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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

Deadline for Registration is Coming Soon - June 30 School Registration Sign

Registration for the 2017-18 school year is due June 30. If registrations are not complete by that time, a $25 late fee will be assessed. This late fee is not a waivable fee.

Onling registration is available at https://skystu.rlas-116.org/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsSky/fwemnu01.w.

Also, all school physicals and records of current immunizations are due to the school office by the first day of school, August 21. If you do not have or cannot schedule an appointment with your regular physician by this time, please contact the Round Lake Area Health & Wellness Center at 847-257-1200 to schedule an appointment.


Honors Assembly Schedule

Honors Assembly Schedule for June 1st­­­­­­­­­

Grade 1 – 9:30 am

Grade 2 – 10:15 am

Grade 5 – 11:00 am

Grade 4 – 11:45 am

Grade 3 – 12:30 pm

Authorfest 2017

Do you enjoy writing?  Do you have a creative imagination?  Submit a piece of writing for Authorfest 2017!  Awards will be given to students based on the age groups provided in the rules description. We hope to see many Ellis authors submit their writing!  The deadline will be July 24, 2017 for all submissions. Awards will be given out on August 5th.

Authorfest 2017 poster

Authorfest 2017 description/rules

End of Year Schedule

Click the links below for information about the last week of school and Honor's Assembly times by grade level

English Schedule

Spanish Schedule

Before/After School Care Survey

Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 is currently researching possible opportunities to provide before/after school daycare to elementary students in grades K-5. Below is a short survey that will help us determine whether there is an interest in doing so. Please take a few moments to complete this survey. Thank you for providing your feedback!




Escuelas del Área de Round Lake CUSD #116 está investigando actualmente posibles oportunidades para ofrecer cuidado infantil antes y después del horario escolar a los estudiantes de jardín de infantes a 5.o grado. A continuación encontrará una breve encuesta que nos ayudará a determinar si existe interés en este servicio. Tómese unos minutos para completar esta encuesta. ¡Gracias por sus comentarios!




RLHS Summer Camp Information

Please click on the links for 2017 Summer Camp opportunities and registration forms

Summer Camp Information

Registration Form

RLAS-116 Parent, Merced Alfaro, Honored at YWCA Lake County Women of Achievement Leadership Luncheon Merced Alfaro - YWCA
Come to the Ellis STEAM night Thursday at 6 pm!

Click the link to find out more about this special night!

STEAM night

Elementary Scholars Present to the Board of Education

RLAS-116 Elementary Scholars present a year-end review of their 1st year of implementation. What a great start to the program!

The Board presentation can be viewed at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=40507275.

Elementary Scholars

Multicultural Celebration - Special Recognition to Moms

BPAC 05.05.17

BPAC 05.05.17

Astronomy Day at CLC Technology Campus on Saturday, 4.29

Come on out to the College of Lake County Technology Campus on Saturday, April 29th!


Click below for more information!

Astronomy Day Flyer

Check out some GREAT things happening at RLAS-116 in the April 2017 District Newsletter April 2017 District Newsletter

The April District Newsletter is available <here>.

2017 Talent Expo - Wednesday, April 19

2017 Talent Expo

Join Rep. Sam Yingling for a Fraud Awareness & Immigration Seminar on Friday, April 21

Fraud Awareness and Immigration Seminar 04.21.17

Fraud Awareness and Immigration Seminar 04.21.17

Penny Wars
Earth Day Family Project
Join us for the 2017 1:Wonder Showcase on Tuesday, April 11 1:Wonder Showcase Banner

1:Wonder Showcase Flyer - English

1:Wonder Showcase Flyer - Spanish

2017-18 Kindergarten Registration/Screening Apr 25

Please enter through Door 9.

Parents will need an email address in order to register their child for Kindergarten. In efforts to expedite the registration process, parents can register online prior to attending the screening (dates listed below). Please note that parents can set up a free email account via Gmail at www.google.com.

Brand new students to the District can register at https://skystu.rlas-116.org/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsSky/skyenroll.w.
Returning students to the District can register at https://skystu.rlas-116.org/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsSky/fwemnu01.w.

