Back-to-School Time is Just Around the Corner

As summer winds down, Patch shares beginning-of-school-year info.

Hey, parents – if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to get your kids registered for school, pay the fees and do some last-minute back-to-school shopping.

And kids, it’s time to make the most of the waning lazy days of summer.  So, get ready to meet your new teachers, greet your old friends, make some new ones  –  and to begin filling your brains with knowledge.  School begins in just a couple of weeks.

Here’s some information to help get you started for the 2012-13 school year in .

School events and activities

The following events are planned in the days leading up to the first day of school on Aug. 16:

Aug. 2

new student tours, 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Aug. 6

Teacher assignments will be posted to the parent Web module after 4 p.m. To log on, parents must have their students' ID numbers.

Aug. 9

will host a kindergarten playdate from 3 to 4 p.m.

Walker's Grove school supply kit pickup is from 4 to 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room

will host a kindergarten scavenger hunt from 6 to 8 p.m.

Aug. 13

Eichelberger Elementary meet-and-greet for grades 1-5, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Wesmere Elementary meet and greet, 2 to 3 p.m.

Central Elementary PTA supply kit pickup, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Drauden Point 7th/8th grade open house 5 to 7 p.m.

first-grade movie night, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Wesmere Elementary kindergarten curriculum night, 6 to 7 p.m.

kindergarten orientation, 6 to 8 p.m.

Aug. 14

Charles Reed supply kit pickup, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Charles Reed Market Day pickup, 11 a.m. to noon

kindergarten roundup, 5 to 7 p.m.

Drauden Point sixth-grade parent presentation and open house, 5 to 7 p.m.

Creekside Elementary morning kindergarten orientation 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Wesmere Elementary first-grade parent welcome, 6 to 7 p.m.

Booster Club meeting, 7 to 8 p.m.

Freedom Elementary PTO meeting, 7 to 8 p.m.

Creekside Elementary afternoon kindergarten orientation, 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Aug. 15

Freedom Elementary meet and greet/ice cream social, time TBA

Liberty Elementary walk-through, 10 a.m. to noon

Charles Reed meet and greet, 11 a.m. to noon

Central Elementary meet the teacher, noon to 1 p.m.

Creekside Elementary meet and greet, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson meet and greet/ice cream social, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Ridge Elementary RI meet and greet, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

meet and greet/ice cream social, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Charles Reed kindergarten orientation, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Aug. 16

First day of school

For more information on back-to-school events, visit the District 202 calendar of events.

School times

School times are as follows for the 2012-13 school year:

  • All High Schools
    Full day: 7:05 a.m. – 2:10 p.m. 
    5 Hour Day: 7:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. 
    Half day: 7:05 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.
    Late Start: 9:05 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. 

  • First Tier
    Full Day: 7:45 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
    Half Day: 7:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 
    Late Start: 9:45 a.m. - 1:10 p.m. 
    Second Tier
    Full Day: 8:35 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Half Day: 8:35 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. 
    Late Start: 10:35 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
    Full Day: 1:10 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
    Half Day: 1:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. 
    Late Start: 1:10 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
    Full Day: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Half Day: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • All Middle Schools 
    Full day: 7:55 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.
    5 Hour Day: 7:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m. 
    Half day: 7:55 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. 
    Late Start: 9:55 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.
  • All Elementary Schools (except )    
    Full day: 9:05 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. 
    5 Hour Day: 9:05 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. 
    Half day: 9:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. 
    Late Start: 11:05 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.
    AM Kindergarten: 9:05 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. 
    PM Kindergarten: 12:55 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. 
    Kindergarten does not meet on half-days or 5 hour days
    Kindergarten AM classes will not meet on late start days, but 
    PM classes will meet that the regular time. 
  • Lakewood Falls Elementary 
    Full Day: 8:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
    5 Hour Day: 8:55 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. 
    Half Day: 8:55 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. 
    Late Start: 10:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    AM Kindergarten: 8:55 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. 
    PM Kindergarten: 12:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
    Kindergarten does not meet on half-days or 5 hour days
    Kindergarten AM classes will not meet on late start days, but 
    PM classes will meet that the regular time. 

  • Elementary Star Plus Program (Central)
    Full Day: 8:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
    5 Hour Day: 8:55 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. 
    Half Day: 8:55 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

  • 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Morning Classes) 
    12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Afternoon Classes)
    8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Special Classes)
    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Autism Program) 
    Early Childhood does not meet on half-days or 5 hour days


Michelle Belgio August 01, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Any word on Aux Sable meet/greet?
Shannon Antinori (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I'll see what I can find out.
Greg Nichols August 02, 2012 at 03:14 AM
For new 6th graders there is an ice cream social planned at the school from 3-6 on Monday 8/6. See http://www.psd202.org/AuxSable/documents/IceCreamSocial.pdf for more info...
Shannon Antinori (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Thank you, Greg!
silentrippy August 02, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Hopefully Diageo is paying for the ice cream since the Plainfield School District gave them a $180,000 property tax break on their expansion. Greg - thanks for voting "no" for the administrators raises earlier in the year. Kirberg, Baker, and Mr. Kelly feel the need to raise property taxes and spend $322,000 plus on administrator salaries. Even though Mr. Bonuchi abstained his vote he still openly supported the pay raises so they can stay "competetive." The School District property tax bill is staying pretty competetive too and on the brink of obnoxious. And the district is still 8 million in the red. Sounds like the teaches and administrators need more wage freezes, make bigger pension contributions, and pay more for health care. Stop raising taxes while giving tax breaks to corporations.


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