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Raymond Ellis Elementary School News

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New Elementary School Schedule

Elementary students in grade K-5 will have a new schedule starting Fall 2018.

Ellis Field Day is Friday, June 1st!

Students will participate in field day activities throughout the day on Friday, June 1st! (Rescheduled from Wednesday, May 30th)

Dismissal for students will be at 1:50

RLAS-116 Opportunity Coalition Year-End Showcase

Join us for a year-end showcase on Friday, May 18, 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center!

Round Lake Area Health & Wellness Center is taking appointments for school physicals, sports physicals and immunizations

Get ahead of the game and have your child's physicals and immunizations complete this spring/summer! Remember, physicals and immunizations are required prior to the first day of school.

Ellis Got Talent

Do you enjoy singing along to your favorite songs? Come to Ellis Got Talent on Friday, April 20th!

Ellis Spring Fling

Come Ellis Spring Fling from 6-7 p.m.

BPAC to Host Parent Seminar on Friday, April 20, 2018

Topic: Parental Involvement is Key in Student Success

3rd-5th Grade Movie Night

Come to movie night on Friday, April 6th!

Rescheduled Black History Celebration: Tuesday, March 20

African Americans in Time of War

Grades 1-2 Movie Night 3/16

Come to movie night on Friday, March 16th. Doors open at 5:30. The movie will end by 9:00. Hope to see you there!

RLAS-116 to host Parent Information Sessions

We are considering a new schedule for students in grades K-5 for the 2018-19 school year. Please attend a Parent Information Session on March 8 or March 21 to learn more about this proposal.

No School Monday, March 5th-Pulaski Day

There will be no school on Monday, March 5th. School will resume on Tuesday, March 6th.

Video links to the 2018 Ellis Talent Show!

Check out the videos to see all our talented students in action at the 2018 talent show!



Sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 22nd and Friday, March 23rd. Please contact your child's teacher to schedule your time!  Time slots fill quickly so make sure to schedule soon! 

Magic Storyteller comes to Ellis!

Join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1st as we welcome a magic storyteller for Read Across America week!


Read Across America Week is February 26-March 2nd

During the week of February 26th students at Ellis School will participate in Read Across America Week. This is a week of fun activities centered around Dr. Seuss!  Each day the students will participate in a new literacy activity and read a new story written by Dr. Seuss.  Some examples of activities include mystery readers, themed writing, STEM challenges, guest readers, special assemblies, and D.E.A.R time.

2 Hour Late Start on Tuesday, February 20th

School will begin at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20th. Students should not arrive at school until 10 a.m. on this day

No School Monday, February 19th-President's Day

There will be no school today in honor of President's Day

RLAS-116 Closed Friday, February 9, 2018 due to hazardous weather conditions
Black History Month Celebration for 2/8 is CANCELLED. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Due to the weather forecast the Black History celebration planned for this evening is cancelled. It will be rescheduled and shared with families as soon as possible.

Come to the Ellis Talent Show! February 15th at 6:30 p.m.

The Ellis Talent Show will be held on Thursday, February 15th!  This will be an event you won't want to miss! Come and see all our amazing Ellis students as they showcase their talents! The show starts at 6:30 in the Ellis gym!

RLAS-116 to host Annual Black History Month Celebration - TO BE RESCHEDULED

Come out for some wonderful student performances around the theme of African Americans in Times of War.

Education Foundation to host "Winter Wonderland Daddy Daughter Dance" on Saturday, February 24

Attention Dads! Take this special opportunity to bring your little girl out for a night of fun and dancing!

February Family Project

What book does your family love to read together? Show your love of reading by completing the February Family Project!  Complete a colorful heart with the name of your favorite book, names of your family members, and decorated with a picture to represent the story. Be as creative as you'd like!  Return the heart to school by February 1st to be displayed in the Ellis halls!  We would love to see which books your family enjoys!

Winter Break Hours

Winter Break is scheduled for Monday, December 24, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018. The Administrative Service Center will be open Wednesday through Friday each week of break, 7:45am-4:15pm. Schools will be closed during the Break. Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Winter Break December 23-January 9

Students will begin their winter break folling a regular school day on December 22nd. School will resume for students on January 9th. Have a wonderful break with your families and have a Happy New Year!

Ellis Family Night is at the RL Library December 14th!

