Beginning of the Year Events

Posted June 25th, 2014 by hkay

Thursday, August 14th – Information Day

  • Stop by between 9:00-12:00 or 6:00-8:00PM to gather information about the upcoming school year, including materials from the PTA and which teacher your child has.


Monday, August 25th – Back To School Night

  • Come by anytime from 4:30-6:00PM to visit the classroom and drop off all of your school supplies.


Tuesday, August 26th – First Day of School for 1st – 6th Grade Students

  • The first bell rings at 8:35, so plan on arriving between 8:20 and 8:35.  The students will line up outside with their teacher for the first day.


Tuesday, September 2nd – First day of School for Kindergarten Students

  • AM students should arrive between 8:20 and 8:35, and PM students should arrive between 12:15 and 12:25.

Principal’s Message June 4, 2014

Posted June 4th, 2014 by Susan Nottoli

Hello Wonderful Link Community!

What a beautiful day to finish our field day festivities! We owe a huge thank you to our PE teacher, Mr. Brown, the Link staff, and of course the many parent volunteers that made field day a huge success. This is certainly a great way to usher in the summer. As this is the final email for this school year, we want to wish you all a safe and happy summer, filled with lots of fun and learning!

One of the greatest aspects of Link School is our community, the relationships we have with each other and the focus on supporting others. We have various staff members leaving us at the conclusion of the school year. Supporting each other through new endeavors is just as important as celebrating our time together.

  • Elena Duarte (5th) will be relocating to Virginia with her family this summer. We are thankful for the impact she has had here at Link!
  • Bethany Gates (5th) will be crossing the ocean to take her talents as a classroom teacher to Nigeria. We know that she will continue her great work in a brand new setting!
  • Susan Nottoli (LRT), Bob Prusko (Kindergarten), and Emily Villarreal (5th) will be taking their talents to Hoover Math and Science Academy in District 54. We know that Hoover is lucky to have them!
  • Donna Duff, Myndi Casey, Marie Parise, Lisa Hyland (Instructional Assistants) worked with staff and students to create engaging learning environments throughout the year. We know that they will continue to support District 54 exceptionally well in their new capacities.
  • Karen Marlega (Instructional Assistant) will be joining the Mead staff as one of their secretaries. We know that she will do a great job in this new position!
  • Cathleen Hughes (Art) and Ann Kivikko (Band) will be enjoying their retirement at the close of this school year. We thank them for their incredible impact on District 54 and Link School and wish them the best in their next chapter!

Every staff member that works at Link, whether it is 1 year or 15, leaves their mark on our hearts and in our culture. We’ve begun the hiring process for some of these open positions, and are excited about what next year brings. We will elaborate on more of this information in early August.


We have extra yearbooks for sale if you would still like to buy one. Please send $15, cash or check (made out to Link PTA), with your child tomorrow or Thursday. Thursday will be the last day that they are sold.

Last Day of School

Please remember that Thursday, the last day of school, is a regular day of school for all students. First through sixth grade students will be dismissed at 3:00. AM Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:10, and PM Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 3:00.

Important Dates

June 4 – Kindergarten Graduation (6:00PM)
June 5 – Last Day of School (Regular hours for K-6)
August 25 – Back to School Night (4:30-6:00PM)
August 26 – First Day of School (1st through 6th Grade)
September 2 – First Day of School (Kindergarten)

Have a great summer!


Field Day Rescheduled

Posted June 2nd, 2014 by Susan Nottoli
Due to the rainy weather today, we have postponed field day until tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.  We were able to enjoy an hour of field day this morning, but have decided that it would be best not to continue today.  Students will begin field day activities around 12:30.  If you signed up to volunteer for the afternoon session, you are welcome to join us at 12:15 tomorrow.  If you are unable to help, we completely understand.

Please send your child prepared for the second half of field day activities tomorrow (gym shoes, water bottle, etc.).  Students will also need to bring a lunch.

Thank you to all of you who braved the elements and volunteered today.  We sincerely appreciate your time and flexibility throughout the morning.

