We now have all newsletters posted on
my "Notes Home" page. This will eliminate the use of paper and
insure delivery. For information for signing up for the
Waterbury Listserv, see the "Notes Home" page.
How can someone who does not speak English communicate with the school?
For the last three years, we have worked toward translating
newsletters and other timely information into two languages:
Spanish and Polish. We can continue with this endeavor only with
parent/family volunteers. There are computer programs that translate text
into a variety of languages but these translations need to be proofread by
native speakers; sometimes the written word does not translate accurately.
Please contact me if you would be interested in participating in this
activity. If more than one person volunteered to do this for non-English
speaking families, we could share the work. Contact me at email@example.com or
call 630-894-4207 and I will contact you.
What programs are available for childcare?
In addition to private daycare centers in the area, District 20 and Roselle
Park District offer a before and after-school program for all WB students in
PM Kindergarten-Grade 5. If you are interested, contact Brad Cripe @
Does Waterbury sponsor Boy and Girl Scouts?
Yes! There are many opportunities for your child to join the scouting program.
We have many great parent volunteers who organize troops, are troop leaders,
and plan activities for the kids. In your PTO packet or in the PTO web page,
there is contact information. The group meetings are at Waterbury. Volunteers
are always needed; please be advised that these programs can only continue if
everyone participates by volunteering.
What other opportunities does WB offer for my child after school?
Young Rembrandts: This after-school program meets once a week for
approximately nine weeks. Two licensed art specialists bring supplies and
expertise to our children. There is a sign-up and fee for this program.*
Project Brainwave (previously Mad Science). There is a sign-up and fee for
Science Discovery: A parent of two WB students, Mrs. Rhajni Patel, has
written an extraordinary curriculum for students in grades 1, 2, & 3. The
program is based on the inquiry method, which represents best practice in
science and science curriculum.*
"Speak Up, Speak Out": This is a new program offered in
conjunction with the DuPage Regional Office of Education and WB School. Mrs.
Kathy Bruni, former middle school Reading/LA teacher, has written a curriculum
for students in Grades 4 & 5 that combines intensive research on a variety of
people and/or events, written opinion paper, and, finally, an oral presentation.*
*Informational pamphlets will be sent home with your child after the start of
What are the procedures regarding birthday treats?
Your child may bring in a treat for the class. However, because of allergies,
etc., the treats need to be individually wrapped. This includes store-bought
and homemade items. You may also choose to send a non-food treat (i.e.
pencils, erasers, etc.). Children with summer birthdays may bring in a treat
at the end of the school year.
Is it OK to distribute birthday invitations at school?
Please distribute birthday invitations from your home unless
every child is invited to the party. This avoids hurt feelings.
What should I do if I have a question that does not appear on this webpage?
The first thing to do is to call and/or e-mail Mrs. Atkins, Mrs.
Cronin, Mrs. McLoughlin, or me for any other questions or
What if other parents have similar questions or information?
To benefit all of our WB families, please e-mail me any
additional topics, questions, and concerns that I can include on
this webpage. Our goal is to keep all families well informed.
What medical information do I need to provide for my child?
Kindergartners need medical, dental, and eye exams. For an eye exam they need
to go to an optometrist (For Eyes, LensCrafters, Sears, etc.) to have their
eyes tested and then documentation filled out to bring to school.
Second Grade: They need only dental exams.
Does the Waterbury PTO have a website?