Kindergarten Registration Flyer - English

Kindergarten Registration Flyer - spa

All-District Choir Festival "Harmony": Tuesday, March 14

All-District Choir Festival

All-District Band Festival "Symphonic Travelouge": Saturday, March 18

All District Band Festival

BPAC/PAC Parent University: Trauma; Friday, April 28, 6:30-8:30pm

BPAC/PAC 04.28.17

BPAC/PAC 04.28.17

3rd-5th Grade Movie Night

Click here to view the MOANA flyer!

3RD -5TH
Ellis PTO Presents “MOANA”
Bring your family, your blanket, and have fun with your friends (At least one parent or guardian must be in attendance; students cannot be dropped off).
Ticket orders are due Monday, March 6, 2017. You will get them the day of the movie at the door.
When: Friday March 10, 2017 Where: Ellis Gym Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Buy your movie tickets now and pay just $1.00! Tickets at the door will be $1.50 (cash or checks made out to Ellis PTO) Concessions will see hot dogs, popcorn, bottled water, and candy (most items are $1.00)

Ellis PTO Presenta “MOANA”
Trae a tu familia y una colcha y ven a divertirte con tus amigos (Al menos uno de los padres o guardianes debe atender el evento no se aceptarán niños solos.)
Ordene sus boletos a más tardar el dia lunes 6 de marzo, 2017. Recibira los boletos el dia de la pelicula en la entrada.
Fecha: Viernes 10 de marzo, 2017 Lugar: Gimnasio de la escuela Ellis Hora: Puertas abren a las 5:30 p.m. Compre sus boletos anticipadamente por $1.00! En la entrada los boletos costaran $1.50 (Se acepta dinero efectivo o puede emitir cheque a nombre de “Ellis PTO”) Las concesiones habrá perros calientes, palomitas de maíz, agua embotella y dulces. (La mayoría de los artículos son $1.00)

February 2017 District Newsletter Released

For the latest District news...

February 2017 District Newsletter

English    Spanish

For proior newsletters, click <<here>>.

Dr. Constance Collins Named 2017 Most Influential African American of Lake County

The Chicago People's Voice Newspaper names RLAS-116 Superintendent. Dr. Constance Collins, 2017 Most Influential African American of Lake County!

Dr. Constance Collins, Superintendent

RLAS-116 Board of Education and the Education Association of Round Lake Announce Collective Bargaining Agreement 4-Year Contract Approved

Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 Board of Education and the Education Association of Round Lake Announce Collective Bargaining Agreement

The Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 Board of Education (“Board”) is pleased to announce that the District and the Education Association of Round Lake (“EARL”) have reached a four-year collective bargaining agreement. The current agreement will expire June 30, 2017. Conversations about a contract rollover began in October 2016. The EARL membership ratified the contract (624 Yes, 31 No) on Thursday, January 19, 2017, followed by the Board’s approval (6 Yes, 0 No) of the agreement at their February 6, 2017 Board meeting.

EARL represents approximately 900 employees, including bus drivers, custodians, health services, maintenance, mechanics, secretaries, teacher aides, and teachers.

The agreement is a rollover from the current contract and includes an increase to the salary schedules resulting in an average increase of 1.9% per year on all salary schedule amounts. In comparison, the current 2014-2017 contract provided an average increase of 0.66% per year.  Teachers and support staff will therefore see about a 4% increase each year over the next 4 years, which is comprised of step and salary increases.

The new agreement will be posted to the District website by Friday, February 17, 2017.

If you have questions about this information, please contact Heather Bennett, Public Relations Officer at

RLAS-116 to Celebrate Black History - Friday, February 24

Black History Celebration Flyer

BPAC/PAC Parent University: Supporting Your Child's Academic Success; Friday, February 3, 6-8pm

BPAC/PAC Parent University 02.03.17

BPAC/PAC Parent University - 02.03.17

RLAS-116 Education Foundation to Host Daddy Daughter Dance: Saturday, February 25

Print form <<here>>

Daddy Daughter Dance

Daddy Daughter Dance

Come to the Ellis Talent Show! February 9th @ 6 p.m.

