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Community Pulse: Important Morris District 54 dates to remember as school year progresses

Shannon Dudek
Shannon Dudek

At Morris District 54, we are gearing up for the end of the school year, but, as we speak, there are many exciting events happening. First, it’s that time of year for the kindergarten round-up, and we have it scheduled for Friday, April 28.  

Incoming students visit kindergarten classes, and parents receive important information.  The kindergarten screenings will take place on May 4 and 5, and incoming students will be assessed for their kindergarten readiness and basic skills.

Please use the link on the homepage of the school’s website at www.morris54.org to pre-register your student and sign up for a roundup and screening time.  These events are by appointment only, you must sign up to attend.  The link is also available on the school’s Facebook page.

Another great cause is the Jan Wendling Memorial that is being planned for the grounds at White Oak Elementary. The Shabbona Honor Society sponsored by Mrs. Denise Bach, Morris 54 teacher, has led a plastic cap donation drive that will be used to create two landscaping benches that will be placed at White Oak Elementary.  

There is a tremendous amount of support for a memorial for Mrs. Wendling at Morris 54. Students in the Morris area have been donating caps for this project, and we hope to have the benches in place in the near future. The benches will be added to the current landscaping near the White Oak flag poles.  

Last week, we celebrated Dr. Seuss Day at Morris 54, and students and staff celebrated the best way possible, with a visit from the Cat in the Hat.   

The Cat, Thing 1, and Thing 2 got into so much mischief as usual in grades PreK through Second. Students pleaded for him and special guest, the Grinch, to stop, but their pleas went unanswered! Teachers and kids were left to clean up their messes, but we didn’t think they minded too much!  Many thanks to all students and staff who made this day as special as always!

Finally, remember to check out our new Shabbona Braves website, dedicated to all things school sports related. The site is located at http://il.8to18.com/ShabbonaMS/, and the community can now check scores, rosters, and game schedules on this new, user-friendly website. All extra-curricular activities can also be found on our Shabbona Twitter or Morris 54 Facebook Page.  

Great things are happening at Morris #54 everyday, and all of our success couldn’t happen without great students, parents, and teachers, and we’re very thankful for all of your continued support.  

• Shannon Dudek is the superintendent of Morris School District 54. Community Pulse is a weekly column that provides a dedicated space for Grundy County-area nonprofits, schools, organizations and sometimes Morris Herald-News staff to share news and information about their organization.

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