Mr Wulbecker
Link School Principal

PBIS Student of the week! May 30, 2014

Posted May 30th, 2014 by Susan Nottoli

Student Positive Paw Picks of the Week

These students names were pulled from the positive paw jar during morning announcements. During the week students collect positive paws when they are caught following our schools PBIS rules of behavior. Mr Wulbecker has students come down to his office so they can pick out a special prize. Congratulations to this week’s winners!!



Isabella Rm 110
Diya Rm 105
Jason Rm 112
Jordan Rm 105
Nicolas Rm 109


Sabrina Rm 206
Joey Rm 206
Eleanor Rm 206
Julia Rm 205
Selena Rm 201

All School Celebration at the Boomers Game

Posted May 28th, 2014 by Susan Nottoli

Students at Link School all celebrated their positive behavior by attending an all school field trip to the Schaumburg Boomer’s Game

Principal’s Message May 28, 2014

Posted May 27th, 2014 by Susan Nottoli

Hello Wonderful Link Community!

We hope you enjoyed the beautiful Holiday weekend. This week continues to provide lots of learning opportunities for students, as well as several culminating activities that reflect an incredible school year.

Link Hotline
Check out this week’s edition of the Link Hotline.

Schaumburg Boomers Field Trip
Tomorrow (Wednesday the 28th) is a field trip for all 1st through 6th grade students to the Schaumburg Boomers game. We will be leaving from school around 9:45 and returning to school by 1:15. We would like students to wear Link apparel or school colors.

Summer Packets
(Math reading lists)
This week, students will be receiving materials to help them stay active over the summer. Students will receive a recommended reading list, as well as a math practice packet. Please touch base with your child’s teacher if you have any questions about summer learning.

Superintendent’s Article
lease take a moment to read Superintendent DuRoss’ recent Daily Herald article:

The English link is

The Spanish link is

Important Dates

May 28 – Schaumburg Boomers Field Trip (Grades 1– 6)
May 30 – 6th Grade Celebration
May 30 – 4th Grade Field Trip
June 2 – Field Day
June 4 – Kindergarten Graduation (6:00PM)
June 5 – Last Day of School (Full Day for K-6)

Have a great week!


Elk Grove Library Summer Newsletter

Posted May 22nd, 2014 by Susan Nottoli

PBIS Student of the Week May 22, 2014

Posted May 22nd, 2014 by Susan Nottoli

Student Positive Paw Picks of the Week

These students names were pulled from the positive paw jar during morning announcements. During the week students collect positive paws when they are caught following our schools PBIS rules of behavior. Mr Wulbecker has students come down to his office so they can pick out a special prize. Congratulations to this week’s winners!!


Kaleb Rm 105
Zoe Rm 102
Stephanie Rm 106
Ashley Rm 104
Ken Rm 102


Kalina Rm 210
Marie Rm 212
Hulya Rm 213
Zaina Rm 210
Abigail Rm 204

Principal’s Message May 20, 2014

Posted May 20th, 2014 by Susan Nottoli

Hello Wonderful Link Community!

We continue to be amazed with the growth that each student has demonstrated this year! We know that it is a collective effort between home and school that ensures the success of every child. Thank you for your continued support as we head into the last few weeks of this school year. Take some time to reflect as a family about the long list of items that have accomplished this school year.

New PTA Board

At a PTA meeting earlier this month, our new PTA board was announced. First, we want to thank Christine Kawalek, Tami Massaro, Liz Hedstrom, Monica Wetak and Rose Guban for their phenomenal service as our PTA board for the past several years. It is with great excitement that we announce the

PTA board for the 2014-2015 school year:
Co-Presidents: Lisa Hyland and Jaimie Sabo
Vice President: Darci Franklin
Secretary: Whitney Dempsey
Treasurer: Ann Sievertson

Thank you to everyone who makes the Link PTA so incredible! We look forward to another great year!

Dress Code

As warm weather is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about appropriate school attire.