Magic!  Dancing!  Musical instruments! Vocal talents!  Come be entertained and watch our Ellis students showcase their talents on February 9th at 6 pm!  See you there!

Girls on the Run Registration is OPEN!

Calling all 3rd-5th grade girls, registration for Girls on the Run is now open.

Go to www.gotrchicago.org to register

If you are unable to register online, registration can be done over the phone. To register by phone please call our bi-lingual (English and Spanish) call center at (312) 313-0280.

The Call Center is open:

Monday- Friday 9am-6pm

Please contact Miss Wishau – kwishau@rlas-116.org with any questions.

Visita la pagina www.gotrchicago.org para registrarte
Si usted no puede registrarse vía internet, también esta la opción de registrarse vía teléfono. Para registrarse por teléfono por favor de llamar a nuestra línea bilingüe (ingles y español) llame el numero siguiente
(312) 313-0280.
Durante las horas siguientes:
Lunes - Viernes: 9am-6pm
Read the Eagle Eye Newspaper here!

Ellis Eagle Eye

Excellent job to Ms. Piggot and the newspaper staff for writing such amazing news articles. Thanks for keeping us informed!

2017-2018 School Calendar Now Available! School Calendar Available

The Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 School Calendar during their meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017.

<<Click here>> to access the 2017-2018 School Calendar.

BPAC/PAC Parent University: Traits of Successful People, January 27, 6-8pm

BPAC/PAC Parent University Flyer 01.27.17

BPAC/PAC Parent University Flyer 01.27.17

Complete the 5 Essentials Survey

5 Essentials Survey

Have you completed the 5 Essentials Survey?
Time is running out….
We will have staff available to help you complete the
5 Essentials Survey
Wednesday, January 18th.
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Ellis School Computer Lab
One tablet per grade level will be raffled off at the end of January. A raffle ticket is given to parents who submit the 5 Essentials Survey.
Simply print the last page of the survey indicating it was submitted and you will receive one raffle ticket. If you prefer to complete the survey at home you can email the page to Mrs. Kiewicz at bkiewicz@rlas-116.org any time before January 30th.

5 Essentials Survey

¿Ya llenaron la encuesta, 5 Essentials?
El tiempo se agota…
Tendremos miembros del personal de la escuela disponibles para ayudarles a llenar la encuesta,
5 Essentials Survey
Miércoles, 18 de enero.
3:00pm – 6:00pm
En el Taller de computación de Ellis
A finales de enero se rifará una tableta por cada grado. Se entregará un boleto a los padres quienes cumplan con la, 5 Essentials Survey.
Simplemente hay que imprimir la última página de la encuesta donde se indica que han cumplido con la encuesta y a cambio recibirán un boleto. Si prefieren hacer la encuesta desde casa pueden enviar esa página a la Mtra. Kiewicz al, bkiewicz@rlas-116.org a cualquier hora y día antes el 30 de enero.


5 Essentials Survey

January 2017 District Newsletter Released January 2017 District Newsletter

Access the January 2017 District newsletter <here>!



Ellis Family Night December 15th

Join us for a Reading Wonderland 


              Need to warm up with a good book, game, or prizes?                  

     Join us for a night of games, prizes and stories

  Where: Ellis Elementary School

                             When: Thursday, December 15th, 2016                         

       Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm





Show your support for RLAS Fine Arts at Panera Bread-RLB on Monday, December 12!

RLA Fine Arts Fundraiser December 12 at Panera Bread

Ellis School named Imagine Nation top 50 school!

Congratulations to Ellis School for being named a top 50 performing school using Imagine Learning!  Keep up the hard work Eagles!

5th grade band performance December 7th!

5th grade Band students have their first performance on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30pm in the Magee Gymnasium.  Students should plan on arriving at 6pm in the Magee Band room with their instrument and music and the performance will be around 25 minutes.  Dress code for them is white top and black bottoms/shoes.


Can't wait to see you all there!  Let's support our band!