906 Hart Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073


  • Activities with take home art pieces
  • Stories read by Ellis fifth graders
  • Music that will get you in the holiday spirit
  • Sign up for a library card
  • Library tour
  • Raffle, Raffle, Raffle
Ellis Student Council volunteers at Feed My Starving Children!

Special thanks to Ms. Moore, Ms. Everett, Ms. Reidel, Ms. Hopkinson, and Miss Maplethorpe for working with Student Council and Feed My Starving Children!Feed my starving children

School Closure/Late Start Guidelines for 2017-18

A guide for parents to know how the decision is made to close school during the winter season due to weather.

Ellis STEM students visit Lake County Technology Campus!

Ellis students are excited to learn about computer science!

Students celebrate Hour of Code December 4-8

During the week of December 4-December 8th Ellis students will participate in the Hour of Code. Students will use different types of technology to do coding in their classrooms. Thank you to our digital age learning coach, Ms. Wishau for setting this up for our school! We can't wait to code!

See the following video for more information on the Hour of Code



Students experience technology with Augmented Reality!

Today our 3rd-5th graders got to experience Google Augmented Reality. Augmented Reality allows images to appear in your current environment. Our students 3rd-4th graders got to see a tornado, hurricane, volcano, tsunami, and an earthquake. Some students also got to see some underwater animals or landforms. Our 5th grade students got to see some of Da Vinci's Inventions and Dinosaurs!

augmented reality

Smencils are on sale!

Student council is selling Smencils!  Each Smencil costs $1.00 and they come in lots of yummy smelling flavors!  Fill out and return your order form to your teacher. Smencils will be delivered to classrooms before fall break. (November 17)

Ellis Students are KIND!

Earlier in November students were able to watch a fun assembly presented by our friends from The Chapel!  The students learned the importance of being kind!  From now until December 11th the students will have the opportunity to earn special Eagle Bucks to celebrate when they are caught being kind!  These special Eagle Bucks will be used for students to purchase fun items for their loved ones from a special school store during the week of December 11th.  SHOW YOUR KINDNESS ELLIS EAGLES!

BPAC Parent University: Friday, November 17; 6:30pm-8:30pm

Topic: How high school courses prepare students for college/university

No School November 20-24th

Enjoy your family time! See you back on November 27th!

Ellis Family Night 11/16

Come to family night!  6-7 pm at Ellis School! 

Enter a raffle to win a free turkey or pie!

Learn about how fun grocery shopping can be!

Imagine Learning Link



Imagine Learning helps students with reading and literacy skills. To sign in at home use the link below.

Username:  RL then student ID (no spaces)

Password:   RL then birthdate (no spaces)

Moby Max Link


Moby Max is a great way to keep your math and other skills strong throughout the summer. Here is the link to use the program at home!

Don't forget your username and password!

User:   RL then student ID (no spaces)

Password:  RL then birthdate (no spaces)

Enter the Summer Reading Challenge!

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Don't forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at the Round Lake Library!  Prizes are awarded for reading and the top elementary school will earn a special assembly in the fall!


Check back here to see the progress of our students and our school!


Year 3 Initiatives of 5-Year Strategic Plan Approved for 2017-18 Year 3 Initiatives

The Board of Education took action on June 19, 2017 to approve initiatives set in accordance with the 5-Year Strategic Plan. 2017-2018 is Year 3 of the overall plan. You can access the full document of initiatives here.

Administration submits updates to the Board on these initiatives on a regular basis (November, February & June).

Elementary Scholars - A Year in Review

2018-19 Student Registration Open Now!

Registration is quick and easy! Complete the process now so you don't have to worry about it this summer! Registration closes June 15.

Sign up for Beginning Band!

Beginning band sign up for incoming 5th graders is on May 1st!

Spring MAP testing to begin May 1st!

Students will take their final round of MAP tests for the 2017-2018 school-year beginning May 1st

Check out our 1:Wonder Showcase Video!

Students and families from Ellis School participated in our 1:Wonder technology night at RLHS on April 10th

Kindergarten Registration Dates for 2018-19

Register online now or in person April 12, May 15, or May 24!

Ms. Forster receives the Chicago Bears Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award!

Ms. Christine Forster was honored by George McCaskey and Staley Da Bear of the Chicago Bears for her accomplishments in the classroom!  Ms. Forster recieved many wonderful prizes including money to help her with items in her classroom, tickets to a Bears game, and her very own Chicago Bears jersey!  Congratulations Ms. Forster!  Ellis is so proud to have you!