The following are inappropriate during school hours at Link School:

Revealing clothing such as bare midriffs, bare backs, spaghetti straps,
See-through fabrics, low-cut tops, low-riding pants, short shorts, or short skirts;
Clothing with inappropriate slogans or pictures such as depictions of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gangs, vulgar language, or violence;
Students should come dressed for school in cloth­ing that is modest, suitable for school activities, and reason­able for the purposes
of maintaining health, reducing distractibility, and increas­ing safety in the school. Suitability of clothing for school is subject to the judgment
and discretion of school staff members.

Thank you for your support in helping our students develop a sense of responsibility for dressing appropriately!

Important Dates

May 23 – No School
May 26 – Memorial Day (No School)
May 28 – Schaumburg Boomers Field Trip (Grades 1– 6)
May 30 – 6th Grade Celebration
June 2 – Field Day
June 4 – Kindergarten Graduation (6:00PM)
June 5 – Last Day of School (Full Day for K-6)

Have a great week!


School’s Out for the Summer! Now What?

Posted May 16th, 2014 by Susan Nottoli

Summer vacation is right around the corner and you may be looking forward to the change of pace that it brings.  Summer is usually considered a relaxing period where the schedules of the school year are abandoned, kids sleep until ten (if you are lucky), go to bed later, and have far more freedom.

Education isn’t something that happens for only nine months of the year though.  Education is, after all, what is left over after you forget everything that you have learned.  Education continues through the summer and the formal part of that process is the responsibility of the parent.  To make the summer months for children most productive and enjoyable, here are some guidelines that may be helpful:

  1. Know where your children are and what they are doing at all times.  Several years ago a message circulated throughout the media saying: “It is ten o’clock do you know where your children are?” As parents we should know the location and activity of our children at all times.  This includes the internet websites and social networks (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) your child frequents.  Wanting to know what your children are doing and where they are doing it means parental concern and love, not parental lack of trust.
  2. Get your children involved in some regular activity.  There is abundance of opportunity for children in this area during the summer.   The Elk Grove Park District offers a variety of sports and activities for children during the entire summer.  The Elk Grove Library is open every week during the summer and sponsors programs for children.  Check out the Spring Valley Nature Center for activities throughout the summer.   
  3. Occasionally, do something spontaneous or not typical.  Go to a drive-in movie, walk or bike to an ice cream store, picnic in a park, go on a scavenger hunt, try geocaching, do a science experiment, make an art project.  Anything that you normally don’t do but would like to.  It can be enlightening how much these unplanned activities can spur communication.  Summer, without school deadlines and responsibilities, is a perfect time to just talk about how things are going. 
  4. Make sure that reading is part of your child’s day.  For young children, the biggest predictor of eventual school success is how much parents have read to their children.  For school age children, one of the biggest predictors of school and life success is the amount of independent reading that they do.  A weekly trip to the library, a planned time during the day for reading, a subscription to a magazine your child likes and is appropriate for their age (Time for Kids, National Geographic for Kids, Highlights, Kids Discover, etc.) are all ways that reading can continue through the year.  If you can afford it, buy your child books that are of high interest.  Don’t forget that garage sales are a great place to pick up some extra books.  It is also a good idea to let them see you reading magazines or books.  Talk to them about the things you are reading.
  5. Include math in a variety of activities.  Ask them to help measure something around the house when completing a project, include them in the kitchen when measuring ingredients for a recipe, involve them with counting money or figuring out change, count objects you see when riding in the car.     
  6. Limit television and electronics.  Television and electronics can be harmful to your children’s health.  Not so much for the activities for which it may encourage, but for the activities which it prevents.  The rule of thumb is no more than two hours of electronics a day.  Children should not be on electronics any more during the summer than they do during the school year.
  7. Maintain as close to a regular routine as possible.  Although things are looser during the summer months, maintaining regular bedtimes, regular waking times, and regular mealtimes establishes a routine and discipline that pays dividends all through the year. 

Finally, enjoy your summer with your kids.  It felt like the warm weather was never going to get here.

By Nancy Romanelli, School Psychologist & Katie McDougall, Social Worker