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Office of the Superintendent
How We Communicate with You
I often hear from parents/guardians that they didn't know about something happening within the school or district. They tell me they wish we would communicate more. Our goal is to communicate often and to keep our families informed. We communicate in many ways. However, I find that not all families are aware of the numerous ways in which we share information.
Sky Alerts - The district and each school building uses something called Sky Alerts to send emails, texts, and phone calls. If you are not receiving an email or text at least once a week, this indicates that the contact information we have for you is not accurate or you have turned off alerts in your Skyward account. You can change this at any time by logging into your parent account. Since we rely on Sky Alerts to help us send the most important news, I urge you to ensure you’re receiving all messages.
Social Media - The district posts often to several social media platforms. Below are links and account names to each site:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BallChathamCUSD5/
Instagram - @ballchatham5
Twitter - @BallChatham5
Youtube - @ball-chathamcusd5schoolboard
Newsletters - District and school newsletters are published every six weeks. Past editions are at https://www.chathamschools.org/communications . These publications are packed full of information about school events and what is happening inside the classrooms. Many of our teaching staff also publish classroom newsletters.
Virtual Backpack - Rather than sending home flyers in book bags or in our newsletters, we regularly share information from school and community groups on our Virtual Backpack webpage. (Titan Fuel, Booster, PTO, Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation, and District/School/Class correspondence will continue to be sent home in book bags, email blasts, and/or newsletters.) Bookmark the Virtual BackPack and check it often - https://www.chathamschools.org/virtual-backpack
Board Updates - Our Board of Education meets once a month. These important meetings are recorded and posted to our Youtube channel in full. Those who would prefer a brief summary can always access a two-minute recap the day following a board meeting. All videos are posted at https://www.youtube.com/@ball-chathamcusd5schoolboard/videos
Website - You can also find timely and important information on our website at https://www.chathamschools.org/. At the bottom of the home page, locate the District News section for priority information such as monthly menus, report card release dates, and special events.
Please take advantage of the many ways we are working to keep you engaged. We want to ensure that you are informed regarding the amazing and wonderful things that are happening across the district.
Dr. Becca Lamon
Address: 201 W. Mulberry, Chatham, IL 62629
P: 217-483-2416| F: 217-483-2940 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org